BEFORE & AFTER: SAMANTHA KNAPP, FILM CRITIC “DON JON”

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SAMANTHA KNAPP
INTERIOR DECORATOR, FILM CRITIC, DOG HOLDER
LONNY.COM NOV. 2013

BEFORE & AFTER: SAMANTHA KNAPP, FILM CRITIC “DON JON”

Introducing Samantha Knapp, film critic.  I share so much of my life, including in this blog new pictures from Lonny.com that pop up now when you #googlesearchme.  To stay creative in my business, http://www.tigerlilysgreenwich.com, I am all about broading my stroke. I am always selling the business, just so you know.  Good business is  pushing the boundaries. It is in that vein that I offer my movie critique of Don Jon, it debuted at a film festival in 2013, and just came to appletv.

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DON JON
JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT
ACTOR, AUTHOR, DIRECTOR

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, stars, wrote and produced this screen play. That is no small feat. The last impressive story line to start and finish from one source is Goodwill Hunting.  Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are good company and set the bar high. Gordon-Levitt delivers in a way that makes you doubt he grew up on the television set of Third Rock From The Sun in exchange for the version where he spent his most formative  years in coffee shops brushing elbows with struggling writers day dreaming on their craft.  You want to touch muscles like that and never mind he writes. The prose reads like a novel pennedof an established writer like JD Salinger, riffing on contemporary love.

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HAND FOR WRITING
STRONG ARMS FOR LIFTING

There’s only a few things I really care about in life. My body. My pad. My ride. My family. My church. My boys. My girls. My porn.“–Don Jon

We see a character transform in Gordon-Levitt who at open protrays the a sterotypical Jersey guy. Jon is an italian junior to his father played Tony Danza. Football watching, wife-beater wearing Danza is much harder then the soft spoken poor man-nanny in the 1980s sitcom favorite Who’s the Boss. Acting as the senior, Jon, he has a sharp temper and narrow vision of family life.

Danza arguably is not the only character stuck in define roles and realms of how relationships are set to work. Enter Scarlett Johansson as Barbara.  A relationship for Barbara boils down to the money you have on the table and the potential in the cards you are handed to make more.  You play the hand that’s dealt and you climb. You sure as hell don’t do your own house-cleaning.  That’s the base of the relationship. The foundation above this is constantly tested on a scale of what have you done? Among her many demands are strict guidelines on school, friends, family time and it turns out, porn. She wants none of it.

Gordon Levitt is never able to comply on the porn. He is caught twice and the relationship ends.

BEFORE:

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BEFORE
RELATIONSHIP REALITY IN A DIGITAL AGE
IS IT BETTER IN REAL LIFE?

“Achievement is real life. You achieve for yourself. That’s human nature. No one teaches us to breathe. We just do it” — Samantha Knapp
For what it is worth, I don’t think the character was less of a person for not being able to comply to every demand. Arguably I would prefer he default on the church thing, but the point remains that we can’t control other people and there is always a reason behind an unkindly act.
You have to want to do it for yourself. That’s achievement. Achievement is hard work and a personal experience. That’s the broad stroke, underneather which you create sub catagories of where you want that achievement to apply. 9 out of 10 people want  love, the other 10% I think want money. There’s a perfect world that I am trying to create where both exist 🙂  According to the Huffington Post there are things success people do differently.
TRAITS OF HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE:
1. Express Gratitude
2. Cultivate Optimism
3. Avoid Social Comparisons
4. Avoid Over Thinking
5. Practice Acts of Kindness
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LOVE YOURSELF
BE ALL YOU CAN BE
LONNY.COM Nov. 2013

Become your own person. Gordon-Levitt teaches us that when he seeks out pure happiness after his failed Barbara relationship.  If you are authentic in youself and open your mind, you will arrive at a place where love, achievement, success all coexist.

AFTER:

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In the end Jon finds love and kicks the porn habit. Gordon Levitt opens the movie with what he got out of porn that he couldn’t experience from his relationship.

“I don’t gotta say anything, I don’t gotta do anything. I just fucking lose myself” –Don Jon

He closes with what he gets out a relationship of love.  Julianne Moore plays the recently widowed and open hearted Esther who teaches Jon how being current in love is a good reality to lose yourself.

