Arden & James

Looking for the perfect gift this holiday to give to that special someone? Look no further than Arden & James!

AJ Bags

A&J was founded by Industrial Designer/Maker Bri Brant. She handcrafts beautiful leather handbags and accessories, as well as beautiful beeswax candles. I had the opportunity to interview Bri and find out where the inspiration for her hand made goods came about…

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Background

I’ve lived in the Chadds Ford area for most of my life. I attended college in Philadelphia, and lived in Colorado for a couple of years. But Chester County is my home – it’s so full of character, history, and beauty.

I am a trained Industrial Designer. I went to The Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science (now Philadelphia University). It was a new program at the school that I jumped into because I wanted to design furniture. My roommate was a fashion designer, and we spent a lot of time in the shops on Fabric Row in Philly – still one of my favorite places.
When my great grandparents came to this country from Russia, they had a custom tailoring shop on Fabric Row. I like to think that my current work with Arden + James is a continuation of the work that they did as newcomers to this country.

Tell us about the about the journey that got you to Arden and James.

I always wanted to be an artist/designer, but I feel that my work experience outside the art world is what makes me a better designer. I worked for Wawa for ten years, starting with my first job at the Chadds Ford “wooden” Wawa. It was such a great experience serving people in the community and getting to know my customers over the years. I continued to work for Wawa in their Marketing department, where I learned about merchandising, advertising, and product consistency. Wawa was a big part of my life, and all of those skills are a big part of my current business.

My husband, James, and I moved to Colorado to start a new life together. I worked for a small honey company and a friend there taught me to make local beeswax candles. Starting with something simple like candle making, I got back into designing and making again. I taught candle-making classes at Chautauqua Park in Boulder, and did a local farmers market.  It was a new lifestyle for me…and I learned that I could make things and make money at the same time.

When we moved back to PA, I worked for Kimberton Whole Foods, another great local company. I did marketing and events for them, and was part of a Chester County local farm and art scene that I hadn’t tapped into before. I left Kimberton when Baby James was born.  My life was so different than before…kind of a culture shock. I spent a lot of time sitting still in a quiet room while feeding him and while he slept in my lap. I had never been so still or quiet before, and my mind started thinking about making bags…so I went with it.

I started Arden + James when Baby James could sit on his own, about 6 months later. I brought my sewing machine into his playroom and worked in short spurts to create my first linen bag samples. It started out very simply, and it all grew from there – as our family has grown. I have met so many wonderful people by making and selling things. That alone is worth it. I feel like my products are part of my true self that I’m putting out there for people to see, and it opens me up to people. I think that making things - whether it’s bags, music, gardens, or food, is something that’s in your heart and you have to follow your heart to feel like your true self. At least that’s how it has always been for me.
What is the significance of the name Arden and James?

Arden, Delaware is one of my favorite places – an original Arts and Crafts Community designed by architect, William Price at the turn of the century. It is still home to many local artists, musicians, and actors. This utopian community was designed for the artists to live and work together. It’s a magical place. Rose Valley, in Media, is another of Price’s communities. And of course James is the name of my husband and son. Our second son, Ethan, was going to be Arden, but I felt like Ethan was a more fitting name for him, because it means strong and optimistic.

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How do you juggle your work with kids? Do your kids ever inspire any of your designs? What else inspires you?

It’s definitely hard…days go by when I don’t get any “work” done, and I’m just taking care of the boys.  But I’m ok with that, and, as the boys grow, I will have more time to focus on Arden + James.  I try to live in the moment and appreciate them being little as much as I can. I only work with shops and customers that understand my unstructured schedule, and everyone has been so supportive!

James – who is now 3 years old – “helps” me with hand painting fabric, choosing new colors, sorting candles, and sewing (he sits on my lap). Ethan, who is 1, likes to ride in the cart and shop for supplies. I take the boys with me to make deliveries in Philly, to mail packages at the post office, and to do little shows/sales. They get to do have a new experience, and I get to teach them about making things, selling things, and being a part of a friendly community. I want them to work with their hands, dig in the dirt, and not worry too much about what they want to “be” when they grow up. I feel like I’m showing them that they can do their own thing and have a happy life.

Being a mom makes me a non-stop multitasker, and I design my bags to hold up to that lifestyle. My bags are washable and made to last a lifetime. They also have big pockets. I can’t live without those!

Where do you want to take Arden and James? Do you want to keep it on a small scale or would you want it to go worldwide?

