Monday, December 21

25% off


FYI, everything in both of my stores (I am checking out Big Cartel....I know I am a traitor,) is 25% off, and free shipping on all prints, until the New Year. Just contact me if you plan on buying something on Etsy, so I can give you the discizzount.

Friday, December 18

I Hate Santa









Dude, I am crying from laughing so hard right now. But my need to share this is so great...I am speachless. Thanks Bryn, you changed my life.

Wednesday, December 16

Theory


Loving these three Theory cardigans...all on sale. Which would you choose and why? (I would instinctively go for the colored stripe...but sometimes my wardrobe looks epileptic.)


Theory Hollis Cardigan

Theory Land Floraine cardigan

Theory Wool blend cardigan



Monday, December 14

Progress in the old home



I just bought these curtain rods, in natural iron for our bedroom. It is painted a deep, rich brown. I am planning on putting creme colored linen drapes.



I went to check the Estate Silver line of curtain hardware this weekend, and O gave it the thumbs up. I like the thinner, plain end cap version. Next month, I hope to buy two for the living room, which we are painting a beautiful, fresh creme color! So happy to finally get rid of that blasted yellow!!!
I like this rug a lot too, the rug we have now is stunningly beautiful, a gift from O's parent's, but it does tend to make the room quite dark...

And I do think the ivory silk curtains will work (Restoration Hardware via Ebay) in either the living room or the bedroom...I may get some and test them. I heart Ebay for things like this.

I also love Ebay for things like this: Fabulous stool, huge chunk of amethyst, (bought by me!)
and a beautiful, deeply discounted William Sonoma Home Pendant.

Tuesday, December 8

My paintings at Urban Outfitters



I've been itching to tell you about my Secret Garden painting being sold at Urban Outfitters this winter, just in time for the holidays! It is also available online. It is by far the largest of the Artist Wall Art Series, over at the Urban, that I have ever seen. I am happy by how they turned out. I don't know what they will cost yet, but maybe you will see them over at your local shop.
* 42"w, 29"h, $98

You can also get the original at my shop, it is still for sale.


Thursday, December 3

Wish I were here right now


One for me, one for O, and a big, crazy awesome rug for the lady doggies.... I don't have any decorations up at all, we just need to step it up. Yup, thats right, step it up.

Tuesday, December 1

New paintings

There are a few new paintings in the ol shop today. Not Bad is an oil abstract, very surreal but more of a landscape than my usual paintings. I can always frame in a custom maple floating frame for $100 upon request. There are some other exciting things happening too, I am going corporate...and I will tell you tomorrow.


I also have some original drawings that have been made into prints selling at Little Paper Planes, available on my shop, framed.


And last but not least, some of my first prints ever, in a new, larger size! 15 x11, oh yeah baby.

Meet Moxie Squirp Mague




Hello! Did you have a fabulous Thanksy G? I did, it was yum and southern! Fried turkey baby, yup, fried turkey. Next year we host, I am thinking Mexican? hehehe

The best part though, was meeting our new doggie, Moxie. We went to the pound, the worst, stinkiest, most horrible hole of a pound I have ever seen in my life. I am talking to YOU Dekalb county pound, SHAME on you! Our poor Moxie was skin and bones, with a terrible cold and cough, and worms in her intestines. She could hardly bark, couldn't jump up at all. It seems she had gone on a hunger strike in her jail cell, that she had been in for four weeks!!!!


But enough about her horrible incarceration. Now she is home with us, and has been for two weeks. At first, she was pissy, as you can imagine, and Coco was all like, "hey bitch, you gonna sleep here, you gotta play!" Our little Moxie made a rapid recovery, she is filling in really well, has been on antibiotics, and can jump and bark and run after squirrels all day long. To our delight, she and Coco are perfectly matched wrestling buddies....free entertainment.

Wednesday, November 11

A.P.C



I love this look, now I just gotta get those shoes...

Monday, November 9

Things I love today...








Some things I would buy if I had extra cash right now. I love these textures together, or alone, with some smooth, old, waxed wood....sweet.
one, two, three, four, five, six, and seven

Monday, November 2

Gallery Walls


I finally got around to putting some photos up last week! Woohoo. I decided that I really wanted a gallery hallway leading to our bedroom, which is just off the kitchen, sort of cool because you can see it peaking out when you are in the kitchen. So, I took all of the frames I had, from all over the place, and used them all together.
Above, coming and going from the bedroom. I really want to replace that door!


Looking into the dining room form the kitchen, I love how you can see some images popping out, especially the small one of my bridesmaids, or my bestest friends laughing together, ahhhh
Hm....most of these images are from the wedding, oops. But, I still have more to put up, eventually this hallway will disappear when we remodel the kitchen, but until then, I love my hallway of memories!

Thursday, October 29

Pearls!




Loving the jumbled up, super glamorous, grandmother's pearls' and chains gone bad. I remember years and years ago, seeing an article in Vogue about some new to the scene jeweler who was famous for making these jumbled up pieces, a customer of his said in the article, "My maid actually tried to untangle it for me!..." I turned my adolescent nose up. Now, I wish I had been cool enough to realize how bad ass it was.
Above, from Charm and Chain.




I love these two above from JCrew, especially the rose gold one...I think this is a must have for this year. Or maybe earlier next year?

Monday, October 26

60 year old Fashionista!







