Thursday, April 30, 2009


Hello. It is slightly overcast this morning in Chester County, PA. We finally had the courage to walk in the creek where Max took his last walk and it was difficult. I wish that I had film of that morning as I never imagined that it would be the last time that we would walk together. I thank the Universe that, even though we always wait until summer to walk in the creek, we listened to Max and did what he wanted to do, no matter how out of character it was. Max knew and that's all that really matters. Although it isn't on film, it is deeply embedded in my mind. With the advent of television, many subjects are permanently locked for viewership, especially now with 'YouTube'. On this day in 1952 Mr. Potato Head was the 1st toy advertised on television and then in 1997 42 million people watched "Ellen" admit she is gay. If memory serves me correctly, she was at an airport and spoke into a microphone for all to hear. Why not. As they say, 'Go big or go home'. Two iconic figure 'came out' on television, one who makes funny faces and one with a permanently funny one. The gal from Texas sent me a scented candle that arrived UPS yesterday and it made my afternoon. Thoughtfulness surrounds me and I am a lucky person. Speaking of 'home', today's photo is of my 'Birdhouse Style Plant Stakes'. They can be used as decorative garden accents or you can stick rude b*tches in the arm with them and do it with style. Hear that SSO??? Everyone needs a home, even teeny tiny birds. Have a great day and try to make a memory. Even if no camera people are there to film it, if it's good enough it will be embedded in your memories forever. That's not such a bad thing.
"Memory... is the diary that we all carry about with us." Oscar Wilde

Wednesday, April 29, 2009


Greetings. It is trying to clear right now in Chester County, PA. Rains fell last night and cooled the unseasonable temperatures. I prefer it hot and had that dispute with neighbors late last evening. To each his own! I made dinner and we sat out on my deck and had a great time. We may not agree on the weather but no one argued about the meal! Polite disputes are always in order as long as people can argue in a diplomatic manner. On this day in 1968 the controversial musical Hair opened on Broadway. A product of the hippie counter-culture and sexual revolution of the 1960s, several of its songs became anthems of the anti Vietnam War peace movement. The musicals profanity, its depiction of the use of illegal drugs, its treatment of sexuality, its irreverence for the American Flag, and its nude scene caused much comment and controversy. Yeah, I understand but...but how was my Chicken Parmigiana? One of the original leads in 'Hair' is also one of my favorite female vocalists. Jennifer Warnes sang 'Right Time Of The Night', 'Up Where We Belong', '(I've Had The) Time Of My Life' and recorded the classic Leonard Cohen tracks on her 'Famous Blue Raincoat' album after a successful run in the musical. I own all of her available music and recommend anyone reading this to check her out if you aren't already familiar with her body of work. My nephew is especially fond of 'Shot Through The Heart'. Ask him and he may perform for you. But then again, you may spark some controversy. I deliver the wall papers today and along with that I have a few new fabrics to present to a wonderful client. Friends are considering renting a room in their unique Farmhouse here in Chester Springs and I interviewed a person yesterday. It's funny how I got an odd feeling simply by speaking to her on the phone. Has that happened to you? Well, thanks to Google we did a quick search and learned many, many 'controversial' things about this person. The room remains available. Have a great day, keep your eyes, ears and intuition open and do the best that you can. It's really all that we can do. Today's photo is of my 'Leopard and Red Napoleonic Area Rug'.

"I have the New York Daily News to thank for the jeans controversy." Calvin Klein

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

...night games...

Greetings. It is sunny and warm in Chester County, PA this morning. The park gets very crowded in the evenings now as there are several playing fields for different sporting events. It's great to see so many people out, having a good time. This all started on this day in 1930 as the first night game in organized baseball history took place in Independence, Kansas...back then called the 'Negro Leagues' and changed history. I ordered more Graber Skylight Shades late yesterday. The early hot weather and strong sun have alerted people to this style of protective shade which protects furniture and flooring as well as preventing woods from bleaching out. My dental appointment went great again yesterday and soon my choppers will be in full working order. My crowns will be fit for a King! The neighborhood is in full bloom and most here take wonderful care of their gardens. One of my neighbors has planted many herbs this year so the deer and bunnies can dine al fresco! This is exactly what they need. Anyway, back to night games. The first night game in Major League Baseball history occurred on May 24th, 1935, when the Cincinnati Reds beat the Philadelphia Phillies 2-1 at Crosley Field. The original plan was that the Reds would play seven night games each season, one against each visiting club. Night baseball quickly found acceptance in other Major League cities and eventually became the norm; the term "day game" was subsequently coined to designate the increasingly rarer afternoon contests. Here's hoping that the weather is fine for all of you. Have a great day. Maybe tonight you can have a little night game of your own. Today's photo is of 'Chateau Wall Clocks'. Keep time and...batter up!
"I went to a fight the other night, and a hockey game broke out." Rodney Dangerfield

