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Dear Friend:

After the time change in California I let out a sigh of relief, for it seemed we were coming out of the gloom. There is again lightness in the air, blossoms are on the trees, and it is getting warmer by the day. I walk in the door, I am safe and cozy, and it is pretty. We even still have the stove on from time to time. My family can always come here to recharge. We are looking forward to the Lilac Festival.

You may find that it is a very worthwhile project to choose to create a home that is a haven.

My customers are telling me that they don’t want trendy, they want timeless and I do agree.

Trends
Trends are as trends go. Trends certainly were fun in the good times! It seems to me, though, that we are moving into new stratum where long-lasting values are more important. Be careful though, not to get too serious. Having a pretty home chases away the gloom.

Trends last about a decade. Ten years ago everybody was buying a chocolate brown couch. Now the preferred couch color is light gray or off-white, to match the new turquoise decorating trend. Lightness is in, darkness is out.

However, ask yourself this: Is there any better color combination than chocolate brown and turquoise? Or even black leather with crème and turquoise? You can bring in the touch of lightness to contrast with the brown or black or other dark or neutral colors, without incurring any major expense.

Why not change out a picture or two? See www.picturelady.com/MostPopular.htm. Add in a throw: Find old colorful bottles (these are often turquoise) at a yard sale or the swap meet. Arrange some silk flowers. Voila! You have a whole new look!

Do come and share your decorating wins with us at the next event. To find out where we will be, go to: http://www.picturelady.com/schedule.htm . The password is “art” (without the quotes).

New this Quarter
Aromatic oils and oil burners and sing-along CDs have been added to the $5.00 table, where if you buy three items at $5.00 each, your fourth item is absolutely free. To see these $5.00 burners, go to www.homehaven.net/FragranceLamps.htm. Here you will also see electric lamps (that can be dimmed) and are still affordable. At less than $20 they make an unusual gift for Mom.

Special Celebrations

Mother's Day
Now is the time to plan your special gift. Is there any gift that can compare with what your mother gave to you - your life?

If you are looking for a unique gift to make Mom feel truly special, order the PHOTO to ARTWORK. Go to www.picturelady.com/enlrgmt1.htm to personalize your special gift for Mom. These big pictures are exquisite, but we have also added a smaller picture (11" x 14”) and these sell for only $45.00. If cost or space is a factor you may want to choose one of these.

Either way, now is the time to get us your precious photograph so that we can have it ready for you in time. We are receiving orders via email lynn@picturelady.com or by phone 661 242 1010 or 213 281 2402. 

Mother’s Day is May 9th. Do you know the history of Mother's Day? You may think that Mother's Day originated in the USA but that is not actually the case.

It took a dedicated effort on behalf of two persistent women to get the agreement to make this day an annual event and this can be considered a win for all women. More information at www.picturelady.com/mothersday.htm.

Cinco de Mayo
Cinco de Mayo is May 5th. Do you know the history of Cinco de Mayo? We have some colorful information that tells you about this festive day. Add in some yummy recipes at www.picturelady.com/cincodemayo.htm . and you are all ready for the fun!

Until next month!

Warm Regards,

Lynn 
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