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micro arugula in micro pots

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Taking advantage of this warm weather, we started growing our own favorite salad green – micro arugula – in some tiny pots we’ve been saving for just the right tiny crop. Already quite peppery and delicious – the trick will be will be actually keeping them around to enjoy a bit visually (perhaps on a lunch or – even better breakfast table as an edible centerpiece to enjoy with one’s soft boiled egg!) before harvest time.

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purple party!

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When a taste-making two-and-three-quarters-year-old requests that her third birthday party have a particular color scheme, there’s only one thing to do: start making purple food and purchasing all things lilac through violet for the occasion. And with a house full of twirling, pointing and donkey-tail-pinning lavender ballerinas – what an auspicious occasion it was! Happy birthday, beautiful CeCe – we love you!!

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Japanese tree peonies and lilacs

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Can lilac season actually be upon us already? And can anything look prettier than a bouquet of these deeply scented beauties with our favorite sea anemone-like Japanese tree peonies? So gorgeous and so fleeting – gather all ye lovely buds while ye may!

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caramelized cocoa nibs & grinder

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Leave it to the most inventive gift giver we know to do the traditional wooden anniversary gift and make it this foodie-friendly – a Pure Dark Caramelized Cocoa nib grinder in gorgeous, natural wood! Pure Dark roasts the hearts of their cocoa beans, leaving them nutty, caramelized and crunchy (and slightly sweet and, more importantly not bitter!) for grinding. There is nothing better on ice cream of any flavor to add just the right amount of that much-coveted crunch factor – Happy 6th and thank you, D!!

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vintage doll’s flatware

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Why are we so obsessed with the utensils Victorian children used to feed imaginary tea cakes and such to their porcelain-faced bff’s? Because, they are adorable, of course. This latest acquisition from a favorite dealer in PA, marked “Solingen” (for the German “city of blades” famous for making world class cutlery for centuries) will make some lovely gift necklaces or flourishes on special package wrapping or even inventive décor on a pretty dinner table – whichever – they just makes us happy to admire in all their diminutive glory!

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Haven’s Kitchen shopping spree!

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Thanks to the lovely new downstairs shop that recently opened in the Haven’s Kitchen cooking school around the corner from our studio on 17th street, we’ve been doing quite a bit of prop and gift shopping. With such lovely and inspiring offerings, we can hardly control our purchasing impulses and ALWAYS come out with a beautifully designed bag full of stunningly art directed (and delicious – aka our new favorite blueberry cinnamon & raspberry cardamom muffins!) items – these porcelain, linen, cotton and wooden beauties are just a smattering of the vast collection for table, home and larder that are now available in this gorgeous space. We’re also super excited to be attending Haven’s Kitchen’s first Supper Club ever – wherein the two chefs of the Little Wisco team – Eric Milley of Jeffrey’s Grocery and James McDuffee of Joseph Leonard – will be collaborating on a menu for a lucky 40 of us, together. Dinner will be served in the upstairs space on March 27th – and we cannot wait … keep you posted!!

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hand painted slip pottery

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Four pieces of beautiful, handmade and hand painted primitive, slip pottery – quite old and brand new. Treasured antique (Pennsylvania Dutch or German/Swiss – we really can’t be sure at this point) Beeler family heirloom breakfast plates and a newly hand painted mug and creamer with our most coveted and collected animal’s portrait – the adorable piglet – from the South of France via Le Fanion in the West Village. Such amazing gifts – thank you so much, j&d!

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Anthropologie dishes via Portugal

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This pretty plate we picked up recently for a very nice price at Anthropologie makes a great textural statement. The oatmeal bowl and coffee mug are both classic designs from Bennington Potters from our vintage collection.

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tiny August bouquets – thank you bees and butterflies!

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There’s nothing like teeny, tiny bouquets gathered from wildflowers like Phlox and Butterfly Bush and whatever else is growing in and around the garden in mismatched, vintage bottles – in this case, covered with their very own barnacles – to brighten a summer table, boudoir, bath or virtually any window sill – so lovely!

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fresh chamomile flowers

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Beautiful in a wild, unstructured bouquet and wonderful to dry and make your own soothing tea infusion when the delicate blooms start to fade – just lovely all around!

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