Sunday, April 26, 2009


Greetings. It is a beautiful Sunday evening in Chester County, PA. Saturday's appointments went great. TJ, PS and AP liked the drapery, wall papers and carpeting ideas. Everything is a 'go'. This morning six of us went horseback riding at 'The Red Buffalo Ranch' which healed our souls. If you are in the area please call ahead and treat yourselves to an hour's ride through the wooded Chester County landscape. Then it was off to my nephew's birthday party. I love the heat, it is still 91 degrees and it is awesome but most at the party remained inside. I phones a few friends in Hell after the ride and before the party and they confirmed what I already knew. It is hotter here! Miracle of miracles. Now to balance the universe... On this day in 1467 the miraculous image in Our Lady of Good Counsel appeared in Genazzano, Italy. I was supposed to help a friend collect her new upright piano but that was suddenly postponed until next weekend. The artice featuring the 'Gilded Blue Songbird Pillow' has attracted many people and I have now placed several on backorder. One never knows how a good advertising spot can do. I wish now that I had ordered more before the ad hit but they are handmade, very detailed and good things take time. 'Nothing Good Comes Easy'. My nephew is pretty upset about the loss of Max and I will do my best to help him through this. Max was his favorite. I would never say that I had a favorite! (max) but I do understand. Tomorrow I show a 'room for rent' for dear friends who are out of state and then dental work. Yippee! I am hoping to take a client/friend on a Pic-Nic afterwards. Can I bring pudding, applesauce and beverages? Have a great night/morning and ask for miracles. I truly believe that they happen. Those naysayers out there are welcome to call me and I will regale them with solid evidence if need be.
"Don't believe in miracles - depend on them. " Laurence J. Peter
'I'm gonna shine until my heart stops...Mary J. Blige can hate it or love it hate it or love it...

Saturday, April 25, 2009

...heads up...

Hello. It is again sunny in Chester County, PA and the high today will hopefully reach 80 degrees. Yippee. Last evening I went to a great party for CN who turned 15. The company and food were great and everyone had fun. No one got too crazy or lost their head which wasn't the case on this day in 1792 when highwayman Nicolas J. Pelletier became the first person executed by guillotine. *cue in 'Guess I Just Lost My Head' *. I have two appointments today in the late afternoon and evening and I never mind working on a Saturday. I am happy for the business. Tomorrow is another party for my nephew who turns 6. He is a remarkable person and a lot of fun to be around. The rabbits are out in full force this morning enjoying their huge salads (ie my garden) but it is fine with me. I'm glad to see the living beings that we share this earth with having such a good morning. If I get home early enough this evening I plan on transporting a tree from my deck urn into the ground on the first level. Sometime during the Winter a seed was planted and now a three foot tree of some variety is growing. He needs more space for his root system and whatever the type, it doesn't matter to me. Grow man grow! I saw my first Hot Air Balloon of the season early this morning and they remind me of bubble gum. Fly high! I had better hit the showers now. Have a great day! Today's photos are of my "Butterfly Backed Garden Bench" and " Box Style Lantern" available in both blue and green. They like to be outside as do I. Maybe we all should lift our heads to the sky today no matter the weather.

"Empty pockets never held anyone back. Only empty heads and empty hearts can do that." Norman Vincent Peale

Friday, April 24, 2009


Greetings. It is sunny in Chester County, PA and the birds seem happy about this. The 'Beach House Spring Green' area rug arrived yesterday along with it's padding and looks great. I ordered an odd size...6' x 11' but that is what the furniture arrangement called for. I should be heading to the beach in a week or two as a dear client needs window treatments in her Shore house and it will be a guaranteed great and stylish time. After the gym yesterday I made Chicken Parmigiana and we all had a nice meal outside. Of course we walked it off this morning. I was tempted to eat some home made (not my home) butter cream chocolates but that will have to wait for another time. Speaking of chocolate, I worked, as did my older sister for Friendly Ice Cream who is owned by Hershey. On this day in 1907 Hershey park, founded by Milton S. Hershey for the exclusive use of his employees, was opened. I could regale you in stories from our company trips to Hershey park when I was younger, including one about a Friendly Ice Cream water balloon /monorail mishap but I first need to find out the statute of limitations. Friends called from Naples last evening and they will be heading East in a short time. Yippee. We make the maximum of our Summer together and I am lucky to have them in my life. Also on this day, in 1970 the first Chinese satellite, Dong Fang Hong I, was launched. This has nothing to do with chocolate but I like to say Dong Fang Hong and it reminds me of a naughty joke that I won't share on here since this is a 'G' rated blog. Back to chocolate. 'Oasis Cafe and Living Cuisine' makes delicious Raw Chocolate and they have a website where it can be ordered. But please don't tell Milton I sent you. I received my beautiful Shulu Chinois Black wall paper yesterday so have a good feeling that a kewl gal in Texas received her White Shulu Chinois wall paper also. It is made by F. Schumacher and it is a standout wall covering. It is one of today's photos. Her are a few interesting facts about dark chocolate:
Chocolate is made from plants, which means it contains many of the health benefits of dark vegetables. These benefits are from flavanoids, which act as antioxidants. Antioxidants protect the body from aging caused by free radicals, which can cause damage that leads to heart disease. Dark chocolate contains a large number of antioxidants (nearly 8 times the number found in strawberries). Flavonoids also help relax blood pressure through the production of nitric oxide, and balance certain hormones in the body. This information wasn't on the tip of my tongue although a piece of Tiffany's Oasis Raw Chocolate is. Credit must be given to Mark Stibich, Ph.D.

