Quilting is a very traditional discipline, how did you get into it?
Is it just quilting that interests you or do you experiment with other crafts too?
How long does each one take?
Is it a meditative process or do you have to concentrate incredibly hard?
Are there themes or ideas running through the work or is it a pure craft?
Talk us through the quilts that are going to be on display in the show
Tell us about the upcoming show.
Art in the Age Root, Barq's Rootbeer Can, and Vanilla Ice Cream sets up for a great desert option. Not only is "Root" a great tasting spirit but it also is USDA certified organic. | artintheage.com
Mama always said you should play by the rules. Follow her advice when picking presents for all your special someones.
Love Can Be Messy
That’s a good thing at The Clay Studio’s date night (February 13; $135 per couple). Swayze-loving sweethearts throw pottery on the wheel Ghost style and take breaks for champagne and chocolate.
The Way to His Heart
Personal Gourmet delivers a three-course Valentine’s Day feast ($79-$99) to your door. Choose from decadent options such as bacon-wrapped scallops, lobster tails, and pints of Little Baby’s Ice Cream. To order, call 610-420-4424.
Laughter Is the Best Medicine
No date? No matter. On February 14, Karen Gross’s “Valentine’s Mixtape” show at Puck should make you forget your solo status. Plan a girls’ night out and giggle at her bawdy songs and stories. Tickets ($20 in advance; $25, day of show) at ticketweb.com or at the door ($25).
There’s Nothing a Drink Can’t Fix
The W&P cocktail kit ($340) — part of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction’s Philadelphia Textile Collection — comes with tumblers, a muddler, and everything else you need to mix a beverage, all nestled in a canvas bag.
Don’t Neglect Your Friends
Best buddy weathering another breakup? Dry her tears with Occasionette’s King of Jeans tea towel ($14). And because your trips to the park have dwindled since you met the One, treat your pooch to a Found My Animal leash ($56) at Roots Inc.
Make Time for Romance
Stop by Art Star Gallery & Boutique for Laura George cards ($4.50) to tuck in his coat pocket. Create mood lighting with Farmhaus votive holders ($20), made of reclaimed from a church in southern New Jersey. When things get frisky, massage on Aromabliss oils ($21-$22); the ayurvedic formulas warm you in all the right places.
You can take it from there.
Our local distilling comrades at Philadelphia’s Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction know a thing or two about throwing their organic, botanical spirits into fine-tuned cocktails. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, they’re letting us in on some of their creations’ secrets—all of which are appropriately pouring in vibrant shades of ruby reds and pastel pinks.
Below, drink up their recipes for three easy-as-pie cocktails. They’ve even rallied their good friends of the moonshine-spiked wine, Spodee, to share a sippable how-to as well. We promise you, after one round of concocting and taste-testing, your Valentine will be spouting “I love you.”
It must be unsettling to wake up one morning and realize you’re an unpatriotic weirdo, whose childhood must have lacked the requisite Happy Days moments, and therefore now finds themselves completely without the wholesome as apple pie gene; all because you despise root beer (and its equally annoying sibling, the root beer float), diners, jukeboxes, and drive-in movies. Well, that just about sums up the deepest, darkest, fears about myself from dreamland last night. Now that that’s off my chest…
The popularity of root beer seems to have eluded me for my first few decades on this planet. With no idea of the American nostalgia tied up in the product, imagine my surprise when I discovered a liqueur called Root. Kin to the Root Tea of yesteryear (of which root beer is the non-alcoholic version), Root is a certified organic, 80 proof spirit that includes some strangely named substances such as birch bark, smoked black tea, and sassafras.
But, I believe in the old adage, “Don’t knock it till you try it”; so I tried Root straight, over ice, and in a couple of cocktails proudly displayed on the Art in the Age website. No dice. Suffice it to say that after all that, I still hate root beer ~ its annoying sibling, the root beer float ~ and it’s not looking so good for my new friend named Root. So, that’s where I need your help.
I pride myself on being able to drink almost anything, and liking it too! So, if you’ve stumbled upon any Root cocktails that you love, send them on over my way? Have you personally created any Root-tails that will absolutely blow my mind? If so, drop them into the comments section below. What, if anything, does Root go well with (e.g., other spirits, herbs, foods, etc.)? Hope to hear from you soon, I’ve got a lot of Root left in the bottle.
Here’s to my very own Root Challenge.