Hollow Upbringingsby Mindy Herrin, Silversmith, Artist and Professor; Figure is of ceramic, vintage suede, silver, cheese cloth.The raven was found in Paris one Christmas season, displayed with its flock on a white tree.
Flowers for us all. Well, I couldn't show the dirty laundry!
Maryanne of Beadboard UpCountry presented me with an award. I am delighted! However, I am required to tell seven things about myself that most of you don't know. That's a stretch for two reasons:
I'm not that complicated...seven things?
I'm such a blabber mouth...are there seven things still unknown?
Here's the dirty laundry:
I translate the French blog Un Coeur en Provence into the English version, A Heart in Provence, and I don't even speak French. I've been reading French design magazines for years and have French designer friends, so I do translations like I'm code cracking, while retaining Laeriss's poetic touch. (I think I have been hampered in learning to speak French because Tall Husband, my daughter and my grandchildren all speak French. And they all laugh at my pronunciation.)
I used to speak German quite well.
I've been married three times, each time to a Texan...something about those Texans!
As you can tell by #3, I don't put up with much.
I'm a Zebra, as I have a rare genetic disorder, porphyria, which triggered a few years ago. (Paula, the daughter of Isabel Allende, died from porphyria. One day I'll tell you the story about how one of Allende's books saved my life.)
I love British murder mysteries.
We have a painful Texas mystery: Years ago, right before my wedding day, my stepfather who had adopted me, disappeared while on a fishing trip. Foul play was suspected, however, his body was never found.
O.K. You can wake up now!
Now I'm supposed to pass this award to seven other admired bloggers. However, I can't make that choice because I love you all...so this award is for all the blogs on my blog list and for all the wonderful bloggers who follow my blogs. So, claim this award for your blogs, along with my admiration for all that you do.
They assured Tall Husband and me that Mr. Toad is magic.
He certainly looks magic...he even feels magic.
However, for a toad he's really a ham,
insisting that this is his best side.
Yesterday, Tall Husband and I visited one of our favorite places in Houston...Adkins Architectural Antiques. I'm always on the lookout for antique bunnies when I go there, but this time an ugly toad found us. One has to admit, though, there is something quite charming about this toad and the people at Adkins assured us that Mr. Toad is magic. I immediately knew that Tall Son would adore him. So Mr. Toad is now at The Bunny Bungalow, looking quite at home with all the bunnies and awaiting Tall Son's next visit.
After all, Bunny Bungalow was once known as Toad Hall...before the previous owner sold the bungalow to us, packed up his toads and left us toadless.
Read here about Tall Son's love of toads. Right now Tall Son is on a business trip to Seattle, Washington...so he's toadless in Seattle!
Have you heard the fantastic news? Lonny Magazine, a shelter/design magazine premiered online October 1st. For those of us who are still saddened over the loss of Domino, we can take solace in the digital pages of Lonny...all 194 of those beautiful pages. Michelle Adams, former Market Assistant at Domino and partner Patrick Cline, photographer, have created a wonderful online-only design magazine. I took the premier issue for a ride this morning and I can tell you that you'll love the copy and the photography. You will also be blown away by the feature that invites you to click on hyperlinks to their advertisers so that you can shop right from the pages of Lonny.
You will also enjoy Michelle Adams' blog: M.A. Belle
Have a look at Rubie Green, Michelle's eco-friendly, online shop
Doors can welcome you in, as well as lock you out. I like to think of each door as a passage to the past as well as the future. This old white door beckoned to me, inviting me into a room with the feel and fragrance of many old souls. With my hand on the ancient rusty knob, I allowed myself the pure luxury of imagining others who had felt the old doorknob in their hands; of those that had been there long before I happened upon its stone stoop.
White Wednesday is hosted byFaded Charm Cottage, where you'll find links to wonderfulwhite stuff.
On opening day, Tall Husband and I headed straight for Found for the Homewhen we arrived at Marburger Farm Antique Show. Why? Because last year we got there on the last day of the show and Found had sold out! All Ruth Davis and Aaron Rambo, the proprietors, had left that last day were big smiles. After giving Ruth and Aaron hugs, we headed out to explore the rest of Marburger.
Austin Woodhenge had wonderful artisan things. Just look at those wonderful dressmaker's forms, the linens and postal bags they silk screened with antique French sales receipts. We brought one of those bags home!
Ahh, Magnolia Pearl! How could one live without your romantic Victorian funk? That white dress in the center is now hanging in my closet along with last year's Magnolia Pearl pantaloons and blouse. Tall Husband loves being at Magnolia Pearl, enveloped by the whole girlie flurry of excitement.
These old molds at Lance Hoyt's Missing Link Antiques (315-676-5638 in Brewerton, New York, USA) from a doll maker's factory have a new life as sculpture. I wanted them all. But after shopping at Magnolia Pearl's...If I had real money, I would be dangerous!
The French PearAntiques was melt-your-heart magic. This dealer, Kim D. Hoegger is out of Wylie, Texas (214-837-8871.)
Tall Husband and I wanted to move into Gerry and Doris Young's booth, which was filled with French, Belgian and German treasures (Weinbrenner & Co. Their e-mail is email@example.com) While we were there we met Anne, who is the fabulous website designer for Installations Antiques. Also, friends, Jur and Becki, proprietors of Installations were there shopping.
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