“This fuckin’ lady! Now I don’t usually like it when a girl looks me right in the eye, and this girl does that a lot. But I don’t know what it is about her, when she does it, I don’t mind. I just look right back at her, and pretty soon, I’m hard as a fuckin’ rock. It’s like she knows what I’m thinkin’, or I know what she’s thinkin’. I don’t know, it’s a two-way thing. Fuckin’ love it! And I don’t mean love like, oh I love her or wanna marry her, definitely not thinkin’ about all that shit. And she’s not either… she can’t. I guess I just mean love like, you know like… we’re making love. And while we’re doing it, all the bullshit does fade away, and it’s just me and her right there, and yeah I do lose myself in her. And I can tell she’s losing herself in me. And we’re just fuckin’… lost together.”--Don Jon

ABOUT SAMANTHA KNAPP

I liked this movie. Gordon-Levitt gives us a true American love story. It is two-thumbs up!  How about me, you ask? I could say a lot, pictures sure do… I will wait for the movie 🙂

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PICTURES SAY ENOUGH
WAIT FOR THE MOVIE
LONNY MAGAZINE, NOV. 2013

#ONE LOVE

BEFORE & AFTER: 2013 SEASON’S GREETINGS FROM TIGER LILY’S GREENWICH

 SEASON’S GREETINGS FROM TIGER LILY’S 

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THE ROAD TO NO WHERE
THE ROAD TO NOW HERE
http://www.tigerlilysgreenwich.com

In the lyrics of the Road To No Where from the Talking Heads, there’s a city on the mind. My road is not a street with no name, it is a trail near my home. It is the one less traveled.  Henry David Thoreau also says on Walden:

“You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island of opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land; there is no other life but this.” ― Henry David Thoreau.

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TIP FOR 2014
FIND A CENTER POINT

Thoreau understood life goes on. It is prepetually in motion.  The earth spins on axis, There is something huge to be said for that. Look for the color in the mundane. .

Tips for 2014:

1.Find a Center Point.

2. Live clearly. See things newly and differently.

3. Pay it back to the Universe.

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TIP FOR 2014
SEE THINGS NEWLY & DIFFERENTLY

In the middle of each blog I sell the store. That’s the goal of http://www.tigerlilysgreenwich.com. We are a lifestyle brand that sells a one-of-a-kind experience. The product we create, be it your window treatments to the actual skelton of your home. Again hard sell here, we have expanded into building and renovation work. On all our fronts, our  imput is thoughtful and individualized. We do things only once. Tiger Lily’s god bless is a luxury brand.  We deeply appreciate the client that can pay for it.

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TIP 2014
LOOK AT YOUR OWN REFLECTION
LIKE WHAT YOU SEE

The end of the year is all about the reflection. It is the water, life’s blood and the looking glass. You have to look back and be proud and happy about the course of events that unfolded for you in 2013. The river runs deep and layers upon layers are built in years.  The year was a captured in furniture, friends, television opportunities, magazine publications, blog posts, lecture series, art and a celebration of design.

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TIP 2014
BE PREPARED TO BE AMAZED BEYOND EXPECTATIONS

I cooked, I became an amateur photographer and I read. There’s a note in the woods near where I live that expains the story behind those brillant red berries. It turns out they are poisonous.  In the Grimm’s fairytale Snow White, she eats a bad apple. It is as simple as that. Disney’s  imagination takes that idea to market and its no wonder we all can conjure up the image of a wicked witch as her own mirror image reflecting, if she is fair. I don’t thing now’s the moment for a good verse evil speech, but I will leave you with one quote as I always do. It is an idea really, to look deeply inside and be your best self.

“Prepare to be amazed beyond all expectations. After all it is what I do“–Magic  Mirror, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Thank you all for reading. Happy 2014. May we all met again here same place same time in 2014.

