A Lovely Gift


One of the highlights of my day is tweeting with Amy of ABCDDesign, and reading some of the wonderful posts on her incredibly inspirational Blog. From Interiors, weddings, food, paper - everyday offers a burst of creativity. Amy is an artist, designer, stylist, a fabulous cook (I have tested her recipes & they are fantastic) a New Yorker, and a really natural and genuine spirit, that I have the pleasure of befriending through the world of blogging and twitter.

When Amy announced she was celebrating her 2 year Blog-iversary, I was thrilled! Especially when I read the words Give-Away.. and The Hip Hostess!
Amy at Home in NYC
Isn't she Fabulous?
The Hip Hostess is a really cool online shop for the woman who likes to entertain with a little sophistication. They have the most stylish line of aprons and tea towels, you'll look like the Queen of Couture while serving up them Hors D’Oeuvres. You must check out their online Boutique.
Through a series of events, you'll have to read about here. I am the proud owner of the wonderful matching set below. I wanted to express a special Thank You to Amy at ABCD Design, and to Debbie and Andrea at The Hip Hostess, for this beautiful, thoughtful and much needed gift.

And it couldn't come at a better time either. Some of you know I write another blog, called Casarecce. It's about my love of all things made by hand. Cooking, baking, knitting, and crafts, it's a place for me to display some of my work as well as the work of others who are doing it right. I am so excited to announce that my cousin Anna decided to join me at Casarecce. She is a true artist. Everything she touches turns beautiful, and I am very lucky to have someone to share my passions with. This December, we are hosting our 2nd (almost annual) "Bring Your Own Apron" Party. It's where the woman of our family, gather to exchange the recipes that have been in our family for years. It's also where Anna and I will no doubt, burn our fingers on the Pizzele Iron. But I will at the very least, look fabulous, in my new apron!

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  1. Wonderful these things you have received!!
    I am going to discover ABCD Design! Thank you for introducing us!

  2. YAY! How wonderful that you have an "outing" coming up where you'll get to wear your Hip Hostess apron out and about in public. I love that! You, winning this giveaway = meant to be.

    Thank you for a lovely blog post about the giveaway and about ABCD Design. I think it's great you're enjoying my "home cooking" and are actually trying some of my recipes. It's so fun to know that there are people out there reading and enjoying my little spot on the internet - especially people who have the chic taste you show us in your blog posts everyday!

    I know you'll wear your Hip Hostess gear well my dear - I adore your style. I am totally dazzled by the fact you have the energy to keep up not one but TWO blogs - both that encompass the things I love. Talk about a "Hostess with the Mostess!"


  3. Congratulations on being such a wonderful blogger.

    Well deserved.

    Now I'll have to order myslef a nice apron for our B.Y.O.A. So exciting.

  4. Ooooh I LOVE that apron!!! Ooooh love black and white decor!

  5. ABCD and all of the above in your post are wonderful!

  6. Stunning apron. Now that's the way they should look! black and white so you can't see anything! Awesome!

  7. We are thrilled that such a creative & classy lady has won one of our hip little aprons. Hope you love showing off your new Hip Hostess look! Thanks for entering and for all your kind comments!

  8. LOVE it!! Both you and Amy are just fabulous. Congrats on the apron and what a fun tradition your family has. My Gram & I have a "date" to make pizzeles, biscotti and cannolis this year, I am so very excited!! Looking forward to reading the new blog.
    julie : )

  9. Congrats on winning Amy's giveaway :-) The apron is very chic, and sounds like you'll be putting it to good use :-)

    I just discovered ABCD Designs a few weeks ago. It's a great blog -- I love Amy's creative posts and wonderful pictures :-)

    Thanks for your feedback on our mini blog makeover -- great at your end is a good thing!!


  10. Love the beautiful design on the apron. It is so seldom you see one so stylish! Thanks for the links I will go and say hello asap. I am excited to hear about the new addition at Casarecce. I still don't know how you do it all and so well!

    Did you receive my email?


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