Have a great day, stay young at heart, eat chocolate and if stress is getting the better of you simply toss a water balloon off of a monorail. But heed my warning. Make sure there are no strong winds. Innocent bystanders may get caught up in the blast. By the way, the cutie on the upper left is 'Cocoa'.

'Venice is like eating an entire box of chocolate liqueurs in one go.' Truman Capote

Thursday, April 23, 2009


Greetings. It is crisp and sunny and we had our walk in the park with biscuits again this morning. Late yesterday I visited a client and it was great to see her. She is one of the most upbeat and kind person that I have ever met. She has dealt with so much adversity in her life that I don't know how she breathes and yet still remains a shining being. I will get her some new shades and have some existing ones restrung for her. I have been getting phone calls about my 'Gilded Songbird Pillows' and have to remember what magazine is running that feature of me. I need to thank them. I also need to thank Karen and Richard Carpenter for all of the wonderful music. Exactly on this day in 1969, Richard and Karen started their recording contract with A&M records.Their musical legacy is unique. One Fantastic Voice surrounded by amazing arrangements and orchestrations. Nobody will ever duplicate the sophistication and the quality that a Carpenter production offered to their public. Karen, as most of us know, doubted her status as a 'star' as she never felt attractive enough to be one. I wish that I had told her in the Spring of 1975 how utterly beautiful she was when she stopped everything to talk with me and sign her autograph. I wish that I could have called her to thank her for sending me a birthday card when I was 15 but who knows even what country she was in as this was the peak of her(their) careers. They released a Christmas album in 1978 but their record label scoffed at it and didn't even want to spend money to promote it. Richard was addicted to Quaaludes at this stage so Karen, in the midst of her tragic illness flew to Britain and performed brilliantly. The album sold 14 million copies. I think I have bought about 5 copies in different formats over the years, but still... They have sold over 100 million records and that does not include the many, many bootlegs out there still. Their version of 'Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas' is my favorite song/vocal performance/arrangement/production of all time, bar none. My home is still oddly quiet and I have downloaded the aforementioned song to my IPOD. I don't think that people in the gym can hear it but if they can, so what. Christmas is just around the corner. Everyone has strengths and weaknesses. That's what makes us human. Cherish your abundance and f%^k what others say about you unless it is complimentary. Have a great day.

"The image we have would be impossible for Mickey Mouse to maintain. We're just... normal people." Karen Carpenter

Wednesday, April 22, 2009


Hello. It is sunny and clean in Chester County, PA today after strong rains last night. I remembered to take in the bird feeders before the storm hit and many neighbors were thankful that they didn't get bonked on the head by airborne bird seed missiles. Ouch. I went home early yesterday to be with one of my dear neighbors. Her young Cockapoo had a seizure and she was beside herself, of course. Our Vet gave him some medicine and all seems well right now. The blood tests will be back in less than 15 hours so we shall see. I won't go there. Another neighbor and I went to dinner last night at DaVinci's and had a wonderful meal. We drove through the town of Phoenixville and it was packed. Less than three years ago the town was bordering on dilapidated and now there is a resurgence. I almost bought a townhouse with a store front way back when. Properties were very inexpensive and coulda, woulda, shoulda...On this day in 1889 at high noon, thousands rushed to claim land in the Land Run of 1889. Within hours the cities of Oklahoma and Guthrie were formed with populations of at least 10,000. Sort of like Phoenixville but with less horses. We were given cookies on our walk this morning, again and when we returned to my truck more cookies were sitting on the running board. Even those who wish to remain faceless are showing love. We are lucky. The rest of the Michael's Textile, Fabricut and Carole Fabrics books are on the shelf and ready to use. A foyer, office and den window treatment order are almost ready to be installed. I am waiting for the moving boxes to get out of the way and will complete this job in the next week or so. Tonight is bath night, (for me also) and I am wondering how hard it will be to locate three housemates who tend to find the most excellent hiding places when they hear the water being drawn in the tub. The weather here promises to be warm for a few days so I am taking this opportunity to bathe and dry them completely. Wish me luck. If you see an opportunity today, seize it. Have a great day. Today's photo is of a 'Hydrangea Round Hook Rug.' Spring, no matter the weather or time of year.

A student of my sister (6th grade) took his life this weekend because he made a poor choice and saw no way out. please pray for him, his family and friends.

"Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work." Thomas A. Edison Max

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

...if it's magic...

