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February 09, 2008



Both books look great! I gave the Cupcakes book to my daughter as a birthday gift last year! I'd love the gooey, sticky book myself! YUM! Glad you liked Oregon, it's my state! Though I hardly ever go to Portland, I'm down on the southern coast!


Aaah, the grand Benson Hotel with it's eXquisite staircase (dreamy sigh). It's been years... ThanX for the pleasant reminder. Lovely blog. Glad I stumbled in!


i love bookstores. could get lost in them all day. your books look great and oh so yummy. have a good trip to st. louis.


Portland is lovely! Although I grew up in the outskirts, most of my shopping was done at the Clackmas Town Center. Downtown Portland was just too much of a good thing, I guess. I love your hand-made heart. How precious.


You have been busy with work. I have been too, I know us both having toddlers it is hard. So times at home with the wee ones are great. Have a safe trip~

Rose @ Classic Charm

Safe travels....and I enjoyed all of your wonderful photos.


Glad you're back...aww, and there you go again! Get back here! I always look forward to your posts! :o)

I LOVE J Crew myself. Probably my top shop...for clothing, that is. I just got the new catalog and am really wanting that obnoxious bubble necklace. (Yes, the one for a hundred and fifty...) (No, I won't be getting it...)

I am going to have to look for "Cupcakes!" I make cupcakes all the time, and I'm always looking for new pretty ways to decorate them.

The baseballs in the champagne bucket, I love. I put some of Mike's old baseballs from growing up in Amelia's room on a shelf with some of our old toys. The colors and look of them are perfect, esp. in unexpected places, like, oh, a champagne bucket! Looks really good!

Finally, I remember the little heart you made! That was last year?!? Have I been reading that long? Wow, we go way back, old friend! Haha! Keep up the great work!!

Love, Katie


The sticky book is on my amazon wish list... think the cupcakes one could go on there shortly!!



Oh those books!!!! I have officially added them fairly high up to my "must get" list. They are just my sort of cooking book. My most used and beloved cook books are two by Nigella Lawson, "How to be a Domestic Goddess", and "How to Eat", and one by Anna Olsen, based on her wonderful TV show called "Sugar". All desserts - yum my favourite.


I love the little vignette with the champagne bucket, too cute. I have had the cupcakes book for a while, but I just picked up the ooey gooey, and it looks SO good!

I love Hunt and Gather and it is very close to home for me which I love. Have you been to The Cottage Shop on Chicago and 43rd? It is an occasional shop, was just open this past weekend, always wonderful finds!


I am a lover of J. Crew as well! I also love banana republic, both places pricey, but who cares there stuff is great!!!


Sounds like you had fun in Portland! My husband and I were in Portland last summer and made three trips to Powells in the 4 days that we were there :) I love bookstores and that one was incredible! Have fun in St. Louis!


Hi this is my first visit to your blog, and I am so excited that I have found such a gorgeous blog, thank you! I live in the UK in the country in Devon. The photo of the Nancy Drew book made me smile, I adored those books. Kathy


I remember that heart and I still love it! Perfect use for the champagne bucket and this way - it is seen all the time instead of just on special occassions. Oh how I've wanted both of those cookbooks. They are on my list!


Sounds like a great bookstore Allison.
That coconut cupcake looks so good!
Hope you have another good trip.


Hi Allison!
I live in the Portland metropolitan area and was so excited to see you were here for a visit! Powell's is wonderful isn't it? I have only lived here since 2003, so I haven't visited the Benson yet, but this is one cool town! We even have a cupcake shop!


So glad your trip went well Allie. I almost bought "Cupcakes" two weeks ago at Michael's. I always prefer to make cupcakes than an actual cake. I can give them away easier than a slice of cake. But both books look yummy. I love the vingette you created. You are so good at it. This one is interesting. Kim.


I love your entry display. What a great collection.



After seeing the riding hats I was excited when I saw one in an antique shop yesterday. I could not resist. I bought it. I think they add a different eliminate to the decor, thanks for the inspiration.



I'm glad you liked Oregon... I'm going on a trip there this summer and cant wait! Never been, but hear it's gorgeous. The cookbooks look so inspiring, perfect for Valetine's day. Oh wait, that was yesterday. I really need this weekend! :)


I really want that sticky cookbook but I think I will wait until I lose another 10 pounds. Then I'm all over it!

Karin (creativechaos)

Lovin' the pictures....I LOVE the one with the baseballs in the silver bucket!!! Stay warm!!


Always love your posts!! Have a great day!!

Niesz Vintage Home

Yep, big J.Crew fan here, too. I could spend a fortune in that store.

I love the old baseballs in the silver ice bucket. You have great design style.

Kimberly :)


Oh my goodness...I LOVE that ice bucket with the baseballs in it...sooo cool and beautiful!! I must say, you are certainly a master of the vignette! You need to work as a stylist I would be perfect for it!!!

Have a great week!

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