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Saturday, January 21, 2012

Recreating the Magic...Carol Hicks Bolton Antiquites, Part One

You see that beautiful lady
in the photo below?

That is my dear friend and none other than
Carol Hicks Bolton herself, 
world famous designer, stylist,
creator of beauty extraordinaire,
and formerly the co-owner of the legendary Homestead stores
here in Fredericksburg, Texas.

Carol and her husband Tim are embarking on a new
and thrilling adventure, the opening of their brand new shop,  
Carol Hicks Bolton Antiquites
Laboratoire De Design.

Things at the new's a massive, converted warehouse
actually...are still in the organizational stage, but the flashes of
Hicks-Bolton magic are already apparent at each and every turn.

I've been personally asked by Carol 
to head back to the shop frequently
and document the progress as this beautiful new creation
comes into full bloom, and I am only more than happy to do just that!
And to share with all of you, of course!

So let's get started!
When I paid my friends a visit this past week, 
I was taken aback when
I saw the sheer size and scope 
of this great, majestic old building... 
{ click all photos twice to super-size }

 There's Tim Bolton himself,
international treasure hunter,
and just a really nice guy to boot!

It's all in the details with the Bolton's...

I'm crazy about this peculiar little horse!
I do think he needs to make the trip home with me, no?

Allow me to escort you into
vintage dress form nirvana now, my friends.

Inside these ominous looking crates?

Treasures brought back from Tim's travels to Belgium.
Don't tell him, but I plan on stowing away on his next trip, shhhhhh.....

You want taxidermy?
They've got it! Most every creature under the sun, in fact!

And these bed, oh my.
They are custom made by Carol herself.

 Just get an eyeful of the long, tattered tassels on the pillow shams.
Are they not just sublimely divine?

And with a matching bedskirt, too. I am positively in love!

 This is SUCH a thrill to be in on the ground floor
of the birth of this latest Hicks-Bolton adventure!
And what an honor to be asked to 
document it every step of the way. 

I promise you, if you are even a little bit impressed
with what I've shared thus far,
you will be blown away when you
see the ongoing transformation. 
Nobody creates that particular brand 
of unexpected magic like Carol and Tim,
so check back weekly for my photo updates.

And if you are in the area,
please, head on down!
They are open for business and can be found right here
in Fredericksburg, Texas.

Carol Hicks Bolton Antiquites
301 South Lincoln Street on Warehouse Row
Fredericksburg, TX 78624

And don't forget to enter my wonderful
Romantic Living Giveaway
for a chance to win a copy of the new magazine
with my Rose Hicks feature....personally autographed
by Rose herself!

to enter.

Happy Weekend!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Published! My Romantic Living Feature!

giveaway closed

I am SO excited!!!

It's been nigh on impossible to keep quiet about this,
but now I can finally spill it...

I've been published in the brand new, just on the stands
special publication from the editors of Romantic Homes
called Romantic Living, and this time, I not only
provided the photos but wrote the article, too.

It's always a thrill being published, but this time,
it was extra, extra special.
This project was my baby from start to finish,
as it was a special gift of love from me
to its subject matter,
the incomparable Rose Hicks.

For those not familiar with Rose, she is, to quote myself from
an earlier post, one of the most influential style
and decor icons of the past century,
and whether you realize it or not,
her influence has been felt far and wide in blogland.

 She is the beloved Mama to decor and design royalty
Carol Hicks Bolton, and as a lifetime fan of Carol and Tim Bolton
and the Homestead empire they created right here in
Fredericksburg, Texas, it was a dream come true just to be able
to meet them.

But then to not only meet them, but to become friends
and to be blessed enough to be trusted
by the amazing Hicks-Bolton clan
to do right by their precious Mama
in a feature magazine story...
who the heck says dreams don't come true???

I had the special privilege of personally hand delivering
the issue to Miss Rose herself yesterday, while she was overseeing
the evolution of the exciting new family adventure and shop,

I think she approves, don't you?!
And wow...just wow...get a load of that photo below.
That's Carol Hicks Bolton with Mama Rose looking on.

Two generations of styling genius
admiring MY work in the magazine.
Somebody pinch me, because what an utterly surreal moment THAT was.
I have adored and idolized these folks for 20 years,
so what an unbelievable honor.

The inimitable Carol, decked out in her Magnolia Pearl finery
and orchestrating the creation of her new namesake shop
like the design maestro she most certainly is.

I thought I would share a few of the original images 
from the magazine with you,
as the publication process doesn't always do them justice...

I want to say thank you to Jacqueline deMontravel and Karina Rivera
from Romantic Homes magazine, and also to my great friend
Elizabeth Maxson for their invaluable help and support.
Y'all are the best!

The GREAT news is that I took hundreds of photos
and the magazine only used 8, so I will be sharing
many, many more images in the days to come.

The other great news is that Carol has asked me
to come by the shop regularly and track the progress and evolution
of her new store, and I am more than happy to oblige!

