Showing posts with label MICHAEL LEE WEST. Show all posts
Showing posts with label MICHAEL LEE WEST. Show all posts

Wednesday, April 13, 2011


Michael Lee West and her husband came to our little town last night.  They were both so nice and so much fun!  I wish all of you could have come to meet them.  I also wish I had not run out of time to take some photos of the table.  Even though there wasn’t much to the table, if I had taken pictures of my pitiful table, I would have posted them for Tablescape Thursday. 
“Howevah”, I DID get a photo of the best part of the party.
I was going to tell you that the dark-headed beauty on the left was me, but I was afraid Michael Lee might look at my blog and be very offended that I had told people that the old lady on the right was her.  If you want to know why there are faux peaches hanging from a metal tree on the table in front of us, you’ll have to read Michael’s newest book, “Gone With A Handsomer Man”.  It is such a great read.  I couldn’t put it down until I finished it.
Okay, this is supposed to be a Tablescape Thursday post, so I’ll get back on track now.  During the month of April, I’m never at a loss for tablescapes to post.  This is the month when my checkbook feels like it’s Christmas again.  Our family celebrates five birthdays and a wedding anniversary this month.  We celebrated our grandson’s birthday earlier this month.  Yesterday was my son and his wife’s wedding anniversary, and next week, we’ll celebrate our son’s and daughter’s birthdays, which are five days apart.
Today I’m sharing the tables from our most recent celebration-our son-in-law’s and our daughter-in-law’s birthdays, which we celebrated last weekend. It is kind of nice that my children’s spouses have birthdays within a few days of each other, because I can get away with having one birthday dinner for the two of them.  
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His and her birthday cupcakes.
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Disposable plastic birthday cups from a previous birthday party (which, of course, I had not disposed of) fit perfectly in my little hurricane candle holders.
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Grandchildren’s table.
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The last time I posted, I told you that I was behind on my blog visiting.  Well now, I’m even further behind!  I just get “behinder and behinder”.  Hopefully I’ll catch up soon. 
I’m joining Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch
You know, every time I post to my blog, I think “this will be the time nobody comes to visit or leaves a comment on my blog”.  I’m always amazed that you sweet, generous folks stop by my little blog for a visit and leave me lovely comments.  Thank you so much!  I hope you’ll come back to link up for Favorite Things on Friday afternoon.  laurie

Friday, February 25, 2011



I don’t know what it measured on the Richter Scale, but I apologize if you thought we were having an earthquake. That was just me, jumping up and down with excitement about the news I’m going to share in this post. I’ll try to not cause any after shocks, but I’m not making any promises, because I am SO excited to share this news with you.

One of my favorite things in the small town I call home, is our local bookstore. Our little town of Blytheville, Arkansas is so fortunate to have had one of our native Blythevillians return home and open this magical store in her home town. Not only has the store fostered reading among our citizens, it has become well known in the literary world. If you have visited my blog for very long, you may recall posts I’ve done about famous authors whom I’ve had the pleasure of meeting, thanks to the amazing proprietor of this store. When the store first opened in 1976, it opened as “The Book Rack”. When it was learned that the store name was previously taken by a chain of stores, it was logical that it would become “That Bookstore in Blytheville”, because that was the name used for the store when it was discussed by authors and publishers all over the country! An author would say, “I just autographed books at that bookstore in Blytheville”. Publishers would say, “We need to get this author to that bookstore in Blytheville”.

Let me take you inside this wonderland of books and fun.


Before we open the door, I want to show you these tiles on the outside of the store. This is an old building, and when the original tile began deteriorating, Mary Gay, the owner of this store, asked community residents to submit hand-drawn pictures depicting their favorite books. She then had those drawings made into tiles, which now decorate the front of the store. Isn’t she clever?


Follow me inside our charming book store, where I think you will immediately feel right at home.


I’d like to introduce you to our local celebrity, Mary Gay Shipley (as usual, she is busy on the phone). Mary Gay will contact ANY author and/or ANY publisher ANYWHERE, and invite them to our small town for a book signing. I don’t have any idea what kind of magic wand she waves, but this small town has hosted many very famous authors, thanks to Mary Gay.

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In addition to browsing the wonderful book selection, you might want to buy a gift to take home to your child or grandchild.

