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Tuesday, October 28th, 2008
8:55 pm
I'd forgotten I was a member here
Untill a lovely new contact said I should post here, I hope its ok, I like everything, I mean it, everything is wonderful.

I have a thing for plates the husband doesn't understand.
Tuesday, October 31st, 2006
9:51 pm
Paper decor.
I decided to decorate a window with some Paper Lanterns for Halloween and to add a bit of color and light as it becomes darker and more grey out. It has added a lot to the room.
I found the directions to make these origami lanterns here. (they are also known as water bombs)
It turned out to be quite easy. Just a bit time-consuming to make a number of the lanterns. I found the vellum paper kind of tricky to work with but the mulberry paper worked quite nicely.
I will probably make some different colored ones for Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Wednesday, April 19th, 2006
10:51 pm
So while I was visiting my father last week, my fifteen year-old sister introduced me to her boyfriend as a "dish queen"--a term I taught her after seeing it in the New York Times! I'm so proud she remembered!

Here are some of the Dish Queen's treasures:

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Thursday, March 23rd, 2006
3:52 pm
More treasures...
I've been going through the boxes in my attic, trying to organize things so that I can decorate in a hurry once the renovation of our house is complete. I've been posting some of my "treasures" in my own journal but thought I'd post a few here as well in case anyone is interested:

I went through Box #2 last night. (Only about 30 to go!) Here's some of what I "found":

This set of 5 cups, saucers, and dessert plates belonged to my great-uncle Rocky in the 1940s. My aunt had it for many years, and gave it to me a few months ago. It's not in perfect condition, but I love having something that belonged to my family for so long... Once the kitchen is in better shape (and we bring my mom's 1940s maple kitchen cabinet back from FL), I'll be able to display these.

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Although I'm not religious in a traditional way, I tend to collect images of the Virgin Mary. They make me feel safe and protected...a remnant of two thousand years of Catholicism in my blood? I'm not sure. (Sorry for the angle on this.)
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Sunday, February 5th, 2006
5:09 pm
It's a quiet Sunday afternoon, and I took the opportunity to disassemble and scan a vintage wallpaper catalog that I found on Ebay last spring. It dates from 1943. Here are some of my favorites: (if anyone would like copies, I have high resolultion scans--just ask)

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Thursday, January 26th, 2006
11:18 am
Gettin' your craft on.
The dreaded holiday of half-assed milk chocolate and ridiculous expectations may soon be upon us but we can set aside that insanity for a moment and think about cheerful things like making over the top cards or even decorating the house with interesting pretty things.

I found this particular piece:
through the Bath Postal museum which has high-lighted a few valentine cards from the 19th century.

Or you could get all Martha Stewarty and make
these paper cones.

It is kind of nice to add a bit of color to distract one from the dark dreary winter doldrums.
Tuesday, December 13th, 2005
9:16 am
I made two more ornaments with that template yesterday. One is merely a sort of Belle in Red and the other is a kind of Angel with kind of a Jane Austen look about her (what with the empire waisted dress)

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Monday, December 12th, 2005
11:41 am
I have been getting my craft on.
la_sherazade showed me a dandy little link that has a template to make your own pretty paper Christmas ornaments. Well I was inspired and I have made my own.

My blue fairy!

My Mother works in a shop that carries vintage and obscure pieces of scrap and trim so she has given me so beautiful pieces over the years and I took one piece and used it for the bodice of her dress and then I made a small tutu-style skirt using some ribbon. I made the wings out of vellum paper I keep around. It looks so beautiful at night with the Christmas lights on.

I am now looking through the rest of my scrap for other ideas of dresses and characters I can create.
Sunday, November 6th, 2005
9:36 am
forgive my excitement.
I know it is awfully early to think about Christmas but as of late I have been thinking about older ornaments and specifically some ornaments and baubles that had belonged to my Grandmother.
She had these little candles of Santas and choir singers and she always had them out at Christmas and my Mother even had some. When my Grandmother died we acquired hers as well. They weren't anything terribly fancy as she had picked them up from the drug store for about fifty cents a piece in the early fifties.

It seems that the Vermont Country store is now selling these items. Look here. I suppose it might look a bit creepy to set fire to the top of their heads but we can't have everything can we?

They even have a Thanksgiving set

They also carry some Glass ball ornaments that look exactly like my Grandma's as well. (But often I have found you can get original ones on ebay for much less)
Tuesday, August 9th, 2005
9:36 pm
We went "thrifting" today, our bi-weekly ritual, and found some treasures. I particularly liked the combination of a (new) retro-style pillow from Target (which apparently donates items to the local Goodwill) and a vintage painted child's wooden chair. (And our chippy dining room wall, bien sûr.)

