Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Tom Robbins

I'm sure I've blogged about this before, but my favorite author of all time is Tom Robbins.  I don't say this lightly.  I have many, many loves in the book department but I'd have to take my Tom Robbins books to that desert island.  I picked up "Another Roadside Attraction" sometime in the late seventies, at probably the lowest point in my life.  I judged it by the cover, but how could I not?


I would say that Tom Robbins (and perhaps some dabbling in psychedelic drugs) taught me to think differently.  To question everything and believe magic is real.  For that I am eternally grateful.

I bring this up because I tried to read "Jitterbug Perfume" a few days ago and it fell apart in my hands as I turned the pages.


The copies I have now aren't even my originals.  They wore out years ago.  These copies have been through my three daughters and I countless times...


Imagine how thrilled I was when I came across this on-line!  Turns out it's an art project or something though and not a real thing.  It definitely should be.  These are the books I would want too.  The later ones not so much...

In case you're not familiar with Tom Robbins, here are a few quotes I love...







subversively yours, 
xoxoMary

P.S.  I'd have to take my Steely Dan albums too but that's a different story...



Friday, March 3, 2017

Champing - Camping in Churches

Talk about learning something new every day!  I just stumbled upon 'champing' -  camping in churches.  It seems to be a UK thing that apparently 'took the world by storm in 2015' and is THE holiday trend for 2017.  At least according to the people trying to sell it.

I know from travelling to Britain that there are many unused old churches.  There are places, especially in Scotland, with more churches turned into pubs and flats than actual churches.

So, some enterprising soul looked at all of these ancient and empty churches and took the leap from 'glamping' to 'champing'.  Ahem (as opposed to amen)...








So, I can only speak from my own personal experience, and I would have to say that while there may be people who could romp about and then snuggle in for a good night's sleep in a church, they're not Catholic.

As a matter of fact, my computer froze when I was trying to add these images and I take that as a sign from you-know-who to stop all this foolishness and frivolity...

xoxoMary


Friday, February 24, 2017

Babylon Sisters Etsy Shop

A few treasures recently listed on my Etsy shop...




A lot of vintage linens.  I can NEVER resist them, thinking I'm going to do all sorts of creative things...


Set of three wire hat stands.  I think they're art just the way they are!


Gypsy shower curtain in colors I love!

xoxoMary


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

What's Old is New Again!

Just listing some retro home decor items on my Etsy shop - brass is in.  Again!


Leaping dolphins


You can never have too many brass candlesticks.


Seashell bookends


Love this flock of seagulls!


A brass cricket box

In the words of the wonderful Mary Randolph Carter, "Never stop to think...do I have room for this?"
xoxoMary


Saturday, February 11, 2017

Grown Up Pink Bedrooms


This is our beautiful new comforter set.  Shades of pink with a metallic gold in the print.  My husband doesn't mind pink so I'm lucky there.  He doesn't mind any color if he gets a chance to sleep!

 I added the white fluffy blanket added for our smallish white dog, Hazel Rose, to lay on.  She loves it so it does help keep the dog hair off the comforter...

I want to add some gold accents - thinking gold starburst mirrors over each night table but I haven't found any yet.  Here are my inspiration rooms from Pinterest -





I'll be making the rounds of the thrift stores to look for some lovely gold items!
xoxoMary



Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Go to Your Studio and Make Stuff

I've been watching CNN for all the goings-on here in the US.  Trying to understand, trying to find something positive, trying not to be appalled by the appallingness* of it all.  *I know that's not a real word, it's an alternative word.  We can do things like that now - just make it up.  Except we can't...

So, I've turned off the TV and taken to my studio where I'm sewing madly.  After Sept. 11, I made pickles and preserves like a crazy person.  It's a fear thing I guess.  If the sh*t hits the fan, I'll be ready.  With lots of homemade stuff.

I'm thinking lots of artists are doing the same thing.  You know the old saying - When the going gets tough, the artists get creating.  Or something like that...









It's all I've got...
xoxoMary

Monday, January 16, 2017

On the Menu this Week - FOOD!

We've just returned from a week-end road trip for our Granddaughter's competitive cheer leading competition (2nd out of 6 - they were AMAZING!).  We had a great trip to beautiful downtown Fort Worth, TX..  Nice hotel, gorgeous architecture, tons of restaurants...


Which leads me to what I really need to complain about!  Food!  I get that Texas is all about the southern fried food and manly steak, etc..  


This is an actual place in Amarillo where your 72 oz. steak is free if you can eat it in under an hour.  "You", as in one person.  72 oz., as in 4.5 lbs....

That's obviously one end of the spectrum but at the other end seems to be - nothing.  

Because of crazy scheduling, we left Fort Worth quite late in awful weather so thought we'd find something to eat on the way.  To be fair, we're a tough crowd.  My husband is British (meat, two veg), I'm vegetarian, my granddaughter is getting much better at trying new things but our 8 yr. old grandson has A LOT of food allergies and only considers chicken nuggets and fries food anyway.

I despair.  No matter what you think, fried fast food is not going to make anyone feel better when they're tired and hungry.  We ended up at a BBQ type of place where I can at least eat the side dishes and the kids can have somewhat real chicken and potatoes.


Anyway, my take-away from this is that I need to be WAY better prepared for these trips in the future.  The big cooler is going to have to go with us for at least healthy snacks and real juice and water.

As for meals, I'm going to have to do some serious research and planning ahead of time for that.

I'm kind of upset today thinking about the amount of money we wasted in restaurants where the kids just ate the bread and, as any vegetarian knows, 'they have salad' makes me murderous...

Enough complaining!  Today I'm making a gorgeous vegan pho to get us back to healthy land...


health, happiness and nothing fried,
xoxoMary