Happy 4th, ya’ll! I hope you don’t let the day go by without counting your blessings. It’s easy to focus on the things that we wish were different in our government, but today let’s all be thankful for our great country!
I recently got an email from my friend, Carley Seale, owner of one of my favorite spots, The Gypsy Wagon, and the message made my day. The reason I write this blog is to share things that I find exceptional and when I hear that something I have posted has “struck a chord” with you, it brings me great joy!
**”I just left a comment, but I am totally ordering this!
Also, I wanted to tell you Johnny is ordering a signature necklace for me for Mother’s Day. I have a letter from my mother that she wrote me on my 18th birthday. It is subscribed to “Dearest Carley” in her perfect handwriting. That is what we are using for the signature. I thought you would like that!
Love the Hidden List!
What an amazing idea!! How dear to wear the unique handwriting of a loved one…
If you find something on my blog that “speaks to you”, please let me know. It will help guide my search for more exceptional things that you’ll enjoy!
Thank you, sweet Carley, for sharing this with me! This is what keeps my blogging!
If you’re looking for a great gift for Mom for Mother’s Day, head to The Gypsy Wagon!
Through Friday, May 10th, you’ll be able to enter your Mama in the “$500 Make Over My Mama” contest! The winner will receive a private styling appointment with a Gypsy Wagon stylist, a new outfit, a haircut and style from Halo Salon, and a Big Reveal Party for the winning mom and her family! How fun is that?
Have you ever wondered why we decorate eggs for Easter? Well, I’m not sure why I’ve never thought about this, but I decided to look into it…
I discovered that it’s a symbol of “New Life”! I’m not sure why I never thought about this before! Growing up in a Christian home, I knew that Easter was about celebrating Christ’s resurrection and just thought of the Easter bunny as the “Santa” of Easter… I never thought about the reason behind the tradition of Easter eggs…
In Christianity, the egg symbolizes the empty tomb of Jesus. The egg appears to be like the stone of a tomb…a bird hatches from it with life! Similarly the Easter egg is a reminder that Jesus rose from the grave and that those who believe will experience eternal life.
I hope that this will cause you to look at the time you put into making your eggs beautiful a bit differently!
I’m so excited that this luncheon will feature my precious friend, Carley Seale, owner of The Gypsy Wagon in Dallas. You’ll love her story about how she grew-up going on adventures to Round Top with her beloved mom and how it influenced her life today. I adore Carley and you will too!
This event will be the third Round Top blogging event and it just keeps getting better! We always look forward to Bud Royer‘s delicious fare with the highlight being Bud’s world-renowned piece of decadent pie for dessert!
I knew when we walked in the door and Richard started speaking Japanese to the waitstaff that we were in for a treat! We enjoyed a 3.5 hour tasting menu that was visually stimulating and full of taste and texture combinations. Simply splendid! A night to remember, for sure!
This year’s conference kicked off at HD Buttercup, LA’s brick and mortar emporium full of goodies from around the globe…both modern and classic…all displayed in the old Helm’sBakery building. As wonderful as HD Buttercup’s collections are, we were all distracted by reuniting with friends that we had met at past DBC gatherings or were meeting for the first time, yet virtually visit daily on their blogs. Imagine the chatter!
Look what happened for two days during the conference on Twitter! #DBC2013 trended No. 1! Very cool, no?
I’ll never forget the words that flowed from Barbara Barry , one of my favorite speaker, as we all sat mesmerized by her melodious voice and inspiring thoughts on beauty. There’s no doubt that she has us all viewing the world in a different way…
Amy and I had lunch at The Ivy after the conference was over and Barbara’s influence had me finding beauty in the seeds and grain of the roll on my plate…
…and finding much more vibrance in the roses on the table… Thank you Barbara!
Another highlight was having the privilege to meet Grammy winner, Patti Austin. I have such fond memories of listening to her music as a teenager and young adult. She has one of those voices that causes rememberance to resurface and sends chills down your spine.
I was delighted to find that her gorgeous voice is second to her warm spirit and generous heart as I learned of her non-profit, Over My Shoulder Foundation. Founded by Patti and Dawn Carroll, lyricist and Executive Director of OMSF, their mission is to promote mentoring and “mentorology” (the art and science of mentoring) through music and design. Find out more about this non-profit here and see the video she shared of a 2011 performance of Dawn’s song performed at a Martin Luther King Celebration in Boston. Warning: Could induce goosebumps!
It was a trip to remember. New friendships formed…reunions happened…and inspiration flourished…
I now have a new soul-sister…Irene Turner. What a delight to give her a physical hug instead of communicating online!