Hello and happy Sunday to you. First I want to announce the winner of the ginger jar giveaway. Congratulations goes to- #114 Mary Alice Taylor on 6/4/2020 All. Beautiful – loving garden stools! Downsized no room- actually if I was a fab decorator I’d be able to find a spot 🙄 Please email [email protected] with your name and shipping info so we can get your jar out to you! Hope you are having a nice weekend. Here weekends and weekdays kind of blend into one. Though we did get together with some friends while carefully social distancing for the first time, sat out on their patio with a glass of wine. It was different but so nice to feel that connection with important people in our life. Life has felt rather anticlimactic in the last months, and I am hoping to at least salvage part of summer. I think that might mean carving out more time for beach days as few things relax me as much as being at the beach does. We are still in Phase 1 here in NY, but in the next week or two will go into phase 2 which means some restaurants will offer outdoor seating. It’s a start!! OK moving along to the post…….. ___________________________________________________ 1 PATINA FARM FARM During this difficult time in our world, I think a lot of us find ourselves daydreaming about both a quieter and more peaceful time in our world (last year)! But also about getting away, far away from all the chaos, frenzy and stress. For me, that means an escape to the beach or a farm/rural area. Both those places calm me like no other. I came across pictures from Patina Farm which belongs to Brooke and Steve Gianetti of Velvet and Linen, and found myself daydreaming….what do you think? Their beautiful home was featured as shown here in Veranda. Velvet and Linen was one of the very first blogs I ever followed even before I know what a blog was. Brooke was just starting to map out her dream of Patina Farm with her architect husband. What they created looks like a beautiful European family compound that has been there for many years but it is in fact, new and beautifully nestled into the magical region of Ojai Valley in California. Love how their vision came to life, and how the gorgeous colors and layers of this elegant yet very incredibly inviting home came together. A very special place! Click here to visit their blog and find out much more. Have you ever seen such a stylish chicken coop! Wow imagine taking a bath here! Love that wall of glass 2 ONE INCREDIBLE VIDEO I knew when I saw this, I just had to share it. How beautiful this is but that this woman is 79 years old is what makes this unbelievable! Truly astounding and so worth sharing. Proof that age is just a number…..such a beautiful art. I have no doubt she will keep on dancing, I could watch this all day long. I became so fascinated with her that I found this wonderful video about her lifelong dedication to ballet. Truly remarkable and inspiring! I will think of her next time I need to push myself to do something physically and think I can’t, I will think of Madame Suzelle. 3 INSTAGRAMS OF INTEREST Such a bevy of gorgeous instagrams today, along with a few newly discovered accounts. Hope you enjoy! 4 DELICIOUS PESTO! I love pesto, it is so flavorful and lighter than a lot of “sauces” plus it’s a great dish to pair with almost anything. I tend to make it a lot in the summer. I like that you can serve it hot or at room temp, even cold it’s fantastic! You can also add small cubes of mozzarella and diced up cherry tomatoes which I occasionally do. Always tops with fresh Parmesan. Made it the other night and it was soo good. This recipe I am pretty sure is from Bon Appeit magazine, and it is absolutely delicious! Ingredients ½ cup pine nuts 3 oz. Parmesan, grated (about ¾ cup) plus extra on the side to serve on top when serving 2 garlic cloves, finely grated 6 cups basil leaves (about 3 bunches) ¾ cup extra-virgin olive oil 1 tsp. kosher salt Preheat oven to 350°. Toast pine nuts on a rimmed baking sheet, tossing once halfway through, until golden brown, 5–7 minutes. Transfer to a food processor and let cool. Add cheese and garlic and pulse until finely ground, about 1 minute. Add basil and place the top back on. With the motor running, add oil in a slow and steady stream until pesto is mostly smooth, with just a few flecks of green, about 1 minute. Season with salt. Do Ahead: Pesto can be made 1 day ahead. Top with ½” oil to prevent browning. Cover with plastic wrap, pressing directly onto surface, and chill. 5 PRETTY OUTDOOR TABLE AND A FABULOUS NEW HYDRANGEA SOURCE! Have you heard of Dollar Hydrangeas? They might be my new favorite “go to” hydrangea resource. I got a huge box of them last week and wow they are spectacular. Huge blooms! Amazing prices! Fast delivery..what else do you need? Click here to visit their website. So getting these flowers were a great excuse to set a pretty outdoor table. No reason at all, just another family dinner out of many these past few months. I wish I could have thrown an impromptu dinner party, getting these beautiful flowers really put me in the mood to entertain. I almost forgot what that feels like! Great news- the new topiary and trellis melamine is now available to preorder! It will be arriving on or about June 25th. Click here to see. This jar is one of my favorite for flowers, small enough for center of tables but big enough for impact. Click here for details T This is our new topiary melamine which is coming in 3 weeks!! I cannot wait! It is now available for preorder. Click here for details Our best selling baskwetweave flatware is sold out but coming back in next week, click here for details 6 NEW PRODUCT ALERT. You know you are always the first to know about new things cooking over here. The Pandemic halted many new products that were either in development or in production but I am happy to say we are resurrecting and getting back to business. One thing that was in the works was a new line of beautiful hand painted art. These will come either as a complimentary pair or a grouping of four. Going to start with three different collections. These are the first samples and give the over all idea. There are some tweaks being made but this gives you the direction and an idea of where this is going. I wanted something unique that you don’t see everywhere. I would love your opinion! They will be approx 14″ x 18″ Colors and designs are still being tweaked but this gives you the feeling… So this above will feature for different blue and white porcelains with flowers that will all coordinate, still tweaking this one This pattern will also be one of four chinoiserie patterns offered in a pale blue and a pale green Thoughts on the new art (this is just a concept)- 7 SUNDAY’S SURVEY This past week I have to say was not the smoothest week. Numerous things happened that did not go according to plan and it made for a frustrating, stressful week. Thankfully it seemed to get marginally better by the weekend but all in all I am happy it’s almost over:) I noticed in general at least here in NY, that people are really uptight, stressed, bent out of shape, etc….more than usual. I witnessed two instances where people behaved very aggressively to another customer (in a supermarket) mostly about social distancing and one person telling the other her mask was not being worn right which resulted in a “tiff”. I was at Starbucks and as I was paying for my order, the girl behind the register told me “you are not standing on the green dot”. I did not know what she meant then another person told me there’s a green dot on the floor that I need to stand on in front of the register! Ugh, couldn’t wait to get home. I feel the friction and tension every time I walk into a store. Spoke with a friend who felt the same….so curious if you feel that people are just a little more tense, short tempered and uptight? I see a notable difference and its very upsetting. I pray things will get back to normal, or at last a quasi normal soon:) __________________________________________________________ There you have my Sunday post. Hope you enjoyed it, always happy to have you stop by and love hearing from you. I hope you are safe, managing to enjoy a nice weekend and that things are peaceful on your end, that’s the name of the game! Stay safe everyone, until next time……. Do you find more people seem to be stressed, uptight and/or short tempered?