Saturday, May 31, 2008
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Another Art Walk--last Fall I believe.
So, here's the official invite. If you're an artist or if you know an artist (please forward this to them) we're inviting you to contact us (the Downtown Clarksville Association) via this email address: email@example.com. In the subject line, please type ART WALK ARTIST. Give us a bio (artist statement) and attach photos of your work. We will make every effort to match you and your work with a downtown venue. (This is not just for Hodgepodge--it's for numerous other businesses in the downtown area.) Remember, since the works are displayed in independently owned businesses, the ultimate decision to display and/or sell your work rests with the owner/manager.
Please note, most businesses will allow you sell your merchandise on a consignment basis--rates determined by the business--so you really must have a decent inventory of items available for viewing and sale.
This opportunity is for folks who take their art seriously, so please be sure you're ready to commit before you submit. We will be counting on you to present yourself and your creations in a professional manner. We will be adding to our list of artists we will be able to contact for features during Art Walk evenings. So you may be contacted to participate next month or six months from now.
Pottery from Ken and Melody Shipley.
I'll close with a reminder that our next Art Walk and Wine will be June 5th, 5 - 8 PM. An announcement about our featured artist will be posted next week.
Thanks for your indulgence.
Monday, May 26, 2008
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
And now, for my viewing pleasure . . . Chocolat . . .Every time I watch it, I'm amazed at the depth of the characters. Love this movie!
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Candelier--awaiting it's candles.
A vintage-style euro chandelier.
I'm so pleased with these additions to Hodgepodge--I feel sure you will appreciate them as well.
Well, I think I'll focus my attention on Masterpiece Theater--The Cranford Series. Out satellite service is failing me and it's very frustrating, but I'm weeping and laughing all the same!
Thanks for your indulgence.
Friday, May 16, 2008
. . .by me, if no one else, but I think a few others had a good time, as well. In case you haven't noticed, most of these events are just feeding my need to be with people. And, as usual, you came through for me. It was a busy week and this little get-together was just what I needed!
We had a couple shipments arrive--remember that new Belgian company I mentioned after the market in January? No? You mean to tell me I'm the only one who's been anxiously awaiting the arrival of this stuff?!? Well, it's here, along with some new lamps and a few other items. More on that stuff later.
Let me share some of the items that we've decided to permanently markdown after our special event:
All of these items are now 30% off!
The polka dot plates, the flower plates, the mixing bowls and the pom-pom hand towels.
All of these beautiful candles from Fringe.
This classic thermos in one of two patterns.
All "hot chocolate" patterned items.
Here's a set of plates, perfect for a bridal shower or a princess birthday.
All of this handmade pottery with a swirl design.
All pharmacy and chemist ceramics.
These amazing gazing sphere candlesticks will had interest and dimension to your decor.
I'm sure there are more items I've left out, but these are the items I hastily photographed after our very long day. Please stop in the shop for a look see.
Thanks for your indulgence.
Thursday, May 8, 2008
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
When deciding on your bedding you first, before falling in love with that "dry clean only" silk comforter, should honestly appraise your bed activities and use. No--I'm not interested in THAT--I'm talking about things like: Do you have pets who enjoy your comfy bed? Do you prefer layers or one suitable cover? One flat pillow or three fluffy pillows? These are the sort of things which should be addressed when deciding how to dress your bed.
Taking these matters into consideration, you then have to consider your decorating scheme. My first bit of advice--for those of you who have a husband--is to leave him out of it. If you've got one of those hip, metro-sexual husbands who has out-of-the-ordinary good taste and style, we may allow an exception. For the most part they don't care, but will give an opinion if asked for one--so as to give the appearance of caring. My theory is that--out of all the rooms in the house--husbands care the least about the bedroom room decor. They just care that you're occasionally in there together and it's comfortable. I wouldn't choose this room for the six-inch, lace trimmed flat sheets--put those in the guest room to ensure short stays.
Do splurge on a high quality, high thread count sheet set. The items in contact with your skin--pillowcases and sheets should be the best quality you can afford. A good set will last years and is worth the initial investment. When you get those sheets--do you know how to put them on your bed? Do you make the hospital corners? Do you place your top sheet pattern down, so when it's turned back the pattern shows? (These are some of the many reasons home economic courses should be mandatory.) I learned from my Mom. My kids--including my son--will know how to properly make a bed when they leave our house.
You can choose quilts, comforters and/or duvets. In the winter, we have a heavy, comforter on our bed--we're talking lead weight! In the summer, we drop down to a light weight quilt, which you see here. I like layers, so I have two dust ruffles on my bed. I couldn't find dust ruffles of differing lengths, so I have a king size on the bottom (it's the chambray fabric) and a queen on the top (the brown hop sack cloth). I gathered the king-size dust ruffle in the center before topping it with the queen-size dust ruffle, in order to keep the king-size from dragging the floor. That's a crocheted table cloth at the foot of the bed--for visual interest. We have six pillows on the bed--plus the accent pillow--which my husband takes great pains to carefully place on the chest at the foot of the bed when we go to sleep . . . NOT! They get unceremoniously tossed to the floor, where our large, hairy dog gleefully snuggles into them. In his defense, he does try to stack them on the clothes hamper--if it's not overflowing.
Duvets are especially nice for the bed sharing pet owners. They slip over the bulky comforter--protecting it from hair and other pleasant pet deposits--and toss easily into the washer. The one in the pic is a pink paisley--paisley being a little less "girly" than flowers and sometimes passable for the Y-chromosome opinion holders.
(I have a green one too--more likely to slip than one by the guys.)
If you really want to accommodate the guys, I can recommend some bedding that will remind them of their "peanut gallery" days. (Okay--that's a throw back--even for me.)
Well, I hope that gives you an idea or two. If you'd like some suggestions, send me a picture of your bed and current bedding. We can try to put together a new look, hopefully using some of your existing linens, to make your bed a unique expression of you.
In the meantime, sweet dreams. Thanks for your indulgence.