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Monday, October 20, 2014

What Weekend?

Happy Monday, y'all.  It's hard to believe we've got another weekend in the books and only ONE full one left for October.  This weekend went by fast.  Thanksgiving will be here before we know it.
 
We started out with a little dinner party at our house on Friday night.  Good food, good friends, and cold beverages are always a bonus.
 
Saturday, I got up and headed back to Fit Club.  Got my work out on and had fun with some great gals.  Saturday afternoon, my friend Elizabeth, picked me up to go do some volunteer work with the Junior League of High Point.  Saturday's fun was with Out of the Garden.  We stuffed bags for back packs for kids.  The program helps kids who are on free or reduced lunch who may not get a meal on the weekends.  I love feeding people in need and this project was so much fun.
 
We were having our own little "pretend" competition with the other table. We're certainly think we won. HA!

We packed 500 bags in the two hours we were there. Knowing we've fed that many kids in the course of 2 hours is exciting.

 
I may or may not be a little OCD.  I was making sure we had all the good we needed to pack and making sure it was organized.
 


Sunday was full of adventure, too. A trip to the grocery store, a trip BACK to the gym. Yes, I finally graced the doors of the gym, too. I am getting my fitness mojo back. Knowing I've put on 9 pounds (and knowing you now know it, too) is just the motivation I need. That, and an encouraging word from my girl, Abby, on Saturday morning.
Sunday night, I dressed up and headed out to the Madcap Cottage Grand Opening and Open House in downtown High Point. Over the last several months, I've become friends with Jason and John and wanted to be there to support them. It was the cream of the crop, too!
We were all greeted by Creative Director, Robert Leleux, of Domino, as well as a gracious as always Jason Oliver Nixon. Domino Magazine was their big sponsor and they loved that the spotlight was on High Point.

The crowd was quite large through the majority of the party with designers, friends, and High Point natives all in attendance.


Don't forget the fabulous music and disco ball, too! I think I lost my train of thought mid-conversation several times due to a song that came on--taking me back to my youth in the 80's. What a great party soundtrack!

The crowd was so large, in fact, that it began to spill out into the driveway. Jason and I laughed about the party in the driveway, but I told him this was quite common in the South. We like to stand around in our driveways and have cocktails.


Even their good friend and fellow designer, Thom Felicia, stopped in for some fun.

And it wouldn't be a High Point party without a little campaigning. Marcus Brandon is the hardest working man running for office in High Point. If you haven't met him, give him a call or check him out on Facebook.


I would love to say I stayed for the end, but the party invite said 5 - 7:30 and at 8:45 it was still abuzz. I had to get on home for dinner and bed. It was a huge success, if I do say so myself. Congratulations to you, Jason Oliver and John. We are so glad you've made High Point your home.

How was your weekend?
xoxo,
Laurie

Friday, October 17, 2014

Five on Friday

It's so nice to see you, Friday!  I've been waiting for you this week.  It's been a whirlwind of a week, but what's new?  It's not that I don't make the most of my weeks.  I do.  I am ready for a day that I can count on to exercise and one to sleep late. 

It's a been a great week so far and the weekend is the cherry on top!

A Promise
I made a promise last week through the #PinkPonyPromise.  I got off to a great start, but it's been slow going ever since.  I'm hopeful it will get better and easier.

A Deal
I made a deal last week with the Madcap Gents.  Stay tuned.  Someone here may be crazy and it may just be me.  No matter....I'm excited about our small partnership.  Now, I've got to make some time and get to work.

A Weekend to Give Back
I'm working with Out of the Garden Saturday afternoon stuffing backpacks.  I have made a point to get more involved in my community this year through the Junior League of High Point.  It is an incredible feeling to help others right here at home.  If you are not involved with your community I encourage you to find something you love doing and make a difference.  
A lot of my interest started when I became interested in the reinvention of my hometown.  We need a face lift and I want to see some of these things come to life.  I've made sure I support as many of the local offerings as I can. Being on the sidelines just giving a project lip service isn't enough.  Get involved!

