I’ve had an insanely busy week (new site http://www.allycinhicks.com). But I’m never too busy to remind a friend of how amazing and brilliant she is. Get it get it. Candles make light…brilliant. Sometimes I crack myself up. I just had to prove to myself that you don’t have to spend all your money to give a thoughtful gift.
I collected a few household items. Well, at least common for my household. I grabbed a piece of sequin sweater from an earlier project, some marble contact paper, some Martha Stewart glitter, and of course some tea candles. My earthquake kit will miss them. Basically, cut the fabric and spray glue it to the plastic candle holder then add glitter to another one then finally the contact paper to yet another.
Then wrap it up. I always believe in a great ribbon and a hand written card. People love the personalization.
I have been painfully absent for the past few weeks. Engagement parties, trips, wedding planning, business meetings, and tons of crafting projects have kept me super busy. But I’m back!!! And I’m excited to announce that my traverses brought me to the fabulous Joy Cho’s book signing in Los Angeles. Well, I live in LA so I didn’t have to travel that far.
Her book is possibly the cutest accumulation of crafts and adorableness I’ve ever owned and I own a lot of Martha Stewart magazines. The book, in a nutshell, is about bettering the lives of those around you through creativity and beautiful things. That’s what I’m all about and now I’m super motivated to just, be better.
The whole shebang took place at the West Elm in Beverly Hills. This is actually one of my favorite furniture and nick nack spots, so I was doubly excited!
I got there early and it was a pretty active crowd. It got the the point where it was super difficult to walk around. Joy brings a pretty big crowd.
Then I became pretty obsessed with their paper cup garlands.
I got to eat salted caramel ice cream with chocolate “gravel” from Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams.
Finally the piece de resistance, I got to chat with Joy. Super sweet and motivational!
So, I’ve been making a major attempt to get healthy. It’s a tough slough, no gluten, no dairy, no sugar, no soy, no fun. But I’m feeling pretty ok, good even. I got a little creative last night, thanks to Martha Stewart, and made this grilled eggplant. If you want to try it…
There is no major science to this easy recipe. Cut the eggplant lengthwise in inch think slices. Leave them out to dry for about 30 minutes or, if you don’t have the time, pop them in the oven at about 175 degrees for a few minutes. Coat the eggplant with a thin layer of olive oil and add some salt and smoke seasoning. Then just grill away, about 4 minutes each side. Cut the tomatoes in half, add the basil and feta, add some olive oil and a pinch of salt. Add this mixture on top of the eggplant and enjoy. Yummy!