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My daughters and I went to San Diego last weekend with my girlfriend and her daughter. We were staying in Mission Beach, it was a great little getaway!!
Above are some photos from a Luau we attended. Loved this funny guy!! I have mentioned that one of my best friends is Hawaiian and it just happened that she was in Maui when I was in San Diego. It so happens that the hotel that we were staying at holds a luau every weekend so we took the girls. What a fun experience!! The funny thing was that I was texting photos of the luau in San Diego to my girlfriend who was visiting in Maui. It is so wild how technically connected we are these days.
The picture above is of one of my favorite cars. The favoritism comes from the experiences that I have had from owning one. My husband had one when we first got married. He actually totally restored the one that he owned. He loved that car until one day his car got creamed by another car. Those babies are like little tanks! The car was totaled and he walked away with no injuries except a sore back.
The photos below are of my daughter and my friend's daughter, Calli.
The girls wanted me to take pictures of them flying through the air.......................Calli is quite the gymnast and was showing the girls some moves. Although the girls can sometimes display my lack of grace and were flying around like rag dolls. Oh, to be young again, and to not tear your ACL or throw your back out when you fall down. It all looked like pain to me. The grounds of the hotel were beautiful there were lots of beautiful animals on the grounds. I had not seen a black swan before...............
I had to share my pretty breakfast. I swear that was the best mocha that I have had in a very long time. We ate at Cafe' Mono, really cute place and the food was very good.
My usually shy Sophie girl was hamming it up and posing for me......... Bella wanted nothing to do with the camera. Funny how having identical twins works. Their personalities flip flop all the time.
Above Sophie is pretending that she is twins with the duck..........the bottom one is her pretending that she was a stick. Ha ha....
Why is it so much fun to get away?? Even if it is only an hour away. There is no laundry,emails, grocery shopping or food to cook. I sure do miss my flight attendant days! What I would give for a good four day trip now and then.
Its the adventure of discovering something new or tasting something different or watching people on how they behave or dress. Life is such a collection of experiences and what better way to add to your life but to explore.........
Loved the juxtaposition of this house, the garage doors upstairs were so cool.
The tall building is where we stayed it was not fancy but the view was amazing and it was walking distance to Mission beach which was right across the street. The pictures below of the bay were taken from our balcony.
Meanwhile my fourteen year old son was having his own adventure. He flew for the first time by himself to Michigan to surprise my parents. I had my aunts pick him up at the airport and deliver him to my parents. Which just about gave them a heart attack. The boy defiantly has our adventurous spirit about him. I snapped a photo of him before he left for the airport at 4AM. Like Dr Seuss said, "Oh, the places you will go............................".
He had just returned home from a mission trip to Texas with his youth group. Bailey helped convert a standard bathroom to one that would accommodate a wheel chair for a family in a small rural town East of Houston.
I could have rang his neck, he sent me a text just after he had gotten onto the plane," Mom, Mom MOM!!! OMG!! " I did not read the text until after his plane had already taken off, so I could not get a hold of him. I about had a heart attack myself. I had to keep myself calm and watched the news to make sure there wasn't anything crazy going on. When he arrived in PHX for his connection he finally called me to tell me that he was just going to tell me that, Air Force One was across the runway from his plane and that his flight had been delayed for take off because of it. I told him never to send me a message like that again unless it was his last one. Augh!!! Oh, the places you will go!
Well, we have finally heated up here in California after having a very mild summer. I have been spending my last few days cleaning out my art room. While cleaning, I decided to part with a few of my treasured things including a couple of French wedding domes,"Globe de Maree". I purchase one go here. Each one is so unique and simply gorgeous. These beautiful vintage pieces originate in France and were originally used to display a brides headpiece that she would wear on her wedding day. Each symbol represents something different about the bride.
Oak leaves represent longevity of union
Sheaves of wheat represent the gift of life
Rectangular mirrors represent years of engagement
Diamond shaped mirrors represent fertility
Large central mirror represents reflection of the soul
Clusters of grapes represents prosperity
Roses or daisies represents love
Cherries represents protection from bad fortune
Ivy represents attachment to each other
Chestnut tree leaves represents links to others
A close up look at the beautiful original porcelain roses that adorn one of the pieces. Can you believe these delicate pieces have stood the test of time.
The pieces that I am going to be listing are beautiful and very detailed. They are very difficult to come by and both pieces have their original mirrors and velvet. Why am I letting them go, I originally bought them to be used in my book. And I still have several more. The history of these pieces intrigues me and each one is so beautiful. I know that I would be very delighted to find these if I were looking for one.
I fell in love with Klai's art work the moment I laid eyes on it on Jenny's blog months ago. I had met Klai at the Renegade Fair last month and was really intrigued by her individual look. She has such a wonderful spirit and lives a very authentic artistic life. It is really exciting to be around someone so on fire with their art.
Speaking of Jenny, she is offering her first on-line class titled, Crafting my best life. You can purchase it on her blog. I am very excited for her and she is also offering on-line classes on Crescendoh.
I just love vintage toys especially when they are miniature size. I just fell in love with this old metal toy gun when I laid eyes on it. I have connected it to an old button reading IOOF, which stands for "Independent Order Of Odd Fellows". I just love that!!
I have added a Victorian tin type photograph to the backside of this piece. It looks like this dazed and confused man had a few to many the night before and might be wondering why his loaded gun is no longer loaded.
This sweet vintage metal gun has some weight to it. I have mixed it with rhinestones,garnets and sterling silver. This necklace makes a great conversation piece.
This sweet vintage leather change purse is the perfect place to store your thoughts and dreams. Worn around your neck you can always keep your sweet dreams close to you. It hangs from sterling silver chain and mother of pearl beads.
The picture above is of a wonderful long worn leather pouch from France that adorns three wonderful old pins. A goofus glass pin of Niagara Falls and two sweet French medals that have the perfect patina. This also serves as a wonderful place to store your secrets... I have turned these treasures into a bracelet to be worn.
Don't you just wonder what in the world all these people were thinking about when the were getting their photograph taken??? I sure do. Like the lady on the pouch, I love her rosy cheeks and her sour expression. I wonder why she choose to have her hair separated into two pig tails. Or how about the guy who looks like he had tied one on the night before and it is taking everything in him to hold his head up. The quirkier the photo the more interesting it is to me.
I have recently discovered a few more vintage compasses. I have used them in the past on pieces and I personally just love them.
The piece below is one that I am listing and it is very unusual. The compass is set inside of what looks to be a small old tire.On the back side I have placed a wonderful old tin type photo of a lovely lady.
I have mixed this piece with rough large cut herkimer diamonds and pearls . Vintage crosses add even more texture to this piece.
Rubies and Citrine earrings are shown along with a collage bracelet loaded with forgotten finds. A wonderful old French medal finding is the center piece,very hard to find vintage swarovski crystal beads, south sea pearls, garnet gemstones, a vintage religious piece and a beautiful butterfly. A wonderful vintage dog charm dangles from the side of the bracelet. The best part of this bracelet is the magical treasures that are underneath. Victorian tin type photographs and a Disneyland souvenir piece stir up ones imagination.