Monday, July 8, 2013

Something New - Jane Austen Pride and Prejudice Wedding Invitation Set

Ever since I opened my shop 10 Camelia Way. I have always had it in the back of my mind to design Jane Austen inspired wedding invitations. Fast forward to present day, I have actually made my imaginings into a reality! Introducing the new Pride and Prejudice Printable Wedding Set.  I had lots of fun staging the photo shoot. Hope you like it!

Monday, July 1, 2013

In the Swing of Summer!

I've been lost in action because as soon as the kids started school we went straight into our summer vacation. We drove to Atlanta and had an amazing time with some family friends. We visited the Amicalola Falls and went up and down about 600 steps that left me barely walking for a couple days - and I work out! We visited Red Top Mountain State Park and swam and canoed in Lake Altoona. And my favorite and I have to the rest of my family was blown away, was without a doubt  The Atlanta Botanical Gardens. I can't believe this treasure is sitting in the middle of the city. It was just an amazing inspiring place. I can truly call this a harmony between man and nature. Here are some of the photos, I'll have more to share throughout the summer. Hope you have a happy summer!

Monday, June 3, 2013

What's Cooking at a Kings Breakfast: Bacon and Cheese Frittata

Happy Monday! I can't think of a better way to start the week than with a yummy breakfast like this frittata. Egg, tons of cheese, bacon, tomatoes, I think I could have this would be great for lunch too. You can find the full recipe and cooking directions at

Monday, May 20, 2013

Bollywood Fever: Mujhse Dosti Karoge

I don't know what it is about this movie but my daughter and I LOVE it! Ok, that's putting it mildly, a little bit obsessed actually, especially with the musical scenes. We dance around like crazy people. It stars Rani Mukerji as Pooja, Kareena Kapoor as Tina and Hrithik Roshan as Raj.  All three are childhood friends in India. Raj who has a crush on Tina moves away to London and asks her to email him. Emailing is really not Tina's thing so Pooja decides to email Raj instead and does so for the next 15 years while signing her name as Tina! Raj returns home thinking Tina has been writing him all those years and well you'll have to watch it to see what happens next! You can find it on Netflix. 

Summer Necklaces Big Sale!

Summer is around the corner and its time to jazz up your summer wardrobe. The studio has some fun necklaces that will look great with your favorite summer dresses, tees, tanks, etc. We are also having a huge sale on the necklaces because they will not be back next year! A little bit of a sob there but it's ok we'll have some new stuff to fill its place! Oh, by the way, they're only $10! Check out the shop

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Bollywood Fever - Parineeta

Yep, I'm still loving my Hindi movies. Actually I don't think that will be going away for awhile, I think my ancestry is catching up with me. This weeks feature is Parineeta. It is a wonderfully shot film starring Saif Ali Khan and the beautiful Vidya Balan. This story starts with two childhood friends who grow to love each but are challenged by family treachery, loss and deception.

Monday, April 15, 2013

10 Camelia Way Has A New Look!

I realized some time ago that I had to update the look of my shop 10 Camelia Way. This is my shop on Etsy where I have all my Jane Austen inspired gifts. For the last couple of weeks I have been styling and shooting photographs, rewriting descriptions on items, re-tagging items and redesigning the masthead. I wish I could tell you it's complete but of course it is a work in progress. There are still tweaks to be made and items to be added. However, I am now ready to share the results. Let me know what you think. 

Monday, March 11, 2013

North and South...What Took Me Soooo Long??

How has it taken me so long to find out about Elizabeth Gaskell's North and South? Images are from the BBC 2004 miniseries. I was puttering about on Netflix one day. Saw it and passed it up then stopped at it again and decided to watch. What a great story! A story about love and pride and prejudice (sound familiar austenites) is woven into more serious social conflict brought about by the  industrial revolution. Daniela Denby-Ashe stars as Margaret Hale who is uprooted from a delicate Southern village to live in a cold manufacturing town where she becomes acquainted with Mr. Thornton a master of a manufacturing plant played by Richard Armitage. Sinead Cusack plays the unbreakable Hannah Thornton and a familiar face from Downton Abbey, Brendan Coyle plays Nicholas Higgins a rebellious worker. When you have time this is definitely worth the watch.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

A Matchmaker Called Emma!

I have finally added new Jane Austen prints to my shop 10 Camelia Way. Yes, I have delved into the realm of the ultimate matchmaker Jane Austen's Emma. Also, I have added another dimension to my prints, and that is the Georgian pattern behind the characters. I hope you like them. What are some of your favorite Emma quotes?

Monday, February 25, 2013

Bollywood Marathon

Soooo...My husband and I spent our weekend, when we weren't running up and down with the kids, watching Indian movies. On Friday I found this wonderful movie called Laaga Chunari Mein Daag: Journey of a Woman. It was funny, heart wrenching and romantic. Its a wonderfully woven story about love of family, sacrifice and growth. It stars Rani Mukerji as Badki, Konkona Sen Sharma as Chutki, Jaya Bachchan, as Shabitri, Abhishek Bachchan as Rohan and Kunal Kapoor as Vivaan. The movie like most Indian movies, is a treat to the senses. The music, the colors, the emotion leaves you wanting more. Oh, and did I mention the word "sensual"? I would say this is a feeling that runs through most of the movies we watched this weekend. Curtains will be flowing slowly in the wind and you're thinking "wow". All in all it was a treat. If you have a chance you should check it out.


Tuesday, February 19, 2013

A King's Breakfast!

You have to make your way to the blog A Kings Breakfast. One of my best friends Debbie is the creator of this blog and when she told me she was doing this, I thought of course she is, her cooking is phenomenal! She has great healthy ideas for breakfast and brunch and they are delicious! How do I know? I've had that little blackberry and cherry bar above and it was SCRUMPTIOUS!!! Link here for the recipe. Enjoy!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentines Day To My First Love

I can't think of a more appropriate time to write about the first love of my life – my dad. His name was Gordon. He was a really great guy who marched to the beat of his own drum. He was funny and scarily intelligent. Our home was filled with philosophy and history books. He cursed like a sailor, not because of a limited vocabulary, but because he liked it! He treated people with respect regardless of who they were or where they came from. My guy friends used to come and visit us not to see me but to sit down and have debates with my dad. He was just that kind of guy. He wasn't perfect by any means but he was always there for his kids. And look he was already treating me like a queen at 3 months old. I mean what more could a girl want?

Love you dad. Happy Valentines Day.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Strawberry Shortcake Time!!!

Once strawberries are in season, we pack up the kids in the car and take a trek to one of our favorite haunts, Brandon Farms in Brandon, Florida. It's about 30 minutes away from us but so worth it. They are famous for their strawberry shortcake and I can tell you why its soooooo yummy!!! On one side you can order your shortcake and the other they have a vegetable stand and they also sell jars of jams and honey (you can try the different varieties). Once you're finished with dessert, I mean lunch (in our case) you can go around the back and take in the acres of strawberries. It's just gorgeous! We also had a surprise friend join us at the farm. Isn't he cute! Too bad I'm allergic.