I have the best husband in the world :)

Hosts, Steve Curry (Sarah’s husband) and Steve O’Brien invite you to come celebrate Sarah & Jake’s cover of the Fall 2010 Orvis Dog Book

We have also invited the NEADS organization (Dogs For Deaf and Disabled Americans), out of Princeton, MA to join us for the celebration. NEADS trains and provides independence to people who are deaf or physically disabled through the use of canine assistance.

I will be auctioning off a photo session with your pet with the proceeds going to NEADS. Check out their Facebook page.  It is full of some of the most adorable puppies in training and inspirational photos of NEADS dogs and their new owners.

The Urban Hound will also be auctioning off a 5 night stay in a luxury suite at their brand new dog hotel. Value is $90 per night. You will have one pampered pup while you are away on your next vacation!

Here are a few photos of NEADS dogs in action and PUPPIES in training!

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Hope to see you all there.

Honor Guard

July 29, 2010

Yesterday I had the honor of attending a full military funeral at the United States Military Academy at West Point.  It was for my husband’s great uncle, Colonel William F. Meany , who passed away at 99 years old.  The funeral was a celebration of life really, as he was the second oldest living West Point graduate, and had lead a long and full life.  As Col. Meany was being laid to rest next to his wife in the West Point graveyard, a trumpet and drum player sounded Taps and the honor guard fired a three-volley salute.  It was quite a special and moving experience and I was honored to be a part of it.

Cadet’s Chapel, United States Military Academy, West Point

A Day in Salem

July 26, 2010

I have a lot of projects and chores on my check list for this week and lots of travel in August (some for fun and some for work), so it was nice to just hang around the Boston area this weekend and enjoy my home.  The weather Saturday was just perfect, sunny with a breeze but not too hot or humid.  We hopped on the Salem ferry to explore the old historic town for the day and to get a little witchy.  The boat ride up the north shore was gorgeous boasting lighthouse after light house on the rocky New England coast, and the bonus…we were in Salem in less than an hour!

I am shooting more now that I am 4 weeks post surgery and just had fun playing around this weekend with the camera.  Here are my touristy photos from the weekend.

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Salem, MA

Some of the town look unchanged by time.

Except for the stray tourists popping into the shot. :)

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Boston Harbor

The perfect vintage wooden boat.  Just look at that old steering wheel!

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Gorgeous ride home.

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Perfect end to a lovely day.

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Now, back to work!

She’s a Maine-iac

July 23, 2010

I’m up in Maine right now helping my sister get her beautifully newly renovated home in order.  The place is amazing and I am soooooo jealous of her new kitchen.   I just love it up here, the rocky beaches, the deep blue water.  We are of course, also celebrating the Orvis cover and Jake is loving all the attention.

What a darling.

Photo by my husband from earlier this summer.
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Also, Erin Gates, is doing some beauty features over at her blog and during our trip to Brimfield I discussed mine.  Go check out my pick on her blog.  The girl is like a one woman promotional team for me this week.  I owe her one amazing dinner at Mistral:)

Have a wonderful weekend.  Back Monday with lots more goodies.  Cheers.

Cover Shoot!

July 21, 2010

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Orvis Dog Book – Fall 2010

I am so excited I can finally announce, that my photograph won the cover of the Fall 2010 Orvis Dog Book!

I took this photograph of Jake, my sister’s darling Spinoine Italiano (Yes I know it sounds like an ice cream flavor), when he was just 3 months old.  I sent the photograph into Orvis a few months ago and was told in late May that Jake and I had gotten the cover!

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I am just thrilled and honored to be a part of the Orvis Dog Book.  Scoring the cover of a magazine or catalogue is a photographers’ dream.  I am just beyond excited.  Jake on the other hand had become a total diva :)

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This is Jake at Christmas, sitting on my 6-foot tall husband’s lap.  As you can see, he has grown quite a bit since his puppy days and really is such a good boy.

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We are going to have a little celebration her in Boston in the coming weeks as the catalogue hits stores and mailboxes, so stay tuned.  Celebrating with Jake, my mom and my sister tonight!  Hurrah.

I found the people at Brimfield facinating.  From the treasure hunters like us to antique dealers and specialist.  Some were kind and friendly, dying to share stories with us about their goods.  Others, shooed us away, exclaiming No Photographs, at the sight of my camera.  The girl above looked so chic and pulled together despite the 90+ temperatures.  Had I turned the camera around…well…you would have seen a sweaty hot mess.

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This guy was the epitome of the cool antique dealer.

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The odd couple.  He with his Rex Sox cap and she with her Yankees…antiquing in peace.

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Dogs were everywhere to be seen.  Each dealer had a trusty pup by their side, just trying to find some shade.

