Monthly Archives: April 2011

The Placesetting Ain’t the Backdrop!

Option 1

A customer told me the other day, “your tables are so creative, I could never do that.” What? Really? This is not rocket science! So, I took four placesettings and used different material to add a little ‘flavor’. Use flowers, ornaments, anything to make your placesetting a little unique. The table sets the theme, adds sparkle to your special meal. Don’t let your table portray blah, let it say ‘we are excited to have you with us’!




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Silver Barn’s Fabulous Team!

Sydney & Debbie

As Silver Barn begins its fourth year I stop to reflect on what has made Silver Barn, well, Silver Barn. In my mind the team is the key to keeping it all together, and I’m lucky enough to have a fabulous group of folks who help me keep it all together.

Debbie came to Silver Barn two years ago thanks to a chance meeting at a conference where I had a booth. So, remember when you are presented with a fabulous opportunity, don’t let it go by without at least putting it out there for the universe. I did and Debbie came our way a few months later.

Sydney also came along thanks to a chance conversation where we were looking for someone additional, someone special. We were very lucky….again. She has kept us moving even when we feel like sitting!

The only one missing in the picture is Karlie. Like Sydney, we were lucky to have her land in our lap. She has a flair for display, she has a love of fashion…and she likes TCU as much as we do!

As for me? I’m just the lucky dog who has an eye for talent when it walks in my door. I’m the lucky dog who got to realize a dream thanks to this awesome group who make the Silver Barn as cool as it is. Come by and say hey to the greatest group of people I ever knew. Imagine what this team could do if we organized the Astros team. Well, hmmm, we may be a team but I think we’d look more like the Little Sisters of the Poor on the field! Well, alas, I can’t fulfill all dreams with this dream team!

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There I Was Just A Walkin’ Down the Street

Victorian Wicker Table

Yep, just singin’ a song, walkin’ along on my getaway this past weekend with my dear hubby, who tolerates all kind of searching for the right item for the store, and we discover a piece. This piece moved to a new home and literally took over the place – as you can tell.

The funny thing is we actually went back to my new secret search spot looking for another piece that I’d seen on Saturday. That piece had been sold just an hour before. Then I found this …. and actually found something better.

Oh, okay, I can’t keep all the goodies for myself. So, head to Llano, Texas and you too can find some fabulous finds. This was a “Whimsy” of an experience all throughout the town!! Or, just come to see us – we’ll do the leg work.

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Catching Up with Friends


In our travels through life we meet many friends. Some we see over and over and they become a part of our memory of that area. I have “met” and fell in love with, we’ll call her Marsha, the concrete pig just outside Mason, Texas. We see her every time we make the 5 hour trip from Columbus to Brady for a little R&R. I have a friend who collects pigs so the third or fourth time I finally stopped and got a picture I uploaded to Facebook for my picture-perfect-pig-princess.

On my last visit “Marsha” was missing. It was a blow to my heart. What could’ve befallen my concrete omnivore? Had someone stolen her away to the big city and made her an attraction? She was too large to be nimbly transported from vacation spot to vacation spot for a photo essay for her family back home. I feared something horrible had happened and she would no longer enjoy the wandering deer and tipsy teens adding beads to her bovine frame.

Alas, this trip I was pleased and surprised to report. She has returned. She has had an obvious lift of some sort and she added a few piglets to her locale just West of Mason. The break did her well. She and her babes look fabulous and now she won’t have to sit out there along the highway by herself. She can now share all the sights and sounds with her darling little ones. Welcome home my dear friend. Mason, and I, have our friend back to mark our miles and seasons. I’m glad things are back to normal and I won’t have to go through life simply remembering this really cool milestone along the route of life.

After, mom & family

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