Today I got this absolutely gorgeous box in the mail from Valentina's Home Brewed:
I had been hearing great things about Valentina's, and imagine my joy! joy! joy! when they asked if I would review their product line. I already feel relaxed and happy and psychically detoxed just looking at the packaging!
The Art Nouveau design just tickled me all shades of pink! It's like it was made especially for me.
What to try first.... decisions, decisions! This is going to be so fun. Stay tuned for my review... I see several loooooong baths in my future!
To start the night, a fanciful, fairy-full tea party:
With delicate tea sandwiches and a floral punch made by Miss Leonna Sapphire:
(all edible, including the flowers!)
As evening falls, the Skitual begins:
(Summer and I are playing the mischief-making fairies)
The Green Man and Green Woman, played by Bluebird and Dylan:
...and at darkness, the double bonfires:
Happy Solstice, everybody!
I have been stashing these two 1930s dresses away for a few years now.... I was waiting for the perfect Fairy Tea Party to wear them to! They are just too delicate and special to wear to any other event. Luckily, my friend Leonna Sapphire DID organize just such a tea party, for Midsummer. (More on that soon!) Here they are, hanging in my window, getting ready for their big Debut:
The green one was for my fairy costume in our little Skitual (yes, that's a pair of wings), and the pink one was for the tea party that preceded it.
The detail work really amazes me:
This pink one comes with a matching short jacket, also semi-sheer:
Just look at those scallops:
And the ruffles!
Wearing these dresses was such a dream... though I had to be waaaaaaaay more careful in them than usual, so as not to tear the paper thin fabric. (I brought another dress for later in the evening, for frolicking by the fire). I can't believe the work and the love that used to go into Fancy Dresses... wearing these feels a bit like time traveling.
It can't be denied that these antique dresses are so much more beautiful than anything modern... and it really makes a girl want more. That could be an expensive habit, for sure- I was extraordinarily lucky to acquire these for just $20 each. I guess I'd better just keep my eyes wide open and hope I can score some more for a reasonable price!
Larkin over at Larkin and Larkin is a real mind-blower. Her designs get more amazing every time I peek into her Etsy shop:
Larkin lives in Providence, Rhode Island, where she sources 90% (!) of her materials from local, family owned and operated businesses. She is a champion of the underdog and an all round fascinating human being.... but you could probably guess that from her work.
Long live the true spirit of Etsy- sisters doing it for themselves!
Spring 2000, getting ready to follow The Cure across the USA on their Dream Tour.
I am saving the money for the trip by working several jobs at a time, including a short stint where I train to be a U.S. Census Interviewer in the evenings:
(from the bug's conversation)
"Boy, this is boring!"
"Yeah, but tonight is fifty bucks for doodling!"
My preferred writing exercise is stream-of-consciousness nonsense poems:
With The Main
The lost wreck of time
Is an incandescent fury
Fluttering pell and mell
Is there a this
A fat hat in the hare
Mary god save us
Not got a care
Jesus jeans and blue collar
Factories puffing smoke
Blue lined prophets
Small down and broke.
Lordy what is this o
What shall we do
When there is no we
No we, no we
I want ta eat my big breakfasts
Holy ranger teenage sneeze
The third world overlooks us
Elder abstract rage
What is this obsession
With the main ?with the main ?with the main?
Don't ask me what the hell it means.
I made this scrapbook in junior high, assembling my memorabilia from elementary school days.
(that's me on the left as a "New Wave Witch" for Halloween in fifth grade)
The Pretty Pony castle served as home base, but when I traveled with my parents, my favorite Pony (Minty, aka the one with a Shamrock on her butt) came with me in an elaborately decorated shoebox).
There is a section in the scrapbook called "The Future" that contains a dozen blank pages. Maybe I should go and fill them in now?
In honor of the full moon, and tomorrow's Venus transit, I want to share some images and music from one of my favorite creatrixes in the Etsy community- the amazing Kimberly Pierson at Mabon Moon Vintage and Gypsyja.
I love how all of her Etsy photos are like little poems unto themselves....
Kimberly is not just abundantly talented in the visual arts, she is a musician as well. You can listen to the ethereal, haunting piano-based tunes of Gypsyja here... and she has a brand new collaborative project, Isslene and Leo, which can he heard here. Check out this surreal, beautiful video for "Transit of Venus":
May Art reign supreme....
My Diary from 1999, when I lived in a 70s Dodge van near the beach in Leucadia, California.
Hello! I'm the owner of the big van parked behind you. I'm in a bit of a bind, because I need to move my van early this evening, but it doesn't have a REVERSE gear. The only way out is forward.
Every collage I made that summer involved images from a fishing catalog that had come to the surf t-shirt shop where I worked. The astronaut card was from a boutique which opened behind the t-shirt shop, run by a psychic from Brazil who liked to brag about smoking pot with with Mazzy Star.
I lived in the van with a dear friend, a healer and artist who also happened to be a former Miss Colorado. We spray painted our names on the side of the van when we moved into it, and we made the tight quarters work by consuming a bottle of red wine every evening as we watched the sunset over the Pacific Ocean. One evening I realized that the band Blondie was a few yards away, watching the sunset with us. I went to grab another bottle of wine, thinking I could break the ice with it, but by the time I got back to the beach, they were gone.