October is when my inner witch comes out…

The invitations are out for this years Creepy Chic Mystery dinner and now for the month of October is when my inner witch comes out. I transform our home into a creepy place where we ” dine with the spirits’ and we go from room to room to discover the  ancient witch and Wizard ways.  As masters of the witches secrets I began my alchemy and create potions and elixirs for all my guests to taste and enjoy. And I make a dinner fit for a King (after all I have cooked for King Arthur himself) . I only hope no-one  falls into a deep sleep….

Beware…join me if you dare !

Simply earthy Rolling greens Nursery

As far as nursery go this one is very earthy and so beautiful. This place use to be the town tire , and the sign is still there and before that it was an open air market in the 1930’s. This Hollywood location caters to the woman with the home decor building  and the cooking building which makes this a place Kim and I had to see.

 So  very rustic yet elegant …

The selection of pottery is perfect for any earth plant lover.

 I was thinking this old rusty bird-cage would look great for my mystery dinner this month. Well I have to wait and see what else there was here. Kim and I headed into the home decor building…and I really enjoyed the very beautiful  display of textiles, old books and old antique silver trays. Yes I must have a silver tray.

This place was so very  enchanting, complete with brick walls and beautiful chandelier …….

and bedding for any bedroom (at a plant nursery wow ?)…

and more urns and textiles…

This place had different sections for everything. The kitchen area had everything a cook would love…from all kinds of cooking essentials.

to candles and salt boxes.

The perfect wonderful circular cutting board. (I’ll take one of these too ! )

Cook books on earthy cuisine from Italy to Sweden’s sweets.

european towels…why yes I ‘ll take a few!

Never trust a skinny cook sign(cute ) . I would have liked to take just a few more things home but I ended up with  an antique silver tray for my Mystery dinner. As your insider guide to great places in L.A. this is a  must see with the girls !

 You can enter their site here rollinggreensnursery.com

Have a great week !

A fine paper Shoppe …

 I love fine paper shoppe and this one was fine indeed. The store front window is fun and very creative “communicate with Jonathan Wright and company ” I wish I had a paper shoppe and a photo studio in back and a window just like this !

What I loved about this little paper shoppe is the classic paper Halloween goods , and the very nice paper stationary and the  beautiful pens and candle stamps. You will also discover gifts and favors for every season and occasion, premium writing instruments, luxury gift wrap and ribbon, as well as specialty books and paper goods. You can visit the shoppe  here at  7404 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, California  90036

Have a simply fun weekend !

Next post … still more wonderful  shoppes on Beverly Boulevard .

My mystery dinner …

This is a picture from my Mystery Dinner inspirational board from  pinterest , so simply spooky chic,hmm … I have enough wine bottles for this table setting, but all I have is dark wine bottles, it would look so much better if the wine bottles were all clear…I think dark might be okay…well I’ll have to wait and see.  This week I am making the chalkboard for the bistro.

How to make a  frame chalkboard on my next post.

The Urbanic…a paper shop

Yes, I love the art of paper as you can see on my other blog ‘ The Paper Mystique’ , so when I found this cute little paper shop on Abbott Kinney Blvd, I knew it would be alot of  fun.

What I found even more interesting was the excellent selection of paper goods this shop had …and the mix and match wrapping papers, note cards, and ribbons.

It seems that  there is a lot going on at the Urbanic , a summer social  which was June 12th  for L.A. bloggers, (which I am sorry I  missed ) and on  June 23rd a” Pinerest LA meet up ”  for bloggers and people who pin.  Even though I have  joined Pinerest  I haven’t seemed to find the time to pin, I hear it is a lot of fun ! Cool events, great paper goods , a  must see paper shop ! Here is the address…

     Urbanic , 1644 Abbot Kinney Blvd. Venice, CA 90291

Today is one year of blogging.

Today is one year of blogging. Wow have I learn a lot in one year. I look at some of my post from a year ago and boy are they pitiful. I have change my header numerous times and I am still trying new ways to improve my blog. There are so many beautiful blogs out there and I have enjoyed so many of them. I am excited to reach a blog stat of 6,000.00 for one year I hear that’s pretty good. My views are about 50 to 100 everyday and thank-you all for visiting. WordPress has featured my blog for the California coast, and Al Fresco dinning, thank-you wordpress. So please if anyone has any comments on what you would like to see more of please let me know.

         and  Joyuex Noel from Simply Earth Blog !!

Welcome Dine with the Spirits…

The early 20th century was really the golden age for Halloween . The  Halloween  balls and galas would start off the winter season, and thus became what we know today as our  Halloween party’s and  celebration. So many people ask me why I love Halloween. Well, my mom’s birthday is Oct 30th and every year when I was young, my mom would make a grand celebration on Halloween, complete with a beautiful decorated table and extravagant foods and deserts. My mom is a wonderful cook. I still to this day call her to ask her for  some of her wonderful recipes.  I think maybe that’s why I became a kitchen designer.   I only wish I had half her talent. I love my dinning room, I painted the walls a rich Merlot,  it is a separate room so this is where I  love to have chic dinners, or set up  buffets.   I like to use a long white table-cloth to add some drama. I have a very ordinary chandelier so I took the shades off and added some white sheer ribbons and some spider webs . If you look close you can see tiny bats sleeping in the webs.

 

Here I will set up wines, wine glasses trim in silver, the ice bucket,  blood orange  punch,  fruits,  cheeses, crackers, and meatballs in my antique silver tray. 

  

 

 

I use a jewelry mirror tray I found at a thrift store, and added some candles,  jars with creepy ball globe lids, and a big spider globe.

 

 

I am going to put green and black olives in the jars. 

 

 

I love to serve blood-red pomegranate and pears with crackers and cheese.

 

 

and candles , candles , candles, everywhere, that’s what creates a creepy chic event, why should the kids have all the fun.

 And Happy Birthday Mom !

Next post the party… join us Oct 31th at dusk ….   

Creepy Chic Halloween

Creepy Chic  Halloween week…I love the old world 18th century Halloween decorating style, and I start my festivities with black and white,  the theme I am using  for my  masquerade ball. Here are some of  my simple white dishes with  some  simple touches that  I have create for my Creepy Chic event.

I have added black napkins, some black  spiders , cream pumpkins,my glass desert plates, and  a black crow.

I bought these black and white clues cards at Micheals.  I used my old cologne bottle and added some stickers for my poison bottle. And I am using my crystal antique  napkin rings for some sparkle.

I decided to use my mask as a center piece, but I still need to pick up some white roses .

Darrill and I have been fighting over the three crows I bought at Target, he wanted my crows for his gravestones ! Target  had some great Creepy Chic napkins, plates and table cloths this Halloween season.

I am using my french press for coffee and I am making Mexican hot chocolate and pumpkin chocolate candy, the recipes on a later post. This would be the bistro ( kitchen ). Next post the Dinning room.

I hope everyone has a creepy fun week

Shopping today…

Yes, I’ve hoped in my convertible with my hat  (but my hood leak today because of  the rain ) and went shopping at Mora’s Antiques in Old Town Lake Elsinore .

 

 

I was inspired by this collage by  http://weddingnouveau.com/  I know this is for a wedding, but I think this look would be perfect for a Vintage  Black and White Masquerade Ball.

 

(Photos from Weddings Nouveau)

   My inspiration board at  the Paper Mystique..thepapermystique.wordpress.com.     

  Hope everyone has an inspirational week !!