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Fall Décor Ideas

Fall Décor Ideas

OK, I’m NOT one of those people drinking Pumpkin Spice Lattés at the end of July. I’m not one of those people wearing boots...
Shelley Nicholson
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Labor Day

Labor Day

As we head into the Labor Day Weekend, I’m struck by two somewhat opposing thought processes. For some, it seems that Labor Day signals a BEGINNING of sorts. Granted, many schools and colleges have just gone back into session or will begin the day after Labor Day. Some look at it as a time to buckle down at work, after some lazy summer days, and many consider it the unofficial start of fall. 

 

 

Still others approach it maybe as a “last hurrah”. A weekend at the beach soaking up some of those last summer rays, or taking the kids camping, or a theme park before they find themselves in a classroom for 8 hours a day. Family picnics abound, as one of the last get-togethers before the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. 

 

 

However you choose to approach it, I’m reminded of the significance of Labor Day. It began in New York City as a means to salute the work force and all those who labored to build the infrastructure, transportation and factories in the city and in the United States. Declared a National Day of Observance by Congress in 1894, the celebration has been recognized unwaveringly since that time. 

 

And while things have changed drastically in the 100+ years since then, I think now is the BEST time to re-commit our recognition to all those who are still working effortlessly to build a strong, successful, sustainable country for us to call home. 

Shelley Nicholson
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The "Dog Days" of Summer

The "Dog Days" of Summer

Like me, it’s likely you’ve heard this expression, the "Dog Days" of Summer, at one time or another. 
Shelley Nicholson
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Cats...Part Deux

Cats...Part Deux

In my previous post about how I came to be a FOUR (yes, 4!) cat household, Mr. Bud, Coco, Arlo and I were still adjusting...
Shelley Nicholson
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Summer Solstice

Summer Solstice

Tomorrow, June 21st, marks the summer solstice A.K.A. the first day of summer. It’s the longest day of the year...
Shelley Nicholson
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Customer Service

Customer Service

My friends, I hope you will allow me to voice my opinion. I worry that customer service is dying...
Shelley Nicholson
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Gifts Galore

Gifts Galore

While the wedding season has expanded over the years to include all 12 months as options for your big day, spring and summer are still a popular time of year to say “I Do!” Something about the flowers, the warm air and new beginnings still make me think of this as the start of wedding season. Thus, it’s a great time to remind you all about Golden Hill Studio’s Gift Registry and wedding glassware options. 

 

Are you getting married in the near future? It’s so easy to create a registry for your friends and family to visit. Simply head to our Gift Registry Sign Up page, fill in your name and email address, create a password and Voilá! Your registry has begun. It’s easy to make changes, and simple for your guests to find and purchase your requests. And shipping is free on $80.00 or more!

Whether you are looking for traditional style champagne flutes for your wedding toast, or one of our numerous artistic designs, your options are endless. In addition to drink-ware, we offer fruit and salad bowls, cheese and cake dishes, and an array of home décor. Our glassware, hand-painted right here in our upstate New York studio, is the perfect wedding or bridal shower gift! 

 

To view more of our glassware designs, head to goldenhillstudio.com. 

Shelley Nicholson
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Feel Spring!

Feel Spring!

If March comes in like a Lion and goes out like a Lamb, and April Showers bring May Flowers, then Spring...
Shelley Nicholson
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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

2022 seemed to make its way through like a speeding bullet train. And then, all of a sudden we arrive at the 2023 station. How time can go so quickly...
Shelley Nicholson
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Holiday Ornaments...Make Your Own

Holiday Ornaments...Make Your Own

OK, this is going way back to childhood; I’m talking those Christmas Cookie-type ornaments that you can bake and decorate yourself...
Shelley Nicholson
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O Christmas Tree...

O Christmas Tree...

Thanksgiving dinner has been devoured, time was well spent with family and friends, but now we turn our attention to that magical holiday…Christmas...
Shelley Nicholson
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Crazy (for) Cats Lady

Crazy (for) Cats Lady

It’s no secret that I have always loved cats, and most of my life have shared a home with at least one cat. Most recently, I was a contented 3-cat household. After having 2 cats for much of my adult life, I had to make the difficult decision a couple years ago to have my sweet Claudette euthanized due to old age and declining health. 

 

 Claudette

Mr. Bud and I were doing OK, but both missed Claudette. I thought long and hard about the best way to integrate another cat into the household and after speaking with fellow cat-lovers, decided to bring two kittens into the mix. The kittens, I was told, would spend a lot of their energy playing with each other, hopefully giving Mr. Bud some time and space to adjust.

 

Mr. Bud

 

Thus, Arlo and Coco joined us last summer, and while there was certainly an adjustment period, within several weeks, all three cats were getting along swimmingly. 

 

Arlo
                                                                                                                                     
Coco

 

And everything was going along just dandy. But sometimes, life has other plans for us. Around mid-September this year, someone dropped off a kitten here at the warehouse. Well, I can’t leave a stray out to brave the elements, even one that was a little wild and unsocialized. I kept him in the warehouse until I could get him into the vet's office to be checked out and vaccinated, so that I could then find a loving home for him. Of course, by the time that all happened, I had fallen in love with him and he had become much more sociable and friendly. After having his vaccinations and being given a clean bill of health by the vet, we made the transition into the house. We call him Itty Bitty Kitty for now, and he is making friends with the others. He is especially smitten with Arlo and that is the story of how I officially became a “Crazy Cat Lady.” 

 

Itty Bitty Kitty
                                                                                                                                   
Itty Bitty with Arlo
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