A sad time for our family at the loss of our sister

My sister, Cathy, has written on our family blog about our sister Sally, who passed away recently. Please click on the photo to go to the blog

           Cathy, Cordelia, Sally on the right


Happy Thanksgiving from our home to yours

Be with your friends and family, eat, drink, smile, laugh and be thankful for how fortunate we all are.

Our Thanksgiving place setting:
I love to set a pretty table using fine linens, antique silver flatware, napkin rings, chargers and fresh cut flowers from our garden. For a centerpiece this Thanksgiving I used gourds and small white pumpkins. The entire tablescape was variations of creamy whites, vintage silver and crystal.

Chateau de Fleurs Vintage Marketplace next week:

Chateau de Fleurs coming up Friday & Saturday, December 3rd & 4th:

Today a friend sent me a photo of my booth at Chateau de Fleurs' last marketplace. Their Christmas show is coming up on December 3 & 4, 2010. Don't miss this sale - their vendors are awesome. I can't wait to visit them. I'll be shopping (not selling this time) - so looking forward to seeing everyone and their treasures. The timing's perfect for Christmas shopping. This marketplace has great deals so the shopping will be good. Christie and Rita do an amazing job organizing this event and hand-picking wonderful vendors. Check it out - you'll be glad you did.
See you there!

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The My contribution to the Big Book of Social Media: Case Studies, Stories, Perspectives

by Cordelia Mendoza

A few months ago, I was asked to be a contributing author of a book on social media. Knowing Bob Fine, the author, who is always inventive and innovative, I was intrigued. After getting an understanding of what he wanted to do, I was in. It was to be a compilation of social media practitioners from leading brands and small businesses, technology innovators and cutting-edge startups. 

What a project it has been for Fine. Getting all of the contributors to submit their drafts on time, then editing and more editing. He was on the fast track getting it published by deadline and he did it!

I am flattered to be included in the book. Since it's not common for people in the antiques industry to use new media, Fine wanted a perspective from a retailer aggressively using social media tools. My chapter is titled "Something Old, Something New".
Not Business. Not Marketing. This is an IDEA book.

It is now in book stores and on Amazon.