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I’ve explained just how rancidly Southern I am before.  If you missed it – here’s the Reader’s Digest Version:

  • One of my earliest ancestors disembarked from the first slave ship into the Colonies in early 16-somethings.
  • Her husband beat her here by a generation, and they both live on in infamy on a wall in Jamestown, not for being an interracial couple, but for having a child out of wedlock.  Pick your battles, I guess.
  • The rest of my family tree blew over with the wind shortly thereafter, landing in Virginia and South Carolina – nesting near the harbors, then migrating south. Never north, always south.
  • Here’s the kicker – the closer I get to the Mason-Dixon line, the more nosebleeds I get.  Living in North Carolina for a few years almost killed me.

Yep, I’m Southern through and through – and there ain’t nuthin I can do about it except accept the genes (graciously, of course) and move on.

So the genes release unbridled glee when  Garden & Gun arrives.  Don’t know Garden & Gun? Honey, you are missing a treat! The editorial content is always mesmerizing – no matter where you live.  Beautifully illustrated and scrumptuously written, there’s deep, dedicated love and understanding for all things Southern on every gorgeous page.

The latest edition boasts a feature that  makes me want drop right down and roll in pig slop – The Made in the South Awards 20 Craftsmen, Entrepreneurs and Artists who are making things right Amen, sistah!


Sharecroppers, Circuit Preachers, and Moonshiners – Oh My!

Yep, that’s my family line – so call me an expert on mastery of “makin sumpthin outta nuthin.”   A handmade quilt at Christmas, a lovely centerpiece crafted from dried grasses and the dried seed pods of a money plant found wild in the woods (yes, there is a money plant).

So thank you Garden and Gun, for unearthing the exquisite, natural craftsmanship of Low Country Originals, out of Bluffton, South Carolina.  OMG! Please don’t tell me you thought empty mussel shells were compost!  Low Country Originals crafts the lowly (and plentiful) bivalvia mollusca into awesome lighting accents for your home – just look!

Really – mussel shells step out of the shadows.  And when combined with rustic iron – artsy meets eco!  And if you’re thinking “yard art” here, try this on for size…

Celebrating genius from Low Country Originals today – so Southern, so unique, so personally perfect!

Please remember to celebrate something everyday (or in this case, celebrate when everyday steps it up a notch!)

Oh – and Garden & Gun c’monSubscribe.  🙂


I spent a couple of days in Birmingham, Alabama visiting good friends who used to live behind me in Montgomery.  We went our separate ways about 10 years ago, but they are just such good and neat people that we’ve stayed in touch and visit as much as is possible, which is not a lot what with jobs and kids and, well, life in general.

You know I had to take along a good hostess gift, and wine always works so nicely for that.  I took a lovely merlot and a nice chardonnay.  Tucked them in a basket with a few of these little favors and I wish I’d made a picture, but some days I’m just not that smart.

They had a complete FIT over the Richer or Pourer bottle topper.  A complete FIT!

Birmingham is a cool town with lots of neat little suburbs tucked into rolling hills.  There are lots of interesting things to do and, of course, my buddy and I simply had to hit the junk antique stores.  We share a completely psycho love of all things cast-off.  The junkier and more bizarre, the better.  We also enjoy taking the simpler, more pedestrian junk and finding bizarre uses for it.  We also appreciate, love and adore anyone else who does the same.  Now you know all my secrets.

Here’s a good example.  From Landfill to Lovely with the simple application of some soap and elbow grease, and the addition of a plant.

Great, no?  Hey, while I’m sharing photos, check out the view from her breakfast room – you can just stare for days and days and days…..

I hope you’ve enjoyed my little window on the weekend.  Life just gets a little sweeter when you share it with old friends.

OMG!  I almost forgot!  I subscribed to a magazine while I was there.  I’ve always been an avid reader of Conde Nast’s Vanity Fair, but I think Graydon Carter has run that magazine into the ground.  It used to be all about the interesting, the odd, and the unusual.  Now it’s all about the way he hates George Bush.  Plus, I don’t approve of the way he treated Dominic Dunne – one of the finest writers I’ve read in a long, long time.  He could write a story about something I cared absolutely nothing about but when I was done reading it (ALL of it), I cared.  He’s just that good.

Enough rambling – the magazine I want all of you to check out is (oh I so love this title) Garden and Gun.  It’s beautiful to look at, and beautiful to read.  No, I’m not a gun person at all – but do check out the website.  I’d like to see this magazine live a long, long time.

So you know the drill – Please remember to Celebrate Something Everyday!

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