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st. louis nostalgia

©2011 Lindsay Obermeyer Crown Candy Ice Cream

An inch of ice on the streets with temperatures hovering around 10ºF did not dissuade me from ordering a scoop of chocolate ice cream.  I was in full nostalgia mode.   You can leave your hometown, but your hometown never quite leaves you.  I was back in St. Louis and found myself at Crown Candy.

©2011 Lindsay Obermeyer Crown Candy
 I hadn't been there since childhood.  The effect was still the same.  I was the kid in a candy shop.  

©2011 Lindsay Obermeyer Crown Candy Chocolates
Crown Candy is an old world place dating back to my grandmother's days.  The surrounding neighborhood dates back to the Civil War with some amazing architecture.  It's one of those places that time forgot.  The chocolates and lollipops are housemade, as is the ice cream.  The soda fountain is the same.  Forget Lady GaGa, modern adaptations such as the jukebox play Yes and Cream.  

©2011 Lindsay Obermeyer Crown Candy Juke Box

I sat back, enjoyed the ice cream and let the memories flood over me.  Watching a 4 year old try to eat a jawbreaker bigger than his fist was an added bonus.  


Make Day!

 

©2011 Lindsay Obermeyer Make Day Cupcakes

The language of friendship is not words but meanings.  ~Henry David Thoreau

Make Day!  Leave it to the Corn Lady (also known as Cathi Bouzide) to come up with such a fantastic idea.  Get off the computer, gather with friends, and make stuff.  

Each person signed up with what they would bring to share with others.  We decorated cupcakes, made paper silhouettes, learned how to rework the circuits on electronic toys, and played instruments.  I brought knitting needles and yarn to show how to make an i-cord.  That's me with Alexis.   

©2011 David April Make Day Lindsay and Alexis
We of course ate a ridiculous amount of yummy food.  (Note to self - get guacamole recipe.)   The wine I brought is called Kitchen Sink.  I couldn't resist a wine with such a name, and it was delicious too!

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Thank you David for sharing the photo you took of Alexis and me!


cuteness to die for

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"A leapord cannot change his spots." -- Proverb

I found this amazing image of newborn leapords through a link found on Modish.  Aren't they the cat's meow?!  The way they are being held reminds me of Cerberus, the three-headed dog of Greek mythology, except to die for cute rather than scary ferocious.

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There are more images of them on Flicker.  You have to take a look.  I love the pic of Mama Leaopord with one her babies.  I certainly know the feeling. I think aspects of motherhood are universal.


happy happy

©2011 Lindsay Obermeyer Slice photo credit Larry Sanders
"What art offers is space - a certain breathing room for the spirit." -- John Updike

I dropped off my work at the gallery today.  It felt amazing.  My first exhibition of paintings!  I simply don't think of myself as a painter. My comfort zone has always revolved around my sewing box, but this Sunday I will be showing my love for vibrant, flat washes of color in gouache.

Avram Eisen did an amazing job of framing them.  I liked the paintings as is, but being that they are gouache and difficult to fix, I chose to frame them.  I actually like them better this way.  They pop.

©2011 Lindsay Obermeyer Microcosm photo credit Larry Sanders

The paper's deckled edge is underscored as is the sculptural quality of it.  The paper has presence.  It's not a mere backdrop to the paint.

©2011 Lindsay Obermeyer Bundles photo credit Larry Sanders

The opening is from 1-4, Sunday, February 20th at the Evanston Art Center.  The show continues through April 17th. 

From top to bottom:   Slice, Microcosm and Bundles.  Each is 15" x 15" framed or 12" in diameter.  Photo credit goes to Larry Sanders.


a love affair

©2011 Lindsay Obermeyer Crown Candy Valentines

"Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs." -- William Shakespeare

My favorite holiday is Valentine's Day.  Everything is pink, red, flowers and chocolate.  I know. I know. It's a holiday invented by Hallmark.  Well, perhaps, but for this gal, it's all about the romance.  

There was the blush of 6th grade when Henry Blodgett (are you out there Henry????) hid a valentine in my desk.  By high school I had graduated to roses left on my car's windshield. Those years when I didn't have a date, my pal Drools and I met for a luxurious meal. One year we dressed in black being that we were in mourning for our respective lack of dates. Everywhere around us folks were getting hitched. Rings were appearing in the chocolate mousse, inside oyster shells and atop the ravioli.  I remember drinking a lot of wine that night as we toasted each engagement. 

©2011 Lindsay Obermeyer Cappuccino

While at a coffee shop the other day I overheard the conversation of two young men.  I know it's rude to eavesdrop, but I couldn't resist.  These fellas were just too darn cute. One had made dozens of valentines which he planned to hide throughout his girlfriend's apartment.  I love the idea of one tucked in among the frozen peas, don't you?!  The other had developed an elaborate seek-n-find game that would take the young couple all over the city, revisiting their favorite haunts. 

Valentine's Day is about love.  Love of family and friends, as well as the romantic stuff of Cupid.  I treasure the valentines sent by those not seen in years.  Sam is a master valentine maker. Her valentines are always elaborate.   My grandmother was also besotted with the holiday. For several years she sent antique Victorian ones, all gilded paper, lace and ribbon.  They now grace my bedroom walls, reminding me of treasured moments.

Yes, you could say I have a love affair with Valentine's Day.  Since I haven't figured out how to send chocolate via the Internet waves, I give you a few of my favorite quotes:

"Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place." -- Zora Neale Hurston

"A man is not where he lives, but where he loves." -- Latin Proverb

"Love is like dew that falls on both nettles and lilies." -- Swedish Proverb

"Love is not singular except in syllable." -- Marvin Taylor

Happy Valentine's Day!


paper dresses

©2011 Lindsay Obermeyer Dress6 DCWV, Inc"High heels were invented by a woman who had been kissed on the forehead."  ~Christopher Morley

Check out these dresses made of scrapbook paper!  They are confections of the imagination.  I never really caught the scrapbook bug, but these dresses make me want to experiment more with paper.  

©2011 Lindsay Obermeyer Dress5 DCWV, Inc

Created by the design team at DCWV, Inc., these dresses played with all the senses.  I kept waiting to hear them rustle.

©2011 Lindsay Obermeyer Dress2 DCWV, Inc
Or see a flurry of fluttering wings lift off.

©2011 Lindsay Obermeyer Dress4 DCWV, Inc

Don't these roses look birthday cake yummy?!

©2011 Lindsay Obermeyer Dress3 DCWV, Inc
And who would think a dress of paper could be so va-va-voom!  Where's Cary Grant in his perfect tuxedo?

©2011 Lindsay Obermeyer Dress from DCWV, INC


hot chocolate

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"What you see before you, my friend, is the result of a lifetime of chocolate." --Katherine Hepburn

After a gorgeous week in Los Angeles, I am back in Chicago surrounded by mountains of snow.  My cure for the winter blues - hot chocolate.  Normally I'm a bit lazy when it comes to making it.  I pour the milk into the mug, zap it in the microwave, stir in a heaping teaspoon of instant hot coco mix and I'm good to go.  Sometimes when I'm feeling decadent, I'll add a dash of Frangelico.  Simple.  But today, I need to mix it up.

Check out this recipe from Cooking Light.  The above confection is called Barcelona Hot Chocolate, a mix of espresso and bittersweet chocolate with a twist of orange peel.  Does it not look amazing?!

This white chocolate latte recipe from Southern Living is another to try. I love almond extract!  

And for some variation, I'm going to make this mulled cranberry cider.  It would be perfect with a lemon poppy seed muffin.