We had our whole team together for a work week that ended in a raucous early Christmas party where, for the first time, not one of us had to "virtually" attend via Skype!
Part of the work week consisted of a completely new direction in styling our "glamour" photo shoots.
Marietta had the brilliant idea to get us the hoodly-heck out of our home, showrooms and photography studio. She suggested taking our band of brand new ornaments on the road! She made phone calls and we had a plan!
Our first stop was to Rose Ryan's porch overlooking Owasco lake to fill up our baskets with her abundant greens: pine, cedar and arborvitae, precious rose hips and fern fronds, she even collected elfin moss for us! Thank you, Rosie!
We drove across to Cayuga Lake to the Inns of Aurora where the wonderful folks there opened up the doors for us to the newly restored, pretty Rowland House. Innkeeper Brian allowed us to play in the house setting up our shots in the cozy bright rooms.
Holly and I have stayed in both the houses and the Inn itself as a rare but huge treat to each other on special occasions. It provides a quick get away without long distance traveling.
One of Pleasant Rowland's beautiful antique hutches made a perfect nook for one of our 2015 collections! A big snow lit bay window worked for our Jambo! series.
We were starving when we finished and had looked forward all day to sit down to a reward dinner in the Inn. Too bad for us, they were having their special community dinner that night, a local fund raiser, so we trundled down the street for delicious soup with humus, apple walnut salads in the adorable Dorie's. Holly looked at the desert menu (as always) and ordered up an enormous hot fudge sundae! YIKES!
Thank you Aurora!
After a snowy ride home that night, Hubbard lit up our chubby Christmas tree so Holly could squeeze in photographs of our tree toppers and wreaths!
More later on our visit (and eating) at Elderberry Pond. We like this idea of Marietta's.