Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Summer Under the Stars - Week 1




Hello, dear hearts!

If you happen to be a TCM (Turner Classic Movies) fan, then I probably don’t have to tell you that it’s that time of year again. My favorite month on TCM is August, Summer Under the Stars Month. Each day they feature one actor’s work. This year they have a great line-up.

I thought I would offer my picks to you, one film each day to watch or record for later. It was extremely difficult at times to choose just one film a day, but I stiffened my backbone! I won’t always pick the best film, but I am choosing the film that I would watch if I could only watch one per day. For each film I choose, I’ll write a little snippet about it. I thought the best way to tackle this ambitious project was to break it down into one week increments. So, without further adieu…

Here are my picks for August 1 – 8:



FRIDAY, AUGUST 1 | JANE FONDA

6:45am PST - WALK ON THE WILD SIDE (1962)


I have been waiting for this one to be shown on TCM again! It's such a special little gem and not well known. The cast is stellar, as is the directing by Edward Dmytryk. I don't want to give anything away so I'll just impress upon you to be sure to catch this one, you won't be sorry.

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SATURDAY, AUGUST 2 | DAVID NIVEN

7am PST - THE WAY AHEAD (1944)

I will be tuning in to watch this David Niven film for the first time.  This British war film was the first film for Trevor Howard.  I really chose this one because it's directed by Carol Reed. I adore Carol Reed!

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SUNDAY, AUGUST 3 | WALTER PIDGEON

5pm PST – HOW GREEN WAS MY VALLEY (1941)


A perfect John Ford film. Be sure to have your kleenex handy, darlings. It's a tearjerker, for sure.
Maureen O'Hara can bring tears to my eyes like nobody's business. She's so tender-hearted in this film. Walter Pidgeon is understated and extraordinary in his role. I believe you will understand immediately why this film won the Academy Award.
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MONDAY, AUGUST 4 | JUDY GARLAND

7am PST - MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS (1944)

Once again, I was torn when choosing just one film to recommend. Finally, I decided to go with the one I watch over and over. This is a personal favorite of mine. It's a delight to watch this film. And the music! The Boy Next Door is my favorite song in the film. Vincente Minnelli's camera follows Judy around like a lovesick puppy and with good reason, she was never more beautiful. The entire film is gorgeous.

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TUESDAY, AUGUST 5 | BARBARA STANWYCK

5pm PST – BALL OF FIRE (1942)


All you could ever want in a comedy! So fun to watch. Barbara Stanwyck and Gary Cooper are wonderful together, they certainly have chemistry! Also, the other professors are like a who's who of fantastic character actors. A complete joy from start to finish. Not to mention, Barbara's costumes are designed by the one and only Edith Head.

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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 6 | PAUL MUNI

6am PST – BORDERTOWN (1935)

This is a new-to-me Paul Muni film. I don't have a wide knowledge of Paul Muni films. To be honest, I chose this one because Bette Davis is in it. Also, the description of the film mentions it was used later as a basis for THEY DRIVE BY NIGHT (1940), which I am a big fan of.  I'm looking forward to seeing how the two films compare.

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THURSDAY, AUGUST 7 | JAMES STEWART

10am PST – COME LIVE WITH ME (1941)


This is not the most popular or even the best film offered for James Stewart Day, but I love it. It's not a well-known film, but I feel it's well worth seeing. A sweet and charming film with the added bonus of Hedy Lamarr. Hot tamales!

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FRIDAY, AUGUST 8 | JEANNE MOREAU

11pm PST – THE LOVERS (1958)


I've not seen this film. I have to say I have a soft spot for French films. They can be unpredictable, sad (even though I do love a happy ending), realistic, quirky, beautiful to look at, among many other wonderful qualities. I'm looking forward to this one. I hope you'll let me know if you watch it and what you thought of it.  Jeanne is in the top few of my favorite french actors. The camera loves her.

