Welcome Fall 2018


Sing a song of seasons!
Something bright in all!
Flowers in the summer,
Fires in the fall!

–Robert Louis Stevenson


Saturday Morning Fun with Friends

When a dear colleague of mine told us she was moving to the East Coast to pursue an amazing job opportunity, our first thought was “we need to throw you a party!” Now that Northeast Ohio is finally warming up after an exceptionally cold winter and spring season, we decided to do an outdoor get-together–an outdoor tea party to be exact!

A traditional tea calls for finger sandwiches, sweets, pretty cups and saucers, flowers and of course—hats. So off we went to Studio St. Marie in Rocky River, OH, to see what we could find. The studio is owned by Lee St. Marie, a former high school teacher. She has been making hats for the past ten years and can often be found in New York, London and Paris purchasing straw and felt bases to which she adds fabrics and embellishments.

We went first thing Saturday morning and had the store to ourselves for a while. Lee helped the three of us try on a number of different hats and gave advice as to the best way to wear each. She had so many beautiful choices it was difficult to decide on just one. But in the end, we all did manage to find something that made us happy. Stay tuned for pics from our tea party, which will most likely be scheduled in June.


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Art Deco and the Rose Iron Works


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Located in Cleveland, Ohio, the Rose Iron Works is one of the oldest decorative metal works in the United States and may be best known for its iconic art deco screen called “Muse with Violin.” I was thrilled to see this piece in person–and other art deco wares–as part of the Cleveland Museum of Art’s “The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s” exhibit.

The original design was the creation of Rose Iron Works chief designer and Parisian Paul Feher, who along with Martin Rose (the forge founder) is credited with the 5-foot-square wrought-iron screen. The screen is centered around a gold-plated figure of a nude woman (rumored to be Parisian dance hall performer Josephine Baker) who holds a violin and is surrounded by decorative foliage and musical imagery.

Historians believe that Rose and Fehér were inspired by the design and construction of Severance Hall, which features Art Deco and French Art Nouveau elements in its interior. Displaying the screen was Rose’s hope of promoting his business in the face of the deepening economic depression caused by the stock market crash of 1929. The screen was first exhibited in 1930 at the Cleveland Museum of Art and has become one of the most well-known images associated with the Jazz Age.

The Jazz Age exhibit as a whole is stunning but is only here at the Museum of Art until mid January 2018. If you are in the area, this is a must see! Tickets are $15 for nonmembers.

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What to Eat Wednesday: Cranberries

When you think about fresh cranberries, the first thing that comes to mind is probably cranberry sauce or relish–and that’s definitely a Thanksgiving staple in our house every year (see first recipe below). But the cranberry harvest season here in the United States is short (September through mid-November), so if you want them, now is the time to grab a few bags. Luckily, there are other yummy ways to cook with (dried) cranberries all year long. Below are three recipes that my family enjoys making–quick, easy, foolproof. (My daughter just made the cookies last weekend–the combination of white chocolate and berry flavor was amazing!) Enjoy.


Super quick and easy Cranberry-apple relish from Williams Sonoma


White chocolate, cranberry pecan cookies from Taste of Home


Orange cranberry quick bread from Girl Meets Kitchen