Sisterhood of the Traveling Bedrooms (II) …. Psychodelic Sixties

Every era has a defining characteristic, something that rewinds you to the days gone past.  For me, it’s a teenage girl’s bedroom.  Maybe I’m just missing having Ashley home!  Really, if you want an accurate portrayal of the trends today,  you should just take a peek upstairs, after all aren’t those beautiful babies (hardly babies …) our future? Over...

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Sisterhood of the Traveling Bedrooms… The Fab Fifties.

Every era has a defining characteristic, something that rewinds you to the days gone past.  For me, it’s a teenage girl’s bedroom.  Maybe I’m just missing having Ashley home!  Really, if you want an accurate portrayal of the trends today,  you should just take a peek upstairs, after all aren’t those beautiful babies (hardly babies …) our future? Over...

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My Favorite Things …. 2013

The garlands are dusted with snow, the tree is … well … not decorated but the lights are on it!  My cookbooks are stacked & the grocery list is made.  I’m thinking, “Christmas Spirit.  Yep, I’m getting there!” Then I remember, none, that’s nada, zlicho …. of my Christmas shopping is done.  My overly organized, planned friends and family...

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Move over Big Box Stores ….

I don’t make it a secret I love my small town of Durham.  My town offers so many hidden treasures that are mistakenly overlooked! This week I’ve taken on the task of being Durham’s Personal Shopper. Coming up on Saturday December 7th, The Durham  Economic Development Commission is continuing its commitment to small businesses with a Holiday Stroll Event. ...

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Cranberries & Pomegranates

Cranberries and Pomegranates, two fruits that I find very inspiring!  Their colors are rich and infused with amazing hues and textures,  while their flavors start a happening party in your mouth.  Artists, Designers, Chefs, and Bartenders find many uses for these delightful fruits, and so can you! Let’s explore together my love for these two little gems.  Who knows,...

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The Prince has arrived

There’s been a buzz in the air since Monday. It’s far reaching, spanning across ‘the pond’. The buzz ….. it’s a boy! Mother is radiant, Father ever so proud, Grandmothers have visited, and the Castle is prepared to accept the new Prince! Welcome John ‘Jack’ Matthew Papallo  OK…. so maybe that wasn’t fair…. He may not be third in...

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A Great Day in American History..

44 years ago …… Neil Armstrong  USA  Moon  Great Day in American History  “That’s one small step for man One giant leap for mankind”~Neil Armstrong The moon has been a source for inspiration  long before Neil took those steps,  and continues to be so today! Mini Moon Chair by HStudiowhat child wouldn’t want to be the man in the...

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A sweet escape…

It’s the fourth heat wave of the summer …  16 days total to date of over 90 degree temps.  As I picked blueberries yesterday, I thought, how did people back in the day survive these heat waves? The days before   central air fans   ice cream cones ice cold iced tea   crystal clear swimming pools Before we could escape to….. ...

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New, New York New York …

Really …  New York it’s not so new to my beautiful daughter Ashley… Three years ago,  My country bumpkin easily stepped into the big city life without missing a beat.  I kissed her goodbye on the corner of E23rd and 3rd and barked off my life instructions …always be aware of you surroundings… …remember the earlobe is weak &...

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