These hand-embroidered pieces of jewelry make my heart swell. The colors are so pretty and any of these would look great with the most minimal of outfits, don't you think?



tpot for tspoon.

This Spout TPot just made my day. Ever since I gave up coffee, tea has been my best friend and this tea pot would do me fine. It would do me just fine, thanks.



oh, snap!

The past week-and-a-half has proven to be quite taxing on the heart for me. And after having a really good cry (induced by heavy talks and thoughts) a couple of nights ago, I woke up this morning and told myself that I needed to snap out of it. Why? Because life. goes. on. and on and on and on. And that's the way it goes.



i got the blues.

It's been really hard to get back into the swing of things since coming back from Japan. I'm overcome with so much emotion--exhaustion, malaise, nostalgia, sadness, hope, etc. And that alone is overwhelming. On top of that, a good friend of ours just moved away from our apartment building and into another city. Saying our good-byes was tough.

Don't get me wrong--I really love where I am. I do. I love my friends here, my dogs, my apartment, my life. But. I can't shake this feeling.

I know that our trip was a vacation and that people generally just do more on vacation. It isn't "real life". However, I know what life was like over there and what we did on our trip wasn't far from reality. It was just more condensed into a shorter period of time. I thought that this trip would refresh me and enable me to have a finer appreciation of the life that Ryan and I have here in Florida. But it only made me want to go back. If my longing to return wasn't strong before, it certainly is now.



a big fat merci beaucoup.

To all my incredibly wonderful and talented guest bloggers, I could not thank you enough for being a part of my blog while I was away. Seriously, from the bottom of my heart, thank you so very very much!


P.S. I'm officially an aunt! Welcome to the world, little Olivia!



we're back!

Although it feels good to be back in Florida, I can't lie and say that I'm entirely happy about it. Japan was a magical adventure full of food, love, family, and everything in between. I'm glad to report that Ryan and my dad got along famously, too! I'm still trying to get over my jetlag but in due time, all should normalize again. Until then, here are some photos from our trip. Happy viewing!

P.S. News flash: My sister just went into labor this morning! Huzzah!


{guest post} nursery: before + after.

During these past few months, my husband Adam and I have been excitedly anticipating the arrival of our daughter Olivia. So, when (my sister) Tanya asked us to write a guest post, I thought, what would be more appropriate than sharing a mini renovation? With only a month left to go in my pregnancy, Adam and I finally tackled the transformation from Office to Nursery.

When we tried to find a 'before' photo, we realized we never got around to taking one! But just to give a reference, this is how the room looked back when the previous owners (The Zimmermans) lived here. They had a lot of papers to keep track of, apparently.

So when we got to work thinking about Olivia's nursery, we wanted to make it very calm and charming. I've never been partial to saccharine sweet girl's rooms with tons of ruffles and pink everywhere. Instead, I'm more drawn to rooms with clean lines and a simple, understated elegance. We also decided that the nursery's decor and furniture should be able to suit her taste at any age.

My husband and I love the look of mid-century furniture. Our house's previous owners had this vintage yellow corduroy arm chair, and we fell in love with it instantly. Lucky for us they didn't want it anymore and sold it to us with the house. I love how cozy it makes Olivia's room feel; perfect for those future bedtime stories. The flamingo print next to the chair was a gift from our good friend Carlos. His company, My Alphapets, designs animals using only the letters in a person's name. Since he knew we were from Florida he created a pink flamingo for Olivia. I love how sassy she looks!

We found our crib at IKEA and love it! The lines are simple and the height was perfect for the room. The yellow gingham bumper looks adorable in it.

Adam's sister painted those two paintings for us, based on prints by Dan Stiles and Spencer Wilson. Aren't they cute? The changing table was a hand-me-down from our friend Chinatsu. She bought it about 5 years ago from a yard sale for $10 but never liked it because it was stained an ugly pink birch color. When she found out I was pregnant, she was glad to get rid of it and Adam and I were thrilled! We sanded it down and painted it white to match the crib. And voila! Looks like new!

I just love the sweet flower-print dress hanging from the owl hook. It was Adam's sister's when she was a baby and I can't wait to see it on Olivia.

The knick-knacks on the dresser are things I cherished when I was growing up. The wooden Japanese was given to me when I was about 5 and it is definitely my favorite. The bunny in a kimono plays a sweet song when you turn its base. And of course, we had to buy Ian Falconer's Olivia.