But the BEST news is that I am offering one lucky reader
of this blog a copy of this lovely new magazine
personally autographed by Rose herself!!!

Rose will be 91 years young next month and has already
been featured and published far and wide, so can you
imagine what a collectors item this is destined to be?

My last few giveaways have been open to everyone,
but this one is for followers only, as it's extra special.

All you have to do is leave me a comment letting me know
that you are a follower or have become a follower and you're in!

Be sure to leave extra comments if you blog, tweet or Facebook
about this for extra chances to win.

I'll be picking a winner
next Friday, January 27th.

This was for YOU, Rose! I love you, friend!

Good Luck, and Happy Wednesday!

Monday, January 16, 2012

On Any Given Week...

Oh dear, I've become one of "them"...

I seem to be a "once a week blogger" of late,
and there's that tiny little insecure voice inside of me,
the one I wrote about in my Artful Blogging Article,
which causes me to wonder if y'all will migrate to
greener pastures while I enjoy my slowed-down blogging pace.

I hope not, but I must say, I really have been enjoying
my non-blogging time of late. 
Just living life, and feeling better in general.

Less stressed.
More like the old Anne.

What is a week in the life of Anne Lorys like, you ask?
I sometimes forget that newer followers might not know
the specifics of my day to day life, so here's the skinny...

Any given week, I work roughly three 12 hour shifts
as a Respiratory Therapist in a hospital setting.
I work in pretty much all areas of the hospital,
critical care, emergency, peds, geriatrics, post-op...
it can be fast paced and all very much life or death,
or it can be routine and relatively uneventful.
As a seasoned RT, I prefer the latter. 
Definitely NOT an adrenaline junkie here!!!

As far as extra-curricular activities go,
while I loved having an antique mall booth
and an Etsy shop, neither turned out to be my "thing".
Photography did, so on any given week
on my days off, I seek out the beauty around me and attempt
to capture little snippets of ordinary life through my lens.

I haven't been doing as much of this of late,
and although I'd like to blame it all on the gloomy, overcast weather,
it's just a phase I'm going through. I find myself more drawn to my
Kindle and to prayer than my camera, so I'm just, quite literally,
following where the spirit leads.

On any given week, I am in bed and asleep by 9pm.
I am a reformed night owl who simply cannot get enough sleep, 
and I swear by what I call the  
anti-5 hour energy drink, iChill
I swear, this stuff is liquid sleep gold in a bottle!
It's safe, fabulous, and knocks me right out. I highly recommend it
over other sleep aids, so fellow insomniacs, give it a try!

On any given week, on my days off work,
I hit some of the shopping hot spots in my beautiful hometown,
or take a short jaunt just down the road to visit and shop
with my good friend Binky. It's a constant struggle to stay within
our budget though, because seriously people,
I live in a vintage shopping MECCA!

On any given week, I think about my beloved Mama
numerous times throughout the day.
I see her reflection in my mirror, I hear her words coming out
of my mouth, and I feel her presence with me always.
It's a sweet, sweet feeling.

I also, on any given week, pay my dad a few visits
at the rehab wing of the nursing home he's been confined to
since September. He's had 6 failed hip operations in just under 4 months,
and this youthful, employed 75 year old man has had his entire life
turned upside down since breaking his hip.

The silver lining has been a newfound closeness between me and my dad,
although we still struggle at times to understand each other
after a lifetime of semi-estrangement.

And on any given week,
my work schedule permitting, I attend Sunday Mass
at the beautiful St. Mary's church in Fredericksburg, Texas.

{ the interior of my church, via google images }

Not to get all preachy on y'all here, 
but my faith is the single most important aspect of my life,
and although I struggle and fail often to live it out properly,
it is what sustains me. 
I only pray that I honor God in some
small way via what I do here on this blog 
or through my photography. If I don't, then all of this is in vain....
fluff, nonsense, of no consequence.

On any given week,
I stop and give thanks for the opportunity to come into
all of your homes via this blog, and feel equally blessed to share
in your journeys as, time allowing, I pay visits to all of you. 
What was my life like before blogging?
I honestly can't remember! 

That's how deeply woven into the fiber of my being
this blogging experience has become the past two and a half years.
Isn't it amazing how much like family we all seem to become to each other?
Or is just me? Anyone? Bueller?

What's in store this next week?
More of everything that I've mentioned above,
as well as the opportunity to meet in person a local blogging
friend, Shannon of Rusty and Redone.
I can't wait, and I'm sure we'll get into some blog-worthy mischief!

Will I be back blogging before next week rolls around?
Hopefully yes, but if not, you now have some sort of idea
of what else occupies my time and my thoughts.

And you?
What does any given week hold for each of you?
Do tell!

all images taken in Warrenton
#1 taken here
#2 here
#3 and #5 here
#4 here
#6 google images
#7 here

Monday, January 9, 2012

"You Don't Know Me, But...."

Well, Good Afternoon!

