Thursday, June 24, 2010

Our New York Times Interview

Photo by Trevor Tondro for The New York Times

The real reason I locked my blog for a month is because the Times
wanted to feature our farm, and they insisted on being first to break the story.

I am writing this post twelve hours before I read it.
And, I still can’t believe my good fortune.
Thank you, Joyce Wadler, for seeing something in us;
and thank you, Trevor Tondro, for your camera eye seeing something in us!

Most of all, thanks to every one of my confused followers that emailed me
because they missed my blog.

The night before I got the ladder out after Swiffering the floor.

Trevor worked for nine hours.   He was very patient with us;
my King and I don’t take much seriously.   When he asked us to walk hand in hand,
we spontaneously starting singing, ‘Hey, Hey, We’re the Monkees’
while doing that step they did on their show.

And, he was obliged to climb the infamous 7 foot ladder to get shots of the loft.

We were obliged to pose more than we ever have in our lives--like the spurious weeding
and slow motion wood splitting--but we didn’t mind.
I’m really making a paper rose in this picture,
and my King made fresh rolls for Joyce and Trevor.

Little Miss ZuZu on my chair as always.

While Trevor worked, I picked some antique roses - Blush Hip and
Konigin von Danemark - for the shoot...

...and wild fraises des bois for him and his wife and baby daughter.

Photo by Trevor Tondro for The New York Times

Trevor had the idea to set votive candles all around my porch as dusk fell.
I wish I thought of that!

Until next time, and thank goodness next time finally is here,

Stay shabby!


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september said...

Thank goodness I can get back to your blog!!! I was soooo disappointed to think that I had to be invited, especially since I had no way to email you asking for an invite. Beautiful pics! Thanks

september said...

Thank goodness I can get back to your blog!!! I was soooo disappointed to think that I had to be invited, especially since I had no way to email you asking for an invite. Beautiful pics! Thanks

Anonymous said...

I wondered what had happened.... I can't begin to tell you how much I enjoy your little cottage!!

Garden Antqs Vintage said...

Sandy, so glad you are back and I just read about your story from Angelo's blog

What a great article they did on your cottage. I loved it. Have a great day, Theresa

Alaina said...

I am so glad to hear you are back. I was wondering what had happened. How great for you to be discovered. You deserve it, what a wonderful cottage. I will look for the article.

Katie@LeBeauPaonVictorien said...

Wow!, congrats on being "discovered"! The New York Times!! What an exciting experience.
Beautiful pictures too!

Crystal said...

I'm so happy for you!! What an honor! I am soooo glad your back....missed you!

Ozma of Odds said...

...OH SANDY!!!!
I'm doing the happy~joy~joy dance for you:) how absolutely fabulous and soooo very exciting!! Your fairytale cottage is oh-so-romantic and truely a dream that all of us are so fortunate to even see a glimpse of!! I am so happy you are back as your spirit, pictures and little parties inspire me to say...why not? Today is a good to dance and sing!!!
~ hugs and many happy congrats to you dear one!!
xo, Rosemary

stefanie said...

oh, how exciting!!!! its gorgeous!! and you are gorgeous...can't wait to see more!

Prior said...

The first time I laid eyes on your blog, I fell in love with Shabby Streamside Studio! Lezlee

Debra@Common Ground said...

How wonderful! I was one of those confused and worried bloggers myself. I couldn't imagine what had happened! So glad it's all good news! Your studio is fabulous and needs to be shared with the world. Can't wait to see more.

Linda said...

OH Sandy! How exciting! Your little streamside studio is SO beautiful! Congratulations! you deserve it! XO

Claudia said...

Wonderful, wonderful! I've read the article and emailed you. It is wonderful! Congratulations and good to have you back.

Sharon~heartsongs said...

I love the article! I love your cottage! You have done a great job.

Vintage Rose Collection said...

Sandy, How wonderful!! Congratulations!! I really enjoyed the article and the pictures were yummy!!! and what a beautiful girl you are!!!

Rose Garden Romantic said...

Hi Sandy! So glad you are back! What a great article! Loved all the photos!

Debbie said...

I'm so glad you are back, I was feeling just a little sad and very jealous for those who were invited to your blog. I love taking a look each week at what you have done. Congrats on the article, wish that we could read it.

Cabin and Cottage said...

Well congratulations to you Sandy! I'm glad you're back. And I'm really glad it wasn't anything I'D DONE! (only half joking) I was worried about that! Your place looks as enchanting as ever. What an exciting experience for you! I still have all these snowy pictures in my brain from past posts, but your sweet tiny cottage looks sensational surrounded by woodsy green. Welcome back! Jacqueline

Ginger said...

