Thursday, July 31, 2014

Buttons and Bows Online: My EAT sign turned into ATE

Buttons and Bows Online: My EAT sign turned into ATE: You know that I can't take great pics so thanks to my son's long time love and mother of my grand daughter, Lacey who took these fo...

The Champagne Social-ist: Susan Lucci Home In the Hamptons

The Champagne Social-ist: Susan Lucci Home In the Hamptons

Susan Lucci Home In the Hamptons

Meet Tobi Farley, Interior Designer

I seriously don't know what to feature, so I will do a project a week from her. She lives and works in Little Rock AR. All I can say is that anyone who lives in the area are extremely lucky.
Business Description: Award-winning designer Tobi Fairley brings her bright, bold, and tailored look to clients' homes across the country, from Little Rock to Charleston to Los Angeles to New York. Selected as a Top 20 Young Designer by Traditional Home and gracing the covers of House Beautiful and Traditional Home, as well as the pages of Southern Living, Real Simple, Better Homes & Gardens, and more, this color-loving designer believes good design resonates both with the creative vision of the designer as well as the authenticity of those whose lives will unfold in the home.

Certification and Awards
Traditional Home Top 20 Young Designer List, Blogger of the Year Award, Design Bloggers Conference, 12 ASID Gold Awards and 3 ASID Ovation Awards.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Buttons and Bows Online: Tatting

Buttons and Bows Online: Tatting:   I just love the look of tatting but I am not as ambidextrous as I would like to be so I am practicing with Maria Papia and needle tatti...

The Champagne Social-ist: Save the World

The Champagne Social-ist: Save the World: This is sickening to think that in the year of 2014 there is something like this going on in the world.                   ...

Save the World

This is sickening to think that in the year of 2014 there is something like this going on in the world.                 
Qingdao, Shandong province

A boy swims in the algae-filled coastline of Qingdao, Shandong province July 15, 2011. (REUTERS/China Daily)

A man looks at a contaminated river in Cangnan county of Wenzhou, Zhejiang province July 24, 2014. (REUTERS/Stringer

A laborer cleans up oil at the oil spill site near Dalian port, Liaoning province July 23, 2010. (REUTERS/Stringer)
Dead pigs float in a branch of Huangpu River in Pinghu, Zhejiang province, March 11, 2013. (REUTERS/Aly Song)
I am sorry but I can't post any more of these pictures, they are making me sick. We have but one Earth and I don't think that the Earth can take anymore punishment.
For more pictures follow the link:

Until we meet again,


It's Cup Match in Bermuda

 Get ready because the countdown has begun for the most festive, fun, and entertaining two-day holiday you’ll ever experience in Bermuda. Let me introduce you to my Cup Match Weekend.

It is a rivalry cricket match between St. George's and Somerset. There is no reason for the two teams to play. They didn't win the season like Super Bowl or anything. It's Bermewjan Gurrl. Okay try and say it with the worst British accent topped off with hillbilly American. I don't know how to describe the accent only that I revert back to it when I drink Dark and Stormys. I will explain later. Anyway it is being held in Sandys Parish at the Somerset Cricket Club.

The much anticipated holiday started this year on July 25 with a concert and will come to a close on August 5. It also celebrates Emancipation Day and Somer's Day, never heard of it but I found it on line so it must be true.

Fun fact: Because so many Bermudians “took off work” to attend Cup Match, in 1946 the government of Bermuda turned both days into a national public holiday!
We are starting the countdown to Cup Match: 55 days left! Cricket has been the national pastime since 1844 and our love for it still rivals all, especially during the summer. We will be hosting a Cup Match event in DC so stay tuned to our "Events in DC" board and our Facebook page and Twitter feed! More info on Cup Match can be found here:

