A Long Weekend

There was Lobster.

And  Potato Stamping.

And Squash Roasting.

And I finished this book. Love it. Love her.

Now it’s back to the daily grind. And getting ready for the holidays! I can’t wait!


Happy Turkey Day!

I’m taking a few days off for the holiday. And we’re having Lobster, rather than Turkey, which actually is pretty traditional.  We’re also having Tuna Tataki, which has become our tradition. Are you having Turkey? Tofurky? Turducken? Tell me, I want to know.

And then visit Tyler’s blog, BabyLuxDesign, for a great Giveaway. Wouldn’t that little bunny look great on your tree?


Do You Pinterest?

I do. I sure do. I actually signed up a while ago, but have lately been pretty addicted. It’s a whole other place to find inspiration and add to my to do list. Just a few….

(like these vases from here.)

(and this wreath from here.)

(and, um, these.)


Ink Link at the U

Friday night Jen and I ran over to McNeal Hall on the St. Paul Campus at the U of M. The College of Design hosted a party to show off their new letterpress studios. We met there in those classrooms many years ago and it was cool to go back.

And it was great to see where the program has come since I spent long days in that building. Their letterpress capabilities are impressive. And their partnership with the Hamilton Wood Type Museum is amazing. Some day I’ll make it there for a workshop. Until then I’ll make due with the print above.



We have a light weekend of plans. There’s a coffee shop playdate. A birthday party. A hockey game. And I hope to start some holiday shopping. And tonight? I’m heading out with Jen to check out some letterpress at the good ‘ol U of M. It’s where we met, so it’s appropriate.  And we might have a glass of wine, too. I can’t wait.

fun finds

Salmon Crostini & Clean Out Your Fridge

We served this Salmon Crostini at the Purple•Puppie Launch Party on Saturday night and it was such a hit I thought I’d share the “recipe.” And recipe is in quotes because it’s really, really simple. Spray your bread slices with olive oil and bake. Mix your cream cheese with chives. Add a thin slice of Lox. A slice of red onion. Serve. There, got it?

Then clean out your fridge, because did you know today is Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day? I know what I’m doing tonight! Woohoo!


Nokomis Craft Fair

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Daughter and I ran over to the Nokomis Craft Fair this weekend to see Jen’s beautiful table. I fell in love with the work at nearly every table but there were a couple of artists that really caught me eye.

The first was Lindsey Rocker of Red Door Design and her beautiful felted wool scarves. If I hadn’t had super-human control over my wallet I totally would have come home with a beautiful new scarf. Her work is simple and fun, I loved it. (Note: Her Etsy site is pretty empty, but she mentioned she’s filling it this week, visit again.)

The second was Toni Kuffel of Wild Dog Studio. The necklace above is from her Etsy shop and I had to nearly hide my wallet from myself to resist the temptation. I love the small scale of her work and again, the simplicity. (Can you tell I’m not one for big and gaudy?)

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And we couldn’t possibly make it out of the fair without picking up a little something for Daughter’s grandparents. They were babysitting that night, so she picked out one of these beautiful paper ornaments from Jen at Painted Fish Studio. Daughter picked out the white, I like her taste!


Another Busy Weekend

It’s finally here… the launch party for the other side of my life. Jen and I are hosting the purple•poppie paper & parties launch at her house on Saturday night. There will be wine and food and laughter. I can’t wait. If you want to join us send me a note or leave a comment.

The other half of the weekend I hope to start working on some holiday projects. I know, I know! It’s almost here and I’m so behind!

I hope to make these for my cookies.

And this.

Look what I won!

And if you haven’t seen this, you need to. I love him. Can’t wait for the movie.

And finally, thank you vets.