Archive for October, 2010

Happy Halloween!

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The Art of Making a Halloween Wreath.

I like Karen’s entertaining posts at The Art of Doing Stuff. A Canadian TV host and vivid writer, Karen lives for making things, and organizing things, and tearing apart things. I just found out about her unique blog and am in total hysterics at her funny posts. In between costume changes tonight and though the weekend, you should take a peek at The Art of Doing Nothing and Karen’s witty  wreath instructions. This halloween wreath looks amazingly easy to construct and goolish to gander at. Pictures are great, but the words are even greater!

A Hoot at Z Gallerie.

Z Gallerie is back at Tyson’s Corner in Virginia. And it’s again filled with great home decor, a few new fabulous bed frames, and this white owl vase for $20! Its about 14 inches tall but would look so good filled with the last remaining green leaf branches now or a bunch of holly branches and berries at holiday time.

Owl Vase, $20 | Z Gallerie
Owl Vase, $20 | Z Gallerie

Can I get a hoot hoot for all of the other large eyed feather friends at the store?! They displayed  a great Thanksgiving Day table graced with our feather friends, decorative bird cages, and sculpted vases and bowls.

Feathered Owl, $6 - $19 | Z Gallerie

Feathered Owl, $6 - $19 | Z Gallerie

Pumpkin Preparation.

I just bought a gigantic pumpkin for a smooth $6. I love holidays and on Halloween I HAVE TO CARVE A PUMPKIN. Scary as can be and big as can be. That’s the deal. I also always use a real candle to light up the inside. It’s not safe, I realize that. However, there are some ‘real’ holiday tradition’s I just can’t let go of (think gifts from Santa and a bit of St. Patrick’s Day luck). So, a flickering flame it remains until something ‘really’ does catch fire.

To get to ignite mode, I have to prepare the pumpkin on the inside. I loathe it. I gag as I heave those stretchy, slimy, fibrous innards out and into the trash. Yuck. Once I make it through that round, I’m on a mission to carve to my delight (I tend to rush through this part freehand). No glitter and paper mache Martha S. This is Halloween. Save the confetti and sparkles for my Christmas Tree or New Year’s dress.

Mean creepy guy who looks good enough.
Mean creepy guy who looks good enough.
Way too happy nerdy smily man.

Way too happy nerdy smily man.

And runner ups for this years design:

Ichabod would scare the &^%$ out of me!

Ichabod would scare the &^%$ out of me!

But then I see the black cat-o-lanterns and would love to do this!

Black Cat-o-Lantern

Black Cat-o-Lantern

 

 

To be continued. Final masterpiece will arrive to this blog soon.

Print Your Own Partridge.

A shout out to you DIY-ers. If you have a pension for bird drawings, a need for Autumn and Thanksgiving home decor ideas, a color printer, some clean white paper stock, and a few empty wall frames, then consider printing out a few mid-1800’s drawings for instant art. These free images are available from Restored Prints.com. I’d love to see how your new collection looks – send me a photo and I’ll share it with the bird watchers of the world.

Raven.

Raven.

The Ortyx Macoura.

The Ortyx Macoura.

Hen Harrier and Ringtail.

Hen Harrier and Ringtail.

Gos Hawk.

Gos Hawk.

The Guinea Fowl.

The Guinea Fowl.

If using these images commercially or on on a web site, please refer a link to www.restoredprints.com

Leaving On A Jet Plane.

And I don’t know when I’ll be back again. Especially if I get to lug around this beauty of a satchel. Take me away to that special place for the weekend while I pack my favorite duds in the Mullholland Brothers Weekend Bag. The Larait leather is the most beautiful color skin (sorry animal activists!). It’s stylish, right-on-trend, and will last a lifetime if you take it to the most amazing locales! Zappos says there’s only one left in this leather/color combination… first one there wins the prize! The Stout goes to the close second.

Totally ready for my next trip with this weekend bag!

Totally ready for my next trip with this Lariat leather weekend bag!

The Stout leather combination has a regal and rich presence. Taxi!

The Stout leather combination has a regal and rich presence. Limo driver?!

All About Alessi.

I’m excited to mingle with designers, fans, and Georgetowners tonight at the Grand Opening of Italian design store Alessi. Deborah Kalkstein, founder of Contemporaria, is opening this new store in the cozy Cady’s Alley that will be chock full with an assortment of modern, creative, fun and meaningful everyday objects. “You won’t have to spend a lot of money,” Kalkstein, a fan of Ikea, says. “The store is happy. It’s affordable for everybody.” (from the Georgetown Dish). I hope to chat with Deborah and personally meet Alessio Alessi, the C.E.O. of Alessi S.p.a., who will be present for the official opening celebration! Welcome to DC!

 

Alessi Tab by Stefano Giovannoni

Alessi Tab by Stefano Giovannoni


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