Being able to design and make each piece from start to finish is definitely the most meaningful way for me to do it.  It’s hard for me to have anyone work with me because I don’t use patterns or really have a set process for anything.  I like it that way because it never gets boring, and I can “accidentally” stumble upon a new design. My organic materials: woven linen, vegetable tanned leather, and plant dyes, are always giving me different results. So each piece is one of a kind.

When the boys are older, I will probably have a pop-up shop in a local storefront where I can have my workshop, feature some Arden+James goods, take custom orders, and showcase the work of some friends. I would love to have small classes, dinner parties, and music in a space that is accessible to the community. So yes, I want to keep it local. It’s a business of making one of a kind items that are meaningful to people, and I would lose that if it wasn’t small scale.

Last Words

A + J goods are available at lots of local shops, and we really like to promote them! Check out our website for our list of stockists!  We love keeping in touch via social media…there are links to all of those on our website as well!

For more information on A&J you can visit their site here.

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Table Styling at Terrain

We chose a Japanese theme, using these amazing petrified wood slabs as our plates.

We chose a Japanese theme, using these amazing petrified wood slabs as our plates.

We were thrilled to be invited to join Terrain’s Garden Party Inspiration series this summer. Each week during August, a local tastemaker styled a table using Terrain products mixed with personal touches. We were incredibly inspired by the petrified wood slabs and decided to use them as an unconventional plate. That jump started a trail that led us into embracing a Japanese-inspired theme for the whole experience. We used Terrain’s slabs, small ramekins, linens, napkins, tumblers, and various pieces of the Indigo Bloom ceramic series. We added our own chopsticks, fresh produce, and illustrated menu. We designed a four course meal with pairings along a Japanese farm-to-table style. We were inspired by the book Japanese Farm Food by Nancy Singleton Hachishu. We wanted viewers to feel like they were there, invited to sit down and eat the meal with us. We wanted them to imagine what the dishes might look like as they were served each course. We had a blast and got it all on video so stay tuned for the release of it. Below is our menu and photos. Check out the full gallery HERE.

Wow, posting this menu reminds us how delicious it sounds and how we now really want to produce a Japanese inspired meal event!

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Green Tomato Tempura, Black Garlic Tamari, Pickled Farmhouse Vegetables + Sparkling Lemongrass Iichiko Cocktail (Oita, Japan)

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Scallop Sashimi, Sriracha Beurre Blanc + Love, Oregon Rosé – 2013 (Oregon, USA)

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Ginger-miso Glazed Chicken, Sweet Potato and Leek Purée, Chantarelles + Dirty & Rowdy Sémillon, Yountville – 2012 (Oregon, USA)

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Vanilla Soy Ice Cream, Sesame Brittle + Dewazakura “Sakura Boy” Saké (Yamagata, Japan)

Dreamy Japanese summer

Dreamy Japanese summer

We made a mock menu so guests could imagine they were arriving for dinner

We made a mock menu so guests could imagine they were arriving for dinner

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Looks like a good summer night I'd love to experience!

Looks like a good summer night I’d love to experience!

Thank you Terrain for this amazing opportunity!

 

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Highlights from the Garden Brunch at Point Lookout Farm

Haley's pinch bowls and wild flowers

Haley’s pinch bowls and wild flowers

We had such a great time at the Garden Brunch! It felt so good to gather again after a long hiatus. We gathered in the outdoor courtyard at the beautiful Point Lookout Farm, tucked away in the hills of Wilmington, Delaware. Guests sipped mimosas, chatted, and explored the beautiful art of local ceramicist, Haley Harmon. We enjoyed wonderful French brunch dishes by our chef Mike Lipson while taking in the sights and smells of the height of summer. We ended with the TAB team sharing about the new season of events and a time of community feedback. Check out some of the highlights below and click HERE for the full gallery!

The Beautiful Point Lookout Farm

The Beautiful Point Lookout Farm

Haley and her husband Jason

Haley and her husband Jason

Haley Harmon's art

Haley Harmon’s art

Our guests

Our guests

Quiche by Mike Lipson

Quiche by Mike Lipson

 

 

 

 

 

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Interview with July’s artist: Haley Harmon

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If you haven’t heard yet The Table at Brandywine is BACK! We are kicking off the end of our hiatus with a Garden Brunch at Point Lookout Farm on July 12th. There will be culinary delights by Chef Mike Lipson and we will also be showcasing artist Haley Harmon.

