Welcome to my blog!

I used to blog here mostly using local photos about my neighborhood or Washington DC or other places I visited. But I took a break from the blog for a few months and then found myself posting about crafts and sewing projects I have done or are doing. More recently, my spare time is taken up with selling collectibles and things on Ebay as a seller called Mugsim7. Having a lot of fun with it so far! May your days be blessed with miracles, surprises and creativity too!

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Art Nouveau Pieces in Paris, France

 This lovely lamp was created by Louis Majorelle (1846-1940), an artisan from Nancy, France. It is a table lamp created in 1902-1904 by Majorelle and the Daum Brothers and is typical of the Nancy School of Art Nouveau pieces created for various architects and designers at the time.  It stands almost 18 inches high and is so totally stunning I just had to photograph it. It is in Musee D'Orsay, Paris France among a collection of other art nouveau/art deco furniture pieces.  Just super!
This bed was created 1898 to 1899 by Tony Selmershein (1871 to 1971) from Saint Germain En Laye, who created this "chaise de salle a manger" for the Savoy Hotel in Brussels.  It is wonderful and strange looking and was arranged in a room format for view in the Musee D'Orsay in Paris, France.

Monet's Giverny Garden Was Beautiful

 While in France recently, we visited Giverny where Monet lived. We especially loved the garden and it was blooming well. There were all kinds of brig
ht colored flowers and lots of paths and walkways through it. The best thing about it was that most of the flowers and plants were not exotic species but easily grown and common plants such as daises and roses.  It was a terrific two hours wandering through and here are just some of the views from there.

Lovely Orchids at L'Orangerie in Paris

We visited Paris, France recently and got a chance to visit some of the amazing museums there. One museum was the L'Orangerie right in the middle of Paris. We went there to see the lovely display of Monet lilies paintings.  But in the lobby area was a lovely display of orchids that I also photographed as they really caught my eye as they seemed quite unusual. They were on the reception desk shelf and looked like they got a lot of light.  Just wonderful! Just wish my orchid looked like this but right now it's now flowering as I think I overwatered it and it hasn't got much sun.....


Pretty glass acrylic drawer knobs mqke great decoration

Recently I took nine drawer handles off a bureau that had got damaged.  The bureau was pretty new and so the drawer knobs were in very good condition so I put them up on Ebay to be sold.  Unfortunately, one of the knobs was missing so of the five drawers I only had nine drawer knobs.  Nevertheless, they are for sale as I think they are very nice looking, about 1-2 inches in depth, and would look good on another bureau that might need refreshing.
I also think they could be used for crafts or decorative elements such as putting all the knobs on a piece of wood and using it as a beads and bracelet hanger. Or to arrange in a shape on a larger piece of wood, maybe that is painted, and have it be a sign of some sort. 
I've almost convinced myself to keep them and make something of them but since I really am into deacquiring things, they remain up on Ebay.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Beautiful Baccarat Crystal Champagne Flutes, about 9 inches high

 I acquired this box of a pair of Baccarat Crystal Champagne Flute glasses recently.  They are a little over 9 inches tall and sit in a nice big box of their own. They have the Made in France Baccarat etching on the bottom round of each glass so when you drink bottoms up you will see the label.  I think they are just beautiful and I would like to keep them but we don't drink alcohol anymore and so will never use them. They are in the original red lined box as sold at a Lord and Taylor shop (the sticker is still on the bottom!). The box has a lovely dark red colored sponge holder to hold these in storage.  So I sold them on Ebay as I won't use them.  Someone did snap them up at a good price and I'm so glad they did!