Wednesday, March 31, 2010
I have gotten pretty discerning about which events I go to, especially with the markets' schedules, but I called Gail after her initial email inquiry, and we had a great little chat, and then I went to her blog to check it out; see the link www.casualloveselegance.blogspot.com
That's when I saw her beautiful white garden house; peaked roof, twig chandelier, vintage door panels and the white-washed fence beyond:
And her fabulous crusty white French mirror: Sign me up! A garden house is the thing I want the most for our house now; I need space to organize my potting and extra plants; I have set aside pairs of vintage doors and leaded glass windows for the project. The garden house might come after the tool shed, which is a 1950's broken-down eyesore, but it's rising on the list. It would be easier to plan if I saw a few, but alas you don't find many.
This is a first-time event for the Grove Sale, and the first event I have done in San Diego for some time, but we will be there, in conjunction with Cargo & Company, with lots of pretty summer baskets, rolling carts with the new liners that are now in production, and European smalls from Cargo & Company. And, I have the added benefit of checking out Gail's Garden House and crusty white mirror. Should be fun.
Save the date and look forward to meeting some new friends....
Monday, March 29, 2010
Yesterday at Palisades, a shopper came to the market with her two daughters and a large Eze she had recently purchased from me. Wow did she look great! Who goes to the market looking like this? Even in Paris, you see it very rarely. We get a lot of well-heeled shoppers in Palisades, but this lady really stood out. Turns out, she was on her way home from church and so that was why she was wearing a full black skirt, a sleeveless black top and strappy slingback heels, accessorized with oversized black sunglasses and my Eze tote: I asked her if I could take her photo, and she was demeure about saying she had to meet someone right now at the corner, darn! I took these shots as she walked off:
Saturday, March 27, 2010
In Laguna, there is a parade downtown this eve, and there has been great buzz thanks to Max Isles and Transition Laguna. Way to go!
In other news, I was at Corona del Mar today for the market; one of my recent clients came back to show me her basket and thank me for a quality product, which was full of sweet peas today:
And speaking of Sweat Peas, dear Liza came by without Charlie Chan the Pug, and told me that Charlie has cancer, at 10 months of age! I am in shock, and thinking of them all day; she is strong but distressed; Charlie is the love of her life, along with her husband Donald, and Charlie and Honey have a little Saturday affair every week; I am really worried for the three of them....thinking of Liza and Charlie all day today.... My new pink Antibes baskets; I can't feel happy looking at them thinking of Charlie...And lastly, I went to Pasadena this afternoon after an intro from my client Sylvia; she is a regular at Nicole's. I was also referred by the uber-Francophile Anne Aubert. Indeed, Nicole's does not disappoint; I brought Mom along for the ride and we shared a Croque Monsieur and Salade Nicoise; close my eyes and I'd tell you I was in France. That Good. Wow!!! If I were going to the Hollywood Bowl or having a nice party, I'd go see Nicole. In the end, she took about 25 baskets; if you are in the Pasadena area, stop by; you can visit her website HERE; she has a gift shop around the corner staffed by the very capable Melanie; more later....
Monday, March 22, 2010
I spent the day cleaning up, but also had time to spend with little Honey; escorting her around the yard while she smelled everything. She's a total pet in the house; I am starting to wonder if she's a dog...she's more like our little rag doll Bear. But out in the yard, she's a terrier, nose to the ground.
This week I have confirmed a little sister for Honey; her name is Fox Island Biscuit, or just "Biscuit." Here she is, at 6 weeks: She is a Russell Terrier, which is basically a line of Jack Russells that were developed in Australia over the last 40 or so years. They are part of the AKC under the Miscellaneous group. She will be a little girl, about 11 or 12" tall at the shoulder; with the same rough coat as Honey. Her coloring will lighten from the puppy coat she has here to white with tan and brown, with her white blaze down the forehead.
