Sunday, December 8, 2013

The Tybee Island Christmas Cottage Tour 2013

Christmas 2013 Tybee Cottage Tour

We participated in the 2013 Tybee Island Christmas Cottage Tour of Homes to benefit the Humane Society on December 7, 2013.

It was such fun to see Paws & Paddles decorated for Christmas. We met so many wonderful people and shared our stories of finding and decorating Paws and Paddles Cottage. Many of our guests assumed that we had a dog. We have a dog bed right by the front door. The bed is under a bone shaped sign with the inscription Ruff Life. I had anticipated this. I had carefully folded Hershey's chocolate fleece blanket with his name on it and I laid it on his bed under the sign at the door. We ended up talking a lot about Hershey and how we lost him several months ago to Lymphoma. It was a positive thing since it allowed our guests to share their stories about losing a pet. I received several hugs of understanding and enjoyed connecting with our guests in such a real and genuine way. The Cottage Tour is done to raise funds for the Humane Society so this seemed especially fitting. We had decided to participate in Hershey's Memory. He was there with us in spirit the whole day. We had guests touring from 10 to after 3. The Cottage was full of people laughing and talking. I don't think we had more than a minute or two between groups. Many times we had groups of guests in almost every room. It was like a big party and I loved every minute. My only regret is that I did not have more time to talk with everyone. Many thanks to Jane Coslick for creating such a fun event to benefit the Humane Society.

What a great start to the Christmas season! Merry Christmas to All.

Paws & Paddles Pictures of the 2013 Cottage Tour

Come On In...

My decorating contribution...lots of Red Poinsetta's!
Thanks to our MerMaids Denise and Jan for decorating Paws & Paddles!

My favorite colors. Tybee Turquoise and Red! 

Lots of small found things and a bit of Red and Green plus fishy!

Snoopy usually guards the front door. A great place to hide your sandy flip flops! I tried to photograph the outdoor lights that were in the three palms in the front yard. They looked great at night but did not photograph well.

Our walk way in to the Cottage looked great at night. No steps...HERE!  The decorated tree is peeking through the window at left. The picture doesn't do it justice.  It is quite Fun to be photographing Christmas decor outside at night when it is 70 degrees outside! 

The best part about this homemade oyster shell mirror?  Eating the Oysters! Denise added the Christmas Holly!

Denise found these red stars and we had them in every window. We were a few short and I was able to find a few more! 

Precious our MerMaid gift from dear Friends! She travels between Tybee and our our Roanoke, Virginia home.

M E R R Y   C H R I S T M A S   T O   A L L !

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