Salmon pink hardwood exterior... white finial feet... bright apple green interior
Soft, custom, Smucci beach fabric... salmon pink cording... frothy white minky fabric
Durable... washable... beautiful
Practical and entirely hand-crafted in the USA... Elegant and elicits fond memories of vacations at the shore
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people who I have had the privilege of meeting since I formed my company, ddkdesigns,llc. I have mentioned in previous writings that my goal to produce exquisitely beautiful pet beds is very important to me. But the journey in creating a successful company is only as good as the quality of individuals you meet along your path. I am continually amazed by how many extraordinary people I have met that have made all of this possible.
Richie Shehorn automatically gets extra points because he is a talented motocrosser who "rides clean." In addition, he is a diligent and energetic businessman who designs and produces the elaborate motocross jerseys that everyone wears on the track. And now he will be providing Smucci by ddkdesigns with a very unique and fresh design for apparel and products with Smucci logo.
I met Richie just prior to one of his races. Extremely focused and contemplative, he sits on his bike for several minutes, consumed with thought. There is something about his demeanor that exudes confidence and the ability to win. Difficult to describe, it is an undeniable attribute.
He is an unbelievable rider! I look forward to working with such an industrious and talented guy, and to being able to offer original Smucci apparel with logo to everyone.
The fun of being at a motocross track all day is definitely about "dirt." It is basic and real in terms of the hard work, technique, and talent of each motocrosser. But it is also about aspiration, character, and dreams. It's funny and somewhat paradoxical that the fundamental element of dirt or being comfortably grounded, is prerequisite to the dream of flying and becoming who we want to be. To deny or hide who we are is a major whoop or obstacle in finding our true destiny. I just love real, uncomplicated dirt.
...how much everyone appreciates and respects you? Paul was honored today at the Log Road Motocross Trackfor his exemplary service and commitment to quality with a beautiful plaque that acknowledges his contributions to this special community. Motocrossers are a unique and rare breed who dedicate themselves to the incredible physical demands of a dangerous sport, while simultaneously honoring good sportsmanship and healthy competition. If you ride motocross and indulge in anything less than the highest moral ground, you will unfortunately be left behind to eat dust. Paul Walker has validated the concept of fair play and champion spirit, simply by the way he lives and how he conducts himself on the motocross track.
Paul earned the title of being #3 in the Nation in 1979, at competition in California, in the open class as an amateur rank. In 1979 he ranked as a champion again in Minnesota, earning a national ranking of #10. His best friend, Rody Shroyer, traveled with Paul to both events, earning a 1979 ranking of 16th in the Nation. Both Paul and Rody were sponsored locally for many years by Husquvarna and Toledo based RPM Racing (now known as PR Racing on Tremainesville.)
Today, I traveled to Log Road Motocross Track, and had the pleasure of watching life unfold as each class left the starting gate. It is not difficult to figure out who is good, great, or best. It is a bit more subtle to determine who is honorable. Listening to the competitors tells all. The good guys make no excuses for their performance, never blaming their bike's malfunction or fellow motocrosser for their finish place. There are some who are born with talent and ability, and unfortunately there are others who will have a difficult time getting to the top no matter how much they practice. This is true for anything in life, and the honorable thing to do is to accept it. No whining, and no excuses.
I watched a champion today, honorably and lovingly pass the torch to his younger and more able fellow motocrossers. He walked their bikes to the starting line, refreshed the ruts with the heel of his shoe, spun the back tire perfectly and placed the bike in the track.He held on to each kid, 2 of whom were not his own, as they mentally prepared for the challenge prior to the race. This is not an easy thing...everyone at that starting point feels as if they are going to throw up or pass out. Exaggerated emotions are experienced by each motocrosser at the start of a race. Paul was there to help.
Tim and Kyle raced a full day at Log Road.
When the races are done, Paul power washes each bike. Today, there were four bikes dirty from the track. Fortunately, there were no injuries today, but if there had been Paul would have used some of his emergency/trauma medical knowledge and saved a life or two. Dr. Paul Walker is an Omni Health Care emergency room physician who is first on the accident scene and responsible for airlifting victims to nearby hospitals. Humble in his accomplishments, Paul is not the "typical" MD. Suffice to say, unless you asked, you would never know this wonderful man saves lives for a living. I am speechless, and in complete awe as I witness the life this man lives. He has quietly put a life together that honors everything that he loves, and is truly living his dream. Paul's love of flying, motocross, and medicine goes way back to his childhood. He has brought it all forward into the adult life he now lives. He is not only an example for his children, but for all of us who respect the American Dream. Thank you, Paul, for living such an extraordinary life by being so incredibly grounded and normal.
Michelle Bassett is my dear friend and owner of Canterbury Home on Main Street in Sylvania, Ohio. Her shop is beautful and was open late tonight due to the Red Cross fundraiser that took place throughout the town. Michelle has a knack for finding the best, most authentic, and valuable antiques and gives them her special finishing chic and sometimes shabby touch. Her store is like a fairyland which invites you to sit, relax, and daydream. I absolutely love to be there.
One of my Smucci Ballerina pet beds, with accompanying Smucci throw, is sitting on top of Michelle's beautiful antique bed adorned in Nest Fabric Bedding.
Michelle and I took a 3 day trip to Chicago in July to preview and select Christmas decorations. They are now arriving at her shop, and are being displayed. Her selections for the holiday season are truly spectacular, and have that special flair that only Michelle can achieve.
A refurbished dining room table was hand painted and the 6 chairs are boldly reupholstered in black and white ticking fabric. In fact, there is quite a selection of black and white furniture at Canterbury Home, which is so fresh, feminine, and so Michelle.
A beautiful bedroom for a young girl, decorated for the holidays. Everything feels so comfortable and cozy at Canterbury Home.