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Cute Knit Hat

“… Even though there are no knitting police and we could start 20,000 projects a day (if we wanted to) we try to ‘do better’ or work on being a monogamous ‘one project at a time’ knitter…as though there was some sort of moral victory in resisting the urge to do more of what we…

Flower Garden Scarves for Friends

“How could it be that any knitter could have anything of value to say to crocheters? Didn’t I know that knitters and crocheters are like Sharks and Jets- They don’t get along, they keep off each other’s turf, they break into fights on the playground? Yes, I know, I know.  But have Tony and Maria…

Valentine’s Mail Boxes

A week of Valentine’s Treats! “I’m a-gonna wrap myself in paper, I’m gonna daub myself with glue, Stick some stamps on top of my head; I’m gonna mail myself to you. I’m a gonna tie me up in a red string, I’m gonna tie blue ribbons too, I’m a-gonna climb up in my mail box;…

A Week of Valentine Treats

Day 1- Valentine Spa Rituals Cocoa Java Body Polish “If I were a woman, I’d wear coffee as a perfume.” ~John Van Druten This is one of my favorite body treatments, and I invented it 🙂 The rich scents of creamy cocoa and chocolate are pure decadence and are a perfect way to treat yourself…

Inspiration in a Coffee Cup

“I love writing. I love the swirl and swing of words as they tangle with human emotions.” ~James Michener I haven’t always been a coffee drinker. About twenty years ago I had a can of the stuff that I kept in my freezer so I could offer it to guests, but other than that my…

Giant Cupcake

Q: Why did the cupcake major in hotel and restaurant management? A: It wanted to be a Hostess. I love cupcakes. They’re so cute! I love little tiny ones, regular sized ones that you can display on a cupcake stand with their adorable little papers showing, I love crocheted and knitted cupcakes that aren’t even…

Bento Boxes

“Let the dishes be fewer in number, but exquisitely chosen.” ~Brillat Savarin A bento box is a Japanese lunch box, in Japan called ‘o-bento.’ The first time I was served lunch bento style was about six years ago at a restaurant in the Mall of America called “The California Cafe,” which, sadly, is no longer…

The Mysteries of Tea

photograph by Jeffrey Placzek “Each cup of tea represents an imaginary voyage.”  ~Catherine Douzel Back in 1995, soon after Jeff and I got married and were still living in our apartment in White Bear Lake, something magical happened that changed me forever. Jeff had a job at a little coffee shop on Washington Square in…

Paris Party Part 2

Here are the rest of the pictures from my Paris themed birthday party with my best friends! We had such a great time. I have the best friends EVER! 🙂 Mantle with mini Eiffel Tower We all went outside after dinner and had wine while I opened my presents on the front porch. My girls …