People playing Cricket. It is sort of like baseball but not. They dress all in jumpers or vests and white pants as you can see. They play with a very hard red ball which they hit with a bat and they have to protect the wicket behind them. That is all I know.
Cup Match for most people consists of buying de cupmatch radio, de cupmatch outfit and de cupmatch food and go camping. The complete island is dotted with umbrella's and tents anywhere and everywhere.
For two days the island is shut down except for the Dockyard Pharmacy. Which as long as I can remember has always been open. And everywhere that you can buy food and alcohol are open. Like Christmas only hotter.
Well, you can attend the event at which time you will find Bermudians congregated around the tents of Anchors and Crown gambling games or eating conch stew or mussel pies. But for 15,000 other people they are camping, boating and swimming. Parties are many and endless. Most
Now for the Dark and Stormy. Strictly a Bermudian Drink consisting of Gosling's Black Seal Rum and Ginger Beer. I really don't like Ginger Beer so I substitute it with Ginger Ale.
Culinary Word of the Day: Dark & Stormy   Needing a cocktail today? Go to Central Bistro and Bar and get their Dark & Stormy cocktail. The Dark & Stormy embodies two great tastes of the tropics that and is darker than most tropical drinks, but is just as refreshing. This classic highball is a brand-specific mixed drink that is a completely, some would say wrong, taste if anything other than Gosling's Black Seal rum and Saranac ginger beer.


See how it is dark at top like a storm and light at the bottom until you stir it. You can purchase Goslings Black Seal Rum in the states and for me it is the best rum and I have drank a lot of Rum in my lifetime.

Bermuda Longtail (White-tailed Tropicbird)
  Until we meet again,


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Born with a Silver Spoon

Does your baby have everything? Are you sure? Well, I bet he or she doesn't have one of these.
Kelly Rowland gave Beyonce a cyrstal baby bath tub
A $5,200 pink Swarovski crystal-encrusted baby bathtub.
 This was given to Blue Ivy by Kelly Rowan.

Monday, July 28, 2014

What to do with the TV

We all have them and we watch them. But... they are getting bigger and what did you say? You don't have a media room? Well....

Here are some ideas that I found on Houzz.


Sunday, July 27, 2014

It's Sunday-Let's Go Boating!

If you live around water you are a lucky person. Did you know that Minnesota is known for having over 10,000 lakes. I suppose if you go through the winters that they have, you too deserve your own lake.

Well I am not surprised that you don't have a place on the lake or ocean. So let's take a look at a different home on the water.

I grew up on Bertram boats. My father loved boats and therefore had a fleet. The only problem was that he wasn't a good captain. Docking the boat was a lesson in fear. We would get both sides ready for docking just in case. Well, let's put all of that aside and enjoy a day on the water.

This is the Bertram 70. Now lay back and enjoy the day, after all you hired a captain!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

The Dream a villa in Barbados

A luxurious and spacious beach front villa located in the 
exclusive neighborhood ‘The Garden’, St James.

Your Decorator Book

 In a previous post I mentioned a Decorator Book. Have you watched HGTV. They have a sort of Story Board.  ♥ They post everything on this board down to the towels that they will use. They have a plan and this is what you are going to do. You are making a scrapbook of design.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

My other blog

I have a blog going pertaining to crochet, knitting and crafts. Sometimes there will be cross overs to
Buttons and Bows online.

It is a fun blog for the not so creative and talented people. I look for ways to make something out of nothing. So if you have heart and no talent this is the blog for you.

Just follow the link.

Until we meet again,

Meet Dennis Mayer, Photographer

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Professional Photography for Architects, Designers, Builders, Decorators in San Fransico.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Bermuda, the Mystic Ocean

There is something about an angry sea. The energy and furry that Mother Nature unleashes with the water. This was one of my favorite times in Bermuda. As soon as the clouds would gather, the turquoise color of the seas would wash out to a gray on white tone
The silence of the water was now interrupted by swirling foaming water. The waves would mesmerize me. What a mystical ocean with intoxicating calls. No wonder sailors would hear legendary creatures calling to them. She would call to them and they would surrender to her. The Sirens of the seas.  

I know that this sounds silly, but I would wonder what the fish were doing. Being under water there is a peace, silence and now that is interrupted. Are they hiding or riding the current like a roller coaster.

Soon the storm would approach the beach and it was time to get on my moped and scurry home.  Wet and covered in salt water I would make my way up the cliffs. Don't tell on me but I would speed home. It was one thing to get splashed with the spray of the ocean. It is another thing to get pelted by rain drops. They aren't so gentle.

Until we meet again


 Bermuda From Space.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Welcome to The Chanpagne Social-ist.

We will explore everything we ever wanted but......
Today we are going to Jamaica, the villa is called Following Seas at Tryall Club by Luxury Retreats.

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