Calling Card


“…They were to pass again through the hall of the inn to get into the street, and it was here she presently checked him with a question.

‘Have you looked up my name?’  He could only stop with a laugh.  ‘Have you looked up mine?’

‘Oh dear, yes – as soon as you left me.  I went to the office and asked.  Hadn’t you better do the same?’ He wondered.  ‘Find out who you are? – after the uplifted young woman there has seen us thus scrape acquaintance!’

She laughed on her side now at the shade of alarm in his amusement.  ‘Isn’t it a reason the more?  If what you’re afraid of is the injury for me – my being seen to walk off with a gentleman who has to ask who I am – I assure you I don’t in the least mind.  Here, however,’ she continued, ‘is my card, and as I find there’s something else again I have to say at the office, you can just study it during the moment I leave you.’

She left him after he had taken from her the small pasteboard she had extracted from her pocket-book, and he had extracted another from his own, to exchange with it, before she came back.  He read thus the simple designation ‘Maria Gostrey,’…”

– The Ambassadors by Henry James

Why do such good things die away?  I don’t know about you, but I have a terrible time recalling names.  Hence the beauty of a calling card.  I know we have business cards – essentially the same thing – but life is not just about defining one’s self by one’s business.  More times than not, I don’t believe it should.

I was able to attend the delightful dinner party hosted by Home & Hill and Beth Kirby back in January. These cards were used as place cards at the event. What to do with all the extras that were printed?  Repurposed into calling cards!  Thanks for the gift Home & Hill!


Christmas Gift List

I think everyone should make a Christmas list.  Growing up, my sisters and I always made wish lists anytime presents were involved.  And that is exactly what they were…wish lists.  There were the years I already mentioned of wanting a parcel of my parents’ land; then it was the organic mattress; and I am sure I had a slew of other dreams that were a bit far-fetched.  That is what they always tended to be for me, dreams and wishes.  It was the place that I wrote down my hopes for life.  And then all the practical things I needed.

I still tend to opt for the practical, the things I cannot afford, or the things I feel like I should not spend my money on but could really use.  (This year I would have been tempted to add a plane ticket to France or Sicily if I did not realize it was just silly of me to do so.)

I love hearing what other people put on their lists.  It shows what might be in their heart or head that they might not have shared.  You learn something.  And, it makes shopping a lot easier.

Here is a handy Christmas Gift List to help keep track of what and who you are buying for designed by Bonnie.  It helps to stay organized!


To print, simply click the image or visit Going Home to Roost for other ideas and fun illustrations!


*Images used with permission from Bonnie.

Holiday Hoopla in Riverview

1307 Holiday Hoopla

Make sure to check out all the other shops having a Thursday night preview party along Hanover Street and Hixson Pike including:

On Hanover Street:
1307, open from 6-9pm (That’s us…Addiah, Lola’s & Spaces)
Mayflowers, open from 6-9pm
Southern Niceties, open from 6-9pm
The Clay Pot, open from 6-9pm, with a street dance party at 7:30
Lambs & Ivy, open from 5-8pm
On Hixson Pike:
Alice Blue, open from 5:30-8:30pm
Hanover Blue, open from 5:30-8:30pm
Mouton Salon, open from 5:30-8:30pm
Verde, open from 5:30-8:30pm
Charlotte’s Web, open until 9pm
Natural Body, open from 5:30-8:30pm
The festivities and specials last all weekend long!  Plus, 1307 will be collecting non-perishable food items for the New City Fellowship Food Pantry.
Hope to see you there!
Virginia, Sue, and Missy


1307 is open!
For those of you who do not know, I have joined together with two other businesses to open a new shared space & shop, known as 1307. We are located in the Riverview area of downtown Chattanooga….1307 Hanover Street.

Tues-Fri 10-6
Sat 11-4

If you are in the area, make sure to pop in and say hello!

You can follow along on our facebook page to learn more.