Greetings. It is 50 degrees and grey here in Chester County, PA. We finished our walk and keep finding people that haven't yet heard abut my beloved Max. As all are dog walkers/lovers at the hour we choose it is hard to see their faces when they realize that there are only three of us. I have to be careful tho', as most people's pockets are now filled with dog treats and our main purpose in walking the park is to stay fit. I hope I don't sound bitchy if I suggest 'low fat' to each and every one of them. Sunday I attempted to install skylight Graber Pleated shades but somehow the manufacturer made the pleats shy by a few inches. They were totally accommodating on Monday morning and will have replacement shades constructed immediately. They could not have been any nicer or more professional. Everyone makes mistakes. It is the ones who step up and take care of the errors that glow of quality. Graber is one of those companies. Monday morning in the pouring, cold rain I drove to Malvern Dental for more tooth work. They are also a class act, both as a group and as individuals. I was in the chair for quite a while and when 'When The Stars Go Blue' came on the airwaves my eyes began flowing tears. Ugh. I was stuck in a chair with two people in my face and had no way to cover up my emotions. Of course the dentist assumed that he hadn't given me enough Novocaine and when he asked all that I could do was give the cheesy 1976 'Keep On Truckin' thumbs up. It had nothing to do with his work. I had a battery operated candle incident in the wee hours of Saturday that my cat and I enjoyed very much. It was magical. On this day in 1994 the first discoveries of extrasolar planets were announced by astronomer Alexander Wolszczan. I believe that there is something more out there and always have. I like signs but sometimes need one to be beaten over my head as I am not one of the tactful kind. Someone in California found my site and is inquiring about some cups and saucers and I will figure out the shipping today. I can UPS them of course or maybe I will contact Samantha Stevens. She can do that nose twitch and get them there more quickly and in a hell of a more fun way. Have a great day. Hug before you leave for your day and hug again when you return home. Hugs are magic. Today's photo is of 'Magic', one of Max's brothers. Magic had a identical twin named Mystic who, uhm, well...and that is why when I take his photo I do it in a mirror.

"Dream no small dream; it lacks magic. Dream large. Then make the dream real." Donald Wills Douglas

Friday, April 17, 2009

...a classic...

Greetings. The sun is shining over a Chester County morning and our walk in the park was a good one. As we keep to a regular schedule many were saddened to see only three of us. My first thought was to find a new park because for approximately 4380 times we walked the same path together but I thought it best to get right back there and do our thing. I don't have to tell anyone how unspeakably painful the loss of a loved one is and if you are in the Chester County, Montgomery County area and are having trouble with this issue there is a support group at Metropolitan Veternary Hospital. They meet once or twice per month and prefer that you call ahead to let them know that you will be attending. Their phone number is (610) 666-1050. Meetings are from 7-8:30 pm. FedEx should be delivering Graber Skylight Shades today in Pattern Scroll, color Honey. I love this client and she lost her beloved dog Rosie a month ago. She is still in mourning and I understand completely. I wish I could change things for her as well as myself but that is life. I faxed my work orders to Masland carpets late yesterday for a round area rug with two colors of blue flowers for a Kitchen. Remember that template that I went on and on about? I will try not to do the same about my beloved Max. Have a good day. My blogs will get longer soon, that I promise you. On this day in 1964 the Ford Motor Company unveiled the Ford Mustang at the New York World's Fair. The car is a classic. Today's photo is of little Jimmy and Max... two other classics. By the way, Max has received over one hundred emails and cards over the past couple of days. He would have loved that.
"All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on." Henry Ellis

Wednesday, April 15, 2009


What a difference a day makes. It isn't quite April 16th but I am writing my blog tonight because I don't think I will be writing one tomorrow morning. I rescue dogs and my Max has been living in this household for 5 years. He was a team player, always upbeat, giving and a wonderful guy. Yesterday he was feeling a bit under the weather so I took him to the doctor. They diagnosed that he needed some medicine for a sick tummy and we got the correct meds. Today something told me to leave work early and go home (even skipping the gym) to hang with him. At 6 I called the vet because he was very lethargic. At 9:30 pm I learned that he had failing kidneys and liver and had bone cancer. As recently as Monday he ate Honey Baked Ham (thanks to my younger sister) along with Au Gratin Potatoes and Pineapple stuffing. He was euthanized at 10:10 pm because he was riddled with many diseases for which there is no explanation. I held him and sang his favorite song 'Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer' as he slipped into eternal peace. What a difference a day makes. I wrote in yesterday's blog "and if something in your life has to come to an end make it something that you would rather do without," well Max certainly does not fit that bill. My heart is broken but Max did not suffer very long. When I went into the room to hold him as he was euthanized he opened his eyes and kissed me incessantly. My heart is broken and I will miss Max greatly. What a difference a day makes. Live, love and know when to let go. On this day in 2009 my beloved Max died. taxing...

Greetings. Rain, rain go away! Please leave Chester County, PA! Seriously tho', the rain is good as it will almost guarantee lush lawns and foliage so I am sort of kidding. One of my housemates spent a lot of time at the Doctor last evening and this morning is still feeling punk. Something odd must have happened the day that he ran freely for a couple of hours and hasn't been the same since. His mouth was bloody late yesterday, is dehydrated and seems very lethargic and sad. I sure hope that with proper medication and a lot of TLC he will pull through. That is a first to see him less than ebullient and whip smart. Many firsts happened on this day in history and I am not simply speaking of taxes. On this day in 1755 Samuel Johnson's 'A Dictionary of the English Language' was published in London, in 1865 Abraham Lincoln died after being shot the previous evening by John Wilkes Booth, in 1892 The General Electric Company was formed, in 1912 the Titanic sunk after hitting an iceberg, in 1921 mine owners announced an increase in wages and price cuts leading to the threat of a strike all across England known as Black Friday, in 1923 Insulin became generally available for use by diabetics, in 1924 Rand McNally published its first road atlas, in 1947 Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier when he debuted for the Brooklyn Dodgers, and in 1952 the B-52 made its maiden flight. That is quite a lot of firsts and taxing endings for one day in history, isn't it! Oddly though, all that I can think about is the health and well being of my Max! Get better! I received new fabric books from Michael's Textile, chose more silks for an office design job, spent a few hours on a room plan and finally stopped answering the land line at work and let the machine tangle with the myriad solicitors. I hope that everyone reading this blog has a great day, experiences a life changing first, (only in a good way) and if something in your life has to come to an end make it something that you would rather do without. Today's photo is a 'Punctuation Mark Area Rug'. I hope that you $#&*(@! like it.

