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Fine Art Daily, tasteful Christmas decorations

Fine Art Daily - December 8, 2010

Posted: December 08, 2010 04:47 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

December 8, 2010It looks as if it is going to be a long, cold winter judging by the license plates we have seen lately. Yesterday I saw a flock of northern plates: Minnesota, Michigan, Maine, Ontario, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. And that was just on my daily pilgrimage across the bridge to Publix! I received an email from Selfridge's (one of my fave stores in London) encouraging me to deck our halls with a pink plastic, glitter-covered reindeer. It was supposed to be oh so arch and clever and retro. It looked identical to ones I have seen in Martha's magazine and at Target (in ...

Fine Art Daily, hat and scarf, cold weather, Red Hots

Fine Art Daily - December 7 2010

Posted: December 07, 2010 04:49 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

December 7, 2010Remember Pearl Harbor.And I do not want to hear one single joke today about global warming. Bundle up all you delicate, hot house Floridians! This is a hat. This is a scarf. You will figure out how to use them today! I can still remember standing at the bus stop with the Tall Boy and the Pouting Princess back in their elementary school days when it was a chilly morning, and I had to teach them the valuable lesson of "Putting Hands in Pockets". But whenever I belly-ached to my Red Hot friends about putting up with hot, hurricane-y Florida weather they would not indulge ...

Fine Art Daily, Jan's Place Jensen Beach, Santa

Fine Art Daily - December 6, 2010

Posted: December 06, 2010 04:48 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

December 6, 2010Best Beloved and I broke out of our routine yesterday and had breakfast out - at Jan's Place in Jensen Beach. Jan's has moved from pillar to post - from Jensen Beach out to Hutchinson Island and back again. We hadn't been to its current location yet, although it has been open there for almost a year, and thought the bright sunny Sunday was an excellent excuse to go load up on carbs and maple syrup. With The New York Times on the Kindle we found a nice booth, friendly waitresses, huge portions and lots of festive seasonal decorations. We drove past the restaurant a co...

Christmas greens

Fine Art Daily - December 2, 2010

Posted: December 02, 2010 05:20 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

December 2, 2010I started decking the halls yesterday. The first item on my long list to be greened was the car. I like putting a simple wreath with a big red bow on the front of the car. It reminds me of New England, although it may all be part of the elaborate re-writing of my autobiography. Since I doubt if Oprah is going to give me a call, it is a fine delusion. I doubt if dour Louisa May Alcott would put greens on her Jeep, but I bet Jo March would. Fa-la-la-la-la! Follow me on Facebook - Fine Art Daily.

Fine Art Daily, orange

Fine Art Daily - December 1, 2010

Posted: December 01, 2010 05:34 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

December 1, 2010Rabbit, rabbit, rabbit. Tibbar, tibbar, tibbar.Welcome to December!A very faithful Gentle Reader sent me this idea yesterday for a traditional Christmas decoration - an orange studded with cloves. This is an easy and aromatic way to bring some holiday cheer to your home. Meems further enhanced its visual appeal by encircling the orange with magnolia leaves, but she suggests that bay leaves work just as well. We try to assemble a few of these every Christmas, as they are relatively child-safe. There is always the danger of sore thumbs and inhalation of cloves, so be sure your...

Fine Art Daily,Christmas decorations

Fine Art Daily - November 30, 2010

Posted: November 30, 2010 04:35 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

November 30, 2010Here it is — the last day of hurricane season!Unlike my more ambitious neighbors who have already decked their halls, I am just beginning to think about Christmas decorations. We dug the Advent calendar out of its Rubbermaid container before The Tall One and The Pouting Princess returned to their respective universities. But I think I will wait until tomorrow before starting in earnest. Despite all the Black Friday hubbub, it still seems a little early... Follow me on Facebook — Fine Art Daily

Lobsters on their way to the Nativity Play

Fine Art Daily - November 29, 2010

Posted: November 29, 2010 05:20 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

