Monday, December 27, 2010

the sweet life

It's a horribly cold day, with a mountain of snow outside.  I'm inside, warm and busy, and my honey is upstairs happily sawing away at his violin.

Life is good.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

an eager beaver

And it's a candle holder/candlestick!!

No, not the beaver, silly.

The thing he's gnawing at.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

intern news

Our slightly hard-working intern Ivy Spivington (originally I called her 'Ivy Spivey'  She recently corrected me, saying the surname is Spivington, pronounced 'Spy-vington.'  Got that?) went in for a common kitty procedure last week, which will prevent her from bringing more kitties into the world.

A world bursting with kitties would be a wonderful, wonderful thing, but only if said kitties all had good homes, which is not the case currently.

Hence, the surgery.

She's back to work and doing very well.  She fervently hopes that you will -- if you can -- provide a good home for a deserving kitty who may be without one.  Your local shelter probably has several for you to choose from.  

Is you is, or is you ain't...

a golf nut?

Found when I was idly strolling the upscale cousin of MVFTS.*

Those there graphics are embroidered onto the sweater.  Here's another sweater with embroidered critter that I found not long ago:

 Neat, huh?  

Why don't they make stuff like this anymore?

It's not like we wouldn't fill our sweater drawers with it.

Am I right?

Of course I am.

*Check earlier posts for what MVFTS stands for.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Baby, it's cold outside!

Which is why you need a coat.

Something like an authentic circa 1970 tapestry coat, perhaps?

Art Nouveau...

in brooch form!

This is in such mind-bogglingly fine condition it makes me wonder if it ever left its original jewelry box.  

I only wish I could have gotten a photo that would do it justice.  In person it's about four times as attractive.


I just love anything this colorful.  

How neat would they look on a summertime table?

They're old Made in Japan.

But then, I'm sure you knew that.

Thursday, December 9, 2010


This has nothing to do with that Lucy, or any Lucy.  It's LUCITE

My colleagues in the biz call cabochons 'cabs' and occupied Japan 'OJ.'  Why not call lucite 'lucy?'

As in "I got this really cool reverse-carved lucy brooch.  And it's not flowers like most of the others you've seen.  It's sailboats!  How cool is THAT?"