this week


in le shoppe.

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books upon books by squidart

here's a list of favorites, which is by no means complete:

of love and other demons by gabriel garcia marquez
portrait of a lady
by henry james
the rachel papers by martin amis
20 poems of love
and a song of despair by pablo neruda
barrel fever by david sedaris
by grand central station i sat down and wept by elizabeth smart
by vladimir nabakov
the master and margarita by mikhail bulgakov
dylanist by bryan morton
like a hole in the head by jen banbury
idiot girls action adventure club by laurie notaro
first comes love by marion winik
through the looking glass by lewis
the moviegoer by walker percy
confederacy of dunces by
john kennedy toole
a wrinkle in time by madeline l'engle
the end
of the affair by graham greene
darconville's cat by alexander theroux
bloodsucking fiends by
christopher moore
in the land of dreamy dreams by ellen gilchrist
foster by kaye gibbons
emma who saved my life by wilton barnhardt
high the roofbeams by j.d. salinger
neverwhere by neil gaiman
harriet the spy by louise fitzhugh
locked room by paul auster
a prayer for owen meany by john irving
by mary gaitskill
sixteen pleasures by jeffrey hellenga
a room
with a view by e.m. forster
the things we talk about when we talk about love by raymond carver
suicides by jeffrey eugenides
pride and prejudice by jane austen
the sidewalk ends by shel silverstein
wonder boys by michael chabon
the adventures of cavalier and clay by michael chabon
the screwtape
letters by c.s. lewis
from the mixed up files of mrs. basil e.
frankweiler by e.l. konigsburg
love medicine by louise erdrich
year of magical thinking by joan didion
midnight's children by salman rushdie

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have you seen my sister evelyn?

we went to the amanda palmer / evelyn evelyn show tonight. amazing really doesn't quite cut it. i has happy from start to finish. ok, yes, there was the radiohead song that kicked my ass down the rabbit hole. but even that, even that was pretty great. 

i could gush. i could. but i won't. really, i don't think i could do it justice.


if the amanda palmer / evelyn evelyn tour hasn't hit your town yet, go. for reals. you may just get to see jason webley do this song and let me tell you, it'll knock your socks off.

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scenes from a good week

This weekend
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The Guild

the guild. felicia day is adorable. she has impeccable timing. and honestly, so does everyone else on the show. find a few hours and watch the whole thing. you'll be glad you did!<a href="" target="_new" title="Season 3 - Episode 1: Expansion Time">Video: Season 3 - Episode 1: Expansion Time</a>

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happy weekend


its been a great weekend. i had friends over, went on an impromptu trip, did a ton of baking, slept in, watched some movies and made some pretty things. here's hoping the week is just as lovely.

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this week

June 14

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yellow cake cupcakes

4 cups cake flour (not
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
4 large eggs, at room temperature
2 cups buttermilk

Preheat oven to 350°F. Put cupcake liners in 2 pans.

Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium
bowl. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter and sugar in a large bowl
with an electric mixer at medium speed until pale and fluffy, then beat
in vanilla. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating well and scraping down the
bowl after each addition. At low speed, beat in buttermilk until combined. Add flour mixture a cup at a time, mixing until each cup is mixed.

Pour into cupcake pan (you can go a little more than ¾ full on these)

and bake for 18 minutes. Cool completely on a rack.

chocolate buttercream

2 cups unsalted butter, softened
5 cups powdered sugar, sifted
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup heavy cream
12 ounces semisweet chocolate, melted and cooled

In the bowl of an
electric mixer fitted with the paddle
attachment, beat butter until smooth and creamy, 2 to 3 minutes. With
mixer on low speed, add chocolate until just mixed. Add cream,
vanilla, and sugar; mix on medium until well combined. Frost cupcakes, sprinkle with something colorful and eat.

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rough day, good song

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alot can change

lately i've been getting a lot of wedding orders & inquiries. for custom headpieces. for matching necklaces for the entire bridal party. for brooches for wedding sashes. and then there's the wonderful and fabulous lorie, who keeps buying rings for her brides and sends me incredible pictures like this one:

Something blue

its all got me thinking, perhaps i should be marketing more to brides. so i started to do some googling. and here's the thing; 10 years ago when we got married the only real online resource was now, there's a blog for every possible kind of wedding you may want to plan. it was all a little overwhelming but i have to say, pretty cool.

10 years ago I wanted a blue wedding dress. i didn't think it was such an odd request but most bridal shops did. no one actually made a blue wedding dress so i ended up wearing a bridesmaids dress. now, dresses come in every color of the rainbow. its pretty great.

so, here were a few of the sites i found that i really dug:

also, how gorgeous are these flowers? 

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dad's day


all i can really say is this: my mom chose well. my dad rocks.

also, i miss gramps.

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