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6 hours ago @ HGTV Dreams Happen: Sw... - Traditional Touches at... · 0 replies · +2 points

So, was everything better in the past? Well, sometime starting in the 1700's, this was someone's dream home on Martha's Vineyard.

Fascinating, but I'll take Dream Home 2015, thank you.


12 hours ago @ HGTV Dreams Happen: Sw... - Traditional Touches at... · 0 replies · +1 points

LOL! I hear ya!

12 hours ago @ Design Happens - Ready to Start A Colle... · 1 reply · +2 points

I envy those just starting out, trying to decide what to collect that would bring them the most joy, for my collecting days are now limited by available space!

A few among them: Russian lacquer boxes, French crystal birds, vintage Christmas ornaments, English coronation cups/plates (vintage to new), vintage annual edition Christmas plates, Spanish porcelain figurines, carnival glass, German beer steins, enameled cloisonné pill boxes (animal shapes), art glass vases, vintage teddy bears, classic metal model cars, miniature English ceramic cottages and life-size sandcast dogs (and one cat) are some of the wonderful things I've enjoyed collecting from my travels over the years -- along with some great local finds too.

They've all filled my home with lots of special memories -- and I think I can still find room somewhere for just a few more....


13 hours ago @ Blog Cabin - People's Choice Round ... · 3 replies · +1 points

Talk about excitement! I finally took a look at the Cabin Cam this morning after a long hiatus. "This is the pits," I said, to no one in particular. What in the heck are they doing now? Oh well, I'm sure we'll get to the bottom of things before long....

Then I went to vote on the People's Choice Master Suite options. It had been several days, so after reading some of the comments, I tried to vote "Yes" only to find that "Yes" or "No" were not options. Okay, back to the drawing board, or voting booth. Finally got my votes counted. Turns out I'm good for 7 out of the 8 choices.

I'm feeling lucky now. Maybe time to buy a lotto ticket? Then if I win both (the lottery and the Blog Cabin) I can just pay off all those pesky income taxes and move right in. Who knows -- stranger things have happened.

13 hours ago @ HGTV Dreams Happen: Sw... - We're Headed to Austin... · 0 replies · +1 points

In passing -- I doubt this is how Virginia and the Smart Home 2015 photo shoot team is getting around town, but anyway, it looks like this Austin duo is just hanging around after a rough night of partying on Sixth Street.


Maybe they'll head over to the Smart Home later today and catch some of the live action. (I wouldn't mind riding onto the set for a firsthand look myself! Now where did I put them boots and cowboy hat?)

14 hours ago @ HGTV Dreams Happen: Sw... - Three Must-See Gardens... · 2 replies · +1 points

I find the blogs so entertaining. So many ups and downs, such a range of opinions, personalities and even subterfuge. What more could you ask for?! All while enjoying the games and gems of knowledge gained from our hosts at HGTV and fellow dreamers.

Onward stalwart bloggers -- to Dream Home victory and beyond.

14 hours ago @ HGTV Dreams Happen: Sw... - Traditional Touches at... · 6 replies · +6 points

What a wonderful collage of homey photos from Susan Branch. Thanks, CplusE. They make a blizzard seem like a great adventure that shouldn't be missed!

And in case you missed this photo link of the Dream Home from my comment in the previous DH post: http://instagram.com/p/yZjK8uD6QF/?modal=true

15 hours ago @ HGTV Dreams Happen: Sw... - Traditional Touches at... · 5 replies · +6 points

LinkLineInk: And a pictorial slideshow through Martha's Vineyard after the record-breaking Blizzard of 2015!


15 hours ago @ HGTV Dreams Happen: Sw... - Traditional Touches at... · 0 replies · +7 points

Perfect -- "yesteryear" when letter-writing was an art, blanket "infomercials" on Facebook were unknown. That's where Dream Home 2015 takes me, yet with its modern amenities for comfort and function. A home that defines the words 'aesthetically pleasing' from the outside in.

And the dream is to win it, though I'm certainly not the only one!

What do I love most? The cedar wood shingles, the mullioned window panes, the planter boxes, the window shutters, the cupola with its weathervane, those dormer windows -- altogether they bring out a look of sophisticated yet casual island elegance that melts my heart -- and keeps me submitting my two daily entries.

The final element to close-out this picture? Me, standing at the front door, being handed the house keys, holding a big check, with the GMC Acadia Denali at the ready to tour the island!

1 day ago @ The Traveling Type - Most Romantic Restaura... · 0 replies · +1 points

Boy do I have a lot of romancing, wining and dining to catch up with! I'm so far behind on 2015's top 100 most romantic restaurants already -- I've only eaten at two of them.

That means with 336 days left in the year, and 98 more dining venues to go, I'll have to romance my way through the list from top to bottom at the rate of one every 3.4 days! I don't think my waistline or my love life could handle the pressure.