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I’ve still been taking things easy the past few days and it’s kinda been nice to have permission to be a couch potato.  I always feel like I need to be super productive all the time, so it’s been a real change of pace to lay in bed watching Netflix the better part of the day.  I did start getting some work done this week, though.  My editor and I went through over 400 pictures I submitted for the book and narrowed it down to the best ones.  It was a fun process, though, since it was the first time she saw the pictures with the text.  She kept saying, “Oooo.”, “I love that!” and, “Oh wow.”  It made me feel good.    I can’t wait to see the layout designs.

I’ve also been getting my calender filled in, since I have quite a few things coming up just around the corner.

I’m hoping to get a pile together to take to Lucketts in a couple of weeks and that will include some new lavender bunches that just arrived last week.  I also have some things in my basement that have been waiting to be painted, so I’ll work on those when I feel up to it.


The main thing in my sights right now is the Lucketts Antique Market.  Based on the fact that I sold almost everything on the first day last year, I need to have even more this year and that means lots of shopping, painting and planning.  I have a couple of months still, but it always sneaks up on me and I want to be more on top of it this year.


To get ready for the frenzy, I restocked on ASCP and they sent me some of Annie’s new brushes.  Oh my.  I sort of have a thing for brushes and these are awesome.  I haven’t put them to work, yet, so I’ll let you know how they are in action, but I know enough about brushes to know these have all of the characteristics of a great brush.  I’ll keep you posted…


Despite my mumblings about my physical limitations over the past couple of weeks, I think it’s been good for me.  It’s not only forced me to rest, but it gave me a chance to step away from projects for a while and I feel really ready to work on some new things, look at rooms, pieces and decor with a fresh perspective, and maybe explore some ideas I’ve been kicking around in my head lately.

Now I’ve had this time, though, I’m ready to get to it!  I’m hoping this coming week will be a step back into my normal routine.

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  1. as hard as it is to take it mildly easy, you still need to do just that. and write every idea down. later when you feel better, you will be able to rip through all of your stuff to make a HUGE Lucketts installation. if i have ever learned anything about you, you never dissapoint.
    rest and take it easy… xow.

  2. I can’t believe I’m going to be so close and still won’t be able to make the Luckett’s Sale! I’ll be in NC the Tuesday before, but have a family gathering planned for the 12th in Disneyworld. If it was just between Disneyworld and Lucketts…Lucketts would be the big winner, no doubt. But family trumps Luckett’s so hopefully some other year! Pace yourself as you get back in the groove and look forward to all the great pix & stories…Coreen

  3. Linden Townhouse says:

    I hope that you are up and about very soon, but I’m glad that you have rested. Sometimes we are simply forced to take it easy, and I think our bodies are grateful! Soon you will be 100%!

  4. Love the lavender shot, looks beautiful and makes me want to fill my house with it. Wish I was able to go to the Antique Market but Canada is pretty far away! Sounds like a great time though :)

  5. MIchelle J says:

    As hard as it is, taking a break is wonderful for perspective! Looking forward to seeing your new projects!

  6. Sometimes you have to be knocked off your feet to get the rest you need. Sort of like rebooting!

  7. Try not to shortcut the recovery process. You’ll be back in full swing in no time. Wish I lived close enough to see all your gorgeous stuff in person. :)

  8. It is good to take time and just rest…and you will be up and around again…soon.
    I love the lavender, lovely, lovely.
    Hey, I wanted to let you know…We finished the bathroom…
    Just thought you might like to see what I did the last 24 hours….
    Now, it is my turn to rest….

  9. Yes, I’m starting to get geared up for Luckett’s too and tackling the piles of furniture in the garage. I can’t believe it’s less than two months away already and I have tons of work to do…but it doesn’t feel like work when it’s fun! I was hoping to make it up there during spring break to actually check out the shop, but we won’t be able to make it. I’m a little nervous doing a big show that I’ve never even been to or shopped at (prices, etc) and am still figuring out the logistics with trailer, hotel, etc. Oh well, no matter what, it will be fun and I’m so excited to be part of it!

    I’m glad you’re feeling better and recharging! I can’t wait to see your booth in May!


  10. Girl! Cassie and I were just talking about Lucketts today! It will be here before we know it! I have a garage full of furniture to prep.

  11. beverlee says:

    I know you know how to pace yourself, so good luck, and can’t wait to see what you have in store for us!

  12. I’m happy to hear that you are getting some good rest.

    : )

    Julie M.

  13. Cathy Clasen says:

    Please let me know how to order some fresh lavendar! It looks amazing and I live in Florida so coming to Lucketts is not an option for me. Help!!!

  14. I have been trying to get those new brushes from ASCP, but I cannot find anyone one who has them?

  15. luv the lavender,can wait to see your inspirations in pics. First keep pacing yourself. Your blog is addictive at our event Marta and Friends your blog was mentioned by several vendors. So your reputation is strong in Central Texas

  16. God knows what we need.

    Try not to overdo it.

    I have been to Luckets just once a few years ago. I hope to get to this show.
    When I walked in the door and started looking around I couldn’t beleive my eyes. Completely, utterly, cool.
    Have to find someone to go with me.

  17. Yay! I’m glad you are feeling better…those brushes look divine! Can’t wait for your book to come out and to see what you have in store next…

  18. Glad you’re feeling better and getting the rest you need.
    Perfect time to make plans.

  19. How fun for you that your editor was so delighted with your photos!
    It’s amazing how God sends things into our lives that we don’t think are too great or that we really needed to deal with but it ends up working out for the best. So glad you are getting some rest and are feeling such a fresh outlook on decorating and business! God Bless

  20. Diana says:

    Hi! I am so glad you are feeling better. I just wanted to throw out here that I have a dining room set which includes a table, 6 chairs, buffet and china cab. Just in case you or anyone else may want to buy it for a nominal fee to have ready for Lucketts. Love your blog and I look at it everyday!
    If anyone is interested in the furniture, I have pics. Thanks for all that you do…

  21. Denise says:

    We all need a good rest once in a while. God knows what is best. Oh, the picture of lavender bunches is inspirational and it brings lots of memories from Mom’s family side. Mom is Canadian-French. I am thinking about growing them somewhere.

    Looking forward to Lucketts . I am so excited. It won’t be too long until then.

    BTW, I want to know if any of your tutorials have closed captions.

  22. I bet when you’re totally up for it, you’re gonna hit the ground running like never before – even though I bet your mind is racing so fast with ideas right now.

    I really wish I could make it to the Lucketts Market…it sounds so amazing! I’m excited to see what you make for it.

  23. Do you need an intern to help you get ready? I live nearby in Frederick, MD and would love to help you out. :)

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