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Friday, August 12, 2011

"In The Pink!"

I had the good fortune to be part of the celebration of R.N.S. cancer and heart fund 50th anniversary celebration " IN THE PINK!" Featuring Fantasy Tablescape by some of our most famous designers. We had a guest speaker Linda Bradley from Lily Pulitzer who filled us in on the fascinating story of Lilly herself and how her business started. Kravet sponsored the event supplying Happy linens from the Lilly Pulitzer fabric line at Lee Jofa. How could you not feel happy with this splash of color... My fellow designer and good friend Scott Eccard of Eccard designs had the pleasure of setting the Lilly table. Love those pink chairs Scott...

Marcy Dash Freidman and Sharon Salvano of Dashing designs are clowning around again but put serious work into their table "Safari Elegance".
" An Anniversary Brunch " by Pedro Rodrigues
"Balinese Brunch" by Reed-Rosenberg Designs Love the tufted ottomans
A favorite of mine " A Thoughtful Brunch" By Michelle Joy of Primrose Designs
"A bridal Breakfast " by Gary Roeberg
" See Food" with a side of fabric by Joseph A Berkowitz
Yes, there are real fish in there
" Brunch with Budda" The Summer House Design Group"
" The Sweet Life " by Vicki Waxman
It was so good to see old friends and by a part of this wonderful organization. Congratulations R.N.S. for 50 wonderful giving years.....

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Stop and Smell the Roses

The Morning Glory's are taking over in a riot of colors.
The Hyacinth Bean Vine is well over six ft high. The seeds were given to me by a friend. I am going to harvest seeds and continue the tradition.

The window boxes are full

and the garden colorful.

Last week I was going to write a blog on autumn or maybe winter. I was ready to skip over a few months, get rid of the heat, and possibly have it snow. Today I am enjoying the flowers in my garden, not rushing the season and feeling good about it. On my birthday Christine gave me the book "The Artist's Way" by Julia Cameron. I smiled as I opened my pretty package as I had read this book probably fifteen years ago. It is a guide to a higher level of creativity, and although I loved the book I had never fully completed it. I was torn, should I tell her I already have the book,or just keep quiet? As I started to read I realized that now at this point in my life I was ready for this course. Without this gift I would not be using this valuable tool to get in touch with my own creativity. I find the exercises are helping me to enjoy my surroundings and stay in the present and I think I may just give Christine my old copy.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Another Check Point in my Life

Can you imagine two weeks in this ancient city in Provence with the one you love. Strolling through the markets, buying flowers for your table, picking up fresh bread and cheese for a rustic lunch. Sharing a bottle of local wine while you both talk about your dreams and feelings. I can, I can, I want this really bad......

This wonderful romantic apartment is where we could stay. I can feel the sun light streaming through the window as we dine on fresh vegetables and fish. I want to cook all our meals in a simple French farmhouse style.
Here is where I will curl up and read or paint. I think I will bring just my watercolors and several sketch books. I want to record every wonderful moment. This table is a painting in waiting. We will have a fire every night as it cools down.
Or maybe I will just day dream while staring out at an awesome view.

I know you are saying, here she goes again re-inventing her life. But we all need check points, it's a good thing. My points are of course: New years,with all the resolutions, and then there is fall, always a new start for me, and spring the new beginning. But last week was my birthday, OH, NO!a big re-invention, I started thinking about my life, and where I was going. FRANCE!!!! that's it, the light is incredible, and I can paint...... I am a big believer in listening to your thoughts and this is sure one of them. I have been infatuated, spellbound, bewitched with France for some time now, and wanting to visit. When I was on the trip home from Main we stopped in Wiscasset for lobster rolls and my friend discovered a shop Marston House just full of French Antiques. I was in love ! The biggest find was this incredible women, the owner of this fab. shop and bed and breakfast, who had apartments to rent in Provence. Could I go, was it possible. I asked B.C. and he said "I want to go to Alaska on the train", I sulked. Then we were at a bar, liking the people next to us, and they talked about there month each year in Provence, BINGO!!!!!! he was hooked. Next Day he said find out about those Apartments in Provence.
this was truly meant to be, listen to your thoughts, be quiet and just hear. I could not believe my good fortune, it might just become true. So the other day I am daydreaming out loud of going to the market in Apt and buying a crusty loaf of bread and cheese for lunch with a good bottle of wine. B.C. says "I hate cheese, and I don' t drink wine". (gotta love him) I said "listen I think we can find a great bottle of Coors Lite there". I am keeping my fingers crossed.......and promising to go to Alaska next year.

Friday, August 5, 2011

My Weekend Retreat

Feeling the need to run -I mean get away? Check out these simple easy living, easy care, retreats. I saw these in inspired news from Kravet ( my favorite fabric source) I could drive away in the one above. I have a trailer hitch on my car.
Don't think I could live in a concrete pipe, or on a billboard- hate heights. But the tree house.... imagine a stack of new magazines, my paints and a bottle of good red wine, HEAVEN. I wonder if you can pull the bridge?

Any of the above would work. The modern would be easy without a lot of stuff to take care of, and I love the woods. The roof tent, well I wonder where the bathroom is??? The Yacht, who wouldn't. I am a cold weather person, and the Alpine retreat seems so cozy.

Summer pavillon- how do you get off the rocks? I am not mowing my roof. I could stay in the winter pavillon if it has a fireplace.

But I have found my own retreat, a place where B.C. and I can reconnect. The story is amazing how we are destined for some things. There are no coincidences in life. More about this on my next blog.
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