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Friday, April 29, 2011

A Friend Indeed...

Meeting blog friends is always a pleasure...
Meeting someone like Suzanne is that and so much more.

{ the always gorgeous Suzanne in Homestead, Fredericksburg, Texas }

Pop on over to Privet and Holly to read my beautiful friend Suzanne's
account of our wonderful day spent together.

My own version is slow in coming (  it IS coming! ), 
but I don't think I'll be able to improve on hers one bit.

Click HERE to get the scoop!

Happy Weekend!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

well, hello beautiful...


you see old?


i see beauty
and lives well lived.

hello, beautiful!

just another stroll through 
a photographers dream,

pop on by,
tell tim and the gals
that anne sent ya.


Monday, April 25, 2011

just chillin', etc...

That's what my boy Havok is doing right here.
Just chillin'.

I got a new camera lens last week
( thank you Romantic Country and Harris Publications for financing it! ),
and Havok is one of my favorite subjects 
to test out new camera equipment.

If it properly captures the softness of his fur and
the blue of those eyes, then it's a keeper.
Whaddaya think?

I have SO much to post about and share,
including a couple of fun posts about my wonderful day
shared with Suzanne of Privet and Holly this past week.

But today?
Just chillin'.

It was a crazy busy Easter weekend, and not only is there
still a mountain of photos to edit,
but a mountain of laundry as well.

So before I tackle what needs doin' today,
I'm taking a cue from Havok.

How about you?
How was your weekend?
And do ever feel like I do today, just want to chunk all your
responsibilities and just sun yourself in the yard like my pooch?  ;-)

Be back soon!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

The Good News

The Pieta
 as found in
 Fredericksburg, Texas

He is risen indeed


Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Holy Week

photo taken at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 
Fredericksburg, Texas

Happy Holy Week!

I'll be taking a few days off 
to properly give the season its due.

Wishing each and every one of you 
a very blessed Easter!

If you pray, please pray for rain here in Texas.
We are literally going up in flames down here.

Monday, April 18, 2011

A Fun Day

I have a WONDERFUL day planned,
and I wish you could all come along!

Firstly, another fabulous trip to
is on the agenda...

After all, I'll be showing this gal around my new hometown!

I'm thinking lunch at a German brew pub,
a trip by our new farmhouse,
a swing by a local herb farm
maybe a trip to Luckenbach,
and for sure  a little mischief.

The forecast is partly cloudy
with a
greater than 100% chance of FUN!

Hope your day is great, too!

Friday, April 15, 2011

It's Time

There were over 800 entries ( WOW! ),
and I want to thank each and every person that
commented, followed, or posted about it...

but the time has come to pick a winner
of my 

Up for grabs:
The Summer issue of  Romantic Country magazine
with my Willow Nest photo feature

a personally autographed copy of
signed by Fifi O'Neill herself
I did the random schmandom thing, 
and the lucky winner is...

Denise of  

Congrats, Denise!

Since I was such a geek and bought out entire newsstands,
I may be doing another magazine related giveaway
in the days ahead, so please check back.

 In other news, I finally decided on a camera strap...

It's called the Sofia Olive, and although I purchased it
at a camera shop, you can browse their selection HERE.

I bought it because it looks like my Homestead couch!

 Don't you think?

And guess what else?

Look who I get to meet next week?

The gorgeous and talented Suzanne of Privet and Holly!

She and her sweet mom will be making a swing through
Fredericksburg, Texas, so I hope to be able to show them all the sights.


Finally, I'm not a numbers watcher at all, but I just noticed that the odometer
just turned over to 2K...
thank you and welcome to all my new followers,
and to my faithful friends from way back, thanks for sticking with me!

I know that these giveaways always create a bump in the numbers,
but I really hope that y'all will stick around for the regular day-to-day
here on this blog.
I count myself as so fortunate to have even one of you
deeming me worthy of following, so know that you are very much appreciated!

I hope you all have an amazing weekend!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Imaginarium on Main Street

These days, I am on a mission.

I have always believed that we have a responsibility to support local businesses.
And no, I'm not talking about your local Target or Wal Mart...
I'm talking about locally owned, independent retailers.

As the incredibly worthwhile 3/50 Project puts it,
it's all about saving the brick and mortars our nation is built on.

Which is why, now that I call Fredericksburg, Texas my hometown,
I plan to make it my mission to support, encourage and promote
local businesses I admire.

I can't think of a better place to start than with the store that started it all for me...


My love of all things vintage began here

and my beloved couch named Babette
was even born here...

I mean...look at her.
Do her curvy, flirtatious lines not call to mind
an, *ahem*, decadent French courtesan?

But back to the store.

The building itself is huge...
three magical stories of pure vintage bliss resides here

My creative aesthetic was formed 
walking the aisles of the hallowed Homestead stores

Things I had seen many times before...I began to see in a new light

I was challenged 
to dare 
to dream

to imagine

to take chances

to see the beauty 
in the unconventionally lovely

the romance 
in the cast aside

and the possibilities
in the once forgotten

It all started with this fearless visionary...

{the incomparable Rose Hicks}
and continues with her progeny and their families
{big props to owner/treasure hunter Tim Bolton}

The next time you are in the Texas Hill Country,
heed my advice and make a pilgrimage
to a store which quite simply gets it right every time...

Homestead and Friends
230 East Main Street
Fredericksburg, Texas

And remember the darling little yellow clock I showed you above?
It made the trip home with me!

Thank you Tim Bolton, and the whole crew at Homestead,
for allowing me to roam about clicking away this week...
You know  that I'll be back in soon!


The winner of my  
will be announced Friday...
see you then!

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