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Interview With An Artist: Meet Suzanne Conner

A few weeks ago, we hosted an art show at the store featuring the work of local artists. We stole a few minutes with painter Suzanne Conner, a longtime Tallahasseean, to talk about her work, her process, and what inspires her:

How long have you been painting?

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I’ve been painting about three years. I started painting for grief therapy; it’s been part of a healing process for me. I teach classes on creativity, I go to a lot of art shows, and I do a lot of commission work. I love every minute of it.

What media do you work in?

Acrylic, usually on board. I use all kinds of finishes and gels to enhance and add texture. I paint angels, mermaids, nature, things like that.

Where do you paint?

I bought my mom’s house, and the room that I paint in is my old childhood room.

What inspires you?

I teach Sunday School to 2- and 3-year-olds and I am always inspired by the children. I’m also inspired by creation and being outside. Lately I’ve been learning a lot about trust; I quit my job in November and am now a full-time artist. At some point we just need to give it all to God and know that He is in control. And I have to give God the glory for it all.

To learn more about Suzanne and her work, visit suzanneconnerart.com or fireflyevenings.com.  To see some of her paintings in person, stop by Bedfellows, 1495 Market Street, Tallahassee, FL. 

Corporate Gifts – we do that!

Do you need unique and innovative gifts for your clients and employees for a special event or holiday? Bedfellows is your local Tallahassee source for corporate gifts! Our assortment appeals to gift recipients of all ages and aesthetics. Whether you want to make a statement or give personalized gifts of appreciation, we can make the process easy. We can get your order placed early – in plenty of time for giving. And as always, it is our pleasure to offer complimentary giftwrap.

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One of our favorite and most versatile lines is Mariposa.  The company began in 1984 after founder Livia Cowan returned from a road trip through Mexico with a truckload of recycled glassware made from old Coke bottles. Livia set up shop in her parent’s garage and Mariposa was born.  Nearly three decades later, the truck and the garage headquarters are gone but the small family-feel of the company remains. Mariposa is currently housed in a renovated, yellow 19th century livery stable called, “The Barn” in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts.

  • Mariposa products are all handmade. No two pieces are ever exactly alike.
  • Mariposa is committed to ecological responsibility. The majority of our products are made from 100% recycled materials.
  • Mariposa Artist in Residence, Shelly Bradbury, has won international praise as an extraordinary sculptor.
  • Michael Updike, son of famous American author, John Updike, is the artist and master sculptor behind the Mariposa signature Brillante collection. Renowned for his elegance and bright whimsy, Updike has done the impossible at Mariposa for decades: turning 100% recycled aluminum into tomorrow’s supplest tableware, inspired by both nature and tradition.
  • Mariposa is one of the strongest brands in the wedding category. (Attendant Gifts)  Traditional brides are drawn to the timeless beauty of String of Pearls, part of the Updike’s Brillante collection. String of Pearls pieces make the perfect wedding gift and are often engraved with the couple’s monogram. More modern brides may favor Bradbury’s Sueño collection.
  • Need the perfect gift for any occasion? Customers continue to turn to Mariposa for unique and innovative hostess, birthday and holiday gifts.
  • Mariposa products come in the signature teal gift boxes and larger pieces include soft, protective flannel sleeves for storage.
  • Mariposa products are not only beautiful, but also easy to care for—they won’t tarnish and can be cleaned with soap and water. As with most metal, items are not dishwasher or microwave-safe.

 

 

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Fresh smelling towels for summer…

Summer is officially upon us and here in sunny Florida the humidity is sweltering already. towelsfresh towelsbedfellows is a shop full of beautiful, quality linens and – as our customers say, “we love the smell”. Yes, bedfellows smells great from the moment you enter the front door.

This week we’re focusing on towels and getting you ready for this summer season! Wet towels don’t smell good, and their lingering odors are not pleasant and can be easily eliminated.

Everyone uses a boat load of towels throughout the summer and we want you to be ready! Whether by the pool or down at the coast, wet towels get thrown in a pile and the smell can be a bit daunting. Traditionally, even after the laundry – that disgusting odor lingers.

