Thursday, January 7, 2010

Tear Sheets Dream Home

A corner in an ideal living room.

I've been thinking about what my dream home might look like. The only source I could think of for such inspiration was Domino mag. So come take a tour. Some of these images might be familiar. They're some of my favorite Domino pics among the many.

The kitchen. Upper cabinets might be in order. They'd be white with frosted glass fronts and lit from the interiors.

The bedroom, though I'd like to replace the table with a couple of comfy yet sleek armchairs.

This is the perfect back yard. I wouldn't be able to kill anything, as it requires little care.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Twas the night before Christmas and ... well you fill in the rest. Have a merry Christmas everyone.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Petite Minx Shop to Close

Hello friends. It's been a while since I've posted last because I've had a lot on my mind. After plenty of consideration I've decided to close up shop by the end of January. For the past several years I have focused lots of money, time and energy on my jewelry. I don't have the resources or the time now to devote to a business, so I've instead begun to focus on saving money for travels and moving expenses and on further developing my writing career.

I'll have a closing sale after Christmas, so if you're looking to spend some gift money, it'll go far in the Petite Minx shop. This blog will remain active after January, so do continue to stop by and say "hi." I've enjoyed our interactions, my friendly readers. That being said, I'll move on to introduce you to my cute little fur babies.

"I think the mailman's at the door. You should go check," Lulu.

This is our Boston terrier Lulu -- mine and Trey's second "child." She's super hyper but also has a gentle spirit that shines through at the sweetest times, like when she met our 1-year-old nephew recently. I guess we shouldn't have been surprised by that since she treats her stuffed toys like they're her babies.

"How indecent," Lulu.

As you might have noticed, Lulu is well behaved when getting a bath, which is odd because she's the proverbial "bull in a china shop" most of the time. Our little stinker also is a connoisseur of the finer things in life, meaning she will inhale anything that resembles food and no food is off limits. Raw onions, nuts, bell peppers, apples, carrots, fresh green beans -- name it. She'll eat it. For that reason, she's my little "helper" in the kitchen while I cook. I never have to sweep afterward.

"I'd rather be stinky," Peanut.

And this little cutie -- a Cheweenie (part dachshund, part chihuahua) is Peanut, our first "baby." Four years ago Trey and I rescued her from neglectful owners. She was a true peanut then, fitting perfectly into the palm of Trey's hand. Probably because of her sad beginning, she is the most docile little thing when it comes to interacting with us and others. This makes her the best cuddly-wuddly little lap dog.

"I will destroy you, toy," (Godzilla) Peanut.

But with her toys she's a killer -- a king, Godzilla of her turf. Otherwise she goes all shaky at the mention of a B-A-T-H, needs puppy Valium when on car rides and like a true child does not like to go to her bed at night. Nevertheless, like Lulu, she's very obedient.

These two give Trey and I plenty to laugh about every day. I hope people who bought pets for Christmas this year got an animal from a shelter. Half breeds often make the best pets, and it's always a good thing to give an animal who might not otherwise find a home a good life. Check out a column I wrote for other reasons to adopt a shelter pet.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Holiday Arts Tour

Petite Minx booth, Holiday Arts Tour 2009

Last weekend I exhibited my jewelry during Ruston, La.'s, annual Holiday Arts Tour. More than 50 artists showed their work from their studios and downtown. I sold my jewelry at a cute clothing boutique. This was one of my favorite table set ups ever. I layered an off-white vintage table cloth atop a pale blue cloth, and it really complimented everything beautifully. And see the little hand in the photo above? That's my prize find of the month.

Lots of people passed through the shop that weekend. Thanks to everyone who purchased from me. It's always nice to meet the people who appreciate my aesthetic and to learn what they like most. This year's Art Tour really validated me as a jewelry artist in a way that I haven't been in some time. It really gave me the gusto to persevere during a time when many artists, including myself, have had fewer sales than in times past.

As I have been absent from blogging lately, I am late in telling you all about the sweetest, most beautiful blog post about Petite Minx. Go see Dionne, the talented lady behind City of Dionne, and drop her a line while you're there.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

City of de-Light

I am in love with a city I have never been to. Paris is the ultimate destination, in my opinion. And it may be premature to say this, but I have saving gobs of money for months and will continue to do so to make a trip to Paris when Trey graduates (as a radiologic tech) in a year and a few months. It will be a graduation gift to ourselves. We're also planning to go to London, Amsterdam and a little town in Holland where a dear family member lives.

Check out these posts of Paris' fashionable window displays by the blog Paris Parfait:
♥ Chanel
♥ Shipwreck No. 1
♥ Shipwreck No. 2
The writer also has plenty of posts full of photos taken at Paris flea markets.

I just found this blog written by an American living in Paris. Gorgeous photos.
♥ Tongue in Cheek
And I am completely smitten with this blog I found recently. It's by a stylist and book author -- a book you probably know -- living in Amsterdam.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

A Week of Polaroids

by Me

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Inspired by the 20s

Photos found via Google images

For the longest time I've been fascinated by the 1920s, gypsies and carnivals. These things are inspiring me again. If I were to design a line of jewelry around these themes, what do you think they'd look like?I have my ideas. What are yours?