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Friday, February 4, 2011


I see a lot of blogs that post beautiful things they see in shops and boutiques in the cities they live and travel to.  I have two small children and traveling (and, let's face it, leaving the house in winter) are not really in my wheelhouse at this point in my life.  I took a tour of my office and my bedroom and took some shots of a few things that make me happy that I already have.
Monkey Lamp on my desk

My Monkey likes fezes.  Sometimes.

I've had this little box since I can remember.
I wear this every day.
I bought it about 15 years ago when I was reading The Belgariad.
It reminded me of Beldarin's necklace that Polgara gives to Ce'Nedra.
It was one of those days where I woke up and decided I needed a tree necklace, I went to Patina, and there it was in the case waiting for me.
Following are what I take it off for.
The stone from my mom's engagement ring.



Don't judge.

Dutch Birth Tile.
4/11/1974  5 lbs. 0 oz. 2:08pm
My children have their own, too.
Corn stalk design.
Bought in Santa Fe for my 21st birthday while visiting our family friend, Lucia di Medici.*
One of my favorite trips of my whole life.
Lucia introduced me to Neutrogena Light Sesame Body Oil and I still think about that trip every time I use it  - like, this morning.

*not her real name ;)

Charm Bracelets.
Left: Age 30 on.  Right birth to age 18.

I designed this ring myself - it was for my first Mother's Day and has since taken residence above my wedding band.

My Grandparents' dresser.
The top of the drawers were worn and my grandfather cut pieces of wood grain patterned enamel
and put them on the facade.
Beautiful work.


  1. Beautiful, INDEED!

    You have gnarly rad taste, Woman.

    LOVE the Dutch birth tile!

  2. I loved seeing your pretty things. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Lovely! Did I ever tell you my charm bracelet was stolen when our house was broken into? It took me months to realize it was missing, and yet it's the only thing I'm sad about having lost. Everything else was replaceable. I'm sad all over again thinking about it.

  4. MS. Art - Oh NO! That's so sad. What charms were on it - do you remember?

  5. what a delightful post! I adore your aquamarine ring...everyone always warns that the stone is too soft and will be damaged, but it's obviously been safe with you (and small children)!

  6. So sad about the charm bracelet, Ms Art...Gramma probably had a lot to do with what was on it! V.A. love seeing your beautiful things :) Mary Ellen

  7. one of the few other people who've read the belgariad books. i assume you've read the mallorean ones too? ;)

  8. Zaerion -

    Yes. And Polgara the Sorceress and Belgarath the Sorcerer. Love them. Couldn't make my way through the Mrin Codex, though. ;)

  9. For the record, I've red the Belgariad and he Mallorean, but I can't remember them. Perhaps its time to re-read? :)

    Its easy to tell that these things make you who you are and make your house your home. I do have a thing for trees, though, and so I especially love that pendant. It's fantastic!

  10. Love the JoCo reference!

    Your monkey gets lucky, sometimes :)