Do you love to shop? I know I do, so I made these earrings to celebrate it. Cute little brass purse charms and brass hearts dangle on unique antiqued brass ear wires, which are adorned with foiled glass hearts in a sea green color. Check them out here :)
Duncan and I took a day trip the other day, down to the Bishop Arts District in Oak Cliff ( a little area in south Dallas), as we were feeling the need for a bit of an escape from the humdrum. In recent years, this area has attracted several great eateries and unique shops. The streets are tree lined, and even have gardens in the alleys. The weather was beautiful, so everything felt even more wonderful. We snooped around in several of the shops---there was a pet shop, Green Pet, filled with nice goodies for the dogs, so I was pretty happy! I found some beautiful jewelry in the Artisan's Collective too. The pieces were so modern and unique, so I was really surprised when I heard that the person who makes them is an eighty year old man---how cool is that? For lunch, we stopped at Tillman's Roadhouse. This restaurant is an update on the classic Texas roadhouse, and has some of the most delicious food around! After we were seated, the waiter set down a large silver ladle filled with homemade potato chips, which we polished off, and then ordered the Trio of Fries appetizer. These amazing fries consist of parmesan black pepper kennebec fries, chili dusted purple peruvian fries, and smoked salt scented sweet potato fries served with house made catsup and horseradish pickle mayo. For lunch, we opted to have the One Killer Grilled Cheese DJ which is served with soup and varies in kind from day to day. On our visit, it was Manchego cheese and grilled onions with a broccoli and cheese soup that had smoky croutons and bacon dust----incredible!!!! They make probably the best grilled cheese sandwiches you'll ever have. You can also get Venison Frito Pie, Chicken Fried Hanger Steak with poblano gravy and bacon braised green beans, Smoked Beef Brisket Quesadillas with oaxacan and chihuhua cheeses and pepitas and lime creme fraiche, to name a few of the other offerings. Of course we couldn't leave without dessert, so we had an individual s'more, which was a coffee marshmallow toasted over chocolate bark and served on a cinnamon graham cracker. What a perfect way to end the meal. We were stuffed, and completely satisfied!
After lunch, we walked around and visited a few more stores. We found one, Make, where everything was handmade-----clothes, purses, jewelry, pillows, furniture---by local artists, and I ended up buying a pretty little headband with fabric flowers which had a bit of a modern, deconstructed look to it. Then we hopped in the car and headed back home to pick Madolyn up from school. What a fun day :)
I was looking through my Dwell magazine, when I spotted these Mary Janes in an ad for a shoe company named Keen. I was attracted by the colorful, woven tops, so decided to check out the website. I had never heard of Keen before, so was interested to find out what they were all about. I was happy to discover that not only do they make comfy, great looking shoes, but they are a company that is built on hybrid innovation, redefining the outdoors, and giving back to the community. This particular pair, the Harvest MJ, is crafted with colorful strips of woven reclaimed rice paper, while the sole is made from recycled polyurethane and cork. Now you can get some great new shoes, and reward your eco-friendly frame of mind!
As I mentioned before, the Scottish Deerhound Club of America recently had their national specialty in St.Louis,MO. I thought you might enjoy seeing this year's Best of Breed winner, the lovely, Ch. Foxcliffe Hickory Wind. This bitch took my breath away the first time she entered the ring. She had such presence and beautiful movement, that she could not be denied. Congratulations to her breeder and owner, Cecilia Dove! I should also mention that the sire of this gorgeous girl, Thistleglen Newell, is a brother to the sire of our dog Valor (Thistleglen Neville).
We recently returned from St.Louis, MO where our 2009 Scottish Deerhound Club of America national specialty was held (which is why our blog was quiet this past week). Anyway, my daughter, Madolyn, was very happy to win Best Junior Handler for the third year in a row! Yay! We are very proud of her and her dog, Zoe, who is now ten years old and still looking beautiful.
A girl can never have too many shoes, and I've got a yearning for these sweet summer sandals. The first two are by Miss Albright. These thong style sandals are both super cute with great details. The Calappa thongs are ivory with that aged, crackled leather. They have dusty rose colored tassels and pretty little pink flower buds.The Tattered Cosmos sandals are adorned with tiny, metallic blossoms with fringy petals in shades of pink and gold---so pretty! For some shoes with a heel, I love the Niabell wedges. These embroidered black raffia wedges have little black bow ties and clusters of grapes near the toe and heel. Perfect for summer!Last, but not least, I love the Salt Water Taffy heels. These shoes feature a heel with a unique shape, and leather in several pretty shades of blue, yellow, orange, and lilac that is in varying finishes and decorated with interesting stitching patterns. They are sure to stand out in the crowd.All of these shoes can be found at Anthropologie :)
We were at a dog show over the weekend, which is why things were quiet on our blog, but we are back now, and ready to share one of our favorites----- Wary Meyers Decorative Arts. This duo of husband and wife, John Meyers and Linda Wary, do all kinds of work from commissioned art and dog portraits, to custom clothing design and custom interior work. Initially, what attracted me to them was their dog portraiture, but once I saw everything else they did, I was hooked! Wary Meyers design aesthetic is a quirky kind of vintage, flea market modern. Ditching the NYC rat race, John and Linda moved to coastal Maine in order to live a quieter, more artistic life (moving from downtown Dallas out to the country, I TOTALLY understand). Here are a few samples:I LOVED the quirky, vintage look of this Golden portrait, and had to have it even though I don't even own a Golden!You know how I feel about bunnies, so of course I fell for this bunny and carrots painting.Here's a fabulous coat designed by Linda.A reading loft from one of the interiors they designed.A jewelry store interior that they did.And one of the many articles in which they were featured. This one was from Domino magazine.
