Monday, December 28, 2009

I have been away far too long! I have a new blog site that I believe I will enjoy far a writer, I am compelled to write every day but it's difficult when pulled in several directions. I'm currently working on a PR project for a new candy store in Duluth, I'm writing my fourth book, and I am always writing poetry and prose for my own amusement. I breathe, so I write (:

My new blog is exactly the kind of thing that will find me returning again and again, day after day. All my love and I hope to see you here. Take care.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Mythical Monday

1. Nestling Ruffle Plates in Summer White JulieKnowlesPottery
2. 70's Rust Patent Leather T-Strap Heels MaidenRaptureVintage
3. 4 Teenie Cakes You Pick I Bake
Aunt Tees

Is a good Monday truly a myth? We live in a world with rust-colored shoes, purple roses with pottery, and homemade far Monday is looking pretty good (:

Sunday, June 7, 2009

And the Remodeling...

After five years of living in a construction zone, the end is still far away but now it's also in sight. We have the electrician, the plumber, the window installer, and the carpenter pulling together to create a lovely space for my family.

I am beyond excited. If you can imagine tripping on extension cords every morning for the past five years...plugging in appliances as you need them because you don't have outlets (everything leads to the new circuit box through a series of industrial size extension cords)...not having a dryer for four of the five years...not having overhead lighting...looking at studs and insulation and desperately trying to cover all of these things with creative fabric and haphazard pictures and figurines on shelves hurriedly hung with aesthetics in mind (but nothing hides the truth of remodeling)...if you can imagine all of these things, you can certainly understand why I now have decorating on my mind. Decorating that will highlight beautiful smooth walls and gorgeous tile and wood floors (picture a big grin with hands clasped together with glee).

In celebration of the eventual end, I have immersed myself with books, magazines and online resources to build the color wheel and collection of things that will grace my home when everything is done by the end of this fall. While doing so, I realized two things: first, I don't have a cut and dry "type" of interior style, I don't fall into a specific category; and second, I believe in color and I will avoid white with everything in me.

I thought that I was old world European because of the heavy wood but the colors are too beige and white for me. I thought that I might be cottage shabby but there's too much stuff all over the place. I'm definitely NOT modern but I do like clean lines. I love the look of a log home but not everything covered with wood. So my adventure has been interesting (: I hope you enjoy the small pieces I found that I felt defined my interior soul...

Spirited Woodland, Albert bone china tea cup

I love tea cups, especially with roses. They happen to be my favorite flower (besides daisies) and I would like to invite you to my table for an afternoon cup, a little homemade pastry with dark chocolate icing and the smell of lilacs from an open window.

Cottage Chic Store, Roses and Lemons

Bright pink with lemon-yellow always makes me smile. I also adore the color green. I would hang this painting on my wall in a heartbeat.

Cottage Chic Store, Linens

Crisp clean linen but not blue...what struck me with this photo was the chair. I love the aged look, the sun blistered spots that make me think of long summer days spent on my grandpa's lake in the middle of nowhere.

Love to Know, Old World European

Old world European, chair and arched window. I would paint the walls a rusty orange instead and the vessel behind the chair would overflow with bright pink roses. They would cascade and tumble, their scent lulling me deeper into the book that I'm reading as I lounge on the plush velvet chair.

Put these photos together and that will hopefully be my home. How do you decorate your home of dreams?

Friday, May 15, 2009

1. vent d'hiver, sibylle d
2. medieval neat boot, anifty
3. friendship blessing basket, crafts by kade
4. italian almond torrone, cupcakes in jars

Yesterday my daughter and I went on our first picnic of the season. We brought comforts and luxuries and we enjoyed the shoreline of Grand Marais. While perusing Etsy on this fine Friday, I wanted to see if I could find the delectable things that can make a picnic such a wonderful experience. The artists did not disappoint me.

