.Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil.

.It's getting closer to midnight in the garden of good and evil and much closer to February 6th, so it's time to start cranking out the designs for 2010's Providence Preservation Society Winter Bash. For those in the greater Providence, RI area, you can buy tickets online here.
.This year's theme - Good & Evil - has allowed for a lot of creativity. I will have more to post later!.


.Merry Christmas.

..headed to Vermont tonight!!!!!!!!!!!!.


.tis the season.

.Note - we don't normally dress like this. These ridiculous outfits were for our friend's annual Griswold Family Christmas Party.

.Notice Dan's shoes and turtleneck dickie!. HAHAHAHAHA! He was Cousin Eddie.


.Gold Dome Gala.

.these are the centerpieces I did for the PPS Gold Dome Gala... This is what I used:

* clear "design your own ornaments" from Michael's
* gold spray paint
* vegetable oil
* glitter
.Take the clear ornaments, remove the silver top and fill the bottom with glitter OR Sugar in the Raw. Fill with 1/2 oil & 1/2 water for the glitter balls and all water for the sugar balls. Put the silver top back on and submerge in the vase. For the other balls, spray the insides with Gold Spray paint, roll the paint around the ball as it dries.

.This is an inexpensive way to make a big impression.


.Banded Woolly Bear.

.I took these photos a few weeks ago while Dan was running an 8 mile - wooded race. Often called a "woolly bear", this creature eventually turns into the Isabella Tiger Moth. According to some source on Wikipedia, if the woolly's brown stripe is thick, the winter will be mild and if it's narrow, the winter will be severe. Looks like a thick stripe, so we will see!.



.Anthropologie makes some strange rugs, but some of them are just really cool!!! I think I am going to plan the baby's room after one of them!.


.Bye Fall.

.Well, it's November 16th and Fall is nearing its end in Rhody. I didn't take a lot of local pictures this year, but I did get some while I was up in Stowe, VT. Enjoy.


.tennis anyone?.

.Ever since I met the Meyer's, I have been wanting to throw a party on their tennis court. It is a beautiful setting, set high in the corner of the yard and lined with tall Cypress trees (well, they look like Cypress Trees, not sure if they are). The gardens surrounding the area are beautiful and one corner of the court is covered in a beautiful grape vine. SO, when my brother & sister-in-law said they would agree to having their rehearsal dinner on the tennis court, I was estatic!!

.We went with a Fall Theme with chocolate brown table cloths, lots of white pumpkins & mums and even a seating area with hay covered with burlap. Below are some of the details!. Enjoy.

.pumpkin carving courtesy of Dr. Meyer.

.at the last minute, my mother-in-law and I compiled all our favorite napkin rings and used those for the the tables. So at each table, each person had a unique napkin ring.

.the centerpieces! flower balls!.

.the bar......ummmm, clearly I should've ironed, but you get the picture!!.

.The Seating tags on the moss board.
.Carved pumpkins! I didn't want them to be too Halloweenish, so this is what we created.

.We covered a styrofoam board with dried moss for the Seating Cards....

.We had lots of white Christmas tree lights hung on the tennis court fence that intertwined with the grape vine. This was the cocktail area.

.Here is a close up of one of the floral arrangements from the bar area...

.This bird was from my friend Amanda's Rehearsal Dinner and it normally sits on a side table at home, but as I was walking out to go set up for the party, I thought he should come with. Isn't he so cute??.



.It's been almost a month since our wonderful, awesome, amazing trip to the Cote d'Azur, and I still haven't posted any pictures. Here's a few of the 700+ photos that I took...

.If you want to see them all, click HERE. This link was broken before, but I fixed it!!

.my favorite view from Xavier's house just as the sun is going down... The whole garden glows. It's amazing.

.Marsella in St.Tropez.


.me in Antibes.

.dinner as usual at Xavier's.

.chirp chirp.

.beautiful sunset at Xavier's.

.The infinity pool at my mom's house.

.Marsella - youngest guy on the granny train in Avignon.

.Pope's Palace in Avignon.

.Dan & I in St. Didier...
.my FAVORITE wine that we tried in Chateauneuf du Pape.

.the grape vines in Chateauneuf du Pape...they aren't allowed to put them on wires, they grow naturally and the red stones absorb the heat from the day and keep the vines warm...something like that...

.wine tasting at Jean Baptiste's.

.on our way to Moustier.

.at Granier Beach in St. Tropez.

.Ville Franche...

.Rose in a box...AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.