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Sunday, April 25, 2010

Lanterns, lanterns and more lanterns!

I don't lnow about you but I can never collect enough lanterns. They speak of romance and beauty. These came from Veranda, April 2008. Pics by Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn. Photographed at Atlanta Botanical Garden.


The Federalist's Hanging Outdoor Globe lantern, modeled on an 1850 Boston light and made by an New England craftsman. Hinkley lighting's hanging treanslucent ribbed glass Pear light. Based on a carriage light design, and Fourteenth Colony Lighting's #3632-1 is solid copper with seeded glass.        

Vaughan's 38" Gothic style Castellated lantern with a verdigris finish. Fine Art Lamps' 44" Beekman Place lantern with handblown seedy glass. JH Lighting's L-2 French Lantern. 


Arte de Mexico's black rust #PM 171-4 and it's 29" antique umber #PM M8-1


Ironware International's #720 lantern 


Carolina's Lantern's #21 copper Pawley's Island Lantern from from private reserve collection.

Fourteenth Colony Lightings path light echos style of 18th-c Copenhagen light.
Beveolo's 27" Italianate lantern with custom iron bracket.

Me. I like my Goodwill lanterns that both cost under five dollars.  

Which do you like best?  

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Before and After and McBlinky

To say I am computer illiterate is an understatement. I cannot do McBlinky (not sure of spelling). But I have 3 before and afters to post. Some of my befores were not taken soon enough.

A dear friend who lives in the country brought me a real bird's nest. A freeby! I went to Goodwill twice recently and struck gold both times once finding a cloche with a teak wood base that cost $1.99 and the other time, I bought a white metal bird cage, with a bent spoke and no way to open the cage and get inside but I figured I could find something to fit inside the bent spoke and it only cost $2.99.

A day or so after my finds, I had to go to the hospital for injections (complications of chemo) and I went inside the gift shop. As Julia Roberts says in the movie, Pretty Woman, "Big mistake, HUGE MISTAKE", because I bought a packet of blue speckled bird's eggs for $11.00.

                                                                          Well that looks good.

Next, I tried all kinds of objects in the cloche but they didn't do anything for me. Finally, I placed a silk flower inside it and it sang to me! 

Now for the bird cage. I went back to the hospital for another injection and stuck my nose back inside the gift shop and to my dismay there was a wreath with tiny green speckled eggs attached to it along the sides with blue ribbon and empty little bird's nests attached to the wreath that were just large enough to hold some of my blue speckled eggs. Below, you can see the bent spoke. So I bent the wreath and it slid right inside there. Next, I was able to unbend the wreath by placing my fingers inside wreath and re-shaping it. This is the finished product, a wreath with green speckled eggs attached to the sides of it and blue speckled eggs I placed in the center of the wreath and blue eggs placed inside the empty, tiny bird's nests along with the blue ribbon. I didn't try to close the spoke because it can be placed in a room in such a way as to not see the bent spoke.

                             Above, is a picture when I put my blue eggs in the tiny empty bird's nests on the wreath.

        Here is a pic, after I added the blue eggs to the center of the wreath.

So since I am no threat to anyone because I am unable to enter my projects in McBlinky, tell me if you think they would sell if I could afford the rent a local consignment shop booth and had the money for a sellers license?????

Sorry, but I am so into the Shabby Chic Cottage Blog and the So Very Cheri Blog. I just love them don't you?

Saturday, April 17, 2010

My New Blog Header

You may need to click on the title of this post to view the new blog header.

My heart lives in Paris even though I will never experience being there.

I may not be able to taste the food but I can savor the thought. 

As much as I love black and white because it is so dramatic and classic, I also love the purity of saturated color. You can't get more French than this. 

Now that the chemo has once again robbed me of my hair, I wish I could look like this in my hats.

If wishes were fishes the sea would be full of them!
Source of pictures unknown.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Cancer Journal versus A Renavated 1920's Villa

So, I was at my cancer support group meeting , MIA for a while today, only to return home and find that I will need a series of injections to raise my white blood cell count and a blood transfushion on Thursday to boost my red cell count in order to continue my chemo protocol. End of journal entry.

Now for some fun. I wonder where this lovely lady is today? Laurie McFarlin and her home were featured in Traditional Home magazine March 2008 issue. She purchased a 1920's Italianate home in California's Bay area. She hired interior designer Suzanne Tucker and architect Andrew Skurman to do the renovation. And these photos were taken by Michal Venera.

Note the added arched transoms and side lights added to the French doors. Even two years ago you can see the use of the gray paint on the doors.

What turned me on in this home was use of the color orange. You can call it apricot, melon or peach but it all comes down to a rich, plush, soft, velvet orange color. You can see it throughout the home starting with the couch. 

The orange is used as a punch of color in walls and draperies throughout the home.


Even the inside of the loggia is a red/terra cotta color.


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