I thank Dan Grimmel of Fox Island Kennels for allowing me to have this little girl; she is "the sweet one" of the litter, very calm, loving to be held. Nothing aggressive or barky or psycho about this dog! The Australians did a fabulous job breeding out the worst of the JRT traits, which I love because I can't have a hyper-Jack or an aggressive dog.
A shorter legged, rough coat white dog with tan head must have been in my mind's eye, and my sister's too, as she asked this weekend if I wouldn't please please let her have Biscuit. Nope, it's going to be Honey 'n' Biscuit at this house; I will find a new puppy for my sister soon. Biscuit will be here early April.
Saturday, March 20, 2010
I had a little cosmopolitan bar on the patio, but the sweet Meyer's lemons presented like this in the kitchen as I sliced them; it reminded me of a Dutch still life, on an English Ironstone platter: then the blood oranges, again with that ray of sun, which we get for only a few minutes every afternoon:
I was up late last night cleaning up after the party, when my sister called at midnight and advised that I drink lots of water, take a multivitamin, and be sure I have lots of food and drink for the party (it's for her daughter). We are wondering if this was such a good idea, back to back parties. I have never had to clean everything up for such a fast turnaround; wash the napkins, the plates, the silver, the glasses, and put them out for use again immediately. The good thing is that I will rearrange a little for tonight. It was nice though to get up this morning and see everything clean....the Limoges: My assorted glasses....
Friday, March 19, 2010
Thursday, March 18, 2010
This was a sharp bunch of kids! I arrived right at 8 after a two hour drive; even in the carpool lame. Traffic just keeps getting worse! I gave my intro and told them to ask questions at any time. After about 6 slides, we decided to abandon most of the rest of the presentation (though I've used it before and it's very effective) and just go the Q&A. The kids asked a range of questions, from how much time it takes to make a basket, to my marketing strategy, to what I think about having employees and what my plans are for expansion. I have to tell you kids and your parents, you asked better questions than most adults and clients have ever asked!!
The crazy fun part of the event was the end; I brought a bunch of non-branded reusable bags, produce bags, and t-shirts with either French Basketeer or Plastic Bags are So Passe screened on them. These are from the launch and this is about the end of them, but holy smokes did those kids snatch up those freebies! The teachers were trying to say let's round it up and give them out later, but it quickly became a small frenzy!
I hope to see some of the kids at the market; we didn't really have time to talk about the farmers in the detail I had wanted, though we talked about it briefly; but these kids definitely understand Fair Trade and Sustainability, among other topics.
Tonight, I strung up 100 ft of lights under the loggia for the dinner tomorrow; this is the prelim, for the lights only;
I was impressed, they even had a parking spot reserved for me!
We got everyone's jaw loosened up with a little wine and cheese soufle and salad; I wasn't sure if I was going to be on the mark since this was the first class, but all the ladies thought it was fantastic, especially Sue, who is going to Paris next week for her anniversary trip; lucky gal!
We will be doing this once a month for the next 6 months; stay tuned for future topics...anyone in southern California can join the classes; there is still one open space.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
I had already decided to use the paper lanterns I got at my neighbor Yvette's garage sale. Yesterday I found a string of Christmas lights and sprayed the cord and sockets white. I hung it up over the French doors that go from the living room to the patio, and then had Nicole and Chris help me assemble the lanterns; this is how it looked last night:
That puts me in the mood for a party! Notice the pretty little silk ribbons that Yvette had added to each one:
Everyone thought it looked great; and then I counted them: guess what, 21 lanterns for a 21st birthday! We had a nice dinner on the table next to the door; when I turned around, this was the view:
Monday, March 15, 2010
I wanted to share this set that I was watching this week; it is a COMPLETE service set; you don't see this often: asparagus, meat, lamb, salad, appetizers, salad, fish. You find these singly but hard to find the whole pattern of pieces together; this one on ebay and circa 1900; sold for around $500.
Such pretty pieces from the French silversmiths!