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

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

After Being Thrown Under the Bus

Since the passing of my Mom last year and my Aunt recently,
I have been giving a lot of thought to the nature of my soul.
The days and nights of this life pass by so quickly.  The 
quality of this life is not so much dependent on what we have,
but rather what we do and how treat one another.

Soon it will be close to a year since someone tried to "throw us
under the bus".  I won't go into the details now because those
details are not pertinent to this discussion.  Let's just say that
someone made up a fantastical lie designed to damage our
lives financially and professionally for their own gain.

It was a terrible time.  I was mourning my Mom's loss and
then was stunned, saddened and hurt by this action of
another.   I struggled for months to control my outrage,
anger and hurt.  

It took hours and hours of prayer and reflection.  I had help 
from my dearest and closest friends who encouraged me and
helped me to remember that there are good folks in this world.

Eventually I started to grow a scab over the wound and the
healing process began.    At this point I had to put all my faith
and trust in Him.  I had to harden my mind to the rumors that
the one who tried to hurt us was in fact profiting and thriving
from these lies.

I waited patiently.  Not always easy but I kept hanging onto my
faith.  One day, the tide turned and the house of cards created by
this other person came tumbling down.  It was the perfect
example of karma.  

Did I feel vindicated?  Yes, I did.  Am I pleased that this person
brought sorrow into their own home?  No, I am not.  I feel sad
that this person felt the need to use deceitful and cruel methods
to get ahead.  All actions have consequences and some folks
don't always realize that harmful actions towards others will
eventually come back to bite.

When you witness a family member take their last breath
right before your eyes as I did with my Mom, it helps you
to understand the precious gift of life.  Life is all too
brief, never quite long enough.  Each day we are gifted with this
life is another chance for us to be kind, to give joy and not
sorrow.  Life is not about how one can step on and over
someone else to get ahead.  When we endeavor to hurt
someone else, we not only risk the consequences of karma,
but we also risk bruising our souls.

I look after my soul by endeavoring to be kind, to be
generous and forgiving.  The love and tenderness we
spread comes back to us in waves of happiness and
a feeling of content that no amount of money can buy.

Spread joy, not sorrow.
Spread truth, not lies.
Spread compassion, not hatred.
Spread wealth, not greed.
Spread laughter, not tears.

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Monday, July 27, 2015

Creative Layering

I have been stripping wallpaper and just have one tiny section left to finish.
Once the walls are washed and sanded the painting will begin.  I picked
up the paint for the walls of the bath on Saturday.  

But I have also been having fun collecting and creating decorative
elements for the room.  Y'all know how I love to layer!  So, in keeping
with the canine theme in the guest bath, I am repeating that theme in 
various ways around the room.  In this case, I took a scene from the 
fabric I used for the stool and window valance, and framed it in a
vintage gilded frame.  I love the whimsical feel this is going to
give the room.

I love, love, love, little lamps but could not find one I was crazy about,
so I created my own.  I just took one of the little candle lights you
find everywhere, put on a black silk shade and glued it onto a
thrift shop jewelry box I painted years ago and gave to my Mom.

I was inspired to do this after seeing a Chinese tea chest made into a
lamp.  I think it will be fun to store a few extra votive candles in the
top and some matches in the drawer.  I love candles in the bath.

I found a cute frame on sale and added another image from the fabric.  
Cute little Pug looking so regal on his cushion :-)

I am having so much fun putting this room together and am 
loving that all the decorating elements will be unique and
creatively my own.  More elements to layer are on their way!

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley


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