Weekend Workshop in Healdsburg

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Last weekend I spent a lovely day at an artist workshop in Healdsburg, California. It was hosted on the beautiful property at Front Porch Farms, where the day got started with a tour of the grounds and gardens. The property is incredible, they grow all kinds of produce, flowers, grains, and they even have a vineyard. Our first workshop of the day was with the very talented watercolor painter and textile designer, Helen Dealtry. I just love her technique and have always been inspired by her art, so this was so fun to watch her demonstration and learn some new techniques… and even more fun to work on our own paintings.

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After our painting session we were all treated to the most incredible lunch made from all the fresh fruits and vegetables grown right there on the farm. We even got to try the incredible wines they make there on the farm as well. Following lunch was a flower arrangement workshop. They had a whole area set up like a little flower shop, filled with all kinds of beautiful flowers for us to choose from. I loved seeing all the different arrangements everyone created.

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To end the day on a sweet note, fresh farm picked strawberries and giant homemade cookies! Such a great day… beautiful weather, amazing food, and learning new creative skills with a lovely group of people, I couldn’t have asked for a nicer weekend!

~ Dena

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ABC Eye Candy

Whenever I go to New York, whether its for business or pleasure, I absolutely have to stop into my favorite store ABC Carpet & Home. Its so inspiring walking into this wonderland of colors and textures, and they always have the most beautiful window displays. Here are just a few of my favorite things I saw last week... enjoy the eye candy!
~ Dena

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Pretty Spring Garden Cocktails

Spring is probably my most favorite time of the year. The weather is getting warmer and my garden is starting to bloom… everything just gets prettier in spring. I love the idea of taking advantage of the seasonal elements to “embellish” the unexpected, like a cocktail! Edible flowers, garden herbs and seasonal fruit are perfect for making a libation lively and of course extra pretty. Here are some of my spring cocktail picks, perfect for brunch with the ladies, a dinner party on the patio, or even just a date night in with my husband (and the dogs of course)… so let’s start celebrating the season!

  Lavender & Lemon Sparkler   photo: Rose&Ivy

Lavender & Lemon Sparkler
photo: Rose&Ivy

  Floral Infused Sangria   photo: Cake&Confetti

Floral Infused Sangria
photo: Cake&Confetti

  Lillet Rose Spring Cocktail   photo: Martha Stewart

Lillet Rose Spring Cocktail
photo: Martha Stewart

  Rosemary Ginger Margarita   photo: Ari Moshayedi

Rosemary Ginger Margarita
photo: Ari Moshayedi

  Rhubarb Mojitos   photo: Heather Christo

Rhubarb Mojitos
photo: Heather Christo

  *Tip:  Freeze edible flowers, herbs and fruit in ice cubes to add to a non-alcoholic drink. How pretty would a few of these cubes in a flavored sparkling water look? Add some fresh squeezed citrus or a splash of juice and you've got yourself a a spring mocktail!  Cheers! Dena Designs

*Tip: Freeze edible flowers, herbs and fruit in ice cubes to add to a non-alcoholic drink. How pretty would a few of these cubes in a flavored sparkling water look? Add some fresh squeezed citrus or a splash of juice and you've got yourself a a spring mocktail!

Cheers!
Dena Designs