Saturday, April 30, 2011

Room 8 Danforth ReDo

I couldn't resist, the zebra chair has been ordered. The paint is bought, the headboard is decided. You will not believe the before and afters of this room. Going to be TOTALLY different.

Friday, April 29, 2011

First Print Ad

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Kinda Crazy

Trying to figure out where I can use this - big enough for 3 or 4 people to sit on. May have to build a whole room around it.


Just found this pic looking for another - Austria, Christmas 2004 - want this hair back.

One of Ava's Boyfriends

Duncan Karu and Murphy Karu are Ava's boys who live in Cape Elizabeth. Their Mom, Candace, is one of our favorite people. Duncan's "Dunkin" photo is pretty fantastic. How could Ava not have a crush?

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Adopt Me!

This is great, one of the great rescuers in Maine took this sweetheart that needs a home today on walk through Bath and Brunswick with his "Adopt Me" sweater on - 5 people inquired and the local paper wants to do story. Curley is an older guy that is a doll!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Northeast Harbor Building

Our office building in Northeast Harbor is complete, signs are up, The First Bank is all moved in, going to be a great summer.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Patrick - Awwww....

Look at this beautiful baby, so happily sleepy, trusting that he is in a great place with people that love him and no bones showing. Patrick is such an inspiration to rescuers throughout the world, there is no reason that this guy should be alive, no reason at all except for LOVE. He has come from being moments from going to the Rainbow Bridge to this healthy, happy, well loved guy. There are good people in this world and Patrick is their inspiration to continuing the fight.


Seriously!!!!!!!!!!!!! If you want a puppy/dog - you can find one to rescue. If you don't have time to search and are tempted to just go to a breeder, let me try to find a baby for you. Check out this little guy. Unbelievable that he doesn't have a family, what a doll.


Well, Ava and I had our home visit and interview last week to see if we are a worthy and safe family for little Bella. Jean was here for quite a while, with treats in her pocket. Ava never stopped barking for a treat, never. I'm not sure we passed ;) As I have said before, we are leaving it all up to God - if Bella is meant to be with us she will be - if not, there is a better fit for her and we will totally respect Sue, her rescuer's, decision.

In the meantime, the following update is on Sue's site, this morning. We are very glad to hear that she is doing well.

*Update* 4/23/2011Bella had her eye removed yesterday and is doing well. We had a sleepless night making sure she was monitored after her anesthetic and comforting her. She already wants to run around today and is having a hard time with her forced restricted activity level, there is no holding this girl down. She has already figured out that we are snuggleing her and holding her more and if your hand stops petting her she lets out a tiny wimper. I was petting her while dozing and at one point I must have been falling asleep and she let me know immediately I was not doing my job. We could not have helped this little girl without everyones kind and generous donations, we are so so grateful to all of you who gave to help her. It has been a long road and soon she will be able to go to her forever home, totally healthy and fully healed and ready for a new adventure. Be proud that you have helped send this little one on her way. As always we could not do what we do without all of you, again Thank you.We will post new photo's when she is looking her best and before she goes to her new home for all to see.

Saturday, April 23, 2011


Just saw this gorgeous photo on Facebook from 555 in Portland, one of my favorites and certainly a Danforth guest favorite.

OMG. I just realized it is 3pm and I have been building this new website and FB page since 630 this morning, a little ridiculous. Must take a break. Using cute shot of John's friend's puppy, Riley, for profile pic. Ava not happy but I don't want it to be ALL AVA.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Taste Test

This weekend is a taste test with Ava and Mulligan, the testers, for organic dog bones that Mom and I are going to make. They will be in lobster shapes, have to find that cookie cutter.

Happy Earth Day

Love this shot of Smuggler's in East Boothbay to celebrate.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Pet Friendly Travel

Having fun researching pet friendly travel. Important, since I will never go anywhere if Ava can't come.... In over two years I have only spent two successive nights away from her once.... I know there are others as crazy.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Pet Friendly Smuggler's

Having fun making plans to make Smuggler's Cove pet friendly.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Home Visit

Ava and I are having a home visit today on behalf of the Rescue Group that has Bella, the little girl who we have offered to take into our family. Kind of interesting to see what this is all about, what they want to see. Like, closets, bathrooms?? I'm sure fenced in part of yard etc.... If they don't think we will work then that is the way it is... not sure why that would be but you never know. Casa Ava is a pretty cool spot.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

More Cupcake Research

C'mon Sun!