I can’t believe we lasted as long as we did at the show, but the site of one amazing piece had you dying to explore one more row, or one more field.  I can’t wait to go back…Although next time I might demand to be pushed around in something like this, complete with built in fan…lucky dog.

Brimfield Baby!

July 20, 2010

Well, as I have been talking about for a week, I went to Brimfield!  After a rain delay one day, we then faced hot humid weather.  Yes I know I am from Georgia and I should be able to handle the heat, but the truth is, us Southerners are so use to air conditioning that we have become quite spoiled heat wise.  So with my hat, sunscreen, camera and expert Erin Gates, we tackled row after row of dealers.  What I found was a fair like atmosphere complete with unique people, dogs, carnival food and some amazing treasures (The suit cases above were used as props for the movie Around the World in 80 days…They were pristine.)  Erin posted many of my photos today over at her wildly popular and fun blog, Elements of Style, so much thanks to her for that exposure and welcome to those who have popped over to my blog for the first time.   Welcome.  (You will see many of the same photos from her post, with perhaps a few more…I have a terrible time editing.)

Treasures Galore!

I wonder, what was this eight-sided chest used for?

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More chests and beautifully colored seltzer bottles.

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Erin’s great grandparents, grandparents and parents all lived in Willimantic, CT, so I grabbed the shot, only later to find that my husband’s father’s side of the family all hail from Willimantic too!  How strange.

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Ridiculous telescope, much like the one they have on the front patio of the Chatham Bars Inn.

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Gorgeous wooden canoe.

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Perfect corner chair.

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This awesome paper holder makes me want to open a shop, just so I can use this to wrap up people’s packages.

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Beautiful elephant marionette.

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Lucite flatware!

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More flatware and and cool red and magenta chest.

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Blue glassware ready for a garden party.

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Collections: So much stuff at Brimfield.  I became mesmerized with the pattern and repetition of things

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I am seriously obsessed with this lamp.  Reclaimed architectural wood detail, repurposed for a lamp base!  The faded color!  I want a pair of them in my life.

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“Museum of Natural History” type accessories.  These dried shelf fungi were beautiful.

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Wine jugs.

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I know I have seen these types of old glass buoy as props in various catalogues about 1000 times, but I still love them.

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An eyeglass collection that would make Elton John green with envy.

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And more vintage clothing and jewelry than I could even look through!

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This lion made me think of Judy Aldridge over at Atlantis Home...she would have loved all the jewelry dealers.

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And this goat.

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I love, love, loved Brimfield.  Despite the crazy heat and sore feet the trip was fabulous fun!  P.S. I have the cards of many of the dealers and will update this post this afternoon with that info.

Little Treasures

July 19, 2010

I am busy editing my 100+ photos from Brimfiled.  As a first time visitor, the place was sensory overload.  There were so many little gems…also a lot of junk, and the challenge of distinguising between the two.  Luckily my friend and interior design maven, Erin Gates, knew her stuff.  She perused row after row of vendor like a pro.  As I soaked it all in, and snapped away.  Check out her post, part I, about the trip here.  I didn’t plan on buying anything big, but I did want to bring home a few little treasures of my own.  I was loving all the 50’s and 60’s vintage jewelry and after a little at home jewelry cleaner they really polished up.

Lucite bangle – very 60’s modern

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Faux Ivory bangle with brass clasps - Bohemian cool

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Cool multi-stone cocktail ring - such interesting design and details

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More Brimfield photos tomorrow.  Happy Monday.

Brimfield Bound

July 16, 2010

Today I am off to Brimfield!  Hurrah!  The always awesome Elements of Style is taking along this rookie and I couldn’t be more excited.  Check out her post about  her trip two years ago here.  I have of course been planning my outfit all week.  It needs to be functional of all the antiquing and photo taking, yet hip.  Like all those impossible chic festival goers you see featured over on Style.com.  I’ll take a boat load of photos and share then upon my return.  Until then have a wonderful weekend.

I just love this photo of Carly Simon.

Sense & Sensibility

July 15, 2010

The other day I sent my duvet to the cleaners for a long over due wash and press, leaving my bed with just the white down comforter in its place.  The duvet is back from the cleaners and I just can’t seem to make myself put it back on the bed.  The sensible thing to do would be to put the darker duvet back.  I know Magnolia’s gray kitty hairs will soon be all over the white comforter, but I just love the white crispness.  Perhaps it is a summer thing, but for now I think I am leaving my bed all white.  Even if that means I have to take a lint roller to it each morning.  It is just so nice to climb into each night.

With the duvet

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Without


Come fall I may change my mind and put the duvet back on the bed, but for now I think I like it without.  These photos do make me realize I need to get some art on that wall STAT!  Perhaps I’ll find something at Brimfield tomorrow.

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