Dec

05

whimsy & spice & all things nice

For me it started with this cookie. The Hazelnut Whiskey Sandwich cookie. I’m not sure how I happened upon it, but I did, and as we know I like all things whiskey – so I investigated further. These brilliant creations are made by Whimsy & Spice, a confection shop in Brooklyn. Husband and wife team, Mark Sopchak and Jenna Park pair to create their distinctive line of handmade sweets. And distinctive they are – I am intrigued and inspired by their masterful use of flavors and their genius pairings…

Like the Massaman Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookie… spectacular.  Also notable in their sandwich cookie line are Pink Peppercorn, Earl Grey, and Pumpkin Ginger. But it doesn’t stop there. There are things like…

The Coconut Five Spice White Chocolate Drop cookie, Rose and Black Peppercorn Thumbprints, and Chocolate Gingersnaps. If you like shortbread, they have it. Biscotti, that too. And, oh yes…

They have Brownies and Bars.

But what really intrigued me were the marshmallows – and I’m not even a marshmallow person. Rose Vanilla, amazing (and pink to boot.) But there’s also Cardamon, Maple, Caramel, and Chocolate. Who’da thunk? Well, Whimsy & Spice did. How do they do all this you ask?

That’s how.

So you should give yourself a treat and try them, and if you want to really make someone’s holiday send them a gift box.

Like the Herbs & Spices Gift Box, (ahem.) Bravo Whimsy & Spice, and thank you!

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Nov

28

tiny winter wonderland

Tiny gardens have always fascinated me, ever since I was a little girl. I used to sit in the forest looking into the mosses and imagine other worlds existing in miniature, especially under the mosses that look like little trees. Perhaps that’s why terrariums are so intriguing to me, they cultivate not only that which I put inside, but my own wonder and imagination – something which I have clung to fiercely over the years… especially at this time of the year.

Thus, I was so excited to see that Terrain is offering products for holiday terrariums this season – from the coolest containers and accessories to the sweetest little decorations. You can make your own tiny winter wonderland.

 

For a more traditionally terrariumed approach, from left to right: the Hanging Paned Terrarium, the Tall Hanging Atrium Terrarium, and the Conservatory Terrarium.

For a more modern look, from left to right: the Bottle Neck Terrarium (love it) and the Hand Blown Terrarium – hand blown in Poland.

And for the accoutrements, from left to right: Okubo Shears from Japan, Terrain’s Woodland Terrarium Kit which has sold out since I started writing this post (but even better I found this place that will send live moss and lichen assortments from the forest floor in Idaho), and the Plant Mister.

Next come the rocks, from left to right: Jade River Stones, Tan River Stones, and Ocean Stones… And if you like rocks you should look here, here, and here.

And lastly, heh, we have the Bottlebrush and Bristle Brush decorations, from left to right: the Snowy Bottlebrush Trees (with red berries), the Bristle Brush Fox Ornament (love him), the Bristle Brush Robin Ornament, the Perched Owl Ornament, the Bristle Brush Cardinal Ornament, and the Bottlebrush Evergreens.

So if you have not yet had a go at terrariums I suggest you give it a try and create your own little world. Here are some instructions that will help you get started.

Image courtesy of pinterest.

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