During my search for picnic beauty, I mentally listed the essential requirements for a picnic. The first requirement is a good friend. Sibylle D illustrates this idea with stunning clarity in her vent d'hiver painting. Two softly-hued ladies turned toward each other while the wind and leaves blow about them. I have a feeling that their conversation keeps them from noticing the wind. This painting is gentle and lovely with simple strokes and elegant curves.

The second requirement is a good pair of shoes. Every picnic demands a stroll to one's destination and then once the linen and porcelain are laid about, the surrounding area must be explored. The artist, anifty, grasps the idea of comfort, solidity and style with a pair of Medieval Neat Boots. These would pair well with a billowy gypsy skirt or a pair of linen trousers on a cool spring afternoon. What a delicious color for the maiden who wears them!

The third requirement is a sturdy basket for all the goodies and niceties. Crafts by Kade delightfully satisfied my picnicking heart with the Friendship Blessing Basket. What a fitting name. This basket is large enough to hold dishes and treats, as well as a nice bottle of something warm and red. Tuck a gorgeous tablecloth over the said items and off we go!

The final requirement: delicious somethings to sweeten the tooth. The artist, cupcakes in jars, tantalized me with a decadent photo of homemade Italian Almond Torrone. I lived in Sicily for 2 1/2 years and I can still remember the nougat and almond, the soft texture, the absolute bliss. These are the things that make life so utterly beautiful.

I hope that all of you find time to picnic in the great outdoors. Pack a basket with your best dinnerware. Find tender linen, soft to the touch and lovely to the eyes, and spread it over green grass and wildflowers. Take your closest friend and discover a new place to dine. I send my warm wishes to all of you and the hope that this weekend will find you someplace pretty, someplace perfect, someplace picnicking.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Friday in the Country

1. Barnyard Crimson, Cassandra Russell
2. Golden, Flandersfield
3. Morning Glory, Ola design

I am passionate about farms, old barns, things that grow and fields that go on forever. The only time I have found myself longing for fences is when my neighbor sprays his yard with insecticides and pesticides and all those other smelly "ides" that kill bugs and ruin perfect little ecosystems that nature has built into our yards. I would like a big fence between myself and my neighbor because I believe in growing native plants that shelter and feed native birds and bugs.

While searching for beauty on this sunny Friday, I found several pieces of art that caught my eye and reminded me of long dusty roads and barns with holes in the roof that glitter sunlight into haylofts like stars and comets on a midnight sky.

My journey brought me to Cassandra Russell and her "Barnyard Crimson" painting. A soft red roof with bare-branched trees...they make me think of morning coffee and chickens clucking at my feet with no fences or barriers to nature.

As I thought about my chickens and coffee, I discovered the image, "Golden", by Flandersfield. The picture speaks for the land, the wind, the seeds that grow.

I wandered on and I found myself meeting Ola Design and my heart quickened when I gazed at the "Morning Glory" portrait of a fellow free spirit. The wispy figure holds trees in her hair and nature in her dress. I cannot imagine a better depiction of freedom. It beckons like a siren call--keep nature in mind, wear it sweetly on your body, and forever you will be free. I would like to wear a dress just like that and walk through my wildflowers on a rainy day.

May this Friday in the Country remind you of quiet fields filled with life, old barns that house the ghosts of working families and most of all, may it remind you to dance with nature when the human race demands a less graceful pace.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Whimsical Wednesday

1. Fairy Doors, Nothin But Wood
2. Beach Days-Genuine Sea Glass Keepsake Locket, Sea Find Design

It's rain and clouds, cold and windy. Oh Wednesday, turn me around, turn me around. During my search for beauty, and that elusive season of spring, I found Nothin But Wood and Sea Find Design on Etsy and the sun found its way into my home.

The Fairy Doors are enchanting, nostalgic--born of magic and wistful afternoons. I would like to take my index finger and thumb and gently knock on that tree. What sprite would appear, I wonder? Would they invite me in for tea and biscuits? This garden-treat is a dainty reminder to live, let live, and find a way to believe in fairies, even for a moment.

