Republic Day

Sunday, January 31, 2010


"Bharat ke nikame batcho Valentine Day ya Friendship Day hota tou ab tak 50 sms ajata. So wish everyone Happy Republic Day"

This was the text message I got from one of my friends on 26th last month. It may have been written in jest but was pretty thoughtful. Left me wondering, does Republic Day have any meaning as such. I sang the national anthem when the President hoisted the Tricolour, watched the parade. And spent the rest of the day watching India take on Bangladesh. Otherwise it was just another normal holiday for me. Didnt really feel much patriotic ferovr as such.
Just wondering...

Weekend Treasure Hunt


It was cold, damp and rainy on miserable out that sis decided to stay at home and get over her sinus infection.  We have such a grand time running around that normally I would have hung around the house but I find that when the weather is rainy,that is the best kind of day for finding treasure or at least it is for me.  Perhaps it is the fate of a Sea Witch to thrive in a water soaked day so I was off to a few favorite haunts and they did not disappoint.

Fantastic Warwick china Pitcher and Bowl set. 
Nice late Victorian piece and I adore these  in white.

Lovely sterling mirror and brush set from the 1900s, a lovely gold mirror, brush and comb set from the 1950s, a pretty mirror dresser tray with roses along the edge, a cool, vintage iron from the 1950s, and the loveliest little tea pot from the 30s.  I may keep that myself.

How cool is that huge, calabash pipe and then right next to is is a tiny wooden shoe pipe.  Both vintage and still working.  Pretty little Victorian basket, nice pink darner, a rhinestone pin that spells out Paris, a pair of sterling dinner table bells and a vintage 38 special cap gun.

 Pretty vintage photograph in tin frame, lovely dresser set of a powder box and a pair of scent bottles, two books from the 1800's but the real find is a series of french missals and paper items.  I immediately thought of all of those altered artists who adore working with vintage papers and thought how lovely it would be to have some of these sheets. As I looked at them I felt a "giveaway coming on".  Yea, this would be a neat item to put in a giveaway and my honey always says to spread the wealth so look for tomorrow's post regarding this frenchie giveaway.

After cleaning items up and preparing tags, I hauled my treasure to Queen of Hearts and put most of them in my booth.  A quick rotation of stock to make the booth look fresh and I think we are good to go.  Hope you enjoy the photos.

The Victorian water and pitcher set look lovely with the purple tulips.

Moved the silver into the corner cupboard and displayed the green depression glass and vintage china pieces.

 Pretty vintage travel case, and shabby cabbage roses on china.

I love this pretty impressionistic painting in the vintage frame.

 I think the silver looks great in this vintage corner cupboard.  Nice juxtaposition of elegance and comfortable home.

Pink is such a fun color to decorate with.

...and last but not least, that pretty little teapot.  The more I look at it the more I think I want to keep it.  So that was my weekend, I had a wonderful time hunting down treasure.  I will now work on that French giveaway that I "feel coming on" and will post about it tomorrow.  Have a great Monday. Sea Witch

The French Lady


This past fall while doing a show in Chicago we saw one of our fellow dealers sell a dress form that they had stripped of it's fabric and had mod podged. So I made up my mind that the next dress form I came across I would get such a project a try. In addition, I had found a blog site this Fall that had 1000's of free vintage clip art called "The Graphics Fairy". I was interested in doing a project that would let me down load some of this wonderful art work.

A couple of weekends ago we were visiting CJ's sister in southern Michigan. Her sister has a wonderful old house that dates to the 1860's and that has had a dance studio added to the back of the house. In some of the closets are old dance school dresses and costumes. Hiding behind a dress in one closet was a dress form. After a brief conversation I became the owner of the dress form.

When I got home I checked out the site of free clip art and decided to modge podge my dress form with vintage french art work, labels, letters, etc. It took me two nights of work to complete my project but this past week I put my French lady in the mall at Bluedoor. I usually spend my time work in my shop with wood and finishing furniture and other projects. This proved to be a wonderful creative change. It was like doing a jig saw puzzle. Great fun!



Hey Pals,

What should we bake today???

I better teach Hootie that she doesn't want to be inside of the bowl, hehehehe!