So glad your back, I've missed looking at your wonderful blog. You are so inspiring to me. Would love to see the article they published.


Daphne Nicole & Lynda Cade said...

Congrats on being featured. I love your cottage, it's gorgeous!!! Blessings~~~Daphne

Lou said...

Ohhh gosh so glad I found your gorgeous blog and what a totally stunning post and cottage!! Congratulations on being featured!
Lou xx

tina, theoldfrenchdoors... said...

Congrats Sandy, what fantastic news. I was missing your posts. The cottage looks fantastic.
Thanks for sharing.

Norma said...

So great to see you back, I've missed you!!

Congratulations on the NYT story, at last the recognition you deserve! But it's more than a celebration of your creativity, it's a story of a strong woman committed to following her heart no matter what the obstacles and I congratulate and admire you for that more than you can imagine.

As for that man of yours, he obviously needs a big chest to house his big heart ;)

Love and hugs from Downunder xx

Natasha said...

Wow! Congratulations and welcome back! I've really missed reading your blog and all of your wonderful photos too!

a Bohemian Market said...

Hi Sandy:
Super duper : )
I saw Beth's name and I have been a long time follower of hers and I loved your New York Times article. Such a poignant article; human and humane. Delightful cottage you created. Your "girls" are precious too.
The freshly baked rolls and green tea sound scrumptious!!!
Take care and it is nice to meet you

LindaSonia said...

How wonderfully awesome and gorgeous. Kudos to you!! Love it!!! LindaSonia

mo said...

I absolutely love the votive touch on the porch...who knew?

A man with fantastic taste in Shabby!

Congrats on your stardom!

How wonderful! Your blog is a daily part of my life.



Blissitydoodah said...

Stay Shabby LOL :) great advice! Oh mercy I love your little house!!!! So happy to see it :) I've had three Maltese dogs...someday again.

Lori Katies Rose Cottage said...

Ohhh what fun and what wonderful pictures ~
You are such a doll ~

Lynn said...

Sandy, I am originally from Albany and found this article and then found your blog tonight. I love, love, love your studio/cottage. You are such a tiny little girl to have done all that heavy building etc and the result is just stunning, magical and romantic all at once. What inspiration this is in how you made such beauty of almost nothing. So happy I found your blog. Enjoy your treasure.

Sheree said...

It's all so very enchanting, almost like a world of it's own! Finding your site was a nice way to start the weekend off! :)

vintage girl at heart said...

Oh my goodness I just found you via Garden Antiques Vintage and have only read your first page so far....I am so thrilled with your....well everything!!!
Your sweet cottage is fabulous and just so perfect!!!

....I must go make a pot of tea and read your archives.....


❦TattingChic said...

Congratulations! How cool is that! I just started following your blog! I am sure your previous followers are relieved to be back "in the know"! Everything is so "picture perfect". What a lovely place! :D
~TattingChic ♥

Cheryl~ZanyMayd said...

Amazing ~ I saw the photo of the Cottage & read the article yesterday online & kept thinking, I know that place.... Congratulations, as always Your Sweet Studio Cottage is Breathtaking.....

Revamped French Maison said...

Your getaway is gorgeous! Such amazing work you have done! I wanted to turn our shed into a girly area too! Maybe someday it'll happen. I'm still just amazed at how you did all of this. I completely sympathize with you on doing large projects and nearly being in tears at times. My mother is from Albany in fact she's there now for the summer.

Also I found you via a blog I follow-Urban Farmgirl.

Thank you for sharing your lovely special place :)

The Tablescaper said...

I came upon your blog through blog land. Just skipping around and how fortunate for me. You have a lovely home - obviously the NYT thought so too! Congragtulations on your good fortune.

Just gorgeous. But I must admit, I have a hard time envisioning how you actually live there, LOL!

I'm going back to become a follower.

I host a weekly meme called "Summer Sundays". It's about what summer means to YOU. I'd love to have you come and join us.

- The Tablescaper

Ottitor said...

I saw the article on the New York Times and was delighted to find your blog. Your story and your work is an inspiration! My family was in a similar situation and I am now at the struggle point in my life (trying to find my "home"). Thank you for letting us in to your life :) Sleep well knowing you have inspired MANY people.

WhiteWhispers2u said...

Sandy~Bravo my Dear! Simply Beautiful.I am new to your blog and will be back for another visit.~Cheers Kim

Charlene said...

