Tuesday, October 26, 2010

John Galliano Macaroons

My brother sent me an email the other day about "John Galliano macaroons". Before I opened the link, I was picturing macaroons dressed as Galliano, sorta like the Karl Lagerfeld teas. Can you imagine?

Monday, October 25, 2010

Break Week, Day 1

Diana, 1/2 of The Lime Shop, at Canzine

Last night marked our first Canzine in four years and it was excellent to be back. Thanks to everyone who came by to say hi.

It's always inspiring to attend Canzine because of all the talented and ambitious artists just doing what they love. If you've never been to this event, try to go next year. It always rolls around at the end of October.

Now post Canzine and before our next event, SpeakEasy, I'm taking a much needed break to relax and recharge. First on my agenda, opening up my eyes to what's going on in the world of design.

Beautiful handmade baby cloudzzz from La Casita

The Exquisite Book as featured on Print & Pattern

The upcoming Spaces issue of Frankie

The Lime Shop studio space in my home. Gathering ideas to redecorate.
**PS - The sewing table was a recent gift from my husband. We designed it together and he made it for me. The greatest gift a girl could get.

Functional and pretty studio space featured on Design*Sponge

Gorgeous space and area rug featured on Bloesem
The pillow textile on that chair looks familiar...

Our After Dark tote, email us for availability, info@thelimeshop.com

Signing off for now, Nathalie

Friday, October 22, 2010

The Lime Shop in Toronto this weekend

Diana and I will be in Toronto this Sunday Oct 24th for Canzine (held at The Great Hall). Come by and say hi. We'll have a small run of the Mr. Robot 2.0 grocery shopper (exclusive for events). German Shible, my brother and the artist of this charming robot image will also be there selling his illustrations and small press comic. Be sure to stop by his table.

My linoleum block printed bookmarks for Canzine. Made out of heavy weight cold press paper and acrylic paints.

Current reads and inspiration: Marc Jacobs by Bridget Foley and Rob Ryan's This Is For You.

Hope to see you this weekend.

::: Nathalie

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Impressive Dinner: Beef Bourguignon

I have Amy to thank for my recent obsession - Paul Lowe's blog Sweet Paul.

In the Fall issue of his online magazine he features amazing looking comfort foods and rich cakes. Since my in-laws visited on the weekend, I decided to try something new (which is either very brave or very stupid) and settled on SP's Beef Bourguignon (p. 65) followed with his Blueberry Streusel Cake for dessert (p. 51).

I started the Beef Bourguignon in the morning and left it simmering in my slow cooker for 4.5 hours and went out for the afternoon. By the time we got home, dinner was done. All I had to do was put together the streusel, which was easy, stick it in the oven and relax before dinner. We served the beef with some mini red potatoes and multigrain bread. (I had pictures but they were terrible due to poor lighting.)

The meal was impressive with rich flavours and the cubes of meat fell apart when pierced with a fork. We served four hungry people and still had left overs, which is always nice. The streusel didn't disappoint either (I made it with mixed berries) with it's of condensed milk topping. Everyone was licking their spoons at the end and was full and happy.

Now I just need an excuse to make SP's Salted Caramel and Chocolate Cake (p. 55). Halloween perhaps?

::: Nathalie

Friday, October 1, 2010

Recipe: Earl Grey Tea Cookies

New featured product: the Ghost Series Linen Tea Towel.

I styled our latest photoshoot with Earl Grey Tea Cookies (from Martha Stewart's Cookies). Recipe can be found here.

I looked through a few books and finally settled on this recipe. I was looking for something different, light in flavour and easy to make.

I wasn't sure what to think of these at first but now I really like them. The flavour in this cookie is so light and delicate and the texture resembles shortbread.

Gift Idea: I was going to see my mum briefly so I gift wrapped some cookies for her. I did this by rolling the stack of cookies in a sheet of vellum. Then I taped the sides of the roll and then folded and taped the bottom. I finished it by tying a lovely green grosgrain ribbon on top. Idealy if you were to give these as a gift, include a nice handwritten tag stating what type of cookie you are gifting.

::: Nathalie
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