As fairy doors and gardens filled my mind during this journey to beauty, I immediately fell in love with an exquisite piece of jewelry at Sea Find Design. In the heart of this locket is a piece of sea glass that confesses to centuries of waves and sun and sand. Smoothed by the tempest, rolled by the spirit, this necklace celebrates freedom as wide as the ocean and as unfathomable as a dream. Breathtaking.

I hope all of you find yourself in the middle of a rainy day. Then, at that critical moment when you're looking for sunshine, you're lucky enough to discover summer beauty.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Thistledown Thursday

I love the moment when thistle turns into thistledown. Nature makes sure that the thistle flower will outlast the herbivores. Evolution provided the purple flower with spiky leaves and a thorny exterior but when the flower turns into a puff, the seeds are available for small birds, namely the goldfinch.

But what I like most about thistledown is that something so soft and dreamy can perch itself on top of a thorny stalk. I see a similarity in my own life when I'm looking at the beginning of the week. Monday is thorny and full of question--will this week be busy and crazy and hectic with barely enough time to breathe? It usually starts out that way. But when I hit Thursday, the world softens. The breezes feel warmer, the stars are brighter, there's a whisper that soon, very soon, there will be time to sip my coffee and contemplate my toes as they prop themselves on an old log next to a bubbling creek. Saturday, nature whispers through the thistledown, Saturday will soon be here. And when the day arrives, the thorny side of Monday completely disappears and I'm enveloped in something soft and dreamy, perched on a stalk of green.

Happy Thistledown Thursday to all of you.

Monday, April 20, 2009

And the Adventure Commences!

I have long dreamed of starting my own business. I've worked on a freelance writing career for the past five years and while it has definite ups (and definite downs), I wouldn't trade the experience for anything. While dabbling in the world of writing, I've realized two things. First, writing is my passion. Second, I need an artistic outlet to rest my mind when I'm not writing.

I've searched for many different ways to express my artistic side. I've painted with watercolors but I truly believe I'll only be mediocre for the rest of my life (and I'm okay with that). I've tried photography but I see the masters of photography and I put my pictures on facebook and leave things well enough alone.

So, on a gray day without planning on a hobby to become a future, I discovered the joy of making signs. It's ironic that my signs include words and words are my living. I guess we can't actually run from ourselves or the work we love.

With all of this in mind, I've begun the adventure with Chickadee Chic. Chickadee Chic is my little Etsy shop. The grand opening will be April 27, 2009 and I am really excited to begin. Through my Blog, I would like to share the tradition of handmade items and to remember the quality that our great-grandparents most likely enjoyed; I would like everyone who reads my Blog to be enveloped in beauty and all the lovely things this world has to offer; and above all else, I would like to connect with people who are like-minded. When it comes right down to it, the time we have here on earth is short. I would like to spend mine in the pursuit of beauty and the pursuit of compassion. How would you like to spend your time?

Magical Monday

1. Wire-Wrapped Glass Necklace, Gaged Jewelry
2. Fruit Bowl, Down to Earth Folks
3. Venice Italy, Fine Art Lomo Print, Scarlet Beautiful
4. Titanium with Mokume Gane inlay and Damascus with stone - Wedding Set , Jewelry by Johan

Welcome to this Magical Monday! It's a little late in the day but there's always time for magic. Take a look at these gorgeous handmade pieces from several of the artists at Etsy.

My eyes were caught by the stunning work of Gaged Jewelry. The necklace speaks of the green earth entwined with mankind. I can't resist a terrific piece of jewelry.

The second image, bright oranges complemented by cool blue, boasts the pottery of Down to Earth Folks. The rustic design brings cabins and forests and quiet glades to mind.

I've always loved Venice from afar and someday I'll find myself in that watery city. For now, Scarlet Beautiful has given me a chance to enjoy the cityscape: aquamarine tones and sunburnt tiles on lofty rooftops. I can feel the breeze laden with moisture and the heat from the midday sun.

And last but not least, Jewelry by Johan. Timeless Titanium with swirls and color, the very essence of eternity.
The photo itself is art, the jewelry a masterpiece.