Thursday, December 18, 2014

Dreaming of a White Christmas

For my grandchildren, who have never seen snow...








xoxoMary


Monday, December 15, 2014

The Lost Generation

I've been reading some really good books lately and kind of getting lost in the 1920's and 30's.  The first one I read -


"West of Sunset"  A novel about F. Scott Fitzgerald's last years in Hollywood.  Although it is a novel, it seems to be pretty true to the story of what actually happened at that time.  Fitzgerald had written "The Great Gatsby" and achieved success as a writer but his lavish lifestyle and then later, Zelda's hospital bills,  meant he was always desperate for the next story to be published.  He went to Hollywood to try his hand at screenplays as did many famous writers of his day with varying degrees of success.  Zelda had been hospitalized for years at this point but they still corresponded regularly until his death.  This got me thinking about Zelda and wondering why she cracked up...


So, I read this biography of Zelda Fitzgerald.  It's pretty much heartbreaking because I don't think she really ever did crack up.  It seems more like she was a victim of her overbearing and insecure husband and the times she lived in.  Zelda was as talented, if not more so, than Scott but he basically took credit for everything she ever wrote or even said...

Then had her locked up when she couldn't take it anymore.  Hmmm.


It reminded me of the Edies in Grey Gardens.  They might have ended up crazy but I think they started out as intelligent and talented women who were absolutely NOT allowed to have their own minds in the times and the rich society they lived in.


"Snobs"  Another good book about another trapped woman...

xoxoMary



Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Monday, December 8, 2014

Gift Ideas from Etsy

Some holiday shopping inspiration from Etsy...


macrame hanging from TheHousePhoenix


gorgeous wrap bracelet from bambibaby


animal spirit prayer flags from ArtToGo


patchwork cushion from pillowstore


love these blue mushroom mugs at DaydreamingKat


beautiful bohemian cushion covers at lagypsyyaya


incense and candle holder set at wmerchantile

shop small!
xoxoMary

Thursday, December 4, 2014

The 7 Virtues Perfume

If you're looking for a beautiful and luxurious Christmas gift for a fragrance lover on your list (or you!), "The 7 Virtues" custom blend box is perfect...



The 7 Virtues is a company based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.  The custom blend box contains four fragrances sourced from around the world to support suppliers in war-torn countries.  They're vegan and made from natural and synthetic oils. 

 The idea of the four bottles is to mix and match and make your own blend.  My skin is super-sensitive to perfume and cologne so I can testify that these sprays smell absolutely gorgeous and  don't irritate my skin.


I bought mine at The Bay in Halifax but you can buy from their (really nice!) web-site too.


xoxoMary

Monday, December 1, 2014

Tiny Houses

I'm OBSESSED with tiny houses.  Not sure why since we have quite a large family and probably need a GIGANTIC house instead.

I love these tiny homes and small spaces...












I think the reason I love all these little wooden homes it that they remind me of the old hippie houses in the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia we used to frequent years ago.


People go looking for them now as if it's a mythical thing.  Yes, they really did exist and I bet I could find a few more...

Remember, the hippies were right.
xoxoMary



Friday, November 21, 2014

Gorgeous Art Crowns

Are you Queen Of All You Survey?  A Domestic Goddess?  Maybe a Mermaid Princess?

Well, I think you might need a crown!  I found these amazingly beautiful 'art crowns' at Urbangipsy's Etsy shop.  Look...






It's good to be Queen.
xoxoMary