I have two dogs patiently waiting for this storm to pass and the sun to come out - okay, patiently may not be a good description. Mulligan, Ava's Golden cousin, is much more patient and he is even antsy. The moment the sun is out, we'll head down to Schooner Head.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Michael Abbott Band

SOOOO psyched for our friends who have launched their Facebook Page with new music. We are really excited about what is going to happen for these guys. People who love Maine music and want to support it are going to love this - here's link to my favorite song of their's. Check it out!

Friday, April 15, 2011


"It came to me that every time I lose a dog they take a piece of my heart with them. And every new dog who comes into my life gifts me with a piece of their heart. If I live long enough, all the components of my heart will be dog, and I will become as generous and loving as they are."

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Summer Project

Working on a Maine Singer Songwriter Showcase for several performances this summer in various venues. Exciting.

AND hoping that stars line up for a television show featuring our Amazing Music of Mainers CD project, could be AMAZING!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

First Photo for new campaign. Final Decision.

Top left to right, Mary Herbert and Christine Holt.

Bottom left to right, Kim Swan and Brianne O'Donnell

The Swan Agency Sotheby's International Realty's GPG. Greater Portland Group.


"You can say any fool thing to a dog, and the dog will give you this look that says, `My God, you're RIGHT! I NEVER would've thought of that!'" - Dave Barry

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Need Foster or Forever Home for Hope

Trying to help my wonderful rescue friends find a home for Hope. Hope had five puppies at a high kill shelter and they were ALL going to be killed the next day if Cynthia hadn't saved them. They are now in Maine, all of the puppies have been spayed and neutered and are now all on ways to new homes. Hope, who was very scared and depressed when she was first saved has done a great job being a Mom but now it's time for her to find her own home. If we can't find a forever home right away, we really need a foster. She is a sweetie.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Shifting research to cupcake factory....


I have never used carpet tiles before but I am designing a new room for Danforth and seriously considering them.

Restoration Hardware... again

I want to walk in a really fabulous house that we are listing and see this in the study. or maybe I'll just do it.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Saturday on the Couch

Ava and I are watching The Kennedys mini series I DVRd. Just looked over at her on other couch, don't think she is that interested.... poor thing is wiped out from barking at deer.

Greater Portland Group The Swan Agency Sotheby's Int'l Realty

Not my very favorite but a fun shot from our Iconic Real Estate marketing campaign.


There's a sit in going on at our house this morning and it has nothing to do with Politics.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Schooner Head Road House

When we were buying in Florida, many years ago, I asked the broker we were working with which house she would buy. She took us to two condos and a house with a FABULOUS pool, we bought the house. We loved that house and did well when I sold it. Now, if someone were to ask me what house I would personally want, other than the one I am in now, in Bar Harbor - this one would be it. This is my favorite part of town, furthest south you can get in Bar Harbor without being in Acadia. Private beach, funky modern house, privacy - love it!! and now that we have reduced price to under $2M, I know it is going to sell.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Sneak Peek of Photo Session with Jack Michaud

So, the Swan Portland ladies and I enjoyed (got through is more like it :-) a photo shoot for our ICONIC REAL ESTATE marketing campaign with Jack Michaud, who is fantastic. I already recommended him to a friend whose band is going big time for shots of the group. Anyway, there are lots of good ones but this is my particular favorite, of Av - she takes the cake :) THIS is who I am but probably nobody buying or selling real estate would care.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Sunday Prayer

NO KILL REVOLUTION QUOTE OF THE DAY... Dear God, We are thankful today because of the many new friends you have brought into our family. New friends that will stand with us in our cause and cry with us when we lose a battle to save a life. Please let us always remember your mercy and help us show compassion to all of your creatures. M...ost of all give us the strength to endure until the end and our battle is won... Amen!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Cygneture Board of Directors

Had a good meeting this afternoon with the Board of Directors of the newest company, coming soon, Cygneture. One of the Directors is 14 and spent most of the time trying to figure out who is hotter, Josh Duhamel or Johnny Depp - she thinks Josh. The other Director is 6 and she was far more intent on flavors and staffing the business but has forbidden anything with nuts or jelly, yukkk. I think the one accomplishment was that the pictured flavor has made the menu.