Let us fix that for you and make summertime laundry a breeze… or at least smell like a breeze!

  1. Choose from our wide selection of colorful towels;  HomeSource micro-cotton quick-drying prevents those unpleasant smells.
  2. Machine wash towels in our Towel Wash and you’ll enjoy that fresh smell all summer long.
  3. Choose from several sizes to suit your family needs.

Bath 27 x 54
Hand 16 x 30
Wash 13 x 13
Body Sheet 34 x 70
Shower Towel 30 x 60
Shower Towel 30 x 60

  1. Add a monogram and get ready for the water!

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pillows that pop with personality!

kayakCozy and inviting, woven cotton and wool micro-hooked decorative pillows charm with cheerful colors and playful patterns.

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Annie Selke has gotten crafty with these distinctive pillows, featuring acrylic embroidery on her signature indoor/outdoor polypropylene. Bold beauty for the bedroom, the backyard, and everywhere in between! Hoseable and bleachable. Air dry. Do not machine wash or tumble dry.

Flora Crewel Navy Indoor/Outdoor Pillow

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Poppy Fuchsia/Blue Indoor/Outdoor Pillow

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StripeFlowerBlue[15091]Stripe Flower Navy/Light Blue Indoor/Outdoor Pillow – Pillows that pop with personality? We’ve got ‘em, like this cheery number in shades of grass, lemon, crimson, and tangerine. Spot clean. Professional cleaning recommended.

Lamb with Carrot Jam, Green Bean Salad, and Morel Mushroom Sauce

Here’s a wonderful Easter dinner recipe that we discovered at Bravo TV
LAMB W/ CARROT JAM, GREEN BEAN SALAD AND MOREL MUSHROOM SAUCE
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This serves a crowd of 30, so if you’re family gathering is a bit smaller, you may want to adjust the measurements. We took the liberty of substituting our delicious Rowena’s Carrot Jam. In stock at bedfellows and ready to serve.jam

Ingredients
For Lamb:

  • 12 (avg 12-16 oz) racks of lamb, frenched and meat scrapes reserved for sauce
  • 1 bunch fresh parley, picked
  • 1 bunch fresh rosemary, cut into 2” pieces
  • 1 bunch fresh mint, picked
  • 10 garlic cloves, smashed and rough chopped
  • ½-1 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons black pepper, cracked
Carrot Jam: Use our delicious ROWENA’S CARROT JAM
For Minted Beans:
  • 4 ½ lb blue lake beans, cut into ½” coins
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 bunch fresh mint, finely chopped
  • 2 bunches fresh chives
  • 2-4 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
For Morel Mushroom Sauce:
  • All lamb scrapes, cut into 2” pieces, dusted with flour
  • 1 lb onions
  • ½ lb celery
  • ½ lb carrots?
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 2 oz dried morels, re-hydrated in warm water, liquid reserved
  • 2 quarts brown veal or lamb stock
  • 2 bay leaves
  • ½ bunch fresh thyme, tied with bay leaf

Directions

1. Marinate lamb with herbs, garlic, olive oil, pepper, and a pinch of salt. Marinate overnight. Wipe off marinade and wrap bones in foil. Sear lamb loin on the stove and finish in 350-degrees F oven until internal temperature reaches 125-degrees F. Let rest at least 10 minutes before slicing.

2. For carrot jam, combine all ingredients and just enough water to cover. Bring to a slow boil and then reduce heat. Simmer until thick, stirring constantly. Puree mixture until smooth and season to taste.

3. For minted beans, blanch beans in heavily salted water. Drain and let cool. Heat butter and add beans. Season with lemon juice and salt, and fold in mint and chives. Adjust seasoning with salt if necessary.

4. For morel mushroom sauce, seared lamb scraps and remove from pot. Add vegetables and caramelize until brown. Deglaze with red wine. Add morel mushrooms with re-hydrating liquid, veal stock, and herbs. Simmer for 1-1 ½ hours. Remove herbs and puree sauce until smooth. Adjust consistency and seasoning.

