Sheron Cardin's Input...: You will never believe what I did today!

I have been an interior designer for over 27 years and I have always taught my clients the principles I used while decorating their home so they may enjoy decorating too. The home staging trend in residential real estate is a great way to reach more people every day and what I enjoy the most is they are learning the basics of good design through staging. It is my dream for every person to know the joy and pride of living in a decorated home.

You will never believe what I did today!

birdseed birdseed 2 feng shui blessing paprika equals: homeless woman

One of my greatest fears was turning 60, wearing a moo moo, and talking to myself; happily! I can't tell you how close I came to actually living that image today. I am certain that the weirdness would not be so weird if I wasn't so far away. Away from what you ask? Well, my Feng Shui Consultant of course. Neither one of us knew what a huge project I was going to be and being the perfectionist that she is, Carole Provenzale cannot leave me in any distress. The problem is she is in New York and I am in California so drastic measures have to be taken.

The result? I can't give away all the secrets but I can tell you this...I now have a money tree (yes a real money tree)  I got a well needed tan today while tossing spiked and highly seasoned birdseed around my property at high noon, all the while chanting in ancient harmony, the blessings of the masters lulling me into a trance state. Oh Lord!

We have only just begun. Stay tuned! 

Namaste

Comment balloon 41 commentsSheron Cardin • July 17 2007 08:35PM

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Sheron - Sounds like what started off to be a "not so good" day turned into a GREAT DAY!  Keep on Blogging!
Posted by Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers, Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ (Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty) over 12 years ago
Tony - you got that right. Nothing ordinary about my day which is just the way I like it. And by the way...that is not really me above...just in case you were looking for the similarities.
Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 12 years ago
Sheron, hmmmm.... all sorts of pictures are coming into focus, oh I just lost them... Sorry!  A money tree for who?  I wish you the very best and await your updates in the future.  :-)
Posted by David L. Britt, MBA (Platinum Realty, LLC) over 12 years ago

Lol...thanks for the evening smiles, Sheron. It does sound like you are in for a fun ride !!  Congrats again on your birthday~ 60!! WoW, you are getting younger every year.  I love the pics btw.

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Jo 

Posted by Jo-Anne Smith over 12 years ago
Sheron..would appreciate picture of the moo moo.....please post as soon as you can. Don't wait for a professional photographer just a snapshot will do. What happened to your hat?
Posted by James Frazier (James Frazier Personal Development Coach) over 12 years ago
Ok Sharon... you have to spill about the money tree...
Posted by Nattalie de la Mothe, Selling Atlanta Homes like a Boss (Maximum One Greater Atlanta Realtors) over 12 years ago

Sheron,

You are in GREAT hands with Carole!  Keep us up to date on what you're doing and why!

VAL

Posted by Val Allocco, HSE; ASHSR - Home Stager, for Manhattan, Brooklyn & Long Island (Staged 2 Sell New York & Long Island) over 12 years ago
Okay -- I would like to sign up for one of the money trees -- I love the suspense and can't wait to hear more!  I don't think I have any moo moo's -- LOL   
Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) over 12 years ago

Happy Birthday Sheron!  Gee you sure are old.  I won't turn 60 till August 08 :-)  Am of course looking forward to the moo moo! NOT!  I think that 60 is the new 40, wouldn't you agree?  But the upside of turning 60 is we only have 5 years left to collect social security and go on medicare!  I can't wait to get on the dole :-)  Glad your day turned out bright afterall.

Terry Haugen - STAGE it RIGHT!

Posted by Terry Haugen STAGE it RIGHT! 321-956-2495 (Stage it Right!) over 12 years ago

Sheron...Happy Birthday...you look good!  My mom gave me a money tree for Christmas one year, it was homemade and a great gift!

 

Posted by Midori Miller, Online Marketing For Real Estate Professionals (Talk 2 Midori, LLC) over 12 years ago

Whoa...I am not 60 yet! I can see how you can combine my comment with my birthday and think that but I am not there yet but after this post I think I know how it is going to feel! Not bad...

David - I need you to get those pictures back...they are a result of my efforts today!!! And alas...what you are all really interested in...my money tree.

Jo-Anne - a fun ride indeed...just what a girl needs. Thank you.

James - you won't catch me in a moo moo yet and the last thing I would do is take a picture in it silly...and I have been in red without the had for about a month now...where have you been?

Nattalie - Yes, the money tree...hmmm, not yet.

Val - will do! Love Carole!!!

Joan - who knew there was such a thing as a real money tree! Out parents told us they didn't exist but they were wrong, very wrong.

Terry - I might have to borrow a moo moo from my mother...she still has some.

Midori - Thanks for the picture to help celebrate and shhhhh, don't tell anyone else about your money tree until it is time. 

Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 12 years ago
Sheron, I'm so glad you clarified the fact that you are not sixty because I'm looking at your picture and saying - NO WAY - you look too young for sixty.  Then I was going to and still am going to ask what do you do to look so young?  Is is Feng Shui?  Can you elaborate a little on the money tree.  Should I have one?  Betty
Posted by Betty Haney (Haney Consulting) over 12 years ago

Happy Birthday Sheron!  Hope it was a fun celebration....we can't wait to hear the outcome of your work with Carole....send photos of the Feng-shui'd rooms soon please!

Posted by Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging, "Staging that Sells Portland Homes" (Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR) over 12 years ago

Hi Betty - thank you very much...the picture is 3 years old but I haven't changed too much. I come alive when I am near the water. And the money tree? Well, that is a big one, isn't it...you will have to wait on that one.

Maureen - thank you too. Carole has presented some interesting solutions to problems I didn't even know I had. We are still working outside the structures and have a ways to go before we get to decorate. Glad you are interested. 

Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 12 years ago
I would like to know more, guess I will have to be on the look out for your next post.
Posted by Darrel Quebedeaux (Evergreen Realty & Associates Inc.) over 12 years ago
Sheron, that yard of yours has already taken some time....and is going to be taking a lot more.  You need to tell everyone not just how big it is, but how many structures are on there?  And how many fences?  It's not the inside of your home that's going to make changes, it's the outside.  When I said you were going to be my biggest challange I was KIDDING.  I seriously need to watch my words :)
Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) over 12 years ago

Sheron - I think you should go back to the hand painted 80's set.  They say everything comes back in style if you wait long enough.  You could try for a comeback.  

I'd love to hear more about your Fengmorphosis.  

Posted by Maureen Maureen over 12 years ago

Darrel - I am looking forward to you being there also!

Carole - I am not talking to you today, I am busy shopping for red mulch and purple thingys! 

Maureen - I loved that outfit...but it is long gone so all can do is bring out the photo once in awhile or head to a local street fare which is where I used to get them (ya think?) I love your word Fengmorphosis...can I use it or are you going to get it trademarked ;?

Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 12 years ago
Fine, no problem...meanwhile I have been searching my home for your "care package."
Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) over 12 years ago

Carole - what would Freud think?

BTW: Are we learning a new language here at AR with the graphics? Is there a place we can go to get the translations??? 

Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 12 years ago

Well then Sheron EXACTLY how old are you? :-)  And just when I thought there was someone out there older than I.  And NO borrowing moo  moos from your mother or anyone else.  As I said, 60 is the new 40, so dress appropriately when you finally get there.

Terry Haugen - STAGE it RIGHT!

Posted by Terry Haugen STAGE it RIGHT! 321-956-2495 (Stage it Right!) over 12 years ago

I are 58 going on 39 thank you very much :) However I have learned to consider myself ageless for obvious reasons...or not so obvious reasons. I do love my AR friends and when I was 39 I would never have stopped by. What? They didn't have computers then??? Cool, then I didn't miss anything.

my graphics is lovi-lovi

hmmm? 

Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 12 years ago

oh, Sheron -- you hit close to home and Happy birthday.  Even if you aren't 60 -- you sent a great message.  My OLDER Brother turned sixty yesterday  -- here's what I e-mailed him:

happy birthday -- you certainly "got old" with grace and vigor!  I like that, 'cause I'm just 6 years behind you -- you are always a role model for all of us.  So keep getting really old -- you're setting an example for us "younger sibling generation"  BTW 60 is great -- a whole new decade to explore.  Hope
it's the best and bet it will be!

I love you.

Karen

Here's what I got back: (edited to make sense)

Thanks, Sis!!!  So far, 60 is great.  Steph (WIFE) and I just got in to the Boca Raton Resort and Club for a couple days of relaxation before heading over to Naples.  Sunday we fly up to St. Louis.  Then we will have dinners with St. Louis friends.  I will then fly out to Napa Valley for some serious wine tasting and dining with my sons.  I should gain about 100 lbs, but Steph will see that I lose it again with a steady diet of lentils and tofu when I get back home to London!  Fortunately, about a week after that, we'll board the Queen Mary II for a cruise to New York to meet the folks,so I'll try for 200 lbs!   Oh well, it's hard to teach a 60 year old dog new tricks.

Love, Carl

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So, my point is -- sixty sounds very good!  and every year is a celebration!  Happy Birthday Gir1friend! 

 

 

Posted by Karen Dembsky, Atlanta Home Staging (Peachtree Home Staging LLC, Home Staging in Atlanta, GA) over 12 years ago

I want to look as young as you do!!!  You rock, our staging sister of all sisters!  Enjoy!

Kathy

Posted by Kathy Nielsen, Atlanta Georgia Home Stager (http://atlantahomestaging.net) over 12 years ago
More info please!
Posted by Rebecca Chambliss (Vista Sotheby's International) over 12 years ago

Oh my goodness you are all making me feel so good.

