Living in the colourful Languedoc wine region, amidst grapes and wine, the perfect grape growing climate and terrain that extends from the sea to the mountains, it was only matter of time before I had to write about the tastevin, the old wine tasting-cup used by tasters and wine-producers. Carried and used by sommeliers and connoisseurs to sample and test the quality, maturity, clarity and colour of wines, it literally means “taste wine” (tâtevin, tâter = to taste), this solid historical item has an interesting story to tell. Available to be bought in the Woo Hoo Cuties’ shop!
Americans call them clothespins, in the UK they’re referred to as clothes pegs or Dolly pegs and in the film industry they’re called C47’s. No matter what they are called, made out of ash, willow wood, birch, beech or maple, they’ve always awakened fond old (laundry or not) memories in my mind.
My husband has been making frames all his life. Recently we had to empty our garage and came across his massive stack of material. So many beautiful possibilities for making frames, decent wood ( solid oak, veneer of burr wallnut, carved wood, gilded wood, painted wood) and his craftsmanship, made me realize I had to put some of his frames in the shop. We even have metal and plastic ones. They will certainly add to create a rustic chic décor in any room or any classy party.
When the French lady at the “vide grenier” (boot fair) explained me her wonderful childhood memories (for many who were children during WWII, they are) of how her gran made exceptionally tasty cookies with this vintage item, I was stunned, as I never heard of these “Rosette” irons. They do have a special place in the history of cooking as I found out later. Tools and recipes, have been passed down over the generations. So of course I had to buy this item for my shop!
One of the advantages of living here is that life revolves at a slower pace and people say hello to you everywhere, quite a difference with my home country where “stress” is the word and living feels like being the rabbit out of Alice in Wonderland: “No time, no time”. I think I can honestly state that I really adapted here very well, I work here, know the locals and ask them for any works to be done on the land or at the house, instead of going to my fellow countrymen. But sometimes enough is enough… (more…)
For this special occasion: WOO HOO CUTIES ONE YEAR BLOG, I’d like to thank the customers of my Woo Hoo Cuties’ shop with a surprise give away, the ones that bought something in the first year of Woo Hoo Cuties’ existence. So we did a lottery, names picked at random (by my godchild of 2 years and a half). 5 winners were chosen out of the people that bought something out of the shop. Five lucky customers will get a private message today and of course their surprise give away. (more…)