A Great Shop
I'm still loving my owl coffee cup.  I think I need another one for the office.  I have a full out spread to do for Lily and Theo's Posh Pineapple here on the blog.  Litsa has GREAT stuff in her shop and I could spend hours in there chatting and shopping and looking at things.  Did you know she's got some great art work in there, too?  Original works.  She's all about supporting local and I love it!  Here's a sneak peek (and yes, that's my coffee mug--I need one in green, too):

A High-Low
I totally went out walking for exercise last week and forgot to take off my pearls.  Seriously sporting yoga pants and pearls.  As Jason Oliver says, "Sometimes you're up....sometimes you're down."  Either way, it keeps you grounded.

Happy Friday, y'all!
xoxo,
Laurie

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

What Weekend?

Yeah, yeah, yeah. I know it's Wednesday.  I'm a busy girl and the beginning of the week required me to be up and at em earlier in the week.  Furniture Market starts this week and it's a busy week for me in general.
Another great weekend allowed me to get some rest, but also included a great party for my brother and his fiance.

First and foremost, though, I went back to Fit Club.  It was great and I'm glad to be back (even if I haven't been able to get there this week because I was carless--see next photo).
Saturday around lunchtime, my Jeep decided that it was out of water and overheated.  There's a nice crack in the radiator.  All I can say is that I am THANKFUL this didn't happen on my trip to Greenville.  It could have and it would have been a nightmare.  Please don't make fun of the molding I use to keep my hood open.  It's a 2002 Jeep and this is the only way to keep the hood up.  My rear glass has the same issue, but not quite a bad.
 
We had to let the car cool down before we could add water and get it to the shop.  Nothing makes you better like BBQ and Cheerwine.  After hitching a ride with my sister, we headed up to Kepley's for lunch.
Saturday afternoon, my sister and I dropped in on Litsa a Lily and Theo's Posh Pineapple.  It's always a great visit with Litsa and she's always got new stuff in the shop.  If you haven't been in to the shop, you are missing out on a great place in downtown High Point.  Look for my follow-up blog post on the shop soon.  In the meantime, check out their Facebook page here.
And here is my latest purchase.  I'm drinking my coffee from it right this minute!
Saturday night, we headed up to Sumela to celebrate the union of two BIG-Ass families.  I love the new term from my friend, Eric:  MendenBrowns.

A GREAT time was had by ALL!
 A rainy Sunday called for some creative time. I spent the day dabbling in watercolors working on a project for a friend.  I've also got an order from mom to do the kids name ornaments.  Only the first two grandkids have them on her tree right now, so we're missing four.  They are also at the age where they notice if they are missing from the tree.
 I'm glad I'm working creatively, as it really does feed my soul.

Happy Wednesday, y'all!
xoxo,
Laurie


Sunday, October 12, 2014

Sunday Social Finale

It's hard to believe it's Sunday again.  It's even harder to believe that this is the LAST Sunday Social with Ashley and Neely.


1. How did you come up with your blog name?
My blog came from my former business, Lulu and Daisy.  I used it to let my customers know of upcoming product releases, if there were delays in shipping, and studio updates.  I'm happy to say that it grew into so much more.
The business name came from a high school nickname I had, Lulu, and my dear little Westie, Daisy.  Mostly because any time I was in the studio, Daisy would be curled up on her bed right beside my art table.

2. What is your favorite thing about blogging?
I love the friends I've made while blogging.  Blogging is a huge networking tool that brings people together from all over the world for the love of writing.  I'm amazed at the women I've met and the bonds we share.

3. What is one thing you have discovered because of blogging and now can't live without?
Good gosh, I have no clue.  I know there are plenty of products and recipes I've taken into the regular line-up in the kitchen.

4. Facebook or Twitter? and why?
I've never quite gotten the Twitter thing.  You can't keep up with it all the time unless you are on it all the time.  I like it for breaking news because a lot reporters will put out the news before it hits the air.  My best, most recent, example is the search for the Boston Marathon bombers.  I was able to give a play by play from Twitter to my friends in the room about 5 seconds faster than the news.
So, I'm a Facebook girl.  I have a Twitter that I use to share photos, my blog posts, and retweets but really, that's it.