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Phew! Week 1 complete! I truly hope you will let me know your thoughts on these films. If you watch them, I would love to hear your feedback. More importantly, I hope you have a chance to enjoy these films and perhaps find that you have a new favorite among them.

I will post my picks for August 9 - 15th next week.

Thank you for being you.
Until next time...

xo



Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Mama D's Super Simple Bread Pudding



Hello, darling dears! I thought I'd bring my sleepy blog back to life with this easy recipe. It is the ultimate in comfort food. It's a versatile recipe too. My family loves it. I hope  yours will too!



Mama D's Super Simple Bread Pudding


8 slices of day old bread*
2 tablespoons butter, melted
½ cup raisins**
4 eggs, beaten
2 cups milk
½ cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons vanilla extract***

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

Cut or tear bread into (roughly) one inch cubes. Put bread into a greased 8 inch square baking dish. Drizzle melted butter over bread. Sprinkle with raisins**.

In a medium mixing bowl, combine eggs, milk, sugar cinnamon and vanilla.  Hand mix until well blended. Pour over bread, and lightly push down with a fork until bread is somewhat covered and soaking up the egg mixture.

Bake for 45 minutes, or until the top springs back when lightly tapped.

*You can use what ever bread you have on hand. For this batch, I used whole wheat bread.
**Dried currants, cranberries, blueberries, or diced apple work wonderfully as well.
***I have also used 1 teaspoon vanilla and 1 teaspoon maple extract and it's lovely.

This dish is delicious by itself, but you could certainly serve this pudding many different ways.
Here are a few topping and accompaniment suggestions:

Ice cream and/or whipped cream.
Whiskey, caramel or vanilla sauce.
Warmed maple syrup.
Honey.



Let me know if you try it out, dear hearts.

Thank you for visiting and...
thank you for being you.

xo


 

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Busy hands and a Family Affair.


  The beginnings (in part) of my collaboration with Brock Street.


 Made for my dear sweet brother, Levi, as a special request.


More of the stones that are now en route to Levi.


I've been very busy lately (and so have my little hands). My incredibly talented brother, Levi, over at Brock Street SF suggested a collaboration between the two of us. Of course, I was thrilled and jumped at the opportunity! I put together quite a bundle of handmade pieces and shipped them to him on Tuesday. He should receive them today. So excited!

I will share more with you as soon as I'm allowed to...*wink*

Thank you for being you.
Much love...xo







Friday, January 24, 2014

Fringe Friday










Four new pieces in the shop this week. I really do love every one of them. I can't help it. I do admit that I've had sweethearts and valentines and love on my mind. These thoughts are definitely influencing my creativity...Love is in the air!

And Phew! What a week. So so busy. I'm plum tuckered out.

I will write more soon. As soon as I get a spare moment. It seems that every minute of this weekend is filled with commitments. I prefer slower moving weekends, and this weekend will be anything but slow moving. Wish me luck, dear hearts. I have a feeling I'll blink my eyes, and it will be Monday.

I hope you have a beautiful weekend. A weekend that is filled with just what you want it to be.

Thank you for stopping by.
Thank you for being you.
Much love...xoxo





Friday, January 17, 2014

Fringe Friday

This week's Fringe shop update is live, dear hearts. 
There are 8 new items. 
You can check them out here.


The following pieces are among the new.


cherry red
black velvet lacing
 like a warm hug
bringing sexy back



dark chocolate brown
dove grey knit bow
one of a kind
roaring 20s




black ink
velvety soft
sexy snugglebunny
faux fur




shades of brown
goldenrod as romance
crocheted lace trim
rustic chic


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I hope your week was filled with small (or big!) triumphs.
My wish for you this weekend...
warmth
love
kisses
good food
wonderful reading
time outdoors
sleep
poetry
meaningful words
happy moments
passion
desire
laughter
sharing
lively conversation
birdsong
rousing music
inspiration
ideas
sunshine
 


Thank you for stopping by!
Thank you for being you.
Much love...xo



 

Monday, January 13, 2014

Did your day tell its secret?



dark chocolate brown

smoky grey

winter white

succulent green



Hello, dear hearts. I hope your week is off to a wonderful start!

