Monday, September 19, 2011

One Week and Counting----Round Top, Royers, The Prairie, Marburger

Wow!  I cannot believe it's only one week---time to rev the motor and head south to Round Top.  Rachel Ashwell has the best post about her preps.  I love the look of the Shabby Chic Couture Store.  Here are some shots from Rachel's post.  

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

"The Prairie" done with Shabby Chic Style

The Ranger's Lodge at the Prairie is my kind of place.  So chic, but oh so shabby!  I absolutley love it.

Ranger's Lodge.
 Rachel Ashwell of Shabby Chic recently opened the B &B.  More to come later

Monday, September 12, 2011

Frisco Mercantile Suite/Booth

I'm loving the choice to have a booth at Frisco Mercantile on Preson Rd., Frisco, Texas.  Met so many nice people and has spurred me to do some great paintings. 

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Dwell with dignity

Dwell with Dignity is a non-profit group of Interior Designers and volunteers dedicated to creating soothing, inspiring homes for families struggling with homelessness and poverty. We provide and install home interiors for families that include furnishings and art, bedding and kitchen supplies, and food in the pantry. 

I'm one of 35 bloggers that will be having lunch with Shabby Chic's Rachel Ashwell at "The Prairie, Rachel's new B & B in Round Top, Texas.  A portion of the lunch cost is benefitting dwell with dignity.

Nate recently had a segment on dwell with dignity.  Attached is the link:

Lunch with Rachel Ashwell

I am shocked that most of the people I work with at school or know in life do not know what shabby chic is or who Rachel Ashwell is.  Katie and I are going to "The Prairie" (her new B & B) in Round Top to have luch with her and 33 other bloggers.  Looking forward to it.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Frisco Mercantile Suite

I now am selling my Susie Q paintings at Frisco Mercantile, 8980 Preston Road, Frisco, Texas ; suite 1405. You may see the paintings at We also have a shopping cart. If you like our paintings in August, we are giving away a 12 x 12 of your choice of theme in a drawing Sept. 1st.. Thanks. Susan Phillips "SusieQ"

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Wisteria Store

Went to the new Wisteria Store near Love Field in Dallas the other day. The store is set up in the most wonderful vignettes. It really shows their products off; the decorator/stylist is very talented. Here's a couple of pictures from their site. They had these fantastic large pinecones hanging from the ceilings--I want them.

Flossie New Wall Art

Flossie, Patsy's Dog. completed 12/24/10

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Eddie Ross going to Marburger at Round Top

Eddie Ross and Jaithan Kochar are having one of their flea market shopping trips at Marburger Farm at Round Top on Wednesday, March 30th at 11AM. My daughters and I have signed up; don't know what my principal is going to think of me off on a Wednesday.

This is Eddie's profile that I cut and pasted from his profile on his blog. (Hope he doesn't mind.)

A native of Greenwich, CT and graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Eddie began his career working in television, first as a food editor on Martha Stewart Living and later as Associate Design Director for all in-house production at Food Network.
After a two-year stint running his own catering company, where he continued to refine his skills in decorating and entertaining, Eddie made the move to publishing. As Associate Decorating Editor at House Beautiful, he produced the popular “Weekend Shopper,” a monthly article in which he’d travel to flea markets around the country, giving new life to old things.
As the Senior Style Editor of Martha Stewart Living , Eddie continued to inspire readers with clever ways of integrating vintage furniture and objects into clean, classic design. From decorating and entertaining to food styling and flowers, Eddie produced consistently elegant stories that related to a variety of people’s tastes and budgets.
In 2008, after an appearance on season two of Bravo's Top Design, Eddie left the publishing world to start a lifestyle company, along with partner Jaithan Kochar, a graduate of Stanford University and the Rhode Island School of Design. Based in upstate New York, Eddie Ross, Inc. offers interior design and styling services, event production, and an online boutique for vintage tabletop and giftware. Together, Eddie and Jaithan also produce a daily blog at with inspirational tips and information on how to decorate and entertain both beautifully and affordably.In October 2009, Eddie appeared on the HGTV special Halloween Block Party in which he transformed the classic tale, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, into a beautiful, budget-friendly party. Shortly thereafter, he appeared on Celebrity Holiday Homes, another HGTV special in which he decorated Kathie Lee Gifford's house for the holidays.
For inquiries, contact and

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Sears: Tips for Decorating your Entryway for the Holidays

Eddie has done it again. He has partnered with Sears so that we have the chance to win $250. He created a wonderful front entry. Been a fan since Eddie was on Top Design and have followed his blog as a must read. He always has great ideas and is a very talented stylist. I don't know about you, but I need a new tree.

