Archives for the month of: December, 2011


I am taking this as a word from The Lord today.

In the midst of all of the “have to’s” and the urgent calls for “this” and the ” are you going to get that done?”

it is important to stop, take a deep breath and remember why we celebrate this wonderful season.

I am going to try to really live this weekend.

You should, also.


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 Merry Christmas.

Congratulations are in order for  my friends Greg Tankersley and John Sease whose architectural firm,  

McAlpine Tankersley,

was named to Architectural Digest’s AD100 list.

“First published in 1990, the AD100 is known as “the list that Matters,” and features an international fellowship of trailblazers and standard bearers whose work is imaginative, intelligent and inspiring.”

What an incredible honor.

Pictured here are architects  Chris Tippett, Greg Tankersley and John Sease with Architectural Digest’s Margaret Russell.

The party was held at the Guggenheim Museum and included an A-list in the world of design.

Among those in the design world honored were: Martha Stewart, White House decorator Michael Smith, and architect, author and dean of the Yale School of Architecture Robert A.M. Stern, whose firm boasts the George W. Bush Presidential Center as one of its latest projects.

According to Deborah Hayes Moore in Southern Hospitality: “Other design world luminaries in attendance included interior, garden and furniture designer and author Bunny Williams; Martyn Lawrence Bullard, a favorite interior designer to Elton John, Cher and Sharon and Ozzy Osborne; and Mario Buatta, a fixture in the world of residential design, who was long known as the “Prince of Chintz.” Observing his 50th year in business in 2011, Buatta is developing something akin to a Southern drawl as he works on several current projects in Alabama, South Carolina, Texas and Florida.”

Pictured with Greg is his equally talented wife and fellow architect Mary Robin Jurkiewicz. They are standing in front of one of the white custom columns that bore the names of the honorees. (I’m sorry this picture is so grainey. The original was so small you couldn’t see it.)

 I am so excited for y’all and so happy that once again the spotlight shines on some of the talented folks that

Auburn’s design schools produce every year.

Well deserved.

And if you would like to say,”That was fun!” at the end of your project contact me at


I told you you were going to have to be patient with me this month.

It is H-e-c-t-i-c but so much fun.


I hit the floor running right after Thanksgiving break and this is what has happened so far in the last three days.

First up was a trip ..or 2 …or 3.. to the curb market.

The curb market is one of my favorite places to be at Christmas. It is filled with beautiful creations by all of the vendors.

And happy shoppers scurrying by…

beautiful colors…

Things my doctor wants me to eat

and things I would rather eat

hey, it’s CHRISTMAS- RIGHT???

I digress, back to business.

We have some decisions to make like what kinds of wreaths to buy.

Should we get the magnolia?

or the holly?

The kissing balls were really cute

How about some frasirs?

Hold the presses!! I’m in love…

Square boxwoods. Oh yeah Baby. You always win my heart.

These people take great care of me.


In the end I got a combination and then ran to Home Depot for trees.

So far this year I have bought 3 trees, 16 wreaths, 10 garlands and countless spools of ribbon etc.

They LOVE to see me coming.

Up goes tree number 1



On to tree number 2

My trees start at 250 lbs. LOL

Remember those amazing blue Juniper berries from Thanksgiving? They became the color inspiration for everything else this year. Pheasy the pheasant returns every year at this house in some capacity. This year he crowns the tree!

The deer only needed a few sparkles and snowflakes after Thanksgiving and they were good to go.

I really should have videoed this day. It became like a movie set. The owner/hubby took the day off so that he could be in the middle of it all. Christmas music was blaring, the fire crackling, the wassel brewing ( read  heavenly smells) and grandbaby Sam came to visit and had a burger with us. Sam is only 1 but we’re gonna get married. 🙂


Speaking of Sam. Papa and Angel have the neatest collection of old pottery “forest personalities” that usually reside safely out of the reach on the shelves above the doors. They got to make their Christmas debut this year as they happied up the sideboard.

Sheetmoss blankets became the home for bunnies, tiny snails, mushrooms, and giant acorns.

All this porch ever needs is good friends. Its arms are always open.


Light the candles and it’s party time!

Whew!! This elf is ready for a long winter’s nap.

More tomorrow.

Later Rudolph!

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