On Ms. Ryan’s website, she had posted the sale as starting on a Saturday so we (and some other salivating designer types) showed up only to conclude that the sale actually was not that day. However, we felt free to let ourselves into her backyard past the gate to admire her serene pool before realizing our faux-pas. (Mom if you’re reading this, please know that I tried to knock first with no answer...) After a quick check on our iphones, we deducted that the sale was actually going to be the following Thursday. Probably to keep people like us from barging into her backyard!
Many lesser women would have headed back north to the confines of Frisco, but Jenny and I decided to rough it by sipping on chilled tea while we waited in line. The delish raspberry tea recipe is from Dallas author Denise Gee. Collaborating with her photographer hubbie (Robert Peacock), they have created a spectacular new cook book called “Porch Parties.” I could not resist buying a copy of Porch Parties for myself and asked both of them to autograph it in the sale line. (Not to worry, friends. I will be breaking out a few new goodies from the book very soon.)
Jenny purchased a small wine opener which she intends to convert to jewelry. (another reason I just love Jenny -- creativity running through her veins.) In addition to the knick knacks and such, the hosts served yummy appetizers from “Porch Parties”. Class all the way around!
Now you may be asking yourself -- I thought Carla was going back to school to learn about being a designer. That is true. I am becoming a designer. This is part of what designers do. The school is just one angle on the whole experience. Remember what your dad told you? It’s not what you know, it’s who you know. A valuable life lesson in the world of design.