Friday, April 30, 2010
Miss Rebecca Ersfeld for Vintage Living has a fantastic giveaway to announce the opening of her new blog shop.
Rebecca's work is lovely and she offers some of her best pieces along with wonderful antique treasuers...I'm crazy about the lace making stand with the bobbins still attached.
Her giveaway if for a fabric collage using your family pictures like the one below.
In addition, she will also give away a Where Women Create mag.
It doesn't get better then this so click on over to her blog and enter. Have a wonderful weekend. Sea Witch
Thursday, April 29, 2010
I'ma gal who almost always knows exactly what she wants or what she is gonna do next. Rarely do I second guess a decision or have to think about a choice...I just know what I want or like and embrace it. However, every once in a while (must be the full moon from yesterday that has me in a color choice quandry) I need a little insight from creative folks. I need your opinion with a color makeover for a faboosh vintage sunburst wall clock that I found. It runs beautifully, but has a good bit of metallic detoriation on the metal spokes.
Once this happens, you really must steel wool it away and put a primer/paint on it to stop the continued rust and decay. Normally I paint these either diner pink or diner aqua...but I came across a couple of spray paint cans in this glorious light, lime green that I am jonesing to use. So here is where I need your help...should I use the really cool lime green or stick to the diner pink or aqua?
Lime green which would be perfect for a sunny yellow room or retro den, would look great against the black clock face...and, and, and you rarely see this color used...which is another reason why I am leaning towards the lime green.
Diner pink...a color you can never miss with.
Diner aqua...another color you can't miss with.
So there, can you not see my color quandry? So please leave your color choice as a comment and help this sea witch figure out which color to use. I will post the repainted photo next week.
Now, as long as we are talking color, how great are these spring petunias? I am crazy about this magenta. (you probably recognize that I moved the petunias to put the clock up and snap a photo of it for today's post.)
Petunias are back on the stacking benches at my entrance where they belong. Have a glorious day everyone. Sea Witch
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
I like Sand Dollars. I like the way they look in their natural state and I like how smooth and detailed they are in their sun bleached state. I like that I can see a lily, a poinsettia, and a star on them and you can find doves hiding inside them.
Keyhole Sand Dollar (dead) - all photos enlarge
Live Sand Dollar
I like that you can find them easily by pushing your toes through soft sand and slowly lifting them up to see them in either their natural (hairy) like state or smooth and white. I like that they can be found in the size of a nickel up to a salad plate. The name "sand dollar" comes from its the shape of its body which takes on a large, coin-like appearance. Commonly called a shell, the Sand Dollar is actually an echinoderm which means "spiny skinned" in Greek. A marine invertebrate that lives in the sandy bottoms of sheltered bays and open coastal areas. The starfish, sea urchin, sea cucumber and sand dollar are examples of the over 6000 species of echinoderms in our planet's salt waters.
Native to Florida and other areas of the world, Sand Dollars are actually the skeleton of several species of Sea Urchins. Sand Dollars are common to the southeastern U.S., Australian and Caribbean seas and are usually found on sandy bottoms in shallow water. The typical shell is flat, circular and about 3 inches in diameter. There are 12 different types of sand dollars and among those most well known are the Flat Round or common sand dollar, the Arrowhead, Pankcake, Keyhole (above) and the Sea Biscuit sand dollar
Common or Flat Round Sand Dollar
Arrowhead Sand Dollar
Pancake Sand Dollar
Sea Biscuit Sand Dollar
On the ocean bottom, sand dollars are frequently found together.
This is due in part to their preference for soft bottom areas, which are convenient for their reproduction. The sexes are separate and, as with most echinoids, they are conceived by external fertilization. Live sand dollars can be greenish, bluish or purple. Their highly modified spines and podia give them a velvet-like texture and appearance. The spines on the somewhat flattened underside of the animal allow it to burrow or to slowly creep through the sediment. As you can see in this video, they are a very slow moving creature.
Fine, hair-like cilia cover the tiny spines. Food grooves move food to the mouth opening, which is in the center of the star-shaped grooves on the underside of the animal . Its food consists of crustacean larvae, small copepods, diatoms, algae and detritus. Inside a sand dollar shell are five teeth, which are useful for scraping plankton from rocks. The teeth, which are found when the shell is broken open, are called 'doves' because they look like tiny white doves.
There is something magical about the Sand Dollar. It is light and delicate and yet manages to survive storms, predators and man stepping all over them in the watery shallows. When living, they have the appearance of velvet and when reduced to the skeletal structure they become pure white talismans of all sizes. I have collected them for years (always the dead ones found along the beach, never the live specimens) and utilized them in my wedding invitation as shown below.
Have a beautiful white shell wednesday and blessings to you and all you love. Sea Witch
Sunday, April 25, 2010
At 6:00 am on Saturday morning,the lightning and pouring rain woke the dog and I. My honey was still in Colorado and expected to fly in later that night and my plans to hit a few spring yard sales was dashed so sis and I reworked the day. Sis had heard about this family owned donut shop called Dutch Monkey Donuts located in Cumming, Georgia. From there we would head out to the Magnolia Antique Mall nearby. With google maps in hand, we drove through the pouring rain and in to the parking lot for Dutch Monkey. We could smell the fresh roasted coffee in the parking lot and entered the packed shop.
