Friday, February 6, 2009
Best of Both Worlds: A Book Party & Virtual Shopping Trip
I've been out of town on a book tour.
Last night, I visited TBIB (http://www.tbib.com/) This bookstore
is beloved by all authors. They're getting ready for
John Grisham. Oh, I would love to be there.
Our own Laurie (Bargain Hunting with Laurie) brought the greatest cheese platter! Meeting Laurie was like seeing my bestest friend from childhood. My publicist, Julie, thought that Laurie and I had known each other for years.
The whole magic of TBIB (That Bookstore in Blytheville) is created by the owner, Mary Gay Shipley.
The store has a pot bellied stove, a cabinet filled with dishes (including Desert Rose), and a fridge stocked with everything from Diet Coke to wine. I always love to visit Mary Gay and her husband, Paul (who is a gourmet cook--check out my cookbook, Consuming Passions, for his divine egg salad recipe), and I was sad to say good-bye.
Earlier in the day, my publicist, Julie, and I stopped in a design shop called Crocker Antiques & Garden (the link to the website isn't working, and I can't find one that does; but the address is: Crocker Antiques & Garden, Laurelwood, 4548 Poplar Avenue, Memphis, TN 38117, tel, 901-763-2826).
I loved this stained glass panel.
The store has gorgeous architectural salvage pieces from France.
This armoire is gorgeous!
Loved the toile tray--the owner said it's quite old.
Naturally I was drawn to the sheep figurines.
This old finial would be gorgeous on a mantle.
Check out the majolica.
My friend Allison would love this horse figurine.
Aren't we all ready for bunnies? I know I am.
I wish I had a spot for these pillows.
Love the acorn..or artichoke?
Majolica, bunnies, and a gorgeous platter--heaven.
This made my heart speed up.
These old gates are gorgeous!
Finials in all shapes and sizes.
The store is in a new shopping center, but it has such character--you'd think you were poking around in Italy or France.
I love these garden chairs--and, Susan, check out the tablescape! :-)
What a gorgeous rooster.
Oh, and look at the faux bois mirror, and the tulip dishes. The owner said they do ship, so I grabbed a business card (and asked permission to put the phone number and pics online, of course). If you want more info about any objects, here's the phone number for Crocker's 901-763-2826.
Here are a few shots of the Peabody Hotel. The ducks were lolling in the water.
Meet Julie Schoerke, my fabulous publicist.
The ducks really hated the flash on my camera. This one ruffled his feathers and tucked his head under his wing.
Enough, they said.
We also went to a fabulous garden shop, but Young Bandwith is milling about, so I'll save those pictures for tomorrow.