ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST: REVEALING SAMANTHA KNAPP FROM GERMANY

ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST: GERMANY

“Everything we do should be the result of our gratitude for what God has done for us”–Lauryn Hill

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AD GERMANY
MARCH, 2014

There is nothing like it. The topic is recognition as it relates to the feeling you get when some one finally notices what you are doing with accolades. You could be defeating all odds and won’t mean a thing unless someone notices. That person has gratitude.

I am frankly humbled with gratitude that Architectural Digest Germany featured my home in its March, 2014 issue.

“the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.“–Gratitude as defined by Webster’s online dictionary.

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#INSTAGRAM
#GRATITUDE

Online and in the social media version, I also thank every one else that made it possible:

  1. My parents: Betsy & Bob
  2. My Sister’s especially Nicole for the space
  3. My friend Laura Bays
  4. Tiger Lily’s Greenwich
  5. The North Street Man
  6. Irene Edwards, Lonny Magazine
  7. Genevieve Garruppo, Lonny Magazine
  8. Wendy Scofield. Lonny Magazine
  9. Professional Photographer Melanie Acevedo
  10. Writer, Kathryn O-Shea-Evans
  11. Art of Jahmane
  12. Larry the Fabric Guy
  13. A Picker with an Eye for Antiques
  14. Fleurish Florals
  15. AD Germany

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Of the blessings set before you make your choice, and be content.“-
Samuel Johnson

The cottage was a very deliberate choice when I decided to move out of the city, but at times the experience has inconsistencies. In those moments I have questioned, found peace, patience and gratitude. When I live in that space and time, affirmations from the most unique of places finds me there.

“To get you choice right, you have to believe in the outcome. I live and work by choices and I am happy with that.”–Samantha Knapp

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I will say this, seeing my name published will never get old. 🙂

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LIVING IN POWDER: A CRITIQUE OF THE WOLF OF WALL STREET

LIVING IN POWDER: A CRITIQUE OF THE WOLF OF WALL STREET 

 

I am living knee deep in powder with my eyes on beautiful nature shots. It is not the same white dust that attracted The Wolf Of Wall Street’s telescopic lens. As wildly separated  as Jordan Belfort and I are over the powder, we share commonalities such as beauty comes with a price. Belfort bamboozled his way from a sub-city childhood to successful suburban banker in less time then the experience of ivy-league college to a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. Not that formal education matters all that  much. It is what you learn on the job. Here, a lack of respect for what little regulatory rules govern the market got him caught.

Belfort is like my real father that way.  His story unfolds in the New York Times Best Selling autobiography, Wolf of Wall Street and the Oscar Nominated movie starring Hollywood’s king lion, Leonard DiCaprio.   Day by day.

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Here’s that same backyard shot one day later.  More snow with a twist of blue skies and bright sun.  Snow costs money and money is generally in a uncommitted relationship with love. You either have it or you don’t haveboth or neither and between the two parts, four outcomes exist.  The odds are one in four. They are always changing.

“No matter what happened to you in your past, you are not your past, you are the resources and the capabilities you glean from it. And that is the basis for all change.”― Jordan Belfort

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Back to the powder, it is a cost of doing business. Martin Scorsese sets that up early in the Wolf Of Wall Street. Jordan Belfort is to Wall Street what a Wise Guy is to the City Street and that’s the attraction as Scorsese sees it. He gives you a lead character that despite the crookery your subconscious wants to emulate. I should know. I had a dad like this. Innately as a wolf knows to hunt, Belfort perfectly executes prays on middle class wage earners.  His wolf pack herded under the cash cow investment firm, Stratton Oakmont.  For the record, the rich identify Stratton as Vermont’s most pleasurable and exclusive ski resort. In powder, he lives a dream. Hookers in three classes ranging from Blue Chip to Pink Slip, fast cars, big houses and staffed yacht originally fashioned for Coco  Chanel.

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Snow’s a crazy thing. It looks pure when it starts. When the temperature is just right, it drops in flakes and is light to the touch. When it mixes with weather that is too heavy, it absorbs too much moisture and starts to weight a ton. It is that defining moment that can also dictate sales. When it is cold, people spend less. It is a fact. Consumer’s have less motivation to arrive at a destination to shop. Online sales increase, retail destinations see less traffic. It is all about getting business in the door.