"I hate a word like "pets": it sounds so much like something with no living of its own." Elizabeth Jennings

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

...define that...

Hello from rainy Chester County, PA. I spent the day ripping out carpeting and prepping/painting stairs and it was extremely satisfying. One of my housemates is still feeling punk so I have been making him boiled chicken and rice. It seems that my friend/neighbor's dog and another neighbors dog has been experiencing the same symptoms. No lawn service has applied chemicals that we know of and all are keeping their eyes on the progress. I would give a succinct definition of 'symptoms' but don't think it necessary. A little mouse found his way inside last night and I am trying to coax him back outside with American Cheese. So far it isn't working. I hate to open the Brie but will if need be. Or should I say need brie? On this day in 1828 a man named Noah made a huge contribution to society and I don't mean in the way of sailing vessels even tho' it is raining to beat the band here. I am referring to Noah Webster who on this day in 1828 copy wrote the first edition of his dictionary. And no, the other Noah was not married to Joan of Arc nor Joan Van Ark. The skylight shades did not arrive by the time I got into the shop yesterday, but no harm no foul. My gym and bank are just down the road so it was no waste of time. Today I may go and measure for two more area rugs. The movers were supposed to have delivered the remainder of the furniture yesterday but one homeowner was 'under the weather'. Standing in the rain this morning as the boys did their stuff I was actually 'under the weather' also but feel fine. That's probably for another blog anyway. Have a great day, communicate clearly and define your terms if necessary. Today's photo is of a 'Metal Console Table', metal being very much 'in' these days. 'In' being defined as...
"Nothing will work unless you do." Maya Angelou

Monday, April 13, 2009

...pretty in pink...

Greetings. For those of you wondering, The Easter Bunny did arrive yesterday, as did the sunshine. Pink was the color of the day, eggs, ham and wine. My Passover friends liked my idea about the slingshot and one mentioned that 'she wouldn't need to let them harden' as her Mom made them that way anyway. I won't even hint with initials on this one. I have to run into the shop today simply to receive a Graber Cellular Shade skylight shade order. The client is away and for some reason and I had no idea that the company would fabricate the shades so quickly. Hurray though. They are meant to block most of the sunshine and are arriving at the perfect time. I put the majority of my candy into a huge vintage lidded glass candy jar and hope that visions of an hour on the StairMaster will keep my wandering hands at bay. I have another Mountain Bike that I need to whip into shape and will make the most of my free time to use them. The sun is shining in Chester County today and the grass is lush and green. Maybe the temperature will rise in the next few days and it will feel like Spring. Speaking of pink, on this day in 1796 the first elephant ever seen in the United States arrived from India. and he wasn't even 'Topsy'. Have a great day.
"Picasso had his pink period and his blue period. I am in my blonde period right now." Hugh Hefner

Saturday, April 11, 2009


Hello. The rain is falling on this grey Chester County morning. We went for our walk and no one is very happy with me right now. I planted grass seed late yesterday and think that my timing was good. I won a biography about 'Carpenters' and have been reading it in small doses as time allows. They wrote 'Yesterday Once More' to pay homage to early rock radio and intended to put many song titles into the tune until Karen walked in the room and claimed, 'Oh, I hate that idea." Song titles were not included. On this day in 1921 the first sports broadcast on the radio took place. Interestingly, the first radio broadcast that included music happened on Christmas Eve, 1906 from a US Navy ship. The naval officer who found my website and the 'Red Snapper Needlepoint Pillow' ordered yesterday. Also, a crazy dame called to ask if I installed drapery. I of course answered 'yes'. She then told me in a somewhat haughty way as she chomped on her lunch while speaking that another installer did a poor job and he wouldn't come back to her home. She told me that she had the drapery and drapery hardware and when I asked what type of drapery and hardware, between bites her reply was 'that doesn't matter'. Hmmm. No wonder the initial installer wouldn't come back. And I won't be making an initial visit! Happy day ma'am and goodbye. And don't speak with your mouth full. Yikes. Broadcast that one! I hang the box pleated valance today to finish that bathroom redo. I will bring my camera as promised but am not sure if the Venetian wall treatment will show up. It is very subtle to the eye but I will do my best. Last evening we went to dinner at 'Zacharias Creek Side Cafe' and everything about the visit was wonderful. They had great music broadcasting indoors and out and seemed to have found 'unplugged' versions of popular songs to add a nice twist to the ambiance. I almost felt as though I had been born in 1906 however as the restaurant was in the area of my High School. Boy has it grown. It used to be very rural with a spattering of large homes and fields. Very private and pretty. It is still quite beautiful but now there are many, many large homes and businesses. Have a great day. Broadcast the positive and eat before talking. Today's photo is of a scene from the movie 'Ghost Town' featuring my 'Red Snapper Needlepoint Pillow'. The naval officer was kind enough to email me the picture.
"Friends and good manners will carry you where money won't go." Margaret Walker

Friday, April 10, 2009 3-D...

