Monday, February 25, 2008

SPRING IS HERE...At Least At Our House!

I had so many request over the past couple of months to show more photos of how I decorate my home for the holidays. I normally do not do foofy decorating, more color schemed with keeping the event in mind. I am SO ready for Spring this year! The winter here in Utah has been super long and snowy! We have had our lawn covered in 1 foot of snow for what seems like ages now. It just keeps coming and never leaves. So I figured if I couldn't have GREEN grass and Spring outdoors I would recreate the feel of it inside. This is also great as it is just in time for our huge St. Patricks Day Party that we host annually with Family & Friends. And last but not least Green is my Daughters Favorite color...Since she was tiny and just able to talk she was instantly attracted to Green! It is still her favorite color and I am sure always will be!
"Mine is Purple, always has been, always will be!"
I tried to decorate this green & yellow themed table with items that are easily available and found at your local shops in each state. The above set of 6 mugs & 6 Goblets are from Anthropologie and I believe can be ordered online. I also purchased the two table embroidered centerpieces, cotton embroidered napkins, and green finger bowls there as well!
The green Pitcher & adorable Daisy themed plates are from Target as well as the mercury glass Apple & Pear Vases. You can get the greenery and flower from Joann's Fabrics, or anyplace that carried silk flowers. The lemons were brought in fresh for me from a friend from Arizona right off his tree...
"Lemons are my favorite food! Always have been, always will be!"

It is feeling like a Green Spring Already...I can't wait to see my Tulips in Bloom!

Alys

Saturday, February 23, 2008

The S-W-E-E-T Life...In the Valley

Thanks so much to April Atwater for featuring me this week on her blog "Sweet Life in the Valley" It is a Utah County blog that features artist and designers on a weekly basis. She also writes reviews on all the fun products that we ladies love! She wrote up a review of both my A Bit of Paris 2 U & Paris Couture Antiques websites! I am flattered at all the Sweet things she had to say about me!
Do stop by her blog and enter to win the free pair of Hip & Funky Vintage Revamped Earrings pictured above. She is giving these away in her weekly give away. It is open to anyone nationwide so don't miss your chance! You have until midnight Thursday February 28th to enter this giveaway!

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

The Art of Silhouette Cutting

I have long adored the art of Silhouette Cutting. I recall from a very young age going to disneyland and sitting very still while the silhouette artist cut out my profile in a matter of minutes. I was so amazed at the striking attention to detail, and truly how much it looked just like me. My mother has hung those family silhouettes in her hallway, and I always love looking at them.
I thought it would be fun to include a bit of history and how to's so that you can try out this wonderful art with your own family and friends.
During the Regency, Candles, the primary form of artificial light available, were not only utilitarian, They also provided a source of evening entertainment. A candle brought close to a person’s profile could cast a shadow on a piece of paper attached to the wall that might be drawn around and blacked in with lampblack or gauche resulting in a silhouette. In those days before photography, a silhouette provided a simple and inexpensive way of taking someone’s likeness. Because anyone could create a silhouette, their making became a popular party activity in the 18th and 19th century. Jane Austen did not portray this activity in her books but silhouettes of Austen family members exist. The term "silhouette" derived from the name of Etienne de Silhouette (1709-1767), a Frenchman who was a finance minister to Louis XV. Etienne de Silhouette, though not the originator of this type of tracing, became synonymous with the art form because of his ability to create elaborate pieces. The English called them "shades." Making silhouettes was a favorite pastime at the court of George III. The King loved to throw shade parties. In 1775, Mrs. Samuel Harrington invented the pantograph. This mechanical device could be used to enlarging or reduce the size of a drawing. A silhouette, normally made life size, could be reduced to a smaller size using the pantograph. These miniature silhouettes were extremely popular because they could be used in jewelry such as lockets and cameos.
How to Cut a Silhouette
  1. Hang a large piece of white paper on the wall of a darkened room.
  2. Have a person sit in front of the paper.
  3. Shine a desk lamp at the person to create a defined shadow on the paper.
  4. Have the sitter turn sideways so that the shadow is a profile. Tell him or her to sit very still.
  5. Use a pencil to draw an outline of the sitter's head, neck and the top of his or her shoulders.
  6. Use a copy machine to reduce the drawing to the size you want.
  7. Use a glue stick to fasten the copy to a sheet of black paper.
  8. Cut around the outline.
  9. Pull the white paper off the black one, flip the black one over and stick it on the front of a blank greeting card or on a sheet of light-colored paper.

Tips:If you use a halogen floor lamp, you can get very sharp detail. The closer to the person you set the lamp, the smaller and more defined the silhouette will be.

I would love to see the silhouettes that you make!

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Happy Valentines Day



WE WISH YOU A HAPPY VALENTINES DAY FILLED LOVE & LAUGHTER WITH FAMILY & FRIENDS