Saturday, December 4, 2010

The little princess

One of my biggest joys is observing my kids as they grow up. Our little Isabel is a delight to watch! One day she is wearing her hand me down Superman shirt from her older brother with a necklace and the next she is all decked out in her prettiest dress and accessories.  Isabel likes anything with sparkles, she is always going into my jewelry box to wear my rings and necklaces, finding sparkling gems in my art box and looking for the newest pretty item in the shop. As soon as she saw the wands that Mack & Momma made, she had found her favorite princess accessory.   
My favorite new items are these creations by d.Sharp. The incredible "vintage word box" and "yule log letterpress container" are perfectly assembled. Forget wrapping anything yourself she has done all the hard work.

I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. ~Charles Dickens

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Sunday, November 28, 2010

Magpie Ethel's Christmas Wreath

I love to layer when I design and merchandise so for this Christmas as we bring in new creations from local artists it is a natural process to layer it on day by day to produce a rich Christmas presentation.
This spectacular Magpie Ethel Wreath made from vintage glass ornaments. Three just arrived, each on very unique from one another. 

Paper is one of my many weaknesses! Oh My Cavalier dropped off a few of her best sellers, Mechanical Animals. Each package contains 6 different animals that you cut out and pin the movable legs on. What a cute mobile it would make or to spruce up a packaged gift!

The Withies always has inspirational gifts that are beautiful and small treats. This ornament is no exception. Filled with silver beads and an inspirational note inside, who wouldn't love the simplicity of this ornament that would compliment any tree.

Joyeux Noel

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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Christmas 2010

    Lady Isabel is another creation by our good friend Kathy. She looks out our shop window and greets the passers-by with her beautiful smile.
Every week we will have a new artist bringing in new beautiful Christmas items, jewelry and gifts.

Gift cards embellished with jewels by The Withies.

One of our favorites - a Scoop of Pearls.

Local artist, Oh My Cavalier badges. We also have her notebooks and just delivered mobile animals which are great gift for children and adults!!
Antique iron box draped in vintage glass bead garland.
Our pink feather Christmas tree full of vintage glass ornaments.

Turquoise blue trees and blue ornaments fill a vintage birdbath. Unusual twig wreaths and sweet smelling paper whites.

Happy shopping!!

Thea's Interiors

Friday, October 15, 2010

Locally made gifts

I always wished that I could paint beautiful images that popped into my head, or throw that vase or bowl that would later be used on our dining table. I wish I could sew even a straight line, but these are not going to happen in the next year so I have done my shopping for some of the best artist in Portland that can do everything I can't.
This is a little sampling of what is new in Thea's Interiors
Hadley Hutton"Flowers on the..." 8x10  print

Hadley Hutton "Heron" 5x7 print framed

Hadley Hutton "Feeding the birds" card

Appetite 16x16 yellow with 2 grey Hens & Chicks printed pillow

Appetite grey and red pot holders

Appetite 16x72 orange linen with creme floral print runner

Appetite green ferns on white dishtowels

DS Watkins woven wall hanging "5 Star" 10x10

DS Watkins woven wall hanging "d" 11x11

Pigeon Toe handmade ceramics

Pigeon Toe ceramics "Folded salt and pepper bowl" 
Pigeon Toe ceramics "3 leg bowl"

Pigeon Toe ceramics "Kerr votive"

May creativity never die!

Theas Interiors

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Halloween is here!

I woke up this morning to a chilly bedroom and a wool blanket thrown over my bed. "It must be fall",  I said to myself  but I have to say I wasn't as excited about it as I usually am.  This summer proved to be short and not so sweet. Our yard never received the thorough clean up it should have, my kids didn't get to play outside like they normally do and I never had that BBQ party!
What is exciting is that the holidays are just around the corner and this year I had a good jump on Halloween as you can see from all the great hand made products we just brought in.
Kathy created a very inspiring ball gown made from a black velvet dress embellished with Victorian lace and feathers at the base. 

Our inside window is dripping with moss, vintage cloths and odds & ends.

Handmade pillows from Appetite and Vintage Trifles.

Martha Kohley from Vintage Trifles brought in a wonderful collection of Halloween creations. We have hand-glittered pumpkins and vintage photos embellished with hand cut paper hats and masks.

I love these creations from Tinsel Trading these delightful boxes called "Emporium Kits" are full of wonderful trinkets to make cards ornaments and whatever else you can think of.
Are these your family members? What fun they must have been!

More Vintage Trifles' whimsical creations!

Martha Kohley's one of a kind "Witch figure with broom" .....

"Witch figure on white pumpkin" and "Baby on pumpkin" are even more amazing close up as they are in the picture.