To Serve:
1. Streak morel mushroom sauce in a line onto plate.
2. Arrange a line of minted beans next to sauce.
3. Spoon a spread ROWENA’S CARROT JAM next to beans. (hostess idea image)
4. Cut lamb into double cut chops and arrange over carrot jam.

Combine our Carrot Jam with one of our lovely Hen House tea towels and a spreader for the perfect hostess gift. We’ll help you make the linen color choices and wrap it beautifully for gifting. Complimentary, of course! Call ahead 850-893-1713. We’ll take your order and have several of these waiting for you to pick up! Happy Passover – Happy Easter from the staff of bedfellows.

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a parade of lamps in stock now!

Just in case you’re wondering how interior designers do it, we discovered a little drawing that will make your bedside table beautiful and functional. Use these suggestions to design your own bedside table.

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(1) ART- we recommend the works of local artists when practical. Consider the size and scale of the pieces you choose. Make sure the subject is something you love.

(2) FLORALS – something floral will soften the look of the overall room by evoking that relaxing oasis and warm space you desire. Elevate with books if necessary to create that multi-level aspect which is pleasing to the eye.

(3) LAMPS – Choose a lamp that works with your wall covering and bedding; a style that does not compete, but one that makes a statement allows the table to become a complete element in the room.

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We have just unpacked a large shipment of stylish and unique lamps. Here is a small gallery of what we have in stock now, but you’ll want to come in and take a closer look. Whether it’s the coast house, the plantation or the traditional family home, we have something perfect for you at bedfellows. 1495 market st. in tallahassee.

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we’re hosting our spring cinda b trunk show beginning Wednesday, March 6th through Saturday, March 9th. the sales representative will be on hand Thursday to answer any questions and assist in your selection.  receive a

FREE gift with purchase of $50 or more of cinda b product.

Call ahead 850-893-1713 and reserve your favorite selections.

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cinda b and erin travel to the big apple!

In planning our bedfellows blog, we thought perhaps that it might be appropriate to highlight some of our employees so that you will know us just a little better . Over the years of working together, bonds are formed and friendships made that last a lifetime. So today – Erin is in the spotlight! We all cherish our local gal and the sunshine she brings to each work day.

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Erin came to bedfellows in 2011, shortly after the move to Market St. Her flexible part-time availability as an FSU student and good attitude are such a blessing at the store; we can’t say how thankful we are for her willingness to jump right in when needed. Her girl-next-door personality welcomes the customers and her knowledge of our fine linens and gifts is amazing. Many of you have found her your favorite go-to person for gifts; afterall, she is the absolute BEST giftwrapper ever!

When we asked Erin to choose just one favorite product that we feature, her fave – hands down is cinda b.  The company offers a line of handbags, totes, travel bags and accessories, all custom-designed in fashion-forward color schemes, patterns and silhouettes – Made in the USA.

Erin always wears the latest trends in high fashion and knows current designers, so the classic travel bags were a gift to self!

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On a recent “big girls trip”  to NEW YORK with her sister and a couple of other friends, Erin’s new Carry-on Rolly and Super Tote in mod tortoise were the perfect selection for her fabulous trip. The tortoise shells and the tortoise pattern is a timeless design with a universal appeal.

We had to chuckle when we saw these staged images of Erin mimicking a cinda b ad slick! Perfect! She actually brings more life to the ad than the professional. Can’t you just see the dedication? ….well maybe!

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…on the subway, the girls met a few new friends… discovered LOVE! …and found FREEDOM! apparently

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But when it was time to come home and get back to work, Erin said, “WHAT? it’s over already?”

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Be sure to stop in soon and say hello to Erin, ask her about her NYC trip and let her wrap up a little something beautiful from bedfellows. 1495 Market St., next to Nic’s Toggery in The Market District. Give us a call if you have any questions…850-893-1713. We’d love to have you LIKE our Facebook page and sign up for email updates there as well. Follow us on Twitter @bedfellows and @cinda_b