5. If one celeb read your blog who would you want it to be?
You know, I think people give too much attention to celebrities.  US Magazine is the first to tell you (and you should listen)...THEY ARE JUST LIKE US.  Their career is in the spotlight, so we deem them as important.  Who is to say we aren't all living out our own little piece of celebrity.  I'm glad to have readers who enjoy what I want to talk about here.  I'm glad to share my finds, my ideas, my life here.  I would like to be friends with Mindy Kaling, though.  I think she is super-funny and I love to laugh.

6. What is something you want people to know about your blog?
My blog is a small extension of me.  I don't live and breathe my blog, but it's all mine.  It's all me.  I'm not here to pretend to be something I'm not.  I like my blog because it is a creative outlet for me when I don't have time to pull out all the paints or pencils or pastels (and it's been a while since I did any of that).


This link up has been fabulous and I love the women I've met here.  Truly, this link up kept me blogging AT LEAST every Sunday.  I've had a great time.  Thank you, Neely and Ashley.  Here's to the next BIG thing!

Happy Sunday, y'all!
xoxo,
Laurie

Thursday, October 9, 2014

That's Alls I Know

Back in the late 80's and through the 90's, I was a huge fan of the sitcom, Murphy Brown.  I would love to see it on in syndication someplace.  It was smart and funny and always good for thirty minutes of good writing and lots of laughter.  
Photo Cred Wallace Shawn's IMDb
One of my all time favorite sayings comes from character, Stuart Best.  "That's alls I know."  I'm channelling my inner Stuart Best this morning and here's alls I know today:

I'm tired.  I don't so much know it, as feel it.

Laughter is the best medicine.  Surround yourself with people who make you laugh and you will be happy forever.

I believe we should all take part in some kind of creative expression whether it be painting, music, or dance.  We are all creative whether you think you are or not and our souls crave the creativity.

I didn't see the lunar eclipse yesterday but I am fairly certain it interfered with my Direct TV signal and caused all kinds of other crazy things to happen.

People on Facebook who leave a comment without reading any of the previous comments annoy me.  Their thoughts are typically redundant or the question has been answered already.

While I'm on my Facebook soapbox, I am also not a fan of people who like their own status. That's like me leaving a comment on my own blog post.  We know you like it because you posted it.  No need for the extra thumbs up.

The members of Fleetwood Mac (minus Stevie) are too tan.  Honestly, they are almost orange.  What are they thinking?  They're like pumpkin bread with a streak of cream cheese.  I guess that makes them the perfect fall guest on the Today Show.

I believe everyone should give back in their community.  Get involved with something you believe in and watch how things change.  Not to mention the friends you'll make along the way.

Networking is by far the most important thing in business.  You never know who you will meet and how they may change your life.  Be friendly, show up with a smile, and have conversations with people outside your circle.

And for today, that's alls I know!

Happy Lil' Friday, y'all!
xoxo,
Laurie





Monday, October 6, 2014

What Weekend? History Rocks!

Another great weekend in High Point.  There was so much going on around here, even I couldn't keep up.  I can't believe we've got another weekend in the books. I feel like it's only Friday.

Friday night, I invited my niece and nephews over for a sleep-over.  My niece was headed out of town, but the boys were on board for a fun night with their Aunt Lolli.  They arrived after supper and stayed until 9:30.  Yes, they are still at that age where a sleep-over sounds like a great idea, but in reality they prefer the comfort of Mommy in the next room and sleeping in their own beds.  Fine by me.  Do you know why?  They were up at 6:30 on Saturday morning.  Seriously.  I lucked out, right?

We walked the dog in the warm night air and watched a few Halloween cartoons on the Disney Channel, then we played the game of LIFE.  One was content watching more cartoons, but the other?  Well, he proceeded to cream me at the game of LIFE.


Saturday morning, I got up around 8 and headed over to have breakfast with the boys.  So, it was almost like a sleep-over, but I actually got some sleep.  

We ate out doughnuts, as promised, and then all went our separate ways to get ready for our afternoon at the High Point Museum for History Rocks!