Feed it forward is letting us give free $10 gift certificates every day until New Years. How often does this happen? I've always been happy with our restaurants. It gives us the chance to try places we wouldn't otherwise try.

Give $10 Gift Certificates to your friends and family. You can give up to 40 every day through December 31. It's a great holiday gift for everyone on your list. And the best part is - it's FREE! Giving big starts with you

Friday, November 19, 2010

Laptop Sweeps

There will be FOUR (4) laptop giveaways going on at BlogHer, so don’t miss that too. You will have plenty of time to sign up for all during the sweepstakes period.
Go here to enter ALL the giveaways and for more information, check out the round-up page: exclusive offers page.
Which of these Intel features would benefit you the most??
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Sweepstakes runs from 11-17 to 12/22/10 and ends at 5 PM PST on December 22, 2010
This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older.
Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail.
You have 72 hours to get back to me, otherwise a new winner will be selected.
The Official Rules are available here.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

5 must have trends from editor of LONNY MAG

Michelle Adams of LONNY MAG was on Nate’s show today She says that true style is not about the price tag.

1. organic tea towels

2. hi gloss paint

3. affordable art

4. marbleized papers used in home accessories

5. metallics
They showed some dishes from West Elm that I’ve see and must agree they are wonderful.

My Favorite Blogs.

My favorite blogs, and there are 5 at the moment, are great. They are full of inspiration, information, and DIY. They are the first things I read every morning. And the pictures are the best. They are Chez Fifi, Paint me white, Made by girl, and Centsational girl.

Below are the links:

The picture above is Fifi's book coming out in the spring. I hope she doesn't mind that I borrowed it. She is an inspiration.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Autumn at the Arboretum

Pumpkin Village

Today we took a trip to the Dallas Arboretum. I've lived in Dallas for almost 32 years but had never took the trip. It boosts to have the only Pumpkin Village in the world, however, the thing that interested me most was "HOW IN THE WORLD DO THEY GET THE PLANTS TO GROW SO BIG"! They must use mega fertilizer.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Life as We Know It (2010)

Life as We Know It (2010)
114 min - Comedy | Drama - In theaters now

Enjoyed it. Sad in parts, but perfect chick flick.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Repro Men

I think I need my head examined. I went to see Repro Men this morning and WHEW!!!!!!!!! What was I thinking. The idea is starteling to say, but a movie dedicated to reproing organs. It was bloody to say the least. What was FW thinking?

Off to paint the bedroom. A much better use of my time.


Yesterday we made the shopping circle. First, the Tuesday Morning Last Call on Inwood. I bought a bathroom rug for $2.00 and some kitchen towels for $4. Then the cutest lamp store on Lovers Lane. Have to go back there. Next, to the most unforgetable fabric outlet on Harry Hines--it was not good. Large, but not good. Now I know where I can get a large selection on spandex. Finally, the last stop was the Wisteria Outlet. I love this place. I've never bought anything big, but I absolutely love everything that I have bought there. I bought some pillows similar to these but in greens and turquoise for $5 each. The colors were perfect for me as was the price.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Junk Yard Madness

For the last two days I've carted my son to some bizarre junk yards. He's looking for a car hood for an art project---just the right hood. What we've found out is these junk yard guys don't want to sell their junk. I thought this would be an easy experience but no.

Sunday, January 3, 2010


Saturday, November 21, 2009

New Moon

Yesterday I went to see New Moon. Actually I had taken off from work because my dog, Bear, was geting fixed, and he doesn't know how to drive. Seemed like a good excuse to see the movie.

I was a little shocked by the $12 price tag for HD but well worth it. The storyline is basically true to the book, and I, a true movie freak, loved it. There were a lot of teenagers skipping school there, and what I found most surprising, quite a few adult males sitting alone very engrossed in the show. Bet they didn't read that book at lunch.

Looking forward to the third movie already. I don't know how they made great movies before computer graphics.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Bad Blogger--New Painting

New painting that I finished for a friend's daughter. I had a lot of think time on this one because of the brown and turquoise colors for a beach scene. I like it myself.

I am challenging myself to blog more. Today I completed 4 paintings which is really good since I've been a lazy painter too.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Estate Sales, better than garage sales

I have found a new passion-estate sales. The prices are higher but the junk has been weeded out. Last Friday we went to an Estate Sale by Help Me Rhonda in Highland Park. Don't know what happened, but Highland Park shut them down 10 minutes into the sale. Found this great site that lists the estate sales in the DFW area.