Friday, January 20, 2017

Visit A Miniature Spring Bake Shop

Now that all the Christmas decorations are put away, it's time to
start thinking about Valentine's Day and Easter in the miniature

Pretty cakes and cookies.

Time to put in some orders!
Stop by and visit my dollhouse miniatures blog.  I featured
Cynthia Lauren Sperin of Cynthia's Cottage Designs.
Her dollhouse minis have been an inspiration to me and if
you have not already seen them, or if it's been a long time since
you have seen here charming creations, go HERE.

It's raining again here and we just had another big storm
come barreling through our little city.  We are soggy, but
fine.   I'm sure we will find snails everywhere the next time
we venture outside ;-)  Bentley is curled up and he is taking
a nap.  He hates going out in the rain and will wait till every 
drop has stopped.

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Sunny Yellow Cottage Fabric

A few months ago, I purchased some yellow floral pillowcases from
an eBay listing.  I was looking for a way to incorporate more yellow
into my studio and was planning on using the fabric for decorative
pillows, but there was one that was so charming that I knew I
wanted to see it all the time while I work at my desk.  This pattern
reflects the little vintage doll quilt that hangs from the drawer of this
mini hutch, so I used it to back the shelves.

When I set it in place, I found it to be such a cottage sweet
backdrop for the bits of china etc.  

It gives the whole ensemble a sunny and cheerful look.  It's just
the happy glow that is needed on a cool, damp and gray
January day.

I want to have the studio walls painted this spring.  Originally
I planned on white walls, but now I am thinking that maybe
a soft yellow will be just the look I want.

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Monday, January 16, 2017

When Life Hands You A Lemon

The other night I was watching the movie The Devil Wears Prada.
For me, it's one of those guilty pleasure, chick flick movies.  I've always
loved clothes and shoes and my early style sense was developed by my
Aunt Susan who spent a couple of her early years in NYC working as
a fashion model.  While I was in college in Lake Forest, IL, I spent 
many weekends in the city visiting her at her apartment.  We would
pour over the latest copies of Vogue and Women's Wear Daily, and she
would teach me make-up tricks and how to style my hair.  As an eighteen
year old girl, image was everything ;-)

I'm giving you this background info about me, because I very, very seldom
discuss fashion on this blog, and you are probably wondering what on
earth this memory from my younger days could possibly have to do with
lemons, yet in a round about way, it does.  The character of Miranda
Priestly in the movie is a self absorbed, demanding, and driven editor who
makes every one of her employees both anxious to please her, and terrified
of not doing so.  Still, what does this have to do with a lemon?

This woman reminds me of a boss I once had.  Actually, I have worked
for two individuals much like Miranda, a man and a woman, but this
tale is about a female boss from hell, a very sour lemon.

Right after our honeymoon, David and I moved from Houston to
Northern Virginia, where he had accepted to new job. We were married
in June, and I took the summer off before deciding to look for a new job.
With it's easy access to Washington, DC, good jobs were plentiful, but
I was uncertain about the kind of job I wanted, so I signed up with a
temp agency who specialized in professional positions.  With great
enthusiasm and resume in hand, I met with them and the very next
morning I had an interview at a major company that distributed computers
to various retail stores throughout the US, Mexico and Canada.  That's 
when I met HER ~ the boss from hell!

I walked into a large corner office with lots of windows, which instantly
 expressed the power this woman possessed.  Thinking back upon this
initial meeting, I recall that her desk was actually raised on a small
platform that gave her the advantage of height over anyone sitting in
the chair in front of her.  This was a blatant power play and I found 
myself at the feet of the master of grand standing.

After I introduced myself and handed her my resume, she told
me to have a seat in the chair facing her desk.  I felt like a small
child sitting in front of the principal.   The room was silent as she
perused my resume for a while.  I did my best to calm my nerves
during the stillness.  Then she raised her head, lowered her reading
glasses, looked intently at me and said ....

I have fired the last ten individuals who held the position for
which you are now being considered.  What quality do you have
that should encourage me to give you a chance?

Trust me, at this moment, I felt like Dorothy standing before
the great, and all powerful Wizard of Oz.  I sensed that a long speech
voicing my previous accomplishments would be wasted on this
no nonsense woman, so I mustered up all my resolve and 
replied with one word ....


She sat back in her chair, looked straight into my eyes and
said ....

Okay, I'll give you ONE chance!

I accepted the position.  I came to work early, I stayed late.  I did
everything I possibly could to prove to this woman that I would
not only meet her expectations, I would exceed them.  

After working in this position for several months, she called me
into her office once again.  I could not imagine what this meeting
might mean and was a bit nervous, but once again I calmed my
nerves and sat in the small chair in front of the big, bad boss.
She informed me that the company was planning to relocate to 
Philadelphia and that she was offering me a permanent position

Of course I could not accept, my husband loved his job and
we were now entrenched in Virginia.  I thanked her for her 
faith in me, and turned down the position.

Sometimes life hands us a lemon.  Embrace the challenge.
Have faith in yourself.  Persevere.  You may just be 
surprised at what you can accomplish in the face of

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Let's Have Cake!

Hi y'all!  I sure am glad you stopped by.  I have two cakes in the mini
dollhouse cottage kitchen, and I already have a slice for you.  Now
while you relax with your cake, stop my dollhouse mini blog at
this link, because I have a big feature of Shelia's dollhouse minis.
We all know Shelia ~ she is the sweet blogger of Note Songs.
Shelia was bit by the miniature dollhouse bug and has created some
really charming rooms that y'all must see.

Prepare to be amazed by her creativity!

Bentley ~ did you know that Shelia has a cat named Tang who
lives in her dollhouse?  You be nice to the kitty now!

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

How Did I Not Know This?

This past Saturday I went to the library to return a book and look for
some others.  I enjoy reading and try to vary the genres, but there are
times when I am really in the mood for a cozy mystery.  I was having
a hard time deciding which titles, and which authors to choose, when
I took a title off the shelf...

Murder Gets a Life by Anne George.  The cover states that it is a
Southern Sisters Mystery.  While that description intrigued me,
what really convinced me to grab a few of her titles was that Anne
 is an Agatha Award winner. 

The Agatha Awards are named after beloved mystery writer
Agatha Christie and are handed out yearly to authors of cozy
mysteries.  After learning of this honor, I decided to give four
of her titles a go.

I started with Murder Gets a Life and I was already chuckling by page two.
I needed a chuckle too because I was stuck in bed with a fever and a sore 
throat all day yesterday.  In between naps, I reached for the book.  

I did a bit of research and learned that Anne was also a poet and her
her collection of poetry Some of it is True, was nominated for the
Pulitzer Prize in 1993.  She was also Alabama's 1994 state poet.
Sadly, Anne passed away in 2001 of complications during heart surgery.

How did it take me so long to discover Anne George?  I don't know
why it did, but I am happy that I have found her now.  

Today is my first day out of bed.  I am feeling better, but I don't want
to over do it and relapse.  I have to get better soon because my 
8 foot tall ginger was damaged during our freezing cold temps
and will need to be cut down.  It makes me sick, but what else can
I do?  It will grow back no doubt, but it will take a while :-(

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley 


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