Above is the Hailey House and the Blacksmith Shop. A little history note, my great, great, great, great grandfather, Jonathan Welch, lived in the home in the 1800's.  It is great to share this information with the kids.  Keep history exciting by linking it back to your own history.  Genealogy is highly underrated.  I recommend researching your family history.  You never know what you might find.
Our town is also home to Thomas Built Buses.  Chances are the school buses in your area were built right here in my hometown.  And what would an afternoon at the museum be without some arts and crafts?  They made banjos and drums.  Good thing they weren't coming home with me!

After all was said and done, we ended up in the local paper on Sunday morning.  We were obviously having more fun than most.

High Point also hosted the first Get Down High Point on Saturday night.  Though I didn't make this event--I'm not good being out in the cold (and yes 54 is COLD)--it was highly successful and I've heard a GREAT time!  I had dinner with friends instead and had a wonderful time.  We were jumping from topic to topic and laughing the entire evening.  I hope to have many more evenings like this one.

Sunday was full of laundry and house work, visiting my parents, and preparing for the week.  It's back to the grind this morning, though.
It's going to be a great week!

Linking up with LeeAnn this morning for

Happy Monday, y'all!
xoxo,
Laure

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Sunday Social

Good Sunday morning!  It is quite chilly here this morning, but the sky is blue and the sun is shining.  It's a glorious day here in North Carolina.  Already made a quick trip to WalMart to pick up a few things for the week.  I've got my dog staring at me wondering when she'll get her walk today.  So let's get this started.  I'm linking up with Neely and Ashley for some Social Sunday blog reading.


Sunday Social




1. Favorite Month and why?

I love June.  It's the beginning of summer.  When I think of June, I think of blue skies, bright sunshine, possible trips to the beach.  All of the things that bring a smile to my face and feeling of peace in my heart.


2. Favorite Holiday and why?
Christmas.  I love the family time, the food, friends, and the spirit.  I love the Christmas story, the hymns and carols.  Most of all, I love the excitement from the children. The wonder in their eyes and the stories they tell me about what their ELF has been up to lately. 


3. Are you getting the new iPhone or are you more of an Android person?
I'm fine with what I have (iPhone 5).  Hearing that the iOS 8 update is a nightmare and it is the operating system of the new iPhone 6, I'm not in a hurry to run right out and get one.  I'm also very fascinated with the Android.  They seem to be quite ahead of the curve when it comes to the latest and greatest.  I was an Android user prior to my purchase of the 5 and I'm not so sure I won't go back to it.  The catch with my iPhone is that I have all of my music on iTunes.  And this, my friends, is where they have be behind the eight ball.  I have an android tablet and I love it.  I'm not a 100% Apple user.  I only wish someone would make a an app that would allow me to move my music.  I'm sure there is something out there, but I'm not willing to BUY something to SEE if it will work.  If you know of something, please tell me.


4. Most thoughtful gift you have ever received from someone?
Good gosh this is hard, but what has popped in my mind right off the bat is my rolling pin.  Yep, a rolling pin.  My great aunt, Lula, who recently passed away at 92, gave me a fabulous wooden rolling pin.  It had been in my family for years.  I was dabbling in a bakery business offering fabulously yummy, iced sugar cookies.  She thought I was the perfect candidate for such a wonderful family heirloom.  I am grateful to have such a small piece of family history.


5. Something you can’t wait to splurge on?
I splurged quite a bit in September on my trip to Greenville.  I finally--FINALLY--bought a new pair of flip flops and retired the martini pair of Eliza B's I've been wearing for years.  Replaced with my first-ever pair of Rainbows.  They are every bit of fabulous that everyone says they are.  I'm in love and only wish that it would stay warm so I could wear them more.

Yesterday I discovered I have very few Fall tops in my wardrobe.  I like having basics in my wardrobe.  I have a lot of turtlenecks, but not many sweaters or other tops for the cooler weather.   These are things that I will star shopping for later in the month.  I like to do my research.  I am not big on buy trendy, but more the classics.  I want something I can buy tomorrow and still wear it five years from now.

I'm off to walk my ever-patient dog.  Make today a great one!
Happy Sunday, y'all!
xoxo,
Laurie

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