I'll start off with the latest Fringe shop news...I meant to post a Fringe Friday shop update, but three of the four new items I listed sold quite quickly. Thank you to the three lovely ladies who purchased the new Snow Bunny Loop Scarves! It means so very much to me knowing my work is appreciated. What a super fantastic way to get back in the swing of things!

The Sidecar Collar is still available. It’s a one of kind piece. I adore it. The color is divine. My inspiration for this piece came by way of the Roaring 20s. The yarn is gorgeous and fun, luxury yarn from England.

I will restock the Snow Bunny Scarf in winter white, smoky grey and dark chocolate in my shop this week, in case you are interested in them. I’m so happy they are getting such an enthusiastic response!

I plan to have another shop update this Friday. I will post the new items here on Friday in case you wish to see what’s new. As I mentioned in my previous post, I’m a bit out of practice with my shop. My hope is to make Fringe Friday a regular routine for posting new items. There are so many new designs waiting to be photographed. They may need a little bit of attention with detailed finishing first, and I refuse to rush on that. I take pride in my work and will make certain to get each piece finished to the degree of quality that I feel is as close to perfect as I can make it. So I’ll do my best to bring them to you as soon as I can.

I do believe that is all for my Fringe news…

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We had a lovely weekend here. I hope you did too. I managed to get a lot done without feeling like it was hectic. Took a walk under blue skies every day. We went out to eat at one of our favorite little family-run restaurants on Friday night. I ordered the same thing I always order there: chicken curry udon soup. It’s positively scrumptious! Especially on a nippy night like we had on Friday.

We took a walk under blue skies every day.



Ron worked on his latest woodworking project – a dining room table. It’s going to be so beautiful! I will definitely share photos with you here when it’s complete.

I made granola as I do most weekends these days. We’re a little pack of granola wolves lately. I have a delicious recipe that I would love to share with you, if you wish.


I had a nice long conversation with my beloved brother on Saturday. Talking to him is always good  for my soul. We laughed a lot. He’s a very creative and talented man. Very very! So he told me some of the projects he’s been working on at his cabin. Also, we are planning/working on an exciting collaboration. It’s double secret at the moment, but I will tell you more about it soon. I promise!

Before I sign off, I want to share a bit of beautifully written prose:

“Will the day tell its secret ... Before it disappears, ... Becomes timeless night.” 
~ Dejan Stojanovic

Until next time, dear ones.
Thank you for stopping by and...
Thank you for being you.

Much love...xo


Friday, January 3, 2014

Happy New Year of the Horse!





Happy New Year, dear hearts! 
And Happy Year of the Horse!

May your year be filled with laughter, love, good health, and prosperity. I have so many thoughts and ideas and hopes and dreams for the coming year. I am a true believer in looking forward. However, before looking forward, I want to share a little about the last year.

2013 hit my little family like a bullet in the back. It knocked us flat in May, but not permanently. We made it through, but not unscathed. When your life gets turned upside down, you find out what’s really important. I know I’ve discussed what I feel is most important before on this blog, see this post. Also, this post.

The thing is, I only recently reclaimed my desire to create. It was as if that part of me shut down. I went into survival mode, focusing solely on taking care of my family. I’ve felt like only half of myself all these months, but it’s all slowly coming back now. And it feels so wonderful, so sweet and strangely, it feels a little scary. I know time will take care of the scary part. It’s a matter of fully getting back into my creative self. Each new piece I make now feels like a gift I’m giving myself.

 Neil Gaiman wrote a lovely blog post this week that hit home with me in many basic ways. Here's an excerpt that goes a long way for me:

"And then it seemed so many things happened, and I had not written about any of them, and catching up seemed less and less possible."

That. That is what happened to me this year. It's why my blog has had crickets chirping for months. Actually, I hope you will read the rest of Neil Gaiman's post here. Truly, just start reading his blog. You'll be so glad you did.

