This amazing chocolate shop(Joseph Schmidt) in San Francisco has been in operation for over 20 years. We have been going to it for at least 19 of those years. Sadly, with Hershey's buying them, and Scharffen Berger, they will no longer be in operation after June. To say that I hate them is putting it mildly! They took over in 2005,and now they have completed their evil plan of shutting the best chocolate shops in the Bay Area. We decided to go visit, and buy some chocolate for the last time this past Sunday. They use to have the most incredible chocolate bunnies and other little animals in the cases,but now they only had mostly packaged up goodies.
If you click on the picture to make it larger, you can see above the shop keepers head, some of the older sculptures they use to make. Back in the day, they made beautiful multi colored tulips and other amazing confections.
Here are a few goodies at my house to usher in the Easter season. Some of them you may remember from last Easter, but I included other little friends that are tucked in and around the house.
This guy is creepy and cute all in one I think. He is limited edition "toy" I bought way back in the eighties, from an art gallery where I worked in Carmel. There are only 150 of them. He is mostly ceramic with a soft body, satin shirt and corduroy pants. His face is all hand painted. He even has little painted finger nails. Quite the dandy no?
My daughter, Nicole gave me this charming little bunny one year. I think he is German, and mostly made of molded paper.His head comes off, so you can fill him with candy.
This candle bunny was from the store "Illuminations." He is chocolate scented. If he were not made of wax, I would eat him. The store, "Illuminations" got bought out by NERDY Yankee Candle Co, and they shut all of the Illumination stores down!! I loved that store, it had such classy candles and decorations for the seasons. Boo hiss on Yankee Candle Co. for shutting them down!
This little guy is in an egg go cart of sorts, I love his vintage look, even though he is not.
I'm working on my center piece for my table and I hope it works out. I'm a bit nervous about it, since I haven't put one together like it before. I wish I had better skills in flower arranging.
Anyway, thought I'd share a bit of Easter fun with you all. Tomorrow I'll show you what I bought on my kitchen shopping spree.