Hi, I’m Jamie

A vintage loving maker with a total sweet tooth. I wear lipstick, patterns, costumes and a whole lotta hats. I like to do one too many things at all times, and share the results right here. Stay, and you’ll see recipes, personal style, DIYs, and more. Sound good? Hooray! I’m so happy you’re here!

About Me

Cat On Hot Bricks

Another weekend has come and gone. Ours was pretty low-key except for a massive bike ride Saturday. Nick’s a serious biker and commutes to work on one. Lately I’ve been trying to get more into it so we’ve been going on weekend bike adventures. Each weekend we go a little bit further. We might even bike down to San Diego. After training. Are we nuts? Maybe.

Cat On Hot Bricks - Paint the Gown Red

In other news, I’ve been kind of living in this Pepa Loves kitten blouse. I love the colorful pattern, collar and frills. It’s also super comfortable. Sadly I can’t say that about many of my outfits. I tend to choose style over comfort. Silly Jamie. This Dear Creatures skirt is another favorite as I’m finding myself in more skirts these days. Its been a little too cold for many of my dresses. It’s like 68 degrees. Freezing, right?

Cat On Hot Bricks - Paint the Gown Red

Blouse Pepa Loves, Skirt Dear Creatures, Boots BaliELF

Fave Five: DIYs For Your Cat

Nick and I have two cats, Puddle and Toaster, who we spoil with an incessant amount of scratching posts and toys. Regardless of how horribly hideous they are. The posts, not the cats. Our cats are the cutest! Now, there is well designed cat furniture out there, but it’s crazy expensive! I refuse to pay more for my cat’s bed then I did for my own. The solution- make it yourself! Slowly people are starting to create pretty DIY cat stuff and I am fully prepared to reap the benefits. Today I’m sharing my top five DIYs for your cat. I really want to convert an old suitcase into a bed. Right now our cats sleep in a cardboard box stuffed with my zebra print snuggie from college. Don’t get me wrong, they love it. But it's hideous. Happy weekend!

Fave Five: DIYs For Your Cat- Paint the Gown Red

Take Courage

Watercolor Treat Boxes with Tiny Prints

Watercolor Treat Boxes with Tiny Prints- Paint the Gown Red

If you’re a fellow baker, maker, mover and shaker, you probably give a lot of homemade gifts...in homemade boxes. Personalized gift tags add the perfect final touch to those handmade creations. They’re also just super handy to have around. So today I’m teaming up with Tiny Prints to bring you DIY watercolor treat boxes that compliment these custom gift tags. And because you can’t have a treat box without a treat, I’m also including a quick shortbread cookie recipe. You might say, I’ve got the whole package.

Materials

Directions

Gather materials. Completely unfold gift box. Paint box using watercolors in your desired color scheme. I used blues and greens to contrast with my coral gift tags. Let box dry completely. Build box. Fill with shortbread cookies, recipe below, and close. Finish off by attaching your personalized gift tag to the top of your box. Give to someone special. Enjoy!

Watercolor Treat Boxes with Tiny Prints- Paint the Gown Red

This was my first time using Tiny Prints and I couldn’t have had a better experience. The customization process was a total snap. I’d say the only problem I had was choosing from so many pretty designs. Once I made a decision, I rewrote the copy, added my name and BAM they were off to the printers! Did I mention they were proofed by a design professional first? Pretty cool. Now I have a stack of gift tags with my name on ‘em ready to top all handmade presents to come. Hooray!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup powdered (confectioners or icing)sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In the bowl of your electric mixer beat butter until smooth and creamy. Add the sugar and beat until smooth. Beat in vanilla. In another bowl combine flour and salt. Gently combine dry and wet mixtures just until incorporated. Roll out dough into a long cylinder. Wrap dough plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Unwrap dough and cut cookies about ¼ inch thick. Decorate with a fork. Place cookies onto parchment lined cookie sheets. Bake at 350F for 8-10 minutes. Let cool completely.

10 Orange Treats To Try

Orange is the new black. I’m talking about the fruit. If you’ve stopped by TJ’s or your local farmers market you know, oranges are awesome right now. So it’s not surprising that the delicious citrus is popping up everywhere from salads to desserts. Today we’re focusing on the latter. These orange cakes, donuts, cocktails, chocolates and rolls have been making me salivate. Theres something about an orange and chocolate combo that’s very comforting to me. It might have something to do with those chocolate oranges I obsessed over as a child. If you haven’t already, now’s the time to get on the orange trend. All the cool kids are doing it. Vitamin C ya lata! Check out my Pinterest page for more drool worthy recipes.

Ladies Who Brunch: Sunny Spot

Ladies Who Brunch: Sunny Spot- Paint the Gown Red

Ladies Who Brunch: Sunny Spot- Paint the Gown Red

Today I’m introducing a new feature to the blog called, Ladies Who Brunch. Technically I started it over a year ago with this post, I just didn’t know it yet. The pretty faces you see here are some of my closest friends. We’re all busy girl bosses who live across town from one another. Well, I live across town from them. Conflicting schedules and LA traffic has made getting together challenging. So we’ve started having regular weekend brunch dates to ensure we spend some quality time together. Basically we get dressed up, drink mimosas, eat really good food and gossip about our menfolk. If it sounds very cliche and Sex and the City, that’s because it is. And it’s awesome. Here’s hoping you like brunch as much as we do!

Ladies Who Brunch: Sunny Spot- Paint the Gown Red

Ladies Who Brunch: Sunny Spot- Paint the Gown Red

Ladies Who Brunch: Sunny Spot- Paint the Gown Red

With this feature I intend to give you a guide to some of the best brunch spots in Los Angeles. Today you’re looking at Sunny Spot in Venice. On a Saturday afternoon the place was packed. Even with a reservation, we waited half an hour to be seated on the patio (the best spot) but were able to pass the time with bottomless mimosas from the bar. The restaurant is known for it’s Caribbean feel. Having recently returned from Jamaica I can attest to that. The crowd was energetic, sunburn and a little bit tipsy. The patio was perfect- painted orange, yellow and turquoise and scattered with citrus patterned pillows. Between the five of us we only ordered two different dishes- Ropa Vieja and the Roasted Veggie Omelette. FYI ropa vieja is a type of soup. Don’t judge, but none of us knew that. It was a little strange sipping mimosas and soup together but that was my bad. Regardless, both dishes were delicious and I can’t wait to explore their menu further. All and all Sunny Spot was the perfect place to spend a Saturday afternoon and kick off Ladies Who Brunch. Till next time!

Ladies Who Brunch: Sunny Spot- Paint the Gown Red

Ladies Who Brunch: Sunny Spot- Paint the Gown Red

Thanks to my very pretty friends who let me take photos of them while they eat. From me: Sarah, Jodi, Rachel and Caitlin