Pets In Peace – ‘Dog Heaven’ by Cynthia Rylant

March 19th, 2013

Yesterday I shared about the loss of my precious Princess.   In September I mourned the loss of a sweet black lab, Duchess, that my ex and I loved very much.  My dear friend, Kim of Dwell With Dignity, gave me this book, Dog Heaven, for comfort.  I cannot tell you what a blanket of warmth this has been!


I have read this book over and over again.  This is the best gift you can give someone who is grieving the loss of a pet.



If you’ve lost a cat, here’s the feline version…


What has brought you comfort when you’ve lost a pet?  Did you feel guilty in getting over your grief?  I would love to hear about your sweet companion that you are looking forward to seeing in heaven!



Definition of Exceptional – Princess

March 18th, 2013

The tag line of my blog is “The secret door to all things exceptional” and the definition of exceptional was my precious dog, Princess.  Sadly I had to say goodbye to her last week after she got very sick…very quickly, but I will forever treasure the 14 years of joy that she brought to my life.


Princess was a gift from my ex-husband and truly the greatest gift I’ve ever received.  I had never owned a dog before, so I was given books to read and rules to follow and I was determined to be a good dog Mom and have a well-behaved pup.  What I didn’t expect was a dog that would teach me more than I could have ever taught her, as she was the master of unconditional love and true devotion.


For years she fetched the paper in the morning and would sing as she held it in her mouth…so proud!


She could catch major air in her prime and would never tire of playing frisbee.


On the golf course, Princess practiced proper etiquette and could ride 18 holes and only get out for an occasional dip in the water hazards.


I will miss spooning with her, rubbing her velvet soft head and her greeting every time I walked in the front door.  My house is not the same without her and until she greets me in heaven, I will miss those beautiful eyes that could see straight to my soul.



My sweet, exceptional girl…May your days in heaven be spent eating all of the treats that you want, romping through golden fields and playing fetch with the angels.  I will miss you every day until I see you there…

That’s A Wrap

November 9th, 2012

Thank you for all of your well wishes after my health scare last week!  Those of you that communicate with me keep me going and encourage me to continue to bring you my favorite finds!

French pharmacy

At the top of my list of favorite links this week is a list of “must have” beauty products to grab one your new trip to the French Pharmacy…my second favorite place to shop in Paris only to the flea market!

A thank you from Marilyn…

This iPhone cover would look great on a hot guy!

macaroon linen trinket box

Oh, my!  The cutest little linen macaroon shaped trinket box ever!  I’ll take a baker’s dozen!  At $10 each, these should be found in all stocking on Christmas morning!

Have you planned your Thanksgiving table?

monogram ornament

Potterybarn inspired monogram ornament DIY


I want a bowl full of these little yarn ball bookmarks!  Let’s make some together!

Let sleeping dogs lie on the cutest dog portrait pillows ever!

This sliced applesauce in the slow cooker recipe sounds perfect for a fall weekend!

Happy Friday, ya’ll!  Who’s starting to think about holiday cooking?  I would love to hear about your favorite Thanksgiving tradition or recipe! Let’s share!

XO!  Kel

All Dogs Go To Heaven

October 23rd, 2012

Well, I only thought I was back…

Last week I was thrown a hear-breaking wrench that I was dreading and not expecting.  The black lab that my ex-husband had when we started dating…just a puppy then…reached the end of her life here on earth.  Yes…I believe all dogs go to heaven!

old black lab, Duchess

Duchess was a dream of a pet!  She lived to please her master, and succeeded time and time again.  Her one litter of pups produced 7 precious little black balls of fur that I fell in love with and cried each time one left for their new home.  The one exception was the one little female we called Jane…Plain Jane…

Duchess and Annie

My next door neighbors, and very dear friends, loved Duchess and decided to adopt Jane… who quickly became Annie…and Duchess and her daughter, Annie, saw each other almost every day.  Annie soon grew taller than Duchess, but she never forgot that she was her mom.  As any parent, Duchess felt the need to discipline Annie when she got too rambunctious and Annie would submit every time!

black lab, duchess

Duchess loved all children and they always seemed to choose her as their favorite among our dogs…  Her gentle spirit drew them close and she relished in the affection they would give.

Our sweet Duchess displayed good things…unconditional love, affection, honor, loyalty, discipline, dedication…attributes that we strive to display and own.  What an inspiration!


Duchess, you were such a good girl and loved us well.  You will forever be missed, but never forgotten…

5/25/97 to 10/18/2012

Flea Me!

September 12th, 2012

Dont’ forget about the shopping event of the season this Saturday!  The Dallas Flea!  You’ll find clothing, jewelry, children’s wear, paper goods, pet collars, vintage decor, live music and mobile food and vintage vendors!  The sale only last from 9am to 4pm, so don’t miss your window of opportunity!  Entry is $5 (free parking).

Dallas Flea

This event gets better and better each time!  Will I see you there this Saturday?

That’s A Wrap!

August 31st, 2012

Happy Friday, everyone!  It’s time for all of us to enjoy a long weekend! I hope yours is extra special!


 10 Terrariums, Ready to Go!

The New Yorker’s view on TLC’s “Craft Wars”

I’ll bet this smells wonderful!

A paintbrush for your iPad…I want one!

rayland baxter-feathers and fishhooks cd image-thehiddenlist

I’ve expressed my love for RayLand Baxter…I’m in love with her new CD, Feathers and Fishhooks!

A grand entry

Duchess-black lab-15 years old-thehiddenlist

My black lab turned 15 this week…She lives with her Daddy, but I keep her often….Happy Birthday, Duchess!

That’s A Wrap!

August 23rd, 2012

It’s Friday!  Let’s celebrate!!


Dog Shaming – the most hilarious new website!

Cute coat for fall

A nice way to send your kid a sweet message in their lunch…fruit stickers!

How to style wet hair


Colored denim is a “must have” for fall!

I would patch my kid’s jeans like this

I would wear this Herkimer Diamond!

Literary Jukebox is kind of fun!

Endless food possibilities


An electric bike with major style!

Find more of my favorite links here.


Made In A Flash

August 22nd, 2012

Confession:  I’m a flash sale junky.  I’m too embarrassed to tell you how many flash sale email announcements I get on a daily basis.  We love them all, right?

Well, I just found out about a new one that I’m pretty excited about!  It’s all about all things made in the USA!

Sign up for Made Collection here!

That’s A Wrap

June 22nd, 2012

Here’s what caught my eye this week!


I could use this clock most mornings.  Why is waking up so hard to do?

Little house page markers

Senior Dogs Across America

Love this little fun ring holder

Worley’s Lighting

I grew up eating these cookies.

Untangle your doll’s hair

Shut your mouth!  Cinnamon Roll Casserole!  Get out!

solo cup measurements-the hidden list

Who knew?

Instgram books

If you’re in Dallas, come see me with Gloria Burson of A Modern Glo, Lisa Johnson of Cut and Paste and Dana Pugh of Tattered Style!  We have some amazing finds for you!!

Dallas Market Hall at Dallas Total Home and Gift Market

June 21-25

Vintage FINDS

Be sure to say hi to me!!

Woof, There It Is

June 21st, 2012

Mark your calendar and make a date with your pooch!

online viagra sales

att-15102″>Dog Days at the Bishop Arts District