Sunday, September 7, 2014

ABSINTHE

makes the heart grow fonder

during the sweet baby girl shower yesterday I was able to use my 
Bon Bon  spoon for the first time

this Bon Bon spoon was a real lesson for me

on a trip to New Orleans a few years back
we went on a haunted pub crawl and were introduced to


Absinthe is an anise flavored spirit (as opposed to a liqueur)
 derived from botanicals, including the flowers and leaves of Artemisia absinthium

oh what fun and what fun is that Absinthe spoon?

so I was on the lookout for one and found one in one of my favorite
6th Street haunts...only she called it a Bon Bon spoon
( I knew immediately that I would use a Bon Bon spoon about as often as an Absinthe spoon 
so I bought it anyway)


the youtube above shows the ritual to prepare and drink Absinthe

Who drank Absinthe?
Ernest Hemingway, Charles Baudelaire, Paul Verlaine, Arthur Rimbaud, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Amedeo Modigliani, Picasso, Vincent van Gogh, Oscar Wilde
{{not me}}

It is rumored that Napoleon died from a licorice overdose
Licorice is anise (arsenic) not to be confused with, but similar in flavor to, absinthe (wormwood)

if you like licorice you might consider the drink of Greece

we brought some back from our trip there, and as my grandmother might say
{{although she never had a drop to drink her whole life}}
!!SHOO--WEE!!
so...
knowing that Absinthe might invite
a visit from the 
and possibly cause you to cut off your ear

what in this world would possess you to drink it at all????

if I remember correctly,
what possessed us on that pub crawl a few years back
was not only the mood set in New Orleans but it also could have been

one too many of these!

Absinthe makes the heart grow fonder!

and on a side note about the bon bon spoon baby shower
how very special and sentimental that
first there are four grands that grew up together 
(two of which were in my wedding)
we had babies together
and now they are having babies together
xoxoxoxoxo 





Wednesday, September 3, 2014

TIGER FABRIC

With Honey's 80th Birthday Pow Wow written in the history books...I move on to the next fun thing on my agenda!

I will be hosting a baby shower for my sweet life-long  friend Denise and her sweet daughter and new baby granddaughter!

Wedding and baby showers are big stuff  around here
well attended and well gifted
we love to love our peeps in all their happy moments!


so what's the big deal about having a major remodel project 3 days before the shower?
Listen...with the scarcity of good carpenters around here...I take it any way I can
and often find myself using a shower as an excuse to get lots of things done that need doing!
by the end of today...these windows will be in this space

{{more about this project later}}


but one can't deny that my couch  looks very good with my new tiger pillow!

all prompted by the image and below

from one of my favorite blogs
Cote de Texas

And here is the AFTER of her living room – it has a double height ceiling.  And here is the famous Lee Radziwill sofa.  Now – think about this, Lee moved into the Fifth Avenue duplex around 1964 – this makes the sofa around 50 years old!!!  Amazing!  It is faded, which only adds to its charm.  There were some torn pieces on the arms – but it looks like her interior designer bought new fabric and added it over the two arms.  Smart!   In the throw-away society we live in today – to have a 50 year old sofa still look this good, is amazing! 

This is the letter I wrote my daughters and sisters about this wonderful tiger velvet fabric...including a little swatch for them

Dear Sisters:

I must be getting sentimental in my old age or maybe it’s all the planning I’ve been doing for Honey’s 80th birthday….anyway wanted to share this sweet story with you.

I asked Mother the other day if Granny B and her sisters loved each other and she said very quickly…”YES….they really really loved each other” and I asked her where they lived and how they kept in touch…”

She told me they were all very close and they would write letters to each other all the time and in those letters would be recipes, details of their home life and children and even sometimes they would send swatches of fabrics or wallpaper they might be using in decorating their home or maybe sewing baby clothes.    I thought it was so sweet and while I am so glad to have the ability for us all to stay connected and wouldn’t trade it for the world, I can’t help but think how fun it would have been to wait on a letter from someone you cared so much about…wondering what in the world was going on with husbands, kids, and home.

