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Bon Weekend – Lighting Ideas!

Michael and I were in Lowe’s yesterday and I veered into the lighting department. I have been thinking about the possibility of mounting a sconce on the wall above the Jane Avril poster to highlight this corner of the bedroom, especially at night or in the grey weather like we’re having now. I’m glad I went online to find photos of what we saw in person as two weren’t in stock in the store and I really like them. I not saying which ones though.

Anyway, I would love some feedback as to which would look best or if this is even a good idea.

Possible Lighting Ideas
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I really had to bump up the light in this photo as it was almost dark in the room this morning.

Bon Weekend!

I’m off for an extended weekend celebrating dear Aileen’s birthday, which is today! We’re constantly saying that when we grow up, we want to look as fabulous as these two ladies, Aileen being on the left and me on the right. In reality, we’re not far from our goal.


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Happy Birthday Husky, I love ya!

Bon Weekend!

Ooops, it’s Friday again. It’s been an incredibly hectic week and I have a few posts saved in draft mode but I want to share them so I think I’ll just post photos and quick links here…

Soap Henge via Recyclart.

Urban Knitting via fubiz.

Jennifer Maestre’s Prickly Pencil Creatures via Beautiful Decay.

Recycled Volkswagen Micro Bus Pool Table via The Alternative Consumer.

And lastly, How To Describe Your Furniture On Craigslist via Lunch Breath.

Have a great weekend!

Bon Weekend.

I cannot believe it’s Friday! Here’s to wishing we could gather with our friends that have been snowed/iced in all week in a more desirable locale.


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We’re working on the pelmet box for the bedroom and I’ll post photos of those next week.

Bon weekend!

Bon Weekend – Happy New Years Eve!

Time to close the first decade of the new century. I mentioned in a post a couple weeks back that it has been both a heartwarming and heartbreaking year, but I believe we’re firmly planted in the right direction. I’m looking forward to the future!


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I’m just about to soak the black-eyed peas for Hoppin’ John tomorrow, and I hope you have a wonderful, fun and safe new years celebration!

Bon Weekend – Dreaming of a White Yule/Christmas


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Snow for the holidays in Charleston? It has happened before! If my memory serves me right the last time it occurred was just after Hurricane Hugo, and it snowed close to a foot. It was UNBELIEVABLE. Bohicket Road never looked so beautiful, nor did downtown.

We’re fast approaching the close of another year, depending on which calendar you use. 🙂 These next two weeks will most likely be gone before I know it. I’ve recently applied for a position that I would really, really love to have. That’s all I’m going to say at this time as I’m very superstitious about overly promoting that kind of stuff. I may have even said too much by posting here but what the hell, perhaps I need to throw caution to the wind this time. I have completely abandoned making new products for my Etsy store even though many Etsy members have had faith in my work to feature me in Treasuries. To all of you, my most heartfelt thank you. I’m looking to January to reinvest myself in my work and brainstorming to come up with new ideas for products and how I present my work.

Michael’s birthday is on Monday. I’m very excited and we’re celebrating it tomorrow. We decided to have Monday be a celebration for him and my father. Everything is supposed to be SUPER SEKRIT, minus him knowing we’re doing something tomorrow. Hopefully noting else has slipped. I haven’t been able to resist a little tease here and there for the past few weeks.

Bon weekend everyone, I’ll see you on Monday!

Bon Weekend.


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I’ve been a big fan of Groupon since they arrived in Atlanta. Tyler signed up for it and has gotten some great deals. The service arrived in Charleston several months ago and I have yet to take advantage of offerings…until today. I miss many, many things about Atlanta, and going to the High on our family membership is high on that list. Yeah, I went there. I’ve been thinking of getting a family membership to the Gibbes but honestly have not been able to justify the expense until the offer today for half the regular price. Museum visits once again!

I also hope that in the next year we can take advantage of a class or two at the museum school. I took a pottery class in ’93 and loved it.

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

Bon Weekend!

We’ve had the most amazing weather all week and if finally feels like autumn around here! I thought I’d share this delightful photo of acorns by Etsy artist Tracey Capone.


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Bon Weekend – Samhain preparations.

{ Thank you Sarah Rae! }

I’m posting this a little early as Michael and I will be out of town this weekend and it’s not very easy posting via my phone. Today’s post is focusing on our Samhain interior decorations. The main area we focused on was the dining room|foyer. Goodness, I find myself more excited than usual about the upcoming sabbat. We didn’t decorate or really take part in any festivities surrounding the sabbat last year as my fathers illness was progressing and we were still in the ‘trying to diagnose’ phase. He was hospitalized for the final time just after.

For those of you who may be unfamiliar with the term Samhain and how I sometimes interchange it with Hallwe’en, I asked Michael to write some of the history|origins of the sabbat, and how it is celebrated. I wouldn’t be surprised if more things find their way into this setting!

