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Abbey Nova post: Hubble telescope photos

I asked a couple of friends to fill in some posts for me. I’m too heart broken to stay on top of things since the loss of my dad. Here’s Abbey Nova of Abbey Goes Design Scouting with a post:
hubble telescope photos
hubble telescope photos

Sam, Dave, Henry and their family have been in my thoughts since I heard the news of Sam’s father’s passing. I never had the pleasure of meeting her father but heard many stories and saw the look of love on Sam’s face as she recounted them. I know how much his light will be missed. I have some interiors posts planned for the rest of the week, but for this first post, I thought I’d include these amazing images from the Hubble as a little tribute to Sam’s father. All images from the Hubble Site.

Eat, Make, Read….Love: Delicious caramel recipe


Find your way straight into you lovers stomach heart. I knew I wanted to post a recipe here for Valentine week. Who better to get one from than the talented baker, cooker, blogger, designer and co-founder of Remedy Quarterly? Visit (Kelly at Eat, Make, Read and Remedy). Here’s Kelly:

Whether you’re looking to woo a certain someone this Valentine’s or remind you’re favorite love why you’re so great, here’s a special little treat that will have their mouth watering and they’re heart fluttering. These homemade caramels are the perfect combination of buttery and sweet decadence with a hint of sea salt. They’re moderately easy to make, more work than you might spend on just anyone, but not so much that you look like a crazy person. Really, you just need a little patience and confidence along with sugar, butter, corn syrup, cream and sea salt.

fleur de sel caramels
via gourmet
makes about 40 candies

1 cup heavy cream
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces
1 teaspoon fleur de sel*
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/4 cup light corn syrup
1/4 cup water

Line bottom and sides of an 8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper, then lightly oil parchment.
Bring cream, butter, and fleur de sel to a boil in a small saucepan, then remove from heat and set aside.
Boil sugar, corn syrup, and water in a 3- to 4-quart heavy saucepan, stirring until sugar is dissolved (about 2 minutes). Boil, without stirring but gently swirling pan, until mixture is a light golden caramel, about 12-15 minutes. Watch carefully to make sure it doesn’t burn.
Carefully stir in cream mixture (mixture will bubble up) and simmer, stirring frequently, until caramel registers 248°F on thermometer, 10 to 15 minutes.
Pour into baking pan and cool at least 2 hours. Cut into 1 or 2-inch pieces, then wrap each piece in a 4-inch square of wax paper, twisting 2 ends to close.
*If you don’t have fleur de sel, just use sea salt.


Sub-Studio Guest Post: Bosse Brass Figures

Bosse Brass Figures
Please welcome Anna of Sub-studio back to Maquette today!

Okay, so these might not actually be appropriate for a child, since babies will put almost anything in their mouths, but they are certainly appropriate for you and I, and would be super cute on some out-of-reach shelf in your kid’s bedroom. The Bosse Brass Figures are an awesome collection of miniatures (originally from the 1940s!) made out of brass. Walter Bosse polished off the patina on each animal to create expressions and details. Lovely and minimal.

I want them too Anna!  They’d look so great peeking out from a bookcase or even perched atop a mantle!

Thanks again for getting so many wonderful guest posts together for Maquette. I have been so happy to have them for days when baby Henry says “mom, pay attention to me instead of blogging”!!

Kate Miss Guest Post: My Favorite Baby Things

I was saving this post for today and accidentally published it- back in time- in Oct. So sorry if you are seeing it twice. I’ve got a baby on my lap and it’s toying with my brain. I love having him here though!
Maquette-guest post-Kate Miss baby

I’m so lucky to have the fabulous Kate Miss guest posting for me here on Maquette. Her aesthetic is so enviable. Now I want all of these things for my new baby! Welcome Kate.

Hi, I’m Kate from For Me, For You! In honor of Samantha’s little one, I thought I’d use my guest post to highlight some of my favorite baby things I’ve come across that I love. I am in no way an expert in this area, having no kids and no plans for them for a while, but like a lot of girls I swoon over all things pint-sized and store cute things in my head for the future.

Clockwise from the top left:

  1. Baby Hank Vintage stocks the best vintage on Etsy for little ones –
  2. This “Fluffy Little Clouds” art print has little otters all over it (eep!) and
  3. would be cute for a kids room. Or my room. – I love everything in the
  4. baby line at DwellStudio, and most of it is very bold and colorful,
  5. but this simple organic
  6. knit blanket is probably my favorite – tiny leather
  7. slippers at flora and henri, for chic babies obviously – sculpted
  8. wooden animals, for playing and display – All the knit clothing at
  9. Oeuf is cute as can be, especially this wolf animal hat
  10. and booties, for your little wild thing. – Tiny Warbler hand makes
  11. lovely soft animals, like these sweet
  12. bears.

Guest Post from Sub-Studio: Artwork for a baby nursery

art for a baby nursery- sub-studio guest post

Please welcome half of the super talented duo behind Sub-studio and The Working Proof, Anna Capron.

When the time come for Sean and I to start our own family, I think one of the things I’m going to enjoy preparing for the baby’s arrival the most is decorating the nursery. I love art, and kid’s prints are especially fun and colorful. Here are a few of my favorites (plus a plug for a set of our own prints):

  1. Petit Collage’s Animal Alphabet Poster
  2. Night Owl Paper Good’s Bamboo Koalas. This is actually a card, but I would totally use it as a print instead
  3. (And last but not least) Sub-Studio our Nursery Rhyme prints. Three of our favorite childhood rhymes, turned into prints

I was lucky enough to be given the sub-studio nursery rhyme prints for Henry from Anna and Sean. I can’t wait to set up a nursery for him when we move, with these stunning and graphic prints as a centerpiece.