Christmas in October!

October 22nd Evening Class at Black Eyed Susan's.  A Sneek Peek At Christmas!
This has become a tradition for me and my two girlfriends, KC and Lisa.  It's such a fun night, coffee, friends, decorating and shopping.  Can anyone think of a better combination?
Susan unveiled her colors for the Christmas Season 2009.  Chartreuse and Chocolate.
Here is my beautiful friends KC and Lisa.  Lisa Kc and I try never to miss any of the classes.  We learn so much and have so much fun together.  After our usual coffee meets at Starbucks we head on over to BES for our monthly classes.  A very sweet lady took this picture with my camera.  Unfortunately I was not wearing my reading glasses when I checked the photo.  We all have double vision in this pic.  I'm so sad because that is the only pic we took of the night together.  
Susan, Lisa and KC in the picture above.  


What A Difference A Bow Makes!

Went antiquing and found a lovely print I have been wanting since I was engaged and never got around to searching for it.  Don't know the name of it but it consists of a bride trying on a veil in a room filled with women.  I'm assuming she is trying it on for her wedding.  I bought it for 18 dollars.  I love it.  I thought it needed something.  I guess when you hang out with Susan for 2 days some stuff rubs off huh?  I found this lovely ribbon and decided to use it to hang my picture.  Then I went into my dinning room and did the same with another antique ribbon I loved.  The outcome was perfect. 


The Apprentice's Adventure ! (Use apprentice loosely please.)

I recently had the opportunity of working with Susan Taylor on a project.  A 6 million dollar home located in Bucks County PA was about to be a stop on a historical tour.  The house is for sale and needed to be staged for the tour this Saturday.  Expected guests are a little over 600 people.  Well, not knowing any real details I told Susan I would help her.  
The property is absolutely beautiful.  On 25 or so acres nestled alongside trees and luxurious greenery the different buildings on the property are situated perfectly to show off the land.  
Most of the houses on the property are made of stone and definitely correct for this area.  We had to stage on house on the property.  The stables are incredible fully equipped to perfection to train any horse or a few hundred horses.  Although the property is historic the house has been renovated with additions and new appliances, hence the wolf stove.  (I don't believe our forefathers identified wolf with a stainless steel red knobbed cooking monster!  I have the same one at home.)
There were lovely pine floors and glass doors to take you outside.  Every room has a fixed view of it's incredible surroundings.  Needless  to say, we had a lot of work cut out for us.  Two trips, two car fulls first time then 3 car loads second time, two husbands and a little rain and we were done.  The house has alot of possibilities.  Someone like Susan could furnish and paint every room to perfection.  But we were only able to do what we could.  None of the furniture was Susan's or our taste, but I believe the end result gave the estate a comfortable and inviting look and feel.  Here are a few examples.  
I love these two above.  The one on the left we called "The Equestrian Room"  We fantasized that Jackie Bouvier lived here when she was working for the newspaper writing her stories in the column.  The one on the right is a little gardening room where we believe a lovely lady might tend to her orchids and make drawings and notes on her plans for her garden in the coming Spring.  
Notice the table centerpiece (I loved this one) on the left, a silver platter adorned with countless antique doorknobs.  Genius!  
Then on the right I love these old books with an older letter in the frame.  There are even antique spectacles accompanying the books.  Lovely!
It was such a fun experience.  Thanks Susan!
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