Friday, November 23, 2012

Christmas....Nostalgic Artifacts Style!

 It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas......

 Now that Thanksgiving is over it's time to turn our undivided attention to my favorite holiday *Christmas!*

And there is no better time to update you on what's going on at Nostalgic Summer's sister shop Nostalgic Artifacts than now!

So here's a pictorial on "Christmas Nostalgic Artifacts Style".......*Enjoy

Large Bottle Brush Tree Music Box

Vintage Brass Skies with Poles Brooch

 Gold Mercury Glass Candles

Christmas Wreath Rhinestone Brooch

Vintage Christmas Cards

 Victorian Era Tin Christmas Tree Candle Clips

These and many other wonderful Christmas items are available at Nostalgic Artifacts


I hope you enjoy the Holiday season as much as I....and remember to "Shop Small Business" this holiday season!


"Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas." - Peg Bracken 




Saturday, November 17, 2012

A Few Of My TAG Favorite Things......

It's time for another installment of "My Favorite Things", and this time I'm introducing you to some very talented artists from The Artisan Group.

I joined The Artisan Group (TAG) about a year age, and am amazed and impressed by the energy and talent that is TAG.

TAG's mission is "to introduce Hollywood to the best of the handcrafted movement. We do this by providing owners of artisan businesses the chance to introduce their products to celebrities, industry leaders and members of the press through participation in major award show gift lounges." 
 And our leader, Valerie Propst Guerrero does a tireless job of fulfilling this mission.

So here are a few of my favorites from this great group:

 Love the Carnival photos by Maleah Torney. Check out her Etsy Shop.

Who doesn't love a monkey hat? This one is from Christa of Makinitmama.

And these recycled book page flowers from Kelly Mitchell of TheWriteStuffDesign just make me smile! :-)

Don't forget to order custom invites for your holiday parties! I love the selection at PalmBeachParties.

It's a very cold winter here in the north and this wonderful White Chunky Cowl by Sandee of Sandeeknits may have my name on it!

I hope you will check out these and all the other great TAG shops on Etsy......and remember to shop small business this holiday season!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Pickin' Oklahoma Style....

"Oklahoma, where the wind comes sweepin' down the plain
And the wavin' wheat can sure smell sweet
When the wind comes right behind the rain."


My brother and sister-in-law moved to Oklahoma a few months ago and last week my mom and I went for a visit. It was a perfect long weekend, we relaxed by the pool, ate way to much and I talked them into doing a bit of antiquing

 Here is our tour guide, my brother George, at the entrance to one of the great shops Oklahoma has to offer.
And here's what we found inside!
 Believe me I was drooling!  
And to make it even more interesting the woman who owns and sells all this great  vintage jewelry is the woman George and Jean (sis-in-law) bought their house from!
(You know I asked if she left any boxes behind!)
Here is another sweet little shop we visited:
  Friday night my sweet niece Kristin and nephew Brian (AKA: FGS) came over from Arkansas for the weekend.
We visited the Oklahoma City National Memorial.
   I was impressed, moved and humbled by the love, care and detail that went into this beautiful remembrance of 
"those who were killed, those who survived and those changed forever." 
Check out The Oklahoma City National Memorial here

 Stay tuned for....."Pickin' Oklahoma Part Two"  
I'll show you all the goodies I found, and what I've done with them!


Thursday, November 8, 2012

Happy Birthday.....November!

"November comes, And November goes,
With the last red berries, And the first white snows."

 ~ Elizabeth Coatsworth 

 A little birthstone history, fact, lore and legend.

If you were born in November you are unique and brilliant, careful and cautious, you are a dynamic personality who is determined, inquisitive and you know how to keep secrets.

 The Chrysanthemum is your birth flower, it is one of the most honored flowers in Asia. In Japan chrysanthemums, called "kikus", are exchanged between friends as a symbol of the virtue and incomparable value of their friendship.

Your birth color is claret red and like you it is Intense, Passionate and Transforming!
 November's traditional birthstone is the citrine. It is believed to promote happiness and be useful against depression. Citrine is known as the "healing quartz". This golden gemstone is said to support vitality and health while encouraging and guiding hope, energy and warmth within the wearer. 

The modern birthstone for November is the topaz. Courage, fidelity, wisdom and serenity are the characteristics of the Topaz. These gems are associated with mental clarity and focus and many believe that those who wear them will experience a reduction in mood swings and worries.

Here are a few famous people the share your November birthday: Sean "Diddy" Combs, Sally Field, Bonnie Raitt, Lou Ferrigno, Leonardo DiCaprio, and our own Nostalgic Summer Model...GG!

 Happy Birthday November, Happy Birthday GG and Happy Thanksgiving everyone!