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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Native American Design...All kinds of Amazing

 For as long as I can remember, I have been totally fascinated by Native American Art.   The textiles, crafts, and jewelry all seem to have a spirit/story that gives it a life of it's own.  And, the craftsmanship..........well, it's just exquisite.  

Native American artwork is crafted with care and patience, and is still handmade by many different tribes. These very skilled artist have many religious and spiritual beliefs which they infuse into their design.   As a result, the pieces are both beautiful and expressive. 

Wood has always been and still stands as one of the most worked-with materials in Native American art but there is so much more to the art.   Bone beads, seed beads, coral, silver, feathers, turquoise, seeds, animal skins and even porcupine quills are all used in the art and jewelry making as well. In other words they were "green" before we even thought about it.  Native  Americans love the earth and they believe in taking care of it.  Their relationship with the land is one of total inter-dependence.

Here is a a beautiful quote by Owatsinas of the Nuxalk nation that about sums it up.
"We must protect the forests for our children, grandchildren and children yet to be born. We must protect the forests for those who can't speak for themselves such as the birds, animals, fish and trees."
~ Qwatsinas, Nuxalk Nation

There will always be a special place in my heart for Native American design.  The skill, creativity, patience and love that goes into each piece makes the Art so very special.  
Here are a few of my favorites!


Friday, September 23, 2011

What's Your Fashion/Design Style?

I came across these two quizzes today and of course I couldn't resist taking it.  The results 
were spot on, plus it's, relax and.enjoy!

Design/Style-Maker-Quiz   (helps you figure your design style) 

WhatsYourStyleQuiz  (helps you figure your fashion style) 

And just for the heck of it  What-fashion-era-do-you-belong-to
(tells you which era your style is most reminiscent of...) 


Sunday, September 18, 2011

What I learned from Katherine Hepburn

Katharine Hepburn is one of my favorite style icons.....ever.  She was classically beautiful, independent, feisty, stylish and a trend setter. Katherine wore pants before it was fashionable or feminine.  She also refused to wear makeup and never allowed herself to become the stereotypical "female image" of her time.  She loved wearing pearls, but she was just as comfortable and chic in safari wear.  Despite being outspoken or maybe because of it, Katherine was an inspiration to many American designers, especially for sportswear.  Her modern sensibilities, effortless grace and style makes her a true style icon. 

A trail blazer,


 fashionista, and inspiration to us all, 

Katherine, I salute you.

What I learned from Katherine Hepburn: 

. High-necked blouses and shirts can be feminine and sexy with the right accessories
. A great pair of pants is tres chic! Add some flavor with a generous helping of your 
  own  style and you've got a winner!
. You can never go wrong with pearls............Try them in different colors, and styles
. Having amazing cheekbones and genetics is like winning the lottery.....seriously.    
   Katherine had them, but if you don't, work what you have with flattering hairstyles and  
   cosmetics that enhance your natural beauty
. Get your swag on!  Nothing looks better on you than self confidence




Monday, September 12, 2011

Sensational Boudoirs

I've always had a soft spot for bedrooms....nah, nothing weird, kinky or crazy.  The Bedroom just happens to be my favorite room to decorate or admire.  It's such an intimate space.

Think about it, 
. It's where we rest and renew ourselves
. Where we go to escape from stress or have some quiet time
. The place we tuck our precious babies in at bedtime
. And for us married folks, its where the magic happens that made those babies
. And last but not least, it's where us ladies keep our closet!  Need I say more...

Bedrooms are the one place you can let the romantic in you roam free.  Whether you are married or single you can create a space that is, inviting, relaxing, and tailor made to suit your taste, whatever it is.  After all, your boudoir is all about you!

Here are some beautiful bedrooms that really inspired me, I hope they inspire you too.


Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Design Your Own Fabric With Spoonflower.......Sweeeeeeeeeeeeeet!

I’ve always had a burning desire to design my own fabric and now I can with Spoonflower!
What a cool site!  Spoonflower lets you create custom printed fabric with no minimum order 
for $16–$32 per yard. Also, they feature premium and natural eco-friendly textiles too.  You 
design it and they will custom print it!  Wooo hooo! 

With Spoonflower you have the ability to print any drawing onto cotton fabric that you can 
imagine. You can order yards of your own design/s or 8"x8" swatches for around $5.00 a 
piece.  In addition, you can browse through and purchase fabrics by various other artist too. 
So check it out — and go make something beautiful!   Here are a few of my own designs.  Am having so much fun with this, can you tell........ 


Friday, September 2, 2011

Things that make you go hmmmmmmmm

A few years ago I was in South Beach Miami hanging out with one of my best friends.   Out of the blue, and a very talented and sought after European Artist approached me and asked me if I would mind being his muse for a painting.  Of course I was very flattered but I wanted to know what that meant exactly.....hopefully nothing that involved me being nude.  Well, as luck would have it, he just wanted to paint a painting based on his perception and overall feelings about me.  He proceeded to talk to me for about two hours and a week later this is what he painted.  He dubbed it Wandalania!  

To be honest, when I first saw the painting I could not get past the nudity!  When asked what I 
thought about it, all I could gasp after a very long ackward pause was ".......uhhhhh..ummm........its cool"  Trust me, it was not cool. Nope, not even a little bit.

 You would think being an Artist myself, I would be used to seeing this by now, but somehow this was different.  This nude figure is his perception of me.  Why am I naked?!!!!!.....did he perceive me as being provocative?.....a diva?..........incomplete or conflicted?  I hate to admit it but I went deep into the cerebrum on this one, I completely over analyzed his art, which by the way sold for thousands to one of his wealthy South Beach clients.  Of course that didn't mean anything to me, so, I filed the picture of the painting away and totally forgot about it until yesterday. (I was sorting through old stuff)

Now that I am looking at this with fresh eyes I see so much more than what I saw at first.  I see my love for animals, water, plants and the earth.  I see myself on a path fully embracing the journey with confidence and swag.   Try as I may though, I dont know what the little figure disappearing into me is....maybe it symbolizes growth, like as I grow, the older weaker me is swallowed by the more stronger better me?  What do you think, any ideas?