Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Enjoying the moment!

I know this is making the rounds of Facebook and YouTube, but it made me laugh and cry at the same time. How much fun is this couple!

Monday, July 27, 2009

NY Botanical Gardens - The Edible Garden

On Saturday we took the five year old to the NY Botanical Gardens to see The Edible Garden - A Summer-Long Celebration of Growing Great Food. While I think overall he was a little bored, we enjoyed it very much. They have some special Edible Garden exhibits such as a Home Gardening Center, The Heirloom Tomato, and Martha Stewart's Culinary Herb Garden. It was a beautiful day and a wonderful place to walk and take in the surroundings. Next time, I think we leave the five year old home.

I enjoyed taking some pictures of the incredible flowers in the Home Gardening Center. If my own home garden just looked like this.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Ahh, It's the weekend

It was a crazy week here and I didn't get anything out to you, but I thought I would leave you with this for the weekend. A handmade piece. Silver, quartz and glass. A collaboration between my mother and I. I can't wait to wear it to the great concert in Haworth tomorrow night. Come on by if you are in the neighborhood.

Friday, July 17, 2009

1st Dibs Friday Fun - Lanvin Lucite

Found all these beauties from the same dealer on 1st Dibs, Palumbo, 20th Century Furniture & Objects. Fabulous 1960s lucite jewelry.

{images via 1st Dibs}

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Repurposed Vintage Fabric - Etsy Style

It is always so much fun to peruse Etsy, you never know what amazing handmade items you will find there. I love to search for things using vintage, repurposed pieces. To me it doesn't get any better than handmade and vintage. About as earth friendly as you can get for little items that you may not really need, but really, really want. Here are a few to enjoy.

Hand dyed doilies cut from vintage crocheted tablecloths

Very cute hobo bag using vintage fabric

Fat quarters cut from reclaimed bed linens

Patchwork flowers made from repurposed fabric
Also from sweetvintage78

Little finger cuffs made from wool and found objects

Friday, July 10, 2009

1St Dibs Friday Fun - Vintage Fashion

1st Dibs just launched a Haute Couture, Designer Fashion & Vintage Accessories section on their website. This is so exciting. What better way to recycle than with exquisite vintage designer fashion!

Have I told you about my "Antiques Roadshow" moment? About six yeas ago, when I was seven months pregnant I stopped by an estate sale in this very old house in town. I really just wanted to see the inside of the almost 200 year old dutch colonial, but they did have some interesting things for sale. Upstairs on the bed was this vintage dress, pale cream silk satin with a neckline full of tiny seed beads. Several of them fell off every time you move the dress. For $35 I couldn't leave it there, even thought I had no way to try it on, being seven months pregnant, and had no idea what size it was. It sat in a plastic bag in my closet for several years. Last year I took it with my when I went to a vintage textile show in NY looking for fabric for some of my invitation designs. In a large booth out in the lobby was Karen Augusta, the textile appraiser for Antiques Roadshow. So I asked her about the dress and she said it was from the 1930's and that without any repairs or cleaning, just steaming out the wrinkles, she would expect it to get $1200- $1500 at auction. I promptly put it back in the bag and took it home. I still to this day haven't figured out what to do with it. Any suggestions?

On to 1st Dibs. Take a look at some of the amazing pieces they have in the Vintage Couture section.

{images via 1st Dibs}

Thursday, July 9, 2009

I have been so neglectful of this blog. For that I apologize. Even though we have had a lot of rain so far this summer, I am still trying to take it easy a little and for me that means trying to spend less time in front of the computer. Since work still needs to get done, the blog suffers.

This past weekend, my husband and I got away for a couple of days. Well, actually a day and a half, but we managed to pack in quite a lot of vacation and relaxing during that time. We headed about an hour and a half south of us in NJ to Dancer Farm B&B. Had a fabulous room, got a massage and managed to read an entire book while we were there.

Sunday afternoon we went over to Laurita Winery for some amazing wine and cheese, live entertainment, vineyard tours, and an opportunity to take in the incredible surroundings of the very eco-friendly winery and vineyard.

They have a large number of solar panels following the sun. A portion of the vineyard is organic and the section that they do spray, gets sprayed by hand, not by plane. The 20,000 square foot winery which opened last fall is constructed with about 70% recycled and reclaimed materials including two 250 year old barns that were deconstructed locally and used for the new structure. It was a wonderful and relaxing way to spend the afternoon.

Monday morning we got the chance to walk over to Laurita Equestrian Center and take a trail ride on horseback that took us through the vineyard and the woods surrounding the property. Then before we made our trip back up the turnpike, we stopped at a few U-pick farms and filled the car up with fruits and veggies, tomato plants and several flats of wildflowers.

It was a great getaway, I highly recommend it!