Greetings. It is overcast this morning and always seems to rain here on Good Friday. Many Catholics keep the hours of 12-3 clear to pray and think about Jesus who was supposed to have carried the cross that he was crucified on during this time and most often coincides with the Jewish observance of Passover. There are differing views as to the hour and even the year that Jesus was crucified. Some people claim that one cannot die from being crucified, but from the dehydration that ensues. But if someone weren't nailed to a cross, dehydration wouldn't ensue, so I think that someone can die from being crucufied. Crucifixion was the way to kill people back in the day and we have come far. Now with lethal injection, which gained popularity in the twentieth century as a form of execution intended to replace other methods, it is now the most commonly used form of killing. Many find it less barbaric than Crucifixion, electrocution, hanging, firing squad, gas chamber and beheading although, as we know, these means are still used in our 'civilized' and not so civilized societies. What was that cigarette ad from years ago? "You've come a long way, baby?" If I want horror I will rent a movie and skip the news. On this day in 1953 Warner Brothers premiered the first 3-D film entitled 'House of Wax'. I remember seeing it when I was a child and it was creepy. It still is. So is nailing someone to a cross and watching them die. It always seems to rain here on Good Friday. Maybe even God needs a good cry once a year.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Greetings! It is still quite cold but sunny again today in Chester County, PA. Some may be wishing for a break in the cold so that they don't have to hear their heating systems click on and off all night. Thankfully for most of us, we have heating systems. I babysat a bit yesterday for a special needs gal and it is tiresome but thankfully it wasn't all day. That certainly takes a lot of energy. On this day in 1945 the Atomic Energy Commission was formed, which then transferred the control of atomic energy from military to civilian hands, effective from January 1, 1947...(maybe not completely, but that was the goal.) I am still waiting on Shulu Chinois Wallpapers in Black and Cream and am wondering if I should start screening it myself. Kidding. Somewhat. The second TV that I gave away came back to me last evening as it wasn't needed. I will let you know how soon one of mine breaks 'cause that is usually how the Universe goes. Today at sundown Passover begins for Jews and tomorrow is Good Friday for Christians. I will write about that tomorrow even though it would make an excellent entry under today's heading. I changed my 'What's New' section on my website yesterday as it seems blue is waning and Metal, Bright Colors and Comfort Design are now in. Fine with me as long as people don't go crazy with the brights. I finished the Box Pleated Valance and will install on Saturday and promise to take some of my *clears throat* brilliant photos. The walls were done in a Venetian Wash and they look great if I do say so myself. The Shower Curtain and Valance are made from a Carole Fabrics modified toile in Brick, Cream and Toffee. I also began ripping out my soffits at home last evening thinking it would be a quick kitchen refresher but then found many, many wires behind the drywall so stopped temporarily. The football sized holes in my walls are not causing my obsessive nature any problems tho'. (this may or may not be true) I will need a little extra energy to figure out what's what but in the end I will prevail. Have a great day. Whatever your beliefs, Religious, Spiritual, Agnostic, Atheist I wish everyone a great day and to 'do unto others'. That pretty much fits into every category... and save your energy for good not evil. Today's photo is of my 'Chrome/Red Table Lamp' as it is "What's New' and also requires energy to illuminate. As do most of us!
"Tough times never last, but tough people do." Robert H. Schuller

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

...haste makes matzo...

Greetings! It is again cold but sunny here in Chester County, PA. An inordinately slow business associate commented on my performing many tasks quickly. I could quite possibly hang myself if I performed at that snail's pace, which I would do quickly in order not to linger. The Israelites left Egypt in a hurry to escape slavery and celebrate Passover to commemorate it. Sometimes haste is a good thing. Jews eat unleavened bread in remembrance of the quick exit. This year Passover begins at sundown tomorrow and lasts until nightfall on April 16th. On this day in 1730 Shearith Israel, the first synagogue in New York City was dedicated. Here is a recipe for Matzoh Ball Soup. If someone wants to attempt to enslave you, make these delicacies, let them harden and then use them in a slingshot to take out the 'would-be enslaver'. You can also eat them. I have linked a 'How To Shoot A Slingshot' video for your convenience. Today my task is to try to download a new bedding section to my website if I can get someone to stop talking incessantly and also I need to find fabric for an office and also a guest room. I ordered the custom sliding panels yesterday after finally satisfying myself that 42 and 9/16" was the perfect length. Let's hope so. I need three of them and they ain't cheap. I didn't burn logs last evening so I may do that tonight. Friends called me from Hilton Head and reported back that it was 50 degrees and they were bumming. So were their three toddlers. Yikes. I hope that the Martinis were also at least 50 degrees if not colder. For the adults too. Have a great day. Never let anyone enslave you. Our new equation is matzoh balls+slingshot=problem solved. Today's photo is of my 'Silver Fox Faux Throw'. Say that ten times hastily!