The blog above is one of my favorites and not too long ago she wrote about a famous tiger couch in which the fabric back then cost about $2500.00 a yard…and this couch is still famous today.  She is Jackie Kennedy’s sister and the blogger included a link to purchase the look alike fabric…and of course I bought one yard to make a pillow.


Most girls buy designer purse knockoffs…I buy fabrics  so just for fun I am sending you across the miles, via the mail…a letter to let you know what’s up at 822 and most of all how much I love you!


since I can't sew (or weld)
I just hand stitched this yard of fabric into a pillow
to make it seem like I was accomplishing something besides
swatting all the flies entering into the space where the windows will be
**at the end of the day**

Monday, August 25, 2014

EIGHTY--EIGHT-O


This year my mother turns 80
I can hardly believe it, she seems like she's 50 to me
full of life and zest and still the most interesting person I have ever met

Here are 10 interesting facts about her:
1.  She is a Registered Choctaw Indian..her grandfather was a boy on the Trail of Tears
2.  She skipped 2nd grade...her genius was recognized early on and continues today
3.  She is an inventor  Patent #4724468
4.  She was a flight attendant for Central Airlines
5.  She was the first woman Spearman Little League president...blazing the trail for many today
6.  She was appointed by Texas Governor Bill Clements to serve on the Bureau of Indian Affairs
7.  She owned a company that created items sold in Spiegel, Neiman's and Frost Brothers
8.  She was represented in a permanent showroom at every market...NY, Atlanta, Dallas, Denver and LA
9.  She is a rated power seller on eBay
10.  She has a lucky rescue dog named Jet

She was  born in Bokchita, Oklahoma in my grandmother's house
I have the ashes of this bonnet in a Calumet Baking Soda container...her house burned shortly after this photo and her mother scooped up the ashes...stitches still intact.  Her rattle was a few pebbles, also in a Calumet can...that I cherish from my grandmother's belongings

she grew up in Amarillo, Texas
she was and still is a beauty!
inside and out!

I'm pretty sure here--she's wishing for 5 kids

This is my favorite photo of my parents...they were so Camelot!

Together they purchased and renovated 2 historical buildings in Spearman
this old hotel was moved by mules from Old Hansford in 1917

she was always full of ideas...this is her 
Mop Wig Idea
that's me in the center...as her model
I made her this card when we went to a convention and there was a woman there promoting and selling 
Kitty Wigs
....not sure what else to say about that....

She and her husband Clay did re-inactments
this is her full regalia which will belong to me someday...it is a treasure made by her own hands
At any given holiday she might serve her famous beans and weenies in her backyard in that life-size teepee

She calls this her Baku Dress
She was contacted by former Secretary of State Madeline Albright to exhibit this dress that went to the Embassy at Baku, Azerbaijan for 3 years. It then sold to an Indian woman who wore it to the grand opening of the American Indian Museum in Washington, D.C.

If you stop at the rest stop on either side in Quanah, Texas, the displays she created were commissioned by the State of Texas

She is considered an expert in many fields
today she still uses her patent in her eBay store
and as an 80 year old knows more about computers than any one person I know, although I can never get how she types so fast with her long orange fingernails!

she loves a great joke...usually very elaborate ones and usually ones that team her and my older brother against the rest of us.  Just recently he sold his company and they sent us all a photo of his check for $3 million plus with a long list of things that would have to happen in order for her to sell her business and buy a house in Taos to live with them when they moved...they really had us going and today I have no idea what's the truth.  


he's the cowboy to her Indian!

It reminds me of the time she used her patent in a trick where she took a dollar bill, scrubbed off the front and photo copied a hundred dollar bill...taking special care to leave the other side so she wouldn't be doing anything too illegal...she loved to leave it laying on her shop floor for people to pick up with excitement!  Funny!

So you ask?...why am I telling you all of this today when her birthday is not until December?
well...for the longest time she did not even believe she was turning 80...she thought she was turning 79 and she wanted to have her party at the Choctaw Nation...

