Category Archives: AROUND TOWN

Sunday Morning at the Circle K

After The Rain

With all the negativity in the news these days I thought I would create something that speaks to beauty and love.  And it is almost spring.  A time to celebrate renewal and color!

I shot most of this video while walking my dogs around the neighborhood…it’s where I get lots of inspiration for color schemes!   The spanish moss shot is from a recent trip to Savannah, and that soft, white, fluffy rug is from Home Goods.  Honest Stephielou.

The short video is a twist on one of my favorite songs from one of my favorite movies this year, La La Land.  Hope it inspires you to see the beauty around you.


Connect The Dots

Just need a pencil and a challenger.  

Noticed this on the sidewalk near another construction site yesterday.  

They also remind me of those candies I used to peel off the paper to eat. 

Remember these?  

Colorful Candy Buttons!

All that work for a little bit of candy.  

My friends and I pretended it was aspirin and administered it generously to the lucky one who played sick.    

Crustaceans in Cary?

I’ve seen all kinds of critters on my morning walks here in Cary, North Carolina, but this is a first. 

That’s right. Some form of crustacean. Is it a crayfish, a little lobster?   How did it get here?  Cary is at least two hours from the sea. And yet,  on a rainy Tuesday morning, here he is, just walking down the sidewalk in the suburbs.  😳

My friend’s dog was equally curious.  She cautiously approached only to be greeted by a most definite warrior, ready to do battle. 

Not so fast!  

We took our cue and kept on walking.

Curious though. 

Where did you come from little fella?  Good luck to you little lobster. At least it’s raining today.  


Bent, But Not Broken

Raleigh Reclaimed

In the 1950’s, tobacco barns were a huge part of the landscape in North Carolina.  About half million of them were scattered throughout the state.   Drying tobacco was  big business in those days.

Today that number has dwindled to 50,000.  Even in my area, I’ve seen more than a few crumble into themselves or die at the hand of a bulldozer.  And it makes me sad.

Thankfully, some of these historic structures are being reclaimed by artisans like Josh and Billy of Raleigh Reclaimed.  I stopped in on Tuesday with a client to pick out some beautiful wood for a home office and living room.   My clients will have a piece of history in their home, not to mention a very warm, cozy space to enjoy with their family and friends.





The Story behind The Michelin Man 

Fleamarkets rock because you never know what you’re going to find.

These little, or should I say plump, Michelin men caught my eye at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds last weekend.  There were tons of them amidst all kinds of very cool and somewhat junkie other metal pieces.

I have no attachment or history to the Michelin man but when I saw them, I kind of swooned over their cuteness. And it did take me back to a time when they were popular, so naturally I did a little digging to find out more.

It gets interesting.

Michelin Man was one of the world’s oldest trademarks and his origin is clever and amusing.

The story goes like this:  Two brothers, Edouard and Andre Michelin thought the stack of tires piled up next to their exhibit at the Lyon Exhibition of 1894. Edouard thought it looked like an armless man. Nothing happened, but the seed was planted.  Four years later, Andre was hanging out with french cartoonist, Marius Rossillon when the Michelin Man inspiration hit.  Rossillon had just shown him a sketch rejected by a Munich brewery.  It was a giant figure of a man, rather commanding and regal, holding a big mug of beer and quoting Horace’s ode:  “Nunc set bibendum”, which means “Now is the time to drink.”  Andre remembered those tires when he saw the sketch.  He asked Rossillon to draw it again, but this time as a man made out of tires.  Michellin Man, a.k.a Bibendum, is now one the world’s most famous trademarks, representing Michelin in over 150 countries.

Who knew?

Love a good story.   We all know the Michelin Man.  Talk about successful branding.

What will I do with my two Michelin men?  I see them atop a pile of books on a shelf…bringing a smile to my heart.

“Nunc est bibendum!”