Sunday, October 12, 2008

A Short Update

Tonight we had our soup and bread party, which went very well. Our guests were satisfied, and their true cooking genius shone through in each and every dish. From the butternut squash with cider cream soup and potato-onion scones, to the chili with saltine crackers, it was delicious through the very last spoon. "Margaret" was so sweet to bring my favorite: Pecan Pie!, and the pumpkin butter we bought at last weeks farmer's market was delicious on the fresh chocolate chip zucchini muffins!

I've had limited blog time due to my guest, and hosting duties - but I haven't forgotten anyone, and I wanted to check in quickly to let you know not to turn the light off for Color Outside the Lines.

We spent the day in Toronto, Canada yesterday, and I have to share with you all a very reoccuring trend I found among the design shops of their very Tony interior design/high-end furniture district, East King Street: DRIFTWOOD!
Now, of course I'm a huge fan because it makes me feel like hanging the driftwood above the master bedroom headboard was "cutting edge" but also because it has a natural texture, shape, and feeling that I think transitions well into almost every decor. These driftwood pieces (mostly lamps) didn't come at inexpensive tag prices mind you. From the small table lamp at $5,650 to the larger double light floor lamp at $9,700 they were not within my price range.

However, I do live within minutes of the very same water-way where most of these driftwood lamps were fashioned, and so I spent the earlier part of today gathering driftwood. In the coming days, we'll put the "Artie-Version" of the lamp together and then - it could be yours!
Stay tuned for details ...


  1. Oh this sound exciting. I can't wait to see!!!
    I'm hungry for chili now...did u save me some?
    hugs, b

  2. Yummmmm! Glad to hear you are enjoying your guest. Was the room a hit? Cant wait to see what you create next.

  3. Holy cow, you're going to make your own lamp? And did you say it could be mine???????? Woooooo hoooooooooo!

    Justine :o )
    Btw.. pictures of you and your friend please!

  4. Oh that should be really cool looking Artie! I'll be checking back in for sure to see how it turns out!
    Buff : )

  5. Glad to see you are still alive and well....missed you and look forward to future post. vickydarnell

  6. I have been checking in on you - wondering when the next post would be!! Love your blog!! I am in the middle of redecorating our entire home (in the country of a rural area in Central Texas)!! I always check to see what you have new. The soup and bread party sounds so yummy!!

    Have a great day,
    Karen in Texas

  7. Now that's a novel dinner party, soup and bread. Everything that you mentioned sounded delicious.
    Can't wait to see your newest creation.

  8. Choc chip zuchini muffins with pumpkin butter..oh Artie, I do want to try one of those. yum! I want to see pix of your party? Sounds like fun. Is your guest loving his wonderful room? Has he decided to just move in? Can't wait to see the driftwood lamp, and if there's a chance I might win it, WOW! I'll be here for sure. Maybe you can start making them and selling them for those huge prices. But, if you do, I want the one that is a giveaway!! Laurie (bargainhunr)

  9. Delicious food, good company, shopping, driftwood and a new project! Sounds like pure heaven to me!


  10. Please, oh PLEASE share the butternut squash with cider cream soup. I have searched in vain for a fab squash soup recipe. What a fun evening!

  11. Now I am excited. You are so talented and I love driftwood. Living here on the coast it's very available. Can't wait!!!!

  12. Sounds like you're having a great time with your guests. You should be strutting knowing that you were so far ahead of the driftwood curve!!! Can't wait to see what you come up with!