Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Put a crown on it

Cross-posted from carriejordanstudio.com.

Every girl deserves to feel like a princess...Making a flower or feather crown is a fun way to celebrate the last parts of summer!











Saturday, August 4, 2012

Books to feed your mind and decorate your home

Photo: A classic and unrivaled work by America's preeminent historian Francis Parkman. Fine leather bindings for the distinguished private library. 
The Book of One Thousand and One Nights. Stories by various authors. Translated from the original Arabic by John Payne. Khorassan Edition (Limited to 500 copies. Number 260 out of 500). London. 1901. 15 volume set complete. Illustrated with gravure plates throughout. The Book of One Thousand and One Nights is a collection of Middle Eastern and South Asian stories and folk tales compiled in Arabic during the Islamic Golden Age. It is often known in English as the Arabian Nights. Stories were collected over many centuries by various authors, translators and scholars across the Middle East, Central Asia and North Africa. The tales themselves trace their roots back to ancient and medieval Arabic, Persian, Indian, Turkish, Egyptian and Mesopotamian folklore and literature. Many tales were originally folk stories from the Caliphate era. 

Queen of the Meadow

Cross-posted from carriejordanstudio.com.
A couple of weeks ago, I was totally out of facial moisturizer. In a dry desert climate, that is a very bad thing! I searched around at Whole Foods to try and find something natural, but everything was $50 or not up to my standards. Later at the Boulder Farmer's Market, I came across a fairy lady from Switzerland who now lives in Fort Collins, CO. She is Queen of the Meadow
Photos from queenofthemeadow.com
I bought this amazing night lotion (no SPF) which is made totally of natural oils and for only $15. The oil is so light and hydrating, not at all sticky or thick. It is also: 
  • anti-aging
  • non-sticky
  • light oils
  • fast absorbing
  • nourishing and hydrating for your skin
  • renews complexion 
  • maintains healthy cells
  • high in essential fatty acids
Queen of the Meadow is a family business in Fort Collins, CO that creates all natural, organic hair and body care products. The ingredients for their products are wild gathered or organically grown and they even give you $1 off your next purchase if you refill your glass bottle instead of recyle or throw it away. 
What a beautiful way to live and work. I highly recommend these products!

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Beads, Beads, Beads...


Vintage "Dutch Tomato" trade bead necklace; Beads are about 200 years old. The beads were originally manufactured in Venice, Italy on the magic Island of Murano which sits right off the Venetian harbor. Most Venetian trade beads were made there, and eventually ended up in Africa, South East Asia, and North and South America through the trade routes of the great Venetian navigators and merchants. Dutch Tomato beads are a type of seed bead that were traded a lot during the African slave trade, and served as one of the earliest forms of trade currency in that region. The indigenous people of sub-Saharan Africa and elsewhere, Including Native Americans, placed a high intrinsic value on these tomato beads.  These beads were highly sought after in Africa where beads and other colorful decorative items were truly valued.  The Dutch Tomato beads were largely traded in Ethiopia where most of these beads are found today. They get their name from their color and shape and their brilliant semi- translucence. These glass beads, they have an irregular rounded shape with a brilliant luminescent shade of red. The glass beads measure roughly 5/8 inch long by 1/2 in width at center: The bead strand measures 21 inches of actual beads. There are 36 total beads which are all in good condition with no cracks. Some pitting to glass and a well worn and polished patina.  



 Vintage Venetian "American Flag" Red, White and Blues Trade Bead Necklace. A beautiful strand of 59 "American Flag" beads, manufactured in Venice during the first or second quarter of the 19th century.  Beads measure roughly 1/2 inch each and the total beaded part of the strand measures 26 inches, with 2 inches of exposed raffia at the clasp end. The strand weighs roughly 9 ounces.The Red, White, and Blue, Venetian beads were traded extensively in Africa throughout the nineteenth century, where they were truly valued by many different indigenous tribes. These "American Flag" beads were traded mostly in Sub-Saharan African countries. Venetian beads were used as a trading currency in Africa up until Colonial times when Western European currencies eventually displaced local currencies.  Today, antique Venetian beads are still rare and valuable, but are mostly collected by Westerners who value their high level of craftsmanship, beauty and scarcity.  Each bead is hand-made and unique. This strand is in good shape with moderate wear and a nice vintage patina from years of wear.

Vintage banded agate trade bead necklace. A beautiful strand of  16 beads. Each bead measures roughly 1 1/4 inches.  Beaded part of the strand measures 22 inches total with 4 inches of wrapped cotton at clasp end of the necklace. Probably mined and hand cut in Egypt in the last quarter of the 19th century, or at the beginning of the 20th century. The strand weighs roughly 3 1/2 ounces.  Banded agate trade beads were traded extensively throughout Africa, where they were truly valued and prized by many different indigenous peoples, beginning with the Ancient Egyptians who prized banded agate above many other precious and semi-precious stones. These semi-precious stone beads were traded mostly in Sub-Saharan African countries. Trade beads were used as a trading currency in Africa up until Colonial times when Western European currencies eventually displaced local currencies.  Today, antique trade beads are still rare and valuable, but are mostly collected by Westerners who value their high level of craftsmanship, beauty and scarcity.  Each bead is hand-made and unique. This strand is in good shape with moderate wear, a few hairline cracks, and a nice vintage patina from years of wear. Please contact daisyponcho@gmail.com if you have any questions or would like to purchase one of these beautiful strands of vintage trade beads.