Current Mood: pleased
Sunday, July 24th, 2005
8:57 am
Hello, how is everyone doing? I am new here...
Oh man, is this the place for me! There are so many things I like, decor wise. I love art nouveau, art deco, victorian, Japanese design, middle eastern, indian and Arts and Crafts design. I am a student right now but I hope to build a tudor cottage in a mountain community about an hour and a half from where I live now (Lake Arrowdead for all you Southern Californians.)I love to daydream about building the house and decorating it. Here is the home plan I will be most likey be using: http://www.homeplans.com/exec/action/plans/browsemode/details/filter/HStyleID.10%2c11%2c26%3bSQFTMax.1500%3bSQFTMin.1250/hspos/hsnet/page/3/planid/21207/section/homeplans?viewstate=tot.eNozMwMAAKQAbQ%3d%3d
(although it would be honey colored stucco with dark wood trim and diamond panel leaded wndows.) Click the links below the house rendering to see the floorplan. The second floor has a "library alcove" which is what I will make into a dressing alcove, with an Edwardian vanity table, lounge, and this stained glass lamp (or something fairly similar)http://www.willowglen.com/profile.cfm?productID=43184. That particular little room is going to be so pipmed out/luxe/romantic. It will be a good place for lounging and reading trash novels and eating chocolate. Since chimneys are expensive to build, I will have a gas powered stove instead: http://www.hampton-fire.com/Gas/Stoves/H25/index.php (I will have a fake hearth built around it.)
I collect pottery, although I am thinning out my collection a little. I also like vintage fruit crate labels, art glass, Maxfield Parrish, Alphonse Mucha, carnival glass, stained glass, vintage nude postcards/erotica, etc. I love Indian Saris, Japanese Kimono, etc. I love art books too.
I know it probabaly does not strictly count as decor, but I am also in love with Japanese incense.
Have a good day everyone!

Current Mood: contemplative
Sunday, June 26th, 2005
9:29 am
Ponder beauty
This morning I saw an interesting piece about Eva Zeisel who has been at her particular craft for 80 years. She is a potter/designer who has a couple of shows displaying her work. Exquisite stuff. Many people may not know her name right off the bat but they would be familiar with her work. Crate and Barrel has a line of her stuff from things she created in the early fifties. Not only is she this wickedly talented artist she lead a rather exciting life. She grew up in an intellectual family in Budapest and was privately educated by some of the leading artists of the early 20th century, she lived in the Soviet Union and was their leading industrial designer of pottery, was sent to prison for nearly 2 years because of some trumped up charges. She was accused of a successful attempt to assassinate Stalin. She said when charged, "if it was successful would he not be dead by now?" They didn't take kindly to the humour. She was in solitary confinement during the entire time she was held. Then suddenly one day she was released and had to leave the Soviet Union. She then came to Vienna just as Hitler arrived so she quickly made it to England. She met a man, married and they came to the United States and she proceeded to become a teacher and also design beautiful kitchen things for museums (specifically a set of china for the Museum of Modern Art back in the early fifties) and for people. She is now 98 and still at it. How hip is that?
She said she designs first for usefulness and function and then for beauty. She said what good is something if it is beautiful if it isn't useful as well.

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Thursday, June 16th, 2005
8:41 am
Saturday, May 21st, 2005
8:11 pm
More Dutch pretties...
(for my kitchen)

"Gretchen, the Little Dutch Maid"

Vintage Dutch-themed fabric

Current Mood: cheerful
Tuesday, May 17th, 2005
7:28 pm
Today's Ebay treasure...
...for my Dutch-themed kitchen (the decal is a Dutch boy with tulips):

Sunday, May 8th, 2005
6:23 pm
Something old something new
Where I grew up near my Mother's house there is a really cool Russian Orthodox church. It is fairly tiny (they built it themselves) and they are very much a part of the community. In fact before they were able to build their church and they were raising money and saving to do so, My Parish (the lovely people at Saint Mary's Star of the Sea Cat'lick church) lent them the use of one of the classrooms so they could have a place to worship. It was kind of neat getting a glimpse into something that was similar to my own faith yet getting to know various little differences (they do the sign of the cross the left hand and what not)
One of the cool things I sorta got to know more about were the icons they had. I have always found them to be really beautiful and intriguing. My Mother has a couple that friends have given her over the years. They are vivid in color and often there is a story behind them.

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Sunday, May 1st, 2005
9:06 am
Happy May day. Let's get crafty.
Years ago I had a really cool Victorian House coloring book (I know that kickadee would like this one a lot) that had pretty things to color and also interesting commentary on the period and explaining details about why people decorated the way they did and some of the social influences.
One thing the book discusses (and also have you color) are shell boxes. It was considered a proper way for a lady of any station (maids included) to spend her time. The basic idea was to take an old cigar box and get crazy with the glue and some shells and some of these boxes were so intricate with the designs that women came up with. It was right up there with scrap-booking. It seems some of these antique shell boxes that random ladies put together can fetch a price of 600 to 1,000 dollars. Sometimes more. It was a fairly simple craft project but was multi-purposed. The idea was to beautify a room but the object was also useful for everyday use. Not only did ladies make boxes, but also pin-cushions, frames and inkwells. The past-time became so popular that women could just purchase a shell kit and spend an afternoon working on making something attractive for their room.

Friday, April 22nd, 2005
11:00 am
Holiday Clutter
Some call it clutter, I prefer charming.

I like holiday decorations. For the most part, they come and go with the season, but there are a few that seem to have become, er, more permanent fixtures. These include:

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Right. So there's a glimpse into the carnival of eccentricity that is my home.
9:18 am
Hello fellow lovers of all things pretty. I'm Jessie and at the nudging of gfrancie, I'm going to share some of what I know about Art Nouveau architect Victor Horta. Warning! This could get quite long which is why I cut the heck out of it.

A little bit of background on Art Nouveau.Collapse )

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And that's a little about Victor Horta. I tried to keep this as non-academic as possible so that you didn't all die of boredom. I'd love to hear what everyone thinks of Horta and the style. If you'd like to know more, do a google search for him and you'll find a ton of websites. His former assistant also wrote a book that I found very interesting especially because its full of photos.

Thanks. :)
Thursday, April 21st, 2005
1:21 pm
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