September 25, 2015


As the wedding draws near, I have been looking back at old pictures throughout the close to 7 years these two have been together. It has been a privilege, and an honor to have watched these two grow into the beautiful couple that is before us today. Looking through all these old pictures brought back some great memories of trips we took together, many, many restaurant adventures, and  holiday celebrations. Since Caitlin and Cyrous love to cook together, as well as both David and I, we have shared a lot home cooked adventures as well.
Aside from always eating and cooking though......we have loved watching these two together and seeing the love and true friendship between them grow stronger as the days go by.

As in all weddings and in blending families together, there will always be drama along the way. What wedding in the history of mankind has a wedding not had some drama?! We however have had many episodes of drama over the months, that have been pretty tiring and wearing. Watching these two work together to get through it, makes me confident that whatever comes their way, they can handle it as a team.

We as parents are extremely proud to see Caitlin enter into this chapter of her life with her best friend. All the other nonsense that has been going on, is just that, pure nonsense. At the end of the day, the wedding will celebrate these two beautiful souls joining as one.

Up until the big day, every single minute there will be something to do! I have two flower girls to make and other final touches to work on with Caitlin. I'm also finishing two special orders for the shop, and I will be putting it on vacation mode as of October 5th, so I can fully be present in the final days leading up to the wedding.
Soon I will be a able to share all the work we put into this wedding.  
Hope you enjoy some of these fun pictures of the soon to be married couple through out the years.

September 12, 2015

The "Ber" Months Have Arrived!

I'm so happy that summer is close to being in my rear view window! Still hot as hades outside though. This whole week we have been in the 100's, but hey the lighting is beautiful, because fall is trying to peek through the wall of summer heat.  
Last weekend we went to Oaktown Spice shop and we added to our collection for our cute little spice cabinet. Every time I open the door it smells like spice heaven. I love to replenish and purge my spices in the fall and spring. If you are ever in Oakland, you must go to this shop, click the name above for the link to their website, it has everything you would be looking for to make those exotic and not so exotic dishes.
Sundays I have been sending Dave to the farmers market to fetch pastries from a baker that makes the best croissants and danishes this side of the bay! We are thankful that he sells in our farmers market and if we are lazy, we can go there and not have to drive all the way to Berkeley to Fournee, which by the way I found out that the farmers market baker and the Fournee baker are friends and trained in the same school.
Boxes and boxes keep arriving everyday for the happy couple! It's exciting to see all the showering of gifts and how lovely their home is going to be set up with such pretty and thoughtful gifts. I'm really excited for them. I can't believe that in just a few weeks the big day will be here. Lots and lots of little details still need to be done, but I think we are finally in a good place that we can see it all coming together. It has been a delight planning the wedding with Caitlin and working with such wonderful vendors. I'm so excited to see the flowers. We went to the venue last week and did a walk through with the florist, and had a great time with him talking over the details and how it will be coming all together. It's great to work with someone that can see what you are trying to achieve.

I finally got some curtains up in a couple of the rooms that have been blasted by the sun. I love all the windows in this house and I don't plan on putting up anymore curtains but the ones shown above. The dinning room would get so much sun that you can see that the hardwood floors getting slightly bleached by the sun. I was concerned with putting some of my darker table cloths out because of it too. So we went to good old Ikea and got some simple curtain hardware, and I repurposed the curtains that we had at our old place. I left all the hardware at the old house because the paint job was so horribly done, that when we started to take them down it was pulling chunks of paint and plaster off the wall. Since they were cheap Ikea polls we gifted them to the house.
I used our white organdy curtains that were in our last bedroom, and put them in the studio. I love how the light filters through them and cuts some of the harsh sun that can be quite blinding when I'm cutting fabric.
Speaking of fabric, I bought 4 yards of this darling Spoonflower fabric for a limited amount of capes. I'm running out of the cute Little Red Riding Hood toile fabric. I have combed the internet for more, but haven't found anymore sadly, so I have to start looking for something different. Since I can get this spoon flower fabric anytime, it might just have to be this and some other linings that I can find with this theme.  I have made a total of 8 this summer. I usually make about 8 during Halloween and Christmas. I'm happy that customers are thinking ahead this year, and also reading my announcement that I plan to put the shop on vacation mode soon, so that I can concentrate on Caitlin's wedding.
Speaking of which, I need to get ready for the day, as my cousin is coming over so I can measure up her daughters for flower girl dresses. They are so pretty that will will be fun to see them all dolled up on the day.

Happy weekend!

August 30, 2015

Caitlin's Wedding Shower

 We played guess how old Caitlin is

Persian treats
 Bridal bow bouquet

 Our florist for the wedding made a beautiful bouquet for the shower

 Caitlin with Vanessa. Vanessa is one of the brides maids.

