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Hey folks! I hope everyone is having a lovely, relaxing weekend! I thought I’d pop in and share a few things I’ve found this week while wandering around the web.

First up are these adorable deer found on SheWalksSoftly and made by Violetpie.

I discovered this darling book jewelry on Reading is Fashionable. Earrings, pins, necklaces, and hair accessories can all be found at BookEarrings.

Have you heard of the Vintagemobile. This old school bus travels around the Dallas area selling vintage clothing. I so want to visit this bus! I found the Vintagemobile on a recently discovered treasure of a blog, Gypsy Dust Vintage. You really should check it out!

Speaking of Gypsy Dust Vintage, it was there that I discovered the lovely illustrations of Inslee.

I am also excited to learn about the collaboration between milliner Albert Swanepoel and Target. Can’t wait for these to hit the shelves!

Ever wondered if you are a 21st Century Romantic?  Take this fun quiz on a bloomsbury life to find out.  While you are there check out the rest of her blog.  I think you’ll like it.

That’s all for now. I have more goodies I can’t wait to share, so see ya later.

Audrey Kawasaki Brooches

I discovered Audrey Kawaski’s work quite sometime ago and fell in love. I think you can see why.

Her work is amazing! I was excited to discover that she has made a limited number of wooden brooches that went on sale in her shop on Saturday at 3PM PST. These are lovely works of art!

Click here to visit Audrey’s shop and see more of her work.

Photo Realism

I recently discovered the work of Glennray Tutor and am completely fascinated. He paints with oil on canvas and creates works that look like photographs. He has an amazing talent which blows me away. Visit his website, GlennrayTutor, and view more of his incredible work.

Girl With A Pearl Earring

Girl with a Pearl Earring
by Tracy Chevalier

Girl with a Pearl Earring is a painting created by a Dutch artist named Johannes Vermeer. Little is known about the artist and nothing is known about the girl in the portrait. Tracy Chevalier imagines who this girl may have been and shares with us her story. This was a wonderful book. I truly enjoyed each moment. The characters come alive through the eyes of Griet. We also see the difference between the lives of people living side by side in the same city and yet in different worlds. When reading historical novels or watching historical films we see the differences between then and now. Often I find that those differences aren’t so many or so great. We encounter people every day living in the same town or city of whom we know nothing. We are so far apart and so different and yet living side by side. Have we really come so far?

This book has been made into a movie. I thought I’d share with you the movie trailer. I have watched the movie as well and enjoyed it! It is quite good.

The Painter from Shanghai

Pan Yuliang’s parents fall on hard times. At their deaths she goes to live with her uncle. He’s a man of intellect and something of a dreamer. He teaches her poetry, however, he’s also an opium addict. This addiction leads to his eventual ruin. In an effort to survive and pay off debts he sells Pan Yuliang to a brothel. She survives and we begin to see a natural gift for color and texture. She exhibits this in her choice of colors for scarves and dresses. While working in the brothel she meets Zanhua, who becomes her husband and savior. He teaches her to read and write. She finds herself drawn to the pictures in magazines and begins doodling. Jennifer Epstein takes the reader through these beginning stages in her development as an artist. We follow Pan Yuliang through the Shanghai Art Academy and then to art school in Paris. We learn of the controversy surrounding her art and see the turmoil her country is in throughtout most of the 20th century. This book is a learning experience and a wonderful read. I owe Ms. Epstein a debt of gratitude for sharing the story of this amazing painter with me. I hope you, too, will pick up this book and join Pan Yuliang’s journey.

Butterfly Sculpture

You simply must check out this artwork by Paul Villinski. He makes these incredibly beautiful sculptures from old beercans and old records.

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