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If you have read my blog, you know by now that at some point I have to sell my business. I am in the business of high-end luxury one-of-a-kind goods. We transform legacy furniture and give everything individualized attention. If it has gone through Tiger Lily’s, it has my seal of approval. It means that in part of my day, I took the time to especially think of your needs, wants and lifestyle choices and am contributing my own personal part. When you buy from Tiger Lily’s, you buy the experience of a designer who thinks specifically of you. Shop Tigerlilys at http://www.tigerlilysgreenwich.com.

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For what it is worth and at the time it was worth a lot, Jordan Belfort ran a lucrative and highly successful business. He lead by example.

“Successful people are 100% convinced that they are masters of their own destiny , they’re not creatures of circumstance, they create circumstance, if the circumstances around them suck they change them.”–Jordan Belfort

Leonardo DiCaprio, while not celebrated by the Oscars, dazzled with a performance fit for a king. It is no wonder that Belfort piped a piper of a pack of wolves. DiCaprio shows with a touch of his famous charism, knowledge of the punch line and chameleon capabilities that there is always a demand for people to be bought and sold. Belfort was taken down by the FBI, again much like my dad. I think that is why I gravitated to the story line. It is the type of movie where I saw myself. I loved my dad and Coleman, the officer who took down Belfort said  it probably is the same for them to us.

 “In a single word, it’s attention, a craving for attention,” Coleman says.

 

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BEFORE & AFTER: LET OUT SOME STEAM


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BEFORE & AFTER: LET OUT SOME STEAM

BEFORE:

I don’t always know what I am going to do with something when I see it for the first time.  I bought this vintage trunk for less money the miles I imagine it has had on the road. That’s a good enough reason and a good enough start. It is battered from protecting someone’s valuables over time and re-imagined has a new value to come.

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BEFORE:
STEAMER TRUNK STALLED
RETURN TO PURPOSE

“If you don’t know, the thing to do is not to get scared, but to learn.” ―Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

I started researching steamer trunks for inspiration.  In 1837 a 16-year-old boy walked 300-miles from the peasant village of Anchay to take an apprenticeship in the trunk making shop of M. Marechal on the Rue Saint-Honore. His name was Louis Vuitton.

Here’s the take away from that story. Out of nothing, anything is possible.

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HISTORY REPEATS
OLD PATHS CREATE NEW JOURNEYS

Travel and Capitalism are the inspirations.  It is the background for the golden-era of industrialist. It produced the biggest industry tycoons in history in transportation,  oil and banking. Capitalism in its purest form grants us freedom of business. We can be innovative and we can create the means possible to even the playing floor between the rich and the poor. Laissez-Faire is that the French call it. It means free to do.  Ayn Rand is the champion of this concept.

“I started my life with a single absolute: that the world was mine to shape in the image of my highest values and never to be given up to a lesser standard, no matter how long or hard the struggle.” –Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

Tiger Lily’s is a lot like that. Every day we come to work, http://www.tigerlilysgreenwich.com, we celebrate that culture.  We believe absolutely anything is possible. We believe out of challenge comes great success. We believe that history has value and it is best celebrated when we return it to new.

AFTER: 

 

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AFTER: TRAVEL FAR & WIDE
PACK FOR IT, $595.00
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I wanted the trunk to return to its purpose. Start at the very beginning. That’s another #Tigerlilystip.  I gave the trunk to a very talented artist who works with us directly. I discussed the theme and the idea that the outcome should celebrate what is great about America in history, branding and style. I also told him I wanted an airplane, logos and a train.

This is your journey, let out some steam. Be creative, call on your best self. Explore new territory. Take advantage of it.

“Not I, nor anyone else can travel that road for you.
You must travel it by yourself.
It is not far. It is within reach.
Perhaps you have been on it since you were born, and did not know.
Perhaps it is everywhere – on water and land.”
― Walt WhitmanLeaves of Grass

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BEFORE & AFTER: JIFFY MUFFIN MIX TAKES A HIT

“I didn’t think I had it in me to write two consecutives blogs on food, then it snowed and I got hungry.”–Samantha Knapp

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MAPLE BACON CORNMUFFINS WITH CRANBERRIES & WALNUTS

BEFORE & AFTER: JIFFY MUFFIN MIX TAKES A HIT: BACON CORN MUFFINS W/CRANBERRIES & WALNUTS.