November 29, 2010The games have begun! Here are the lobsters, racing to become the favored few in the Nativity Play. Actually, we stopped in for lunch at The Lobster House in Tequesta yesterday, plying The Tall One with a lobster roll before he sped back to the ivy-covered walls. Excellent lobster rolls and very delectable onion rings were to be had. We did not tour the fabled 10,000 gallon lobster tank, saving that spectacle for another visit.Welcome back to Monday and your office and the new, daunting stack o'work! Happy holidays! Visit me on Facebook - Fine Art Daily

Fine Art Daily, Adam and Eve Salvage, West Palm Beach

Fine Art Daily - November 23, 2010

Posted: November 23, 2010 05:19 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

November 23, 2010Bickering cherubim. Just like the old days. The Tall One has returned home, and the Pouting Princess will be here tomorrow. It's funny how these little putti reminded me of them when Miss Morning Glory and I were exploring the many nooks and crannies at Adam and Eve. We pick up our bird today and tomorrow will start baking the Blessed Flourless Chocolate Cake. Enjoy your gatherings and your pumpkin pies! Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Fine Art Daily, Adam and Eve Salvage, West Palm Beach

Fine Art Daily - November 22, 2010

Posted: November 22, 2010 05:23 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

November 22, 2010Zounds! If you need holiday gift ideas forget about Black Friday and Target and H&M. Miss Morning Glory and I did valuable field research last week, and cannot recommend the Adam and Eve Salvage Company in West Palm Beach too highly. You need to have some imagination when you clamber through the piles of balustrades and sash weights, as you comb through the stained glass, and count the pink sinks. Really, wouldn't a prie dieu kneeler look kind of nifty in the living room? Look at all the headboards from The Breakers! I just love these Grinling Gibbons lion fount...

Fine Art Daily, The Olive Tap

Fine Art Daily - November 19, 2010

Posted: November 19, 2010 04:57 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

November 19, 2010Quick and Easy Garlic Bread1 crusty baguette1 clove peeled garlicSome excellent olive oilShredded Parmigiano ReggianoSlice the bread through the middle, to have a top and bottom. Put on a cookie sheet and broil until the tops are lightly toasted. Let them cool for a moment. Rub the garlic over the tops until it (and your fingertips) are worn to a nubbin. Drizzle the bread with olive oil and scatter some Parmigiano over the bread in a decorative fashion before returning the bread to the oven. Don't broil it again, the cheese will just scorch. Set the temp at about 350...

Fine Art Daily, The Fresh Market, Pammelo grapefruit

Fine Art Daily - November 17, 2010

Posted: November 17, 2010 05:06 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

November 17, 2010I am going to continue to campaign that The Fresh Market move to Stuart, into the space formerly occupied by Stuart Fine Foods and more recently by Milam's. Because we need to be exposed to the finer things of life. Who knew that grapefruit could grow to the size of basketballs? Look at these Pummelo Grapefruit! Don't you think your life would be richer if you had a neighborhood grocery store where you could amble through the produce department, harvesting cranberries from a miniature bog, and then practice your free throw with the Pummelos? The possibilities are en...

Cranberry bog at The Fresh Market

Fine Art Daily - November 16, 2010

Posted: November 16, 2010 04:51 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

Best Beloved remarked as we paused to look at this display at The Fresh Market that, "Presentation is everything." Exactly. Why buy those cans of cranberry jelly for your Thanksgiving feast when you can zip up to Vero Beach and harvest your cranberries from a small bog? Back in day, when we were living in North Carolina, I did the illustrations for The Fresh Market's weekly ads. It's nice that they have made inroads in Florida, although the hour-longdrive to Vero is a bit of a stretch for cranberries. Would someone tell them about the empty Stuart Fine Foods/Milam's store space? Then we cou...

