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Do you feel like you have a party a night, each requiring a dish to share? Need some ideas? Here are some that I found interesting. I hope they will make your life a little easier.

Christmas Party Food Ideas

Recipe here (I liked this one because it can be made in advance)

Reindeer donuts - so stinkin' cute and easy!

Recipe here  (quick and super easy)

Christmas food

recipe here (beautiful and healthy)

food desing for christmas

There was no recipe but it looks to me like they cut circles out of a chocolate sheet cake, topped it with a sugar cookie, topped with a strawberry.

I hope this was helpful.

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As if I needed another reason to love to visit Auburn, the loveliest Village, the Hotel and Conference Center out does itself every year with the creation of a gingerbread village depicting campus buildings. This year they have added The Carey Center which was recently given to the College of Human Sciences to be used as  Cary Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies. Make yourself hungry as you check out a “behind the scenes look”  at how they do it.

Here are a few of the other buildings in progress.
Check out the windows and roof!
This is their version of the Carey Center.
and this is the real deal.
Impressive. Don’t you love people who go above and beyond for the enjoyment of others?
If you would like to follow the progress click on this link for timeline photos.

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There’s a little bit of magic in the air right now.

a little bit of magic.

There are open doors just waiting for you to walk through them!

Ice passage

So be spontaneous.


Embrace the sun.


And walk in The Light.

Snowdonia National Park, North Wales, United Kingdom.

Jillian Michaels

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People are forever asking me  this question, “Where do you get your ideas?”

What they really want to know is: what is the source of your inspiration?

I realize that saying “God” is a very trite sounding answer but that is the truth.

He opens my eyes when I ask and this is what I see:



and then

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quickwitter from tumbler

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from Dan Heller might come this.

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The subway ceilings in Sweden would inspire anyone.

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Creation never fails to inspire.

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And when I “happen upon” this you know you are going to be seeing color soon from Cindy.

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It is true that inspiration is everywhere and for a designer travel is not just something that is fun to do

it is vitally necessary for the process.

Travel is rest for my soul and food for my eyes.

It breaks open my box and forces me to see things in a different way.

It introduces me to new…… everything! 

Thanks for asking. The very question makes me happy.

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words to live by

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It’s time to pull Mr. Oscar out again. ( Funny, I think last year’s give away was at Oscar time also.)

And the winner of the beautiful Donnie Sasser original




Congratulations Donna! Please let me know how I can get your painting to you.

For those of you who were not the lucky draw this time

you can still get your very own “Donny” at

Itz A Gift

in the Peppertree Shopping Center just up from Chappy’s in Montgomery, Alabama.

Thanks to all who entered. And don’t give up!

There will be more giveaways coming.

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photo from Inspired Design

Sometimes you start down a path not knowing exactly where it will lead


But if you just keep taking one step at a time the destination will eventually reveal itself;

such is the case with this blog.

I started it because so many people told me that I should, but I had no idea what I would write about or if I even had anything to say that you would find interesting.

I realized this morning that I have reached a milestone-

POST 100!

So in celebration of that we are going to have another give away.


I wish I could add some flashing lights, bells and whistles

or confetti.

But this is even better!

My sweet friend, Sherry DeBray, from

 Itz A Gift

is donating this

 An original Donny Sasser available ONLY at Itz A Gift in Montgomery, Alabama.

Thank you SO much Sherry. I wish I could win. I love “Donnys”.

The drawing will be held on the 29th.

That only gives you one week to register.

This is how it works.

Scroll down to the very bottom of this page and hit the “like” button… your name goes in the hat 1 time.

Hit the “share” button and your name is entered 2 times.

Leave us a comment telling us why you like the blog  or what you would like to read about and you get 3 chances to win!!

It’s that simple… now get clickin’.

Then start down your path and before you know it

photo by Suzanne Israel

you’ll be soaring like the…. egrets. LOL

Have a happy, happy day!

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A big thank you  goes to Megan Moseley of The Walton Sun for the great article she wrote about our work  on 30A.

To read full article click here: walton sun article

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As I approach post number 50 I thought it would be fun for me to look back at the very first post and see how things are progressing. Am I getting better at this thing called blogging? Has my “voice” been consistent? Readership has certainly expanded and includes 5 countries now but  am I working everyday to give you information that is useful, interesting and worth the time that you so generously allow me? I really hope so. 

I found two of the paragraphs from  #1 to be interesting. It’s fun to read  what you said about yourself a year ago and see if you agree. LOL

This is what I said back then,

“I am an artist. Not one who paints with oils but one who creates worlds. I am an interior designer/decorator by trade but I also sing and dance a little. I love using beautiful flowers in the worlds that I am creating but can’t grow one for the love of money and I just recently started designing fabrics and furnishings. My first pattern is now available world-wide through Duralee Fabrics. I will post a picture of it later.

Mainly though I am a collector of people. One of my favorite parts of this world that I live in is that I get to interact with the most interesting and highly energized people on the planet. We don’t believe in the word no. We don’t like to hear, “that can’t be done”. We get frustrated, yes even sad, when the people around us give up or get overly pessimistic about the days that we live in. We are the eternal optimist. Things will change for the better. The day will return when we actually have clients again and yes, projects will get approved again… some day.”

I love that last paragraph. It is still true to me. And the phone did start ringing again. The sun still shines every morning. I used the down time to learn new skills which I am now using in the business. I actually had TIME to have long lunches with friends that I had neglected for several years. Yes, we all still face challenges but life is good. God is good and He holds me. Therefore, I will fix my eyes like flint on His face and I will walk every day in the knowledge that I have a destiny to fulfill. Part of that destiny is to be an encourager to you my dear friends. For you, too, have a calling to fulfill.

So when times look bleak remember to look around at all of the good that surrounds us everyday and to rejoice! And I will rejoice with you.


photo by linen and velvet

Let’s choose to enjoy the journey.

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In Crans Baldwin’s  blog,  A Glass Half Full, an April  entry includes this statement:

“You know, I am not a designer, just an ordinary client involved in the design business. However I value what designers, real designers, bring to the party. They do the homework so I don’t have to think about it. They plan, they envision, they draw, they select and specify, they measure, and they consult me when it matters. They deal with late shipments, wrong shipments, mistakes, finish problems, difficult installations, problem suppliers, last minute substitutions, etc. Buying at retail is different, with different expectations. Working with a designer is like working with any other profession, and it has little or nothing to do with retail….”

I couldn’t have said it better myself.

Cindy Barganier Interiors

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