Thursday, January 24, 2013

Think Pink!

All the Valentine's Day things about have me singing that old song "Think Pink" from the Audrey Hepburn movie "Funny Face"!Think Pink!

Think pink! think pink! when you shop for summer clothes. 
Think pink! think pink! if you want that quel-que chose. 
Red is dead, blue is through, 
Green's obscene, brown's taboo. 
And there is not the slightest excuse for plum or puce 
—or chartreuse. 
Think pink! forget that Dior says black and rust. 
Think pink! who cares if the new look has no bust. 
Now, I wouldn't presume to tell a woman 
what a woman oughtta think, 
But tell her if she's gotta think: think pink—!   

Wednesday, January 23, 2013


My six year old daughter wants to share one of her drawings with all of you.  She wouldn't rest until I had scanned this in.  She typed the explanation that follows it all on her own.

putfolia is a wonderful land that can only be found in dreams of a happy person. there is one way that a sad person to dream up putfolia...that is to dream better dreams! it's the only way!try dreaming up putfolia!

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Vintage Dior

Vintage Dior

Christian Dior's reputation as one of the most important couturiers of the twentieth century was launched in 1947 with his very first collection, in which he introduced the "New Look." Featuring rounded shoulders, a cinched waist, and very full skirt, the New Look celebrated ultra-femininity and opulence in women's fashion. After years of military and civilian uniforms, sartorial restrictions and shortages, Dior offered not merely a new look but a new outlook.  -  from - The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Thursday, January 17, 2013

New Sizes for Coco Chanel Perfume Print

I have received several requests for larger sizes on my 5 in x 7 in. Coco Chanel Perfume Print.

I've added an 8 1/2 in x 11 in, an 11 in x 14 in, and a 13 in x 19 in.  So there you are ladies, plenty of sizes to choose from!

prints available here

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Coco Chanel Noir Perfume Print

Now that the busy holiday season is over, I have finally had a chance to finish the Coco Noir Chanel perfume watercolor I started back before Christmas. Hopefully I can keep the momentum going and add several more prints to my Etsy shop in the next couple of months. I have lots of fun ideas for new prints! 
Print available here

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Downton Abbey Season 3

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I'm very excited that the first episode of Downton Abbey's season 3 starts tomorrow night!  My friends and I (and I'm sure countless other Downton Abbey fans) have been waiting impatiently for months to find out if Mary will marry Matthew. Is Cora's mother really coming from America for a visit, and how will she get along with Violet?  Will poor Edith ever find someone to love and will Mr. Bates get out of prison?
Downton Abbey

The following sketch and excerpt are from the
The World of Downton Abbey

The Cost Of Fashionable Entertaining

Consuelo Vanderbilt, the American heiress who married the Duke of Marlborough, described a shooting weekend in 1896 which was in itself unexceptional, aside from the fact that they had the Prince and Princess of Wales staying.  At the time the duchess was a young bride of 19 who found the whole experience exhausting, not just because she was in charge of all the pleasures of her guests (there were 30, which meant 100 people were in the house, including servants) but because of the munificence of clothes that went with it:
'The number of changes of costume was in itself a waste of precious time.  To begin with, even breakfast, which was served at 9:30 in the dining-room, demanded an elegant costume of velvet or silk.  Having seen the men off to their sport, the ladies spent the morning round the fire reading the papers and gossiping.  We next changed into tweeds to join the guns for luncheon, which was served in the High Lodge or in a tent.  Afterwards we usually accompanied the guns and watched a drive or two before returning home.  An elaborate tea gown was donned for tea, after which we played cards or listened to a Viennese band or to the organ until time to dress for dinner, when again we adorned ourselves in satin, or brocade, with a great display of jewels.  All these changes necessitated a tremendous outlay, since one was not supposed to wear the same gown twice.  That meant 16 dresses for four days.'