THE ORANGE TRADITION: ADDING COLOR AND TASTE TO THE CLASSIC FRITTATA

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT
THE ORANGE TRADITION

THE ORANGE: ADDING COLOR AND TASTE TO THE CLASSIC FRITTATA

An oranges left in the toe of a Christmas stocking is a traditional homage to St. Nicholas.  Shelled nuts are found there too. The story goes that the patron saint took mercy on a struggling father of three young girls who simply had nothing to give for wedding dowries. Those were the times when you had to sell a girl to a man.  It has been payback ever since.  One quiet winter night, Old Saint Nick climbed to the chimney of the house and dropped golden coins down the chute. They fell into one of the girl’s stockings that was hung to dry. Overtime oranges came to symbolize the golden coins and the european act of gift giving on Christmas was reinforced.

I say Eat, Drink & Be Merry during the holiday and ORANGAH glad it wasn’t a bananna

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KNOCK KNOC
whot’s there?
ORANGE
organge who?
ORANG-AH GLAD I DIDN’T SAY BANANNA?


FRITTATA:

Maple-glazed Turkey Bacon, Eggs, Potatoes, Tomatoes, Onions, Garlic, Heavy Cream, Fig Jam, Walnut Oil, Salt & Pepper, Grated Cheese

Frittata’s come from Italy. It’s an umbrella term for a hearty recipe that combines vegetables, meat and dairy together in an oven to cook. All combinations can work which opens the door for creativity and customization. It’s music to my ears frankly that sounds a little like jingle bell rock.  For this recipe I pulled on seasonal inspirations that highlighted oranges and walnuts.

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FRY BABY
COOK ELEMENTS LAYER BY LAYER

TIP #1 LAYER INGREDIENT IN FRY PAN

Start with the base and build. I start most things I cook with onions and garlic in a fry pan.  Your choice here is to fry in animal or plant fat. In the rare occasion you want both, balance is essential. I used lean turkey bacon and walnut oil.  A lean protein won’t overpower a counter nut-based protein. Full disclosure, I may not have explained that right.

“The fact is, what sets humans apart is our diets of meat and vegetables. We have access to millions of combinations of nourishment. I say that in graditude.”–Samantha Knapp  

Once you get the base, you can layer on top. Potatoes and cheese are staple component of traditional frittatas. So is  rustic frittatas. I also added tomatoes and squeezed oranges for citrus freshness. Feel free to get creative.

Creative people layer. Josh Hutcherson who stars in the Hunger Games Trilogy said, “I’m all about flannels and layers, sot that’s pretty much what I rock.” I like him.

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KNOCK KNOCK
who’s there
ORANGE
orange who?
ORGANG-AH GLAD I DIDN’T SAY EGG?

TIP #2 WHIP EGGS

He’s cute and successful and so is this next technique. Crack the eggs  and cream then whip with game strengh.   Hopefully, you don’t have to hunt for them. We are a stretch of the timeline from easter in telling this Christmas tale.

In the Hunger Games, Katniss hunts. It saves her life and leads to a revolution. Consumers are mad for the idea that hope triumphs fear. Opening weekend at the box office according to FOXNEWS.COM brought in 152.5 million in 2012. The sequel Catching Fire was the biggest November debut in the history of the world with 161 million in sales. Power in numbers my friends celebrating the freedom of democracy where government with out the support of the people is weak.

“It must be very fragile, if a handful of berries can bring it down.” ― Suzanne CollinsCatching Fire

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FOLD LAYERS
INTO BAKING DISH

TIGER LILY’S TIP #3 COMBINE IN OVEN SAFE DISH

Here’s where the two meet. The perfect human diet is based on one that you cook for yourself. If for only the argument that you have control of how the food is stored, prepared, spiced and cooked. Cooking these proteins together results in a healthy, well balanced meal.  In the acclaimed film documentary baring the same name, CJ Hunt argues the perfect human diet should be high in animal fat.  Highly refined sugars he says are behind the obesity epedemic.

Have fun with it. Grate cheese.

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GRATE CHEESE
BAKE 20 MINUTES at 350 DEGREES

TIP #5 GRATE CHEESE AND BAKE

Complete, place into the oven and bake for twenty minutes at 350 degrees.  If you’re like me and don’t cook by the clock, watch for the top to golden brown. The Frittata for breakfast is better for you then processed grains, like bread.  That’s the sell for the recipe. It’s one of dozens I do everyday.

For the blog, it goes something like this: Read and log onto my website, http://www.tigerlilysgreenwich.com. Buy one of my creations, hire my creative or any one of the talented members that make up our staff. 