BEFORE: 

 

The before’s are generally vintage. This recipe has 1950s Mad Men advertising world all over it. Sometimes as in this case, that’s not a bad thing.

Image  “Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!” –Dr.Suess

Here’s what you’ll need: 1. Boxed Corn Muffin Mix 2. Bacon 3. Egg 4. Cranberries 5. Milk 6. Red Onion 7. Sage 8. Crisco 9. Maple Syrup

The snow fed an inpluse to bake. I created this recipe from scratch. It comes from two needs sweet and savory. Start by putting the Corn Mix into the bowl . Everyone starts somewhere, it is the same the first time as the last, only the outcome is different.

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STEP 1
POUR MIX INTO BOWL

Here’s a huge tip, sift the mix. It is archiac, labor intensive and I shutter to think what people who suffer from arthritis in the fingers would do. It is definitely worth it.

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TIP 2
OLD SCHOOL SIFTER
EXTRA WORK PAYS OFF

On the stove, heat a fry pan. I threw in cut bacon, onion, garlic, sage and walnuts and let the mixture cook. This is the sweat-out period for these foods. Let the pan get super hot to the point where rendered liquids emulsify.

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TIP 3
SWEAT LIKE A PIG

The bacon and walnuts are the heart of the matter. This is the pan where all the flavor is coming together and taking place. This is the part you need to spice and taste. It should taste savory, a little salty and not sweet. The core should be balanced.

“My point is, life is about balance. The good and the bad. The highs and the lows. The pina and the colada.” –Ellen DeGeneres, Seriously…I’m Kidding

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TIP 4
FISH FOR SUGAR

Here’s the sweet. Add a one-and-a-half tablespoons of maple syrup to the corn mix. Two eggs and two-thirds a cup of organic whole milk complete the wet mix.

Maple syrup is a natural phenomena.In cold climates, maple trees store starch in their trunks and roots before the winter; the starch is then converted to sugar that rises in the sap in the spring.  It’s nature’s sugar and if well selected doesn’t need to be processed.

For the record,  Aunt Jemima’s is a synethic made from high fructose corn syrup. I said that correctly. It goes with out saying, the more commerical the product, the farther away it is from its roots.  Interior design is the same thing. The more commerical furniture products you buy, the further away you are from one-of-a-kind and unique. Check out http://www.tigerlilysgreenwich.com. That’s the soft sell.

Back to Aunt Jemina. The majority is corn syrup synethically flavored to taste like maple. The real deal maple taste better, but the kids like the syrup stuff.

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TIP 5
MINGLE & MIX

Mix all the ingredients together. At this point your oven should be set at 400-degrees and your muffin pan greased.

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TIP 7
GREASE THE PAN

Crisco is another 1950s battle and lead advertisement. That’s the fun thing about using iconic old foods, they are loaded with brand names. Organic trends in a new generational thing.

Crisco is an all vegetable shortening. There is I am sure an entire food culture that questions crisco over butter over animal fat.  I tried making them with both the shortening and the bacon fat and they tasted about the same. Crisco is however a bit lighter in density creating a lighter outcome and greater rise from the muffin mix.

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TIP 8
BAKE GOLDEN BROWN

If high school chemistry serves me that is all true. What is chemistry but a relationship between two or more elements anyway? Close the door and let the magic take place. Don’t peak or break the temperature for at least 15-minutes.

“Put your hand on a stove for a minute and it seems like an hour. Sit with that special girl for an hour and it seems like a minute. That’s relativity”–Albert Einstein

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TIP 9
TIME YOUR COOK

AFTER:
I made these for that guy. Take a bite, they are absolutely delicious. I encourage you to make them and smile when you eat. They are full of love, fat and sugar. They will warm your bones on snowy nights, that start when it is light.

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“The purest and most thoughtful minds are those which love color the most.” ― John RuskinThe Stones of Venice

A WEEK IN INSTAGRAM: ONE IN 75-MILLION DAILY

 A WEEK IN INSTAGRAM: ONE IN 75-MILLION DAILY

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INSTAGRAM
75-MILLION USERS DAILY
I AM ONE

I got board on call waiting and rechecked my instagram. Of the 75-million users daily, I am one. 35% of the users check instagram more then once a day. The term selfie first appeared in the internet urban dictionary June 29, 2009. To paraphrase and update the defined entry, a selfie is a picture taken by yourself that is planned to be uploaded to Facebook,...the obsolete Myspace and now instagram, snapchat, twitter...or any other sort of social networking website.

