WANTED: Wahoo! I Got One, I Got One...

mustangs81October 22, 2006

of Diana/dlundin's photographic prints!!! I have been coveting her prints for a long time. Okay, let me settle down and start at the beginning. I can honestly say that I have been so focused on my swap partner that I was caught off guard when I found the package on the front porch.

Diana's letter walks me through her strategy for the selections for my Swap Box. Seems like she has excellent searching and/or recollection skills.

Unexpected Bonus Diane wrote a note in addition to her letter. She didn't cheat but the note card was one of the renowned "Blue Dog" prints so I framed it and put it in the laundry room because it goes perfectly with my "Blue Cats" print.

Blue Dog:

Regional Item McEvoy EVOO from California. Last spring I was going through Atlanta and (of course) stopped at Harry's Market. They were having an OO tasting and this is the same brand that I chose and bought. How coincidental is that? Well, not really coincidental, it was just that good!

Cookbook This is one beautiful book inside and out. And it has personal connectivity for Diana as she been to the chef's/author's restaurant and even tried to capture a signature for me. Diana has high praise for this chef's (Suzanne Goins) creations. Reviews on Amazon give this book 5 out of 5 stars from 18 reviews. I quickly found a recipe that I will be using quickly (yes, I will share it on the Discussion side). It is a chorizo stuffing and I always have chorizos.

EVOO and Cookbook:

Homemade Item OMG, I am so honored to have this. Diana took a picture of a plain ole pear and made it look like a James Peale still live. I hung this immediately, really before unwrapping the other two items. I would have thought that I went to heaven with just the photo, but Diana framed it so perfectly too. You just can't imagine how beautiful this is in person.

Framed Pear Photo:

AnnT thank you for giving me to Diana.

Diana, you are a fabulous swap partner.

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Oh WOW!!!! That is one special swap parcel. Fabulous choices Diana, you are just so creative.

Funny when this swap started I made a mental list of some things I thought some folk would send, I thought of Ann and her cards, you and your prints, some others too that I won;t mention yet becasue they havent sent yet and I would not want to say anything that might spoil a suprise. I also though lucky person who gets Diana!

And you are Cathy!

PS: Cathy everytime I see a pic of your laundry room I hang my head in shame!

    Bookmark   October 22, 2006 at 2:27PM
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Diana that is an awesome, awesome package. That pear photo is beautiful. I tried to click on it to enlarge it, but just got sent to the photobucket site. Any chance Diana or Mustangs could post a larger one - I'd love to see more detail.

And that cookbook - I'm pretty sure it's the one I stumbled on at Borders a few weeks ago when I was shopping for my swap partner (I think it's the same one). And it really caught my eye, but I put it back on the shelf bc. I was limiting my research to vegetarian cookbooks (my partner, Sally, is a vegetarian - and I'm always looking for delicious ways to get vegetables into my daughter). It looked great. Is it the one with some commentary on the visits in addition to the recipes?

I've only this summer found an olive oil I love (olio beato). And tasted some that were awful or just okay. What a difference a good olive oil makes. I've really increased my cooking with olive oil as a result. I wonder if I can find McEvoy olive oil here in DC. William-Sonoma, Whole Foods, mail order?

Mustangs - you're very lucky. Great going, Diana.


    Bookmark   October 22, 2006 at 2:30PM
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Cathy, I do believe that every person here lusts to be Diana's swap partner. Her choices are perfect, and to receive her art is the highest honor. Very, very lucky you. I would kill for that pear. Wonderful job, Diana!

    Bookmark   October 22, 2006 at 2:33PM
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Here you go...supersized.

Shucks, there are reflections on the glass! I'll take another picture and try to eliminate the shadows.

    Bookmark   October 22, 2006 at 3:00PM
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That is a stunning, stunning photo, and so beautifully framed. Diana - ya done great (once again)! Cathy that cookbook looks like a classic, and Diana must've been psychic with that olive oil!

    Bookmark   October 22, 2006 at 3:22PM
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Wow! That is beautiful.

Again, what a great package. It's got me salivating. I was going to go to Borders, but now I'll have to add a stop across the street at William-Sonoma in case they have that olive oil. Or, heck, I'll just sample what they do have.