Well, today is a stunning fall day. I love days like this, and we have an exciting home project happening today, woohoo. I will have before and after shots soon. Mostly though, groovy things are happening, got a very great package today from China, with some tastes of things to come for you and me. And, I am filling in my wardrobe with more cripple friendly items. Out with the heals, in with the "comfort" shoes, and multiple strap bags, and hemmed up jeans...since I am tripping all over them with my old lady shoes on. Dude, this neck issue just aged my look about 10 years. And since I feel about 20 years older still...hello 60, nice to see you, not as many grays as I thought you would have by now...

So ideas, what do you think of these lovely items, anyone have them and wanna give reviews? Another part of suddenly turning 60 is that I require in depth customer reviews before purchasing anything, even batteries.


Nice bag huh, fond it via Bliss. I am however, considering this one, that Cole Haan up there.


Of course I need a snazzy accessory to young me up, and some shoes with super comfort. These are the ones I really want....but alas, no more 3 inchers for me. Perhaps these? very 90's nostalgia. I secretly love these, crazy.

The older I get, the simpler my clothes choices are. What about you? And while we are at it, a cozy cape...Oh and turn these into sunglasses...

Friday, October 23

To pie with pain


You know, I haven't been posting anything new and exciting here, even though some cool things are happening, because I just didn't know what to say. I am recovering from yet another neck injury, this one lead to X-rays, which has lead to doctors, therapy, painful revaluation of priorities...blah blah. In short, when I think about what I want to share with you, all of I think of is more pain, blah again, so I kept mum. But....I don't want to stop posting, so I figure now you know, and you know why my house project stopped dead in their tracks...

But, as I get better, I get more ideas! Today though, in Atlanta, it is rainy, big freaking surprise, and I just want to cook, and bake. In honour of my favorite magazine on earth (right next to Domino, who I know is watching over me, and cried a tear of joy when she saw me buy a giant horn mounted in brass today...I love you too Domino...) ahem, ok, my favorite magazine, Gourmet, which as we all know, is being killed by the evil devil Conde Nasty-face.


I made this last year, and it was to die for. I am dreaming about it again, maybe with figs? or cranberries? Ohhhhh... So let me be southern for a second: I swear togod, if I caint cook like I wanna, cuz of my neck thangy, well, that just caint happen!

For pastry

  • 2 cups whole almonds with skins (10 oz), toasted (see Tips) and cooled completely
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon pure almond extract
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
  • 1 1/2 sticks cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces

For filling

  • 1 cup water
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup brandy
  • 8 oz dried Pacific apricots
  • Confectioners sugar for dusting
  • Equipment:

    a 10-inch springform pan

Make pastry:

  • Pulse toasted almonds and sugar in a food processor until nuts are finely ground. Sift together flour, salt, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves into a bowl, then add to ground nuts in processor and pulse to combine.
  • Lightly beat yolks, extracts, and zest in a small bowl with a fork. Add to food processor along with butter, then pulse until dough forms a ball. Form one third of dough into a disk, then roll out between 2 sheets of plastic wrap into a 10-inch round. Transfer to a baking sheet and chill until firm, about 10 minutes. Roll out remaining dough between 2 sheets of plastic wrap into a 12-inch round, then transfer to another baking sheet and chill until firm, about 10 minutes.

Make filling:

  • Simmer water, sugar, brandy, and apricots in a small saucepan, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until apricots are tender and liquid is syrupy, 15 to 20 minutes. Transfer mixture to cleaned food processor and pulse until almost smooth. Spread mixture onto a plate and chill 15 minutes.

Bake torte:

  • Preheat oven to 350°F with rack in middle.
  • Remove bottom of springform pan and invert, then lock on side. Remove larger dough round from refrigerator and peel off top layer of plastic wrap, then invert round into pan (pastry will break in spots). Press dough evenly onto bottom, then discard plastic. Fold in edge of dough and press 1/2 inch up side of pan (side will be thicker than bottom). Press gently to close any cracks.
  • Bake pastry until lightly browned, about 20 minutes, then cool completely on a rack, about 30 minutes. (Dough will puff up as it bakes but will settle as it cools.)
  • Spread filling into crust with an offset spatula or back of a spoon.
  • Peel top layer of plastic wrap from smaller dough round, then cut round into 1/2-inch-wide strips. (Chill strips again if necessary.) Arrange half of strips over filling about 1 inch apart, pressing ends onto edge of torte. Arrange remaining strips across first strips to form a simple lattice. Press edges together with your fingertips.
  • Bake until top is browned, 40 to 50 minutes. Cool completely, about 2 hours.
  • Before serving, remove side of pan and dust edge of torte with confectioners sugar.
Cooks’ note: Torte (without confectioners sugar) can be made up to 2 days ahead and kept, covered, at room temperature.

Monday, October 12

My own classy ladder!


Um hello, yes please! This would do in our dining room, since it is a dining, slash hang out, slash library room. From Urban Home found via The Estate of Things, a new to me blog that I just looovvveee. Naturally, all my new fave blogs are home design, I am nesting like a big fat chicken.
To bad she is out of stock...

I messed up my upper traps (neck, back) again, then, cuz I was in a blinded by the pain kind of mood, I took wwaaayy too much Ibuprofen, and gave myself the heartburn. More like the Acid Reflux of the Devil Himself, that lasted for three days in a row. So I had time to sit in bed and look up things online. But I still can't hold my head up to paint, bummer.

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