Wednesday, June 8, 2011

lovely things…spotted at west end

Usu­ally unso­licited cat­a­logs are quickly dis­patched to the recy­cling bin, but this one caught my eye. At West End is full of cute recy­cled and rus­tic dec­o­ra­tive acces­sories. This fun take on "See No Evil" is charm­ing and so on trend!

see no evil hear no evil speak no evil owls

"see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil" owls from at west end

This wee­nie dog made me smile and think of my friend Jane and her lit­tle Jack:

recycled weenie dog from at west end

recy­cled wee­nie dog from at west end

This really could live on my patio!

head stool from at west end

head stool from at west end

The cat­a­log is beau­ti­fully pho­tographed, but every­thing is on the web­site too. Be sure to stop by if recy­cled and rus­tic works for you!


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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

something lovely…spotted at sally lerman jewelry

If like me you love every known gem­stone, this fan­tas­tic neck­lace will sat­isfy your crav­ing! From Con­necti­cut jew­elry designer Sally Ler­man, it fea­tures blue topaz faceted coins, lemon quartz onion, faceted rose quartz beads are sur­rounded by peri­dot, pink tour­ma­line and pearl dan­gling beads. Ster­ling sil­ver wire cod­dles each stone, and  it adjusts from 15–18 inches.

sally lerman necklace

sally ler­man multi-stone neck­lace closeup

sally lerman necklace

sally ler­man multi-stone necklace

You can pur­chase this lovely piece for your very own on Etsy. Be sure to visit Sally's web­site to learn more about the ther­a­peu­tic prop­er­ties of nat­ural gemstones.

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

something lovely…from architectural watercolors

I spot­ted these alpha­bet note­cards from Archi­tec­tural Water­col­ors artists Andrew Zega and Bernd H. Dams in the cur­rent issue of Archi­tec­tural Digest magazine:

architectural watercolors letter C

archi­tec­tural water­col­ors let­ter C for Chinoiserie

architectural watercolors letter M

archi­tec­tural water­col­ors let­ter M for Menagerie

The clas­si­cal illus­tra­tions led me to their web­site, where to my delight I found many more cards. Lit­tle known fact, I adore chi­nois­erie (I've never met a pagoda I didn't like)! Feast your eyes on these gor­geous images:

architectural watercolors shell pagoda

archi­tec­tural water­col­ors shell pagoda

architectural watercolors MA tent

archi­tec­tural water­col­ors Marie Antoinette tent

architectural watercolors porcelain pagoda

archi­tec­tural water­col­ors porce­lain pagoda

architectural watercolors philosophers bridge

archi­tec­tural water­col­ors philoso­phers bridge

architectural watercolors chinese belvedere

archi­tec­tural water­col­ors chi­nese belvedere

Be sure to visit their web­site to view and pur­chase these lovelies. At $3.20 per card, you could put together a per­son­al­ized set of indi­vid­ual cards to gift, or keep for yourself!

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Monday, November 29, 2010

unique holiday gifts

Let’s face it – most of us are crazy busy at this time of year! The demands on our time increase as the hol­i­days approach. I abjure the mall in favor of online shop­ping when­ever I can. But I don’t resort to the big-box stores online – I try to find unique gifts from small spe­cialty shops and artists. Here are a few I rec­om­mend whole-heartedly:

Kathe Fraga is a painter liv­ing in Wash­ing­ton whose work is evoca­tive of the walls in an old Parisian man­sion. Cre­ated with acrylic on fres­coed can­vas and fin­ished with lac­quer, her orig­i­nal pieces sug­gest a glimpse of a larger view. And now she has cre­ated a set of eight cards faith­fully repro­duc­ing a series of her paint­ings. These are the per­fect host­ess gift for some­one special!

orig­i­nal art­work by kathe fraga

kathe fraga's won­der­ful cards

Another intrigu­ing artist is Portland-based Cathie Joy Young. She is cur­rently show­ing at The Lit­tle Things Show at Guardino Gallery. Many beau­ti­ful small works are avail­able for gift-giving. Orig­i­nal art­work is such a per­sonal gift — and the small size pieces are afford­able where larger pieces might not be.  Cathie also has an Etsy shop and offers cards and more on Zaz­zle.

a small work by Cathie Joy Young

A lit­tle closer to home, Shan­dells in Miller­ton NY is per­haps best known for cus­tom lamps and lamp­shades.  But for the hol­i­day sea­son (and year round), Susan Schnei­der also cre­ates match­boxes, tis­sue boxes and more. In par­tic­u­lar, the match­box and can­dle sets (fea­tured in House Beau­ti­ful) are per­fect for teacher gifts and long-lasting host­ess gifts. Each box has a wood top cov­ered with a bold graphic paper that is decoupaged, and the cor­ners are fit­ted by hand with cop­per tape. Hand­made, beau­ti­ful and incred­i­bly use­ful – what could be better?

shan­dells can­dle and matches gift set

hun­dreds of match boxes to choose from! is a small hand­crafted soap and can­dle busi­ness located in cen­tral New Jer­sey. Whether you need cus­tom photo or logo soaps for spe­cial occa­sion, or sim­ple witty hol­i­day gifts, Ellen has what you need.  Their “Santa’s Coal Soap” was fea­tured in Real Sim­ple mag­a­zine and I know a few peo­ple who would love the Bacon Soap! Check out and more options at Etsy.

santa's coal soap

I hope you find the per­fect hol­i­day gifts for every­one on your list! And if you tweet, fol­low these great tweeps: @kathefraga, @ cathiejoyy­oung, @shandells @sweetsoaps.

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