    Bookmark   October 22, 2006 at 3:22PM
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Wonderful swap package, Diana! Lovely pear photo - as usual. And then some great EVOO and that great looking cookbook too.
I'm happy, happy for you, Cathy!


    Bookmark   October 22, 2006 at 3:30PM
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Who knew a piece of fruit could look so awesome! What a fantastic group of goodies. Cathy - youre kitchen is gorgeous!

    Bookmark   October 22, 2006 at 3:40PM
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Wow That's amazing. I agree who knew a pear could be such art!

    Bookmark   October 22, 2006 at 4:58PM
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Cathy, what can I say? You are one very lucky lady with that pear!

Diane, you are hopefully showing your art in a gallery. I would pay for the worth of that pear! Your talent is awe inspiring. Please show your work at the '07 Mystic Art Festival! Please!!!

I've intrigued with the EVOO. I've always just used the store stuff until finding this forum. Now, I'm experimenting and am mostly just confused.

The cookbook's title would draw me right in. I love the whole concept of "Sunday Suppers".

What a great swap present.


    Bookmark   October 22, 2006 at 5:11PM
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Splendid!I have admired Diana's photos for a long time...

I even love the reflections in the glass./
Quelle belle poire!
I'll google the cookbook..I mean..if it's that good:)

    Bookmark   October 22, 2006 at 5:19PM
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Sherry, You are completely right that I lust after being Diana's partner, or just finding out if I could buy a print. Funny Chase I thought that Diana would probably send a print as well and i was looking forward to seeing which one. Everything in this package is great but the photo takes center stage.


    Bookmark   October 22, 2006 at 7:32PM
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That photo looks like it found the perfect place to hang --Cathy your wall is just perfect for that frame & photo ! Diana sure is talented .

Enjoy the OO & cookbook too .

    Bookmark   October 22, 2006 at 7:44PM
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What more can I say? The pear photo is a masterpiece! It is simplicity and elegance. Thank you for posting the larger picture.

I'll check out the EVOO and the cookbook. They look like winners as well. Diana, that is one heck of a swap package. Lucky Cathy!

    Bookmark   October 22, 2006 at 7:48PM
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OH Diana that pear is beautiful, just beautiful!

Cathy you are SO lucky!!

    Bookmark   October 22, 2006 at 8:13PM
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I have been Diana's lucky swapee. Her photography is a real treasure and one she is so generous with! What a great swap package. Adele

    Bookmark   October 22, 2006 at 8:18PM
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Cathy, you are a deserving lucky-duck! What a wonderful package from Diana. The talent on our forum is just amazing, not to mention the fun and camaraderie. Diana's photo highlights the fact that Mother Nature is the best artist of all.

I'll have to check out that book online. It sounds great, and the EVOO sounds like somthing to keep my eye out for.

Great job Diana!

    Bookmark   October 22, 2006 at 8:47PM
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You know, I think I will just keep participating in swaps until I am lucky enough to receive one pf Diana's photos. That is amazing! I love it. That cookbook is pretty as a picture, too.

Nice nice nice -- all around.


    Bookmark   October 22, 2006 at 8:50PM
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Mustangs, I will take a print of that photo of your laundry room! Cool.

Woweee. The pear and the frame are just super special and classic. What a talent!

    Bookmark   October 22, 2006 at 8:52PM
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Cathy, You're welcome. LOL! You are so lucky to have a "Diana Original" How beautiful. Looks great hanging in your home. That cookbook looks very interesting. Can't wait to see what you prepare from it.

Well done Diana.


    Bookmark   October 22, 2006 at 9:35PM
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Yep, she is definitely good...there are photographers, and then there are *photographers*. Diana's perfect eye actually makes you want to *eat* that pear!
The cookbook sounds wonderful - please update on the yummy things you make, especially using the EVOO ;)

    Bookmark   October 22, 2006 at 10:50PM
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WOW! I love that pear print. I know you will enjoy the EVOO and cookbook too Cathy. Great swap package Diana!

(who loves his print of the two boats!)

    Bookmark   October 23, 2006 at 1:03AM
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Super Swap Package! What a treasure to receive a signed print from Diane. Enjoy!

