Something is going on…

Ok, a while ago I posted about my site moving. I’ve been blogging on my new website, www.lauramurraycreative.com/blog,  for a while now – about art and design and my new book…

Where are all of these new subscribers to Mama Teasie’s Table coming from?

I’d love for you to join me on my new site for now, but I’ll EVENTUALLY come back around to posting here. That’s my plan anyway. My other site is about my work – art. This site is about life and cooking and spending time with the kids. Ok, so maybe it’s about art a little bit too…

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It’s official…

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My temporary landing page is NOW AVAILABLE… complete with a way to get in touch with me and my most recent blog posts (the ones I’ve done in this century).

 

Go check it out and let me know what you think!!

 

Moving…

 

i’m moving my blog to my website at http://www.lauramurraycreative.com but it’s going to be unavailable for a little bit (domain transfer, redesigning my website, etc.). I’m not going to update the blog here on wordpress.com anymore, but I’ll come back here to let everyone know when the new site is available.

 

 

Little row houses

Playing around with something different in my sketch book today. Steve and I visited Mobile this weekend and after driving home through the country, I’ve been thinking about buildings and small towns and downtown storefronts…

So… here we go. These are just a few on my spread. And then I got a wild-hair and decided to draw rainbow row in Charleston, SC. I haven’t been there in forever and I had to look up pictures on the internet, but I’d LOVE to go back. Maybe we could do that for Spring Break next year…

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Now the fun part – adding color.

I want to move to Corfu

Have you seen this show? I was feeling sorry for myself today with Steve away in DC, so I ate some chocolate Easter eggs (4, actually) and turned on the tv to find this gem in my Amazon “things you may like” section. The Durrells in Corfu is the most magical show by PBS Masterpiece… and it’s apparently a true story!


It’s about a widow in England with 4 children who uproots them all to move to Corfu, an island off the coast of Greece.

Here are the real Durrells (minus Leslie): Gerald, Margot and Lawrence with their mother, Louisa.

Now I want to uproot my family and move to Corfu too! Holy COW look at how picturesque it is!


And after looking at Tripadvisor – I REALLY want to go there!

Just 200 of my closest friends…

Every spring, Steve and I go to the Alabama Historical Association’s annual meeting. It’s a Thursday-Saturday event and I look forward to going every year. The Alabama Historical Association is a group made up of academics, historians, archeologists and normal people like me who just love the history of our state. We have an annual spring meeting and also a smaller pilgrimage in the fall (usually right around my birthday). This year the spring meeting was in our hometown, Auburn, and I was on the local arrangements committee.

The local arrangements committee consists of making sure all the tours and sponsorships and meeting spaces are arranged, but it also includes arranging flowers, making appetizers and (for me) drawing a local landmark for some giveaway notecards.

This year was especially great, because LOOK what I got!
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It’s official… I’m an author!! I may or may not have jumped, clapped and squealed when they handed it to me.  🙂

As much as I love the sessions and papers, I REALLY love the tours… and this year was no exception.

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Look at the relaxing view from this front porch. I could’ve sat here all day!

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I even saw an Ella Smith Indestructible Doll at one of the homes. This is something I didn’t think I’d ever see in person. Ella Smith was from Randolph County, Alabama and she won a blue ribbon for the doll’s design at the 1904 Worlds Fair!

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One of the lovely homes we were fortunate to tour.

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For a lucky few, Samford Hall/Tower was available for touring. Only 20 got the privilege (10 at a time). Can you see them up there peering out the clock face? That’s WAAAAY too far up there for my taste…

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Look at this adorable barn!!! I would string some Edison lights in these trees and sit out here in an Adirondack chair sipping iced tea out of a mason jar and reading a good book!

All-in-all it was a great weekend. I got to see lots of old friends and make some new ones. I was able to buy some great new books to further my knowledge of our great state. Next spring, the annual meeting will be held in Birmingham. That one ought to be interesting…

Satellite office

When we have the girls, my work day is a bit different. I can’t just wake up, fix my coffee and go to work in my home office/studio. I have to get up SUPER EARLY, pack lunches, and drive 40 minutes to their schools. Those days, I work at Starbucks.

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Days like this are usually really productive days. I don’t have any of the usual distractions (cat) at home (dog) in my office/studio (laundry, dishes, vacuuming, etc.). Now that I’ve got a REAL office space at home, I’ll be able to go in there and shut the door (to block out “crazy cat”).

 

As you can see, I’m here quite a bit…

 

This Starbucks is seriously the best one in Columbus, GA.  And a BIG shout-out to Chris, the manager. He REALLY does a great job of making people feel welcome. He’s created this little community of patrons who come back day after day. I’ve even seen him sitting with customers sampling new drinks. Speaking of community, I feel like Cheers when I come in here – everybody knows my name!

I’m here enough… they SHOULD remember me.  🙂