April 22, 2014

Travel Tuesday: Best Gift for a Travel Lover

Travel Tuesday:  Best Gift Idea for a Travel Lover, Custom Map Print by Evelyn Henson


Do you love to travel?  Or just need an amazing gift for a travel loving friend?  The incredibly talented Evelyn Henson now sells map prints custom designed for you or your wanderlusting friends.  I ordered myself a map recently, and I can't rave enough about how wonderful it turned out!  Evelyn has painted and labeled by hand dozens of top travel destinations around the world, and she will work with you to compile your choice of cities and place them into your very own custom print.  I selected about twenty cities, including a few that I will be visiting for the first time later this year, and she graciously shuffled them around until I was happy.  I am so excited to have this beautiful travel souvenir, and it will sit proudly on my desk and inspire my future Travel Tuesday posts!  If you are interested in your own print, check out Evelyn's blog post for a list of available cities.  She is also able to add a city that is special to you, so you know I had her add Nottingham, England to my print so I could remember my study abroad experience!  Evelyn was so sweet and easy to work with, she made the creative process fun and I just love her drawings of each city.   Get your map print here
 

Travel Tuesday:  Best Gift Idea for a Travel Lover, Custom Map Print by Evelyn Henson

April 20, 2014

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter!  I am enjoying a quiet holiday, with lots of puppy snuggles, pretty pastel candies and a cup of the good tea.  With all of these colorful little treats on hand, the highlight of my day has been playing with my new camera and taking some photos.  And afterward, I got to eat the props!  I wish you and your family a happy and relaxing day!

Happy Easter!

April 10, 2014

DIY: Yarn Bomb Art Display

DIY: Yarn Bomb Art Display

I have to confess, I am one of those girls that goes is a stationery store and ohhs and ahhs over everything.  I love pretty note cards, notebooks and scrap booking sheets.  I have been looking for something to hang over my bed that I can use as a display for some of these lovely cards I've collected and I came up with this yarn bombed piece of driftwood.  Since I already have a gallery wall of framed art on the opposite wall, I wanted the piece above the bed to be an irregular and organic shape.  I also like that I can easily swap out the art I hang on the piece with the season or any other fancy I have!


DIY: Yarn Bomb Art Display

I started this easy project by looking for a piece of white washed driftwood.  My mom found this one for me in the creek outside her cabin in Northern Arizona.   Next, I wrapped the middle section of the branch in yarn.  I chose a marbled yarn in neutral shades to make it look like I used more than one color of yarn.  I carefully wrapped the yarn in neat rows around the branch while I watched tv.  It was very easy, but did take some time to get the whole thing wrapped.  After hanging the branch, I glued yarn to a few of my favorite Rifle Paper Co. botanical note cards and then tied them to the wood.  This was such a simple and inexpensive project.  Now I have the perfect display for any small pieces of art that inspire me, or even some of my own photos that I want to print and hang! 

DIY: Yarn Bomb Art Display

April 08, 2014

Travel Tuesday: Afternoon Tea at the Grand Del Mar, CA

Travel Tuesday: Afternoon Tea at the Grand Del Mar, CA

While in San Diego last week, I enjoyed Afternoon Tea at the The Grand Del Mar as a part of our girls weekend celebrating my mom's birthday.  This is a lovely resort and serves an elegant tea.  The property, built in the style of a Mediterranean estate, is about half an hour northeast of where we were staying on Coronado, so a bit off the regular San Diego tourist path.  Afternoon Tea is served in the hotel lobby, as well as in the Library, a dark little alcove with bookcases, velvet loveseats and herringbone wooden floors.  While we enjoyed the ambiance, food and service, I must note that I had made a particular point of reserving a space in the Library and we were bumped into the lobby to accommodate a party.  While our server went out of her way to take care of us, I couldn't help but be a little disappointed that my request for this special occasion was overlooked.


Travel Tuesday: Afternoon Tea at the Grand Del Mar, CA

Travel Tuesday: Afternoon Tea at the Grand Del Mar, CA

Travel Tuesday: Afternoon Tea at the Grand Del Mar, CA

Travel Tuesday: Afternoon Tea at the Grand Del Mar, CA
The Grand Del Mar serves Tea Forte, and we each enjoyed a delicious selection in our own lovely china teapot.  The finger sandwiches were all wonderful, and my sister was pleased they had the option of a gluten free selection specially made for her.  We enjoyed our cranberry and vanilla scones, after which followed a beautiful selection of sweets.  All of the food was delightful, and we enjoyed it even more as we sipped on our tea and champagne.  So how does this experience compare my favorite local tea spot, The Ritz-Carlton?  The Grand Del Mar wins for ambiance.  The hotel is just as lovely and well-appointed as the Ritz, but the grounds are simply stunning.  There is a little patio off the lobby and you can sip your cocktail or tea while looking onto a waterfall and grounds of lush greenery and flowers.  The setting was perfect for taking photos to commemorate our special occasion, and we took full advantage!  Otherwise, the Ritz wins for it's impeccable tea experience and the service of its staff.  I do wish the Grand Del Mar brewed the tea for you, it's hard to visit with your ladies while you are trying to time the steep of the tea.  I also missed the three-tiered tea tray that  other tearooms use, it just is so fun to see on your table.   Those few critiques, minor as they are but added to the botched reservation, force me to rate the experience 3.5 out of 5 stars.  We really did enjoy ourselves, but after being spoiled by Jeffrey at our hometown Ritz, I can't help but see a few shortcomings.  That said, if you are in the Del Mar area, I certainly would recommend the Grand Del Mar for it's beautiful property and delicious tea and snacks. 

Travel Tuesday: Afternoon Tea at the Grand Del Mar, CA

Travel Tuesday: Afternoon Tea at the Grand Del Mar, CA

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