    Bookmark   October 23, 2006 at 6:26AM
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Well who knew a pear could be so beautiful. Diana you are an amazing photographer and very generous to share your gift. The EVOO sounds delicious. I almost bought that cookbook for myself when I was swap shopping but hey I'm cheap.

Cathy, Enjoy that super package and, please post some recipes when you try them.


    Bookmark   October 23, 2006 at 6:59AM
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Cathy, wow, lucky you! Super!
Diana, your photos are always just wonderful.

    Bookmark   October 23, 2006 at 7:21AM
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I love love love the pear picture. Cathy, those are your colors and everything! Enjoy

Diana, I love George Rodriguez' Blue Dog prints. This artist is from my area. You have great taste and this is a great box ;-) Good going!

    Bookmark   October 23, 2006 at 7:35AM
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I love the story about the olive oil! And the cookbook sounds really nice...but that photograph - you are one lucky lady Cathy...it's just gorgeous. just beautiful understated elegance.

Great job, Diana.


    Bookmark   October 23, 2006 at 9:04AM
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Chase, I don't even HAVE a laundry room, my washer and dryer is behind folding doors in my kitchen. LOL

That print is just absolutely gorgeous, like every other print I've ever seen of Diana's, she is so talented.

I'm sure you'll love the olive oil too, my own personal favorite olive oil also came from Diana. She sure knows how to pack a box, doesn't she?

Enjoy everything, Cathy.

Diana, as usual, a superb gift.


    Bookmark   October 23, 2006 at 10:19AM
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Wow, that got there fast! I only mailed it (USPS Priority, for anyone who read my rant) Thursday! Been outta town and it was nice to see that you not only received the package but like it as well.

Cathy had mentioned her kitchen was sort of Tuscan in reds and golds so I did everything in gold. I just set up my back room as a small photography studio and that pear was the first little shoot I'd done in it. I was pleased with how it turned out and when I was thinking of something for Cathy, I thought this might be nice because I had only taken it the week before and it hadn't been "seen." I must say, it looks like it belongs on your wall!

And of course, Sunday Suppers at Lucques... I'm always raving about the sweet potatoes with bacon, spinach and romesco sauce, which I had at A.O.C., Suzanne Goin's other restaurant... well, she included it in this book, too!

Vicki and I went to dinner at Lucques a week ago Sunday and had this amazing kabocha squash salad, which is also in the book. I got the book last Christmas as a gift and loved it so much. I hope you do, too, Cathy.

It was fun putting together a package for ya!

    Bookmark   October 23, 2006 at 10:42AM
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What can I say except "WOW"? THat is a super swap gift for a super person! I'm only sulking cuz I know that I'll never get matched with Diana to swap since we are both in the same town. Wah! I'm coveting that pear. I drove DH nuts when I was looking for art in our redone kitchen and wanted a piece with pears. In restaurant reviews, Luques is consistently written up as one of the best!

    Bookmark   October 23, 2006 at 12:15PM
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Cathy, what a great package...you can tell how thrilled you are with it by your post! Diana, your talent is truly amazing.

Enjoy it all Cathy!

    Bookmark   October 23, 2006 at 12:32PM
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Yup, I think we can all agree that Diana's swap partner is always a lucky one to receive her beautiful photographs. And this swap is no exception!! Great photo, cookbook AND evoo.

    Bookmark   October 23, 2006 at 12:54PM
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Yes, lucky me!!!

I've already picked out my first recipe and it calls for EVOO so I can enjoy both gifts.

Diana, Thank you for adding the additional points that I was too excited to share-even though I reread you letter and note several times.

David, I do remember your boats. I'm joining the club.

Tricia, If Diana does show at the '07 Mystic Art Festival, I want to stand in line to buy a coordinating print to go with my pear.

Karen, I didn't know that George Rodriguez was from your area! That's interesting. An artist from my area does blue cat paintings. I have several her cats; you can see why I framed Diana's Blue Dog.

"Blue Dog" goes with my "Blue Cats" in the laundry room:

    Bookmark   October 23, 2006 at 2:03PM
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What fabulous pictures and prints! (I love the Blue Pets.)

And that olive oil muyst be pretty special!

Great job, Diane.

