Words of late artist Frank Howell...I totally relate!

"There are few days off and no retirement from this entanglement of knowledge, passion and vision that will be molded and converted into creative expression. There are no guarantees of acceptance, understanding or reward, but...the noise inside the mind never ceases. I will paint today, tonight and for as many tomorrows as I am given..." Words of the late artist Frank Howell...

Friday, March 27, 2015

Fab Fashion Friday- It's in the News

Hello everyone!  I've found another wonderful one-of-a-kind piece to share with you on this Fab Fashion Friday.  This great roomy, newsworthy, bag comes to us by way of Israel and is available through the shop, Rutinet.  

I live in denim, and sometimes it can become a bit boring, so a bag like this could be the perfect everyday bag to dial up the interest level on a plain denim outfit...and what a conversation piece it would be!  Don't you just wonder what juicy news is actually printed on the bag?  Inquiring minds want to know...And I'm loving that pop of color on the front.  If you love the bag as much as I do and would like to see what else they have to offer, jump on over to Rutinet and check out this fabulous shop.

It's in the news...

Cushe flat shoes

Art Newspaper Tote / Shoulder Bag with Vegan Leather by rutinet

Have a great weekend!  I'll see you next week...

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

New Silver Pendant...Pretty in Pink

Hello!  Wanted to share my latest silver creation.  Just finished last week, this pendant features a pink lace agate cabochon.  I cut the main piece in what I describe as a random "deckled edge" design, and then added texture and interest with a bunch of straight lines, fanning outward in sort of sunburst design. The bail on this one is wide and open so that it can be placed on the custom matching beaded necklace, or a sterling silver wire collar.  It's a statement piece!  

These first pics show the pendant hanging on a custom beaded necklace...it includes beads of pink agate, glass and crystal in colors pulled from the focal pendant. Closure is a sterling silver clasp.

It's actually polished and shiny on the back, but you can see tiny scratches  in the picture...That's what happens when silver is polished.  Just can't see it with the naked eye.  

It's actually polished and shiny on the back, but you can see tiny scratches  in the picture above...That's what happens when silver is polished.  Just can't usually see the scratches with the naked eye.  

And, here it is for a more casual look, on the sterling silver neck wire.  

Here's a closer look at the "enhancer" style bail.  This is my favorite type of bail because of the versatility that it gives.  

I put together this earthy pink linen outfit that would look pretty with the pink lace agate...Doesn't the dress look comfortable?  I remember hearing my mother speak of "sack dresses" and I'm wondering if this is what she was talking about...I love the pockets and 3/4 length sleeves.

Early Pink Linen

Pink dress
$205 - johnlewis.com

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Unusual White Ironstone Estate Sale Find

I love white ironstone and it's hot these days with folks who love to use vintage ironstone in home decor.  I'm always on the lookout for any white ironstone, but especially for pieces with discoloration and crazing in the glaze. It just adds so much to a piece to see signs of age and to know that it has a history.

I found this at a local estate sale a couple of weeks ago and snatched it up immediately when I saw it because it was just so pretty and unusual....and it happens to be white!  

It has plenty of crazing, especially on the teapot and top piece (sugar), but there is no damage or repair that I can find at all, which is pretty amazing for a total of four pieces that are of such a delicate design.  I would have expected to find a glued-back-on handle or chipped spout, but no, it's all perfect!  

I have never seen a stacking set at all, so I did a little research.  I found some vintage sets in chintz patterns...and lots of other floral patterns, but nothing white at all.  

So I researched some more, this time trying to just identify the pattern.  Still no luck. I've exhausted every avenue I can think of using the internet and can't find anything even close. The pattern is very distinctive featuring embossed or raised grapes and leaves on a vine, with straight lines almost like a brick wall, in the background.  The top handle on the sugar dish lid is also very distinctive, attaching to the top in three places- a three pronged handle that looks like a grape vine.   It feels very French to me...maybe it's the grapes.

There are no identification marks at all.  I'm showing the bottoms of a couple of the pieces here.

Here's a better look at the teapot spout.

...and the handles.

This is the little creamer, which is in the center when stacked...

...and here is the sugar dish with the lid.

When the pieces are all unstacked, the lid also fits onto the teapot.

It was loved and used a lot by someone and it has the stains to show it.  I have not done anything to attempt to clean it as this is part of the charm of old ironstone.  

I would love to know its story.  It does appear to be a rare little set.  

