spring happenings

As I write this post about, well, spring happenings there’s 6 inches of snow on the ground.  And it’s still falling.

But spring is coming!  I know it.  Please let me share with you some of our whereabouts and plans for Circa Dee this spring…

Spring Milk Paint Demo

Sunday, March 23rd @ 1pm

Milk Paint Demo

First up, I will be at Serendipity Shops of Doylestown this Sunday afternoon for another FREE Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint demonstration on the products.  I’ll answer questions and consult on your specific projects.  With our busy spring schedule, I am not sure when the next demo will be so come on out!

Serendipity

First Friday at Serendipity

Friday, April 4th

Wow, we’re celebrating one year at Serendipity Shops of Doylestown already.  That time flew by.  I am hoping to make it to the bash on first Friday of April.  Watch Serendipity’s facebook page for details on what to expect.  I hear it is going to be a good time!

Clover Market

Clover Market Opening Day

Chestnut Hill, Sunday, April 13th 10-5

Omigosh, the time is nearly here to kickoff Clover Market season again!  The region’s favorite popup market is back and coming in strong with 5 spring markets in 2 locations – Ardmore & Chestnut Hill.

Circa Dee will also be popping up at the Ardmore market on Sunday, May 18th 10-5

Clover Market Spring 2014

West End Garage

open every weekend

We’re settling into our new space at The West End Garage in Cape May with special additions each weekend including live plants and gardening supplies.  Thanks so much for the positive response!  We are incredibly grateful.

WEG spring

I hope to see you out and about on a warm, sunny day soon!

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the valencia cocktail

Get excited because I have a fantastic cocktail recipe to share with you today.  Fortunately, I was able to book America’s next top model and canine for this very profesh photo shoot…

The Valencia - cocktail recipe

We have been juicing frequently here.  And when the mood strikes us we make cocktails using the fresh juice as a mixer.  The Drunken Botanist has had quite the influence on me.  I am in love with this book and all of the garden-to-cocktail concoctions it describes.  I have been considering which edible plants I want to grow this year based on the recipes and knowledge in this book.

Our new favorite cocktail is refreshing and fruity and sparkly.  Yum!  Plus it warms you up during these remaining winter days.  It’s called The Valencia.

The Valencia - cocktail recipe

Have you ever heard of it?  It’s an old time-y cocktail that has been around for ages.  Apparently there are different versions out there.  We use Apricot brandy and bitters combined with freshly squeezed orange juice and champagne.

The Valencia - cocktail recipe

1 1/2 ounces apricot liqueur

3/4 ounce orange juice

4 dashes Citrus Medica bitters

 Shake all of the ingredients over ice and strain into a cocktail glass.  Top with champagne and garnish.

The Valencia - cocktail recipe

We now carry an assortment of bitters at The West End Garage including Citrus Medica.  For those of you who are not familiar with bitters, they are essentially herbs with a bitter flavor processed into a liquid.  Bitters are traditionally used in both cocktails and non-alcoholic drinks like tea.  Less traditionally, bitters can be used to add flavor to salad dressings, soups and more.  They have therapeutic qualities and can help with digestion.

The Valencia - cocktail recipe and NJ state cutting board

The New Jersey cutting board pictured was a wedding shower gift that we just love.  When we’re not using it, we display it on the wall. You may have caught that in an earlier kitchen post.

Flea Market Style Eat-In Kitchen - Vintage Serve letters, Blueprint Wallpaper, Galvanized Pendant Light

It inspired us to stock the Made in the USA bamboo New Jersey cutting boards at West End Garage too.  On each one, Cape May is highlighted with a heart, star or home.

The Valencia - cocktail recipe

Thanks everyone for your enthusiasm around our shop news at The West End Garage!  Now, who is shaking up The Valencia tonight?

Or today?  No judgement here!

shop news: west end garage

As the tides change and we settle into life in Cape May, the timing has also allowed me to get back to my roots.

How’s that for puns?

Circa Dee at West End Garage in Cape May, NJ

Once in a while an opportunity comes along that is just so right.  This particular opportunity will allow me to pursue my passion in horticulture coupled with my flair for vintage.  I couldn’t be more ecstatic to share the news that Circa Dee continues to grow under The West End Garage’s roof – an antique tin one at that!

Circa Dee at West End Garage in Cape May, NJ

You can now find us in our new location up front where we’re proudly featuring a garden to table collection. Amongst our very favorite vintage furniture and quirky finds you’ll find succulent gardens, herbal wreaths & topiaries, bitters & other fixings for fantastic cocktails, cookbooks, botanical stationary, garden tools, vases, pots & cloches with much more to come!

