"Tom was in high spirits. He said it was the best fun he ever had in his life, and the most intellectural . . . He said that in that way it could be strung out to as much as eighty year, and would be the best time on record. And he said it would make us all celebrated that had a hand in it."
Mark Twain, Huckleberry Finn Chapter 36
Let me just make one thing clear: Miriam and I never win anything---well, at least anything good. Once Miriam won a Christmas ornament at a family reunion raffle. It was a porcelain clown cuddling a teddy bear. The clown was crying.
Just the sort of thing you want on your Christmas tree.
I once won the chance for a free weekend stay at a Las Vegas hotel, complete with a
Visa gift card,
a pushy saleswoman,
and a high-pressure time-share presentation.
Just when we thought "Lady Luck" had a grudge against us, Miriam and I found out that our Apple Orchard shoot is a finalist in the talent scouting party for Cottages and Bungalows Magazine!
Not only are we thrilled to be considered for such an honor, but we are just as ecstatic to be considered alongside such incredible talent. Believe me on this one: If we could get autographs from these ladies, we would.
Here are some highlights from the party . . .
A pumpkin wrapped in book pages from the adorable sister bloggers of At the Picket Fence . . .
A stunning tablescape by Maple and Magnolia . . .
An charming mantle from Ella Claire . . .
A Halloween entry that will forever make my children jealous by It All Started with Paint . . .
A lovely "autumn armoire" from Common Ground . . .
And a super-thrifty and totally tasty tablesetting from me and Miriam . . .
(Leave it to us to create edible place cards.)
Stop by Whisperwood Cottage to see more Autumn eye candy.
As for Miriam and I, we may just take that pushy salesperson up on the Vegas offer. Something tells us our luck might be starting to change . . .