    Bookmark   October 23, 2006 at 2:28PM
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What a great package! That pear is just beautiful, and the cookbook sounds very enticing. Hope we'll see a recipe from there soon!

    Bookmark   October 23, 2006 at 2:35PM
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Diana, the pear photograph is magnificent!!! You are truly an artist! WOW! A wonderful package! Cathy, you will treasure your gifts forever!

    Bookmark   October 23, 2006 at 4:44PM
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Carol Schmertzler Siegel

Fantastic gifts! Diana, your talent is amazing! Enjoy it all, Cathy! Looking forward to the recipes! Diana, what a great package and so perfect!

    Bookmark   October 23, 2006 at 5:40PM
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Love the frame and matte that surround the pear print, very lovely! Lucky you Cathy!

And the olive oil and cookbook are also well matched. Can't wait to see a recipe from this cookbook!

Nice job Diana!


    Bookmark   October 23, 2006 at 9:19PM
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Oh, wow! Another spectacular example of Diana's photgraphy! It is lovely!
The cookbook looks interesting and who doesn't love EVOO??


    Bookmark   October 24, 2006 at 10:57AM
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Okay now I KNOW this was meant to be MY BOX! That pear photo was MEANT TO BE IN MY KITCHEN! The colors are perfect for it and I love fruit photos and I so much love it and, well, it simply should be mine!

Mine, I tell you!

Doesn'tseemtomatterthatIamsuchafanIhavetheboatsphotoasascreensaver, doesit?


I hope you know how lucky you are... *sniff, sniff*

    Bookmark   October 24, 2006 at 3:24PM
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Colo Lady-Look who's talking...you with your Don Q in your kitchen!

Hey, maybe we could talk Diana into doing MOTO's. This space screams for a partner for MY Pear picture.

    Bookmark   October 24, 2006 at 5:43PM
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Hey Cathy, What's in that jar? Very cool!

    Bookmark   October 25, 2006 at 4:01PM
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That pear belongs in MY kitchen but the frame is too dark so an error must have been made. It is lucious looking. And that restaurant is on my list to get to if I ever get to LA again. The book is lovely. Wonderful package.

    Bookmark   October 25, 2006 at 4:50PM
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Karen, It's my match book collection. I haven't added to it in a long time because there are so few establishments who have matches any more.

I wish you all could see it in person. It's beautiful.

    Bookmark   October 25, 2006 at 5:27PM
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Was the McEvoy olive ranch on Micheal Chiarello's show this week? I just caught a glimpse of it.

    Bookmark   October 25, 2006 at 9:21PM
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    Bookmark   October 26, 2006 at 7:32AM
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I'll have to look for that olive oil - maybe they will have it at Surfas. I'll bet it's quite tasty!

Diana did a great job researching on you - congratulations on having her as a partner! I'll have to check out Lucques Restaurant some time when I'm on Melrose - they're having "dia de los muertos" this Sunday. I'll be interested to see what recipe you try first.

The print goes really well in your house--the framing looks very elegant.


    Bookmark   October 27, 2006 at 5:21PM
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Oh! Diane's photos are SOOO beautiful. What an amazing package. Every element is so perfect. Good job!! And Cathy, the pear looks great right where it is!

(I also have a matchbook collection, and like you, can't add to it much anymore... but it is a bit of historical travelogue, isn't it!)

    Bookmark   October 28, 2006 at 1:33PM
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I am humbled by all the talent here. What beautiful prints. Hey - whatever happened to Surfa's anyway? Wasn't it endangered this spring? The cookbook looks good, the restaurant looks good, and the connection is very cool.

    Bookmark   October 28, 2006 at 8:59PM
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Wow Diana! How DID you do that? That photograph is beautiful! The Blue Dog card is cute. The cookbook is another one I want to look into. Sounds wonderful! I'll have to look for that EVOO. What a great package to receive!

Super job Diana!

    Bookmark   October 29, 2006 at 5:49AM
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Diana, you are so talented, the pear photograph is just amazing, it's beautiful.

Very thoughtful package! Enjoy Cathy.

    Bookmark   October 29, 2006 at 9:04AM
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Lucky you, Cathy! That box is wonderful. The pear photograph looks perfect in your home! Enjoy.

    Bookmark   October 30, 2006 at 11:02PM
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