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Sunday, November 27, 2011

Dream Drops

Just the other weekend, Mike and I made a trip to Downtown Durham's most hipster place of all- The Golden Belt. The Golden Belt, a completely renovated textile mill, is now filled with local artist studios, dining, and modern loft apartments. 

Our trip to The Golden Belt was for one very special reason. Long story short, I've admired local artist Eleatta Diver's Dream Drops paintings for a while now. So when a mutual friend connected us last spring and Eleatta asked if I'd be willing to trade my assistance in event planning for her latest gala in return for artwork my answer was of course a resounding "YES!"
This is my favorite in the series- Dream Drops in Lavender

Eleatta was very gracious and offered to paint a full size original version of a Dream Drops painting for our home. Here we are (Eleatta and me) in her studio at The Golden Belt. 

The pictures really just don't do it justice- it's stunning. We feel so blessed to have this gorgeous original painting by a talented artist in our home. This is definitely something that would never fit into a newlywed budget so what a blessing Eleatta's generosity is!

Along with her Dream Drops series, which remain my favorite, I also love The Dream Bearer. Maybe someday down the road for a nursery? We'll see. 

In the meantime, we're having a wonderful time admiring our Dream Drops painting while munching on our morning bowls of oatmeal...

How do you incorporate art and design into your home?

And just so you know, Wearable Wednesday link-up will be back this Wednesday with a Christmas theme so get your posts ready to share the wearable items on your Christmas list. 

Friday, November 25, 2011

Thanksgiving: Car Rides, Cranberry Cheese, and an Austrian Pianist

Our Thanksgiving holiday began with one very crazy idea: driving from warm North Carolina to chilly Chicago land. 15 hours of driving. Don't try this at home, kids.  

If you are brave (or crazy) enough there's several key elements you'll need to survive such as Mariah Carey's Christmas CD (keep it on repeat), plenty of peanut butter sandwiches, and hair ties to style a French braid when real boredom hits.

6 states. With the exception of West Virginia's mountains, they all pretty much looked like this. Oh how I missed the pretty pines of North Carolina!

Let's just say we were excited to reach our destination, our big smiles were proof.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Aunt Kathy whipping up some mashed potatoes. 

Grandma Schneider, she's like the chocolate chips in chocolate chip cookies...the best part!

Yummy cheese spread topped with cranberries and nuts, so good! Now I wish we had some of this for the drive back. Well, maybe that wouldn't be good because I would eat it all! 

We munched on appetizers and enjoyed drinks before settling down in the Rocco's gorgeously set dining room, all ready for Thanksgiving dinner. 

After dinner Mike enjoyed the piano... 

and my favorite Austrian pianist spent most of the evening filling the house with music. It was certainly a treat of an evening! 

Happy Thanksgiving!

I'm already so excited to get home to our suburban nest and decorate for Christmas. ho, ho, ho y'all! 

How have you been celebrating?