Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Time to Shake Things Up

I have been such a lump lately.  I wake up in the morning, let Bentley
outside, kiss David goodbye before he leaves for work and then brew
a cup of tea.  I check my email and maybe Facebook and then 
wander around the house in my bathrobe for a while.  

Eventually I take a shower and then finally get dressed.  At some
point late in the afternoon, I decide I should try to get in a workout.
As brief a workout as possible, like a 15 minute ballet sculpt or
a short, short cardio dance session.  


Oh, I know, I know …. I have been depressed about losing my
Aunt recently.  At some point I just have to snap out of it!

Today is that day!!

This morning after letting Bentley outside and kissing David goodbye
before he left for work, I put on my workout clothes, rolled out my
exercise mat and completed 45 minutes of Pilates.  Then I took a 
shower and got dressed for the day.  

I sat down and had a good long chat with myself.  I decided it was
time to shake things up.  I need to focus on what I want now.  What's
working and what is not.  No more moping around.

It's time to take some risks.   So fasten your seat belts dear friends.
We are going to start having some fun around here!

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Monday, August 3, 2015

Glam Up an Inexpensive Cache Pot

Last year I bought two topiaries to put on either side of the server in
my dining room.  I wasn't crazy about the little cachepots that came with
them.  I looked around for others, but didn't find any that I liked that were
not super expensive.   So I took another look at them and thought ~
I could do something with them to glam them up a bit.

So I went into my paint box and grabbed a celery green craft paint and painted
the whole cachepot a muted green.  Then I took some gold craft paint and
highlighted the feet, the edge and the bas relief on the body.

Now they are lightened up and glammed up too with just a little bit
of paint and an hour or so.

Here is the before ….

And here is the after.  Easy peasy and done for pennies.

Now I am off to recover two seat cushions in the dining room too.

Bentley and I are doing only inside projects these days.  It is too
darn hot outside to do anything!  Hope it's cooler where you are.

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Friday, July 31, 2015

A Tiny Office Space

I have a friend back in Idaho who works at a university there.
She just found out that her department is moving to another 
building and she will have now have a very tiny office.  I am
gathering up some ideas for her new space and I thought I
would share them with you.

I think this is a fun space.  All white and pops of red.
Very cheerful


This is a very pleasant space, especially for those who like earth tones.
Lots of warm and cozy elements here.

Charming office in a closet.  Looks like two file cabinets
with a board on top and shelves above.  The toile
background is great too.  Can't tell if it is fabric or
wallpaper.  I personally would use fabric and attach it
to the walls with that poster tape I showed you recently.

This is a pretty little space.

I like the desk and the pattern on the wall.  I am really
loving blue and gold right now.  That better not be a
real zebra skin.  Y'all know how I feel about that!

Love the use of a farmhouse table for a desk and the 
architectural elements.  

I am going to hunt for more ideas to show my friend.  I think
that when decorating an office, there are many ways to blend
functionality and beauty even if the space is tiny.  
Just, think outside the box.  

Have a great Friday y'all!

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Thursday, July 30, 2015

In Some Mystical, Cosmic Way It Was Fated

I was looking for a cachepot for the orchid in our guest bath.  I looked
and looked and found one on eBay.  The minute I saw it ~ I knew!

Remember that line from Sleepless in Seattle when Annie talks about
listening to Sam on a call in radio show?  

That in some kind of mystical, cosmic way it was fated?

Well, I felt like there was a mystical, cosmic
connection when I saw this cachepot!

If you look closely, there is gold rope trim on the edges and a representation of
gold rope painted on the corners.

It matches perfectly with the gold rope trim on all the vintage bath accessories.

See what I mean?

Now my husband David thought I should get rid of the lions head drawer pulls,
but I like them so I kept them.  Besides, now they remind me of beloved Cecil and
also one of my favorite books, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

But look at the cachepot again ….

Lion's heads on each side!  Wow, talk about fate!!!

But wait ~ there is more ….

The woman I purchased this from lives just a few blocks from
where I lived in New York!  Spooky don't you think???

Talk about mystical and cosmic ~ I hope my Mom likes what I
am doing in this guest bath because I am using all her old bath
accessories and complimenting them with other vintage finds.

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

In Memory of Cecil

I am so saddened by the brutal and senseless killing of the 
magnificent Cecil the lion by a shallow minded dentist from
Minnesota.  There is nothing we can do to bring back this
majestic animal, but there is something I can do to help
spread the word of this shameful "sport" and to make
others aware of the true tragedy of this loss.


How anyone could shoot this beautiful giant is beyond me.  I don't
know about you, but when I think of the African continent I always
think of lions and elephants roaming the wild.  I would hate to think
that future generations would never be able to see these regal
creatures in the wild again, yet that is where we are headed if we
don't do something to stop the poaching.  Education is also
necessary to teach African farmers how to prevent livestock loss
so that they don't shoot every big cat who threatens their herd.

Until I started to read about trophy hunting, I was foolish enough to
believe that this was a sport of the past.  I actually believed that we
had evolved past the stage where shooting lions and tigers and
mounting their heads in dens was acceptable in our enlightened
society.  I thought that people only went on photographic
safaris now.  Boy was I misinformed!  It's big business and most
of these trophy hunters are from the US.


I would hate to think that the only way these animals can
survive is in captivity.  I want as many as possible to run wild
and free as Cecil once did.  Let's cause an uproar!

If you want to learn more about how you can help to save these
beautiful big cats, read more Here.

And watch and listen here.

Y'all know what a big dog lover I am, and now you
know that I am a Big Cat lover too.  And I will
warn you ~ I am also a tree hugger :-)

Rest in peace Cecil.  You will be missed by

Big Texas Roars,
Susan and Bentley


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