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Sunday, February 26, 2012

More inspiration from Magnolia Pearl(Beautiful)

Beautiful Layered Victorian Sofa
This is from Magnolia Pearl's book A Bit of Velvet & A Dash of Lace, which I mentioned in a previous post. I would encourage anyone who is interested in learning this layering style, to read this book. I can never get enough of it, and it makes a beautiful coffee table book.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Bohemian Style- Magnolia Pearl

Inspiration can come at you from any direction, in many forms. For me, I have found inspiration in a Textiles artist named Magnolia Pearl also known as Robin Brown. Many of you are sure to know her, as she  transcends beyond clothing designs and now inspires others with her unique application to Victorian Style. For me, she has quietly become a mentor. We both were born in the mid-sixties, and were influenced by the Bohemian Styles of the time that flourished in the early seventies. She does a show every fall and spring at Marburger Farms in Round Top Texas. Oddly, I have no talent whatsoever in sewing, but I do enjoy writing, and find that I must be surrounded by beautiful things in order to write. I enjoy decorating, and  can sew just enough to apply her unique brand of "Layering" to some of my treasures I find at flea markets. I no longer enjoy new furniture; I prefer dinged, chipped, and a bit worn, just like me. You can find her website at magnoliapearl.com. Her book, "A Bit of Velvet, and a Dash of Lace" is filled with beautiful pictures of her home in the Hill Country. It is one of those books you will enjoy often. What about you? Do find inspiration from unexpected places? I'd like to hear your story.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

The Horse Whisperer and Smiling Horses

"The Horse Whisperer." It is amazing how horses have an innate ability to be gentle with another gentle spirit. Horses have such a mystique about them. I Love the way they smell, the sound they make when they munch on the soft grass, the gentle nudge from the nose to let you know they are glad your here, the knowing look when they trust you. Horses, like people, want their privacy. I know when my guys want to be away from humans, and  when they yearn for a friendly touch. My grandson says he knows when they are smiling. That may be true; nurturing children, and animals have many similarities. They both require patients, an ability to look them in the eyes and tell if they feel sick or sad. Horses, like children must know that there are boundaries they can't cross, and forgiveness if they do.  Do you have a story about horse sense that you would like to share?