30 January 2009
23 January 2009
~ our "pile of bricks" circa 1950 ~
17 January 2009
Treasures found in our backyard ~ old medicine and toiletry bottles and narcissus popping up in unexpected places ~ all after having our backyard bulldozed and cleared, the old 1920’s concrete swimming pool filled in, and a few fallen trees removed.
The winter rains exposed the bottles in addition to so many other treasures and fertilized the miniature bulbs, which continue to grow after being planted over fifty years ago.
This piece of hardware, an old ceramic door knob, we cleaned off and will use as a paperweight! How about that Miss Grace...do you approve? (Grace is the fabulous and creative stylist who shows all of us how to make our houses into Poetic Homes ~ you can find her on the sidebar in my "blog beauties" too.)
And an abandoned bird’s next from last Spring…
...with which I have nestled robin’s egg blue hand soaps and will find a place for in our powder room.
14 January 2009
I now have these sweet Valentine's tags available in my Etsy shop. They are from my "All Gouached Up!" collection of pen and ink, gouache, and watercolour illustrations and paintings. I have printed them in my studio on Bristol board and hand cut them with a scalloped edge, added a bit of lace and organza ribbon and initialed each in ink.
And...just to show you how much I LOVE you, when you order ~ free shipping. Just mention in the "notes to the seller" section that you saw this post on my blog and I will apply the credit to your Pay Pal account.
08 January 2009
I was told once, while I was living in Italy far away from my home and family, that in order to be happy you must have at least eight hugs a day. I think a wise and old Italian told me this. I believe it, strive for it, and find that when I do get my daily allowance of hugs, I am indeed happier. It may not really be true, but it's a nice thing to try, and it definitely feels good.
Cherub with Harmonica
With the symbolism of Valentine's Day being above all, love, I have added these cherubs and angels to my collection of photography in my Etsy Shop. They have already been flying into some very pretty treasuries thanks to some talented curators from the Fabulous Artistic Moms of Etsy and the Cottage Style Street Team. Check out the work from those creative Etsians when you have some time ~ it's lovely.
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02 January 2009
I have new products in my Etsy shop...and these are especially for our little ones. These are just the accessories (and inexpensive ones, too) to spruce up a wintery wardrobe and add some "Spring" to it...for boys and girls, and groovy for young teens and petit juniors.
This hand made and machine stitched grosgrain ribbon belt is made with two coordinating pieces of ribbon and is lined with interfacing for additional durability and crispness. The grosgrain ribbon is 100% polyester, therefore no shrinkage. The belt is one and a half inches wide, approximately 33 to 34 inches long, and loops through a silver- or gold-tone double D-ring metal buckle which allows for adjusting the belt to almost any size.
These are great for young boys and girls, as well as juniors and petit adults. One size fits most. Enjoy!
This is just the first batch ~ I've got a basket full of more spools of fun ribbons and am ready to make more of these cute belts, so if anyone would like to order a special size, just write to me and I will be happy to sew one up for you!