My cousin Danielle and I were born 6 months apart and have been virtually inseparable ever since. We are polar opposites in every way possible; physically, mentally, emotionally… And yet, she is my favourite person in the entire world. She has always been my rock – my voice of reason – even when we butt heads on the regular. At the risk of sounding totally cheesy, she’s the the yin to my yang and I simply couldn’t do life without her. In just a few short weeks, she’ll be walking down the aisle. So this weekend we’re off to Miami to celebrate her upcoming nuptials in true Danielle style. There’s a solid chance I won’t make it out alive (in contrast to the homebody/grandmother I tend to be, she’s a bit of a wild one), but I have no doubt it’s going to be the weekend of a lifetime. I’m pumped (and equally terrified)!
As a side note, posting may be light next week as I’ll be working/recuperating from her place in Bonita Springs, post-Miami. Feel free to follow our adventures on instagram (@larkandlinen) during my absence!
I originally made these watercolor cookies for Easter a few weeks back, and because I wasn’t sure how they would turn out I didn’t really have any intention on blogging about them. For all I knew it was going to be a total disaster, albeit a delicious one, and I really just wanted to attempt them for fun. As it turns out, although they’re time consuming, they’re actually surprisingly easy to make and REALLY fun to decorate! Justin, my super anti-crafty boyfriend, even voluntarily joined in on the fun – if that tells you anything. I ended up packaging up a few in cute little bags for my family, and think they’d be adorable as edible gifts for Mother’s Day!
A few tips for making a batch that wows:
:: Create a “test cookie” to test out your colours. Add more food colouring, or vanilla, until you achieve the colours you desire
:: Use 3-4 colours max. in order to keep your batch consistent
:: Once you find a few patterns or styles you like, stick with them and don’t be afraid to repeat them on a few different cookies
:: We found the simpler the pattern, the better
:: Case in point: stripes and dots were the clear winners here
:: Dots in the form of flowers are especially impressive as they’re easy to create, but look involved
:: Remember that watercolours are forgiving – embrace their natural imperfections!
There’s something about film photography that will always and forever tug at my heartstrings. There’s no denying that it takes a special kind of talent to be able to capture a moment utilizing traditional film. Unfortunately it’s an art that I don’t quite poses, but my darling friend Heidi clearly does in abundance. You may remember the dinner party we threw a few months ago (if not, you can read about it here!) Much to my delight, Heidi snapped a few detail shots on film, and I just can’t help but get lost in the beauty. The depth, the colours, the slight imperfections… There’s just something romantic about the whole ordeal. So pardon me if I’m repeating myself, but I just couldn’t bear to have these beautiful shots sitting all lonely-like on my desktop.