I was contacted yesterday by a lovely person who bought one of my papercuts recently. He had the most exciting news to share with me, and the news is that their house was being photographed for the Better Homes & Gardens Magazine and my papercut is in one of the shots! How wonderful is that!!! This photo shoot will not be in the magazine until some time next year, but what a wonderful, wonderful thing to hear! I was so thrilled and honored. They will also mention the source of the papercut - Blue Flower Pot which is of course Tina Tarnoff's shop :). I have several other exciting things that are in the cooker, I will share them with you when the time will be right.
On another matter, I just uploaded a whole lot of pictures I took a couple of weeks ago at Stinson Beach. You can find them in my photo album on this blog. I think today is the perfect day to reminisce about the beach and 80 degrees we were fortunate to have that weekend. The reason we went to Stinson Beach (not that one needs a reason!) was this big reunion that my husband's long term friends organized. A 40 year reunion! They all knew each other in Madison and were a part of the student uprising in the late 60s, and later lived together on house-boats and did light-shows in Amsterdam in the 70's. My husband Terry wrote about them in the Amsterdam chapter of his book "The Bone Man of Benares", the funniest, most profound and most influential book I have ever read. Do check it out. So, a couple of weeks ago they rented a lovely house on the beach, brought a lot of home made movies from those times which were extremely interesting, exciting, and heartwarming to watch (there was a lot of passion, freedom, courage and new ideas back then) and we all had a smashing time.
One of the major theme of that reunion was eating:) and I was in charge of making a birthday chocolate cake for our lovely friend Adrianna. The cake turned out spectacularly, it was much talked about, and the next morning, while consuming the last crumbs of the cake, the consensus was that I should open up a cake shop. Hmm, not a bad idea, I like baking and I like cake. I think that might just work out. Or maybe not. Between Terry and I, major chocoholics, there would be no cake left over to sell. I had a little trouble decorating it though. I am not so skilled at using those icing writing tubes, but it turned out pretty well at the end. The fantastic curvy candles (picked out by Terry) helped a lot!
So here are a couple of pictures of the famous Death by chocolate cake:
And here is the unbelievably good recipe.
The "only" thing I added in the icing was several tablespoons of icing sugar, a couple of tablespoons of sour cream and cake crumbs that I was left with after trimming the cake.
I'll leave you with some of my favourite Stinson beach shots:
human and bird footprints
very experimental, no? :))
Major thanks to my husband whose spectacular feet were a major part of this post!