“A selfie is usually accompanied by a kissy face or the individual looking in a direction that is not towards the camera.”–SaRAWRR, July 29,2009 (urbandictionary.com)

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SELFIE
IT’S MORE THEN THAT

“A selfie is a free opportunity of self expression that done right can act as an advertisement of your state of mind, your mood, your essence.”–Samantha Knapp 01,18,2014 (samanthaknapp.wordpress.com)

If it is done in the business of selling your own brand, it leads to sale. I sell my brand almost every day.  That’s where instagram and all these avenues of social media come in. I feel blessed that my self expression is appreciated and celebrated.  The celebrity with the most selfies on instagram is Kylie Jenner with 451+. She sells the Karadashian brand. I am selling Samantha Knapp for Tiger Lily’s.

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COOK MORE

If you want people to believe in your lifestyle brand, you have to invite them inside your home. Feed them with nuggets of information about you style. I define culture to be what you do and don’t like. That’s the sticking point. I shared my culture with Lonny.com (http://www.lonny.com/magazine/November+2013/PKNA7_-nAsm/1#59). The article detailed my lifestyle, philosophy on love, business and nature. It was called Rural Remix.

Gilt.com celebrated my Rural Remix in a sale of its own this week. Check it out (http://www.gilt.com/home/sale/rural-remix).  I sold the teal dresser that was a buyer’s pick. I also hand painted it.

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GILT.COM
HAND PAINTED DRESSER: SOLD
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Onto selling  www.tigerlilysgreenwich.com.I am proud our brand stands for revitalization of vintage pieces and the celebration luxury buyer access. At our store you can buy my designs or create your own. Duralee fabrics are just one of the three-dozen brands of specialized upholstery textiles that we offer for retail sale.  See it to believe it and do something different for yourself and your home.

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DURALEE: TITLON FENWICK
AVAILABLE @tigerlilysgreenwich.com

Duralee is just one product I endorse. Marketingtechblog.com posted a November 2011 article by Douglas Karr on “Infographic: The Growning Product Placement Industry.”  He concluded that product placement is a 25-billion dollar industry that is potentially influencing story-lines in movies and seriously influencing our buying behaviors. According to Karr, Daniel Craig’s return to James Bond in Skyfall was financed in part by product placement revenue.

Apple products appeared in 30% of the 33 top films in 2010. Nike, Chevy and Ford in 24%. Sony, Dell, Land Rover and Glock in 15%.” – Inforgraphic: The Growing Product Placement Industry.

I currently don’t get paid by anyone to say what I like. The exception to that rule is when I am trying to sell.  
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Here’s the penny for my thought. I like L’Oreal’ Sublime Bronze. It comes in a presoaked towelette that is easy to apply. Go to sleep pale, like you haven’t been outside and wake up with a warm tan. 

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I also like my Huntress Boots. I got them in my television news days at WKMG. Central Florida that season had its share of severe weather and hurricanes. I wore these once reporting on the cresting tide of an flooded lake. Alligators, I later learned the morning were dangerously close. I wear them now when I take my dogs and walk on Babcock Trail. I like to test the products I buy. These boots are still holding up. I am standing in a creek working on a picture of a walking bridge. My feet stayed dry.

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“Breath is the bridge which connects life to consciousness, which unites your body to your thoughts. Whenever your mind becomes scattered, use your breath as the means to take hold of your mind again.”–Thich Nhat Hanh, Vietnamese Zen Buddhist Monk & Princeton Graduate

The earth is the foundation of which we experience everything that life has to offer in love, music, taste, color, food, design and so much more. Nature heals. I am a believer and a user of  its positive impact. I walk outside a few times a week. The key to a positive vibration is the understanding that no matter what happens, the sun’s gonna rise again.

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CITIZEN COPE

“Well a son’s gonna rise in a mile. In a mile You’ll be feeling fine”–Clarence Greenwood, Son’s Gonna Rise

Hemingway believes the Sun Also Rises. That said, I am on the move.  In part to Fairfield tonight to see the Citizen Cope Concert and in part to go live more of my life so I can hopefully inspire and create.

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ON THE MOVE
FRESH AIR HELPS YOU CREATE

“I can’t stand it to think my life is going so fast and I’m not really living it.” ― Ernest HemingwayThe Sun Also Rises

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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
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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.

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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