Things I Love!


So have I mentioned how much I love pashminas? Hmm, probably so and if you know me at all, you know that I have a slight obsession with pashminas, scarves, and other textiles that wrap around your neck. I just love them and I just so happened to find the new love of my life. Yep, a Zara scarf. Sad that it is $65/£40, but a girl can dream can’t she?

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So I mentioned earlier that last weekend, my language teacher introduced me to the work of several artists. The second one is Sadika Keskes. She is a glass blower, trained in Fine Arts in Tunis, then in Venice. Her artwork takes the shape of lamps and ornate chandeliers, colored flagstones, vases, glasses, and other stem ware. My favorite are the pyramid wall lights or the garden lights. This makes me want to have a garden so I can put these lights in it. Anyway, enjoy the beauty!

 

 

Over my first weekend in Tunisia, I was introduced to the artwork of several artists. I’ll share over the next few days the treasures I’ve found! The first one is Nja Mahdaoui. He uses Arabic calligraphy with geometric patterns to create beautiful pieces of art. They are uniquely Tunisian and exquisitely beautiful! His art finds itself on canvas, parchment, and even Gulf Air airplanes!

 

The Vault

This afternoon, I had one of those moments were I lean forward, close my eyes, and think, “Hmmm, I really love living in England. This is a perfect and just what I needed.”

My blissful thoughts came from curling up at a little corner table in the Vault and Garden Cafe at the University Church of St. Mary the Virgin with a steaming cup of tea and a warm scone topped with butter and strawberry jam. Afternoon cream tea is quintessentially British as was the gray, chilly afternoon, but the few moments stolen from a day of reading were perfect. It is days and instances like these where I know I am just where I need to be and doing exactly what I need to be doing. I love my life.

While wandering through Plymouth, I popped into a gallery to look at some prints and discovered Emma Purdie, a local textile artist. Her bags, purses, cushions, and buttons are fabulous. I love them. Sadly, she does not have any shops in Oxfordshire, but I thought I would share the fun anyways!!

Emma Purdie's Cushions

My dad is a plumeria farmer. Yes, a plumeria tree grower (among other things). Somewhere around 1998, my family vacationed in Hawaii and we purchased two plumeria trees due to their beauty, fragrance, and ability to grow in our coastal climate. Since then, my father has taken broken and pruned limbs and rooted them. They are beautiful, there are just nine of them. One died this winter and my sister took one, so my dad cares for seven trees with plans to grow more. In honor of my dad and my love of the plumeria – it is one of my favorite flowers – I am documenting the plumeria.

Continuing the theme of posting a few of my favorite things, here is a painting by Georgia O’Keeffe. It is an oil on canvas of a Canna lily.

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