Recently, we had the chance to interview Haley and here is what she had to say…

First I must start off by saying how excited we are to be working with you on our comeback event! We would love give our readers a peak in to your background. Let’s start off with the basics. Where are you from? 

Haley: I grew up in the little historic beach town of Lewes, Delaware. My Mom and I lived in an old creaky Victorian house furnished with yard sale and auction finds which has shaped my love for objects with a history. I attended the University of Delaware’s Visual Communications program where I studied Graphic Design and American Material Culture Studies.

I love Lewes! It’s a great little town. I have lived in Delaware my whole life and just visited there for the first time about two years ago, and I immediately fell in love with the place! It is full of artistic individuals so it makes sense that you would come to be artistic yourself. 

What made you want to get into design?

Haley: I have always enjoyed making things and I grew up with my Mom and Aunts quilting, collecting, and making. There were always cute independent shops in Lewes and Rehoboth that I would wander around and soak in, and Saturday treasure hunting at yard sales with my Mom. We also never had much money so if I wanted something I had to find it second hand or make it myself. Part of my fascination with design came from necessity.

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Let’s dive in to your career. Through a little research I found that you worked at Urban Outfitters for a quite a few years. Can you tell us how your job started and evolved while you were there?

Haley: After school I knew that I was not interested in traditional graphic design, I really wanted to design products that people could enjoy in their daily lives. I interned at a textile design studio in Philadelphia and through that connection landed my dream job designing home products for Urban Outfitters. I worked with a small team of designers where we got to try our hand at designing everything from textiles to jewelry stands to novelty products. My time at Urban was a great learning experience where we had a lot of freedom and got to create a ton of products. After 6 years it felt like it was time for something new and in August of 2013 I left to pursue freelance work.

How did you make the decision to switch to Freelance work? 

Your blog, We Made It Home, is fantastic! What made you decide to write about your husband and yourself getting out of debt and what is it that you hope to convey through your blog?

Haley: My transition to freelance was a long one. My husband Jason and I really value our time and freedom. We envisioned a life together where we could spend time on the kinds of projects that interested us and also had time to spend with our family and friends. So we decided to work together to accomplish that goal. We decided that the best possible way to get to the life that we wanted was to make our lives as simple as possible. We spent 3 and a half years paying off all of our debts including our house to minimize our expenses and to be able to live on one income.

Once we accomplished that I was able to leave my job. I am very fortunate in that I had the chance to make strong connections and friendships with a lot of people in the URBN community and most of my freelance work is through those connections. I have had the chance to work on some really fun projects ranging from quirky illustrations to designing stuffed animals, and I have time to work on my own personal projects, which has connected me to more makers in the Philadelphia area.

We decided to share our story of becoming debt free on the blog to inspire people who might be interested in the same thing but aren’t sure if it’s possible or where to start. We wanted to encourage people to simplify their lives, pursue work that matters, and to make more time for community.

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To see Haley’s work up close you can visit her website HERE and even better you can see it up close in person at our Garden brunch on the 12th. Tickets our available HERE

We look forward to seeing you!

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A New Beginning

Spring Dinner

 

It’s been awhile since we gathered with you at our table. Life has held a lot of transition in the past few months. (You can read more about it in a previous post!) While we have needed to devote the priority of our attention to new jobs, life changes, moves, etc. We have never stopped soaking up inspiration and continue to love the magic that happens when chef, farm, artist, and musician come together.

We’ve been talking over new ideas and collaborations for a while – and new logistics too as our directors now live in 2 different states! (DE & NY). The ideas and passion have conquered the distance and we are thrilled to announce or first event in quite some time! In fact, we have a few more exciting things in the work and it feels great to be turning our creative wheels in this way again.

We’ve met many wonderful new friends since our beginnings in 2012 and we’ve always been so grateful for the support of existing friends and family. We are hard at work now, promoting and planning our next event and we hope to see you at the Garden Brunch on July 12th!

SEE THE EVENT

 

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Tomorrow We Disappear

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It’s Tribeca Film Festival week up in New York City. Justin and I jumped on the opportunity yesterday to see “Tomorrow We Disappear.” It’s a documentary about New Delhi’s Kathputli Colony of artists, magicians, and puppeteers being evicted from their village for the construction of the city’s first-ever skyscraper, The Raheja Phoenix.  2,800 creative families have lived here for generations and what at first appears to be a typical Indian slum is, on second glance, a community of vibrant culture, beauty, and life.

