With the new year comes a new job. Following in the footsteps of Miles Reddand others, I've found myself employed by one of Savannah's own antiques maestro's. Where better to immerse myself in the study of antiques, than a city smothered by them.
Last night I attended Savannah Arts Academy's Junk 2 Funk fashion show. The auditorium was packed to the gills, luckily I had a reserved seat in the VIP section. This seat was gifted to me by the talented technical director of the show. The event featured designs by students who utilized unusual mediums to create some really outstanding outfits. A panel of judges, made up of "local celebrities", including Mitchell Hall from "Project Runway", voted on their favorite outfits to come down the catwalk. My two favorite designs ended up taking home awards: Best of Show: "Paper. Peacock. Panache." Danielle Bostic and Sharon Duke's design was created with painted newspaper and feathers. Best Craftsmanship: "The Night is Darkest Before the Dawn." Kathryn Higginbotham, Colin Williams and Jordan Maxwell's design was created with feathers, chicken wire, tulle and cardboard.
I was inspired by Melissa C Morris over at May December to compile a list of all the major cities that I visited in 2009. Although the list is quite puny and no where near as international as Melissa's, it only inspires me to travel more in 2010, this being resolution number 3.
Las Vegas, NV * Seattle, WA * Vancouver, BC * Memphis, TN * Nashville, TN (the other Vegas)
I then felt inspired to create this personalized map of all the states that I've visited. In total I've been to 32 states, 64%. Not too shabby. This year I added three more states to my list.
Because I'm such a frugalista (or is recessionista the current term?), yet must not forgo my Kate Spade Christmas cards, I've started a tradition of sorts. I purchase next years card once this years lot goes on sale. I snatched up this festive "many times, many ways" card (avert your eyes if you're on my Christmas card list) on sale with free shipping on the Kate Spade website.
Today would have been Elvis's 75th Birthday. Having just visit Graceland mere weeks ago, and seeing the abundance of flowers placed on his grave that day alone, one can only imagine what a scene Graceland will be today. So today, in your honor Elvis, I'll attempt to consume a grilled peanut butter and banana sandwich. Although I'm forgoing the accompanying glass of buttermilk, thank you very much.
Elvis Presley's Grilled Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich
2 slices of white bread
2 tablespoons of smooth peanut butter
1 small ripe banana mashed
2 tablespoons butter
Spread the peanut butter on one slice of bread and the mashed banana on the other. Press the slices gently together. Melt the butter (or to be truly Elvis-like, melt bacon fat!), over low heat in a small frying pan. Place the sandwich in the pan and fry until golden brown on both sides. Eat it with a glass of buttermilk.
There's rumblings that it might actually snow during the night in Savannah. Tonight I'm making myself a cup of tea (Harney & Sons Earl Grey with a splash of milk), snuggling under a cashmere throw, burning a Barbara Barry holiday candle, watching The Holiday, all while hoping to see snow flakes actually fall in the deep south. I still haven't taken mydecorations down, not that I'm in denial or anything that Christmas has already come and gone. For those of you desperate to hold on to Christmas as much as I am, here's amélange of various photographs taken over Christmas to help keep the spirit alive.
Stockings from Working Class Studio made out of Savannah toile purchased at shopSCAD, a snowball cupcake from Back in the Day Bakery accompanied by a shot of eggnog, a miraculous Savannah made out of gingerbread at the Westin hotel, ice sculpture at the Westin where we had an incredible holiday brunch, Christmas presents ended up in the nook below the fireplace as they wouldn't fit under the minuscule feather tree, Christmas carols by the Savannah Philharmonic at the cathedral.
This being my second New Years resolution. I stole the motto from Lauren over at Rock Paper Scissors. I think this Kate Spade pen necklace (reminiscent of the one sported by Joan Harris née Holloway) that I received for Christmas will help with said resolution. Admittedly though I am, among my circle, the one who writes the most. Still, in addition to sending the appropriate card for the appropriate holiday or occasion, I'd like to write more actual letters. So here's to writing more and typing less in 2010.