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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Sophie the Chicken Burglar

Just another day at home... Sophie comes in for a visit....and a little snack.  Notice how Betsy just watches as Sophie enjoys eating doggie dinner...

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Sweet Little Dolls

I have a fear that I could turn into one of those scary doll ladies.  I don't know what it is about them that I just adore.  I only have a few, and am parting with this one, but I search for them all the time on Etsy and Ebay.  Sometimes it's hard to know the reasons something appeals or calls to us.  Myself, I often wonder for me if it's the fact that I feel I missed a lot of my childhood because my mother died when I was young.  Maybe it's the cherished moments with that little doll that was the only one that really understood.
For whatever reason, I know that as a child these toys were like family to me.  I can remember being so innocent that I was so sure she had feelings.  Can't you?  Wasn't that a magical time?  

I guess it is the fondness that draws us back to items from our childhood.  I once had someone tell me at a Flea that we are all there re-purchasing our childhoods.....could be.  
Maybe these sweetly loved dolls are just that.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

The Emperor's New clothes.

Being a woman of middle age....I am beginning to think that the world has gone madd.  It doesn't help that I live in Orange County and happen to love to shop at Fashion Island, when having lunch al fresco means you can admire the parade of women who are sixty (not fooling anyone) and just looking like they are trying desperately to cling to their youth...while pushing their poodle in a stroller and wearing clothes they bought in the teen section.... Sure, I look in the mirror and notice things aren't the way they were 20 years ago.  So I get facials, use sunscreen, wear hats, eat well and try to get my beauty sleep..... I want to grow old gracefully and look good for MY AGE.... like Sally Field, Dianne Keaton..... not look like Barbie gone wrong.
Younger and Younger women are disfiguring themselves because this is becoming the "new look of beauty"  Orange skin, big lips, breasts that don't move, faces without expression.  Who is happy with that?  Whenever I visit small towns like Bend, Oregon (Where I secretly want to live), I think....YEAH!  Real women.  Women with style, grace and natural beauty...Honestly, it is getting to be so silly in California, and I am a true native that when I am 70 will look 70...with class, grace and my own face.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Narrowing it down

I have such a love of vintage.

Before this new endeavor, I designed baby clothing with vintage elements.  My husband always said that if I had my way I would decorate the house like Mary Engelbreit's nursery.   So it was a good outlet for me....thus....I have a lot of things to sell like this little muff for girls.

I also have a huge love of hats.  I wear hats all the time and I guess people are surprised when I don't have one on.  Thus, another passion to share....So Vintage and Hats......bliss!
This shawl was one of my best finds. I was thinking of selling it on my Etsy store...but I do have a vintage fashion section on my new website so I think this will go there.....Isn't it incredible? Bats!  I have never seen any like this.

So while working on my website I am cleaning out a LOT of ephemera and Estate sale items to put on my Etsy store.  

Organization isn't my strongest point.  I'm a little scattered and that's how I work....working at home it's hard to focus on my work if there are dishes, the chicken house needs to be cleaned, dogs to walk, laundry to doesn't get done.  And throw in son's football games and forget about it.  I don't know if any of you have a hard time managing work at home....if so....and you have any suggestions...please feel free to share.  
(Except for the Shawl, these items are in my Etsy store right now --- minus the beautiful blue hat....just sold today.  

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Ready. Set.....Almost Go!

Ok.  Inching closer to the web site launch.   Excited.  Scared.  Feeling like YIKES!!!   I am an INFANT at this.....
Jolia Jewels
Creating your business is bliss and at the same time a little like jumping off a cliff.  Sharing. Creating.  And the hope that what I love you will too!  These are an example of  one of the fun & unique lines I will carry:  Jody  Lyons is a New York Jewelry designer that I found at the L.A. Show and couldn't buy enough of!!!  Just Sayin.. whenever I wear any of her earrings I receive a lot of compliments.  You will too.  Stay tuned......