Monday, September 27, 2010

AWOL - On the Road in Maine and Texas

I have not posted in the longest time.  I have had a few of those non stop weeks, and I had the good fortune to travel to Maine with dear friends, Barbara and Mary.  Back home for a few days, and I leave again tomorrow for Round Top! Can't wait!

In the meantime, here are a few photos from my trip to  Maine with much more to follow when I get back at the end of this week.

We stayed in a house near an old granite quarry. This is what the surrounding area looked like - gorgeous, just gorgeous.

Amazing sunrise from my room early one morning.

Had lunch in Camden, Maine one day and this was the lovely view from the park.

Got to do some great antique shopping in Wiscassett. Great photos to come soon!

Adios for now - off to the Texas shows!


AND the Marburger Farm show! 

To read The Howdy, designed by the talented Cynthia Kinney of Houston,  on line, go here. Turn to page 2 to read a feature by yours truly!!

Back soon with lots of photos and antique adventure stories!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

More Amazing Fredericksburg Talent!

 Sprout, a local gift and flower market, owned by friends Rhoda and Michelle, consistently surprises and pleases me with their creative and unique merchandise.  Actually much more than your average gift and flower shop, Sprout creates amazing floral arrangements for wedding and other occasions.

Photography by Q Weddings/Svetlana Photography

Aren't those boutonnieres wonderful?

If you've not read about Sprout on this blog before, go here to get the inside scoop from my interview with Michelle.

Photography by Sprout/Q Weddings

Of course you remember the velvet pumpkins from Sprout, one of my all time favorites!

My dining table last fall when I first went crazy for velvet pumpkins!

 This year's velvet pumpkins. I am dying over those blue ones!

So, the latest absolutely fabulous things from Sprout come from two local artists.  I am so excited to share them. 

Local artist Candace Morgan created these wonderful acrylic paintings on  5/8 inch blocks of wood. Candace, the mother of four girls, is a very talented graphic designer, AND she also  happens to be the designer of the brand identity of both Sprout and The Flower Bed.

  The Flower Bed is a most charming bed and breakfast that Michelle also owns and operates upstairs in the same building as the market.

These paintings are from a collection Candace calls the New American Landscape. I love her choice of colors and the texture one feels just looking at them.

Angie Cross, another local artist, entrepreneur, and very busy mom,  has a new line of pillows that are made from silk dupioni, hand embroidery and a vintage button. Aren't they wonderful?

Full of charm and color, they just make me smile!

As always, I am inspired and awed by the local talent in my little town of Fredericksburg.  I feel honored to live among so many gifted people, who also happen to be the warmest and kindest folks you'll ever meet.

I hope you will visit us if you find yourself in the Texas Hill Country,  or  plan a weekend trip of it. We promise good ol' Texas hospitality, and a ton of great art and design!

 For information on any of the mentioned products or just for fun, visit Sprout here .

Thursday, September 2, 2010

I Want This Chair(s)

We are in need of a couple of desk chairs at our house. Oh how I wish I could get a couple of these.  It's called the Devon Chair, Metal and Antique Whiskey Leather Swivel Chair.  Even the name is cool. It came in an email today from Taigan, and can be found at Haven in Dallas.


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