Since you asked:

"Therefore, to be possess'd with double pomp, to guard a title that was rich before, to gild refined gold, to paint the lily,
to throw a perfume on the violet, to smooth the ice, or add another hue unto the rainbow, or with taper-light
to seek the beauteous eye of heaven to garnish, is wasteful and ridiculous excess."

~William Shakespeare,
ca. 1595

Yup, that's us.

February 08, 2015

A little truth and beauty...

It's been a long week or two, catching up after the flu and getting ready for a visit from family in Belgium. We thought we'd have the whole month of January to prepare and take on projects at the house, but ended up cramming whatever we could into two scant weeks....repairs, renovations, plumbing, furnishings.

Friday and Saturday were two days of respite from housecleaning hell, as I worked both days in the store. I took in bags and baskets of things culled from my studio, as one of our projects was moving my portion of the office downstairs into my studio, which launched a campaign to tame the stuff and separate from as much as I could.

It felt good to have a big cleansing like that, and to contemplate a workspace more functional than frou frou. I've still got a ways to go, but am making progress daily.

These little rosebuds came to light during the cleaning and uncovering, tucked away in a bag with a hat. I am sure at one time I intended to stitch them on it, but I think they are better left to shine on their own. I took a few minutes out from work at the store to steam them and restore the beautiful silk and velvet leaves to their former glory. They will go home with someone and be tucked into a vignette and give joy to another. We all need a little truth and beauty, right?

January 15, 2015

Collecting: Antique Tassels

I've always been fond of tassels, lariats, tie backs and fripperies. But the old beaded tassels hold a special place in my heart. They represent an enormous amount of work for one thing, and if you are lucky enough to lay hands on some of the really old ones, the beads are amazing to behold.