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We offer decorating services in the Leelanau Peninsula. Our studio has fabrics, bedding samples and rug swatches. We offer lamp repair, shades, harps and finials with access to over 1,000 lamps. Furniture painting and repair. Wall paper books are available. Reach out to us at

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

The New Computer

The Dell Inspiron 17 7000 2-in-1 won the lottery!

Took some pictures off my camera, to post on the blog, and to see the clarity of the new screen. Boy, am I happy! I was on my way to buying new lenses because the clarity of the photos were terrible on the other computer. 

Pleased as punch with the colors and light. This will carry over to fabric and wallpaper searches. Before, on the other computer, the colors were all cast in the same shade of grey. Now the highs and lows of the colors are shown in true vision.

The clarity of color and light will help with culling through the photos finding the best of the best.

So far, so good!

Monday, October 7, 2019

We Took A Little Hike

We took a little hike on Saturday, 1.5 miles to be exact. The blow downs from the straight wind, that we had a couple of years ago, were still distinctly visible. 

The slope started out pretty flat, but quickly became up the hill, over the ridge across the fall line and up the hill some more!

When you looked down from on top of the ridges you could see it was the A-train to the bottom!!

Here, at this view, we are only half way up. 

Looking north to the Sleeping Bear sand dunes on the shores of Lake Michigan. South Manitou island in the distance. 

If you are familiar with the dunes then you can realize how much closer we were to heaven.  

We were up there, looking down on South Bar lake and the village of Empire. 

Quite a few hikers on the trail but seemed to be nicely spread out, on the path, so we had unobstructed views of the trees, water and sky. 

Remember, we are only half way up the mountain side. 

Nice that they built some steps on the steep grade. 

Steve and I kept on hiking and talking and laughing because of the endorphins, in our brains, springing to life!!

Oh Boy!! We are at the top looking straight down, scary!!

By the look on my buddy's face the view must have been worth the climb. 

As you can see from the half-way photos how much further up we climbed to stand at the top and look out over the world. 

There are dunes up and down Lake Michigan preventing access to the beach from the road. A huge body of sand dropped off by the receding glaciers. 

As we stood and looked out over the water we felt very small in stature. 

See where the tops of the pines are? It is a straight drop down to the lake from there. Visually, the barrier helped us feel secure, but I have seen the sand cliff break away and fall into the water before and have trepidation's of being up this high without a parachute!!

Heading down the trail looking up at the woods line we just crossed over. 

Half-way down, looking at the village of Empire through the leaves on the trees. 

Another couple of photos showing the grandeur of the moraines jutting out into the lake.  

The visibility was exceptional.

Back on flat ground!!

Monday, September 30, 2019

It Is That Time Of Year Again...

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Life is for taking a break and we take that break twice a year. We go down to Florida and sit on the beach and watch the Atlantic Ocean roll in. 

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We dream about living in a tiny house seven months out of the year. All cozy and laid back at our "winter" cottage. 

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A small and simple life with fresh produce and seafood. No hurry, plenty of time to walk the beach. Long conversations about our dreams and wishes.

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Not really looking for the bright blue and white beach theme. With so much sunshine we like the dark, jungle look. Rich, deep colors and lots of foliage to shade us from the hot sun. 

The world to ourselves. Paradise found. Until it gets too hot and then we jump in the car and come home to northern Michigan, where the summers are green and lush and the beaches are long and sandy. 

Torn between the two worlds. If we had to chose I don't think we could. We love both areas equally. And really, they both have beautiful sky and  huge bodies of water, long, sandy beaches. Someday we will find the Florida house and split the time into two seasons. The northern season and the southern season!!

Thursday, September 19, 2019

I Believe In One More Beach Day

Since Sunday I had been looking at the weather forecast for the week. Looked like Wednesday could be the day. Steve said, "ok", and I packed the beach bag, one more time! I did have to bribe him with Cheese Shop Sandwiches to get him home by noon so we could be at the beach by one! 

I pulled on my "fall" bathing suit and layered up with a long sleeve, chambray shirt and a sarong tied around my waist.

The sun was warm on the pines and it smelled so good! I followed down the fragrant, pine sap path.  

I knew the beauty that lie ahead, up and over the dunes.

First glimpse of Whale Back.

The dune flower of the hour!

I am almost to the top of the path following my guide. Like I need a guide! 

Look at the glacial remains from another time. 

Amazing land formations.

The light and water were crystal clear all afternoon. We sipped Gin & Tonics, ate Cheese Shop Sandwiches and took a long walk down the beach. 

I think I am "ok" about putting the beach bags away for the season. If I sound a little doubtful, we have been known to swim in October! 

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

I Need A New Computer With An Upgraded Graphics Card

For almost eight years I owned a dinosaur of a computer that had great graphics. I could cull through photos and see the correct colors just right. I also had a marvelous photo printer, ink jet, that printed my photos with the colors being right on. The printer has also gone obsolete, can't buy the ink cartridges. Both of these tools were not inexpensive for their time. The problem I have right now, on this computer, is that it does not see the colors as I see them. The red silk shade, above, looks faded, not rich like I see it in person. The Mad Cap Cottage swatch, above, is way more brilliant in color than what we can see on this computer screen. 

How does the color, above, appear to you, on your computer screen? Is it crisp, fresh, blue and white? Is the photo sharp? On my computer screen it appears sightly fuzzy. Not that anyone in their right mind would notice, but non the less that is what I see. So I have a difficult time going through my photographs, trying to balance color and light in the photo on this computer screen. 

I have been told that there are better photo apps that can be downloaded. But without the high quality graphic card I can't see that there would be much difference to what I have to work with now. By the way, I took some photos of "found" items, for sale in the studio, and sold them to two different customers! The owl was packaged up and out the door along with five lamp finials and a couple of packages of cocktail napkins. 

When I had a retail space and would move some of the pieces around, it seemed like, they were always the next items to sell!! The two eagle mirrors went out the door along with a pair of chair pads. The third eagle frame is on hold!

 Would appreciate some feed back on what you use for photography editing on the computer. I am leaning towards a gaming machine because they have such good graphics!! What photo printer would you recommend these days? 


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