"Take time for all things: great haste makes great waste." Benjamin Franklin

Tuesday, April 7, 2009


Hello and brrrr from Chester County, PA. I prematurely removed the dog coats and traded them for kerchiefs but that didn't go over well in the this morning's Spring chill. It is sunny but later today forecasters are calling for either rain or snow flurries. Hmmm. I have a few logs left luckily and may put them to good use this evening. I thought that we already had the last fire of the season, but never say never! I have a box of those old fashioned wood matches that you strike on the side of the match box to ignite the stick. I went up high yesterday to measure for three skylight shades and we chose Graber Crystal Pleats in Chalk. I love that color and it has a long term cast to it.

It must be TV Divine Connection month. I already told you about the Armoire and TV of late last week, (Saturday to be exact) and I did it again last evening. I inherited another TV that wasn't even two years old but I sure don't need 5 of the things. My dear friend told me at dinner that her daughter's TV blew and she was taking her shopping the following day, (today to be exact). Well, after dinner I presented her with a TV so now they can shop for more fun things.

I dropped off several bags of items at the Goodwill also yesterday and remember a few years ago when my neighbor and I brought her sofa and love seat to be donated. The sofa wasn't there for one half hour when a beautiful family, down on their luck, was more than eyeing the piece. Their son, maybe 5 was sitting on it with a huge smile on his face. The tag pinned to the left arm read, 'SOLD'. Talk about igniting an emotion. Strike a match for Johnny Walker, who, on this day in 1827 sold the first...NOPE...not cocktail...the first friction match. He was an English chemist who had invented it the previous year. The following day his bitchy, jealous cousin, nicknamed 'Bic' began testing for what would later be called the lighter. (This last statement may or may not be true.)
Today's photo is of that rattan porch furniture that I was painting. It looks somewhat boring without the window treatments and area rug to form a cohesive portrait but I will post anyway and brace myself for the 'constructive criticism' emails often accompanied with these design pics.
Have a great day, and if you have the need to ignite someone's emotions, please make sure it is a positive ignition. Robin Gibb of Bee Gees fame was quite the pyromaniac when he was a tot. He is my favorite male vocalist also.
"A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning."
Brad Henry ...did you hear that Kat and Jannie and every teacher out there????

Monday, April 6, 2009

...high enough?

Greetings. The weekend flew as I'm sure you are aware. Saturday after the shop I delivered to a client and somewhat aided them in setting up their Wii. No , not a war, a video game. One almost needs a course in the avatar page just to get the eyebrows correct. Sunday I did a lot around my house chore-wise and then went to my nieces' birthday party. We had a great time and yes, the trampoline is still standing. The sun is shining right now after a brief early morning thunderstorm and I looked to the Heaven's wondering if it is high enough. I will certainly be high enough at noon today...NO! Not that kind of high! I am measuring for skylight shades and the ceiling height is 2 and a half stories. Don't worry tho'. On this day in 1973 they launched the Pioneer 11 space craft and that went a bit higher than 2.5 stories. I am going to collect a few more odds and ends now to bring to the Goodwill. I let the Universe know that I am open to it's abundance. I also know when it is time to give back. I probably won't be parting with the black Merona sweater 'cause it goes with everything but, you know what I mean. I also have a Hyacinth sitting on my counter and the scent is wonderful. I picked it after prepping the soil out back yesterday and it looks like it is made of wax. Very much like Joan River's face. Have a great day. Hold your head high enough to see the sun but low enough so that you don't come across as arrogant. Today's photo is of 'New England Sailboat Art'. Planes would have been more appropriate but it is what it is.
"I wish I had a twin, so I could know what I'd look like without plastic surgery." Joan Rivers

Saturday, April 4, 2009

...have a heart...

Hello! It is windy and sunny here in Chester County, PA today. The air smells fresh and clean and does my heart proud to see how well maintained the park is. I secretly devote about every third Sunday to cleaning up trash and crap in the wee hours so that no one sees me. I haven't needed to recently, but that will probably change once the playing fields are back in action. We picked up the pace during this morning's walk and all 4 of us can feel our hearts pounding. I feel lucky that all of us have healthy hearts. On this day in 1969 Dr. Denton Cooley implanted the first temporary artificial heart. I have encountered a few people in my lifetime who would benefit from one of these as it must be hard to go through life without a heart! Yesterday's installation went beautifully. I installed box pleated valances at the ceiling line to create height and give the Media Room a lift. The Florentine Shades were done in Blackout Arctic White so that absolutely no glare would be seen. I then hung a gorgeous Oriental Rug from a decorative pole on the wall which cost almost as much as my truck, not to be tacky. I took photos but am not entirely happy with them. I usually love my designs but do not like my photography skills. I may post the photos anyway. For example, the area rug that I laid I photographed. Now I will have to Photo shop out my stocking feet. Ugh. Speaking of my truck, after shop hours today my plan was to take out everything from it including the seats (Suburbans have that option) and deliver a beautiful armoire and TV to the Cathcart House here in Valley Forge. Guess what? Some kind people who definitely have a heart are doing it without my lifting a finger. Guess what else...three days ago the TV in the dementia unit broke. Now try to tell me that there isn't some rhyme and reason in the universe. The sun is shining, our hearts are beating so make this a great day. 'Fayette Lighthouses' are today's photo.
"Despite everything, I believe that people are really good at heart." Anne Frank

Friday, April 3, 2009

...the importance of being earnest...

