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Behind the scenes @ Gamlin Whiskey House . . .

What a great night with friends at Gamlin Whiskey House

Gamlin A

This is the second restaurant owned by the Gamlin brothers (but not the last) on the Central West End.  Their first restaurant is Sub Zero Vodka Bar (also on the CWE). Sub Zero has the largest selection of Vodka in the country. 

The attention to detail in the Whiskey House decor was definitely not left to chance.  The drink menus are mini-books and arrive at the table in a wooden box. Each menu is labeled: Whiskey, Cocktails, etc. with nearly 300 whiskey selections. These boxes are kept on shelves that have copper fronts and are held up by iron brackets with the Gamlin name embossed into the iron. Details! Another wall houses jars of freshly put-up/canned vegies, brightly colored and used in various recipes by the chef. Details!

We were privileged to join their mom (and our friend) Lynda for dinner along with our great friends Jerry, Sue & Jake . We've been friends with them for well over 45 years. It's been one laugh after another and it definitely continued last night.

We not only toasted with drinks, but we toasted our mouth-watering food as well.

Toasting food

And just when we thought it couldn't get any better . . . we were invited to see the private lower level of the restaurant.

Gamlin B

After meandering down some steps and through a doorway, we came to this amazing room with it's handmade reclaimed wood table made by one of the Gamlin cousins. It was gorgeous and enormous and reserved for their private family dinners.

There are several of these hunks of wood that make up the base of the table. Truly extraordinary.


At the end of the table is a wall of wine refrigerators. An entire wall. Floor.to.ceiling.



From there we walked through another doorway to find an iron gate. And beyond the locked iron gate . . .






All backlit and easy to see the labels - perfectly aligned with the amber color of the spirits warming the room. Just beyond that, another small tasting room with a bar and couch-like seating against a wall lined with reclaimed wood.

Gamlin LA

I love a good salvage story and this is one of them: These were steps in an old schoolhouse that were salvaged and cut in half to use as shelves. Look at this close-up:


The children who attended this school carved names, dates and messages into the wood. So much history here!


And this is where we ended our evening. Surrounded by history and great friends . . . not to mention full bellies from our delicious steak, shrimp and lobster dinners and creme brulee dessert (oh and a sip or two of whiskey).

Guess who's coming to town . . .

It's the super talented


Frank Garcia ~ Prima Marketing designer extraordinaire!

Save the dates:

September 8 & 9, 2017

St. Louis MO

Details to follow. 

In the meantime . . . 

clear your calendars, grab your friends and make plans to

meet Frank in St. Louis!

Confessions: Splatter paint and pork chops . . .

I have questions and hope you have answers please . . . 

Pork chops

(These are NOT my pork chops!)

A confession: I can't cook pork chops. Well, I can but not tender, juicy pork chops. What's your trick for making them super tender and juicy? Plus I want them nicely browned.

And another thing . . . 

I can't get random splatter paint drops on my scrap pages to come out the way I want them to. Is there a good way to control splatters when paper crafting? What's your best trick please? I'm looking for controlled chaos if that's possible!

Please share your answers on this blog post


two random winners will be chosen for a prize drawing.

(one pork chop winner and one random splatter paint winner)

Prize Pack 1:

G45 Giveaway

Prize Pack 2:

Prima XMAS Package

Answers needed by April 9, 2017.

Thank you.

National Scrapbook Weekend in Indiana . . .

May 4 @ Mary's ScrapDen in Evansville Indiana for this Card Organizer. 

CO 1

This project combines beautiful papers, flowers and embellishments from Prima Marketing Inc with the construction and design from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts. Create lovely storage for your handmade greeting cards or give as a gift with some of your own handmade cards. Either way, it's a charming addition to your desk.

And then on to Jasper Indiana to Doodlebug Inc on May 5 for two Prima Marketing workshops.


As a Prima Endorsed Educator, I'm very excited to be visiting Indiana again this Spring and hope you can join me for this very special Prima Marketing Education Days. We'll not only build these projects from scratch (yes, even the book!), but we'll be using all kinds of brand new Prima products. 

We will have fun creating these projects in Prima workshops and you'll also have time to create a unique complimentary make 'n' take by Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts.

In between I'll be doing demos with other Prima products. 

Hope you can join me for National Scrapbook Weekend in Indiana!