Karen - what a fun itinerary your brother has. I think my 60th needs to be a stand out like his. Thanks for the idea and sharing.

Kathy - You rock sistah!

Rebecca - there is much more coming so please stay tuned.  

Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 12 years ago
Sheron, are you done shopping so you'll talk to me again? (Did I not tell everyone she'd be difficult??)  Anyway, I have a new list for ya---and you've got the money tree so feel free to spend away! 
Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) over 12 years ago
This should be interesting to follow!  More detail next time :) I'm going to be listening in!

Lexa Montierth
Posted by Lexa R. Montierth, Real Estate Sales Agent and Marketer (NextHome Complete Realty) over 12 years ago

farkleberry? Sounds delicious - NOT! But very funny...

Deborah - thank you for the compliment and the good Chi and I am sending you back a double dose! We are both intrigued by the mysteries of Feng Shui and I am just loving it. It is not every day that I can learn something absolutely new and exciting and purposeful, so hang in there with me and we can all learn something new.

Lexa - there are plenty of details coming. In what format I am not sure.

Carole - We are all waiting with bated breath! 

Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 12 years ago
These are YOUR blogs my dear Sheron, I'm staying out of it :)  You have total control of all content with anything regarding this "adventure" we are sharing :)  I can't lie, I'm actually having FUN with your challanges (that you didn't know you had).
Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) over 12 years ago
Carole - tonight I will take the block off my phone...so we can continue ;p
Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 12 years ago
No no, Terry!  60 is the new 30, and I have it on good authority.  Front cover of AARP magazine (the one with Lauren Hutton about a year ago), which I've been reading for years.  Anyway, Sheron you look fabulous at whatever age.  I think it's the attitude, personally.  Whatever you're doing keep it up and spread it around.  BTW I've saved my favorite caftan from 1971 for my special occasion, never cared for moo-moo's.  Happy Birthday.
Posted by Patricia Ebrahimi, Home Staging the Washington DC Area from Rockville MD (SHOW SMART! HOME STAGING & Color Consultant) over 12 years ago

Caftan...that's the word I have been searching for in the vast spaces between my ears...thank you Patricia! I used to make them by the ream. Anyway yes, can the moo moo. I love caftans and I will wear them with pride!

Carole wants me to share with you the layout of my land and the out buildings so here is The Sand Dollar. I know she is from NY but all the properties here in central California that are an acre or so have very similar layouts.

Selma layout

There are more trees and gates than this rough draft shows but this is it.  

 

Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 12 years ago
Does everyone see why I haven't started INSIDE yet?  Look at her WEALTH area (and notice that she wrote "dirt and empty"  --  her choice of words. All the little buildings and everything are disconnected. If you saw all the fences you would see everything is blocked.  Sheron, why don't you share what's in FRONT of your house; you know, where the mouth of Chi is.  When I said it wasn't the INSIDE, I wasn't kidding....the Inside is fine (she's an interior decorator, how could it not be?).  But getting inside is a struggle.  Nice of you, dear, to remove the block :)
Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) over 12 years ago

There used to be chicken coups way in the back that we finally tore down and hauled off...that was a huge project. I had vegetable and herb gardens everywhere and even grew brussel sprouts. Then I bought 2 horses and let them roam the land (I couldn't stand the thought of them being so confined) I had happy horses for sure but the landscaping took a beating. They even ate my palm trees the little stinkers. So traded them for a pony 2 years ago and she all but helped herself to opening the refrigerator. Found a working ranch for her a few months ago and now the corral is vacant and sad, my gardens are gone, grape vines and orange trees gone...it's all empty now...just dirt. :(

These country folk out here lock everything up and leave it that way. I don't think Feng Shui has ever been in these parts before now...actually I am sure of it. We gotta lotta work ta do Ms. C! 

Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 12 years ago
Hello and Happy belated Birthday!  Now, what is this money tree?
Posted by Dianne Barody, Pensacola Florida Real Estate (Century 21 AmeriSouth Realty) over 12 years ago

Thank you Diane...it has been unique. I wonder how many visitors think that is me pictured in this post...that is funny!

I will let everyone in on the money tree as soon as it is finished. There are several aspects that play an important role so maybe tomorrow. How fun! 

Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 12 years ago
Sheron ~ Thanks for sharing your adventures with Carole!  I can't wait to read all about them!
Posted by Melissa Schnieders (Melissa Schnieders Photography) over 12 years ago

Melissa - quite frankly, I can't wait either. It is all new to me and that is what I really love about it even though it makes me laugh.

so do these graphics...wampi? 

Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 12 years ago

You have goooooooood genes, girl! You must disclose ALL the shananigan's going on!

Julia

Posted by Julia Fedak, IRIS, CSP (Platinum Home Designs ) over 12 years ago
Well Julia, thank you for all the oooooooo's! Now if we can convert those o's into zero's behind any number, I will be in the business of selling MONEY TREES!
Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 12 years ago

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