here it is, guys...damn blogger won't let me add more pics...the tempermental thing!!!

now, these are NOT our furnishings. these belong to the previous owner. i'll post pics once we are settled! the rooms are a good size. and we won't have to repaint the walls in 85% of the house! fushia and lavendar rooms don't settle well with me, sorry!

it is a 3-story 1930's english tudor home. closet space IS TIGHT, but it does have 6 bedrooms, 2 landings, 2 bonus rooms (one of which is a workroom for me :-), a basement, and attic storage. i'm not complaining at all!
located in homewood, alabama...

OK...it's about time that i announce that we are moving from waco to birmingham, alabama. i suppose i believed if i did not utter the words, they would not be true...but, they ARE TRUE!...and i have come to peace with the idea (sort of). this is my life...the life of a gypsy. constantly packing up and unpacking. i once visited a fortune teller in new orleans, years ago, after an intense and long relationship. she told me that i would soon meet my husband and told me that we would have an "unconventional" marriage. i immediately thought, "oh, my god! i am going to move around and be the anthropologist i've ALWAYS wanted to be!!!" little did i know that it wasn't going to be because of me that we moved around, but because of HIM! steve builds hospitals...and we go where the work is. don't get me wrong. i love it! ...but it still is sad. uprooting. losing friends. leaving part of my life behind. but...i will survive. another chapter to be written.we shall see what things may come! :-)


marta's room-- fall 2009

ok...(big sigh)... i have been meaning to post these pics for sometime now, but they accidentally got filed in with my kids pumpkin patch pics (as they occurred on the same day). sorry marta. so here we go. i stole a bow tie from another arrangement and place it with this little guy...it seemed the perfect addition at the time. i think if he's still for sale next time i drop by, i 'll buy him.
funny thing sometimes, is that i find i "shop" while i'm editing my pictures. i suppose that's a sign of a bad photographer because i'm not paying total attention to my "subjects"...my attention is mostly on the arrangement. later when i work on editing i notice a basket here...or a pillow there, and i think, "how in the world did i miss that gorgeous piece?"
i must admit that the places where we all shop, these antique and "junk" stops, have soooooo much to look at that it is easy to miss this or that (at least the first time around).

beautiful dreamy-creamy creams...

(this lampshade within a lampshade is mine girls!)
oh my, aren't those clocks something!?!!!
artfully homemade....and i want those black pins below, marta. i'm waiting for you to be back!

if i had a creative use for this, i so would have bought it! isn't it lovely?
this little find too, is FANTASTIC! if i only had a little girl! ...and this doll, too, is spectacular!

marta has such talent to arrange all of her finds so artfully. i am in love with her place and am honored she is my friend...one of the kindest, happiest, gentlest spirits i know.
this was so marvelous in person. the pics don't do it justice!
i have been meaning to find a scottie for a friend, emily, at crop paper scissors here in waco. she collects them and i can't help but think of her every time i see one!
will and zack hanging out at the store...
i was taken aback when i came across this black dress. it is the epitome of vintage style. can you say, "yuuuuuummmmmm"?

sweet brides abound!
i cannot say enough for what this woman does with this store...and she does it all ALONE! no help, except for her mother who shops with her. she had pulled this all off on her own!
that is quite a feat considering that she does the shopping, organizing, painting and refurbishing, pricing, arranging, checking out, opening and closing the store, attending on all the customers (98% of the time, and....what else is there one does when one has a shop? well, she does that too! yes... all by herself! when i grow up...i want to be like marta!

i am so happy when i am here. i forget that there is a world outside...a world where cars crash, banks go under, and homes are taken away from people.

here...there are only treasures from the past. the things people cherished. when times were far simpler. and people were more brave than we are today. we live in a disposable society of quick-fixes and "conscientious objectors". i find great comfort knowing that things weren't always this way. maybe that's why i collect these things. it's my attempt to "remember" that there is another way.

...or maybe it's just because they are objects of beauty...
...and i'm addicted to beauty....
...everyone has a weakness for something.

this is mine :-)

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