Wendy Addison's "Nevermore" Crow
We have several Wendy Addison black glitter pieces, crows, bats and black cats!

She is ready for a fun evening in her Halloween paper tiara.

Christine Marie Studio jewelry inspired by Halloween.

Halloween garland made from canning jar tops by Martha Kohley

Wicked as ever!!

Thea's Interiors Halloween window with colorful and creepy costumes in a melange of Halloween treats!

Trick or Treat?

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Monday, October 4, 2010

October First Thursday Pearl Art Walk

DS Watkins
Joanne Kollman

Artist Reception during the Pearl's First Thursday Art Walk
October 7th
6-9 pm
Food & Wine.
Painter Joanne Kollman has created this show of landscapes
painted on location, En Plein Air, around Oregon and Washington.

Joanne Kollman

Book artist DS Watkins most recently has been exploring found
object collage with original poetry and will be showing her work.

DS Watkins

Thursday, September 30, 2010

New York

It has been a couple of weeks since I have been back from my stay in NYC and Massachusetts, it always takes a bit to process everything that I have seen and done while in a different city. My third time around is no different. I can easily describe my stay this time as relaxing, entertaining, enlightening and full of crazy fun! (I somehow luckily missed the bed bug infestation that hit Brooklyn and is now in Manhattan)

My first day in NY, Yorie and I walked around Brooklyn and viewed the cityscape, old apartments and picked up sea glass on a small beach (for future jewelry making!?)
The purpose of my trip to NY was to catch up with Yorie's and Rachael's lives, make a few fun antique purchases and visit just a couple of amazing old cemeteries. I found some great ones to photograph like the legendary Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, large, hilly and a little creepy but lovely just the same.  Green-Wood Cemetery, in the heart of Brooklyn was beautiful with its large Gothic arch entrance and unusual tombs.
I am standing on the bridge that the Headless Horseman of Washington Irving's great tale of Ichabod Crane, rode his horse (not really, actually, the bridge once stood about 200 feet away) We enjoyed our lunch sitting on rocks in the stream below.
Washington Irving

I took a 2 day trip to Amherst to visit my friend Rachael and her lovely family who all dwell comfortably in a 150 + year old farm house on 5 acres.  I took a liking to the Amherst area, it is a lot like Portland in many ways.   I got to visit Emily Dickinson's home and her family cemetery. If you like small museums then you should visit this one. I wish I had more time to stay in Amherst, there are a lot of antiques to buy there and it is a beautiful city with so much history. I can't wait to go back and visit Rachael again!

I arrived back in Manhattan much rested and ready for adventure. We listened to jazz music in Harlem (after spending over an hour extra on the subway because we were talking so much we missed 3 different stops)
We saw a wonderful play in Brooklyn, "What the Butler Saw", and listened to Lake Simon sing beautiful original songs with her partner playing guitar and the harmonica. Lake Simon is a professional puppeteer from Brooklyn (pictured at right)
St. Nick's in Harlem.

My Birthday Cake!

Changing of the guard at the memorial.

On September 11th, I went down to Ground Zero to see the memorial. I didn't go in the morning as I knew there would be a lot more people than I could meander through. I arrived at around 4pm and there was still a large crowd of both visitors and trouble makers.  I paid my respects  to the victims and viewed the construction before I headed back to Brooklyn.

Eating my cake and tea on the rooftop.
The number 6!
Hell's Kitchen Flea, I found old ironstone, letters, signs and a great 1950's ivory colored coat. I liked this flea market, it had a great view of the city and the vendors were so very nice. Everyone I talked to had either heard so many great things about Portland or had spent a lot of time here and loved it.
I had been to the Chelsea Fleamarket before and I was pleased to see that it was still the same. The indoors section in the garage is the best part, better dealers and some great antiques.
I loved these little people but for $700 I knew I would have to wait.

In my past life I must have been an antique dealer! Either that or an archaeologist,
 I can't get enough of old junk and the charm of imagining who once owned it! 

The NYC flea markets are a lot of fun. I found enough to bring back and not break my back doing it. I loved these old cameras and I would have brought one home in a minute if I couldn't get his business card!  I picked up old clock hands, tin type photographs, lots of old letters from bronze to aluminum and lots in between. I am kicking myself for not bringing back a few items I just couldn't make my mind up about but there is always next time.
Tinsel Trading

Ah, Tinsel Trading. What a delight!  Sara was a lot of help showing me the Christmas creations that I will be receiving in November. I was so delighted to see all the girls who work on the floor also putting together Wendy Addison's beautiful creations. I am so excited and I hope I put my Halloween order in on time.
Good bye for now, until next time NY and Yorie!

Thea's Interiors