Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Jack in the Bean Teepee

Covering himself with dirt.............obviously some sort of purification ritual, known only to 6 year olds.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

The Ranch Garden

I'm new to domestic farming but I'm having a ball with it.

Phase I

Phase II

Phase III

I always thought it would be a hassle and too much work.  It has been a joy!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Happy Derby Day, 2011!

Just a private, family Derby Party this year.  Therefore, I made it a Chinoiserie Derby Party.  The pagodas are my version of the twin spires at Churchill Downs.

I know the roses are supposed to be red but red roses are my least favorite.  I love white roses......obviously.  Can't wait for post time!!!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Happy Tartan Day 2011

We're celebrating around here with Scottish heather and my clan's tartan - at least that's what I've been told.  I like it because it has all three of my boys favorite colors in it!  Now go get ye some haggis......or not.

Thursday, March 31, 2011


This week's photo challenge at Razmataz is DOOR.  Here are my offerings.

These doors are at a local church.  One door for the men, one door for the women.  Interesting in a historical sense.......or is it AN historical sense?  Pesky h words and the King's english!

This is from one of my favorite places - Carnton Plantation in Franklin, TN.  Beautiful!  If doors could talk....................

Wednesday, March 30, 2011


Yes, Postcards is hosting it's first giveaway!  Since I only have 10 followers (and that's quite alright) your chances are better than good to win!!!

The riddle - What t.v. show's sign off featured this little ditty?

"Goodnight, sleep tight
and pleasant dreams to you.
Here's a wish and a prayer that all your dreams come true.
And now, til we meet again........
Adios, au revoir, auf weidersein...............GOODNIGHT!"  (my apologies for misspellings)

The prize: It's a mystery........but since I am addressing a chosen few, I will try my best to cater to the tastes/whims of the winner.   Good luck!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Found at the Flea Market

I have been looking for a bookcase to put in the front room so my books could be at my fingertips once again!

I saw this baby at the Nashville Flea market Saturday, and thought......."If I could get that for $150, I'd take it!"

The guy said he could make me a deal.  "How much?" I asked.  "One fifty." He said.  Even then, I hesitated.  Whyyyyyyyy?  What's happened to that financially confident girl I used to know?  Oh yes, I remember, but I won't share that drawn out saga - I'm trying to keep my blood pressure down.  Anyway, as you can see, it made it's way home to the front room!  Thank you so much Denise, for your mini-van and your never-say-die attitude!

Supposedly, it's circa 1930 and was used for china and linens.  I love the color, the detail and the price.  Notice I haven't scraped off the price yet.  It says, $225!  That's why I'm keeping it on for awhile - to remind me of my sweet victory. Once I do a few little things to the front room and get the inversion table out of the entry, I'll show you the big picture.  Until then, happy thrifting!

Saturday, March 26, 2011


This is the tulipiere of my dreams and you wouldn't believe what I had to do to finally get this blurry shot!

This amazing piece is featured in the movie, Emma.

LOVELY!  I'll take 2 in about 1/2 of this size.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Let's Get This Party Started

As seen atop the buffet this Spring 2011.  Okay my faithful followers, how about those pagodas!  I was actually dreaming a little bigger but I think these suit The Ranch just fine.  What I really, really wanted were two pagoda tulipieres.  If you ladies see any out there somewhere, and they don't cost a fortune, let me know.  Happy Friday to all of you and thanks for coming back!  DB

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Wish You Were Here

Remember me?  I used to be Ranch Dressing - DB Style.  In spite of the fact that all the changes for the rental have been made,  I've missed my little creative outlet.  I've also missed sharing and being in touch with you guys.  So......hello, again, what's new?