It's been about a week since I've posted,
and what a great week it's been.
I wish I could say I'd been doing something prolific
or life-changing, but nope....just been taking it easy,
putting family first, and enjoying life.

I went and saw the utterly, completely life-changing
 Broadway musical Les Miserables in San Antonio
yesterday....for something like the 13th time.

To know me, you've gotta know that you really, truly can't
call yourself my friend or kindred spirit unless the story of Jean Valjean
doesn't move you to the core of your very being...
faith, struggle, redemption, love...

"to love another person is to see the face of God".

But I digress.
Today's post is actually about something completely different.

I'll be getting to the point in a somewhat circuitous way
{ regular readers of this blog are used to this maddening predilection of mine }
but first I want to share what my e-mail Inbox looks like
on any given week.

I regularly get e-mails from generally good-intentioned individuals
which usually start with the lines
" You don't know me, but...".

And the next line varies, but sometimes it goes like this...

"I would love to write a guest post for you. I'll write on any topic
you pick, all you have to do is put a link to my blog inside the post".

Other times, I get asked to add someone to my blog roll,
in exchange for them adding me.

And then there are the folks who promise me all manner of goodies
if I will simply but write a product review or endorsement post.

I also get e-mails asking if I offer advertising space,
or if I would be willing to place an ad on someone elses  blog.

It's all business as usual when I flick through my Inbox,
and it's given me cause to reflect on why I blog the way I do.

Firstly, I have never placed ads for Fiona and Twig,
and I never will.
I am not selling anything, except photos to editorial publications,
so I see no reason to advertise my blog elsewhere.

Secondly, I have never and will never charge ad space
on my blog, because blogging is not my business.
I have nothing against those who have ads on their blogs,
it just doesn't work for me, and I'll explain why...

When you accept paid ads, you have a certain responsibility 
to your paying sponsors to provide regular content,
and since I have a full-time life AND job outside of
my Fiona and Twig alter-ego, I refuse to place that burden
of responsibility on myself to churn out regular content.
To those who accept and place ads, if it works for you, mazel!

Thirdly, a spot on my blog roll is not up for grabs to the highest bidder.
I believe that I can count every single person over there on my sidebar
as a friend, and the invitation extended to others to write guest posts,
or to endorse certain products is reserved
for known and trusted friends as well.

In a way, it's sort of about claiming ownership of this blog,
and not allowing it to own me.

This post may end up being a bit of a feather-ruffler, but so be it.
No offense whatsoever is intended,
but I feel a call of sorts to produce the deed
to this particular piece of internet real estate,
and make it understood that as much as I love this blog
and my readers, it is at best, priority number five or six in my life.

But it's mine.
And that's just how I roll.

photos taken at the gorgeous space
of  Alan and Gina Galichia
of Country Garden Antiques in Warrenton.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Introducing Parisienne Farmgirl Magazine

Hello Friends!

I am so excited to be able to spread the word about
the fantastic new quarterly, online e-magazine being launched by
my beautiful friend Angela at Parisienne Farmgirl!

But rather than prattle on about it myself,
I'll let Angela describe her exciting new adventure
in the short video below...

Doesn't this look just wonderful?

I have to hand it to her,
Angela is an absolute natural on camera, don't you think?
I see a future for her on, oh, say HGTV or The Food Network
in a hosting capacity! Keep that phone close by Angela, I do think
the networks will be calling!

Angela is much more than just a woman
with an unerring eye for style...

She is a masterful cook, gardner, decorator, stylist, photographer,
and has one of the most beautiful families ever.
Most importantly, she is a woman with a heart for God,
and strives to honor Him in all she does.

I'm subscribing, I hope you will, too!
I also hope to be able to squeeze in the time
to contribute to this great magazine myself { fingers crossed}!

Click HERE
for all the details,
and click  HERE to subscribe.

There's an incredible giveaway tied into the magazine launch,
so don't miss out!

Congrats, Angela!
With your combination of talent, hard work and faith,
I think you'll have a HUGE success on your hands!

I'll be back soon with
some yummy eye candy from some
recently edited photo shoots, so don't miss out!

Monday, January 2, 2012

The Magic Returns

I blogged about this exciting event
not so very long ago...

But now I have the distinct pleasure of directing you
over to my dear friend Binky's blog 
so that you can read her fabulous interview
with our mutual friend, the amazing creative visionary,
Carol Hicks Bolton.

This insightful interview will only serve to solidify
what so many of us already know...
that the innovative styles, the one-of-a-kind magic which
is seen all over blogland and so often attributed 
to other designers actually originated with Carol herself.

to take a peek into the creative mind of my friend,
Carol Hicks Bolton.

if you just so happen to be in my 'hood 
in the weeks ahead...

I could NOT  be more excited!

Thank you Binky,
for allowing me to link to your fantastic interview!
And while you're over there, be sure to become a follower
of Binky La Faye,
her style, her shop and her blog are my go-to
sources for inspiration

Happy Monday!

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