Fine Art Daily, Ladbroke Grove, red door, Caroline DeCamp Benn

Fine Art Daily - November 15, 2010

Posted: November 15, 2010 05:01 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

November 15, 2010It's Guy Fawkes Day!Here is a nice, cold, wet and rainy London day for you to enjoy. It happens to be the house in Ladbroke Grove where Caroling DeCamp Benn Lived and worked from 1932 - 2000. ( I was more taken by the gleaming red paint on the door, that was reflected back in the wet pavement.Please visit to find out how you can contribute your recycling materials to the important upcoming EcoArt project! All those empty wine bottles and pizza boxes you don't want the neighbors to see? They can become art!

Turkey for placecard

Fine Art Daily - November 10, 2010

Posted: November 10, 2010 05:47 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

November 10, 2010Here is a Thanksgiving craft for you! Place cards which will set the tone for your Thanksgiving meal. Print the PDF on card stock, cut out on the dotted lines, fold, inscribe with your best penmanship and arrange judiciously. Gobble-gobble!(If you are reading this on line and want the PDF, email me at

Fine Art Daily, cranberry jelly

Fine Art Daily - November 9, 2010

Posted: November 09, 2010 05:11 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

November 9, 2010This is not verisimilitude. This is food that has been styled. Cranberry jelly is another one of the last minute items thrown onto the Thanksgiving table just as I am peeling my fingerprints from the roasting pan in my annual attempt at mastering gravy prep. Perhaps I will add it to the Tall One's responsibilities this year - although I wouldn't want to interrupt the flow of his mashed potato concentration. Once he grasped the concept that cream makes all the difference in the mashing process he has gone to town with the potatoes - which are surely more important tha...

Fine Art Daily, green beans

Fine Art Daily - November 8, 2010

Posted: November 08, 2010 05:46 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

November 8, 2010Here are green beans in an almost natural state - before those Thanksgiving cooks get their anxious little hands on them and boil them down to a gray, congealing mass, covered with canned mushroom soup and French's fried onions. When I do remember the green beans (there have been a couple of Thanksgivings when the Beaujolais Nouveau caught up with me) I try to cook them in a flash; steamed for just a couple of minutes, before slipping them into a Revere bowl, when they are a bright spring green and crisp as an apple. If someone offers to bring the green beans to your...

Chocolate Pie á la Ken

Fine Art Daily - November 5, 2010

Posted: November 05, 2010 05:54 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

t's Food Friday!We have to keep it simple today since some of the Gentle Readers will be gearing up for the scrum at the H&M opening in Palm Beach. (Charles and Camilla are going,too. I'm on deadline, so I hope they bring me something nice!)I have raised a family of renegades. They do not like pumpkin pie. They do not like pecan pie. They do not like apple pie. At birthdays they demand Boston Cream Pie, and at Thanksgiving they expect Chocolate Pudding Pie á la Ken. It is a secret family recipe, rather like Rice Krispies Treats. Be sure to sigh, and dust yourself with flour so p...

Fine Art Daily, fish knife

Fine Art Daily - November 4, 2010

Posted: November 04, 2010 05:30 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

November 4, 2010While I pursue the Thanksgiving theme I was struck by an odd coincidence. We have a collection of odd sterling - wedding gifts, hand-me-downs, thrift shop treasures and eBay bargains. We have pickle forks (very handy at Thanksgiving), cake forks, ice cream forks, cruets, ladles, salt bowls, punch bowls - a vast compendium of serving implements from another time. Lady Marjorie would perhaps smile sadly at the assortment of napkin rings - which I hasten to assure her I only use for the most ceremonious occasions. She thought napkin rings were so middle class - clearly ...

Thanksgiving pickles

Fine Art Daily - November 3, 2010

Posted: November 03, 2010 04:39 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

November 3, 2010Maria von Trapp can have all the brown paper packages she wants - one of my favorite things is a nice, 1950's-style bowl of pickles on the table at Thanksgiving. And while I suppose we could have a bowl of them any other night during the year,it seems more Thanksgiving-y to set out a little dish amid the clamor and chaos that is our family celebration. Along with the celery bowl and the olives, the cranberry jelly replete with the striped indentations of the tin, the gravy boat and the beans that have almost been forgotten, again.I saw a kingfisher sitting on the rai...