Circa Dee at West End Garage in Cape May, NJ

We hope to inspire you to get back to the simple pleasures in life as we currently are…  Growing your own summer cutting garden and arranging fresh flowers.  Harvesting your own vegetables and cooking them for dinner.  Planting your own terrarium and watching it grow.  We’ll offer seasonal merchandise to help make that happen.

Circa Dee at West End Garage in Cape May, NJ

In addition, we’ve been working hard to bring in a selection of sustainable, high quality American Made goods that complement our new garden to table direction.  It has been very empowering to work with so many small, family owned businesses and artists who are experts in their craft.  I am looking forward to sharing these products with you here on the blog and, of course, for sale in the shop.

Circa Dee at West End Garage

I’ve been a fan of The West End Garage since the day the doors opened nearly 5 years ago.  It is Cape May’s most unique shopping destination boasting an eclectic mix of vendors that we’re proud to be a part of.  You never know what you’ll find hidden in that wonderful, old building.  It’s worth the trip!

Circa Dee at West End Garage in Cape May, NJ

The best news of all is that we’re already open for business in our new location.  We’ve been busy bees.  Stop in one weekend this spring or any day this summer!

The West End Garage

484 West Perry St. Cape May, NJ

Here’s to a new chapter in our story…

spring paisley

I can feel it.  That sense that spring is just around the corner.  The air is still cold but not as bitter.  The sun is lingering longer each day.

Parting of the clouds

We’re already soaking it up as much as possible.

Late Winter in Cape May

Taking quick trips to the beach and bike rides around the block.  Watching the birds.  Oh it’s going to be a glorious spring!

Is it spring yet

This subtle change in the weather has me so over my winter wardrobe.  It is dreary and frumpy.  I’m ready to inject some spring color!  I came across this beautiful teal pashmina from Spiegel to pair with my favorite vintage jacket.

Late Winter in Cape May

I ordered it from their website and it arrived quickly, in just a few days.  I was not only impressed by the quick turnaround but also by the size and quality considering the low price – just $18. In fact, I loved all of the scarves but ultimately settled on the teal teardrop paisley one because the paisley pattern resembles my Circa Dee logo, don’t you think?  I love it!

Paisley Teardrop Tapestry Pashmina

You’ve heard of Spiegel, right?  The catalog company has been around for 100 years!  I had no idea.  While my new scarf is gorgeous and all, I was probably more drawn to the company’s history on their website which features the iconic vintage catalog covers.  The ones from the 1940′s are my favorite for sure.  I’m always drawn to images and memorabilia from WWII era.  Which year’s Spiegel catalog cover is your favorite?Spiegel 20s

Spiegel 40s and 50s Spiegel 60s-70sSpiegel 80s

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post but all opinions and beach frolicking are my own.  I truly love my new Spiegel scarf!  #lovespiegel

P.S.  Don’t forget…

Feb demo

the frozen sea

We felt a bout of cabin fever setting in over the weekend so we headed out on a mini road trip around the area to take in the polar vortex sights.  A dusting of snow was coating the already frozen Delaware Bay when we approached.

Frozen

It was unbelievable to see in person and may be hard to tell in these photos that the water is not cresting but is merely frozen in that position that we are so used to seeing.  We couldn’t hear the presumable sound of the surf crashing.

Frozen (1 of 7)

In fact, it was eerily quiet. And gray but in the most beautiful way.

Frozen Cape May

With the temperatures reaching above freezing yesterday and the sun peeking out, we actually ventured onto the beach.  The water was crashing in this location but right next to huge snow mounds.  What a crazy sight.  There is nothing like playing in the sand and snow at the same time.  Can you tell where the snow ends and the water begins?

Snowmound Beach

cape may winter + a sale

We’ve been enjoying a wintry existence here in Cape May.  As have most of you in this part of the country and beyond.

Winter in Cape May 2

I like that there’s snow on the ground just blocks from the ocean.  It’s peaceful. Winter in Cape May 4

We still try to venture to the beach if it reaches above freezing.  Of course, it requires extra layers of clothing this time of year.

Winter in Cape May 5

And instead of a beach blanket, we need multiple wool blankets to thaw out after said beach trips.

Winter in Cape May

But…

I have spring on my mind.

It’s not that I want to rush winter.  I really enjoy our distinct 4 seasons but I’m excited for spring inventory.  New treasures, colors, textures and whatnot.

In order to make room and clear some things out, I’ve upped the ante at The West End Garage.

The winter sale is going on now and we’re offering 25% off.  The discount will be applied to everything at Circa Dee in The West End Garage in Cape May.  Open Friday, Saturday & Sunday.

Which means you need to come visit this winter.  I saved you a parking spot…

Winter in Cape May 3