Thursday, December 10, 2009

Jessica Day Off....

When I was in JoAnn's Fabrics awhile back, buying fabric for my window treatments, I met two, lovely ladies, and we struck up a conversation. Yesterday, I got an invitation to join them for lunch, and since I know so few people in Texas, decided to take them up on it...What fun!
When I first was emailing Sue, my new found friend, she said she was behind in putting in her Christmas decorations, as she had 148 trees to put up...I thought, okay - typo. No, not typo; when I walked into her home, I couldn't believe my eyes. Sue has every single room, nook and cranny decorated for the holidays - even the ceiling in the foyer. She has been on the national news programs, and is trying to get into HGTV. Since I didn't have a clue, I didn't take my camera. I just got off the phone with her, and she's fine with me coming back and taking photos. Next week...can't wait. My friend, Kathy, owns the "Purple Puddle", in Chapel Hill, NC..., should get you there. It's a floral and gift shop, and is always enchanting. Years ago, she flew me from the frozen tundra of Wisconsin (we had lived in Chapel Hill previously, where I did her displays and windows..and some floral design), to do her Christmas windows. She had this enormous bunny, along with Bunnies By the Bay (remember them).

Since I took the day off yesterday, and then before that, shared a bit of my past and my design philosophy, I thought I'd share some of the photos of her windows.

This bunny is six-feet tall, and has served as the "anchor" in many of the windows I did for Kathy.Ya'll may recall that I've been cutting out and saving all kinds of things pretaining to design from the huge quantities of magazines I've had over the years. I keep them catagorized in large binders, and what the heck, if I can't share a few with you, what's the point? I don't want to just have these instructional or inspirational photos all the time, but they are good for days like this, when I am recharging my camera, and working on some projects of my own to share with you.

Yes, this is from Martha Stewart's magazine; in fact, I have an entire binder of her "good things"..thanks, Martha. There are instructions below this photo as to how to do these wonderful orange pomender pyramids. Just click on the photo to read the directions...also, throwing in an origami star. For some reason, when I edited this, I cannot get it to come up by double clicking...all the others do...wonder why? Anyone out there know? Again, Martha...I love this look, although it does feel a bit cold...perhaps a fire in the fireplace. I would be concerned about setting the "flocking" afire..still, beautiful.We no longer have a staircase, but if we did, I'd love to do this......

I've spent the entire morning dealing with the "heater guy", and we finally are off "emergency heat", thank goodness. Now, I am going to go string lights in my ficus in the dining room, make a blanket cover, and maybe a few velvet fruit. We shall see.


  1. Oh I can't wait to see all the pictures of your new friend's home. You window displays that you've done are just gorgeous. You have a wonderful talent. I hope you are having a Blessed Christmas Season. Hugs, Marty

  2. Hi Jess, I've been checking your blog and can't wait to come back in the peace and quiet to read your posts. I have the 2 grandaughters this weekend. Yes, I said the whole weekend. Not a moments rest. As I'm typing, the little one (2 years) has been tearing the place up, well,not really but...yikes!
    I'll be back later. The little I got to read is making me want to come back.
    xoxoxo Kelly

  3. I envy you, Kelly...two-year old little girls are precious (hard to keep up with, but precious)..I love my grandaughter, Hannah, but she's 14 now, and whew...
    I've missed you.
    We are having a houseful today...very excited. Got up at 3:30...
    Hopefully, I don't fall asleep in my plate
    Come back...
    You are missed.

  4. Jess
    Your recent blog entry is priceless--about those beloved cats. Hummm. Your Gemini quickness saved the day. Love the idea of using a stamp on white cloth napkins. I, too, always use them. Not only because of the ecological issue but because they give a more elegant feel to the most simple meal.
    The sun shines but it is a chilly 5 degrees outside with more than a foot of the white stuff covering the ground. It snowed again yesterday: heavy, wet and unrelenting. As if the sky had lain down upon the earth like a giant guilt muffling all sound that moved or spoke or sang. It is very Christmasy.
    Love and miss you Cam

  5. Cam, Honey,
    For some reason your comment is posted under Dec. 10's blog...but it got here! You did it..
    I miss you, Soul sister...