You may have noticed my shop, Fringe, was closed for some time last year. More than six months. We were busy dodging that aforementioned bullet in the back. I'm so happy that Fringe is now reopened. New things coming up next week, beginning with this little velvety soft number.



The Snow Bunny Loop Scarf
velvety soft
snow white
versatile
sexy
playful
coming to Fringe next week

Also, darling dears, there is a special One of a Kind Sale going on in my shop. For a select few of my one of a kind designs, 20% off. When they're gone, they're gone forever.

The final bit of Fringe news is a special coupon code just for my dear heart blog readers. Enter the code BLOGLOVE at checkout and receive free domestic priority mail shipping. 

If you are an international customer, I will give you a discount on your shipping after your purchase or contact me before your make your purchase and I will adjust the listing for you.


Thoughts for the new year. Personally, I don't make resolutions. However, I do like to try and make improvements where they are needed. Things that will improve our quality of life. I found a beautiful post this week about just that.



Also, this lovely little list for:

2014

Simplify.
Be Inspired.
Be Original.
Work Hard.
Enjoy.


 Okay, darling dears, I think I'll sign off. I went from a deserted blog to a very long post. I hope you aren't shell-shocked. *wink*

I'll leave you with this, just for the fun of it. Because I do love films. Especially the classics, as you well know...I hope you are able to curl up on a cozy couch or chair with proper snacks and catch one or more of these truly special films.

Weekend Stay-at-Home Movie Night recommendations:

On TCM (Turner Class Movies)

For Saturday: THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL (1952) at 5PM PST. Dick Powell and Gloria Grahame make this a must-see, in my opinion. Of course, Lana Turner is easy on the eyes. The acting, directing and the screenplay are topnotch.

For Sunday: HOW TO MARRY A MILLIIONAIRE (1953) at 5PM PST. Lauren Becall, Marilyn Monroe, Betty Grable and William Powell too! This is fun film and the fashion is pure joy to behold.

Netflix:

THE APARTMENT (1960). Starring Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacClaine. Directed by Billy Wilder.

CINEMA PARADISO (1988). This Oscar-winning film is set in Italy. It has, in my opinion, one of the best endings ever filmed.
 
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Thank you for stopping by. I'm glad to be back. I'm glad you're here. And...
Thank you for being you.
Much love...xo






Thursday, August 29, 2013




I hope you're having a beautiful Thursday, dear hearts. My days seem to fly by. Trying to slow things down is like trying to hold a tiger by his tail...

The boy started his junior year of high school yesterday. Junior. I cannot believe it.

I have been very busy with a new project that I'm so excited about it. Before I tell you about it, I want to make sure it truly happens. Don't want to jinx things, right? *wink*

I spent last weekend rearranging all the furniture downstairs. I love doing that. I haven't for a while so it was especially fun for me. I even painted some walls to freshen things up a bit more. It feels like a new house now. Moving things around costs nothing, but gives me so much pleasure. The boys like it too. We are all marveling at how different everything looks. Now I'm plotting the same thing for the upstairs area...I highly recommend moving your furniture and wall art and everything else around if you feel like your space is getting a little stale. It makes a world of difference. I usually take a couple days to do it...I move some things, then think about their new location, then move some more...it takes time. Cleaning and organizing as I go adds even more time, but it's all well worth it. I always get the cleaning and organizing bug in the fall. How about you?

Thank you for stopping by, and thank you for being you!
Much love...xo



Friday, August 23, 2013




Hello, dear hearts. I've been busy. You know how much nature inspires my work. I have been working on several designs, inspired by the beauty of nature, for the past few months. Along these lines, I may have news for you soon as well. If all goes according to plan...

I hope you all have a beautiful weekend.  Try to spend a bit of time doing something just for yourself. A walk, a book, a project, a letter, a sketch, an old classic movie, a new recipe, a long soak in the tub, whatever it is you love to do. You're worth it!

Much love...xo