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CATCHING FIRE
HOME COOKING REPLACES FAST FOOD

TIP #6 SERVE IN EXCHANGE OF FAST FOOD

Mc Donald’s took the yoke out of the Egg McMuffin. I am not sure what that’s suppose to mean? When you taste the finished Frittata in my recipe it is light with a juicey citrus taste. I am just putting it out there.

In the love story of Katniss and Peta, he smuggles this starving young survivor a loaf of bread. I can’t say for absolute certain my side on the war of grain against meat. In this case, I would go for the grain. It has a 100% love guarantee. In some cultures love is food and then again in the story of St. Nic food is gold. Live your life wisely and in good nature. Think with your head and act with your heart. When the two are in harmony you will always get 100-percent.

“May the odds be ever in your favor!”

##ONE LOVE

DEFY TIME: BUY MIXX CENTURY

DEFY TIME: MIXX CENTURY
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It came just as predicted. December historically brings snow. No sign of global warming and right on time for a white christmas.  Perfecting timing is being at the right place at the right time. It is how most people fall in love. It is how most decisions are made.
Ansel Adam’s said: “Sometimes I arrive just when God’s ready to have somone click the shutter.”  I agree with that. I shot the second dusting of the year on my IPHONE.
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TIMELESS BEAUTY
MORNING 12-10-2013

I am still learning about shutter speed with the help of the internet. It doesn’t apply to a camera phone per say, but a simple trick is to know that good light and high shutter speeds go together. Phones have quick shutters. White reflects light. Snow is a win-win. Just try to take a bad picture of the snow.  I sure can’t. The best beauty is when our eyes can’t recognize if what they see is old or new. That’s why I also like black and white. I am proud of the shot.

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MIXX CENTURY
SHOP UNIQUE

The charm of what’s old is new, is never more alive then on the website MixxCentury.com. Readers who follow my blog know somewhere in the middle, I have to get across a hard sell. It pays for it all. If you log onto the Mixx Century website you can shop a curated collection of our goods and read a little Q & A I took part in.  Here’s a sample:

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BUY TIME & MIRRORS
TICK TOCK SWIMMER’S CLOCK
$375.00

MIXX CENTURY Q:  Starting a collection/decorating your home can be overwhelming.  Any thoughts or advice?
SAMANTHA KNAPP A: [You might] Start with mirrors.  It proves you have ownership of a space because you are allowing your reflection to take hold.
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SNOW SELFIE
FEATURING FUR HAT

That’s my mirror image. It is ONLY a test-shot. It is a snap shot of a moment in time when I experimented with the mix of patterns, colors and textures. Design is liquid and matching too closely is predictable. Here’s another quote by me:

“You have to be open minded when you are “on the lookout,” because everything is not as it seems. What you are currently looking at has potential to be something else, so it goes without saying that looking from different perspectives leads to the best outcome.”–Samantha Knapp

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DOG PORTRAIT
FEATURING PUFF DOWN

Dan Ariely actually wrote the book.  “Predictably Irrational, The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions,”  is a stand out business and personal read.   It  doesn’t  explain why I posted a picture of my favorite dog dressed in a down & feather hooded coat.  But, it does explain why we fall in love with what we already have and why we focus on what we might lose, rather than what we might gain.

“Ownership is not limited to material things. It can also apply to points of view. Once we take ownership of an idea — whether it’s about politics or sports — what do we do? We love it perhaps more than we should. We prize it more than it is worth. And most frequently, we have trouble letting go of it because we can’t stand the idea of its loss. What are we left with then? An ideology — rigid and unyielding.”― Dan ArielyPredictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions

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TIMELESS BEAUTY
EVENING 12-10-2013

Let go. That’s the point I am trying to make. I did on this night. I decided not be afraid to loose what I considered a personal best in the photograph of the morning. I took the energy to beat it. I am just as happy if not more happy with the outcome. To think, I thought the night wouldn’t provide the same opportunity. It defys me. It defys time.

