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Monday, November 29, 2010

Katy Perry - Firework



I just had to post this song today by Katy Perry. Its the sound tract playing 24/7 in my head, its true.
Trust me, this song will make you break out every move you know including those you don't, lol,
I did "jazz hands" yesterday just to give you an idea what could happen to you.  I double dare you to listen to this without dancing!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Color me CORAL


I cannot tell you how many times I have admired...ahem...okay, drooled over just about anything in Coral colors even if the product or item itself was hideous.  Yes, the color is that fierce, at least to me.  Unfortunately for many years, the fashion world has either completely ignored or overlooked this fabulous color.......that is until now!  Its the new Fall color!!! Alright, let me calm down so I can articulate without  saying "woo-hooo!!" like a two year old.  Wow.......finally.

Now I know you're thinking, what's the big deal, its only a color.  My friend, this is where you are mistaken, Coral is not just a color.  Coral is ALIVE, don't believe me?  Allow me to explain.

Coral Reefs - 
Coral reefs are actual living invertebrate animals that reside in the ocean.  Though they all secrete a limestone shell around themselves and look like stone they are alive. Coral reefs are vast in beauty, variation of colors, sizes, shapes and species and they provide a home for 25 percent of marine species. 
Healing Ability: Coral is used for difficulties of the lungs, digestion, circulation of the blood and aids in healing the heart. Coral is believed to to restore emotional harmony, heal nutritional deficiencies, depression and lethargy. 












      
Mystical power: Coral is said to cure madness and impart wisdom. It is also used to build an emotional foundation and protect children. In some cultures it is used to aid in the safe crossing of rivers, passages and through tempests. In addition  this, Coral is recognized for its ability to excite nerve power, brilliancy, gladness and foster good health. Unfortunately it is believed that Coral loses loses its power once broken.

Conch Shells:
The conch is a marine mollusk (sea snail) with a beautiful dramatic shell.  It is a delicacy in the Caribbean and the shell is used in decor, fine jewelry and other forms of Art. Items made from conch shells are generally referred to as Coral.  If you have an opportunity to own a piece of jewelry made with this shell, do yourself a favor and get it. Coral is very valuable and highly collectible. Check out the cameos pins in this post, some of them are from the 1800's, absolutely gorgeous!


Okay, now that I have briefed you a little on this, let me tell you why I am so excited.  First of all, this color looks great on just about every skin tone.  No joke, it really does.  From makeup to decor and clothes, this color rocks!  Before I could hardly find anything nice in this color, even when I was specifically looking for it. Now that its the new hot thing for fall just look at all the goodies I found already! Its beginning to look a lot like Christmas to me, yes indeed.



Find all of these gorgeous pieces at the links below:




















Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Mirror Mirror On The Wall

Now I know it sounds a little shallow to say I fell "in love" with a piece of furniture but I think this is the only expression that explains how much I completely adore Venetian mirrors and furniture.  Maybe its because Venetian style was inspired by Venice, and what's not to love about Italy?  Its the birth place of Michelangelo, Leonardo Da Vinci, and Raphael, just three little reasons why Italy is "all that" and an extra large sack of chips. Italy is the birth place of the most amazing Art ever created and is world renowned for its craftsmanship, not to mention its ability to continue creating at this standard.

The pictures shown here are just a coveted few of the the pieces I am planning to buy.  This may not be for everyone but I can truly say this is definitely a style that makes me very happy.

* Tip:  if you are afraid to go all the way with this and just want a a little of this style, just measure your dresser top (width and length) and have a piece of mirror cut for it.  You would be surprised at how this simple little thing will transform the look of your dresser. Absolutely gorgeous!

Want to see more beautiful Venetian furniture and accessories?  Check out the sites responsible for most of the images below:

www.arhzine.com
www.lecotefrancais.com
www.decorpad.com
www.shelterinteriordesign.blogspot.com





Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Easy Breezy Eco Chic Jewelry!

I am passionate about a lot of things in the Arts but I have to say making jewelry from natural materials really gets me going.  My imagination goes into over drive every time I see a seed or a pod.  Friends and family bring me all kinds of different seeds and you'd swear they gave me the Hope diamond by the reaction it gets.  Lol, such is my love for this stuff.  Now having said that, I think I should show you a few of the pieces I designed from said seeds and other natural materials.  I am constantly integrating new ideas and elements into my design so who knows what I will think of next......




Friday, November 5, 2010

Francais Anyone?

Over the last few months, I've found myself gazing longingly through my rose colored glasses at French chateaus, furniture and tapestry much like the ones in this post.  Now, it took me a long time to figure out how someone who loves clean lines and uncomplicated design could be so infatuated with French design.  The answer to this is, I have no clue.  Its funny but honestly at this point I have to agree that opposites do attract.  One of the things I discovered though is that French design is so vast as far as the periods and styles of design. For instance, some of the French Provencial furniture combines clean lines and elaborate design so I totally love this style.  On the other hand French Rococo is very ornate and dramatic so you have to really like this style to be able to live with it everyday.  Over all I think French design is the stuff! Well, don't take my word for it, check it out.

More French design at these links:
www.classics-direct.co.uk
http://christianbernardfurniture.com/tag/vintage-french-provincial/
http://www.etsy.com/people/paintedcottages






Tuesday, November 2, 2010

The Best Therapy Ever...










Its been a couple of days since my last post and I have been feeling under the weather, even somewhat melancholy. Its been a slow week as far as business is concerned so what's a girl to do. Well, I decided to paint the blues away. At first, I hated everything I painted, lol, the face was wrong, the nose too crooked, the colors too muddy. Pretty much everything was wrong until I realized this is supposed to be fun. duhhhhh. Anyhoo, after that I just stopped painting faces, relaxed and let the paint talk to me, lol, whatever that means. It sounded good though. Simply put, I had fun.