Tuesday, June 30, 2009

For Gina.....

Memories from Charleston, when Gina and I were at the
Market in Charleston, we came upon a Man who takes
photographs of architectural features throughout Charleston
that look like letters. He has each letter there to purchase
individually or spell out names. This one is for Gina.
I was looking through some Esty posts and came upon
these that are made into notecards....

July 7th Tea Time Tuesday.......

With Barb taking a hiatus from Blogging I have decided to jump in and take over Tea Time Tuesday, our first post will be July 7th next Tuesday, I will have the link up the night before so you can all sign up, I am wishing Barb the best with all she has going on......Hope to see you all next Tuesday!!!! Kate

Sunday, June 28, 2009

New Items at Mountain Home....

For all you that don't know, I have a shoppe in North
Carolina in the Blue Ridge Mountains on Main Street
in Hendersonville. It is called Mountain Home
I am showcasing a few items that
are for sale, click this blog to see more items!!!!
Pictured above are handmade Stained Glass
pictures sized at 4 x 6 or 5 x7. I can also make
any item you see in other sizes. This photo has
been taken before they were done, they are now
edged in silver with exposed rings to hang from
a ribbon, chain or string.

T J Maxx Giveaway......

I am participating in a TJ Maxx, Marshall's gift card
giveaway.......brought to you by
We are to show our best purchase from
TJ Maxx or Marshall's. There are so many but
this is one of tried and true favorites... I found it before
St. Patrick's Day, they had it out with all the St. Patty's
merchandise. I use it throughout the spring and
summer not just the Ides of March.
The basket weave pattern is lovely and the colours are
wonderful, as you can see I have it sitting out on my
sideboard now with some of my other TEA items of the
same colours......

Monday, June 22, 2009

Tea Time Tuesday Continues

Thanks again to Barb from Grits and Glamour for having Tea Time Tuesday...... This week I have featured more of my collections. Below, see my Tea Box, displayed on my sideboard in my Dining Room.
I actually use it everyday for my Morning Tea.
My more speciality teas are in my Tea Pantry.
I bought my Tea Box a few years ago, and
continue to fill it as need be.
A peek into my Tea Pantry.......
Tins, boxes, loose, bags, I've got it.
Some of my Favorites are Earl Grey,
Peach Tea, Harrod's Store Blend
and Mango Tea from the Bahamas.
And of course the piesta resistance,
French Blue. This velvety black tea, is elegant
and sophisticated, is cloaked in the fragrance
of fine, rare bergamot and royal blue cornflowers.
The Tea of Tea's......currently 5 Stars *****
from the world famous tea salon Mariage Frères.
Even my laundry room can't escape
Tea Cups.....only the Best.
From Yves De Lorme.....
Above, My favorite photo of me in London
at the famed Clive Christianson,
cabinet that's not
my kitchen...Until next week,
when we will peek at my over whelming
Tea Towel Collection.......

Thursday, June 18, 2009

I really wanted to be in this Cloche Party a week ago when

I saw it, but I'm so busy now with my new job that I'm going to

cheat and just post a photo of my favorite Cloche that I saw

this spring on William Sonoma online. I have had all

intentions of making it and probably still will sometime.

I have a great nest I wanted to put in it but I have

never found a Cloche in a reasonable price range.

Any suggestions???? I'm still looking.....theBest price I've

seen is $32.00 for about a 14 inch, which is what I want

or taller.

So thanks to Marty at

for hosting this great event!!!! Be sure and visit everyone...


Wednesday, June 17, 2009

So my friend, fellow designer, blogger and twitter has started Wallpaper Wednesday Friend: we met a long time ago at Ringling School of Art and Design and then again more recently at an IDS (Interior Design Society) meeting Fellow Designer: Carmen does Custom Cabinetry and was not a fan of wallpaper Ha HA can you believe it. That is until she came to my studio and fell in love with all the fabulous wallpapers. Blogger: I then introduced her to the wonderful world of blogging and you can visit her blog at Twitter: she has introduced me to twitter and has now started this great post Wallpaper Wednesday!! so please come join us.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

2nd Tag......

I have been tagged my my friend Gina @ to write about 6 Uninteresting Things that make me happy. The rules are I have to tag 6 more bloggers. Here I go, ( not in any order of how much I like them) 1)My Favorite Movie is: Deja Vu Filmed in both England and France. (Imagine that ) I first saw it on Romance Classics (remember that TV station, what ever happened to it) and went on the internet and bought it about 7 years ago. Ck it out on Netflix. 2) The last 6 cats I've had have been Siamese, not only Sealpoint, but the one I have now is a Lilac Point. 3) England, surprize, all the villages, I love roaming and exploring each one. 4) Tea, Iced or Hot!!! Sitting at a cafe anywhere and enjoying a tea, without rushing to leave, just sit there and Sip!! 5) Charm Bracelets, I have had 3, I love buying new charms to add to the memories and the Charm gifts friends and family give me!! 6) Flowers, growing them, getting them, smelling them. Looking at them...... The 6 Bloggers I choose are: Vicki@ Mumzie@ Alicia@ Laura@ Cathy@ Well I hope everyone enjoyed my 6 and I can't wait to read all your comments and read about the next 6 that have been tagged have fun.

