Friday, January 25, 2013


Before I knew I was going to have Edith
we had to fill up about...
6 of these?  That dang hot water heater was 

And we all know how expensive plumbing can be right?
so when you can make use of existing plumbing it's a great thing
as in...old potty potty

and I always say....don't scrimp on art in the water closet

Interesting story...we found this old oil on canvas..unsigned
while moving a cabinet at Zulu Art Gallery
~on the day of the Tsunami~

actually, it was one painting (that I absolutely loved)
but I thought the subjects were not in proportion
so I had it cut into two paintings and framed them alike
I fell in love with the colors and I will never forget finding them behind the counter on that sad day
Sunday, December 26, 2004
the one on the left looks like Edith to me

We purchased this on the cobble streets of Rome
long before I ever hoped to hang it here
I just love the texture and colors
I love to collect sea shells

The black sand and sea glass came from Santorini
this jar is a wine decanter filled with such precious memories of taking 
Mattie on her dream vacation after graduating highschool with a 102 GPA
and entering Texas A&M as a Sophomore
we let her choose the destination
we thought she'd choose Disneyland
she had seen Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

I brought this brain coral home from Punta Cana
I stepped on it and have been having heel pain ever since
art can be in many forms would you agree?

this roof tile was on the beach also...maybe washed ashore from some long ago hurricane...
did the house it came from ever think its tile would live in my home?
do houses think?
well..mine does!

Hi Edith
since you are naked, you get to live here for a while
until my money priority is such that you become authenticated as a treasure
at which time
you might move to

So there you see...a very teeny weeny tiny spot
can be so full of 
 art, texture, color, hopes and memories

and most of all


Anonymous said...

I just adore the term |water closet| its just so proper, I love the art you chose, just perfect, each peice tells a story and thats how it should be,

Marissa said...

Love your posts! they are all so very interesting! and that "water closet" is so cute!

Bethany [at] Powell Brower Home said...

ohhhh this looks GREAT. i love reading your commentary on here. No siree bob. lol. where did you get that grasscloth? i love it!

Tina@WhatWeKeep said...

I love the story about the painting that you split into two. Clever thinking and they are beautiful. They would have spoken to me, too!

carolyn bradford said...

Ok, Gina….were you a professional writer before this blog? You have such a way with words! I love your descriptions…I especially love Edith as I feel like I'm beginning to take on her form now…hmmmm….love her in a painting but don't want to be that subject! Anyhoo….need to start doing the treadmill TWICE a day maybe!! Your art is incredible…love your daughter's choice of trips! Way to go for her! Of course she would pick that…she's BRILLIANT! So glad you shared this with us! Have a great weekend!

StagerLinda said...

I never considered cutting a painting...aren't you clever. Love your art in the loo.

Heather - New House New Home said...

Hi Gina - you always have a story for all your pieces, I love that. It makes everything just a bit more special. We collect shells and rocks from all our trips too - have rocks from the Moroccan desert, shells from Mexico's shores and a piece of old crockery which line the paths at Versailles. I love looking back to remember the story behind the piece like you.

Love this bathroom too - the floor is gorgeous!!!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

WELL HELLO THERE! I see your castle is shaping up in so many ways! I LOVE THAT NOOK in your breakfast area my dear!

Thank you so much for coming to visit. I am revamping my Etsy shop and thought I would share my new drawings. HAVE FUN and let love sweep you away! Anita

TSL said...

I adored this post, for so many reasons the folks commenting previously mentioned; and simply because it, the other posts, and today's, "red lipstick and gray bun," made my day. Only you will know what I am writing about but that is okay. Peace and joy your way. Love the bathroom, love the art.

Señorita said...

Hola Pura Vida,

Love the water closet!! And art in the bathroom... Well, I guess it makes the experience more enjoyable?? ;)

Great to see you still posting!!!

Geneva said...

That little water closet certainly has your stamp on it ... I love all the personal tidbits and artwork. I think Edith is probably very happy to live in there....":o)

By Nela said...


Un cariñoso abrazo.


Annmarie Pipa said...

your water closet is beautiful!


Adorei ver suas pinturas a óleo. Esses fenômenos da natureza sempre deixam uma triste história. Eu também gosto de juntar coisas na praia, mas meu passatempo é juntar garrafas.
Ainda não sei o que fazer com tantas garrafas.
Tenha um ótimo dia.

Julie Taylor and Danni Greenwalt said...

I never would of splitting the painting in half...great idea!

Stacy Curran said...

WOW! That's brilliant and looks awesome!

Nancy said...

Love your stories, and the collections from places youve been, and the finds you pick up! Your bath is darling, and I love the grasscloth, too.
xo Nancy