On October 31 we celebrate the Celtic feast of Samhain. Samhain, is Gaelic for “summer’s end,” and is the most important of the ancient Celtic feasts. During this time we honor the opposing balance of intertwining forces of existence: darkness and light, night and day, cold and heat, death and life. Our year is divided into two seasons: the light and the dark, celebrating the light at Beltane on May 1st and the dark at Samhain on October 31st. Therefore, the Feast of Samhain marks one of the two great doorways of our year. We believe that Samhain is the most important festival, since it marks the beginning of a new dark-light cycle. We observe this time as proceeding from darkness to light because we understand that in dark silence comes whisperings of new beginnings, the stirring of the seed below the ground. Whereas Beltane was welcomed in the summer light with joyous celebrations at dawn, the most magically potent time of Samhain is at night. The Eve of Samhain, is the most important part of our celebration. We will gather our best autumn harvest for a feast. We will put out food and drink fthat was special to those who have passed on with great ceremony, and we will leave windows, doors, and gates unlocked to give our ancestors free passage into our homes. We will offer personal prayers in the form of objects symbolizing our wishes or notes stating ailments to be healed will be cast into a fire. We will offer up many gifts in thanksgiving for the harvest. We carve “jack o’lanterns” and keep them at our doors to keep out unwelcome visitors from the Otherworld. We also dress in costumes in the tradition of our ancestors symbolizing the spirits of departed family returning home for the festival. For us this is a great time of contimplation as we come to recognize our own part in the eternal cycle of Life.

I generally love to decorate for the seasons|sabbats|holidays using family heirlooms, but it always feels more appropriate during this particular time of year.

Samhain tablescape
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Samhain tablescape

Samhain tablescape

Samhain tablescape

Samhain tablescape

Samhain tablescape

Samhain tablescape

The tablecloth is basic gauze and the netting we picked up at the dollar store. I’m hoping that the gauze develops picks and runs as time progresses. I want it to feel tattered. That’s my mothers wedding china, silver and crystal, and we also acquired those 1960s wheat glasses several months ago. The black place mats can be seen in greater detail here. The black box in the center held my grandfathers important papers at the house and the birds were painted by my grandmother.

The very lovely tankard – or beer stein as my mother calls it 😉 – has been in my mother’s family for multiple generations and came from England. The branches were collected in the woods behind the house and we spray painted them black. The brass candleholders were part of a cache we scored from the thrift store recently. We painted some them black but keep these untouched, as they have a lovely patina on them.

Photos of our deceased family members have been placed on the hunt board as well as a dish, bowl, and glass.

Samhain

garlandBefore

Bat garland information can be found in this post.

Chandelier

Vintage glasses

Samhain tablescape

Samhain tablescape

The hexagonal terrarium in the front was purchased last fall at the same thrift store that we’ve found so many wonderful treasures. The tri-candle holder was purchased a while back on Etsy. The Staffordshire dog is another one of our ‘old’ things.

The dish that holds the eyeballs can be seen in more detail at http://thehappyheathen.com/?p=269.

Raven

Raven

The tree in the foreground came from the DC area, I believe. My mother bought it in ’73 and I need to look on the plaque for the artist’s name. I’ve always loved this tree.

And of course some of my great loves, our Carew Rice tumblers.

Foyer scene

Bats

The black candleholder is actually brass and came from the same the thrift store we love so much, for about a dollar. We spray painted it matted black. The bowl the skull is sitting in is a Goodwill score from last week for $3.50. The black and gold tin tray has been with us for a very long time!

I downloaded the image of the bats from The Graphics Fairy and printed it. The frame came from the thrift store and the ribbon is was used to hang the photos on our memorial tree at our wedding: www.flickr.com/photos/38016153@N03/3637770059/in/set-7215

Goodness, I hope I haven’t left anything out! Happy ready and bon weekend.

Bon Weekend – with a side of awesomesauce.

Our copy of LOHAS arrived on Wednesday! I posted the mock-ups that were sent to Stacey a few weeks ago, and we were very happy with them, but it’s hard to fully appreciate it until it’s in your hands. The entire magazine is so, so very lovely, and we’re honored that we were the one of the couples chosen to represent the concept of a ‘green’ wedding in this publication.

LOHAS Magazine

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Oh hai, I’m a published photographer now! The incredible Stacey Bode is a goddess, and this was one event she was working solo. Sadly, that meant that during the hectic afternoon with the venue and reception being a half mile apart, some photos didn’t happen because I didn’t manage to have things like having the invitations available for her to photograph. I was too busy burning my fingers with the hot glue gun! So I took that photo. 🙂
LOHAS Magazine

LOHAS Magazine

I’m waiting for Lily to share if there is any significance to the napkin/handkerchief she sent with the magazine, other than it being very beautiful. I opted to put it with my mother’s old napkin ring for this shot. We’re so tickled that they used one of our photos for the display on the right!
LOHAS Magazine

Some more of the magazine…
This is another couple that was featured, Colin and Mia.
LOHAS

The spread also featured the site, Green Union, which I’d never heard of before and I’m glad I did, and now I’m passing it on! LOVE the Maypole, we really wanted to have one for our celebration.
LOHAS
Site: greenunion.co.uk/
Blog: www.greenunion.co.uk/blog/

This article showcases the many ways to use the giant lotus.
LOHAS

LOHAS

This lovely image is part of an article on making furniture/joints by hand. I may update this with some more shots.
LOHAS

More decor style.
LOHAS

Thrifty style.
LOHAS

Again, our many thanks to Lily, for finding us and being so awesome to work with!

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