I want to illustrate a full children's book dummy about a New York City bodega cat this summer. So here's a wallpaper I made with my sketchbook studies I've done for the project. Repeat patterns are a great way to keep me occupied and slowly chipping away at the goal while binge watching an TV show.
Happy Almost Summer! I'm wearing a great vintage dress today that I thought I'd have to wait until the actual summer to wear because it's going to be in the 80s. I also made a thrifted (Poshmark, you devil you!) purchase of bright yellow saltwater sandals that kind of match this months free wallpaper. Now I'm thinking I need them in gold, too?
In honor of that summer feeling, download my lemons wallpaper repeat pattern for your desktop.
I'd gladly take a trip to Cinque Terre Italy right now, to eat a slice of lemon olive oil cake.
Once in a New York City bookstore I saw a framed map of long gone great bookstores of Manhattan. I'm paying homage to that literary map of Manhattan by noting a few of my current favorites. Bookstores come and go so fast but let's hope the city is never without them.
A Bookstore tour of Manhattan:
- Book Culture: This is full of academic, used, and nice spot for browsing
- Kitchen Arts and Letters: All cookbooks! Enough said.
- The Corner Bookstore: Classic Upper East Side bookstore.
- Albertine: French language books in a beautiful 5th Ave mansion.
- Kinokuniya: The Japanese chain delights with extensive collection and of course Japanese reading material too./
- Rizzoli: Art books everywhere.
- Idlewild: Travel guides and foreign language.
- The Strand: Iconic, a classic.
- Union Square Barnes and Noble: A chain but the best of it, perfect browsing spot.
- McNally Jackson: Champion indie, good for a cup of coffee too.
- Posman Books: Another champion indie, with several locations around the city.
- and a tiny hidden Strand
Sometimes I eat something to immediately think: I need to make a version of this at home. It's how I have some of my favorite recipes: lemon focaccia from France, an oven adaptation of tandoori chicken from New York's ubiquitous Indian restaurants, noodles bowls based of Boston's Bon Me food truck.
And now I really want to bake myself a birthday cake based on this dreaming princess cupcake I had at Little Cupcake Bakery last week. First, there is the meringue frosting that gets me. Next, there is just a little raspberry in the middle. Then, one of my absolute favorite flavors present with an almond vanilla cake.
It's a simple combination yet I think it would make a killer double layer cake too, perhaps with a lemon almond cake to just get wild for my January birthday! I'll see you in winter, dreaming princess birthday cake.
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