Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
About 10 years ago they built three - that's right three - new stadiums and a convocation center. That year all of the little shop owners in the arcades were forced out. The arcades have never recovered. Shop after shop remains empty. I miss those little shops.
That was also the case with this beautiful watercolor. It was in a window. To a shop that was empty. Around other shops. That were also empty.
Another strange phenomenon occurs when a shop is full of stuff, but it is never open. This shop looks interesting, but is a tease. It's never open. I need to rethink supporting Target.
Monday, July 27, 2009
Rosie, you are too fabulous - you go girl!
Well, after seeing the blogosphere's famous John Derian sofa (see below), I started thinking about painting it. I'm not afraid to put paint on anything. And if it cracks, so what? Since it's falling apart, it's ripe for experimentation.So here it is with one coat of paint. It's going to need another coat, but I won't be able to get to that until next weekend.
I think it looks so much better in the glossy white! It had some imperfections, which I covered with Glidden gripper.
Ahh. Wish I could paint the floor white. When I buy the prefab house of my dreams, the floor will be white.
I've been thinking about painting my dining room table orange. I love orange tables! (See my previous post about orange tables here.) Those blue vases look great with the orange table top! I love blue and orange together. Image Emily Jagoda.
My little love seat is falling apart, and it was cheap anyway, so is ripe for experimentation. Maybe I should paint graffiti on it, or let my nephews mark on it. Something like this fab John Derian sofa.
Image from New York Times. How cool is that? I am by no means a purist and I love when children are allowed their natural creativity. Love the sofa, hate the rugs. I'd prefer to see the floor white. I'd love to paint my floors white, but I live in a rental.
I want to paint some canvases too. I adore the colors in these canvases and how they pop against the all white background.
Love those chairs! Image via Desire to Inspire.
Sunday, July 26, 2009
I decided to spring clean this weekend. And I was ruthless. Why do I have so much stuff? I just don't need so much. Once I edit something, I don't look back. I thank it for serving me, but out it goes. So yesterday, I packed up some vintage vases and headed to a cute store in Lakewood called Deja Vu.
How compelling is this? There are treasures everywhere! I couldn't stop looking! The shop owner is a dear, and she totally gets me. That doesn't happen too often. By that, I mean she is a fellow creative. We can talk about art, decor, color, lamps, pottery, etc. for hours!
She uses lamps for display. On this one she has cleverly displayed clip earrings.
And a doily on this one.
I saw this cute original painting. Only $14.00. I love her, I may go back for her.
How sick is this? I'm trying to get rid of stuff and I keep looking at stuff! These things are tempting me. I've been thinking of doing more pink and blue in my apartment. I adore the ceramic swans. I could kick myself. My mother had a set of these when I was a child, I wish I'd kept them. I didn't like them then. I love the blue chair. She painted the pink table herself and embellished it with vintage beads.
She bought some of my vintage pieces, and what she didn't buy I donated to the Salvation Army, after all the Salvation Army has been very, very good to me.
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Generally I don't like grouping my paintings, but from time-to-time I experiment with them. (See previous post here). I found this arrangement fun, but I wanted to change it almost immediately. Stay tuned to see what my apartment looks like now.
Yuk! I need a studio! I hate clean up. It would be so great to just close the door on the mess!Here are my latest works. All are 24" x 30", acrylic on canvas.
These colors are unusual for me.
I love these colors. I've previously shown this canvas, but more paint has been added.
Not sure if this one is done yet. The strokes are not quite as perfect as I wanted.
This is a collaborative piece that my nephew GG and I did. It was great fun.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Saw a cute teapot, pillow, picnic ware, chair and curtain. I must admit, I always thought the Klippan sofa looked cheap. But - I almost shit when I saw it in orange vinyl. Fab!
I adore the Ljusas Uvas lamp. Hmm. This might look good with my red Danish sofa.
I almost bought a couple of the Gronos. Should have.
Stupid me. I have been wanting a tall lamp shade forever, and haven't been able to find one. I love the 16-inch yellow Skimra. My shopping experience was not a good one, I was overwhelmed, and did I mention that the customer service was deplorable?
Here's what I did buy. I've been wanting to add some lavender to my apartment. The two little flower pots were $1.99 and are the most wonderful matte finish. The Salong vase is very sexy. The Lykta lamp is cute, but a tease. It cost $12.99 and I can't find a bulb to fit.
I've already spent $12 on bulbs, so I may just give it up. The lady at Home Depot assured me that the bulb to the right would fit, but it did not. I stopped at a chandelier shop, they told me about a shop across town. This is getting stupid. I may give up.
I guess the key to Ikea is plan in advance. If I had it to do over, I'd like get the tall shade and couple of the Knubbig lamps. I am not sure that I ever want to set foot in Ikea again. And don't give me the crap about the lack of customer service keeping costs down. That's one of the many things wrong with America. Hire some people, treat them well. Then treat your customers well. People will spend more money. And those new employees will also spend money and everyone will be happier. It's not rocket science.
Ikea actually did me a favor by snubbing me. I've had extensive customer service training, and I treat people well, especially when they are spending their hard-earned money. I don't belong there. Today at Pat Catan's, I mentioned the lamp saga to one of the clerks. She said, "You could make a lamp for under $10 and I could show you how." Now that's customer service.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
I enjoy Cleveland's erections in heavy saturation and extreme angle, so I thought I'd do the same with Pittsburgh's erections.
On the way to the incline.
On the hill by the ice cream shop.
Neighborhood on the hill.
Lately, every where I go I see Nick's name. We miss you, Nick.
John and Yoko were so ahead of their time. We need more people like them.
At the Hard Rock Cafe. Aren't these the coolest Barbies you've ever seen?
Taken while riding in the car. A Claes Oldenberg?