....and it might snow in December....

so...

this weekend we will celebrate all the wonderful things she is 
many will receive their Indian names and be smudged/blessed by her
and we will have cake

and

another party in December...and I have reason to believe










Tuesday, August 19, 2014

MORE CLOSET PROJECTS

Another project that is nearly accomplished in the closet during
FANTASY FOOTBALL TRIP

example via google

This first and only time I have seen this application was at a
truck stop (a very nice one)
when you turn off the interstate at Springer and drive the road to Taos/Santa Fe
a row of tvs in a row of one way mirrors!

we wanted to do this fun thing in our closet/master bath
so here will be the television...inside the closet behind the one way mirror

this is what the mirror looks like from the bathroom side
but when the tv is on...you see the tv...when it's off only the mirror
like in an interrogation room 
which in my case feels pretty much the same as looking in that big mirror

in order to cover up the tv, cords and cable box, you need doors
these doors will only open when and if you need to service/change the television
they cause the space to be dark so the tv can show on the other side

one of my tricks is that I select fabrics that can be used in any part of my home and use those fabrics all over here and there to bring it all together...this fabric is on a chair recover, the back side of a throw 
and a pillow or two
and of course the doors

the other side of the doors will be the leftover of the turquoise velvet
 used to line the drawers in the last project
I purchased the velvet tiger due to reading about a tiger couch on
a recent Cote de Texas blog
I have no idea what I will do with this yard of tiger velvet

I put some batting under the fabric because I wanted a very slight tufting
the door knobs were a long ago purchase from Hobby Lobby that I had completely forgotten about

a tiny nail into the mdf door and hot glue on a diamond button for a little glamour

The carved angel was a whimsy purchase from Madrid, New Mexico
the candelabra was from Tex Kopke's Flea Market for $5 that features 12 crystals 
(that have to be worth that buy!)
Baskets for texture and a gold leaf tray of seashells.  The picture was a vintage purchase from eBay and I just framed it in a nice frame 1/2 price from Hobby Lobby
I love Hobby Lobby!

I love this crazy angel and I've been saving a seat for her right here for a very long time!

there is definitely a mixture in this area...wood, silk, glamour and masculinity 
all mixed together

a favorite photo of my mother
and a little angel that Baby Bo Peep drew when she was 5
(I love angels)

my dad's hat is covering exposed wires that will someday be a vintage sconce if I ever find one

vintage perfume bottles on a silver tray

Mr. PV isn't too keen on this picture of
"The Director"
but I love it
 and I slipped it in on him while he was drafting his team
when the cat's away
some of his ties

my wedding dress

well...hello jewelry section of master closet!

now then.....where am I going to use that tiger fabric???






Tuesday, August 12, 2014

LINED DRAWER PROJECT



am I the only one who is head over heals for 
tufting?

In our master closet project we had first planned to
put in an island
much like this one 
to display my mother's gift of her Native American Jewelry collection
but we became to love how open the space was without it
(this is why living with a renovation can be so good sometimes...to see how you actually "live")
 instead of an island, we just added another section against the wall
which then left enough space for
a bench

I am not only crazy about tufting but I am crazy about World Market
I could vacation in that store while away from my home in Anthropologie

in our closet we have used EASY CLOSETS
and while I feel they have been a bit on the expensive side
there is no debate on the quality and ease in which you can customize your closet
and we have done that one section at a time
I have only lined the drawers with fragrant paper liner but wanted a 
softer finish for the jewelry portion of the closet

tools ready
bench box, box cutter, scissors, batting, hot glue, velvet fabric


and did I mention it never hurts to have a nice glass of Monkey Bay near to take a break when you
get a blister from the hot glue gun



I just cut the cardboard box that my bench came in to the right size and
placed the padded velvet squares into the drawer
easy and pretty


this weekend is my man's fantasy football draft
which means golf trip to New Mexico
which means
a few days for me to decorate my drawers
who does that???
I'm guessing you do too!