Monthly Archives: February 2014

[cocktail] The French 75

The French 75s
Two facts about the French 75: the “origin story” of the cocktail has gotten a bit muddled over time, and its namesake is an artillery  gun from WWI. I can’t think of two BETTER facts to endorse a cocktail; it’s so great that no one can really remember where it came from, and it’s so powerful that the French 75mm Field Gun moniker withstands the test of time.

It sounded like a great drink to serve this past weekend when my in-laws came to visit! 🙂  Continue reading

[our home] The Front Door

Makeover your front door. It's the first thing that greets your guests.

Makeover your front door. It’s the first thing that greets your guests.

Emerson said, “Be an opener of doors.” The most important door a host opens is his or her own. One of the first things I wanted to change in our new home was our door. It’s the first thing a guest sees and I wanted its exterior to represent our interior; classic, a touch of whimsy and glamour, and a sense of history.  Continue reading

[free printable] You’re My Heart

Free Valentine's Day Printable

Free Valentine’s Day Printable

Here are two free printables I made you can download, print, and give to someone you love.  One is inspired by e.e. cummings, and one by my students who always keep me up to date on what’s “cool.” These two  designs, “You’re my Heart” and “Love my Bae”,  go out to Matt, my heart, and Kishan, for explaining what “bae” is to me. [printable is a 4×5 folding card]


Download the PDFs below, print, cut, fold, and send.

Love My Bae

You’re My Heart


Free Printable "Love My Bae"

Free Printable “Love My Bae”

[DIY] Chair Makeover

Makeover an old chair by reupholstering it. It's easier than it looks. [DIY]

Makeover an old chair by reupholstering it. It’s easier than it looks. [DIY]

I knew I always liked Queen Elizabeth I. She brought stability to the kingdom, drama to the stage, and stuffing to chairs. That’s right, the first signs of comfort in chairs came during her reign, creating one of London’s oldest guilds, The Upholsterers’ Company.  Just think, those upholsterers didn’t even have a staple gun!  Continue reading

The Ice Plant in St. Augustine Plays the Perfect Host

The Ice Plant Bar in St. Augustine was recently voted one of the best new bars in the South by Garden and Gun magazine.

The Ice Plant Bar in St. Augustine was recently voted one of the best new bars in the South by Garden and Gun magazine.

Riberia Street is dark and quiet on this chilly January evening. The building, born in the 1900’s, is dimly lit. It doesn’t need to be bright or garish; it is the moon and we are drawn in. Crossing the threshold of The Ice Plant in St. Augustine, FL takes you to another time when quality was  quiet and elegant, and where the experience of it all was tempting yet satisfying.  The Ice Plant plays the perfect host. 

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Serve a [DIY] Valentine’s Reminder

“From your Valentine”


     By the Middle Ages, Valentine was one of the most popular saints in all of France and England. Although his origins are rooted in romanticized myth, my favorite twist of the tale casts him as a brave hero who helps Christians escape Roman prisons prior to being imprisoned himself.  Falling in love with the jailer’s daughter while behind bars reminds him that love is larger than the bars that shut it in. Before his execution, he writes a love letter to the jailer’s daughter, signing it, “From your Valentine.” Continue reading