Dudarrific

 

Dudarrific ~ Pronunciation: \ˈdude' a ' riff'  ick'\

Function: adjective

meaning : Fabulous, sweet, one of a kind, generous

 

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(Suzanne and Me)

Yes, that's her for sure….Dudarrific. Miss Suzanne Duda….

 

She took me into her home for several days, when I needed a place to crash before I traveled to Savannah. What she doesn't know is she gave me so much more than a soft spot to sleep.

Let me start the story off with photos and captions, but what I end with is really the meat of the sandwich.

Her home is one of the loveliest I have ever stepped through. When you walk in the front door, you are immediately greeted with this lovely vignette…

 

 

 

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Now that I have hooked you in, I am sure you want the rest of the tour, right?

Her dining room is yummy……

 

 

 

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I love it when people keep their table set all the time. I just think it is so inviting. I can't do this at my house, for we do not have a formal dining room, only an eat in kitchen, and it is too much of a catch all to have set pretty all the time.

Here is another brilliant idea to showcase bits of vintage wallpaper. Why didn't I think of this??? Darling, right??

 

 

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Suzanne doesn't just decorate with "likely" items, but she throws in the unexpected. Like displaying her collection of vintage lucite purses at the table……

 

 

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And decorating the place settings with more than just silverware….

 

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If Suzanne hadn't had been so nice to me, I would have slipped this little number into my suitcase, like you steal hotel bathrobes and bars of soap.

Stunning addition to the dining room door……

 

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Her sun room, might possibly have been my favorite room of the house. It was so comfortable and cozy, the colors a reflection of the nature outside her window. I think her home needs to be in a magazine!

 

 

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I actually promised Suzanne's daughter that I wouldn't post this photo. I am so sorry Elizabeth, but I couldn't not post this photo. You are so amazingly gorgeous both on the outside and in, my trip was only enhanced by your presence. I hope you will forgive me, but I see you for the beauty you are!! And it is one of my favorite photos of my whole trip, so please don't deny me….

 

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As if the rest of the house wasn't eye candy enough, Suzanne's studio is amazing. You must excuse the crummy photos, I think it was about 2am in the morning when I realized I hadn't taken any shots of the studio, so I quickly grabbed some before my departure the following morning.

 

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Suzanne and I partook in some serious shopping while I was there. This photo she snagged of me clearly demonstrates this. ( I hope my husband isn't reading my blog right now…)

 

 

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We traveled to a nearby town to go to Antiques in Old Town. Where, unbeknownst to me, the proprietor was both a blog reader of mine and Suzanne's! Rowann, the owner, was as sweet as they come, and she made our 3 hour shopping spree in her store a pleasure. All the bags in my hand in the previous photo came from this store, and I spent my ENTIRE budget there. It was worth it!!

Here is a testament to Suzanne's character……

We enter the store, Suzanne ahead of me. She proclaims loudly to look at this dress form and stunning vintage prom dress. She is clearly over the top excited, and surely wants to buy it. But I rush past her, my heart melting, scooping the dress form into my arms and hugging it tightly. I suddenly realize she has seen it first, and rightfully she shall have sole discretion on whether or not to purchase the dress. I know she wants it, but she surrenders it to me, and tells me to buy it. I hesitate, but only for a second. She is a true good friend to offer such a treasure up to me. I offer back joint custody of the dress, switching holidays on odd and even years….Not much consolation I know, but I felt so guilty for purchasing the dress. What a good friend……

 

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BUT LOOK AT THIS DRESS!!!!

 

Ok, so enough about decorating, shopping and friendship. Now comes the meat of the sandwich I was speaking of. I really want to dedicate this post and mother's day wishes this year to Suzanne. One of the best things I walked away taking with me from my visit with her was this……

 

Suzanne is one of the best mothers I have ever known.

 

Her relationship with her children is enviable at the very least. She so openly loves them and puts their well being on a pedestal, whilst at the same time parenting them and giving them good advice. She is a softy, but only when it matters, and is as tough as nails when need be. She communicates with them on a level so well, I got out a notebook to take notes. She has had trials and errors in her relationships with them for sure, much of it has been a roller coaster ride. Her diligence and strength through it all is something I greatly admire. I left her home wanting to go home and be as good a mother as I had witnessed of her.

Suzanne, of all the things I can compliment you on, I felt this was the most important.

And you deserve to hear it.

 

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(Suzanne and Elizabeth)

Suzanne, I wish you a very happy Mothers Day.

 

 

I hope everyone else knows a mom whom they can send love and support to for a job well done, because good mothers so often go unrecognized.

