MERRY TREECEMBER!

Alright, how has December, Christmas, almost freaking 2018 crept up so silently?! Any of you all prepared? If so, please come over and help me. Please. I will pay you. I just baked cookies. Tempted?

Gonna send out a few Christmas ideas these next few days in case you are like me and um, completely unprepared for Christmas. So keep checking the blog and I hope to have something that tickles your fancy. I absolutely love LOVE this gift. Save the world, you know, is one of my favorite themes. And trees, I love trees. There is this oak tree over one thousand years old close to our home in Germany and I’m always in awe. Plus the 800 year old olive tree in Palma with a witches face.

olive palma

Trees help clean the air we breathe, clean the water we drink, provide habitat to over 80%+ of the World’s biodiversity, provide jobs to over 1.6 billion people on this planet, provide health in so many ways (1/4 medicines we take come from trees & plants) and trees absorb carbon from our atmosphere.

One Tree Planted is a non-profit charity/reforestation project that plants trees around the world (North America, Asia, Africa, South America and wildfire areas). One dollar = one tree, you choose your area and minimum donation is $12. You can get involved by donating or fund raising or even becoming a tree ambassador. So you can do all that but how does that work with Christmas? For $20 you can have 20 trees planted in the recipient’s name and they also receive a digital tree certificate. And if you spend $50 they will send the certificate in the mail with a t-shirt.

Pretty cool, huh? For your favorite hipsters, tree huggers and all ages. They are so gorgeous. Just like you. Mwuah.

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Thankful and Grateful

Happy Thanksgiving! Gosh I am so grateful for so much. I’m always surrounded by an amazing amount of love and support from Felix, my family, my friends; and grateful for a happy and healthy life. I get to be here this year in the states to celebrate turkey day with my parents, uncles and aunt. And tomorrow is Dad’s 75th birthday, so pretty much a celebration lasting through the weekend. Happiness and drinks all around!

And I got to enjoy one of my favorite Thanksgiving traditions – the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. But darn it, I missed Gwen Stefani’s performance. Oh well, I got to see SpongeBob.

Enjoy that turkey or fish or cranberries or stuffing, whatever is your favorite. Don’t forget the extra gravy. Big hugs to you and yours this Thanksgiving. #sothankful

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Fritz’s Jazz Bar – NOLA

Hello there.

Just sitting here in Phoenix, AZ sweating my face off in lovely 100° weather, trying to recover from my weekend in New Orleans. We pretty much hit every spot to be hit so keep tuned. But wanted to share this video of Mike Fulton & John Royen from Fritzel’s Jazz Club on Bourbon St. It’s always a favorite place of mine for some most excellent jazz.

You know what I say – Turn it up!

Happy National Wine Day!

Salut! Cheers! Prost! Sláinte! Drink Up ….

But really, like we need a day to celebrate wine. Amiright??? Wine is such a popular drink/beverage/lifestyle/roughnightmorningcocktail that it is an extremely popular theme on all the products I sell.

As always, thanks for stopping by!

this could be wine
This could be wine

book club
My book club only reads wine labels

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Winesday Briefs

this might be wine

This Might Be Wine Travel Mug

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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Mother’s Day is May 14th. Haven’t found that perfect thing for Mom yet? Never fear, I have some great ideas for you. Or sometimes just a phone call or a hug in person is the best gift she could receive. Thanks Moms for all you do!

mothers day gifts

Here’s where to find these fantastic gifts.

  1. White and Red Ceramic Tea Pot ‘Every Weather Tea Set’
  2. Kiehl’s Nature Powered Mask Set. I love Kiehl’s and you get three different kinds of masks in trial-sized. Sweet!
  3. Treasured Passages: A Unique Keepsake For Mother- Daughter Kit. I just bought this for my mom for her birthday last week. She loved it. Direct quote – ” I am going to have a lot of fun doing the book and what a beautiful book.”
  4. Mom, Well Done! I’m Awesome. What a fun card! More products available with this design at the shop.
  5. Tata Harper Lip and Cheek Tint. I love this stuff.
  6. Best. Mom. Ever.  – Beach Tote. So cute! More products available with this design at the shop.
  7. Thank You Mom For Giving Me Life And Not Taking It Back During My Teenage Years. Hilarious and True! More products available with this design at the shop.
  8. Oval Bamboo Tea Tray. Perfect to serve tea and a small treat.
  9. Rose Pink – Addison Pattern Pitcher. This is so beautiful, I want one myself!
  10. Vince Camuto Leila Perforated Tote. Very chic and the perfect size.

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Birthday Pablo!

One of my favorite artists, Pablo Picasso (Spanish), would have been 135 years old today. Obviously not like anyone is reaching this age but 135, nonetheless. I remember going to the Picasso museum in Madrid when I was a young tyke just learning the world, venturing out on my own at age 20. And I loved it. I didn’t want to leave. His creations were so original and inspiring and beautiful I could have stared at them for weeks.

In his Blue Period my favorite was The Old Guitarist created in 1903.

In his Rose Period, my favorite is Garcon a la pipe, created in 1905.

His African influenced period was next and then Cubism. Both I know about but they are not my favorites. The most popular I would think from his Cubism period would be Three Musicians.

.And the last is his Classicism and Surrealism period. There are so many artworks from Picasso that I love dearly from this time frame. I guess I like the funky take on a human face or his love of the minotaur in a lot of his works. But my favorite is Girl before a Mirror (1932). This shows Picasso’s mistress Marie-Thérèse Walter, one of his favorite subjects in the early 1930s. Her white-haloed profile, rendered in a smooth lavender pink, appears serene. But it merges with a more roughly painted, frontal view of her face—a crescent, like the moon, yet intensely yellow, like the sun, and “made up” with a gilding of rouge, lipstick, and green eye-shadow. Perhaps the painting suggests both her day-self and her night-self, both her tranquillity and her vitality, but also the transition from an innocent girl to a worldly woman aware of her own sexuality.

.Well played Sir! You are deeply missed. Hope the heavens are throwing you one heck of a party.

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