We slid into the theater just minutes before showtime, grabbing two of the last seats left near the front. Anticipation turned to awe as the story began. Stilt walkers, acrobats, jugglers, and painters fill every corner of Kathputli Colony and young children find no end to play, challenge, and entertainment. We met many village members on screen, discovering their art, story, and mixed emotions about what lies ahead.

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The thing is, no one is exactly sure what will happen. The families are promised a high-rise of flats after a temporary stay in “transition camps.” Reality is that they’ve been made no actual promise in writing and the transition camps are hardly more than cramped wooden boxes packed together for miles. Many members are illiterate and not educated beyond their art, so they are not taken seriously or regarded as worth respect. Some of the performers have won awards and traveled the world to represent India’s traditional arts. This tragic injustice will leave most of the colony with no space to practice and about 25% with no place to live. The film finished abruptly with women and children protesting oncoming bulldozers, poised to destroy everything they know and love. That footage was shot only one week ago; this narrative is unfolding as we speak!

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After the show, the directors Jimmy Goldblum and Adam Weber answered questions from the audience. They were pleased to introduce a surprise guest, Puran Bhatt, a well-known puppeteer from Kathputli Colony! It was incredible to see distant people, now friends, join in the same great struggle together. Everyone hopes for the survival of the colony for what’s at stake is loosing the last of India’s traditional performance art forms.

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No one is sure how things will develop but it is certain that increased media attention and awareness could change the tides in favor for the members of Kathputli. I’m moved by this story especially after having co-founded The Table at Brandywine. We believe art, culture, and community is very much the substance of a life that flourishes. I can’t bear to imagine this colony being wiped from the planet, nor can I stand the thought of artists full of vision cramped into those awful transition camps.

When hearing of a tragedy that takes place across the globe, it’s easy to feel helpless. However, in this age of great technology and communication, we know there is power in numbers and great movements for justice and truth are possible. Please, visit the site, discover the story for yourself, and spread the word about this injustice to art, tradition, and community!

- Karen (Demaio) Weber

 

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Cherry Bombe Jubilee NYC 2014

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This past Sunday I had the chance to attend the Cherry Bombe Jubilee at The High Line Hotel in NYC. The Jubilee was put on by my favorite new magazine, Cherry Bombe! A while back I featured the magazine here on our blog and wrote about owners Kerry Diamond and Claudia Wu, as well as how the magazine came together and about how the Jubilee was to come. Well the day was finally here and I couldn’t have been anymore excited!

The day involved panels and discussions with some of the most talented and influential women in the food industry. Here are the highlights of the day:

1. Breakfast:

Included fresh cold-pressed juice and yogurt parfaits from New York based juicery Organic Avenue and baked goods from vegan and gluten-free bakery, BabyCakes NYC.

The grape fruit juice and mini glazed donuts were to die for!

2. Session #1 – Talks and Panels

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The Jubilee kicked off with chef/owner of Momofuku Milk Bar, Christina Tosi and her ‘Be The Change’ speech. She talked about the importance of keeping your head down and working hard to make sure people know your name, but at the same time staying true to yourself and who you really are.

Tosi was followed by Dorothy Hamilton, the founder of the French Culinary Institute (International Culinary Center). She talked about the importance of Culinary School and how it teaches, what she considers to be the 3 most important things you need in order to be successful in the kitchen: protocol, technique, and networking.

After Hamilton the first panel began on the topic of Getting Your Clog in The Door, which featured chef’s April Bloomfield (The Spotted Pig, The Breslin, The John Dory Oyster Bar, and Salvation Taco), Katie Button (Curate Bar de tapas and Nightbell), Sara Kramer (formerly executive chef of Glasserie), and Anita Lo (Annisa). Moderated by journalist, Charlotte Druckerman, they discussed how they began their careers and how they got to where they are now. They also discussed what it takes to open your own restaurant and what they look for when they are hiring in the kitchen.

The first round closed with a talk from famed makeup artist and founder of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics.

Brown discussed how she went from being a freelance makeup artist to owning her own billion dollar cosmetic company and also shared her 5 tips for success:

  1. Do what you love
  2. Tell the truth.
  3. Go with your gut.
  4. Keep it simple.
  5. Focus on the positive.

3. Lunch:

Included salads, grains, vegetables, and sandwiches from Smile To Go and organic soda from Brooklyn Soda Works.

