Monday, February 21, 2011

Flowers in Abundance

I have now added yo-yo flowers to my secret garden necklaces. So I am currently surrounded by felted/yo-yo  flowers. I am not complaining. When you have an idea floating around in your head you've got to work, work, work until the idea is three dimensional. In other words I love seeing these garden necklaces come together. I think they may take over my entire booth during this springs art festivals. I have just newly listed three new flower garden necklaces to my shop. Enjoy:)

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

The Magic of Biltmore

I can't believe it has been a week since I visited the Biltmore House in Asheville, NC. What an amazing trip it was. The gals and I toured the entire house and also went on a private tour. When we first got there and rounded the corner heading towards the house my eyes popped out of my head. The size of the Biltmore  was breathtaking. It was so much grander than I thought it was going to be. Amazing!! The tour was fascinating and I couldn't stop asking the guides question after question. On the private tour we learned so much about George Vanderbilt, his wife Edith, and the friends and family that stayed and or visited the house. They had clothes that they would have worn during that period and they were amazing. I couldn't believe how tiny the woman's waists and feet were back then.
And you know I couldn't go on a trip and not stop at an antique mall. We stopped at the Antique Tobacco Barn. This place was huge and it was raining, cold, and had no heat. But it was worth it. Once my junkin adrenalin started pumping I warmed up a bit. If you are in Asheville it is a great place to rummage thru. From tables of milk glass to vintage Christmas decorations. Large scale Christmas deco.:) Quite amazing.
This was a well needed trip that invigorated and inspired me.
Just Magical

I loved these mischievous little characters
I was the most inspired by Edith and George Vanderbilt's daughter Cornelia. Something about her elegance spoke to me. She is going to be my muse for this springs new joyajewelry line for sure! Photo Credit: Biltmore House Museum
A dream vision for a milk glass lover like myself!

The only heated area in what I think was 77,000 square feet of antiques! We huddled together :)

Monday, February 14, 2011

Valentine's Day is Brownies and Music

Today was a beautiful day in my neck of the woods and all I wanted to do was spend the day out and about. I also had a craving for some Valentine's Day sweets so I got Wren packed up and we headed out to run some errands. One stop, was to get brownie mix so that we could surprise daddy with some brownies with heart sprinkles. He loves him some brownies. So much that for Christmas I got him a special brownie pan.
A jump to when Kenon got home he walked in holding a bouquet of balloons for Wren and a little Red bag for me. So sweet to see Wren light up when his da-da put those balloons next to him while he was sitting in his high chair. So cute!  He got me a CD that I have been secretly wanting for a while now. Katy Perry's Teenage Dream. I love it and I will be dancing with Wren all over the house to it. Funny I know but there is something about her tunes that get my toes a tappin. :) He surprised me with this one but I am happy he did. I hope your day was filled with surprises, love and hugs. xoxox

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

A Secret Garden Party and Your Invited!

I am surrounded by tiny felt flowers, yarn, vintage buttons and brooches . I am lost in the world of my secret garden. The weather has been so dreary lately that I have decided to bring spring indoors by turning my design space into a flower garden. :) I am swooning over each and every necklace. Each one tells a romantic story. I recently updated my etsy shop with the newest batch of my new garden necklaces. The pink floral piece has the sweetest engraved pin on it. I would like to think it was given to someone in Love. Who ever the woman was, she was someone's valentine and he gave her his pin. So sweet and enchanting. Enjoy the party. I hope they tickle your senses as much as they do mine.