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Or, perhaps you want to buy a gift just for you. Go ahead, indulge yourself.


Or maybe you just want to soak in the unique atmosphere.

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Be sure you check out all of the interesting vintage memorabilia while you’re here.


Don’t be surprised if you find an author sitting in one of these rockers, autographing books.


If the author is reading from his/her book, you can pull out one of these folding chairs and sit while you enjoy the reading. These chairs are autographed by the various authors who have visited this store. Many famous authors have penned their names on these chairs. Each year, a new chair is brought out for that year’s visiting authors. Perhaps you’ll want to look for the one from last year, which has the autograph of Laura Bush (red arrow on my picture) and Condoleezza Rice (white arrow), who discussed their books and their lives, (not politics), when they visited our town.


If that wasn’t enough to make you want to come visit our little bookstore, I want to share a photo of Mary Gay with another famous author, whose autograph is on several of these chairs. This author is a favorite of mine. Do you recognize her?

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Maybe this mosaic of her books will give you a hint.


I’m sure by now, you have realized that it is Michael Lee West, our very own Designs by Gollum author!

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I am so excited to tell you that Michael Lee’s latest book, Gone With A Handsomer Man, will be launched from That Bookstore in Blytheville on April 12, 2011! I have been fortunate enough to have already read this book, and I want to tell you that it is wonderful! I love all of Michael Lee’s books, but this is my very favorite of all of them!


If you would like to meet “Gollum” (Michael Lee West) and visit the main attraction in our little town (That Bookstore in Blytheville), I hope you’ll join us on April 12th for this exciting book launch. If you can come for this event, please email me at, so I can email my home address to you, because you are invited to arrive early enough to have dinner in our home with Michael Lee and her husband, who have graciously accepted our invitation. After dinner, we can head to That Bookstore in Blytheville for more fun, book-autographing, and dessert. Get on a plane (you’ll have to fly into Memphis though, unless you have a private plane); or get out your Tom Tom or whatever gadget (or husband) you have, invite your family and friends, and drive, ride your bike, get on your motorcycle (no helmet required in Arkansas, but I don’t advise that), or take a bus (Greyhounds do stop in Blytheville!), or go all out and hire a limo. Just find a way to get here for all of the fun and excitement! You also don’t want to miss seeing me jumpin’ up and down with excitement when you arrive!

Thank you for sharing in my excitement. I wish every one of you could be here on April 12th! I’d love to meet you. laurie

Thursday, February 5, 2009


I have just had the MOST FUN! I went to our local book store and met a famous author, and she was so sweet, outgoing, and down-to-earth, and so young and pretty. I had previously read two of her fantastic books, and I purchased two more to have her autograph.

Of course, I'm talking about Michael Lee West ... our very own Gollum (Designs by Gollum)!

She chatted with our town folk as if she had lived here all of her life and as if she were one of us. It made us feel so special.

I was SO proud and SO name-dropping crazy, because I was able to say I "know" her (you know, telling everyone about her beautiful home and what lovely tablescapes she does)! If they got the impression that I had been to visit her in her home, that wasn't my fault! I never intended to leave that impression!

Actually, she and I threw the word "blog" around the entire time she was here, so I'm sure everyone there figured out that I was just one of the many admiring fans who visit her blog. That didn't stop me from puffing out what little chest I have, and acting like I was special because I "know" her (even if before today, it was just "virtual")!

I was so busy bragging about my "friendship" that the author did not get much of a chance to talk (sorry Michael Lee). Of course, when I'm around NOBODY gets much of a chance to talk (sorry world), but you would think I'd let a famous, visiting author talk! You know what they say, "pride goeth before the fall". I am now feeling horrible about Michael Lee coming all of this way to talk about her book, and then having to sit there and listen to ME talk! I do sincerely apologize Michael Lee.

Michael Lee, thank you so much for coming to visit our little book store in our little town and especially for being so generous and kind that we felt like you were just "one of us", instead of a famous author. I had a great time, and if you haven't figured it out, I was very proud to say that I "know" you. Oh wow! Now I don't have to put the word "know" in quotations when I'm talking about her! Just think of all of the name dropping I can do since I really do know Michael Lee West! laurie