By |2014-06-29T17:47:36-04:00June 29, 2014|Uncategorized|

We went to see “Chef.”
Jon Favreau was wonderful. It took me a while to place Oliver Platt and where I had seen him (West Wing!). The color and movement in the film was what I liked: lots of action but a real “people” story to go with it.

It was a last minute decision, as we/I don’t go to the movies very often, as in perhaps twice a year. I don’t like violence or rather, I simply will not watch violence so that eliminates probably 80% of the films out there. I also don’t like animation, sci-fi, or just the totally ridiculous, contrived, “noisy” movies that are on the screen.  No, give me a romance, a life story, some history or almost always something French, and I am happy. If you’re wondering what I DO like…well, how about “The Hotel Marigold”, or “Monuments Men” or “The Kings Speech.” To me, those are movies worth seeing for the story, setting, acting etc.

Take a look at the trailer:



If you do see, or have seen it, let us know what you think.

Have a wonderful holiday everyone, and I will see you some time next week!



By |2014-05-07T21:32:11-04:00May 7, 2014|Uncategorized|

A conversation between two birds.

It sounds more like a story book, no? It may be an unlikely subject for a video, but it’s wonderful.

Watch the Raven and the Snowy Owl “talk” to each other!

It is amazing and beautiful and I just had to post and show you.
So, slow down and watch and be entranced.

I saw this on Margaret Roach’s site
A Way to Garden

a conversation between two birds on a golf course from john dunstan on Vimeo.

It’s lovely, no?



By |2014-03-11T21:48:22-04:00March 11, 2014|Uncategorized|

In the month of February I won not ONE, but TWO giveaways!

First up was a wonderful giveaway from Kit at Chic Provence
Kit was offering a set of 4 linen napkins from Rough Linen
You all know I love fabric and table linens, so this was a natural for me to enter.

And I won!

napkins Here’s the promo picture


Napkins_wm And here they are in my house


Then I entered the giveaway at From The Right Bank
Ally was offering a really cool Pixo Desk Lamp from Lamps.com

And I won!

Screen-Shot-2014-02-11-at-11.59.10-AM-595x672 The promo image






It is really cute…. and well made….and the light is perfect….and I use it every day
and I love it!

Not a bad month for me.




By |2014-01-17T09:07:41-05:00January 16, 2014|Uncategorized|

This week, Friday Flowers is the subject of the photography course I am taking ,
Frugal Still Life Photography
from photographer Cheryl McCain.
How I arrived in this course is another example of the power of social media and staying connected. I learned about it, by chance, from my on-line friend Nina who mentioned it on Instagram. How do I know Nina? I’m pretty sure it was from another great course, Blogging Your Way. One thing leads to another with social media which is what pleases me and keeps me connected!

Cheryl states that included in the course is:
8 separate segments of the workshop where I share a different Still Life image and share my techniques on creating the image, including pull-back shots of the setup prior to shooting
My goal is to show you how to create lovely images without spending an arm and a leg to do so. 

We’re now in Week #2 and this week it’s all about cropping and space. Although flowers were certainly not the required subject, I had just bought this wonderful bunch of yellow tulips (my favorite flower) and with the brown paper, they seemed the perfect choice.

IMG_3258_wm ISO 800 f/8 1/13sec.

 Above, in my first image, I left […]


By |2013-12-18T20:51:07-05:00December 18, 2013|Uncategorized|

Amanda Gates, owner of the interior design firm AB Home Interiors and podcast interviewer par excellence, had asked me several times if I would be interested in doing a podcast/interview with her. I demurred, not sure if I was up to the task. Finally, I said yes and here is the result.

Amanda and I discuss the role, and career choice, of being an entrepreneur, the world of design from the 80’s to the present and how licensing has changed, the role of women in the workplace, and the ups and downs and successes and failures of being an entrepreneur. I really, really (!) enjoyed talking about all this and I hope you will find it interesting. It’s long…so settle back and listen. (I actually think it gets better toward the end!!).

We had fun doing this (lots of chatting via Skype beforehand) and I have to say I really admire Amanda’s calm way of speaking and her understated way of asking pointed questions. Well done, Amanda!

Listen to the podcast for

Design 101: Interview with Libby Wilkie 


 And take a look at Amanda’s blog, featuring yours truly:

Below is Amanda’s introductory paragraph, click on the blog to read more.


By |2013-12-17T15:56:04-05:00December 17, 2013|Uncategorized|

 I’ve been feeling really good about WordPress and all the progress I’ve made in “settling in”. Until this evening when it all went out the window. I’m doing my homework like a good girl: I bought a book all about using WordPress; I’ve searched the web and have asked friends for advice; and I’ve downloaded those plugins. I experimented with the photos below, resizing them right in the post page here and actually getting that frame to work. Not bad for a newbie…

But then there are mysterious (to me) things that appear…or don’t appear. Why, oh why, did that paragraph above come out as single spaced? I had started another post and couldn’t, for the life of me, figure out how to single space and then, voila!, it happened. Go figure. And where, oh where, did that custom signature of mine go? It just disappeared.

If you scroll down and look, almost at the very bottom, on the right you can see the beginnings of my Blog Roll. Remember, I used to have one? It was divided into “Design Blogs”, “Garden Blogs” and “French Blogs”. Hmmm. Well, it seems that here they all have to be manually entered and this will take some time. I’m actually using a different program/plugin than what you’re seeing on this page but I […]

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