Monthly Archives: May 2011

National Heroes Day

  Today is National Heroes Day in the Turks and Caicos Islands.  On this day, every last Monday in May, the islands honor their national hero James Alexander George Smith McCartney.  To read a brief history of this revered man, and his tragic death, please see last year’s post here.  The Turks and Caicos Islands may have but one national hero, but I can assure you there are many everyday heroes that walk amongst us.  First Caribbean Bank started their unsung heroes programme in 2003, honoring those”selfless heroes who generously give of their time and resources to improve the lives of the less fortunate in their communities.”

   past winners of the Unsung Heroes programme are:

• Ms. Susan Blehr, TCSPCA (2005)

• Ms. Gloria Lucille Lightbourne, National Cancer Society (2006)

• Mrs. Gloria Cox, secondary education/Clement Howell High School (2007)

• Mr. Tanka Williams, Predators Youth Group (2008)

• Mrs. Marion Williams, SNAP, Handicapped and Elderly (2009) and

• Mr. Terry Drummey, Youth Centre & TCAAF (2010)

 Read more on these individuals here: Terry Drummey, Wesley Tanka Williams, Gloria Cox, Susan Blehr

Reading the local newspapers, you read about individuals making a difference in the community all the time.  Just last night I read a great article in the about Clifford Gardiner, the first Turks and Caicos Islander to fly an airplane in solo flight in 1970 who went on to have a 34 year career in aviation where he provided more than 300 medevac flights, many at night and in challenging conditions. 

Photo and article from tcfreepress

Surely each of us has an unsung hero to nominate in our community.  If you live in the Turks and Caicos and
would like to nominate an individual please take a moment and fill out the online nomination form.

Shop with Thought!

  One week from tomorrow on Saturday June 4th, the TCI Environmental Club will host a World Environment Day event as part of our Campaign to Ban Single Use Plastic Bags in the TCI.  We are looking for volunteers to help us distribute FREE reusable shopping bags to the community from 9am -12noon at the Graceway Gourmet, Graceway IGA, Building Materials, Island Pride, KB Home Center, Price Club, and Quality Supermarkets.  Please contact Stacie Steensland at, or call Lynn Robinson on 431-5966 to join the movement to keep the
Image from here

Styling work featured on House of Turquoise

 Last night I took a browse on one of my favorite blogs, house of turquoise, and was pleasantly surprised to see some very familiar images on the site!  The author, Erin, has turned her obsession with turquoise into an online inspiration gallery for others who share a passion for the beautiful color in all it’s many shades.  I think most residents and visitors to the Turks and Caicos Islands would relate to some form of appreciation of the hue as well.  I posted images from our photo shoot, a collaboration with tropical imaging, last fall here and here.  Here are some of my behind the scenes photos of the truly amazing, Amazing Grace.

 A before styling image
An after styling image, minus the chocolate brown ottoman which commanded too much attention and drew the eye in the wrong direction.
The arrangement created for the far wall featuring a large, woven texture framed mirror which helped contain the grandiose depth of the room.
The shutters of the reading nook open to the lovely staircase pictured below.
Mother of pearl embellished pillows helped add a glint of reflection and texture to the room.
Normally I take several photos of each angle of a room and then edit which one is the strongest.  As you can see, every angle of this spacious, airy bedroom is photogenic.
A pair of chairs adorn the elegant staircase from a birds eye view.
A vignette created for the master bath.  Erin, here’s a miniature dose of your robins egg blue and ocean blue as well as your . . . .

Turks and Caicos turquoise!  Thanks for featuring us! 

Wed Day-Somerset wedding

On Sunday May 22nd, tropicaldmc started early in the afternoon for this wedding on Grace Bay Beach.  Often we rarely see the bride or groom up until just before the ceremony.  As soon as we arrived, the bikini clad bride came up and said hello, full of sand and seawater!  She was having a blast with friends and family, taking full advantage of this precious quality time with loved ones.  When you hire a planner like Teresa Brunner, why not get out there and frolick and play on your wedding day!
This Montreal couple was all about vibrant and fun and it showed in their plush decor.  Bouganvillea, hydrangea, roses, and lilies adorned the ceremony site.

Fuscia chair tie backs coordinated perfectly with the florals.

The wedding party takes a moment just before the ceremony at The Somerset, a stately yet chic resort and destination wedding location.
The couple hosted their reception on the penthouse balcony, catered by Kissing Fish.

Here comes the bride!  Congratulations to these two life loving French Canadians!

May projects

Last Saturday at the graceway gourmet local market, Charish, one of the directors of the visited me at my table and later sent me the sweetest message that she felt inspired to complete some of her own art projects that had been sitting idle thanks to our conversation.  I thought to myself, looking around my studio with a half dozen incomplete projects here and there, I better start inspiring MYSELF to complete some things that had been gathering quite some dust!   I had found this amazing side table at the Salvation Army for an incredibly affordable price a few months ago.  The delicate shape and ornate woodworking details had me at hello!  With a couple of minor repairs this bargain went from neglected and discarded to . . .

Voila!  A show piece worthy of a Parisian antique store, ouis, no?!
While selecting glass bottles in my studio, I found one specimen had been made a home by a cute little critter. 
I don’t mind sharing my studio with these guys, it actually satisfies me that I have my own little eco-system in there.  I just couldn’t help thinking this frog would probably be happier back in nature.

I wondered how the heck it had managed to squeeze itself through the top opening in the first place.
I thought I better try to assist it’s exit but after many attempts, it was quite clear it wasn’t going anywhere.  It’s happy in it’s little greenhouse so there it will stay until it makes it’s way out.  If it got in it can get out, right?

This second project, which was inspired by this, was pretty easy to make.  I had found this branch on a nature walk several weeks ago and knew in an instant I had finally found a piece that would work for this idea that had been floating in my head for ages.  I already had a stock pile of reclaimed wood, pieces from what was most likely a Haitian sloop wreckage that had been thrown in a dumpster.
With very little modification, a couple of cuts on the chopsaw, some wood glue, and a few shavings with the grinder, and it was ready to hang.

I love breathing new life into discards!  Reduce, reuse, recycle!  If you have projects hovering, taking up space in your garage, attic, or yard and don’t know exactly what to do with them, or know exactly what you want done with them but can’t find the time, send them tcmillwork’s way! 

Two projects down, one (tree truck table base pictured above), two (table top made from more of the Haitian sloop boat discards), three (handpainted rug), and four (pair of shabby chic headboards with antiqued mirror insets also pictured above in the background), to go!  Stay tuned for those before and after posts to come.
All images by Stacie