Fine Art Daily, cupcakes

Fine Art Daily - November 2, 2010

Posted: November 02, 2010 05:54 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

November 2, 2010I was thinking about Thanksgivings we have celebrated, and naturally, remember the year the Pouting Princess and I were in London. Generally we are not sweets-driven, and are lured instead to salty snacks. But we kept finding ourselves with our stubby little noses pressed up flat against the shiny windows of cupcake shops and pastry shops and bakeries and pâtisseries, where there were always throngs of happy people taking away wee parcels of confection. Visit me on Facebook: Fine Art Daily

Counting down to Thanksgiving

Fine Art Daily - November 1, 2010

Posted: November 01, 2010 05:48 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

November 1, 2010Rabbit, rabbit, rabbit, tibbar, tibbar, tibbar. Have I got it right now, Meems?And now the countdown to Thanksgiving has begun. Although I suspect that some of my Gentle Readers are more interested in the H&M opening in Palm Beach on Friday... It is time to assess the china and silver, and see how many emergency trips we will need to make to Williams-Sonoma (which happens to be in the same mall as the new H&M). The gravy boat is fine, but one of the big, ancestral blue and white platters has sprung a big crack. Might have to wander south to acquire another. Ma...

Bell Island, Rowayton, CT

Fine Art Daily - October 20, 2010

Posted: October 20, 2010 06:01 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

Isn't this charming? A simple, seasonal display of small pumpkins on a porch on Bell Island in Rowayton. Clapboard, chrysanthemums, tousled autumn grasses and a white porch. There was another house on Rowayton Avenue that had at least a dozen similarly-sized pumpkins placed all along the stone wall that edged the front yard. I thought that I could have that look here in Florida. I bought 3 wee pumpkins and arranged them on the little bench in our front yard (I would say front garden, but right now the weeds outnumber the flowers). I have also artfully arranged some Indian Corn on th...

Rowayton, October

Fine Art Daily - October 19, 2010

Posted: October 19, 2010 04:35 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

October 19, 2010The leaves hadn't all turned when I was in Connecticut last week, but there were glowing patches of golden radiance as we zipped around with Henry Clay, who had many appointments to keep. And then I kept getting turned around, ending up in New Canaan twice. Getting lost is an excellent way to see the sights! Visit Fine Art Daily and The Chestertown Spy to read more!

Henry Clay - October 2010

Fine Art Daily - October 18, 2010

Posted: October 18, 2010 05:11 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

October 18, 2010This is my new friend, Henry Clay. I was visiting Connecticut last week, and spent some time hanging in the dog park with Henry and his many energetic friends. We rambled around the fenced area, chasing tennis balls, sizing up our companions and their humans. The original 101 Dalmatians got that right. Everyone did have a slight family resemblance - except for the crazily marked Australian shepherd, with his bright blue eyes and wild ocelot spotting. His human was calm and quietly funny. Henry was always very swift, shot from canons, in the beautiful sunny and golden ...

One Corner of the Chihuly Ceiling at the Norton Museum

Fine Art Daily - September 30, 2010

Posted: September 30, 2010 04:31 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

September 30, 2010Here is my interpretation of a tiny corner of the Chihuly Ceiling at the Norton Museum in nearby West Palm Beach. You need to abandon your inhibitions and throw your head back to marvel at the bold colors and myriad shapes and layers and his sheer audacity. You are under the sea, awash with the sound of a waterfall, marveling at his ingenuity, abandoning the conceit that art is flat, rectilinear and on a wall. And now you need to go see it for yourself! The Norton Museum. Visit Fine Art Daily to read more, and The Chestertown Spy to see my latest illos.