Wirey Hugs, Purrz & Licks,
Butchy, Ruby, Sylvester, Scuby & Hootie



"Zoey" is done with lots of black, white and clear Czech glass beads on silver wire.  I made a rather large "centerpiece" and attached chain on each side.  The chain has large round and oval links that are in proportion to the large center piece.  I think this one has kind of a modern "retro" look!

~Today's Quote~

And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count.  It's the life in your years.
~Abraham Lincoln

Happy Federal Territory Day


Tommorow, my friend in Kuala lumpur will be celebrate Federal territory day, happy holiday to them. The Federal Territory (Malay: Wilayah Persekutuan) is a collective of three territories, namely Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Labuan, governed directly by the federal government of Malaysia. Kuala Lumpur is the Malaysian capital, while Putrajaya is Malaysia's administrative capital. All the territories fall under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of the Federal Territories, which was formed under Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi's administration on March 27, 2006.
Kuala Lumpur later achieved city status in 1972, becoming the first settlement in Malaysia to be granted the status after independence. A coin had been produced by Bank Negara Malaysia in 1972 to commemorate the city status. 500,000pcs $1 copper nickel and 500pcs $1 copper nickel proof were minted. This coin obverse show a $1 sign with the year 1972 and the word "penganugerahan taraf bandaraya" (English:award of city status). The coin reverse show the seal of Kuala lumpur and the motto "Maju dan Makmur" (English: Progress and Prosper). The coin weight at 16.50g and have 33.30mm in diameter.

Seal of Kuala Lumpur

The design of the emblem symbolizes the three main features of Kuala Lumpur, namely as:
  • The Center of Government and administration
  • The Center of Commerce
  • The Center of Culture and Learning

  • Abstract design of the Ringgit sign represents commerce.
  • Star crescent of the Malaysia national flag to represent the seat of Government.
  • Structure of an atom over an open book represents culture and learning.

These symbolic elements are contained in the three hexagonal cellular forms at the extremities of the interlocking involute spirals. The cellular forms symbolize the presence of man-made things making environment which are inseparable from the elements of nature as depicted by the involute spirals.

  • The blue resembles the colors of the Malaysian flag
  • The yellow in the segment for commerce
  • The green in the segment for culture and learning signify growth and life, appropriate with our growing and dynamic culture

Photo: Kuala Lumpur from KL Tower

Later, on February 1, 1974, Kuala Lumpur became a Federal Territory. Kuala Lumpur ceased to be the capital of Selangor in 1978 after the city of Shah Alam was declared as the new state capital. On February 1, 2001, Putrajaya was declared a Federal Territory, as well as the seat of the federal government. The administrative and judicial functions of the government were shifted from Kuala Lumpur to Putrajaya. Kuala Lumpur however still retained its legislative function, and remained the home of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
Photo: Petronas Twin Tower

Kuala Lumpur name started started in 1850s, when the Malay Chief of Klang, Raja Abdullah, hired some Chinese labourers to open new and larger tin mines. They landed at the confluence of Sungai Gombak and Sungai Klang (Klang River) to open mines at Ampang. Sungai Gombak was previously known as Sungai Lumpur, which means muddy river. The Original name for this city was "Pengkalan Lumpur", which means bundle of mud. As time passes by the name changed to Kuala Lumpur which literally means “muddy confluence” in Bahasa Melayu.

Source: Wikipedia,

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A note of thanks

Saturday, January 30, 2010


Happy Sunday! I hope you're enjoying your weekend.

Sunday means a new challenge at Magnolia Down Under. The challenges have gone back to being weekly now, instead of every 2 weeks.

For this week's challenge, there is a sketch to follow. And there is also an added theme and colour--make it Girlie and have some Orange on your card.

I'm also using this card for the following challenges:

Cute Card Thursday Challenge 97 - Blooming Gorgeous.

Alphabet Challenge - N is for New. This is a newly acquired stamp for me, although it is from Magnolia's 2008 Autum Collection. She is called Sitting Fall Tilda.

Creative Inspirations Challenge 45 - Feminine.

A Spoon Full of Sugar Challenge 88 - Freestyle.

I've decorated the inside of the card with a thank you message and another Tilda image. This on is called Lazy Summer Tilda from Magnolia's 2009 Lazy Summer Days collection.