#ONELOVE

BEFORE & AFTER:MAKING A CHANGE-LOUD & CLEAR

BEFORE &AFTER:MAKING A CHANGE-LOUD & CLEAR

See vintage loud & clear. If you learn anything from my blog, I hope it is that what you see everything and everday has positive potential. Look deep. At any point the tides can overflow in your direction.  Williams James said, “We are like islands in the sea, separate on the surface but connected in the deep.”  That means everything is connected. Even the Before & After.

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BEFORE:
SPOTTED FOR A MAKEOVER

BEFORE:

I found the set of four lucite framed chairs at an antique center in Fairfield, CT. Acrylic is an expensive material to work with. If you can find it vintage and in good shape, it is a no brain buy. It is a money making buy. The odds you will sell it again are very high. Vintage furniture with touches of lucite have value. PERIOD.

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AFTER:
SAME CONSTRUCTION UPHOLSTERED IN HIDE
BUY ME: http://www.tigerlilysgreenwich.com
$4,595.00

AFTER:

Vintage authenticity is great. If the frame  has it, celebrate the design by leaving it alone. I left the frame and style of the seats and backs untouched. I just replaced the existing materials and added an updated punch with cowhide. The quick plug is that they are available on our website, http://www.tigerlilysgreenwich.com. That’s the place where you will discover exactly who we are and how we can transform your home. If you haven’t reached our web destination yet, follow the odyessy.

“There is no greater fame for a man than that which he wins with his footwork or the skill of his hands.”
― HomerThe Odyssey

BEFORE & AFTER: THE BUSINESS OF MAKING: FISH & CHIPS

BEFORE & AFTER: THE BUSINESS OF MAKING: FISH & CHIPS

Forbes Thought Of The Day

“What is best for people is what they do for themselves. ”— Benjamin Franklin

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HORT BUSINESS WOMAN HAIR
SELFIE-COURTESY
STEVE JOBS-IPHONE

I read Forbes. I look for ideas, leadership and answers daily. This blog has always been a business experience on a personal level. Ground Zero if you will, the most balanced and strongest point. At zero there is no money include. The samanthaknapp.wordpress blog for me is that platform. On many levels, it is a free shared experience. Executed effectively, this business model is the most effective of its kind.

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MODEL GRADUATE
GOLDMAN SACHS: 10KSB

I went to small business school, albeit Goldman Sachs.  CNNMoney.com suggests Lloyd Blankfein got a 75% raise in 2012 culminating in an earning package of $21 million for the fiscal year. I would like to think a brand like that can give me tools to grow. Beer can feed your growth.

As a woman business owner, I constantly have to evaluate what trend my client is responding to. It is always one client, seen as the whole. More specifically, where & how is she spending on the image of her family’s life? How much does she spend on her home? The question applies whether she works or not by-the-way. I am a liberal working woman. I support feminists.  I have every intention of being a working wife.

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BUSINESS & BLOG GROWTH SPURT
http://www.tigerlilysgreenwich.com

I applied this awareness to my blog, with surprising results. I blog about interior design. On the 28th, I shared from my personal recipe archive. I unknowingly  expanded the lifestyle brand. I captured an audience three-times my normal reach. That’s a 66% new audience share. “Creativity is just connecting things.” that’s from critical thinker Steve Jobs. A strict vegetarian influenced by Arnold Ehret book The Mucusless Diet Healing System, I am fully aware this recipe would not be his thing 🙂

MY RECIPE FISH & CHIPS

1. ONE BOTTLE BEER.

Chose your preferred beer. I selected Sierra Nevada. Though the acutal mountain range itself is quite dense, the Pale Ale has a logger influence in a light taste.

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TIP-BEFORE
BEER FOR THE SOUL
GROWS WITH FLOUR

#2 POUR INTO BOWL

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TIP
POUR BEER & FLOUR INTO BOWL
ADD SPICE & MIX

#3 MIX

I am a self taught cook, so the recipe is as much about my natural flavor profiles as it can be yours. Combine two-cups of flour and a pinch of baking soda to the beer then mix.  The yeast gives the fluffy rise. The flour is the perfect neutral backdrop for layers of spice. It has potential.  There is an organic opportunity to add another layer of taste.  It is important to try here. It is a business attitude applied to life. Don’t ever think you can’t.