 Caitlin and Brooke. Childhood friends since first grade!

 Bridal bouquet builders! They did a great job.

 Caitlin with her cousins, Isabella and Natalia.

There are lots more pictures of course, but I hope these give a good example of the day.  We put a lot into it and I think everyone had a good time! The maid of honor of course lives in London and we missed having her here, so some of these photos are for her.   It was so fun to see some friends that we haven seen in a while and to meet Zarin's friends. The weather was lovely and Zarin's garden is so beautiful that we got enjoy being outside while we built our mimosas.
We let Whole Foods do all the work for our food for the day, but I made the cupcakes. You can't see it very well in the pics, but I found the cutest sprinkles that were tiny, tiny gold stars and hearts!!! Then I topped them with edible rose petals.

It's scary how close the wedding is now! All the planning will soon come to a close and then the next chapter of Caitlin and Cyrous' life begins.  Looking forward to it all unfolding soon.

While planning the wedding and shower, I have been a busy bee with the shop as well. I made yet more  special order capes and have been selling made stock as well.  I will soon be putting the shop on vacation mode, because I will be making two flower girl dresses soon, and finish up all the small details left for the big day!

My post is going to be short, since I'm tired beyond right now hahah.  Hope you enjoy the pictures of the shower!

Flower girls!

August 17, 2015

Wake Me Up When Summer is Over!

Hello, is it fall yet? Not by the looks of the thermometer out side sadly. Last Monday I pushed the season and made a fall dish for the family, NOT the one I have pictured above, but a real hearty dish that really isn't a good idea to make on a hot day.  Today I cannot get away with doing this as you can see above, it's in the hundreds today!
The invitations were all sent out last Monday and that was quite a feat unto itself! Looking for the right stamps and then assembling them took some time. Caitlin did all the hard work though, as she did all the addresses in calligraphy! It took a few weeks, as there were over 80 of them to do.
Next thing up is Caitlin's wedding shower. Since the maid of honor lives in London, she cannot put one together for her, so the groom's mom and I are throwing the shower for her.  If it were not enough to plan a big wedding with 250 guests, lets just throw on a shower as well hahahah. It will be a lot of fun and I'm actually looking forward to putting all the little touches on that little party as well.

On another note, I finally ordered my dress for the wedding. Everyone was giving me a hard time because I was dragging my feet on getting one. Why you ask? Well, I really hate trying on dresses first off. Can I just rant here a little bit on how annoying it is when you have a  hour glass figure, but there really are no dresses to fit it? Dress makers assume that if your hips are a certain width, then you must have the bust size to match it. Wrong! I went to three department stores hoping to try on a dress that I liked. They either had ugly colors, or not my size. Customer service doesn't exist anymore either, no matter how fancy the department store. I finally tried on a dress of the designer that I liked just for the sizing, and went home and ordered the style I liked on line. Same for the shoes! Remember when Nordstroms specialized in fitting shoes? Well, they don't anymore. I guess everyone on the planet has a medium width foot. If you have a narrow foot or a wide foot, then you best be at home scouring the internet because there will be no shoes for you to try on. I asked the salesperson at Nordstrom why they don't carry ANY shoes in a wide width( except for those god awful Munro shoes), because surely there are others like me. His response was, " They collect dust." Really?! Somehow I don't believe this, but then I started to think. Perhaps the reason why they might be collecting dust is because women are so vain with shoes that they will cram their feet into a shoe that doesn't fit for the sake of fashion, and not bother to demand that they carry other widths. I finally found some online that didn't scream old lady, and both the dress and the shoes will arrive soon. I'm praying that the dress looks good on me, or I'm going to be annoyed!

We went for Caitlin's first fitting and tried everything on at the salon. She looked so beautiful, and reminded me of how I will be a crying fool on the day of the wedding!!!  

As for my little Etsy shop, I have been making special order capes it seems all summer! I was thinking that people were getting ready for fall, but all of the capes were rush orders for parties! A couple of them went to some states that are quite toasty this time of year, and I could not imagine having a party with a wool cape!   Because of all the wedding chores, it has taken me away from finishing that last garment that I photographed. The heat also makes me very unmotivated, but I'm going to force myself to get it done, as I have two flower girl dresses to make for the wedding.
I had planned on making up a batch of the capes and just selling them and not taking special orders, but I think I'm going to do the opposite, and then put the shop on vacation mode the second week of October.  

I'll keep you posted on my dress dilemma. If anyone out there knows of a good on line gown/special occasion site they like, let me know!