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Thursday, January 14, 2021


And just like that, Christmas is a memory, reflected in the rear view mirror of time. 

The majestic Amaryllis have bloomed in all their glory.

A late Christmas present from Jackie the decorator! Fresh pasta from The Flying Noodle. If you love Mama Lu's, for tacos, this restaurant is just across the street for your Italian Pasta fix. So delicious! 

Winter is here and what I wear are hand knit socks and Irish wool socks and Scottish Cashmere sweaters. Although, quite a lot of hand washing and drying in front of the wood stove. All worth it to be able to wear natural fibers to keep me warm and cozy.

A quick install of chair seats for a customer's home in the woods. 

On my way back from errands I had an encounter with, I thought at the time, a Snowy Owl. (pictured above)

When I returned home I pulled my big book of North American Birds off the shelf and found plates for artic birds. It seems that it was a Gyrfalcon, that flew down next to me and made eye contact. I was floored, he was large and handsome with coal black eyes. 

It seems like it is taking me forever to put the studio and show room back together. Deep organization and function are the main contributors taking up all the time. It will be worth it when I am finished.


The music is rocking and I am dancing! Tiny Little Movies by Will Hoge. Helps get the job done!!

Where did half of January go?  


Tuesday, January 5, 2021

It's The Little Things



It's the little things that make life special. Hand painted, scalloped edge, small bowls are fun and easy for a quick snack! They are just lovely!

Tea for two! Great tea bag holder idea! Makes you smile!

This flannel dog jacket is adorable! I want a scarf to match!!

Somewhere to stash my vacation savings for a whale of a great time!

Lack of southern road trips has me dreaming of Bone Fish restaurants. We also enjoy the pesto spread on Ciabatta bread when we stop there for food.

The seed catalogs are coming in hot and heavy! These Snapdragons are sweet and pretty!


I didn't even know I needed one of these! What would you call it? (if I asked my husband to make me one) 

It is the unexpected smalls that, when I come across them, delight me. Pink Snapdragons, matching dog and owner accessories, tea with Jackie using pretty plates for our scones. A hold the page thingy so I can take a bite of my sandwich while I am reading. Bang Bang Fish, at Bone Fish restaurant, after ten hours in the car driving eighty miles an hour! 

What I pinned, this week, in my pinterest files. 

Having a great start to this new year! 

Happy New Year to me and you!

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

End Of My Year

I made friends with Cooper, this fall. A rescue dog with a heart as beautiful as his eyes. A stoic personality.

We took a drive to shoot some film for a song that this man had written. "In the shadow of the hill..."

As we drove over to "Lime Lake Rd".

Bittersweet is life, captured emotions in photos, soon the leaves drop from the trees. 

To see the same point of land, for sixty five years, is to say something. I have rooted into this sandy way, maybe to trod the path I have walked in lives before. 

To keep the picture, a record, of what you love

The ancient spirits of the past, reach out, to eyes that see the life that was before and will repeat again.  

My love is felt more profoundly, as I gain the age of spirituality. 

As we gaze across the land formations that have been here from the beginning. 

Revisit the paths of what is dreamt when you are young. 

Be eternally grateful for what is to come reckoning my soul.

All of life starts from the nest. 

Then fans across the reality of time.

Every corner a spiritual nurturing of lessons lived.

Until the moss grows over your bones. 

I love the exclusivity that this pandemic has offered us. A moment of time to catch up with our thoughts and our dreams.

Here is to life continued in the new year.


Monday, December 21, 2020

The Week In Phonetos

This is my son, Christopher, who had a song writing mania during this pandemic. I ordered his new t-shirt today. Check out his latest song, "Take On You", proceeds go to the L. A. Animal Rescue. Chris is shown here having one of Steve's, "Randy Kaylor" pickles and the absolute best bloody Mary mix from Sonoma Gourmet. I bet you know what team Chris loves!!

Meet MayKay, my darling daughter-in-law. She is loving the Route 11 Pickle Chips. The chips have the most outrageously great flavor! Funny story, when I took all the presents to the post office to mail out for Christmas I put their box up on the counter first. As I looked up at the face behind the mask I said, "wow, you have beautiful eyes!" Needless to say Chris and MayKay got their package in two days time!! Everyone else is still waiting their turn! Except, now the other recipients know what is in their care package coming soon!

It is always Christmas at the fabricators! I love how the customer had the yellow welting put on these Madcap Cottage pillows! 

Cushions for rockers and chair seats for basket chairs, stuffed into the back of my truck! The two Madcap Cottage "Manor Born" pillows are so adorable! Geez!

A work in progress. I had a ton of stuff in my office that I moved out when I put the bathroom in. How to put it back in without crowding! 

I am afraid of losing the oomp of the black walls because of all the pieces that need to be in the office. Lamp shades, pillow forms, file cabinets and accessories. 

What is fun about the black walls is everything is defined, all the art work and the gold gilt mirror show up differently than against white walls. I still am pulling racks off of the showroom floor and wheeling them into the office. So the showroom side will be vignettes using rug swatches and fabrics, bedding, lamps and accessories. The office will have the pillow forms, lamp shades and lines books on shelves stacked up to the ceiling! I can't wait to see the end result!

Merry Christmas to all of my friends who read this blog. Thank you for being a part of my life. Stay safe. 
Mary Ann


Monday, December 14, 2020

Staying Creative

This is how I left the office on Saturday. I hung my grandmother's gold gilt mirror on the black wall and I like the way it looks. The voile sheers are another story. I have had them for quite a while and thought I would use them in the newly painted office. I washed and ironed them and Steve helped me hang them on the rod. Well, the embroidery, along the sides, shrunk and now they don't hang straight. But I like the look! Hate to spend the money for new ones! 

Emma Bridgewater for Christmas this year. I couldn't help it! I usually get my Emma fix when I ordered for the shop. But with the brick and mortar shop closed up I had to actually buy some at retail cost and have them shipped to my home! It's a real addiction!

The walls in the office are ten feet tall. The space, itself, is five by sixteen. I lost three feet when I added the water closet. If you have ever wondered, truthfully, if a dark color makes the room seem larger, I am here to say that it does!! The dark color seems to push the walls out. 

Back out to the office, today, for a lot more tweaking! Plus, where are my files? I need to get to work!!  Hoping to be in place by the end of the week. Merry Christmas!!



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