Friday, March 13, 2009

Dear Mitsy...

Dear Mitsy,
Thank you so much for the wonderful "Happy Package".

This little happy girl greeted me with a smile as I opened up the wrapping and it made me smile as well.
Little did I know that I'd be greeted by many more happy girls!
... plus more beautiful handmade gifts! (felt like Christmas...)

Thank you for your thoughtful letter. I truly appreciate your kindness and your time to have prepared this package for me.

xo, RJ

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

{ Whimsy Marshmallows }

Today I'd like to share with you Whimsy and Spice's Maple Marshmallows.

A few Sunday's ago I went to the Brooklyn Flea market in Dumbo just to get myself some Whimsy and Spice delicious treats. (Twitter effect: I had not planned on going to the market until I read Jenna's twitter reminder). As per Mark, Jenna's husband, co-founder, pastry chef, recommendation I got the Maple Marshmallows... He mentioned Jenna liked adding the marshmallow in her coffee so I tried that and now I'm HOOKED.
I love recommendations... I would've never picked maple over chocolate (one of the other marshmallow flavors they have available.) - I'm happy I tried!

I didn't have time to take a photograph of the Honey Lavender shortbread cookies because I ate them all in one sitting - yes, they're that good....... So here's a photograph from Whimsy & Spice.

I highly recommend!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009


I've been trying to update my blog as much as possible but things (too many to mention, boring) get in the way and also too many networking websites to update can be quite overwhelming.
However, I will try to be better. I get so much (inspiration, motivation, information) from other blogs that I feel a little selfish for not taking the time to share more of my findings, likings, works in progress...

Here are some old ones I've been meaning to share.
Bellow is a photograph of my sweet and beautiful bowl from Gleena, now no longer on the shelf but on my work desk where I can look at it more. I love it so much. I met Gleena at the DWR + Supermarket Modern Mart. I've always admired her work, so seeing it in person was quite a pleasure.

Have you tried these chocolates? by Mast Brothers Chocolate. I enjoyed the chocolate with sea salt very much. The packaging is quite gorgeous, don't you think?

Okay, now this one I had to include just because... I love water and the colors on this bottle. No, I don't drink as much as I should but when I do, I like to drink this water:

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Creme de Papaia com Licor de Cassis

Translation please: Papaya Cream with Cassis Liqueur
I have no idea where this dessert is originally from, but like Bozo, He-man, Sesame Street..., growing up in Bra(s)il, I thought - naturally - it's Brazilian! It was quite a shock for me to find out that He-man spoke english - or that he wasn't Brazilian. I was 7 yrs old. It was at the same time that I had an intense discussion with a cousin about a certain new character coming out named She-ra. I laughed at him telling him he was totally wrong... YOU IDIOT! It's Tila! You're getting the names all mixed up - and she's been around for a looong time. Your news is old."
(Ri-Meng in portuguese reads: He-Meng... I called him He-meng.)
I don't have to tell you that I was mortified when I found out that his news was correct - so I hated She-ra forever and Ri-meng was still Brazilian to me.

Anyway... side tracked.
Back to the papaya.
As per my dear friend's advise (Noelle @ Xenotees), I am sharing with you a very simple dessert recipe.

All you need is:
1 - ripe papaya
2 or 3 - generous scoops of vanilla ice cream (it really depends on how strong you want the papaya taste to be. For a large papaya, I'd recommend at least 2 generous scoops.)
1 - tablespoon of Cassis Liqueur for each serving.

Peel off the papaya skin and remove the seeds. Cut into cubes.
Blend the papaya and ice cream until it's creamy.
Pour into cups or small bowls and top it with the liqueor!
Serve immediately.

I'm not the best "recipe writer" but you get the idea, right?

Please enjoy.

Update: Bailey did.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

The Four Seasons Mini Cushion

100% Belgium Linen mini cushions now available!
These are limited edition!
Handmade with love.

I must say, I enjoyed making these very much.
It also opened my eyes a bit to possible new projects...

Click |ME!| for more mini cushions photographs.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Good Morning, Monday!

Today I woke up to the news that I am the winner of beautiful Artmind's happy package contest!
All I had to do was pick one of her "feelings".
I'm a big fan of Mitsy's work, specifically her feelings. They are wonderfully well crafted, simple and just really "to the point"... as you will see here.

It was a tough to pick ony one - but well worth the struggle.
I love surprises - can't wait to receive Mitsy's lovely package!
Thank you!

I haven't looked out the window yet...