Friday, June 5, 2009

New Eyeglasses for Gina

KAZUO KAWASAKI, an award winning industrial designer, has approached his signature eyewear collection with an artist''''s mind for creative eyewear design and a mathematician''''s mind for eyewear precision. Using simple, yet effective technology, Kazuo Kawasaki''''s screwless, three-point tension mounted frames offer distinctive eyewear designs for any occasion. KAZUO KAWASAKI frames are constructed of the leading material in modern frame design, beta titanium. Durable yet lightweight, beta-titanium is the ideal counterpart to the sophisticated design philosophy of KAZUO KAWASAKI eyewear..
So it's time for some new spiffy glasses. I am retiring the contacts!
I want something fun and a little out of the box
and of course stylish.
I have found these Kawasaki frames
I know they look a little familiar they are the same brand that Sarah Palin wears but hers are #704 and these are #705 deco
I have included some frame colors and patterns they have that I like.
Yes I love a little leopard!
so I am leaning towards those and I like the cranberry since my eyes are green and that is the complementary color to them.
so tell me what you think? and which frame pattern.

...Two years ago, I was staying at the
Sheraton Park Tower in London,
we were going to drive to Cornwall and I didn't want
a formal breakfast at the restaurant, so I decided
to walk a bit and find a restaurant.
Across the street was a Palestinian Deli, I walked
in and looked the place over.
The food in the Deli case looked Amazing.
Fresh made (though I didn’t what it was)and they had
Apricot Danish, if that wasn't enough to win me over. I asked the Palestinian man behind the counter,
if they made eggs, he said they had Hard Boiled Eggs. I was on this Healthy Diet, at the time, and
Hard Boiled Eggs were on my diet.
(Apricot Danish was defiantly not)
I ordered and sat down, with a lovely view of my Hotel.
The owner brought my Tea in a Beautiful Tea Cup and Pot,
with my Danish on the side, I watched as more Arab men
came and went from the Deli. I being the crazy American girl
who reads too many espionage books, thought each Arab
was a Terrorist, which added even more to my hunger
and Entertainment!!!
With my taste buds prepped the Palestinian
brought the most beautiful presentation of salad
sliced Tomato, and a hard boiled egg.
.I was in Heaven another adventure....

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Art: In the Eye of the Beholder

We were lucky enough to go to the Piccolo Spoleto Fine Art's Festival
at Marion Square in downtown
Charleston this past Sunday.
Each year Charleston hosts this annual
10 day Festival of the Arts and Music.
My friend Jan and I had a wonderful
Afternoon Tea at St. Matthews Church
and then walked across the street to
Marion Square and looked at all the
wonderful Art. Over one hundred
Artists displayed their wares. I love
this photo above of an Artist's Paint
Box sitting under a Live Oak Tree.
It inspires me to Paint (which I can't)
Art is definitely in the Eye of Beholder.
We viewed so many styles, mostly
Traditional , as we are in the true
South. I grew up around Oil Painting
my mother and Grandmother (see old
post on What's on Your Wall Weds.)
both painted with Oil. So I am a
Painting Snob and prefer Oil, though
I love watercolor as well.
As the afternoon grew on we happened
into Hilarie Lambert's booth. I was
taken by her art, for some reason
her Art stood out to me as my
favorite of all the Artist's showing
at this large show.
Her paintings touched me in some
way others didn't. Her subjects of
are wonderful. (She travels
to France and Italy each year to
paint) Her style is soft and intense
at the same time. She captures the
spirit of the moment!! I didn't want
to move I wanted to stop and be
in that moment ( esp. The Lunch
Crown, see on her website)
Be sure and check out Piccolo
Spoleto 09 on Hilarie's website so
you can view the pictures I saw at
the Festival.
Below, is a photo of Hilarie, she so kindly
let me snap of her, in front of her wonderful
painting that drew me into her booth (of course
its of a Horse Race) it named "Longchamps - No. 7"
that she told me she painted in Paris this Spring.
If you would like to see Hilarie Lambert's work
in person she shows at the following Galleries.
City Art Gallery 511 Red Bank Road, Greenville, NC 252.343.7000
Ella Walton Richardson Fine Art 56/58 Broad Street, Charleston, SC 29401 843.722.3660
711 Bay Street, Beaufort, SC 29902