Sunday, May 31, 2009

Kind Of Great!

Lulu and I went to see The Brother's Bloom today, and we absolutely loved it. The film is visually stunning and beautifully told. " The Brothers Bloom are the best con men in the world, swindling millionaires with complex scenarios of lust and intrigue. Now they've decided to take on one last job - showing a beautiful and eccentric heiress the time of her life with a romantic adventure that takes them around the world."

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Cupcake Decorating With Biscuits And Gummies

Deke's After School Snack
I found these little chocolate & biscuit mushrooms
at World Market. I still have to perfect decorating with them, but this will do for today.

Lulu's Snack
I know that gummi candy is a lowly candy, but I couldn't pass up these butterflies and their beautiful colors. I cut them in half to give them more movement.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Great Birthday Gift

Isn't this a fabulous lamp base? I think I have to make this!

Cool cordless phone

Pottery Barn Teens

My dear friend Lynne is giving her daughter the most amazing birthday gift today. Her daughter left for school at 7:ooam this morning, and by 7:30am her bedroom was emptied of furniture and inhabited by painters!
Lynne is secretly making over Rachel's room in to a sophisticated retreat while she is at school. She surreptitiously has been gathering Rachel's color and design preferences, and plans a huge "While You Were Out" type surprise after school. Isn't that the coolest idea?

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Cool Lights

Bottom of Plastic Water Bottles

Discarded eyeglasses

Chandelier made from discarded poppers following millennium celebration.
Stuart Haygarth

Stuart Haygarth is a British artist who makes the coolest light installations using common materials. Who knew that discarded eyeglasses could look so delicate and beautiful?
I am trying my hand at making a recycled material chandelier this summer. I will keep you posted on my progress.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Toby's Show

My little brother, Toby Summerfield is performing tonight in Chicago. I always feel like I'm part of a "happening" when I attend his shows.

Sheep or Shepherd
Monday May 25, 2009

Location: Skylark
2149 S. Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 60608
(312) 948-5275

Time: 10pm
Age: 21+
Cost: FREE
Styles: Jazz

Performers: Sheep or Shepherd

"Organized last winter by guitarist Toby Summerfield, the all-star sextet Sheep or Shepherd gathers an impressive cast for this gig at Skylark, just its second performance. Summerfield is the leader of the experimental Never Enough Hope ensemble and a recent addition to jazzy post-rock quintet Algernon. For this endeavor, he has written and arranged tunes for his bandmates – multi-instrumentalist John Herndon (Tortoise, A Grape Dope), bassist Matt Lux (Isotope 217), trombonist Nick Broste (Herculaneum, Mucca Pazza), vibraphonist Katie Wiegman (Algernon) and trumpeter Jaimie Branch (Branch/Riordan Duo). Come on out for this one; it’s free. (Scott Morrow)"

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Happy Summer

I hope everyone has a lovely weekend!

Friday, May 22, 2009

Toni Frissell

American photographer Toni Frissell showing her camera to a group of children

Toni Frissell (1907-1988), American photographer who apprenticed under Cecil Beaton. She was mostly known for her wonderful fashion photography and her lovely photos of Jackie and President Kennedy's wedding.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

My Imaginary Cottage

Another Memorial Day weekend is approaching and it is time to open my imaginary summer cottage. My imaginary cottage is quite small and on a crystal clear lake. The cool breeze from the lake guarantees our comfort on the hottest summer days. Once we are at the cottage we don't need to use our car, except for the occasional trip to the drive-in movie theater or flea market. The kids pick baskets of berries for breakfast,pies and jam. It is amazing how great my pie crusts turn out using the restored vintage oven. The giant hydrangeas in the backyard make for the most spectacular bouquets all summer long. Lulu and Deke love spending their days together, swimming, fishing and hiking, and they never argue at the imaginary cottage. O.K., that may be asking for too much.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Victory Gardens

Last night we had the most delicious Caprese salad, and I was able to use fresh picked basil from my herb garden! A couple of weeks ago, I planted loads of different herbs, strawberries, peppers and tomatoes, and I just cleared more space to add different types of lettuce and edible flowers.
Victory Gardens like mine were huge during World War II, people felt patriotic planting gardens in whatever small space they had to help combat food shortages.
I enjoy growing my own food because I know that no chemicals are on it, and nothing is more convenient than having fresh produce available in the backyard. I love that Michelle Obama has started a vegetable garden at the White House, too!!
Published: March 19, 2009

WASHINGTON —Michelle Obama will begin digging up a patch of the South Lawn on Friday to plant a vegetable garden, the first at the White House since Eleanor Roosevelt’s victory garden in World War II. There will be no beets — the president does not like them — but arugula will make the cut. Virtually the entire Obama family, including the president, will pull weeds.

Whether there would be a White House garden had become more than a matter of landscaping. The question had taken on political and environmental symbolism, with the Obamas lobbied for months by advocates who believe that growing more food locally, and organically, can lead to more healthful eating and reduce reliance on huge industrial farms that use more oil for transportation and chemicals for fertilizer.

Then, too, promoting healthful eating has become an important part of Mrs. Obama’s own agenda.

While the Clintons grew some vegetables in pots on the White House roof, the Obamas’ garden will far transcend that, with 55 varieties of vegetables — from a wish list of the kitchen staff — grown from organic seedlings started at the Executive Mansion’s greenhouses.

The Obamas will feed their love of Mexican food with cilantro, tomatillos and hot peppers. Lettuces will include red romaine, green oak leaf, butterhead, red leaf and galactic. There will be spinach, chard, collards and black kale. For desserts, there will be a patch of berries. And herbs will include some more unusual varieties, like anise hyssop and Thai basil. A White House carpenter, Charlie Brandts, who is a beekeeper, will tend two hives for honey.

The total cost of seeds, mulch and so forth is $200, said Sam Kass, an assistant White House chef, who prepared healthful meals for the Obama family in Chicago and is an advocate of local food. Mr. Kass will oversee the garden.

Cristeta Comerford, the White House’s executive chef, said she was eager to plan menus around the garden, and Bill Yosses, the pastry chef, said he was looking forward to berry season.

For urban dwellers who have no backyards, the country’s one million community gardens can also play an important role, Mrs. Obama said.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

You Break It, You Eat It Dishes

This large plate is 11 1/2 inches, imagine it covered in petite fours.

The green bowls are just beautiful!
Timberlake Barley Candy
A friend of Lulu's vividly recalls our Alice In Wonderland party where she drank her tea (pink lemonade) and then ate the cup!
Imagine an entire birthday party with edible dishes, spoons and cups!
This type of candy is called barley sugar or clear toy candy and it first appeared in the 18th century. Barley candy looks amazingly like glass, and the detail is stunning. Timberlake Candy Company has the largest variety of candy dishes, and they even have candy pedestals to add to candy plates.