I haven’t had the pleasure of visiting Melia Marden’s restaurants,The Smile and Smile To Go, but I can say from the food that was provided from STG at the jubilee I will definitely make it a priority to go their my next visit to the city.

As for Brooklyn Soda works, I had already fell in love with their Apple Ginger Soda from my previous visits to Smorgusburg in Williamsburg, it’s a must try!

4. Session #2 – Talks and Panels

The second session kicked off with a panel for My Way: How to Be An Unconventional Entrepreneur, which featured entrepreneurs Jeni Bauer (Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream), Martha Hoover (Patachou Inc.), Preeti Mistry (Juhu Beach Club), Jessamyn Rodriguez (Hot Bread Kitchen). Katie Lee, the co-host for The Kitchen on the Food Network, moderated the panel. They discussed and shared how they decided to open their own businesses, how they financed their projects, and what you need to focus on in order to be a success and keep your doors open.

Next came a talk from Marion Nestle, Paulette Goddard Professor at the department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University. She discussed the topic of Food Politics and how it’s time to take action on the nutrition deficit in our country. You can read her blog on nutrition and politics here.

Chef’s and The Media: A Love Story? A panel made of Amanda Cohen, Kristen Kish, Amanda Kludt, and Mimi Sheraton. Moderated by the founder of pop-up restaurant Goodness, Elettra Wiedmann. This panel discussed the topic of how the media tends to favor men in the food world.

4. Afternoon Snack

Included cookies, canelés, pie, and small bites from: BittyCafe 2 at MoMACanelé by CélineFour & Twenty BlackbirdsNorth End GrillOvenlyUnion Square Cafe.

As if I wasn’t full enough from lunch snack time came around and I just couldn’t resist sampling the sweet and savory treats these incredible places had to offer!

5. Session #3 – Talks and Panels

Session three kicked off with a talk from Alexis Miesen, co-owner of Brooklyn’s Blue Marble Ice Cream. Her partner, Jennie Dundas, established Blue Marble Dreams, a social venture that builds ice cream shops with women in areas recovering from conflict or natural disasters. The first shop, Inzozi Nziza (Sweet Dreams) is located in Butare, Rwanda, which opened in 2010 and was the subject of a documentary called Sweet Dreams. We were lucky enough to be able to view the trailer, which you can now watch here. They are currently in the process opening a second shop in Haiti.

Wait Until Your Mother Gets Home featured chef’s Suzanne GoinGabrielle Hamilton, and was moderated by Christine Muhlke the executive editor of Bon Appétit. They discussed the difficulties of being a chef and a mother, and “having it all”.

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Next up was author and producer, Laurie David. For those of you who don’t know Laurie, won an Academy Award for the documentary An Inconvenient Truth. She came to the Jubilee to talk about her latest film Fed Up, a documentary about the causes and impact of the childhood obesity epidemic.

The idea came together with Katie Couric, who acts as the narrator and co-producer for the film. Laurie was gracious enough to let us in on the fact that the film would be released on May 9th. I was lucky enough to have the chance to meet and speak with Laurie before her presentation. She told me about how this film was going to shake things up in America, and boy will it! It’s time for us to take a stand against the food that is being offered in our supermarkets, to not only protect ourselves but to also protect the future generations of America.

Last, but certainly not least, was food writer and producer, Ruth Reichl. Any one who is a true foodie knows Miss Reichl. She was the chief of Gourmet for 10 years, a restaurant critic for the New York Times, and both the food editor and restaurant critic for the Los Angeles Times. She is a published author and a 6 time James Beard Award Winner! We were lucky enough to hear about the journey of how she got where she is today, being a working mother, and her opinions on the fact that she thinks we have a two tier food system in the United States.

Hearing from an industry legend like Reichl was an incredible way to end this incredibly interesting and inspiring day of panels and talks. It was now time to head to the…

6. Networking Session/Farewell Toast

Included macarons from Macaron Parlour, tasting of American farmstead cheeses from Saxelby Cheesemongers, breads and crackers from Hot Bread Kitchen, and wines from Macari Wines from the North Fork of Long Island. Music by DJ, Justine D.

Being able to share the same space as some of the most successful and influential women in the food industry (including the one and only Alice Waters!) was an absolute dream come true. I left feeling incredibly inspired and lucky to have made some new friends.

