Monday, February 28, 2011

Monday Love

Some people may call them pink magnolias, a few know them as a tulip tree... it all depends on where you grew up. Whatever you call them, these lovely blooms are one of my favorite parts of spring. Those shown here were perfectly captured by Carl Christensen of Bucks County Frames.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

La Vie Parisienne

These La Vie Parisienne covers from early last century may have had a limited color palette, yet that did not seem to limit the style in any way.

Blush and Braids

It is nothing new that great hair and lovely skin can be the most stunning accessories a girl could ever ask for.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Tea Leaves

Stig Lindberg was one of Sweden's greatest designers and illustrators of last century. During his long career he created ceramics and tableware with the porcelain company Gustavsberg. If you would like to own this lovely set for your very own it is still available here.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Early Spring

One of the splendid things about living in a mild climate is my wish for an early spring usually comes true. Today it may be raining but, the spring blooms don't seem to mind. Above are a few fresh poppies, daffodils and freesia from our little yard.


Better than a basket or a regular briefcase, this slender and stylish bicycle bag is well done.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Into the deep blue...

One more sea inspired treasury today to help support a few wonderful Etsy artists. Take a closer look at the Ocean Jasper ring, it is simply stunning.

Sunshine Ready

I know it is still February but, I need a little sunshine. Visit this beach ready collection to support some fabulous Etsy sellers. You can take a peek here.

Old Blue

Yes, yes I realize that I may seem like an odd duck for saying this but, I adore vintage cars... especially classic Volkswagen buses. This one is even in a blissful aqua blue, swoon! I know that I would be safer driving a new car but, they don't have an ounce of character as the old ones do.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Just Lovely

I stumbled across the work of Alonzo Felix on Grain Edit yesterday and was immediately struck by this piece. All of his work is truly fabulous. This birth keepsake poster actually made me gasp. Stella is such a lucky girl!

Monday, February 7, 2011


This is a vehicle license from the state of Washington in 1943. It was designed to not only match money from the era but, to be in the shape of the state as well. Okay, maybe I am easily amused by paper ephemera but, I think this is kind of charming.

Monday Love

This sweet and simple clutch is handcrafted by Death and Texas.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Portrait Of A Child

Have you ever known someone so well, and for so long, that when you look back at their baby pictures you can tell what they were thinking just by the expression on their face? I was looking at my darling Joe's baby pictures the other day and was surprised how many of the expressions he made back then he still makes today. Of coarse there are the obviously happy photos but, I'm talking about the subtle differences you learn when you really know someone. Give it a try, take a look at the baby photos of someone you are really close to. It is fun realizing that, yup, despite growing up, their expressions have not changed.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Gift Guide: For The Owner Of A Lonely Heart

Valentine's Day can be one of the most miserable days of the year if you don't have someone to share it with. The very thought of being alone while all of those lovestruck saps snuggle and smooch might make some people want to run down the street screaming. Well, we have a few gift ideas for the owner of a lonely heart, complete with retro flashbacks.

Unfortunately, men may not always be as dependable as one might like. Our first suggestion is the gift of a Boyfriend in a Bottle. They are always right where you left them, require little food or water and fit nicely in your pocket when not needed. The best part is that it isn't really lying if you happen to tell your nosy aunt that, despite her fears, you do have a date for Valentine's.

*Please note, that a Girlfriend in a Bottle is also available since woman have proven themselves to be just as unreliable.

We have found that a healthy dose of Bonnie Tyler, whether via soundtrack or mixed tape, can help chase away your friend's agony. We must note that most any love ballad from the eighties will work. However, listening to Ms. Tyler can often lead to a sudden urge to dance foot loose in the kitchen- which has an added cardio bonus. For example please see Cate Blanchett in Bandits. She manages to pull off great hair while dicing and slicing, dancing and even evading the police.

It can be nice to remind those feeling the anguish of lost love that they are not alone. Even people in the 1950's were no strangers to having their heart squashed. It happened so often that they actually made this little card. Please Valentine, "I think your tweet, don't give me the bird."

A pair of Lolita-style sunglasses can be a thoughtful gift if there is a likely chance your friend will run across her recent ex. These can tide them over until they get their mojo back, and have the added benefit of hiding the green eyed monster or running mascara.

Brighten up her gloom with a little tube of red Dior lipstick. A fresh coat of paint on her toes can also do wonders and have her feeling better in no time.

no.4 - no.5
A little vino can help anyone get through V-day. Especially when combined with a quality dark chocolate or French Macaroons.
Oh, la la!

If your friend needs to be reminded of all the jerks she isn't really missing out on, may we suggest picking up a set of the ten worst pickup lines. They are good for more than a few hearty laughs.

Our last suggestion is to take some advice from Nancy Sinatra, these boots are made for walkin'. Perfect for getting over whatever, or whomever needed. Are you ready boots? Start walkin'!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Stand Alone

Letters salvaged from old signs have been rather popular in decorating for awhile now. The trend has lasted so long that you can easily find cheap reproductions just about everywhere. But the new mass produced letters just don't have the same style or heart as the real thing. This N is a perfect example.

Cut Away

These are the stunning creations of Elsita, her work with paper is endlessly thoughtful and detailed. If you would like to own a piece for your very own swing by her shop here.

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