Even though I love it, it really isn't my style, so  I'm listing it in the shop.  If you're interested, follow this link.

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Friday, March 20, 2015

Denim & A Fabulous Cuff

Welcome to another chapter of Fab Fashion Friday!  Today I'm featuring an outfit that was inspired by the great cuff bracelet shown front and center.  This would be a great look for spring, which is finally here!  And it works for us funky ladies over 50 if you want to add a spring to your step!

Be sure to visit BohoBlvd over at Etsy to see what other fantastic pieces she is showing.

It's All About That Art (Bracelet)

Topshop vest
$48 - nordstrom.com

Mid-heel shoes


Snö Of Sweden coin earrings
$27 - nelly.com

I hope you have a great weekend as we usher in spring!  See you again next week.

Thursday, March 19, 2015


Some of you have been asking me how I'm coming along with the Gypsy Room...well, honestly, I've been really busy with other things and haven't worked very much on it at all- until yesterday.  

If you remember my last post on the subject, I had painted a bed that turned out to be the wrong size (that post here) and so I had been sort of thinking on the bed possibilities.  I just can't make myself go to a furniture store to buy a bed.  I would never be happy with it...it has to be different...really different.  A few days ago I remembered some narrow doors that we had in storage that had been given to me a couple of years ago.  I went to the storage building, measured them, and decided they could work...and could be amazing and dramatic...so, I brought them home, cleaned them and put them in place temporarily (just in case they didn't work!) and took pics.  

I thought this was perfect, so we attached them and then I started doing the fun part- Gypsi-fying!  (Is that a word? Yes, it turns out it is!)  I pulled out some of the things I had been hoarding for this decorating project-fragments of handmade lace, a crocheted and fringed shawl, coins on a chain (a belt?), scarves, feathers, etc.  I also had this wonderful carved ornate furniture fragment that I thought would look nice hanging on the top...I envisioned layers and layers of "stuff", you know, like what Gypsies had in their vardo. So I started adding layers...

...and then, before I got a shot from the distance to show the entire thing, the cats figured out what I was doing, and this happened.

Honestly, I don't know what I was thinking.  Bird feathers and fringe...well, of course they thought I was creating a Kitty Disneyland!  

I threw the camera down when they actually got pieces of my decor in their teeth.  

So, that all came down, and I decided to sleep on it.

Back to this:

It's funny how I figure things out in my sleep...it's something I've always done...I decided that it needed a more "simplified Gypsified" look-that the cats couldn't reach.  

I pulled out an oval shaped mirror that's been moved all around the house for years.  Hung it on the center door, and then draped the green scarf from a vintage drapery tie back bracket attached to the top.  Like this: 

I just noticed that I forgot to put the white sparkly pillow back in the center!!!  Oh well...

It's not as funky as I would like, but it's also not going to be destroyed by the cats, and I think it still has the Gypsy, Bohemian feel.  So far, the cats haven't figured out how to reach the green scarf...keeping my fingers crossed, but even if they do, this is not some vintage piece that I'm worried about.

Here are a couple of close-up shots of the pillows that are now layered on the bed...

Once I was satisfied with the bed, I moved on to the top of my chifferobe that once belonged to my grandmother.  I brought in a variety of things to include candles, mirrors, empty frames, bottles, the things that I had removed from the bed headboard, etc.  I also used the remaining drapery tie back bracket.  I have a pair and don't want them to get too far apart from one another...

This wall art is actually a cheap paper print attached to some sort of MDF board and chipped on the edges so that it appears sort of fake-old.  I found it in a second-hand store for $10 and fell in love with the look and colors and thought it could work in my Gypsy room. I brought it home and added glitter glue and beads to funk it up a bit.  I am loving it in the room!

Here's another piece I found at a local antiques mall, Antiques at the Loop, in Mobile.  This piece is also not old, just a piece of wall decor, but it's also perfect for my Gypsy room!  ...and I love bees.

I'm still working in the room, and I'll show another feature in a couple of days- a wall of layered mirrors in a variety of fabulous frames!  Can't wait to get them up and share them with you.  I probably should have waited for the project to be finished before I shared any of it...I could have done a "proper" reveal, but I'm impatient, so I had to go ahead and show you now...It's just who I am...can't help it.

See you again in a few days!

Update....Approximately 24 hours after writing this post, and living in the newly decorated room, I began to see sparkles on the floor.  Sequins and beads from that gorgeous white pillow on the bed...Well, that didn't work either......Life with cats...