I have blogged before about the wonderful Phyllis C in Naples, Florida. She has turned out to be a dear friend to me, even though we have never met in person (but I know we will some day!). Phyllis has been teaching Mah Jongg for many, many years and her students always become her dear, dear friends. She saw I had posted my “Ann Israel Eyeglass Leash” (available from Gehazi Collections) and, before you could blink, she had made dear friends with Sandra from Gehazi Collections! No one can resist Phyllis!
Here is an email – along with the above picture – that Phyllis sent to me and to Sandra at Gehazi Collections:
Here I am all decked out with my Mah Jongg eyeglass holder, along with my new gifts of my Mah Jongg bracelet (Mah Jongg Queen) and beautiful earrings given to me by my student and now dear friend, Diane M, in striped pink shirt. Pictured are my previous students and now best friends, Lola and Lisa. Mah Jongg has given me so much. If the picture doesn’t show my precious Mah Jongg jewelry too well, I will have to try taking another one soon to truly show it off!! Can hardly wait to show my class – plus my Mah Jongg friends – my treasures!! So many wonderful friendships. And I also have you two!!
The other day I received an email from Susan in Naples, Florida. So, to all you West Coast Floridians – how can we help out a future MJ player? If you are a Mah Jongg teacher in the Naples area – or if you know someone who teaches in that general area – send me an email or reply to this posting and I will pass the information on to Susan. Here is the message I received from her:
I found you through Google when I put in Mah Jongg Naples FL.
I am interested in learning Mah Jongg this fall. I have never played but wish to join my friends who are just a few months ahead of me.
I am a full time Naples resident living in the Vineyards and am very flexible as far as the time goes. It does not matter to me if the lessons are private or if I join a beginner’s group.
Can you help me or, if not, can you point me in another direction?
Yesterday I reported on my talk and book signing at the Miromar Design Center in Estero, Florida. That was in the morning. Later that afternoon – around 3:30 – Charlotte had arranged a presentation and book signing at The Club at Mediterra in Naples. Little did I know that she had planned…
…an incredible cocktail party with the most fantastic Chinese theme including fantastic hors d’oeuvres. Wait until you see all these amazing photos!
These darling little Chinese food take-out containers were filled with a wonderful Chinese salad.
The tables were so lovely and Charlotte had found these little steamers filled with cookies for each person to receive as a favor. You can see the mini-steamers at each place setting. Note the postcards at each place with a photo of the book on the front. Leave it to Charlotte to think of everything!
I’ve been absent from blogging for a few days but I am back now and ready to tell you over the next few days all about my amazing trip to Florida.
Charlotte is incredible and my few days in Naples turned out to be quite an exciting adventure. Today I am going to tell you about my talk and book signing at the Miromar Design Center in Estero (near Naples).
There was a really nice crowd that turned out for my talk and the book signing afterward went very well. However, it was the decor that Charlotte had worked on that really knocked me out. She had tableaus and tablescapes that she had put together from various design houses such as Brunschwig et Fills and other famous designers.
Take a look at what you saw when you walked into the room:
I am absolutely over the moon for that ottoman and the fabulous pillows!
There were two large screens projecting my Power Point presentation
And on each seat there was a postcard with the information about the book that Charlotte had printed up for the events; here is Charlotte’s dear friend, Anna, who helped with the book sales after the talk:
And here is a photo of one of my favorite people, Charlotte’s wonderful mother, Lisa (on the left). And how about that gorgeous tablescape?!
And speaking of tablescapes, here are a few more photos of what the very talented Charlotte had put together in the room:
Tomorrow: my amazing experience at the Club at Mediterra (all thanks to Charlotte!)…