Monday, September 27, 2010

The Little American's First Visit To The Dentist Chair


Hello everyone!
My Dad wanted me to share with you, his readers, my first experience to the Dentist office. Although I have been to this office a few times with my parents, it was only for their appointments. If I was quiet and behaved I sat in the room with them and watched. I have to say, I was a bit cautious watching my Dads lay helplessly while someone I just met, wearing a mask over their nose and mouth, strange glasses that remind me of goggles and rubber gloves, stared into poor Papa's and Daddy's mouth. Usually, I get excited about things I see older kids or grown ups do and I just can't wait to have my turn... this was not one of those things.

Here I am in the lobby, a little nervous with butterflies in my stomach, waiting for my name to be called.

After a few short minutes, I was escorted back to one of the rooms and asked to make myself comfortable on a brand new chair that was still wrapped in plastic. The hygienist was very pleasant. I was still worried because I remembered the evil witch was pleasant before she showed her true colors. She had her back to me and seemed to be reaching for a metal object. By now, I was growing a bit suspicious. What was she going to do to me? I called to Papa to see if he was seeing the same thing. He assures me it was okay and that I would be alright.

Seconds later, 2 other people with masks and gloves entered the room and began to whisper to the hygienist! I couldn't quite make out what they were talking about and that made me even more nervous.

I turned to Papa and said " I want to go home". Again, Papa looked at me with a smile and told me nothing bad was going to happen and explained what the hygienist was about to do to me.

She turned and introduced me to "Mister Thirsty". Papa had already briefed me on the suction tool and its purpose. I preferred the hygienist's term, Mister Thirsty. She was very gentle and nice. She even kept checking up on me to make sure I was okay. Unfortunately, every time she asked me how I was doing, I had something in my mouth that made it hard to answer. Finally, she gave Papa and I the good news that I have no cavities and my teeth are in good health. Yay! Papa was even happier than me.

I got to hold Misty Thirsty and waited for her to signal me to put it in my mouth to suck out the excess saliva and yucky stuff. So far, I was enjoying myself and experienced no pain or discomfort whatsoever.

Here, I'm getting my teeth polished. This part tickled a bit.

A look of relief!! its over and I was given an "A" for being a good first time patient.

After my appointment was over, I sat on papa's lap to give him moral support and to make sure he listened to the hygienist and did everything she asked him to do like I did.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

FLAIR By Joe Nye


Yesterday I received my copy of Flair by Joe Nye. The beautiful photography by Edmund Barr captures the fact that Nye's settings are works of art.

Aside from providing visual inspiration, Nye shares great tips on how to create the perfect event from beginning to end.

San Francisco designer Scot Meacham recommends the book. This endorsement speaks volumes for its quality.

This book is ideal for people like me who have a fascination with table settings and enjoy entertaining.


Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Coffee Tablescape & Special Offer


My contribution for this weeks Tablescape Thursday is the coffee table in our living room. I embellished the table a little bit to add some drama specifically for this photo shoot. Ordinarily, the table would only have the books shown above along with a crystal bowl for fresh fruits and a silver serving tray and candelabra. I hope you enjoy the video clip.



Special Free Limited Offer- I've received several compliments from fellow tablescapers on my videos. The software I used to create the videos is Apple's iMovie09. Microsoft offers Windows Live Movie Maker. I've read from some that have used both state that although WLMM seems more user friendly, it is not as feature rich as the iMovie program.

If you do not own either programs yet have a table setting that you would like to have in a video format for your blog or own personal use to share with your family and friends, please feel free to email me at Julio.Muao@gmail.com and I'd be happy to create one for you. Consider it my holiday gift to you for visiting.

All I will need is the following:

1) The digital images you would like on the video in the order that you want them to appear.
2) The music(or at least the song title and artist) you want for your audio background.
3) Any text you may want to appear for each or all images as well as special acknowledgments and or credits.
4) Any special instructions or suggestions you may have regarding what you would like to see included in the clip like special effects or special transitions from image to image etc.

Depending on the response(s) of this offer, I should be able to create and send your personal tablescape video to you in a couple of days. It's that easy.

However, this offer (My attorney partner Papa Dan insisted I include this disclaimer to avoid any misunderstanding..*rolling eyes*) is not intended as a contract to provide a service and both your participation and mine is strictly voluntary.

As always, thank you for visiting my blog. Please remember to visit Between Naps On The Porch to view some creative and exciting tablescapes that will definitely inspire you for your next special occasion.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

New York Parties Private Views



I just pre-ordered a copy of New York Parties Private Views by Jamee Gregory scheduled for release October 5, 2010. I am looking forward to getting an inside glimpse at some great social gatherings.

Gregory is a contributing editor for Elle Decor and writer for the New York Social Diary. She is also the co-author of another book New York Apartments Private View. I learned about her book in the latest Departures Magazine edition in which she also shares some entertaining tips.

From Departures.com

What is your fail-proof cocktail–and–hors d’oeuvres combination?

I love pink Champagne with ice cubes. It’s so festive. I’ll pair it with little smoked salmon–and–cream cheese roulades, or mini crabcakes with a Cajun sauce. Sean Driscoll of Glorious Food is my go-to caterer. gloriousfood.com.

What makes a party quintessentially New York?

This is a no-brainer: the people. You have the pick of the litter with artists, musicians, politicians, beautiful single girls. There are limitless possibilities.

Is e-mail okay for invitations?

It’s perfectly acceptable, but there’s something nice about getting an elegant piece of stationery. I call people to keep track of attendance but send a reminder note, usually from The Printery in Oyster Bay, New York, so people don’t forget. iprintery.com.

Dream menu?

The baby artichoke, avocado, and Parmesan salad at Cipriani (cipriani.com), grilled Dover sole from La Grenouille (la-grenouille.com), and Wallsé’s Salzburger Nockerl—baked meringue with fresh huckleberries—for dessert (wallserestaurant.com). —Jordan Kisner

Friday, September 3, 2010

A Big Thank You To Artie With Color Outside The Lines





Greetings fellow bloggers and readers,

Please forgive my absence. The last month around the home has been hectic, leaving me exhausted at the end the day with little inspiration to share with you. However, I had to boast to you the kind acknowledgment I received from one of my favorite blogs, Color Outside The Lines, for a tablescape I created back in June I called "Dining with the Rothschilds". My work was included with the creations of Bill from Affordable Accouterments and Susan from Between Naps On The Porch. They are undeniably two masters in the art of table setting. What's particularly flattering is that our acknowledgment came from one of the best, Artie(table setting image by Artie on left). A heartfelt " thank you" Artie for the wonderful accolades. Visit Color Outside The Lines for terrific ideas and inspiration for entertaining and decorating. Also, please visit Vignette Friday, a weekly event hosted by Artie which features a variety of vignettes shared by his talented readers. Look for my submission this coming Friday.







Have a great Labor Day weekend!