Sunday, November 28, 2010

This year...

Mistletoe Green Christmas
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Monday, November 22, 2010

Just found this obituary for John's grandfather Jack that was written up in The Southampton Press. The loss of him this summer still weighs heavy on all of us, but he was such a fantastic man and his smile, laughter, and style will always live on in all of us.

John A. "Jack" Sidebotham of Bridgehampton dies at 83
Publication: The Southampton Press
Sep 1, 2010 8:43 AM

John A. Sidebotham

John A. Sidebotham of Bridgehampton died August 14 at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York, of vascular disease. He was 83.

For more than 25 years Mr. Sidebotham, known as Jack, had been a resident of Bridgehampton and before that New York City. Following his discharge from the U.S. Navy at the end of World War II, Mr. Sidebotham became a celebrated advertising art director during the heyday of print advertising and the dawn of television.

Selected to create the first-ever television commercial department at Young & Rubicam Advertising in New York City, in 1955, he helped set the standard for creative television advertising with his iconic Bert and Harry Piel animated commercials for the Piels Brothers Brewery of Brooklyn. The voices of the animated characters were portrayed by radio comedians Bob Elliot and Ray Goulding, and the commercials have become a mainstay in collections of vintage television advertising.

While at McCaffrey & McCall Advertising in the 1970s, Mr. Sidebotham was a major contributor to ABC Television’s popular program, “Schoolhouse Rock,” designing characters for educational songs written by composers Bob Dorough and Lynn Ahrens. In 2008, already into his 80s, Mr. Sidebotham designed a new version of “Interplanet Janet,” explaining the advantages of alternative energy sources for the Disney Educational Productions 2009 DVD release, “Schoolhouse Rock! Earth.”

In 1966, he made his first foray into the world of books, doing cartoon illustrations for “How To Give Away Your Faith” by Paul E. Little. In 1976, he authored “The Art of Cartooning” for Grumbacher Art Publishing.

From 1986 to 1996 Mr. Sidebotham was a volunteer for the International Executive Service Corps as a consultant in advertising techniques in Kenya, Egypt, Thailand and Costa Rica. In the late ’90s, Mr. Sidebotham was executive art director for the Land’s End catalogue; he subsequently served in the same capacity for the Duluth Trading Company catalogue.

In a profession that celebrates puffery and hyperbole, survivors said, Mr. Sidebotham was a man of selfless understatement and endearing wit, so often self-effacing. In an age of hand-drawn storyboards and advertising layouts, Mr. Sidebotham’s cartoon characters came to resemble his co-workers and himself. On the reverse side of ordering pads at PJ Clarke’s restaurant, he regularly sketched cartoons to tease, charm and lampoon his lunch companions.

As his professional work helped guide the fortunes of Exxon, Mercedes-Benz, ABC Television, Quaker Oats and other major corporate enterprises, survivors recalled that he would frequently confess to one and all his complete bewilderment at being paid for having so much fun every day.

Mr. Sidebotham is survived by his second wife, Bernadette Leddy of New York, whom he married in 1974. By his first marriage, to Grace Nelson of St. Louis, he had four children: Joy Sidebotham Archer, Jay Sidebotham, Jan Sidebotham, and George Sidebotham.

week of thanks

both are via

Would love to pull up a chair to either of these fine tables and count my many blessings.  Hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

A few things I'm thankful for....John-the best gift I could ever receive, our home, our friends and family, our health and happiness and many other things that I'm sure will pop into my head throughout this week.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010


So I wasn't too far off last week. I just hope by the time it all goes down I will still want to watch.

Who are we kidding? Of course I will!

Congrats Kate and William!!!

On another random note, after the Archer Refridgerator Nightmare of 2010, I am proud to say we have a new, sleek friend in the kitchen. She's pretty amazing....although she's probably not too happy about her ugly surroundings. Maybe she will change all that :)
Not my actual fridge, but it is my fridge. Yaaa Yuhhhh.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Will they?

I sure hope so!

Monday, November 1, 2010


Hello November! 

Poor November gets little love falling smack in the middle of Halloween and Christmas. But I love this month. Fall is in full swing and the 2 trees in my front yard are just the most amazing shade of yellow/gold.

A few things I'm looking forward to this week as the temperature and leaves fall.

Cooking up some of this for the week.

Our front yard has a gorgeous gold rug.

Living in these every evening.