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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Uova Per Pasqua… Easter Eggs…

I've been planning our Easter Dinner,  deciding on a menu and the decor… somehow though ,  this year,   i'm torn,  and can't seem to decide between  pastels,  which I love for Easter… or,  a   more rustic, muted garden theme…. We'll likely be dining outside,  so,  we'll see.  I started the "season" making delicate ,  pastel , Velvet Easter  Eggs,  and now it's dark , muted garden colored Eggs with Pressed Flowers.  I guess i'm sort of Garden Obsessed right now…  


Thursday, April 10, 2014

Nel Giardino… In The Garden…

The garden is full and green,  the roses are blooming,  and Jim just finished building the raised garden beds… they just need to be lined, and  the soil delivered,  then I can start planting… So excited for that!




Monday, April 7, 2014

Nidi… Nests…

Come Springtime,  it's hard not to think about Nests and Flowers…  some made,  some found…












Sunday, March 30, 2014

Profumi Di Primavera… Springtime Scents…

Once again,  I find myself with lots of leftover wax from all of my favorite scented candles.  Using pretty little blossoms picked from the garden ,  some Fragrant Juniper,   Nutmeg Scented Geranium,  and Fragrant Essential Oils…  came these little wax Sachets to hang in a closet.











Thursday, March 27, 2014

Un' Altra Torta Per Una Cara Amica… Another Cake For A Dear Friend…

When Yuri asked me to make the Birthday Cake for Linda's Safari Themed Birthday Party,  I wasn't inspired, and had no idea what I wanted to do.  I decided to keep it simple and elegant. I made a Chocolate Cake which I filled with an  Orange Chocolate Ganache , then topped it with  the Ganache and covered it with Fondant. I painted the Fondant with Gold Luster Dust, then painted it  in a Cheetah pattern.  I created  a stylized poppy with Gum Paste,  painted it with Gold Luster Dust,  and added a jewel to the center. I was happy with the cake ,  and the party was lots of fun…as usual… Next up,  Tami's Birthday,  hosted by me…


Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Piaceri Primaverili… Springtime Pleasures…

Enjoying the longer days,  and the garden getting fuller and greener.  Roses are beginning to bloom , and there are  birds  everywhere,  helping to keep garden pests away. A new/old  birdbath,  a Springtime Pot Pie with Slow Roasted Pork and Vegetables , topped with Thyme and Sage,  and some more Velvet Easter Eggs…




















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