Sandy, I am soooooooooooo PROUD of you making the magazine!!! And how wonderful it looks! Thank you for sending me the special email to check it out. I was on the way to Paper Cowgirls & didn't have time to answer you that day. But, WOW I am just busting with HAPPY for you!!! You deserve this! You have done an amazing job on your studio & are very talented. Soooooooooo glad we call each other FRIEND!!!! And by the way, keep the candles on the porch... a magical touch don't you think? I can't wait to tour this little jewel in person someday. HUGS SWWETY! Charlene

Cindy Roehrich... said...

loved your story & the beautiful sweet haven that you have created for yourself. you are an inspirtation! glad i came across your blog.

Nicole Tadgell said...

I am so delighted, I've been speechless! Words can't express how happy I am for you.You are beautiful, and everything you touch glows.

KC-Design said...

Ohhhhhhh, your little cottage is a dream!! I absolutely love it. You have done a wonderful, wonderful job, it is amazing!!

Kinser Event Company said...

Oh, oh, oh this is a dream come true ~ I am drooling ever every single detail! You did an AMAZING job - LOVE it!!

I just featured it on my blog

and my FB business page

Pamela said...

Saw your interview the other day and then when I was hopping blogs I saw somebody found your blog! Your lil' piece of heaven is just beautiful! You should go into interior design!

Jeanneoli said...

Truly one of the most gorgeous things I have ever seen!! Way to go and way to create beauty!

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

precious, precious, precious!

what an adorable little cottage in the woods. a girls' dream - swooooning.......

congrats to you and trevor for all of the wonderful press.
so deserving!!

love your blog!!

Home and Heart said...

I am *sighing* so loud you can probably heart it from there!!! This is THE most lovely thing EVER!! You did a wonderful job!

laura said...

Wow what a beautiful blog & cottage. I saw your cottage on Fifi's site as well. everything is just so very enchanting & inspiring!!!! Glad we connected. xoxo Laura

Julie (Legacy Crafter) said...

breathtaking, love the pictures! Very magical and just darn beautiful hideaway. Looks like a dream

Morning T said...

Hi Sandy~ I am thrilled to find your blog as I have been drooling over the pics of your sweet home in the NYTimes for the past week. I hope you don't mind but I'd like to share your home with my readers and of course I'll link to your blog and the NYTimes article.
You are quite a talented lady!

Ria Romano said...

Congrats on the New York Times article ... such an ethereal place you have created - the photos are mystical. Really just lovely. Ria

Chateau Chic Boutique said...

Hi there! I wondered what happened to your blog! I found it thru another blog a while back during the wee hours (when I'm usually browsing blogs). I really thought I clicked the Follow button! I discovered you again in Fifi's post and was so happy....then the link took me to someone in Germany?? (but she does have a lovely blog also.)

Anyway, I finally googled "sandy shabby blog" and found you immediately!

Sorry for the long-winded comment but just thought you'd appreciate the effort to find your blog again!

Oh, I almost forgot... Congratulations! Have a super day!


Margaret said...

Sandy, it's incredibly scrumptious! Marie Antoinette would have loved it. I'm do you keep vandals out? I couldn't be that trusting...

Brayton Homestead Interiors said...

to divine for words - to pack so much beauty in such a space= divine...

Quiana said...

The story turned out beautifully! congrats! I found your site via elements of style, btw.

Johwey Redington said...

What a lovely lovely cottage!

à la parisienne said...

All I can say is I LOVE it! I just stumbled across your blog, saw this post, and yelled to my husband "Come look at this!" He ran in and said "I've already seen this on Yahoo!" This cottage is so deserving of such coverage.


The Owl's Closet said...

omgosh, this is amazing! i just read a feature about u on another blog. what an awesome place u built! i love everything about it:) congrats on ur feature, as well!

Anonymous said...

sandra/sandy it's so nice to meet ya!

i am enamored with your little cottage. every knick and crany are so delightful. every single detail of lace, ruffles, chandelier and antiques is pure heaven.

congratulatons on your feature in new york times, you totally deserve it and what and amazing king you have to treat his lady in this special way.

please consider me your newest follower. i found you thankfully through miles of style.

your little dog is so cute.

happy fabulous weekend.


rob said...

In todays hustle and bustle I found your blog a serene and comforting, experience what a very charming Blog, Thankyou so much.

Anonymous said...

I came across this story and your blog on facebook, all I can say is wow..... it makes me smile to know the true love and free spirit you and your love has for one another. Your home is amazing and I'm now a new follower.... I'm looking forward to be reading your blogs..... Take care and be free.

The Rusty Bucket said...

Wow! Major cottage envy. I've got a space that I've been dieing to do something with - great inspiration.

SimpleSue said...

I some how feel comforted knowing this fantastic place exists somewhere in reality. What a dream!

sidra ali said...

My first post on your blog and really it is just to say thanks for your Nice Post And Shairing
You always pick such interesting i visit your blog regularly for updates!
Loved your description of it.
Thank you for picking this one.


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