Thank you to the Cherry Bombe Team, especially Kerry Diamond and Claudia Wu, for an incredible day filled with amazing people!

For more pictures and information on the Jubilee head on over to our Facebook page.

Girl Power!

- RP

 

 

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Paradise

 

IMG_5414Well I’m back from Antigua (aka paradise)! I had a wonderful time with my family exploring the island and all it had to offer. It’s filled with vast and lush tropical forests and mountains, not to mention it’s incredible beaches (365 total, one for every day of the year!).

We were lucky enough to dine at some of nicest restaurants on the island and some of the best local spots. Because it is an island they do have to import a large portion of their goods, but all of the restaurants seemed to really make an effort to source produce and protein locally, such as parrot fish and black pineapple.

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Jacqui O’s Beach House: Order the Pina Colada, it’s sinfully delicious. Oh and the gourmet food is superb! Did I also mention the beach overlooks some of the most beautiful crystal clear water you have ever seen, and you can view it all from your own personal cabana?

Catherine’s Cafe Plage: Beautiful French restaurant off the beaten path that mixes local ingredients into its cuisine. Oh and if it’s yours or your dining companions birthday you are not going to want to miss out on their epic birthday song!

The D – Boat:  Converted from a 1974 Oil Tanker into a state of the art offshore experience. Beautiful views, constant entertainment, water park with water activities, great food, and amazing drinks! This place will bring out your inner child with it’s water trampoline and 35 foot water slide…oh and a little birdy told me they will soon have a 65 foot slide, thrill-seekers unite!

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It was incredible to get a break from the extremely cold weather. I drank lots of daiquiris and rum punches and gained a serious ginger tan (aka lots of more freckles). I was very sad to leave the perfect 80 degree and sunny weather, but I’m happy to be back with all of you!

We’ve got a lot of fun things in the works here at the TTAB for this Spring including some events and some pretty cool collaborations. We also have some pretty big blog posts coming up,one may or may not be based on a dover music festival coming up this June, so keep your eyes peeled!

Rebecca Porter

Social Media Manager

 

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House of Love

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This past Saturday I visited House Industries Love themed gallery and store. Any graphic designer or typographer knows that the work that comes from House is simply the best of the best; so visiting this gallery is like a candy obsessed 4-year old visiting the local sweets shop. And any true romantic, like myself, would go gaga over this beautifully crafted love-fest.

The display set up alone was enough to take your breath away. A wall of perfectly crafted cards for that special someone, a wall display of prints in different designs and languages representing the word L-O-V-E, and an encased glass table display of some pieces for the collections such as love etched Baccarat glasses, a dish towel, and original hand letterings of the above mentioned prints. Oh and of course there were chocolates! Produced by Neuchatel with House’s hand lettering design on the front.

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Though the gallery was mostly Love themed there was also a back room filled with other collections such as House Hasami, Ampersand cutting boards, post cards, and studio books. Also on display are a wide variety of men and women’s shirts.

I couldn’t resist purchasing the Amour t-shirt and card! They were just too beautiful to walk away with out them!

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The gallery will be closed from February 17th-March 1st. A little birdy told me that they will be debuting a pottery collection for the next gallery showing, and you are not going to want to miss out!

(All photos by House Industries)

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Mixed Berry Oatmeal for Two

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This is the time of year that Winter feels endless. While snow is a beautiful sight, most of us are longing for a little sun and warmth. If you’re looking to brighten your morning with a Summer-style breakfast then try this simple recipe:

Mixed Berry Oatmeal for Two:

Frozen berries – 1-2 cups
Oats – 1 cup
Soy milk (or Milk) – 1 splash
Brown sugar – 1/4 cup
Salt – 1 dash
Cinnamon – 1 dash

Directions:
Place 1-2 cups of frozen berries in a saucepan and cover most of the way with water. Heat on low for about 20-30 minutes. When the mixture is warm add about a 1/4 cup of brown sugar (depending in how sweet you like it) Continue to heat until the mixture is hot and steaming.

Fill another pot with 2 cups of water and bring to a boil with a dash of salt. Add 1 cup of oats and a stir off and on for about 5 minutes until the water is absorbed into the oats. At this point you can add an optional dash of cinnamon and splash of soy milk or regular milk. Stir in the berries and liquid (you may have to hold back some of the liquid if there is a lot of excess) and you have a warm, sweet, and tart breakfast for two!

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