We're thrilled with how the room turned out. And all within our $500 budget! The custom curtains for the closet give the room a nice dose of bright, cheery color and the ledges will no doubt be used to hold a rotation of sentimental and treasured objects. And there's still space on the walls, yet to be filled with Olivia's future art work and many family pictures.


{guest post} bavaria! oh, bavaria! (fall fashion 2010)

Hello and guten Tag! My name is Amaly from Around The World With Amaly. I am spending a day with you as guest-blogger from southern Germany. I have spent the last few months here in a small town in Bavaria, working for a shopfitting and interior design company called Project Luna, surrounded by the amazing history and quality craftsmanship, carpentry and of course, beer-brewers prevalent in the German region. Proud to say, I am German!

German fashion- not something we are always known for- but that’s for those who don’t know…Hugo Boss, Karl Lagerfeld, Escada, to name a few. Here, down in the southern-most state of Bavaria (Bayern), we are enjoying the revival of an old traditional clothing style: Tracht. Tracht (pronounced traaccht) was historically regional peasant dress, until the “Rediscovery of Nature” by the rich and noble families in the 19th century, at which point it became a way to show regional pride. For the last, I don’t know, half century, it stayed that way, used in village festivals and that was about it- until now.

There are some contemporary and utterly adorable ways to incorporate Tracht and tradition into your wardrobe. Lederhosen, previously really only worn by men, are now also made for women (and being worn by many at Oktoberfest). Get a good pair, and they will last you forever (even if you don’t want them to) and although the traditional kind are stiff at the beginning, they get that amazing, worn-in to fit your body thing going on the longer you wear them.

Tracht has been influencing fashion on the continent (except for the French, of course) -- Chanel, Zara, Net-A-Porter all carry products influenced by it-- and has spawned a cottage industry of small designers here in Bavaria. My favourite right now is Porzellaner specializing in porcelain pendants with German folklore and cultural designs- definitely the must-have accessory at Oktoberfest and this fall in Germany! How freaking cute are these things?! Tell me you don’t love them too!



{guest post} bikes and the city.

Here are some graphics that represent some of the days of my caffeinated adventures around the fantastic city I live in, in my golden homestate. Hope you all enjoy this Californian t-spoon of shine! thanks for having me and have a nice ride ---ding ding! ♥xxo.meli

buttercup wednesday

Bike fuel and happy tummy
Bike fuel and happy tummy

Dating is boring
Dating is boring

I heart mi bici!



{guest post} limoncello - a recipe.

Hello, T Spoon of Sunshine readers! This is Stephanie from Concerning: Pancakes. I'm honored to be guest posting for Tanya while she is off having fun in Japan. I thought I would share a really simple recipe for making limoncello at home.

  • 8-10 lemons depending on their size (the more zest the better!)
  • 1 750ml bottle of vodka (I used Smirnoff, but you can really use any decent vodka for the recipe.)
  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1 large jar with a lid

First zest all your lemons. (I used the juice of my lemons for a batch of lemonade.) Put all the zest in your jar and pour the entire bottle of vodka in over it. Put the lid on and shake it up a little.

Now, you wait. You'll want to keep the jar in a cool dark place, like a up in a cupboard. Everyday give the jar a little shake. After about a week it's time for the next step.

Mix the sugar and the water in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer. Cook until the sugar is all melted and you have a nice syrup. Allow the syrup to cool completely.

Strain your lemony vodka through a fine mesh strainer fitted with a coffee filter to remove all the zest. Rinse your jar and pour the strained vodka back into it. Pour in the simple syrup, put the lid on and give it a shake. Put the jar into the freezer and allow the flavors to mellow for about a week or 2. Some recipes say to wait 8 weeks, but I found that my batch was delicious after about 9 days. Store in the freezer (the mixture won't freeze because of the high alcohol content.)

To serve: pour into a shot glass and throw it back! Enjoy!

I hope you enjoy this recipe. I was surprised at how simple it was when I made it and now I plan to keep it on hand all the time. There's nothing like an icy shot of limoncello as an after dinner treat.

Thanks so much, Tanya, for having me here!

