Monday, October 24, 2011

family, fall, fun, food & fur

We just returned from a girl's weekend in St. Louis filled with lots of fall fun. Those trips always go by too fast! We took the kiddos to Pumpkinland where there were all sorts of fun fallish farm things to do~hayrides, mazes, tractor twirly rides, baby animals, big slides, and a cute store filled with huge mums, gourds, cider and pumpkin butter that I could not resist.

One day we had a nice leisurely breakfast at Half and Half in Clayton, delicious coffee, sugary citrusy donuts and unique egg dishes. No, we didn't have wine for breakfast, that's water.

My sister, in the photo above, is a wonderful hostess/cook and had us over for a frightfully good dinner~white chili, guacamole with homemade ghost and pumpkin shaped tortilla chips and a yummy fall dessert~frozen cored-out apple halves filled with butter pecan ice cream drizzled with caramel and sprinkled with pecans-wow, what a mouthful!

After dinner my niece and nephew modeled their Halloween costumes which I made. Ellie was specific about wanting to be a light furry golden retriever and her little brother, Finn, was her puppy. They both really got into character~ panting, drooling, wagging and barking!

Why do the weekends fly so quickly???

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

colors of the season...rust

We are finally enjoying crisp Autumn weather! It's so wonderful to grab a jacket, curl up with a quilt, and even light a fire in the evening. Hope you are enjoying all of the things that make Autumn so special to you. 

rust-colored  inspiration...

beautiful rust autumn leaves

purl soho yarn

rust + aqua

rust decor

rust-colored Anthropologie sweater 

cozy outdoor space

rust essie 

...take a walk in your neighborhood and see where you notice this true Autumn color.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Go Cards!!!

Having grown up in St. Louis I am a Cardinal fan at heart so it's exciting to see them headed to the World Series. The rest of my family that resides in St. Louis are true fans and make it to quite a few games. One of their youngest fans is my niece; she has been going since before she could walk and Pujols was probably one of her first words. Dippin' Dots could be one of the reasons she loves baseball too.

or maybe Fredbird!

Take me out to the ballgame, take me out to the fair
Buy me some peanuts and Dippin' Dots.....

Monday, October 17, 2011

Happy feet

We went to see "So You Think You Can Dance" on tour last night. Both of the girls grew up dancing and this is hands down their favorite show on tv. It was a very entertaining, fast paced show jam packed with dances. It featured some beautiful backdrops and of course the talent was so impressive!

it's showtime!


puttin' on my top hat

very cool backdrop that was "painted" as they danced

the amazing Melanie, winner of this season's show
colorful circus dance

beautiful duet, beautiful backdrop with full moon rising

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Moms and daughters

My youngest sister Carolyn sent this piece to my other sister Ali and I soon after our mom passed away, 12 years ago today. It is comforting to look at her legacy to us and the root system she established for us~what a gift!

A Mother's Roots...
Nature often offers metaphors more elegant than any we can manufacture. In the redwood ecosystem, all seeds are contained in pods called burls, tough brown clumps that grow where the mother tree's trunk and root system meet. When the mother tree is logged, blown over, or destroyed by fire the trauma stimulates the burls' growth hormones. The seeds release, and trees sprout around her, creating the circle of daughters. The daughter trees grow by absorbing the sunlight their mother cedes to them when she dies. And they get the moisture and nutrients they need from their mother's root system, which remains intact even after her leaves die. Although the daughters exist independently of their mother above ground, they continue to draw sustenance from her underneath.

I am fooling only myself when I say my mother exists now only in the photograph on my bulletin board or in the outline of my hand or in the armful of memories I still hold tight. She lives on beneath everything I do. Her presence influenced who I was, and her absence influences who I am. Our lives are shaped as much by those who leave us as they are by those who stay. Loss is our legacy. Insight is our gift. Memory is our guide.  
~ Hope Edelman

Monday, October 10, 2011

in search of a great pumpkin...

Over the weekend we made our annual trip to the local pumpkin stand, Carmichaels. They have all kinds of pumpkins, gourds, produce and items to "autumnize" your home and porch. I also picked up apple butter to spread on maple scones we made over the weekend-had to satisfy all the senses. Emily's puppy, Rosie, got in on the action too, looks like she found herself a good one!

"Each year, the Great Pumpkin rises out of the pumpkin patch that he thinks is the most sincere. He's gotta pick this one. He's got to. I don't see how a pumpkin patch can be more sincere than this one. You can look around and there's not a sign of hypocrisy. Nothing but sincerity as far as the eye can see."  ~Linus

Friday, October 7, 2011

What's in a word?

Our word for the season is "Gather". We made this one afternoon to display in the hearth room of my kitchen. We collaged each letter in a different color scheme, I love how it turned out and I love making....

It has a prominent spot on the mantel over the fireplace. Gathering evokes a warm feeling to me and especially as we approach colder weather the idea of gathering together sounds cozy. As we wait (im)patiently for the cooler weather and just a few drops of rain to come our way we dream about temperatures cold enough to light a fire in the kitchen. It feels like time to put away the summer clothes (please!), make a hearty soup for dinner and feel a brisk autumn wind stirring as you step outside but the temperature still soars into the 80s. Its enough to make you say....

Think of the fun I will have with these letters.....
We are putting others like them for sale on our etsy shop so check them out!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

La Vita Dolce!

This past weekend my sister Ali visited from St. Louis. Part of our time was spent planning our trip to Italy that we are taking next spring. The other part was spent eating, mostly Italian food to inspire us! Some photos of the preparation of our meal:

chopping for bruschetta and ravioli

wild mushroom ragout - wish this was a scratch-n-sniff!

 that jar says it all, a semifreddo swirled with this chocolatey hazelnutty goodness

our cocktail before the big feast- an amaretto sour made with Prosecco, 
recipe courtesy of Giada, 
my flag bearer has things a little topsy turvy but you get the idea!

Ciao for now~