Greetings. The rain did not prevent us from our morning walk and everyone is now sufficiently Spring cleaned. At least for now. I sat that in earnest because I have heard that cleanliness is next to Godliness and I don't want to piss anyone off. I wrapped the huge box pleated valances in clear plastic and remembered my steamer and the rest of the Florentine Shades as I will be installing this morning and no one wants their custom window treatments Spring cleaned by me. I also have my trusty paper templates folded and ready, (you must be tired of hearing about these things by now) to finalize the area rug for the Sun room. Yesterday JF called for advice and I am hoping that what I have her was sound as she accepted the new position. I did my homework, checked my facts and I think that I guided her in making a move in the positive direction she so deserves. Not so positive, but equally earnest was the trial on this day in 1895 begun by Oscar Wilde. It eventually led to his being imprisoned on charges of homosexuality. It had to do with his being friends with the son of the 9th Marquess of Queensberry. I don't make up the subject matter nor the games in my 'On This Day In' blurbs but you have to admit...My cat is on my lap having awoken again at 3 am causing a ruckus and is now tired. As we all are, again! I have to finish a board mounted box pleated valance right now so I had better run. Have a great day, be earnest but not all of the time. Remember to laugh, especially when you hear the name Queensberry! Pictured today is my 'Ring Mirror' and the Editor at LoftLife Magazine, LH thought it clever enough to feature in their upcoming issue. By the way, the mirror is made of Iron as well as glass.
"It's amazing how much you can learn if your intentions are truly earnest." Chuck Berry

Thursday, April 2, 2009's electric!

Hello. Rain again this morning and it feels odd outside. We took our walk and even the trees seemed even more dramatic and fantasy like. The birds are singing up a storm and had it not been for the lack of cameras I would have thought for a moment that we were being used as extras in a Fellini film. My cat is crying today and has been doing so all night. Well, from about 3 am on and I have no idea why. He may be crying for Oliver and maybe he had bad dreams and can't shake them. My eyelids need toothpicks. I updated my website with some brand new and great looking 'Cottage Style' Beach House accessories and also ordered the 'Antique Ivory Trunks' for that shoot in IN. Their slogan is 'shoot film, not animals'. I love it. LR seems like a delight. All this talk about film and shoots and lucky for me, on this day in 1902 the "Electric Theatre", the first full-time movie theatre in the United States, opened in Los Angeles, CA. Today I assemble huge board mounted box pleated valances, and I mean huge. I will install them tomorrow along with more Silhouette Shades and make another template for an area rug. Last evening we went to the 'Epicurean' for dinner and it was very nice as usual. Salads, chicken and lobster were in order and nothing with too much fat content. Beach season is fast approaching and no one wants to have the threat of a harpoon hanging over their head. KM and family are still reeling over the loss of Oliver, (in today's photo) so please say a word or two of strength and send it their way. I totally believe this helps. I wish that I could work on my website all day today but it will have to wait until Tuesday. I guess I can count myself lucky that business is good and I never take that for granted. Lights, camera, action! Have a great day stars!
"The whole point of getting things done is knowing what to leave undone."
Oswald Chambers

Wednesday, April 1, 2009


Hello. It is raining here in Chester County, PA on this April Fools' Day. I am not one for playing tricks on people but I guess some find humor in it. This day is annually marked by hoaxes, practical jokes and pranks whether they be simple or detailed in thought and delivery. The goal is to embarrass the gullible. Perhaps I need more of a sense of humor...Yesterday I had a Sales Representative from a major fabric and wall covering house march into my shop and aggressively try to take books from my shelf. It was surreal. There is a 'mature' woman who also works here and had she been alone with this cretin I would be missing sample books. She was shaking as she left the shop and I wanted to kick his rude butt but I handled it and will handle it even more. I see no need to post the manufacturer as I have never had issue with them in the past but we shall see. His behavior was foolish to say the least, as well as unprofessional and that will not be tolerated. I am finishing the final stitches on Goldenrod and Sky Blue silk panels and they are spectacular. I also faxed a work order for a red and two tones of blue round area rug that is so unique and inviting that I will have to take a photo. I keep promising photos but still have not had the time to do a 'photo day'. Lori in IN does tho' and I will find out this morning if my 'Antique Ivory Trunks' can find there way to her by this Saturday. I am making every effort to make this happen for her. UPS just delivered the Indigo Blue Toile Shower Curtain and it is perfect. Toile was being force fed for a while but it, in my opinion, will always be in style. The gold cord with lip came in too so I will have to get going on the Kravet Fabrics black and gold embroidered board mounted valance and matching shower curtain. Hmmmm. I am beginning to see a 'pattern'. Maybe people are tired of ready-made shower curtains and want to make a statement. Sounds good to me. Chose a long term pattern and make no foolish decisions! Have a great day. And taste that sugar before spooning it in. It could be a tad salty. Speaking of salt, today's photo is 'Under The Sea Beach Fabric Green'. No foolin'.
"Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt." Abraham Lincoln