Saturday, February 26, 2011

What NOT to Wear on the Plane *

I'm flying from Houston to Amsterdam today so I think I'll get my outfit ready.

Or, just in case those jeans aren't comfortable ENOUGH...

These only work if you're in training for pro football or under the age of six.

Huge white sneakers.  The exercise shoe of people who do no exercise the world over.

A fun sweater that expresses your unique personality.

A fanny pack.  Because everyone in every foreign country is trying to steal your stuff and they would never think to check the fanny pack.

There, I'm all dressed and ready to go.  I think I'll try to carry this on.

*My apologies to those on the Toronto flight.  I don't mean you.  I tell my husband I can spot the Toronto flight at any airport by their conserative yet tasteful attire.  Try it.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Some other things in my house.

An old box.  A beautiful china tea cup.  Copper foil framed art glass.  I keep things.

A lamp we made from an old tea pot and vintage hat.  The tea pot doesn't polish anymore.  It still gives a lovely light.

We love globes.  Small one is a moon globe.  Our teenage son thinks it's useless but you never know when it might come in handy.

I've had this genie lamp for years and he still seems to grant all my wishes.

A little banner I made from unbleached cotton and painted/embroidered magical symbols.

Some Mexican artifacts.  The skeleton couple symbolize eternal love (amor eterno) for my husband and I.  It's our second couple, however, since I had to go buy another after I accidentally set our hair on fire. 

 The crazy clay dog we bought in Poza Rica, Veracruz.  A testament to our devotion on two counts.  1.  We love Mexico so much we even love Poza Rica and,  2. We have a dog that looks just like that (Nunzio)  and we all love him.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Some things in my house.

A huge 1970's gold crushed velvet covered lamp.  From Goodwill - $15.  How could I have left it?

A beat up old suitcase that holds a turntable.  My husband often plays vinyl records for our listening pleasure.

A statue of  St. Claire of Assisi - patron saint of television.  1958.  Seriously.

A cardboard floral dresser.  Probably from the 1950's.  Gypsy types are very fond of cardboard furniture because it's easy for us to move at a moment's notice.

A blue moon magazine rack combination.  Used as a night light and to hold special vinyl records.

Carry bags at the ready by the front door so we don't use paper or plastic.

Over the stove - a talking Little Chef from the movie Ratatouille.  Some saffron threads in case he suggests I make something complex.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Cute Guys Through the Ages

The kids went to see the Justin Bieber movie. They loved it.  He's just the cutest thing.  Now.

Of course he is.  His hair does look familiar...

Oh, that's right!  Didn't everyone think Paul was the cutest Beatle?  It goes back much farther than that...

He killed it.  He drug it back to the cave.  He couldn't figure out how to make tools.  We didn't expect much in those days.

Then he figured something out ( a turnip, seriously?) and we pretended to be impressed.  Our first mistake - not all that apple and snake business.

So then we're supposed to believe men busted out and created civilization at some point.  These cave paintings seem to show early penis measuring.  Hmmm.

I know my boyfriend has been off at battle, for like 300 years, but OMG, he's totally cute!

I'm going to have to move it along, historically speaking, but I think you can see where I'm headed with this.

Heavy metal.

Heavy Metal.

You know how the males are always fancier - in peacocks, chickens, etc.?

A cute 70's guy.  O.K., shut-up,  I thought so.

The cute one is in the middle - but you knew that.

I'm pretty sure you can't argue with Bon Jovi's cuteness.  Then or now.

Seriously, guys go so far to impress us with their cuteness - how could we resist?

Just in case you think I'm just being cynical about cute guys, I have one word for you...


Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Inspiration, Coincidence and Connection

I often google random words and phrases to find inspiration.  'Eclectic decor' almost always leads to something I love.  'Fantasy costume' was a bit of a mistake but that's another story.  Anyway, this room caught my eye...

Love the bright colors and the modern-hippie vibe!

The vintage dining set with the wood floors and the wallpaper - all excellent.

Even the closet is cool.  Wait a minute!  I recognize this closet!  What the...

I've had this picture in an inspiration journal for ages.  (It's dated 2007)

I've also had this picture of orange pots forever just because I love it.

It turns out that these images are all from the home of  Linda Wary and John Meyers of Wary Meyers Decorative Arts in Portland, Maine.  Their blog is sure to become one of my favorites.

Browsing through their inspiring blog, I found this -  an advertisement from 1975 to visit the home of the Danish artist Bjorn Wiinblad.  Well, the funny thing is...

I just found this ceramic trinket box and listed it in my Etsy shop yesterday.  I had no idea what it was at the time but thought anything called 'cigarette' had to be interesting.

How cool is that?

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Brighten Up Today!

Some bright and bohemian Etsy items on a grey winter's day...

Gorgeous tribal inspired totes from Dazzling Lanna.

Vintage belly dancer skirt from laiet.

Gypsy coiled basket from YellowViolet.

Bohemian-hippie dress from our own Babylon Sisters shop.

A handmade Moroccan table from CreoleGypsy.

Fortune Telling Hand from terraworks.

Upcycled t-shirt skirt from zasra.

Richly colored vintage tablecloth from LittleCabinVintage.

Beautiful gypsy earrings from LilyGrace.

Colorful gypsy-style memory wire bracelet at The Girl From Yesterday.