This is my last card as a DT for MDUC. Kellie, thanks for giving me the opportunity. I've enjoyed myself tremendously in being part of your team for the past 6 months. And to all the DT members, ladies thanks for putting up with me. Thanks for your support, words of encouragement and the inspirations that you've given me. I'll be popping in every now and then to see what you guys are up to. I'm only a click away.

Thanks for visiting. Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Stamps: Magnolia Sitting Fall Tilda and Lazy Summer Tilda (if you're in North America, they can be purchased from Magnolia-licious), Inkadinkadoo sentiment stamp "thanks for thinking of me".
DP's: Chatterbox Happy Bloom, Scenic Route Paper Co. North Shore Stoked Stripe.
Tools: Martha Stewart hydrangea flower punches, leave punch, butterfly punch, Marvy Uchida Scallop circle punch, Coluzzle circle template.
Misc: Recollections autumn pearls and brads.

Anthropologie goes Cirque!


I was so excited to go to my mailbox today and find the February Anthropologie catalog. Always a treat! I'm going crazy over it since it's a circus theme. I recently blogged about the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas "Cirque" decor, now here it is in Anthropologie, but with apparel. What a brilliant team of people at Anthro. Always in for a surprise and never disappoints!

the catalog cover -- LOVE it!

Looks like stripes are back, and ruffles are here to stay for awhile with these fun tops...

Whimsical shoes with names like, 'Intermission Heels', 'Acrobatic Wedges', and 'Come One Come All', it's sounding like a circus!

Love the "Santa Clara Clutch." Painted ponies spin 'round and 'round atop this slim leather purse, inviting you to store tickets stubs and circus peanuts in its confines.

So stop clowning around and go visit The Greatest Show on Earth at Anthropologie! See the entire line of new arrivals and even flip through the catalog!

photos from Anthropologie

~My Interview with The Old Painted Cottage~


Each month I will be doing a Q & A interview with someone who inspires me. The interviews will be on Websites, Blogs or Boutique shops.

This months interview is with Jennifer, the owner of The Old Painted Cottage. Jennifer has an online boutique with fabulous finds to shop for and she also has a beautiful Blog full of inspiring ideas.


Recently Jennifer and her Husband, Adam completely gutted their home. All of the pictures shown in this post are of their beautiful Cottage 8!

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(Jennifer’s answers are in blue)

1) Can you tell me when you started your website and a little bit about the products that you carry?

I started my website 4 years ago. After selling on eBay for over 8 years, I decided to branch out on my own and set up shop online. The products I carry always vary, as I like to focus mainly on old things, one of a kind objects, and things you just can't turn away from.

2) Do you remember when you first started collecting antiques? And the first piece you bought?

Absolutely. I was about 11 years old, and the first antique I bought was an old wind up clock at a thrift store. The clock didn't work, but I was intrigued with its shape and style, and paid five dollars for it.

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3) Did anyone specific influence you?

I tend to think of myself as a bit of a sponge, soaking up everything around me. While I can't note a specific source of influence, I can be seduced by beautiful things, and things that intrigue me and push me to look outside of myself.

4) Your Cottage8 home has had a lot of publicity, where are some of the places your home has been featured?

When I first featured my home {our little Cottage8} on our blog, there were so many bloggers that reached out to me and shared photos of our home and our story on their blogs. It was incredibly endearing to say the least. Since then, our home has been featured on Design Sponge, Houzz, and Sheffield's School of Interior Design. There is a future project in the works right now, but I have to keep that one under wraps for the time being.

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5) What items are currently inspiring you?

Industrial pieces, dark woods against contrasting whites, unconventional lighting, rustic objects and natural elements.

6) Can you tell me what future projects you are working on and any new things that we can look forward to with your home, website and Blog?

Right now, my living room is getting all my attention. It's the one room that never felt fully pulled together for me, until just recently. Getting all the right pieces on a budget has been the biggest challenge with this project, so it has been a slow pull. But I am incredibly pleased with the outcome so far, and will be posting photos on my blog about our progress with this room.

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Thank you Jennifer, not only for being a good friend, but for sharing all of your amazing talents and continually inspiring me!


To shop for some of the gorgeous finds that Jennifer has available, visit her website:

To read about all of the places that Jennifer has
been featured and to see all of her “before” and “after” Cottage 8 pictures as well as inspiring ideas,
visit her Blog:


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