“I think if you do something and it turns out pretty good, then you should go do something else wonderful, not dwell on it for too long. Just figure out what’s next.” — Steve Jobs

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TIP
ADD SPICE & MIX…again
NEW RESULTS

#4 ADD SPICE

#5 CREATE A SAUCE

The story behind fish and chips is an English one. A stock & hearty meal for the working class, it was also one of the few foods not rationed during World War II. Served in disposal-recycled newspapers reinforced the fruagality of it all. That’s the bittersweet history, now you have to use that taste and make it new.

The creative sauce gives you ownership of your product. The product we are serving is Pepper Infused Beer Battered Cod Fish with a basil & beef reduction sauce served alongside parmesan dusted yucca fries.  The sauce is a bit of grees, spices, garlic clove, onion, beef brooth and orange juice. Blend then heat. Try a few combinations before you are absolutely satisfied.

Jobs said, “Details matter, it’s worth waiting to get it right.”

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TIP
MIX COD & BATTER
NEW PRODUCT RESULTS

#6 THE MIX

“If you keep your eye on the profit, you’re going to skimp on the product. But if you focus on making really great products, then the profits will follow.“–Steve Jobs

Life is the perfect mix. It is the balance. It is knowing that one foot supports the other. Loose a load-bearing wall and the building falls down. I am learning that on the job at http://www.tigerlilysgreenwich.com. I make money as a business owner and self-proclaimed expert interior designer, furniture & pillow designer.  I am now sharing my widespread passion for life style just for the thrill.  I don’t get paid for blogging and yet most days it feels like the most important daily statement I will make.

At Tiger Lily’s the image of lifestyle is the product. It is not my own. The brand stands alone,  built by a dynamic husband and wife who are my parents. We sell customized. A select consumer buys. The buyer has to have loved the classic chose your own adventure books, for starters. Only serious inquiries should apply. It is the beat to the different drummer person. It is the celebration of hand-made artisans producing daily, one-of-a-kind.

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TIP
GIVE THE RELATIONSHIP TIME
COOK UNTIL GOLDEN BROWN

#7 COOK UNTIL GOLDEN BROWN

If you really look closely, most overnight successes took a long time. Once you have identified what you want to do in business, life, cooking…find your inner patience and dedicated strength. Only the strong survive. It takes time to gather and mix the ingredients. It steals moments and it makes you chose. It takes time to marinate and develop a flavor profile. You won’t know what it tastes like until it arrives. That again is where patience comes in. Then, only then do you cook.

Entrepreneurs who don’t make it lack a steadfast dedication and appreciation for leting the ingredients cook.

“’I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.’”–Steve Jobs 

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TIP-AFTER
ALWAYS ICE THE CAKE
DESIGN MATTERS

 

#7 SERVE WITH STYLE

I want to always give the impression that what I touch and put my time, energy and love into matters. At http://www.tigerlilysgreenwich.com, I package and deliver that. In my own home I do the same. It is just as important that who you are in your business world is who you are at home. Consistency and reliability are grounds for creative growth. I stacked the fried cod around a decorative fish bursting with yucca fries. Everything is topped off by the sauce. Always ice the cake.

“Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.”–Steve Jobs.

I quoted a lot things Steve Jobs said a little past a year since his death.  I hope I quoted as much of my own. Original thinking is the constant here. It is my  recipe take away. Jobs pursued a passion to open people’s mind to more effectively share and communicate. The scale being sky-scraping or solid ground.

He left us a lot to consider and a lot to work with from his ground breaking products or carefully considered authorized biography by Walter Isaacson. Isaacson, it goes without saying evaluated for our consideration,  Benjamin Franklin, Albert Einstein and Henry Kissinger.  Read it. I did.

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“Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”

#ONELOVE

 PS. THANKS STEVE FOR MY SELFIE

BEFORE & AFTER: THE GIVING TREE

BEFORE & AFTER: THE GIVING TREE 

BEFORE: Enchanted Forrest Tree

BEFORE’
LACKLUSTER
THE GIVING TREE

Life happens and before you know it, the things you meant to get yesterday are a week’s time into the future. I had planned to write this blog on Monday, before that right after this tree delivered to Enchanted Forest in late November. The holidays come hard and fast. So move quickly and enjoy every moment.  The opportunity to show people you love them exists everywhere.

