A Howdy From Houston Gift

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A Howdy From Houston Gift

Houston Home Staging package

My cell phone rang a couple of weeks ago while I was shopping at HomeSense.  I answered, and a mischievous voice on the other end said "Sally, this is Tom from Houston"!  Oh my goodness.  How did Tom know that I was shopping at HomeSense and had just put a couple of nice, shiny lamps in my buggy, along with some orchids, and ferns?

Tom had just written a post about how stagers shouldn't go shopping all the time, but should use up what they've got in their inventory.  Yeh, right.  I'm bored with my current lamps, I don't have any more orchids, and I was inspired by Tom's ferns to purchase some of my own.  I expected a Texas drawl on the phone, but was surprised to hear more of a New York style accent.  I was corrected.  This was a Philadelphian accent. 

Tom told me that he wanted to send me something.  What? - I asked.  He wouldn't tell me.  I was intrigued and very excited.  Well, wouldn't you know it, today I opened up my mailbox, and along with bills and flyers, was an intriguing looking package, post marked Texas!  I rushed in, placed the package on my mantle, and took a photo.  Come on, how else did this photo end up on this blog?  Ok, then I opened the package.

Houston Home Staging book

Inside was a copy of Tom's latest marketing venture - a gorgeous book of photos featuring staging jobs completed by Houston Home Staging.  The book is extremely well done and a wonderful keepsake.  But wait, there's more...  also in the package was my very own copy of Absolutely Katy! Sept/Oct 2010 edition, featuring Tom's own house.  I had seen this article on Active Rain, but to actually have the magazine sitting tactile in my hands was wonderful.  I bet I'm the only person in British Columbia, no wait, all of Canada, with an edition of Absolutely Katy! magazine!

Houston Home Staging book

I believe I made a passing comment a while ago, stating that I wished I could have Tom's new book in my Christmas stocking.  Well, Christmas came early for me this year.  Thanks, Tom, for a wonderful, thoughtful gift and gesture.  It means a lot!

Your friend,

Sally aka Digby Mahon

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Sally, thanks for sharing your exciting story with a lovely "Early Christmas" surprise at the end! That was such a sweet thought of Tom to send you that magazine...and you probably are the only Canadian to have an Absolutely Katy! Lucky you! :)

Leilani

October 12, 2010 06:44 AM
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Sally Weatherley
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Mary Lou - I agree - what a nice surprise.

October 12, 2010 10:46 AM
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Sally Weatherley
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Leilani - It's really a great book and magazine.  Quite a feather in Tom's cap to be have his own home featured.  And such a wonderful, thoughtful gift.  I'm very lucky!

October 12, 2010 10:48 AM
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What a great surprise!  Friends on AR have surprised me several times, with little notes, a gift card, a little handmade gift, who says the internet isn't personal? =o)

October 20, 2010 11:26 PM
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Cheryl - So true - the internet can be very personal.  This was so thoughtful of Tom - it was a lovely surprise.

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Author Bio: Sally Weatherley is the owner of Exit Stage Right, home staging and redesign. She is a Canadian Certified Staging Professional, and a member of Professional Real Estate Staging. Sally also holds a Management Certificate from the Interior Design programme at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT), and holds a certificate in textile design from City & Guilds of London textile programme. Art and design have been constant throughout Sally's life.

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