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Random Tuesday: After the World Series Wrap-Up

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Happy Random Tuesday, My Lovelies!  It has been busy here at Art @ Home since the World Series (Go Cubs Go!)  so I thought I'd write a wrap-up post.

Once I put away all the Halloween decor, Cubbies and Election decor, we decided to decorate for Christmas and not decorate for Thanksgiving.  We still need to put up our tree and bring in our Poinsettias and other greenery.

Here's a little preview:

Have you ever heard of Art Snacks?  Art Snacks is a monthly art supplies subscription.  

Below is a video about November's box.

Here are the supplies in my November Art Snacks box:

It seems that most of the products are for mixed media and art journaling.  I liked the Plumchester pen, and the Stonehenge watercolor paper feels very good.  I would be more inclined to continue my subscription if they included more watercolor or colored pencils in the Art Snacks boxes.  I don't like ink as well.

Shelley placed fifth at her most recent horse show at Idlewild near Madison, Georgia.  She competed against girls from the following Southeastern teams:  Auburn University, Berry College, Emory University, Georgia College, Georgia Tech, Georgia State, Kennesaw State University, Mississippi College, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, University of Alabama, University of Georgia, University of North Alabama, and the University of North Georgia.

Congratulations, Shelley!  Fifth Place in Advanced Walk, Trot, Canter!

A couple of weeks ago, I read the perfect Chick Lit book, Nine Women, One Dress.  This is the perfect book for travel: each chapter is about a different woman who's life is transformed by a magical dress. Check it out before you hit the road for your Thanksgiving travel!

According to Goodreads:

A charming, hilarious, irresistible romp of a novel that brings together nine unrelated women, each touched by the same little black dress that weaves through their lives, bringing a little magic with it.

Natalie is a Bloomingdale’s salesgirl mooning over her lawyer ex-boyfriend who’s engaged to someone else after just two months. Felicia has been quietly in love with her happily married boss for twenty years; now that he’s a lonely widower, she just needs the right situation to make him see her as more than the best executive assistant in Midtown Manhattan. Andrea is a private detective specializing in gathering evidence on cheating husbands—a skill she unfortunately learned from her own life—and can’t figure out why her intuition tells her the guy she’s tailing is one of the good ones when she hasn’t trusted a man in years. For these three women, as well as half a dozen others in sparkling supporting roles—a young model fresh from rural Georgia, a diva Hollywood star making her Broadway debut, an overachieving, unemployed Brown grad who starts faking a fabulous life on social media, to name just a few—everything is about to change, thanks to the dress of the season, the perfect little black number everyone wants to get their hands on…

My Review:

I saw this book at the library, and it looked cute so I checked it out.  I enjoyed the vignette structure of the novel because I could focus on one of the women's stories, put it down for a little while, and pick it back up and focus on another.  I loved Natalie's story best.  She has the best break-up-get-even story *ever*.  You know how it is: your boyfriend breaks-up with you, and a day later you think about what you wish you'd said.  Then you worry about the circumstances when you run into him for the first time after the break-up.  All I can say is "Go, Natalie!" because when she runs into her ex, she makes a fool out of him.  

Natalie, Felicia, and Andrea's stories are given more attention in the book, but the other six women's stories are also magical in how their lives are changed from wearing this particular design (all nine don't wear the same's the design that seems to be magical).  Morris Siegel is an almost 90-year old dress pattern-maker for designer Max Hammer who is approaching retirement and wants to go out with a bang. He creates the pattern for a little black dress that he feels confident will be "that dress," the dress every woman wants for the season.  Max nails it because after it's featured in the Max Hammer runway show it graces the cover of Women's Wear Daily and is crowned "that dress" by the press.  I love the circular ending because one of the women wears the design to Morris's retirement party (she has a date with Morris's grandson).  Another interesting storyline in the book is how Morris Siegel and Max Hammer meet and begin working together.  This book is definitely Chick Lit at its best!

Sorry for the long post, but I had a lot to share today.  Come back later in the week to see Christmas decor.  

Until next time...

Ricki Jill


  1. I thought I was going to pass up decorating for Thanksgiving too but plans changed and now I will be going all out. But, I will combine Christmas since I need to get it ready early. Pretty decorations RJ. Your Artsnacks look interesting, no, I'm not familiar but I'm no artist :(
    Congratulations to your beautiful daughter for placing in the horse show. That smile says everything! The book sounds cute and a good read if I only had time to read.
    Have a fun day. I'm working with a headache today, uggg.

  2. Congrats to Shelley!

    Nine Women One Dress mad me think about The Women of Jewelia -

    13 women in my town pooled their resources to purchase an expensive diamond necklace and interesting things transpired from their friendship and business relationships that followed.

  3. Your daughter is so sweet and cute. Love all your vintage ornaments. So pretty.

  4. A pretty pink ribbon,how great, Christmas ornaments are something I like but as you know I do love Christmas

  5. I am so happy for Shelley! That is great! Congratulations to her.
    I love her smile.

    Looking forward to seeing all your decorating.

  6. Congrats to Shelley! I'm glad you read that book and loved it, it's the best book I've read lately!


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