Adorable little logo.
The front counter was filled with freshly made donuts.
More delectable offerings. All made with fresh ingredients like cream, butter, flour and sugar. No preservatives here.
That bucket of butter is the foundation for any quality baked good.
Donuts rising before being tossed into the hot fat.
One of the dutch monkey staff preparing the dough.
Wall menu changes daily. These are some of Saturday's offerings.
Really neat retro rattan ice bucket from the 1970s, 5 pretty decorator copper clad and mirror balls, and a sweet little pewter child's cup.
Saturday, April 24, 2010
the "Sea Witch" became a member of the blogging community. Can you believe it? I am often torn between feeling like I just arrived here, full of the wonder and delight that captures your imagination with so many talented, caring, funny and artistic people all connected to each other by a simple communications path or I feel like I have always been here and this has been my cyber ocean filled with treasure all at my fingertips.
So as the song goes, "Let's start at the very beginning...a very good place to start" and link to my first post.
http://musingsofaseawitch.blogspot.com/2009/04/and-she-blogs.html There are no photos, no links, just narrative. I must admit I was somewhat intimidated by the concept. Who would read what I had to say and and why? What could I offer to the visitor and what would I gain from those places I visit? The gifts of friendship and shared creativity by all of you is immeasurable. Because of all of you I am a woman of wealth.
With my second post, I learned to add photos and links and offered up a little bit about me.
So do I honor that first post one year ago by offering this post without photos and links? NAAAHHHH! I like visuals too much and links are interesting side roads begging you to step off the beaten path (or post) and try a different route.
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Everyone sat around the table with good food, good drink and lots of love.
How wonderful that both my sons gave family rings to the women who love them. My oldest son gave his wife my mother's engagement ring. My youngest son gave his soon to be wife my grandmother's engagement ring. And, I wear the ring my husband's mother wore. Yes, you can say it, we are hopeless romantics when it comes to family diamond rings.
So, what does all of this ring business have to do with marshmallow shooters and after shave? Well, it's all about not checking baggage and running items through carry on. I had packed four marshmallow shooters (guns) with a bag of miniature marshmallows for the kids and my son. My honey insisted that these would in all likelihood be confiscated by TSA since they looked like guns. I couldn't find anything on the TSA website that said I couldn't bring them, so I was ready to take the chance.
I sail through security without a problem (and I have four of these babies in my carryon)...my honey gets pulled aside, frisked, poked and x-rayed because he has a small bottle of after shave.
Contraband to TSA so they confiscate it. The marshmallow shooters were a huge hit and got lots of play time by kids and the big boys. I think Squirt, the dog liked it best because she would eat up every mini-marsh she could find so there was never anything left behind.
A short vid of the kids attacking my son's best friend in the kitchen. If you watch closely, you can see the mini-marshmallows shooting all over the place. These silly little toys kept everyone laughing and playing for hours. Don't you love a house full of love?
So now I'm trying to play catchup at work and also read all of the posts that I have missed. Please give me some time to read and then drop by and say hello. I miss my blogging friends and all that life plans around you. Blessings to you all. Sea Witch
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Okay, okay, I know it is supposed to be white Wednesday but I was feeling the rebel and decided to go to the dark side (they always have cookies anyway) and offer up a black lace Wednesday in its place. I adore textiles and especially lace. The idea that anyone would spend hours twisting bobbins to create an inch of lace fascinates me and one of the most lovely of the bobbin made laces is “Chantilly Lace.” Pronounced “shawn tew lee”, this bobbin made lace originated in Chantilly, north of Paris…only the French could conceive of such beauty utilizing fine silk threads.
The earliest chantilly lace was known as “Blonde lace” and the name comes from the natural golden blonde color of the silk used to create the bobbin lace.
Closeup of the detail of this handmade laces twists and turns. Incredible.
Bobbin lace strip with hundreds of pins holding silk in place.
Detail of the cupids on the bedspread. How many hundreds of hours did this lovely spread take?
The production of Chantilly lace flourished under Louis XV (1715-1774) and was a special favorite of his last mistress and of course, the lovely Marie Antoinette.
I love the detail and realism of the florals and designs in chantilly lace. Truly gossamer in its look and touch. These lovely huge shawls are light as a feather.
Modern machine made chantilly lace Circa 1900s. Just as lovely as the antique, hand made pieces.
Beautiful chantilly lace dress from the 1890s
Lovely chantilly lace dress from the 1940s. Sophistication at its best.
Lace has such universal appeal and there are so many types available. Bobbin or machined, crocheted or knitted, twisted or knotted, the next time you come across vintage pieces at a yard sale, an antique store or a museum, look a little closer at how it was created. You will have a new appreciation for this lovely textile. Sea Witch