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!

August 6, 2015

Summer Light

Hello! It has been way too long since I have been in my little corner of blog land!   As you might guess my days have been tied up with Caitlin's wedding and getting the last little details checked off the list. So many little things that take up so much time. It's all been fun though, and now that all the big chores are complete, we get to do the fun stuff.
We are all settled into this little house that feels like a tree house, since we are on a hill and the main living area is perched up on the second level. Lots and lots of light. The light is beautiful in this house, but I must say on the hottest days, it's a bit toasty, and you know how much I'm not into being hot and summer in general! Thank goodness for AC, or I would be living in the basement I think.
I promised to share some photos of the yard, so I went around this evening and snapped a few photos. The weather is odd today, hot and muggy, so the photos look a bit washed out, sorry about that.   Like I have mentioned in my previous posts, there are a lot of fruit trees on this property. We have enjoyed the peaches and plums until we just can't eat another one, and now we are eyeing the avocados that are starting to get big and hopefully will be ready to eat soon. The picture of the sidewalk with all the peach pits is evidence that the deer have been having dessert in the evening and leaving their mess behind. Even with them mowing down all those peaches, there are still plenty more to pick! I made a pie, a crisp, and we eat them for breakfast almost every morning. Love peaches :) As you can see, we once again we have an orange tree and a lemon tree. I loved the Meyer lemons at the last place, but I love these more, because they are better to cook savory dishes with. Meyer lemons are a bit too sweet, and I couldn't figure out why the owner planted a million of the same kind on the property. Now we have one really nice large lemon tree, that gives very LARGE lemons as you can see from the last photo.  I have to tell you a story in regards to the lemon tree. Early in July, I went out to the tree to retrieve a lemon for dinner, and while I was glancing down at the lemon that I had picked, I proceed to misstep off the porch and fell. Not just a nerdy falling and then brushing your self off, and hope no one saw, I mean really fell in a bad way! As I fell, it seemed like it was all in slow motion, because I could see where I was going to hit and unfortunately for me, it was face plant right on the corner of a copper planter :( I laid there for a bit, to see if nothing was broken, and it wasn't until I got up that I saw all the blood!!! The family was in the house luckily, and when they came running after I called out for help, they all got scared when they too saw all the blood. Off I went to the emergency room. Luckily it wasn't as bad as we thought and they put liquid stitches on the bridge of my nose, but only after being in the ER for almost 5 hours!!! The bruise on my arm was a whopper and actually hurt more than the cut on my nose. The scar is starting to fade a bit and the bruise is now faint. My husband is terrified when I joke with him that I'm going out to get a lemon! Hahahah

Caitlin goes for her first fitting next week and we are all excited to see the dress and veil again. She has also gotten the rest of her accessories, and they are so pretty!  Friday we will be going to the hairdresser to do a run through of the hair style she wants. We are also planning a wedding shower :)
The next thing I have to do is  look for a dress for myself. I haven't seen anything I really love yet, but hopefully the new fall items will be coming in for better color choices.

Shop news.....I've gotten three or more special orders for the capes. It seems to be getting earlier and earlier with them. It's very difficult to motivate to cut hot wool hahah, but luckily the days the orders came in we had a break in the heat waves we have been having.
I have some fun ideas for some new garments, but when to find the time to execute them is another story.

I'll try and do a better job of visiting this space a bit more often, because just the other day, I was reminded of why I started this blog to begin with. We were trying to remember a dinner party that we had and who was there. I realized that I had taken some picture for a blog post and so we jumped on here and there it was! I love looking back over the years, weather anyone is reading this blog anymore or not!  Speaking of that, I have heard form a couple of  you that you have been unable to leave comments?!  I really don't know what is up with blogger anymore!!! I have tried tinkering with a few things to make it work, but to no avail. You can message me on Instagram or if you are friends with me on FB, leave the comment there. Sorry about that guys. I notice that when I reply to you , I get a failure to send in my email. So please check back here if you asked me something, because I try and always reply.  On that note, see you sooner than later with more updates and life in general!

July 4, 2015

Catching Up On Events

 This was my favorite course. There is an egg in the ravioli!

June was a whirlwind as usual, and added to the fact that we are still settling into a new home, made it extra crazy. We managed to fit in all the celebrations though this year. First one was Caitlin graduating from San Francisco State University. She worked so hard to get her degree, but didn't really want to go through ceremonies, so we had a lovely brunch at our favorite restaurant. Caitlin and Cryous moved the same weekend we did, so everyone was a little bit out of it that day hahah.
Next up was our 32nd anniversary. We couldn't get into Chez Panisse this year, so David found a new place to try. It was wonderful! It is called 1313 Main. If ever you are in Napa, you should go there. I was that annoying person at the dinner table snapping photos of each course, because they were all a work of art. Not only was each course beautiful, they were delicious as well. The chef of 1313 Main worked at "Meadowood." Meadowood is the second restaurant on the west coast to receive 3 Michelin stars.  We went to Meadowood a while back, and did not have a great experience there at all. I was shocked frankly that they were awarded 3 stars! To say they were on par with French Laundry, to me seemed a crime. ANYWAY, this chef took with him the skill of using flowers( Meadowood signature) in an artistic way, and I must say, he does it better.  The restaurant on the outside is very unassuming but elegant, if that makes sense. On yelp it only has two dollar signs, which means that it really isn't that pricey. Our dinner certainly could stand up to more expensive places. We really want to go back and try this place again in the fall possibly, to see what this chef does with the season. The chef came out to say hi after the meal, and when we left, the staff all signed the tasting menu with our names on it and put it in a nice envelope with a wax seal.

On another topic, we are in the final months planning the wedding and can't believe that it is so close! So many more little details need to be accomplished. Wish I could post pictures of some of the things that we have done, but I feel that it would spoil the surprise for the guests.

We are really liking our new home and the neighborhood! Such a nice change from our last place and feels way more like "our" space. I haven't had a chance yet to take any photos of the yard and all the neat trees yet, but I will soon. I just thought I'd jump in and get back into the blogging mode with some photos of our lovely anniversary dinner.

Today is the 4th of July, and we aren't really doing anything to celebrate the day sadly, since David is working. They are launching a whole new computer system and everyone has to be there this whole weekend. It kind of took the wind out of our sails to celebrate the day.  I sure hope everyone else is having a fun filled weekend though!  Happy 4th of July!!!!