Monday, May 18, 2009

Savannah or Bust

36 Hours in Savannah

I had to take some new paintings to the Atlantic Beacon Gallery on Tybee Island this weekend so I combined a little business with pleasure! My sweet husband booked a room at The Mansion on Forsyth. It is really beautiful and worthy of its 4 star ranking. As we walked up, I realized that part of this beautiful building used to be a funeral home. I didn't tell sweet husband and not surprisingly it was not mentioned in any of the promo literature.

The picture below is at the hotel entrance.

This is the entrance to the great restaurant and also the old funeral home, but I kept it to myself for a while...I am really not good at keeping secrets.

This is the ceiling of the elevator...the light shines from above it illuminating the image. This is the fountain across the street in the park!

The walls in the lobby were covered with silk and had these fabulous paintings. Very Modern and avant garde. It is a perfect combination of modern decor with historic architecture.

These are the hallways leading to the guest rooms. I could not believe all of the great paintings!

Interesting Sculpture by the elevator...picture is a little blurry...sorry!

Ok, I loved these chairs in the restaurant... so unexpected and comfy too!

More Chairs! This one is guilded with gold lame back and leather seat. It sounds horrible, but it really works. Whoever decorated this hotel had guts and creativity! Yes, that is blue crushed velvet on the drapes in the background. I know, but it really works.

I can eat my weight in fried green tomatoes!

They were the best that I have ever had and I loved that they were offered for breakfast! I love them, but you know I hate the way the house smells after I fry. Nothing like a cast iron skillet, some cornmeal, and Wesson oil! I just wish it wasn't so bad for your diet. I did not tell my trainer today about the fried food.

I also did not tell her about the Chicken fingers and spuds that Spanky's is so famous for.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

More Mayfaire Memories

I Felt the Love in Lakeland!

Maya did a great job this year. She along with countless volunteers really put on a great event!

The day started off with a lot of laughs.

Brenda is a joy to work with at the Museum. A Great Professional

These girls bought two of my favorites.

Tom is a true Renaissance man.

Everybody had so much fun chit chatting and catching up. It really was so much fun. I saw old friends from my teaching days, Bible Study friends, former students, artists friends, and blogging buddies!The group was eclectic, fun, and joyful! Even though we were literally burning up!

Meet Phyliss! She was my sweet neighbor at Mayfaire! Look for her on the circuit. I could not keep my family out of her tent. I do not even want to know how much they spent. Great art!

Lorrie on the right was my great other neighbor! I got a beautiful silver bracelet Mother's Day Gift from her booth. The world Famous Koko Brandao is on the left. She had a fabulous booth filled with beautiful paintings. Why is she not in her Booth??? Her sweet husband must be watching.

Mother's Day brought them all out....almost.
Hank and Moses had to stay home.
Thanks for letting me share these memories. When I started painting a year or so ago, we were all joking wouldn't it be fun to get in Mayfaire. Who would have thought??? I guess dreams do come true.

Monday, May 11, 2009

My First Mayfaire!

I was Topless at Mayfaire!

I have so many things that I want to share about my weekend at Mayfaire that I am going to bore ya'll with all of them over the next few posts so please hang with me!

Episode one... and these are not in any order... I was so excited and overwhelmed on Friday that I forgot to tell dear sweet husband to strap on the top to the tent!!! We left to go check on the children and when we returned the top plus awnings were draped in the front. I apparently had everyone buzzing and sympathizing about the TOPLESS tent!

My sweet friend Koko, sent her husband over to help and the tent went back up....another funny story about this later!

This is me checking in with my good friend Carey....I am on the left.

Here is my good friend sweating it out in my booth helping me in the 100 degree heat! I think I owe her a kidney!!

I will talk about these pictures tomorrow!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Reflections from Winthrop Art Festival

I had a great time in Riverview, Florida at the Winthrop Art Festival The Rotary really did a great job, as well as, the other organizers.
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The pictures above and below are close-ups of my booth.
In the pictures below, I am in the back of the booth. I am wearing one of my t-shirts( my 13 year old daughter informed me it was too small or I was too big to be wearing it) which were a big hit.

My booth was across from the Kettle Korn tent and I have to say as hot as I was in 90 degree heat, those Korn cookers had to be 10 degrees hotter. Needless to say, I ate way too much Kettle Corn. The Italian ice tent was also right down from me so it was not a diet weekend for me. Maybe that is why my t-shirt stopped fitting???

Next Week, Reflections from Mayfaire in Lakeland, Florida.

Friday, May 1, 2009

This is why I am MIA!

I have not been on because it is Art Festival Season in Florida!

This weekend I will be in Brandon.