Monday, November 23, 2009

LAINE trunkshow this weekend!

LAINE will be exhibiting with Gordon Aatlo and Arlee Kasselman at the International Gem & Jewelry Showcase in San Mateo, CA from November 27-29. Visit our booth to find lots of LAINE designs (including some brand-new earrings & antique locket bracelets which are so new they haven't even made it on the website yet!) at trunkshow prices!

Hours are Friday 12pm-6pm, Saturday 10am-6pm and Sunday 11am-5pm. The show will be held at The San Mateo County Expo Center, 2495 South Delaware in San Mateo, CA (directions & map)

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Vanilla bean-lavender poached apples...

I don't blog nearly as often as I should, so I'm making some changes in an effort to make this an active blog, rather than just a "when I remember I actually have a blog" type of blog. I'm going to be posting the occasional recipe, photo, studio shot, post about another designer/shop I admire, etc...and of course LAINE news as well.

So I'll start off my new blogging resolution with a photo or two and a recipe...

Vanilla bean-lavender Poached Apples
2 small apples - peeled, cored and cut into wedges
1 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
1 vanilla bean - split & scraped (or 1 scant tbs vanilla extract)
Lavender sugar*

Add water, sugar and vanilla bean to a pan over medium heat. Stir until sugar is dissolved, then increase heat and bring the mixture to a boil. Lower the heat just a bit and let the mixture simmer for about 10 minutes until it thickens slightly. Next, add the apples and simmer for another 10-15 minutes until the apples are softened. Remove from heat and sprinkle with lavender sugar. This is excellent over pound cake (as seen above) and with yogurt or ice cream.

*to make your own lavender sugar just mix 2 tbs lavender flowers with 1 cup sugar and a vanilla bean (optional), store in an air-tight container for about 2 weeks before using, shaking occasionally.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Only two weeks left to win a pair of Caviare Earrings!

If you haven't already entered to win a pair of my signature Caviare Earrings there are only two weeks left before the winners are chosen. Visit to enter to win one of 5 pair Woman's Day Magazine is giving away!