Getting Festive – Simple Decor for the Season

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After getting back from my VERY talented friend, Meredith‘s farm near Athens, Georgia, I decided to get all crafty and creative.

Holly + Pinecones + old seersucker shorts turned ribbon

Holly + Pinecones + old seersucker shorts turned ribbon

Just felt good using all the pinecones and Leiland cypress we collected to create something fun and interesting for the house. No tree this year but these festive decorations will get me in the spirit all while keeping in line with the outdoors-y feeling of my house.

Spruce meet Boots


Merry, Merry, y’all!

Chandelier + Mistletoe + Pinecones + Seersucker

Chandelier + Mistletoe + Pinecones + Seersucker



Mary Telfair Grand Tour

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In celebration of the Uffizi exhibition, the Telfair presents the Mary Telfair Grand Tour featuring rarely exhibited works from Mary Telfair’s collection which she acquired primarily in Italy during her travels abroad.

Mary Telfair Grand Tour

The Telfairs visited European sites of cultural significance and the Uffizi Gallery was one of the “must see” stops on their itinerary. Mary Telfair also brought back art purchased during their travels. This exhibition will include a variety of works acquired in Rome, Florence and the low countries during the Telfair sisters’ 1842 and 1851 European tours. Among the works included are a portrait miniature of Mary Telfair, several works in the manner of Baroque painter Salvatore Rosa, and portraits of Vittoria della Rovere, the young Grand Duchess of Florence Continue Reading »

Savannah Style with Cedric Smith

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When you’re out and about in Savannah you’re sure to see all the sights and sounds that help us create our Savannah Cottage Style.  In fact, all you have to do is look at the Out and About Photo Blog from You’re welcome Savannah to see what’s happening in fashion and art and the heart of Savannah.  You might even see someone you know!

Savannah Cottage Style

Queen Bee Laurie and Tondee, Out and About on Bull Street. Photo: Cedric Smith

One Savannahian we’re so glad to know is You’re Welcome Savannah co-founder Cedric Smith.  Cedric is a self-taught painter and photographer who creates the shots you see on the site.  His iconic images include landscape art, pop art, brand advertising and especially photography, either his own, vintage images, or a combination of the two. Cedric spends most days capturing our Hostess City’s vibe and most nights creating his dynamic works of art.  In fact, he fashioned this extraordinary portrait of my Tondee that is one of my most prized possessions.

Savannah Cottage Style

Tondee’s portrait by Cedric Smith.

I spend my days defining and presenting Busy Bee’s Savannah Cottage Style and I am so happy to be  inspired and influenced by Cedric’s discerning eye for Savannah!

Local Flavor and Local Art

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You’re invited to join me for a Local Flavor Art Exhibit this Thursday, October 11th, at Lowcountry Gourmet Foods in Savannah!

Local Flavor Art Exhibit

Joanne Morton will be the curator at this special event connecting local businesses with Savannah’s creative community.  If you are  looking for some new art for your home or office or for a gift this is  a wonderful show. Continue Reading »

Sensational Savannah Shutterbugs: I Like What You See, Tim Nealon

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The Olde Pink House, a Savannah landmark as photographed by Tim Nealon

Don’t you wish you could sometimes see the world through someone else’s eyes?  I know I do and I especially fall in love with how photographers present their subjects.

One of my favorite Savannah photographers is Tim Nealon.  Tim specializes in HDR or High Dynamic Range photography.  HDR is a range of methods to provide higher dynamic range from the imaging process. Non-HDR cameras take pictures at one exposure level with a limited contrast range. This results in the loss of detail in bright or dark areas of a picture, depending on whether the camera had a low or high exposure setting. HDR compensates for this loss of detail by taking multiple pictures at different exposure levels and intelligently stitching them together to produce a picture that is representative in both dark and bright areas.

Well, needless to say I may not understand all of the technical aspects of HDR, but I sure like what Tim’s sees and his photographs inspire me to slow down and take new looks at the Savannah I see every day.  When life seems to pass you by too quickly, just stop by Tim’s blog and get a new perspective.  You’ll love how he presents Savannah through his eyes.

Of course, the only better way to enjoy Tim’s photographs is while you’re having a relaxing stay in a historic Busy Bee Vacations cottage or townhouse.  Can’t you just see it?

Oh, happy day! Bacon Bourbon Brownie at Foxy Loxy

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Bourbon Bacon Brownie at Foxy Loxy Print Gallery & Cafe

This was one sinful treat!

This photo is not edited! This utterly rich and sinful brownie exists only at Foxy Loxy Print Gallery & Cafe & was worth every penny (and calorie)!

I’ve been running over to Foxy Loxy to meet with the team at Busy Bee lately because it’s a super cheerful place with creative food in a good central location.

Tuesday was a mocha with Jess from Saved by the Belles, our green cleaning partner. Yesterday was my sweet AND savory brownie with Claire, my logo and design gal who is helping me get our coffee bags together (coming soon to our signature cottages!).

More to come on the fabulous Foxy Loxy including info on their Breakdancing Lessons & the Forsyth to Victory Art March that takes place the First Friday of Each Month. The event takes place very close to our Cottage 1010 & I know our guests will appreciate being so close to all the action!

Until then, tell the barista at Foxy Loxy that I sent you & to nuke the brownie for 5 seconds……delicious!

Ready…Set…Go Savannah!

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There’s another fun packed weekend just waiting for you in Savannah.  Busy Bees have your choice of Irish shenanigans, Mardi Gras revelry, music, books and all the good eats you can stand.  Not sure how to get it all in?  Let Busy Bee Vacations help you experience Savannah the way it should be!

Things To Do In Savannah, Savannah Book Festival

Molly Wright's "Lose Yourself In Books"

SMF Live

Times: Varies Dates: Thru Apr 01, 2012 Location: Various Admission: Varies Website: Phone: 912-525-5050

The Savannah Music Festival launches new programming that includes a year-round concert series – SMF LIVE – featuring some of the music world’s most acclaimed performers, increased distribution of its concert recordings to public and satellite radio, and music education programs that span the entire year. The complete program for the 2012 Savannah Music Festival, which takes place March 22 through April 7.  The SMF LIVE Concert Series – a new initiative that reflects the quality and breadth of festival programming -presents renowned artists in jazz, classical, Americana and world music from October through April. “After nine years of continual growth,” says Executive & Artistic Director Rob Gibson, “this expansion addresses our community’s need for first-rate live music and supplemental music education, while also enhancing Savannah’s profile as a premier cultural tourism destination.” To view SMF Live programs and/or buy tickets, click website link.

5th Annual Savannah Book Festival

Times: Various Dates:  Feb 17-19, 2012 Location: In and around Telfair Square Admission: Free Website: Phone: 912.598.4040

The Savannah Book Festival is a five-day event in February that celebrates books and the written word.  Authors come from around the country to Savannah and present their work to audiences of booklovers eager to hear what they have to say.
Most events are FREE and open to the public, including the Friday Night Keynote Address with Pat Conroy (The Great Santini, The Prince of Tides)and the actual Festival on Saturday. There are a few fundraising events throughout the weekend including the Brad Thorr dinner, an evening with Walter Isaacson (the biography of Steve Jobs) and the closing ceremony with Stephen King. Continue Reading »