A“Heart-y” Party!

Since Valentines Day falls on a weekday when many families juggle home life, work, school, sports and packed schedules, some may be seeking an alternative to the traditional romantic dinner by candle light. Resist store bought cards and fixed menu dinners this Valentine’s Day. Create and play!

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All Saints Eve🎃 Tuesday Table Talk

Haunted house style was the inspiration for this table of terror. I started with fabulous black glitter beeswax candles, white pumpkins, and a bag of spider web material. I love the simple white of Kells. Versatility made this pattern the perfect choice for a dramatic black and white table scape. I layered antique silver pieces and candelabra for a haunted mansion feel. After all, witches prefer sipping from silver goblets:) It is fun to carry a theme into the details, and I loved the way this antique apothecary seemed to beckon, “pick your poison.”

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Weekend Warriors

I was a little girl who decorated everything! Nothing within my reach remained plain.  A pair of white keds became a canvas for a personalized pastel work of art. If we baked, I delighted in decorating with icing and garnishment.  I painted rainbows on my roller skates.  My dad, who can do just about anything handy, helped me transform my standard issue huffy bicycle into a perfect pink and purple dream bike, by introducing me to spray paint. 

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Sunshine On A Cloudy Day

It’s a rainy Sunday here in Nashville, but I’ve got sunshine looking back at pictures from a September Sunday dinner alfresco. Early fall can bring us those ideal afternoons when the weather just seems to lure us outside to savor. I consider this type of weather too good to take for granted, so we often dine alfresco.

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Finding Purpose in Re-purposing!

In 1997, my grandmother was awarded the Keep America Beautiful Lifetime Achievement  Award, named for the late First Lady, Mrs. Lyndon B. Johnson.  This award recognizes a lifetime of work, dedicated to beautifying America.  Mimi operates by the principle “Leave a place better than you found it, and always give back more than you take.” And she strongly believes in teaching, and leading by example. Both, she sees as her duty to God.

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White After Labor Day?

Back in my professional fundraising days, I started a side-hustle called StyleFusion- a business brand for my creative outlet, an opportunity to be paid for the freelance writing, event management, design, decorating, and staging work I loved doing. The name StyleFusion came from working with the concept that someone’s personal style is unique, and can extend past the closet-dressing the home and table.

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Celebrate It All! Making the Mundane Magnificent!

My mother’s little sister, my Aunt Karen, possesses a special talent for making most anything fun, and she showed me that we could find a reason to celebrate almost any time. Helping me hone my party skills, many an afternoon snack break turned into an Oreo and Dr. Pepper homework completion celebration, with toasting and merriment for two!  We would play “fashion girl” in her  closet-a budding fashionista’s version of dress-up.  Aunt Karen worked in television production, as a  freelance wardrobe contractor.

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Tuesday Table Talk

Good morning, sunshine! What’s for breakfast? From simple to extravagant, tablescapes run the gamut.  Let’s talk tables. Even more specifically, let’s talk about what’s on your kitchen table, or the place that you gather. Your table is there to greet you and your loved ones every day, right? So, what does it say?……Okay, there are no hard and fast rules. Creating an inviting “everyday” table can be as simple as starting with a clean, blank surface, and layering.

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Sail away!

My husband and his long-time best buddy have birthdays just a few days apart.  We have always made an occasion of celebrating them together.On one very special occasion for the two, their fortieth birthdays, we cruised the French West Indies, on a catamaran captained by my husband. We provisioned the boat, and set sail- to adventure, eat, drink and be merry!

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The Golden Thread of Creativity

On my first solo trip as a wide-eyed nine-year-old, I visited cousins in South Carolina. There, I fell in love with Melrose Plantation, a beautiful low-country resort full of trees dripping Spanish moss, sparkling sunsets, and pristine white cottages.

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