Sunday, December 23, 2012

No Christmas Tree Again This Year

I didn't get a tree put up again this year, so out came my tinsel tree. It's bare of ornaments except a pink peacock topper, another more traditional color peacock, and a clear ball with lengths of Hermes, Louis Vuitton, and Gucci ribbon. Given to me some many years ago by the ever fabulous Bradley Justice.

I did a few other Christmas touches- a large mercury star in the front door sidelight, a mica covered swan on the table in front of the tree, some favorite red glass ornaments mixed into my green wine bottles in the dining room window, and some mercury glass tipped tinsel picks.

Although not a substitute for a decorated tree, they all make me happy.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

I love these vintage German figural pillar candles

Perhaps it's nostalgia from my growing up years. Made of beeswax, they are beautiful works of art, but usually overlooked. Any time I see one for sale, I usually add to my collection. They're usually so reasonably priced compared to plain new candles. I often burn them outdoors. They are a lovely addition to a garden table. My favorite is the Bavarian flag with the heraldic seal.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

A Peacock for Valentines Day

Got this cutie for Valentines Day from hubby. Painted by Sandra Dee who I had just posted about getting to paint a peacocok mural in our bedroom. Nice suprise. Lucky me!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Obsessed by peacocks

I've liked peacocks since forever ago. I still have a 70's macrame piece I made with peacock feathers hanging in my home. This vintage peacock painting on Craigslist, in a town nearby, has been an obsession for a year. The person never replied to my queries, but the ad stayed active for months. I wanted it so bad! Then just as I'm getting over it, at least a little bit, the ad is reposted and again no reply to my many emails.

I have searched high and low for another just like it, or something similar, to satisfy my constant craving. No luck. Then I read through Robin Brown's book by Country Living- A Bit of Velvet & a Dash of Lace: The Fabulous Interiors of  Magnolia Pearl and notice she has an artist friend paint peacocks on her walls.
So, I have contacted a local artist, Sandra Dee, and hope she'll paint a mural on my bedroom wall that will put me at rest. However, if you run across this painting, call me.

Friday, February 10, 2012

It's almost spring and I'm just now parting with fall

This summer and fall I subscribed to a farm co-op program, where every Wednesday you pick up a box full of seasonal fruits and vegetables. It was fun and somewhat adventurous eating a predetermined selection by mother nature. I shared the bounty with an elderly friend, a man who loves to cook. The food was yummy and farm fresh. But, my two favorite weeks were the two I got these fabulous pumpkins. One a blue green and one a mottled orange, both with deep ridges. I was selfish and kept them in my dining room as decoration, feeling somewhat wasteful for not eating them. They were gorgeous and made me smile every time I went in the room.
They have lasted 6 months and I have just thrown them away. I can't wait for this season to start and see what's in the box each week.