New Orleans field trip

This precious one is who got me on the plane to NOLA.
Her mom came into my life when she was 14 and I love her as my very own.  I view this little bundle as the first of my grandchildren.  Those of you that are already grandma's know the love felt and awe of our Creator that creates such miracles. 

I was graciously invited to stay with my sweet friend Valorie of The Visual Vamp, and her tango man, Alberto Paz.  It was so much fun to meet Amanda Talley and visit her gallery, studio and home.

We caught her working.  She is such a sweet girl!
I know many of you know her work.
 A lovely piece in progress.

Guess what?  She now has fabric.

Got my wheels turning.

 Next stop.....Renaissance Interiors.
A resale store with many good finds.

 This is just the coolest!  One way a chair, opened up, a table!

Crystal....these are amazing.

We then went to meet Bryan Batt, a New Orleanian and actor (Mad Men, Broadway) and owner of Hazelnut

 He has a beautiful book being released the first of October, Big Easy Style.  I got a sneak peek! :)

Back home....

a glimpse of the projects going on today!

Still working on this beast....almost ready to stain. Did I mention how many staples, nails and glue?  
Lots of work but it will be loverly!

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  1. You might just be about the luckiest woman on earth :)

  2. Loving Amanda's fabrics. What a precious baby. Hope you got in lots of cuddle time.

  3. There is nothing better than a brand new baby! Thanks for sharing you photos with us. Are you going to reupholster that settee yourself?

  4. Renae,
    Congratulations with that little baby in the family!! I know how it feels being a grandmother!
    Although the children of my husband's daughter are not my real grandchildren, but if feels as if they are mine!!
    Beautiful paintings of Amanda!! That is the style is so love!! Really! My favorite is the one in black and white, on te shelf where the brushes are standing!!!!And the fabrics are gorgeous!!
    I wish you a lot of success with your project!! Isn't that always so exciting working on a project?!!

  5. oh have been busy traveling about and shopping a little..gorgeous stores..would love to have been shopping with you..and love the new fabric line from the very talented Miss Vamp herself...
    and last but certainly not least,..what a sweet, sweet precious little "grand" child...
    you are so blessed...

  6. You are a most natural looking grandma & I know how much you love her mama! Hazelnut looks like a store I could stay in awhile & I would love some drapery or pillows out of those fabrics. Good luck to Amanda & Valerie!


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