Happy Mother's Day……

xoxo, Tiffany

 

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Here it is finally, the post of the Petticoats and Parasols event in Savannah , Georgia!

It has taken me almost a week to recover from all the fun. I can't believe that I can call this work?!?!?!

I went down to teach a class, and take photos of the event. It was over the top beautiful.

The special guest for the event was the lovely Jo Packham, of Where Women Create Fame.  This picture of her I captured pretty much says it all for me. She is one of a kind, and I hope you all have a chance to meet her at least once. Put it on your bucket list for sure…

Jo 

 

Jenn's event was located at one of the prettiest places I have ever been, the Ford Plantation.

 

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It was serene and peaceful, and the perfect atmosphere to be inspired to create.

 

Before we made the journey to the plantation, Jenn held a welcome night party, that was dressed to the nine's.

 

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The gift giving was really out of control, both by Jenn, and the ladies who participated, just look at all these goodie bags….

 

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After the welcome party, we all headed out on a trolley for a ghost tour of Savannah. It was a great way to kick off the festivities.

My favorite part of the whole event was Art Day. I can't believe I was here to try and teach these ladies something, they were all such phenomenal artists, they could really teach me a thing or two, rather than the other way around.

Here is Nicole, working on Jenn's parasol project…

 

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The beautiful Christine of Dollybelle's Atelier made this pretty mannequin as our second class.

 

 

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Miss Jodie of Everything Vintage flattered me when she made my class project by including one of my fine art prints into the collage.

 

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In the pic is also a snippet of Miss Shelly's beautiful mannequin project.

Christine really surprised everyone with yet another of her many talents by hand drawing these lovely pictures for some of us girls.

 

 

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The most anticipated part of the whole weekend was cupcake vendor night held at the most adorable cupcake shop EVER….

Back in the day Bakery

 

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I spent all my money that night, and them some. When you see these vendors, you will understand my dilemma.

 

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The amazing Christine again….I can't get enough of this girl and her talent…

 

 

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Amada, of Over the Top Studios, my home girl from Seattle and her fabulous paper arts…..

be still my beating heart….

 

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Kris Hurst's gorgeous stuff…

 

 

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Cassandra Van Curen's lovelies…

 

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We were all invited to dress as southern belles for vendor night, and these girls went all out~

 

Bryanna

 

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Shelly and Sylvia in my mind were the cutest southern belles. They get my vote for Best Dressed!

 

 

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I could fill ten more posts on this weekend, but I am going to defer to Jenn's blog for you can see all my photos I took from the event on her blog, and hear her perspective!!  She really is the best hostess I have ever encountered, and she worked so hard. She pulled off an amazing event!

xoxoxo, Tiffany

 

 

 

 

   

Cupcakes on Clouds and Forests of Candy Flowers

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Every little girl at one time or another has had a dream of a magical evening such as this….you lay your head on a pillow and envision ladies donning fancy dresses, layers of luscious colors upon tiers of ruffles and streams of ribbons. Fluffy cupcakes float by on clouds, pink bunnies live in forests of candy flowers.

Please don't wake me from this dream……..I need to hold onto it it just a little longer…….

xoxoxo, Tiffany

 

Breaking News……

Breaking News coming to you from Atlanta, Georgia…..this just in….

I am a DUMB A$$.

Yes, you heard me right, I am an idiot. This is why.

I am here in beautiful Atlanta, Ga with my dear sweet friend Miss Suzanne Duda having a wonderful time talking and laughing, as I prepare to travel on Wednesday to sweet Savannah to attend Miss Jenn's Petticoats and Parasols event. 

None of this makes me a dumb a$$.

 However, what I found out while I have been visiting dear sweet Suzanne, a friend who is obviously much smarter than I, is that all the last posts in the last months that I have been replying to all your sweet heartfelt comments have not reached any one of you!! I had absolutely no idea, but I was beginning to wonder why I had not heard responses from people, so I brought it up to sweet Suzanne. Apparently when I reply in my typepad account, it does not email the person who left the comment, it only posts it to my blog. This is why I am a dumb a$$!

Since I read the comments in my account or email, I had no clue they were just being posted on my blog, and no where else.

I am so sorry, and feel the need to express that to all of you. I have left you all some truly heartfelt comments in reply to yours, and simply had no idea no one was recieving them. If you would like to see any of the replys I have made to you all, apparently they can be found on my blog and not in your inbox.:)
I am so happy to tell you that now that I know of the problem, I promise that I will be responding to everyone in a much more effective manner!!! Thank you to all who have been leaving me wonderful comments, and felt that you were not recieving comments back.

I hope you can all forgive me for being such a dumb a$$.

xoxo, Tiffany