Happy Little Cottages By The Sea

Cottage Charm, Coastal Calm

October 2009

Our Road Trip!


I’ve been twittering about mom and my road trip to the Northeast. Fall is here and it’s just beautiful up North! We’re now on stop 3 of the trip- New York City!!
I’d been taking pictures with my hand me down digital camera which works beautifully, BUT……. I’ve discovered how to take pictures on my wonderful Blackberry phone and then email them to myself so I can post ! I already adored my new amazing blackberry, but now I’m over the top in love with this little machine! I’ll be posting pictures from my digital camera ( soon as I find my cord to download onto the computer) but in the meantime, here are some slightly blurry pictures that I took today from my phone.



Here’s what we did in just one day here in NYC! Ate Dim Sum in Chinatown @ Ying Jam which is just like a traditional dim sum house in Hong Kong, we ate Italian pastries @ Ferrara’s Cafe in Little Italy http://www.ferrarascafe.com/, rode in Pedi Cabs twice in the middle of the city traffic in the rain. Went to Macys – which by the way is the world’s biggest store www.macys.com and had make overs at the Philosophy and Mac make up counters. Then we went to see an amazing Broadway Musical ” Jersey Boys” which is the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. http://www.jerseyboysinfo.com/broadway/ Besides being incredible music, singing, dancing and energy of the young cast, their story is really quite extraordinary. The audience was singing along with the show which doesn’t happen so often on Broadway!
Enjoy my first attempt with taking pictures from my cell phone. Mom in front of the Ferrara Pastry case, Mom in the Pedi cab with our driver/ rider and me @ Macy’s actually getting an oxygen facial right in the center of the Philosophy counter! Only in New York! More pictures to come….

The Rhode Island Beach House

I’m off island on my 2nd Annual road trip with my mom to visit my family up north. We are in New England celebrating my Aunt’s 80th


birthday. This is the wonderful beach house in Watch Hill , RI that one of my very dear friend’s just recently completed a major renovation and decoration. Best of all, the house is a true home , complete with their own yellow lab who happily posed for a picture! Isn’t this beautiful? Notice the view from the window- yes, that is the ocean… every room has a great view! enjoy!


Hallie’s Savannah Adventures as the Roving Blogger continue….

Our roving Blogger had not one, two or three but FOUR Celebrities sightings this week! You’ve already seen her picture of Robert Redford and Paula Deen, but here- in her own words – are her adventures of seeing one of our most fav celebrities- Ruby as well as all the details about the Deen Family Book Signing.
















“Diane,Look who I just happened to see while driving down Abercorn on my way to meet Susan Kelleher for our Lunch Crunch ab workout. I literally pulled to the side of the road in a no parking zone and grabbed the camera. Her production person explained they were literally starting to film but she grabbed my camera and offered to take a photo of the two of us. Ruby gave me a big hug — she is truly a Southern doll. I know she was down a little over 100 lbs last time I was able to catch the show. Unfortunately the film crew was ready to film so I had no time to talk to her or tell her how disappointed we were that the show is no longer being shown here in Savannah. She saw me from a distance, acknowledged me and honestly just gave me a big hug when I approached her. She is truly a stunning lady”


Here is Hallie’s recap afternoon at the Paula Deen book signing this week @ Uncle Bubba’s:
“Last Wednesday I had the opportunity to get up close and personal with the Queen of Southern Cooking, our very own Paula Deen. At a book signing held at Uncle Bubbas the whole family gathered to meet and greet over 500 fans. And when I say the whole family, I mean Paula, Michael, Uncle Bubba, Jamie, Bobby and Bobby’s girlfriend. Yes, you read it correctly…Bobby has a girlfriend. Rumor has it he is dating actress Katy Mixon (she played Susan, pregnant wife of Jon Favreau in the movie Four Christmases). It’s been a busy year for the Deen family with numerous TV appearances and book signings. The boys recently came out with their third cookbook, The Deen Brothers. Take It Easy, which is fantastic, lots of great and simple recipes (be sure to pick one up at Seaside Sisters). At the same time, Paula has been traveling around promoting her Cookbook for the Lunch Box Set with numerous appearances on The Today Show and Good Morning America. And starting in November, Capt. Michael Groover will be touring around with his lovely wife promoting his new book, My Delicious Life with Paula Deen. Although the boys had to leave prior to my turn, the highlight of my day was Paula laughing hysterically while signing the group photo from my Deen Family Dinner (minus the Deen’s) Dinner Party. After informing her of the concept and highlighting our amazing menu of food items I assured her that she would receive a formal invitation….next time. “



If you’d like to read Ruby’s Blog visit http://www.mystyle.com/ and then search Ruby’s Blog.

Our Friends with Sea Kayak Georgia

This week and weekend there is a very big deal event happening on Tybee. The Sea Kayak Symposium begins today with kayakers from all over the world here enjoying our Tybee back yard, better known as the ocean.

Visit http://www.seakayakgeorgia.com/ to see all the details of this amazing week of adventure, all the classes and events being offered and just to learn more about what’s right here on our island! The picture in front of the sign is Susan, Cindy and I on one of our kayaking trips this summer with them. Such a fun time we had.


We have a number of guests staying with us who are attending the Symposium- a special welcome back to Martha- a self described “aging Gidget“. Two of the above pictures show Martha on another one of her Tybee adventures this summer kayaking on the waves. She’s the one in the middle yelling “yahoo!!!”
The Outdoor Inn is located right next door to Sea Kayak GA and ideal for not only weddings and special events, but kayak groups. http://www.theoutdoorinn.com/

Our newest Artist @ SeaSide Sisters Coastal Cottage Shop

I have a wonderful new artist being featured in my “shop within a shop” @ SeaSide Sisters here on Tybee. Catherine Lovett does amazing bright, vivid coastal scenes- usually painting on large canvas .

She’s done two incredible paintings that hang in my cottage- one of blue crabs and another of wild Georgia Shrimp and lemons. They are so beautiful, her art will be appearing in a future article in Paula Deen’s magazine . The pictures just make your feel like you’re on the coast! She will also be a featured artist at the 15th Annual Telefair Art Show in November www.telefair.org


We are very lucky because Catherine is now painting just for SeaSide Sisters very small ( 5×5 or 4×6) and affordable (under $50) original pieces of coastal art. The above pictures: A Basket of Oysters, an Oyster, a Shrimp, a Starfish and a Sanddollar and even a small picture of Tybee’s Back River are now in the shop.
Stop by and see this bright and cheerful fun original art!!!