Easter Brunch in Neutrals

April 10, 2014

Easter Brunch |this heart of mine

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When I think of Easter day celebrations of the past, my initial thoughts are not of the big extended family type. You know the ones with the extra long tables, white tablecloths and a meal of ham, endless casseroles and pies. This is not to say I don’t love those kind, Mom and Grandma and extended family, just to be clear. They are just not at the forefront of my mind. :)

What actually plays over and over is sitting around the pull-out table in the kitchen of my childhood home with my immediate family. The east-facing windows poured in sunlight while we made and a ate brunch-type meal. Omelets, a sweet roll of some kind, fruit and juice. There was never enough room on the table for everything but I loved it. It was simple and low-key and for some reason, it’s what I remember most. With that in mind, I’ve pulled together some ideas so you too can have a simple and low-key Easter celebration that still looks good.

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The Creative Coterie

April 9, 2014

The Creative Coterie

As I’ve hinted at, I’ve been working on a few things behind the scenes. A couple of them are still very much in process but one is far enough along to share. For the past few months, I’ve been brainstorming and collecting information so I could organize a gathering for local creatives. The Creative Coterie (coterie means circle or clique, just fancier) is the name I came up with for the community of creatives I hope to gather together. I think the Twin Cities and Minnesota both have a lot of incredible things happening on the creative front and I want get together so we can all get to know each other. :)

In addition to having fun and making all kinds of creative synergy, I have hopes The Creative Coterie will be a place to connect with other local professionals; a place to gather with people who do what we do. I hope it is a place to find support for this field and a resource for any number of things. I am hopeful we can inspire each other and advocate for our spot in the world.

With the encouragement and insight from a few lovely friends, I’ve got the big items in place and now I am working on the smaller, funner parts. So, on Tuesday, May 13th, we are having the very first official fete at Foxglove Market & Studio in St. Paul. I am so very excited. I want it to be here already but then again, not quite yet. I still have some work to do. I can’t wait to share more with you as it continues to unfold!

If you are a local, you can get more information from the new tab in the button bar above. MN Creative Coterie holds all the information you’ll need. Come join!

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Free Printable Envelopes for Spring | this heart of mine

It’s hard to believe after the snow we received last Thursday to Friday but we had a rather springy weekend around here. The snow has receded, speedily melting off every surface it covered. The birds are happily flitting about again, no longer furiously twittering about the strange weather. And I have renewed faith that a new season will come.

Snail mail is always fun and over the holidays, I shared themed printable envelopes for all to use. Today, I’m back with an updated version; designs that fit this new season. A bunny, baby chick and robin for your snail mail pleasure. All you need is a printer and a few tools to get these spring characters ready to send.

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Alpine Lace Swiss Yumminess! | this heart of mine

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When I was younger, I had an aversion to cheese. I wasn’t allergic or sensitive to dairy or anything. No. I just thought almost all cheese was gross. I could handle it on pizza and in omelets but only if the cheese was sparse. I avoided all globs. The only cheese I would eat with crackers was Colby jack and it had to be from-the-fridge cold. Warm cheese really wigged me out. Even today, room temp cheese is pushing the ew factor for me.

However, I did grow up and my love for cheese grew as well. Then, as life would have it, I married a cheese head from Wisconsin thus ensuring cheese would always be in my fridge. Cheese is a frequent meal ingredient on our menu and it’s one of my go-tos for the endless number of snacks I have to supply.

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Be Bold: Bold. Brilliant. Beautiful. You. | this heart of mine

Let talk boldness this month.

In literal terms, bold is defined as:

  • not hesitating or fearful in the face of actual or possible danger or rebuff; courageous and daring
  • not hesitating to break the rules of propriety; forward; impudent
  • necessitating courage and daring; challenging
  • beyond the usual limits of conventional thought or action; imaginative

I absolutely LOVE these definitions. I often wish I could speak like the dictionary reads, if that makes any sense. It’s so complete and thorough and gorgeous. When Bug asks me to define things, I often find myself using the very word she wants me to define in my definition which is not helpful at all. That is neither here nor there but it’s all the say, I love these words and phrases:

Not hesitating in the face of actual danger. Courageous. Daring. Beyond the usual limits. Imaginative.

I know I’m biased but bold really speaks to me. Not in a flashy, obscene way but an inner strength, putting-yourself-out-there kind of way. Gets me all excited. :)

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