Thursday, August 27, 2009

I've been lusting after this tiffin set from DWR. But, oh lordy, $85!!!!!

I found mine at the "Dollar Store" on Hoyt Street for $8!!!!!!!

It's only 1/3 of the set they're selling, but c'mon, it's $8 I'm so excited! I took my lunch in it today and was just thrilled. Next, though, I have to sew a little bag for it so I can carry it on my shoulder. I just don't have enough hands to carry my tiffin and my coffee mug on the subway.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

I went to NJ this weekend and came back with something from each of my grandmothers.

My dad's mom passed away last Christmas and I chose a carefully curated selection of her huge collection of milk glass. She did most of her collecting in the 50's and 60's and favored the hobnail design. I'm trying to learn a little more about collecting milk glass but a lot of her stuff is unmarked, so I'm not making much headway.

The main reason I wanted it, though, is because I associate it with her so strongly. I just think of her when I see it. She was a crazy collector. She didn't just have one of something, she had 10. It makes me smile to see this little bowl on my counter and know that I have something of hers.

The tomatoes are courtesy of my mom's mom. She's in her 80's now, but still keeps a pretty impressive garden. It used to be bigger, but she's older now and has less mouths to feed and so she's cut back on the vegetables. Still, whenever I'm home she sends me back to the city with a bag full of tomatoes or cucumbers or string beans. I used to roll my eyes and groan, "More beans?" But now I know better. I'll eat some, freeze some and maybe pickle some so I can have them all year and think of her.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

I had the honor of attending the loveliest wedding this weekend in Greenwich, CT.
My friends, Michael and Rissa, (who were my gracious hosts in Tuscany this past April) were the adorable groom and bride. I wish I could have posted a picture of how handsome they both were, but I don't have their permission!

Every single detail was elegant and thoughtful, from the mojitos that matched the flowers to the parasols and fans provided for the guests.

And the dinner! It was a true reflection of the couple's tastes. Rustic and elegant, equally, and paired with the perfect wine. And the music! A Cuban band played into the wee hours of the night. You could definitely feel Michael and Rissa's hand in every detail of the evening.

I wish you both all the happiness in the world for your future together!!!!!