BEFORE:

This is the giving tree. It is one of dozens that decked-the-hall of the Hyatt for the Greenwich Junior League’s “Enchanted Forest.”  Money raised goes to the charities the Junior League cares about. I care about that. Giving is the first part of the lesson. You give, you receive. It is that simple.

The tree comes in a box and with it an opportunity for the ultimate use of your imagination. It begs the question what does the holiday mean to you? How can you express that in the decoration of a tree.

BEFORE: Peace Garland

THIS HOLIDAY
GIVE PEACE A CHANCE

Tradition says Romans, Egyptians and even Babylonians brought in their various species of evergreen trees to signify that come springtime, life would return to the winterized lands. Germans are credited with popularizing the modern day version of the tree in the 16th century. Christians would bring trees into their homes and light them with candles.

The most popular trees are: Scots Pine, Easter White Pine, White Spruce and Colorado which have the longest needles.  Ours was plastic. I used that to my advantage and added more plastic to it! The peace symbols came from #Party City in Port Chester.

AFTER: "A Very Grateful Christmas"

A VERY GRATEFUL CHRISTMAS
JUNIOR LEAGUE’S ENCHANTED FOREST

This holiday, give peace a chance. That’s all I am sayin’ 🙂  It is the overall theme of the tree. “A Very Grateful Christmas,” by Tigerlilysgreenwich.com. The 2013 tree dates back to the 1960s peace movement. The backdrop was music. One of which the Grateful Dead. One tour they played drums over 1,400 times (http://www.setlist.fm/stats/grateful-dead-bd6ad4a.html) , covered their lead two songs Playing in the Band & Not Fade Away over 600 times. The first time they played my favorite song, Box of Rain, was at the Winterland Arena in San Francisco on October 9th 1972.

“It’s just a box of rain. I don’t know who put it there. Believe it if you need it or leave it if you dare. And it’s just a box of rain or a riboon for your hair. Such a long, long time to be gone and a short time to be there”

AFTER: "A Very Grateful Christmas"

FOOD FOR THOUGHT
BOX OF RAIN

I put everything I could think of on the tree to give it an authentic feel. Flowers and granola bars were a natural touch. The rest is a combination of store bought items and a few we hand made. When you are looking to do something different, artistic and authentic use my favorite rule:

1.Opposites Attract

To sides balance the scale.   Always look to balance the yin to the yang. In this case it’s fake tree with the real elements.  Jerry Garcia himself is quoted as saying, ” I mean, just because you’re a musician doesn’t mean all your ideas are about music.” Look for more then what you think is destiny for yourself. See beyond clouds. There is always sun.

AFTER: "A Very Grateful Christmas"

THE IDEAS ARE FREE.
THE EXECUTION COST MONEY.
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On the subject of the sun or gold anyway, here come my sell. Tigerlilysgreenwich.com is all custom. It is one-of-a-kind. It is hand-crafted in an era of mass production. Spend with us and I stay in business.

BEFORE: Enchanted Forrest Tree Skirt Design

TIGER LILY’S WORK ROOM
154 PROSPECT STREET, GREENWICH CT

Our artisans  hand-sewed the Christmas tree skirt. Tiger Lily’s can do anything you can ask for. It is all produced by one-family.  The Knapps.  If you go to the store 154 Prospect Street, you can ask for anyone of us by name. We are proud of that.

AFTER: "A Very Grateful Christmas"

AFTER:

“And the tree was happy” That’s Shel Silverstein. If you know the book, you know that tree loved a boy very very much-even more then she loved herself. That is the thing about love. You have to do it like you mean and like it means the world to you.

This Christmas, beyond religion see the trees, the lights, the presents as symbols of love, peace, graditude and possibility. The truth is you can do that at any time and any where. Still, it is never a better time to believe in the magic and spirit of christmas.

AFTER: "A Very Grateful Christmas"

AT AUCTION
MONEY RAISED GOES TO CHARITY

I end every blog on a quote and today is no different for this Jewish girl who believes in Christmas.

“And it was always said of him, that he knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge. May that be truly said of us, and all of us! And so, as Tiny Tim observed, God bless Us, Every One!”
― Charles DickensA Christmas Carol

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