Monday, February 25, 2013

for thomas and Ophelia....
I am going riding this afternoon, so I am thinking of a riding theme for today's post. I use more and more horse theme items in my creations. This one is a piece of  linen embossed with a very graphic horse design from 1913.

A German artisan carved a wood block with this horse in motion, then dipped that wood block in hot tar and embossed his wife's hand-woven hemp linen with the design.

These pillows are also antique German homespun linen. I made this pillow pair from a German grain sack that dated to 1907. This horse was hand drawn using a stylus dipped in hot tar. I am so impressed with the incredible designs created by these European country craftsmen.

I think these neutral coarse textured linens with their graphic designs pair perfectly with the delicate antique French provincial floral fabrics in my collection. This piece could make some gorgeous curtains or bedding...

This antique French floral fabric with the wild roses was made from numerous hand carved wood blocks all dipped in different color inks. The white portion was actually a "relief printing." The French fabric maker created the designs in wax and applied that wax to the fabric so it would "refuse" the dye. Now that area is white, and the rest is beige and roses. Gorgeous! This antique fabric took months of hand work to create.

This is how I decided to display my graphic antique European linen with the equestrian design. I am bringing this piece to my show in the Hamptons this summer.

This is where I am off to this afternoon. I decided a few years ago that we may only go around once on this planet, so I'd better make the most of it. My idea of the perfect go 'round is on a horse. I feel most free and happy when I am riding.
This antique German piece of homespun linen is well worn and loved. I am crazy about the original patches. There is so much wonderful patina to this piece. I have turned it into a tapestry.
A shot from my favorite vacation with my two biggest loves, Jonathan and Katherine. We went hiking in Tennessee and did a little riding too.
I hope you enjoyed my equestrian themed piece. There are sure to be lots more of these to follow.
Giddey 'up!!!!

Sunday, February 17, 2013

for linda


Over the past few years, I have collected some beautiful antique French fabrics; florals, Rococo, ticking stripes, and homespun to name a few. I would love for you to see what can be created from these gorgeous antiques.

A pair of pillows made from French Arts and Crafts style antique black and mauve fabric.
Backed in rough and nubby French homespun.

Do you like these extra large Art Deco pillows? They are made with antique French fabric in a heavy cotton from the turn of the last century. The turquoise in them is very rare. One piece had a few signs of gentle wear, so I patched it with a coordinating leather. I was aiming for the "Paris Girl goes to Texas" look. I think that look defines my style. I hope you like it.
Do you see the leather patch I added? Do you like it? I think France and Texas go together beautifully!


 There is so much more "Paris meets Texas" cowgirl to come.
I hope you enjoyed this little snippet!


Saturday, February 16, 2013

There's a kind of peace in a snowstorm. It's as if the world has gone back in time 100 years. You can walk on the roads in a snowstorm as if they were paths through the woods. If you are quiet, you can actually hear the snow falling. It is such a peaceful sound.
I love snow storms because they turn the world off, and bring the family together. We love to cozy up by the fire after a morning of playing in the snow.
Kat and Lily playing in the snow. Thank you Kat (and Lily) for helping me shovel. You are beautiful outside and in.

I love to find beautiful ways to get cozy.

Antique French duvet on blue Toile and ticking stripe settee
The perfect bit of bling: crackled glass against a patina'd white iron

This is my pair of antique Swedish Gustavian "bergere" or arm chairs. Such intricate hand carved details. These were carved in Sweden in the late 1800s. They were modeled in the style of French neoclassic furniture, but much of the Swedish furniture was made in a more provincial flavor. Today they are beautiful in the modern home because they are more simplified than the high style French Rococo.

Antique red and white quilt on 1800s Swedish Gustavian armchair (bergere). Just look at that intricate detailed carving.
Speaking of French Rococo, some of my all-time favorite fabrics are from this period. I collect antique fabrics: French florals, toiles and ticking stripes. This stunning piece of authentic French Rococo fabric is about 150 years old, and yet preserved in wonderful shape. The work that went into these textiles amazes me. First the fabric was hand woven, then blocks were carved with all the individual details such as the florals and scrolls. (Scrolls are so typical of the French Rococo style). Then each color was hand individually hand dyed. One piece of fabric could take months or even years to make.
They are truly antique fabric works of art. I have a set of pillows made from a piece of this French beauty. I will show you soon :} .....

Mercury glass... one of my all time favorites. Here in blue and silver
in my antique blue flow bowl.

A few more photos I took of my home on our snowy day...

 I am going to cozy up with a good book and my antique French grain sack pillows and a warm cup of cafe au lait. What could be better on a snow day. I hope you enjoyed my day of peace in the snow.