Tuesday, September 17, 2013


I first saw my wedding cake design on Maisie Fantaisie and I was in love, it was so pretty! I didn't think I would be able to have a cake just like it for our wedding because it was a design based in London and when I calculated the servings it cost well a crazy amount of £'s. I printed a picture and took it to a meeting with Diane Fairfield a family friend who said she could make it. I had no idea that she could actually make the exact cake and I was thrilled when I saw her bring it in the Steilicoom Town Hall on our wedding day... Thank You Diane for one of the greatest highlights at our wedding >>> the cake.

Peeking out of the drawing room to see our cake... my grandpa looks pretty excited ;)

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Pretty Coconut Macaroons

Lately I have been obsessed with a cute little patisserie on Old Main Street in Bellevue, called Belle Pastry. When I go there it is just to get one of their coconut macaroons. I didn’t know I liked coconut until I tried one of these! So I thought I would make my own... and since I was making such an adorable little item I thought I would dress it up with a pretty display of pink and glitter. The recipe for these amazing things is below... enjoy!


  • 3 large egg whites 
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 14-ounce package sweetened shredded coconut (about 5 cups)


  1. Heat oven to 325° F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment.
  2. Vigorously whisk together the egg whites, sugar, vanilla, and salt in a medium bowl until glossy, foamy, and the sugar is mostly almost dissolved. Fold in the coconut, stirring until evenly combined.
  3. Using a small ice cream scoop, drop the batter in mounds (about 2 tablespoons each) 1 inch apart on the prepared baking sheets. Bake, rotating the sheets halfway through, until golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes; let cool completely. The macaroons will keep for up to 5 days at room temperature in an airtight container.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Natural Scientist

Have you ever heard someone say that most of the time your dream job is the one that you decided you wanted when you were in kindergarten, when someone asked you what you wanted to be when you grew up? Well I have and I would have to say I somewhat agree. When I was five I wanted to be a "Natural Scientist." I didn't really know what a scientist was, but I did know that I loved the now closed Natural Wonders store in the Tacoma Mall ;) and that if my life could somehow include rocks, dinosaurs, plants, oceans, and animals, well then I would die a happy girl. I started a rock collection (which is to this day horded away in my grandparents tool shed), I started collecting every kind of animal figurine and nature books. I made an "office" in my bedroom between my bed and the wall where all these things were organized and I dreamt about traveling the world and making new discoveries.

Why am I telling you this? Well maybe to inspire you to follow your dreams or think about how you can fit them into your already established life. I know for me art has somehow filled this role through imagery, history, and passion.

Below is some photography taken on our recent Oregon Coast trip. I would say a certain “Natural Scientist” and her husband took them.

So here is to your kindergarten predetermined occupations whether it’s a firefighter, ballerina, or vet...

Tuesday, September 10, 2013


Everytime I take a trip with Paul I end up refering to it as the "best trip ever!" this is starting to become a problem because we have taken many trips from San Francisco, L.A., Kauai, and Yachats, to Leavenworth and Vashon Island. I guess they all can't be my favorite, but, this last one to Lincoln City was pretty amazing.

It's becoming apparent that we like to wander... not sure what that says about us, but I am so happy that the person I married is as equally intrested in the art of the beautiful world around us. I have plenty of stories, ideas, and images to share from our trip. But for now all I really have to say is sharing another adventure with Paul again has shown me how truly blessed I am to have him in my life. I cannot wait to travel the rest of the world with him in the years to come.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Date Night in Seattle

I am so excited that today is September 1st Fall is on the horizon! Paul and I have been "house hunting" and searching for city's that we would like to live in when I finish school in the spring, with another quarter about to start I am getting even more excited that the next chapter of our lives is right around the corner. That being said... We realized that Seattle is pretty amazing and that if we are only going to be here a little longer we should start exsploring it while we have the chance.

So this evening Paul and I walked along the Seattle Waterfront and through the Seattle Art Museum's Sculpture Garden I started thinking about how great it is that there is a place with public art that is kept so beautiful for people to enjoy... I know some individuals do not approve of public art but I really think it does so much to create a sense of community and city pride. Not sure where I am going with this thought other then I just would love to live in a place that is as submerged in the arts as Seattle or even more so.

P.S. The image above is Paul sitting on a house sculpture that was built in the Sculpture Park you can check it out >>> HERE

Well thanks to my mom for letting me borrow her AWSOME camera and Paul for teaching me how to use it, I am hoping to have some better quality photos on this blog (pintrest worthy even) hope you enjoy and if you live in the Seattle Area I would definatly reccommend taking an evening as the summer comes to an end and visiting the Sculpture Park!