Monday, February 16, 2015

Joining Feather Your Nest's March Vintage & Made Market!!



I'm very excited to be joining Feather Your Nest for their Vintage & Made Market event, where they feature vintage and handmade items, repurposed, renewed and reloved vintage furniture, stylish home goods and a whole lot of pretty things!! We both hope you can join us as we all look forward to spring!

Feather Your Nest
36 W Columbus St, Pickerington, Ohio 43147

Friday, March 6, 5pm - 9pm
Saturday, March 7, 11am - 4pm
Sunday, March 8, 11am - 4pm

Thursday, February 12, 2015

No Need for the Whole Forest. . .

The faux bois trend continues with birch bark products taking center stage. This time of year it’s the perfect way to add a touch of nature to your home (and wardrobe!) that is full of texture. Terrain offers up three birch products in particular that I love. These birch bark strips can be used to wrap around glass vessels, for handwritten invitations or place cards or even to paper the inside of a cupboard or drawer.


Also from Terrain, birch planters.


I, of course, saved the best for last. Hand-cast in a mold created directly from a paper birch, this statement ring of patinated bronze was created by New York designer Michael Michaud.Terrain offers wide and thin versions. I could totally see these as wedding rings for the nature loving couple.


Monday, February 9, 2015

Birds of a Feather

Taxidermy pieces are turning up at every antique show I am in these days. While beautiful and definitely interesting (if not alarming depending on the animal’s pose) I understand it is not for everyone. At a show I was in last fall I offered a gorgeous red fox I would have loved to “adopt” to put on top of the primitive white cupboard that houses our television. I was met with resounding opposition from the rest of my family. They simply could not imagine watching TV with this fox “watching” them. They even likened it to the rescue panther commercial!!

 

If you feel the same way as my husband and children there are certainly other ways of achieving the curated feel of nature. A simple and certainly less expensive way is by adding antique chromo lithographs from the late 1800's of your favorite fauna subjects. 


If you are looking to do a large collection of prints try looking for them on one of the royalty free photo websites such as shutterstock.com, istockphoto.com. Print and frame yourself or take to a printing shop to have them put onto artist’s canvases.


Search your favorite antique haunts for the real McCoy. You might be lucky enough to find a gem! If the print quality is excellent and the production numbers were low, you may score a litho with significant value! Happy hunting…of paper not fur.




Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Prohibition Corkscrew - Fun Find

The 1932 Flauder silver plated corkscrew, bottle opener and jigger was sold as a “4-in-1 Friendship Kit” and was marketed as “Jolly Good Mixer”.

The piece illustrated the two faces of prohibition as seen by Pulitzer prize winning cartoonist Rollin Kirby. Kirby was vehemently opposed to prohibition and created a cartoon character named Mr. Dry, a mean and stoic proponent of prohibition. Side one is an assertive, self-righteous, barking man who on the flip side is smiling and enjoying a sloshing cocktail.


 (sorry, this piece is sold)

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Fat Heads and Flat Heads

“Only a biker knows why a dog sticks his head out the car window.” 
~ author unknown

With the coming of spring and the snow finally melting, what better time of year is there to take a look at the most iconic of vehicles–the motorcycle and how it can play a role in your design. 


Here in the Midwest when the open road has iced over for the season most
motorcycle owners reluctantly garage their iron pony until the first
signs of spring arrive a few months down the road (pun intended). Some
“roads scholars” have found a way to incorporate their passion into
their urban decor and bring their bike right into their living room. No,
not literally, but artfully yes.


You don’t have to own a bike to admire the power and the fabled lure of random wandering they represent. Like this amazing print from Ducati, who launched a limited edition collection a few years ago featuring Ducati’s iconography and images inspired by the history of the company which dates back to the 1920′s.


Why not have your own photo reproduced onto a large canvas? Hint…going with a black and white photo would add an instant Steve McQueen coolness to your environment.
Whether you know the difference between a fat head and a flat head or you enjoy watching episodes of Sons Of Anarchy, you can’t help but appreciate the art of the machine. I’ll close with this thought “I don’t always ride a motorcycle (never), but when I do…it’s a Ducati.”

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Does Size Matter?

Sometimes, yes for obvious space reasons. However, there are also times where you should break the “scale” rules and go extra big in a small room. Like this 7 foot tall primitive cupboard turned entertainment center in our 14 x 12 living room. It actually makes the room appear and feel larger. Don’t be afraid of those big pieces!


All Buttoned Up

  How many pieces of furniture do you know that have remained in style for nearly 300 years? The buttoned up back and arms of the Chesterfield make it an iconic example of elegance and tradition. Historically made with the finest of leathers today’s market offers a wide variety of fabrics including velvet, denim, tweeds and flannels. Quite simply...an investment in your home decor as it will remain with you through decades.

Friday, November 28, 2014

All Year Long I Crave This...

Cranberry Salsa! Now that cranberries are back at the grocery store we'll be going through bowl after bowl! I know I know, sounds strange but trust me, you're going to fix this every year during the holidays. It's full of amazing, bright flavors that burst in your mouth. During Christmas cut tree shapes out of spinach tortillas using cookie cutters. Bake or fry in hot oil for tree shaped chips to serve with the salsa. For New Year's? A champagne bottle shape?

1 bag (12 oz) fresh cranberries
1 Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored and cut in eighths
1/2 large red pepper, cut in large chunks
1/2 medium red onion, cut in large chunks
3/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup apple juice
3 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
2 tbsp chopped pickled jalapeno pepper
1 tsp grated lime zest

Put cranberries, apple, red pepper and onion in food processor; pulse till chopped. Transfer to a large glass bowl. Stir in remaining ingredients till blended. Cover and refrigerate, or spoon into crocks or jars and refrigerate.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Wine and shopping?? Yes please! November 22nd & 23rd!

Sip, Shop & Savor

Join me this Saturday and Sunday at the Buckeye Lake Winery for two days of sipping and shopping! I will be bringing my brand new clothing line, select pairs of Flippin' Boots, jewelry and more. Other dealers participating in this petite shopping event will be featuring jewelry, herbs & spices, kitchen wares, personal care products and more

Saturday and Sunday
November 22 & 23
Noon to 5 pm each day

www.buckeyelakewinery.com

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