Friday, October 23, 2009

Confessions of a Mad Designer...

Maryanne from Beadboard UpCountry has honored me with a nomination for the Kreativ Blogger. So here are seven things that most readers don’t know about me…

1. My first passion in life was dancing. From nine years of age all through junior high and high school, I would go directly to the dance studio after school each day for 5-6 hours of study. I was a member of a modern jazz/ ballet company in Houston for several years. During summer months I studied with Patsy Swayze and was in classes with Buddy Swayze. The fact that we were members of “rival” dance companies didn’t affect our friendship… he was a very friendly, down to earth guy.

2. I am not easily impressed. As a teenager, I thought school was insipid… so I went to summer school each summer to get ahead and graduated when I was 16. I didn’t even tell my folks about the graduation ceremony and I never went back to pick up my diploma.

'70 Big Movie Hit - the year I graduated from H.S.

3. I love gardening… but you wouldn’t know it from looking at my lack of landscaping at my current home. I cannot tolerate the Texas heat well so I end up abandoning my projects before they come to fruition. I have some lofty ideas for it that I would love to see eventually materialize.

4. I have transitioned through other creative mediums. Before going into interior design, I was in advertising. I had been around art my whole life since my mother is an artist… so drawing came natural to me. My time in advertising began as a fashion illustrator. From there I became an Art Director, which culminated with the Horchow Collection. From there I returned to school to study interior design…

5. I’m a mom, first and foremost. When my children were very young, I made the decision to take a sabbatical from my work so that I could be a full time mom. It wasn’t the best choice to make career wise, but my children are the most important part of my life, and I’d do the same all over again.

6. On the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, I am an INTJ. I am a very private person, and even my friends think that I am somewhat of an enigma. I am currently reading the book by Debra Ollivier “What French Women Know” and I think that they must all be INTJ’s as well – who knew that I was really French! Perhaps I should move to France so that I can meet a man who can understand and appreciate me…

7. I don’t have a lot of patience when it comes to repeating things over and over to correct mistakes… much like when I decided to quit smoking umpteen years ago… I just wanted to go through it one time and one time only! When I took the NCIDQ exam to get my state licensing, I studied my butt off and I passed all three sections in my first sitting so that I wouldn’t have to go back to retake any of it.

I am very passionate about all things creative and I have the highest regard and respect for the talents of others. I am so much in awe of the fabulous blogs that I have discovered since becoming a part of this community. I promise to eventually finish the blog “drafts” that I have put on the back burner while working on projects. But in the mean time, reading all the wonderful blogs from others fuels my passion with more inspirations… thank you!

Seven Bloggers that I would like to acknowledge and nominate for the Kreativ Blogger... for which some are "new" to me, are:

Bonjour Madame:

Neutral Heaven:

Villa Anna:

The Adventures of Tartanscot:

Belgian Pearls:

Chinoiserie Chic:

The Blushing Hostess Entertains:

They, among many others, are a wonderful source of inspiration, entertainment, and a reminder of the collective power of creative minds and the art of sharing.


  1. Very cute kids. Love the fashion sketch. I'm a big doodler...envy someone who makes a living from art. Love gardening, also...but grateful when the rains come, can clip everything back and relax for a few months. Nice when weather gives you a break. Trish

  2. Congratulations! I am new to the blogging community and I am so impressed by all of the talented, fabulous women I keep reading about and meeting! You and your blog are amazing and I have enjoyed learning about you from a more personal perspective. Thank you for sharing, but now - I am so intimidated, how can I possibly follow up with my questions?? I don't know whether to thank Maryanne or strangle her;-)

  3. Thank you Trouvais, the youngest of my kids is now 17... I miss their being young!

    I too am grateful for the rain, but now the property is too moist to accomplish some things (I have two huge trucks stuck out near my barn...the second one was trying to get the first one out)...

  4. Leigh, I too am so grateful to meet other bloggers and readers. I love your website and I will be spending some time soon to go through it all!

  5. Thank you so much! I think your blog is just beautiful and very well done. I liked learning more about you with your answers. I'll have to think about mine before posting them, because you have set the bar high. Thanks for the award!


  6. Terri-Thanks so much for selecting Chinoiserie Chic. I am so honored. I love your list. We have so much in common-I danced ballet for 20 years, am a passionate gardener-a Master Gardener and a degree in Landscape Design, was born in Texas, was originally a lawyer, stopped practicing when my daughter was born. I really like your blog. Thanks again-Beth

  7. Thank you Madame, I feel privileged to be in such esteemed company.

  8. Style Redux... it sounds like we have led parallel lives. The problem with being a creative person is that there is never enough time to do all that one wants to do, in all the different creative mediums. I shall have to reincarnate.

  9. Congratulations with this award! It is always so nice if you are tagged isn't it?
    Thank you so much for tagging me! I am so honoured!
    And also very pleased to have discovered your blog now!!!

  10. Great that you were tagged or I wouldn't have found your blog - looks fabulous and I will look forward to keeping updated with your posts x

  11. Thank you Greet, I am enamoured with your blog and all your wonderful photos!

  12. Susan, thank you for visiting. I'm looking forward to spending time on your blog... looks fascinating!

  13. So wonderful to read more about you! Ax

  14. Bonjour and congratulations on the award. Just had to comment on your #6 - I would definitely recommend France to find a man 'who will understand and appreciate you'... I met my honey here in France and he is wonderful!!
    I'll be checking out these blogs, I know Stephanie at Bonjour Madamez and she is one of the kindest blogging frirnds I've met.


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