I know – it’s been a while since I’ve made a post here! I missed you, too.
But let me make it up to you with showing you some of the lovely and/or fun things I’ve been finding. Like this Lariat Necklace:
Lariat necklaces have been around for a very long time but since they take quite a bit of material to make them right, they aren’t ‘mass’ made because of the costs involved. And this beauty is 41 inches long !!!! That’s a lot of chain.
But it’s the hand carved leaves that are the show stopper here. These leaves are carved from Jasper and just look at the lovely mix of colors in the matrix here. jade green dotted heavily throughout a taupe background.
And these leaves are so finely wrought that you can see ripples in the leaves and veins running down to the fluted edges.
There is enough chain to loop around your throat and then have the leaves drape down gracefully – what a lovely and unusual Lariat-style necklace.
In my Etsy shop, Old Raven, now:
One of the reasons I’ve been absent is we started by doing a master bath upgrade and then it just sort of morphed into replacing our living room couch which ended up completely redoing our living room. Well, it’s been over 20 years so I guess we were due. Here’s a few pics (and some goofy animals breaking everything in):
I started it all with saying our couch was really not all that comfortable. Furniture shopping ended with a loveseat twin lounger and a separate lounger because why stop at two when you can have three?
And then we needed a new, darker, area rug, and then a darker coffee table.
Two end tables that match the coffee table were also a necessity. And then the other end of the room was lopsided and felt too ‘light’. Okay, time to put the skids on, a little anyways. I started surfing Craigslist and found, to my utter amazement, two accent chairs in a lovely damask fabric that was predominantly chocolate brown (and for only $200 – wow!). The other color in the chair is a minty teal – a new decor color for me, that also happens to be an accent color in the new area rug.
Next, I found the Koi picture over the mantle for $30 – and I LOVE this picture mostly because it’s so serene with the koi gently moving through the lily pads, but also it has chocolate brown in it as well as the minty teal – yes!
So really, one more larger piece, the tan round rug will get replaced with a darker, probably Jacobean pattern, rug. And I’m determined to find a real bargain there, as well, so it may not happen tomorrow or the next day but I know I’ll find the perfect piece at the perfect price.
I’m really looking forward to my shop ‘sourcing’ trips now as I will have one eye peeled for things that will look great in my new living room.
In the meantime, Bells and Smoke are good with the old rug (which is getting older by the minute, poor thing). I call these two the destroyers of rugs. I think I spend an hour a day straightening the rugs they wad up in their play, but it’s worth it as the Smoke and Bella show is a live comedy that’s always fun to watch.
And I’m getting used to a new, much darker, color palette in my living room. But though I have always considered those ‘lounger’ pieces “man cave” furniture – they are really, really comfortable. Geez, I hate it when he’s right, well, I hate admitting when he’s right.
But I hope my pretty damask chairs, serene Koi painting and any other feminine touches I will add will bring the man cave side towards the light of tasteful decor. But right now, I’m going to go sit back, put my feet up and relax in my lounger.
Thanks for joining me – Kriss.