Monday, November 26, 2012

Changeable Charlie

Thank you everyone for your wonderful support and encouragement of my new shop!!!  I truly appreciate all of the great comments, emails and messages on Facebook that I've received!  A special thanks to Grace of Sense and Simplicity who has been an invaluable eagle eye at helping me tweak the site...thank you so much!

I did receive a few questions too, like is all of the artwork ready to hang?...and the answer is YES!  Each piece is gallery wrapped onto a 1 1/2 inch kiln dried stretcher bar, some images have mirrored sides (where the image continues to wrap around the edge), while others have a solid edge in a complimentary color.  Then each piece is paper backed to prevent dust from gathering on the back of the picture, and a wire hanger is attached so that it is ready to hang on your wall just as soon as your package arrives and you take it out of the box!

Ok, so now about me and my Changeable Charlie'ness.  Some of you may have noticed that I put a holiday header at the top of my blog yesterday.  It was the image above and it's of a new piece of artwork I have for sale in my new store.  I love the little bluebird surrounded by holly, and the traditional reds and greens, but I decided I wasn't happy with it as my header after all, so I made a change.

Mr. Tide was kind enough to bring in a few of the holiday tubs from the garage yesterday and I began looking through them this morning to see what my decorating theme would be this year.  Because I'm so changeable, I like to switch things up from year to year, using different colors, or whatever strikes my fancy.

This year, because I've been so busy of late, I was kind of floundering as to which way I should go, especially in my living room and dining room.  But when I opened one of the bins, I was pleasantly surprised at what I found.

When our son moved out and into the rental property he is sharing with his sister, I came across some old Christmas ornaments in the garage that had belonged to the previous owner...our 100+ year old neighbor George.  His son and daughter in law were getting rid of the items they no longer wanted or needed and so I poked around to see what I could buy before they took things to the donation place in town.

I ended up purchasing a wonderful old typewriter that George had used during his adventures in India and the other wonderful places he called home during his very full life.  The typewriter now sits in the big black cabinet in my dining room, along with a collection of vintage cameras.  Some day I will take a few photos of that cabinet to share with all of you.

But the other big score I found in the garage was a collection of old vintage Christmas ornaments.  They were a hodgepodge of old glass ornaments in shades of aqua, silver, gold, but mostly pink!  I fell in love with them instantly and could just imagine George and his wife lovingly decorating their tree with them for the many years they were together.

In true Changeable Charlie form, I had to play around with the angle of this one beautiful ornament that says Merry Christmas, so I took 2 different shots of it in the teacup.  Truth be told I took 3 shots, but these are the two I liked the best! ;-)

Because my roses haven't gotten the memo yet that it's nearly Christmas and they should be fast asleep, I went outside and gathered up a few to put in a vase.  Then I grabbed a couple ironstone platters, plunked the vase of roses on it and began scattering the beautiful pink and silver ornaments on top a lovely and festive centerpiece for my dining room table.  I also used an old bedspread that had belonged to my grandmother as the tablecloth.

The roses will fade long before the holidays hit of course, but for now I am loving the look.  And I can always get store bought roses if I want to keep this look going all the way through Christmas...can you ever have too many flowers in your house?!   And the answer is...heck no!

So there you have it, my long winded explanation as to why my header is now all pink and sparkly...because I am a consummate Changeable Charlie!

And it's kind of getting me in the mood for not only the holidays, but also my trip to Paris!  Yup, it's official, we are going to Paris next month and I can't wait.  I can't even fathom the idea of being in the City of Lights during one of the most festive times of the year.  Of course I'll be snapping pictures left and right while Mr. Tide is busy working (poor guy), and maybe when I get home I will be completely rethinking my idea of Christmas decor altogether...we'll see!

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  1. Well your new header is beautiful! And good luck on your new venture.

  2. Kat, Christmas in doesn't get any better than that. I am green with envy! The vintage ornaments create a beautiful vignette.

  3. The best . . . love, love, love the pink, the chenille, the roses. Oh my. . . did I say I love this! I have quite a collection of glass balls, not as lovely as all those in pink. Although I do have some in the light teal color.
    Ideas are streaming through my head . . .

  4. Congrats on the shop opening, Kat!! Your header and all of the photos are FABULOUS! SO glad you get to go to Paris!

  5. I love all of these photos of the ornaments! Oh and hey.. I just purchased an old typewriter last week.. Have photos and need to blog about it, but other subjects seem to get in the way of it lately... Can't wait to see your typewriter too!

  6. You are too sweet Kat. I love the new photos too. What great vintage ornaments you stumbled upon and what a wonderful reminder of your neighbour. Is he the one with the SUPER well trained dog that you showed the video of?

  7. Changeable Charlie or Klassy Kat...take your pick. They both fit.
    Love the pink, but right about now you can tint me green. Paris? Just call me Kermit.

  8. Kat-- your new header is gorgeous-- love the pinks and reds and vintage ornaments!! Your camera eye is amazing!

  9. Oh my, I've missed a lot
    while I was out of town!
    Checking out your shop,
    next; congratulations!!!

    Love this mix, Charlie.
    Change is GOOD : )

    Love & Hugs,

  10. I'm loving these vintage ornaments! My roses are still pumping out the flowers, too. Most years, they are finished by this time. This year, I could have made an arrangement for the Thanksgiving table, if I were so inclined (which I wasn't). I don't remember EVER having roses in a vase on the kitchen windowsill in December. It's my goal.

    Speaking of kitchen windows, take a photo of yours and send it to me for my kitchen window post next week. I know it has to be wonderful with the fall views onto your creek!

  11. Oh my goodness Kat everything is so gorgeous. And I'm so excited for your upcoming trip to Paris. I too am wondering how that trip will influence your Christmas decor. I always look forward to seeing what you come up with each Christmas! xo

  12. I'm slow to read my back posts, but when I saw yours with those gorgeous ornaments, I've stopped and just drooled! I can't walk past antique pink ornaments, and you have quite a collection. Have a fun trip! Cannot wait to see the pictures!!!

  13. The Christmas ornaments are fabulous... I love that they were still in such great shape.... Love them on chenille.... So pretty!
    Merry Christmas*
    Casual Loves Elegance

  14. Fabulous pics. Oh, I want to be able to make pictures like yours! I have a long way to go.

    Can't wait to see your other pics of Paris, my favorite city. Haven't been there at Christmas. I know it was great. We walked until we dropped too! Not sure I could handle the cold.


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