A rhubarb and rose cake for a flower class

Rhubarb and rose cake | Cannelle et VanilleRhubarb and rose cake | Cannelle et Vanille

Last weekend, Chelsea Fuss stopped by the studio to teach a floral design workshop. It was the last in-person class that Chelsea will be teaching for a while before she embarks on an European adventure. It was also the perfect opportunity to bake with the rose extract and petals that I had been saving for some time.

Flowers and cake.

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The comfort in garlic soup… with ramps

Garlic soup with eggs | Cannelle et VanilleRamps | Cannelle et Vanille

One of the most vivid memories of my childhood is that of my grandmother, Miren, making berakatz zopa (garlic soup) for my grandfather, Angel. He had an exquisite palate – fowl, baby eels, barnacles, lobster… A true pastry chef who had been cooking since the age of 14. He was also a man who appreciated simplicity and the art of doing things orderly and well. There was such discipline to his work yet he appreciated certain chaos outside of it, which I find very inspiring in my life right now.

But I digress.

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Plant-dyed textiles workshop with Wildcraft Studios | Seattle, August 2

Plant-dyed textile workshop with Wildcraft Studios | Seattle, Aug 2 Photo by Aran Goyoaga

When I moved to Seattle, I discovered a whole new set of interests that stem from all the natural beauty around us. Last summer, I began experimenting with dying fabric with elderberries and other fruits I found around. Dying natural linen to use at home and for props I use for my styling work. The results can be fascinating and it has been a bit of an obsession for me.

So I am very excited to announce that Chelsea Heffner of Wilcraft Studios will be coming to Seattle to teach a workshop on how to dye fabric using plants that are local to our area.

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Dorotea Ceramics

Dorotea Ceramics by Carolina SilvaDorotea Ceramics by Carolina Silva

I have so many friends that inspire me with their art everyday.

Today I want to tell you about my friend Carolina Silva who is a Spanish ex-pat living in Seattle. She is a fine art painter, sculpturer and ceramist. In the last year she has been working on her new line of tableware and art-objects called Dorotea, which I was so lucky to photograph at her studio last week.

And this evening she will be debuting the new collection inspired by William Morris at Seattle’s The London Plane.

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