This will be my last post of 2009. Thanks to everyone for reading my blog.
Thursday, December 31, 2009
Friday, December 25, 2009
It seems to me that at this time of year most people stress over buying gifts for everyone on their list and how they are going to pay for it all, where to put their visiting guests, what the Christmas meal will include, who will sit where, whose home the dinner will be at, and just a lot of anxiety and disappointment. We search for the spirit of Christmas, the magical way we felt when we were children and we want that again...but it rarely comes to us, at least, not the way we remember it. Is it any wonder that so many of us become a little bit depressed during this time?
Merry Christmas to all (who celebrate it) and to all a good morning. Time for me to go and see what the felines are doing....and check on my husband......well, he's still sleeping. Merry Christmas to me.
Thursday, November 26, 2009
I am in love with the casual sophistication of French decor...the history of each piece exposed in the faded grandeur that once was and still is. The muted and matte shades of browns, cream and taupe, mixed with elements of crystal, such as chandeliers...that is the ultimate in design as far as I am concerned.
"Shabby Chic" has it's place...best suited to a beach/lake house or a home in the southwest USA...and I love that style too. However, French style...even the connotation that has...like "Paris" or "the south of France" evoke an image of a way of life that has been around for centuries. The time-worn, rusted, at one time very expensive items like wrought iron beds...don't they instantly have more charm if they are from France? I think they do.
Perhaps I will be fortunate enough to go to Paris and the south of France one day...until then, I must love it vicariously through books, blogs, magazines and films.
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Sunday, November 1, 2009
I do believe that I will take a nap now....
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
I was reminded of this yesterday, when I received a call from one of my longtime Winnipeg customers who, like many others, misses Tattered Rose and all of the special clothing that we carried. This customer, M., is going to the Golden Globes (Los Angeles) in January, and she needs something VERY beautiful to wear....who does she think of? Tattered Rose! Yes, even after all these years, I still get calls and emails from my old customers, whether they are getting married or have something special to go to...they want to wear our clothing. They remember what it was like to walk into the store we had at the Forks, never knowing what delicious item they would covet and purchase, a special piece of clothing or jewellery that would become part of their repertoire.
For some time now, I have been dreaming about taking Tattered Rose on the road, making a trip back to Winnipeg for a 2 day shopping extravaganza. I would bring clothing & jewellery for the Winnipeg customers who miss the store (and me, hopefully) I just never knew how special Winnipeg was until I moved away. I tell my customers here in Edmonton all the time how much I miss my customers, when they ask if I miss Winnipeg.
I'll keep you posted, my dear Winnipeg friends, if I ever decide to bring Tattered Rose back, even if only for a weekend.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
For as long as I can remember (back to my childhood) I have loved and worn overalls. They are so much a part of me, perhaps, in part, due to my family's farming background... that I can't even imagine not wearing them forever. And now, I FINALLY have "permission" to wear them out in public....as if I really needed it.
For Spring 2010, my all-time favourite designer, Ralph Lauren, creator of lifestyle designing, has come out with tattered, torn spectacular overalls!!!! How they are styled, with the heels and hats are brilliant! When I first saw these photo's I gasped with happiness!
The picture of me wearing overalls (the one who DOESN'T look like a supermodel...I know, hard to guess which one that is) was taken a few years back when I was living in Phoenix, Arizona with my not-yet hubby, My H. I don't have a picture of me wearing my overalls with my ruffly little blouses and blazer, but this will give you an idea. And this is when my overalls were still new, so they didn't have the holes and frayed edges yet.
I am going to be brave enough to wear my tattered overalls to my store this coming spring! If Ralph Lauren says it's ok, then it must be! Ralph Lauren..I love you! (not in that way!)
Monday, September 21, 2009
Throughout the year, I am inspired to create one of a kind items of clothing as well as hand-made accessories. I generally do not post them on my blog since they are so unique, I prefer to keep them quietly waiting to be discovered by my customers.
I do hope that you will make the time to come in and see the many hand-made garments that have been added to the inventory of beautiful clothing.
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Maybe we can even find something for this adorable kitty to wear until her fur grows back!
Hope to see you soon!
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
By now, anyone who knows me or has read my blog is familiar with my love of old, decrepit, tattered and torn things.
I found these photo's of set designs from the HBO movie "Grey Gardens" starring Drew Barrymore & Jessica Lange, which I have yet to see. My first impression is an overwhelming feeling of "Wow, that looks amazing!", especially the scratchy old paint and the way the painting is just kind of leaning....and the finish on the old piano...oh my!
Now you may think I have gone too far in my love of shabby things, but I want to let you know that I could NEVER actually LIVE in a place like this...it is just fun to look at the pictures, and imagine what the lives of these 2 women must have been like. Yes, I am romanticizing here, but sometimes reality is not as fun.
Just wanted to share these photo's with you. Call me crazy if you will, but I love 'em!
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Friday, July 10, 2009
I have decided to once again sell the Sid Dickens tiles (memory blocks, as they are also called) that I have in my shop. Some of these tiles are very retired, meaning that they are no longer being produced and therefore are highly collectible, rare and valuable.
The newer tiles start at $80 and they go up from there, depending on the rarity. I am in no hurry to sell them, since they do become more valuable as time goes by.
I have Sid Dickens tiles in my own home, as well as the store and I just love them! They really do make a wonderful alternative to a picture hanging on the wall.
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
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