{You're absolutely welcome, Stephanie! Thanks so much for posting! This recipe looks DIVINE. I cannot wait to try it myself! xoxo!}


{guest post} a solo evening in.

as a bostonian, fall is my favorite time of year. i love having an excuse to stay home on a chilly evening. outside the leaves are blowing in the crispy wind, it's getting dark, and i curl up under a blanket and declare the evening as "all mine".

here are some of the ingredients i use for a successful, nurturing and fun evening. and i prefer to do all of this by myself... (because, let's face it, we all need alone time, right? and it's so delicious when it's spent doing self-indulgent things.)

girls evening in

1. set the mood by lighting a candle. i love fall scents like "pumpkin" and "harvest".

2. pop in your favorite romantic comedy, or the documentary from netflix you've been dying to see.

3. multi-task by flipping through a magazine.

4. wear your coziest, softest socks. the uglier, the better.

5. open a bottle of prosecco, or a nice warm red. savor every sip.

6. paint your finger nails a wild color.

7. enjoy a sweet treat! cookie dough... ice cream... oreos...

8. or if you're more in the mood for something more savory... make a classic grilled cheese.

9. last but not least, heat up a water bottle. place it by your back, belly or feet. let our a sigh of contentment.

now tell me, do you ever do anything like this? doesn't this sound scrumptious? :)




{guest post} lune.

Hey, Little T Spoon fans!

I came across this sweet mobile vintage shop that I thought you would all really enjoy. Lune Vintage is based in Winnipeg Manitoba, Canada, and runs out of a 1970s Boler Trailer. How GENIUS is that? Jill, the founder of Lune, bought the trailer back in Spring of this year and renovated it to house and transport all her vintage goodies. It looks like she sticks to touring in Canada for now, but maybe if we keep our fingers crossed, she'll consider bringing it to the U.S. as well.
Jill, if you read this, you're especially needed in Tampa (where Tanya lives) and Oakland (where I live). Think you can make that happen??

xo- Celia



{guest post} a parisian day.

Salut! Melina here from Owl and Peacock, thrilled to meet you! Tanya may be in Japan right now, but my head is clearly in France. Some days I like to pretend I'm either living somewhere else or in someone else's shoes; I'll eat or wear or do certain things I normally wouldn't, just to give myself a little excitement and break the routine. So why not pretend we're in Paris today and have ourselves 'une journée française' along with Little Brown Pen - a lovely shop featuring beautiful photographs of Paris!

Morning: Wake up, and immediately open the windows - let the breeze energize you. Play Juliette Greco, preferably on a record player.

10 a.m.: Stop by your local farmers market and pick up beautiful vegetables, fresh eggs and a baguette or two. Definitely eat a little on your walk home, and why not pick up a bottle of wine, too?

1 p.m.: Hop on your bicycle and meet your best friend at a café for a lunch of sandwiches, café au laits and laughs. People watch, and create fantastical biographies involving romances and scandalous affairs.

3 p.m.: Indulge in your sweet tooth and stop by the pastry shop. Ditch your diet if you've got one, and go ahead and order two of everything.

5 p.m.: Get some exercise after all those sweets; have a stroll through a nearby park, and take a break to read. Pet a dog, or several. Pick up some flowers on your way home for a splash of color.

8 p.m.: Head out to meet your beau (or a group of friends) for a long, leisurely dinner and cocktails. Order something new and adventurous, and be sure to wear red lipstick!

Late Night: Get home and watch a French flick (a few suggestions: A Man and a Woman, Happenstance, The 400 Blows, Dans Paris). Smile at your lovely day. Gaze at the calender - a beautiful perpetual calender filled with numbers found all over the streets of Paris - and decide on another day to do it all over again!

*all photos available for purchase at Little Brown Pen


{guest post} on the bowl.

This is RMFH, writing for my favorite lady TFH, because she has planned our vacation to the the tee and is completely occupied with finding the best place for fugu. So in leaving, I thought of home and its parts. What makes "home"? My wife and I have left from and returned to the place we more-or-less grew up in several times over (living in Tampa for the better part of our formative years). This has always rattled us in a way.

So I took it upon myself to find out what I truly love about this very small town. And in a would-be list of what makes Tampa a plausible home for us when our friends are scattered over New York, L.A., Rome and Tokyo, I thought only of the Bro Bowl.

It's so odd and green and eternal. I want to skip work every day to go there and I have skipped work and school and chosen it over friends and I've lied to my parents about going there. Oh, Bro Bowl you are a mass of unchanging concrete covered in a sea of mismatched spray-painted ethos and brand loyalties. You are as "Tampa" as the day is long and I thank you.