I LOVE rabbits. I used to show English Angora rabbits, but love just about any bunny in sight! These days, we have a hodge podge of rabbits at the house, and since the weather is so nice today, I decided to take a few pictures. Meet Hobbes the American Fuzzy Lop, Lily the Dutch, and Haru, our little Netherland Dwarf mix bunny----three of the eight rabbits currently at our house.
After several gray, drizzly days, the sun is finally coming out at our place (Yay!), and our miniature donkey, Biko, is letting everybody know about it! At least all this rain helped produce these lovely flowers in the garden :)
I am so happy to see that the one piece swimsuit is becoming beautiful again. For years, it seemed that the bikinis got all the great design and beautiful touches, and the one piece suits were for moms who needed something functional, and for some reason, not something beautiful. Designers are finally seeing that one pieces can be sexy and pretty too. I've got my eye on these babies for summer......... The suit above is by Rosa Cha,and these two bejeweled beauties are Anika Brazil. You can find all three at Anthropologie.
I love the Such a Peach Deerhound earrings from Tiny Art Jewelry. The pretty peach adventurine stone, and the vintage print of a sandy colored Deerhound, pair perfectly! They are handmade by designer Karen Smith (herself a sighthound owner and admirer). A great find for the Deerhound lover. Karen also creates jewelry with vintage images of many other dog breeds as well as cats, llamas, birds, horses, and much more. Visit her at www.tinyartjewelry.com or at her Etsy site www.tinyartjewelry.etsy.com.
I've always been a big fan of little things----miniature animals, tiny furniture, little boxes, so when I saw these little guys, I was pretty excited. First, we have this tiny bunny wonderland by Mossywoodlane. This adorable little world in a dome, which contains tiny pastel bunnies, wooden spools of thread, colorful buttons, and a needle, would be perfect in a nursery or for the avid seamstress. Next, is this cuddly little mouse on a mushroom by Cotton Candy Cuties. Holding a little vintage bouquet of forget me nots, I think he would be so cute for Mother's Day.
Spring is here, and what better way to celebrate than to wear some flower and bird inspired jewelry! At Quarry, you can find the Bird Nest necklace, which features a pair of lovebirds watching over their egg in the nest, the Painted Flower necklace, which has a pretty pink flower painted on a wooden pendant with vintage brass chain, and the Rose and Bird earrings, which feature carved roses and cute brass birdies! Our Mother's day sale is still going on too, so everything is still an extra $5.00 off.
That's what these little girls are made of---and dressed in! When my daughter was little, it was so hard to find clothes that were fresh and young, yet not overly cutesy or cheesy. Look what there is now, though. These dresses are precious, whimsical, full of style, not mass produced so your daughter will not look like everyone else, and made with the greatest attention to detail, as they are handmade with love :) Check them out!The Ode and Sonnet dress by Pretty Me you can also find them at www.prettymeonline.com.
The Bird in Hand dress....Pretty Me Fly Away Franny .......Pretty Me The Sweet Cate.......Pretty Me Forest Friends dress by Devon Rose..This is a favorite designer, as she is my sister, and the model is my little niece, Devon :) Floral bouquet dress.....Devon Rose Liberty Lawn dress....Devon Rose
I'm a sucker for folk art. It's all the stuff I don't need, yet can't get enough of! Earth Angels has a huge selection of incredible artists that do soft sculpture, mixed media, jewelry, and more. I, myself, adore the quirky little animals---especially all the little bunnies! Here are a few of my faves........ Miss Gardenia by Jody Battaglia Sailor's Best Friends by Nicole Bowen Ernest by Nicole Bowen Rabbit pincushion by Debbie Hartwick Gothic Batty by Nicole Bowen and this precious Bunny Love necklace by Debbee Thibault
I live on five acres with my daughter and husband. We enjoy showing our Scottish Deerhounds and Pug, and also have horses, cats, rabbits, a bird, and a donkey. My husband and I were both formerly in the fashion industry, and met in Taiwan. I design jewelry for my site at www.deerhoundjulie.etsy.com and you can see our dogs at www.bigskyscottishdeerhounds.com