Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Playin' Hooky with DSG

"It was a chilly winter night and when the alarm clock went off he snuggled under his cozy quilt for a few extra minutes of sleep. He wished he didn't have to leave the warmth to go to work. It was still dark, just before dawn, and a little birdie told him that it was snowing outside. He dragged himself out of his lovely bed and as soon as his feet hit his soft rug he made his decision...he prepared a steaming pot of Earl Grey tea and plopped
himself into his favorite comfy chair. He took out his journal and wrote down last night's dreams, and his plans for his "sick day". He was wonderfully happy in front of the mesmerizing fire!"
I found these items on Etsy by searching "interiordesignteam" and you can see the treasury on Etsy to click and comment by clicking here. Please visit the shops of these talented artists ~ NorthCityStudios, TheGeckosNest, BettsQuilts, uncommondepth, ara133photography, GraceDanielDesigns, KarenInTheWoods, patspottery, hushmouse, intotheblystic, justmare, and octoberphotography ~ I'm sure you'll find many more things to love!

THE NEW WEBSITE HAS LAUNCHED!!! You may find more items like these on the new Design Style Guide website at to get some creative ideas to decorate your home!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

I've been Tagged!!!

I got tagged by Joanna's Photography! It’s great way to introduce yourself to other bloggers!
Rules for tagging other bloggers:
Link to your tagger and list these rules on your blog.
Share seven facts about yourself on your blog – some random, some weird.
Tag seven people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs.
Let them know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blogs.

Please check out Joanna's Etsy shop, she has some lovely photographs!

Here are seven little known, random facts about me :
1. I love to find a quiet spot in nature, then become very still and concentrate to feel the lightest breeze on my face. I sometimes do this before I begin to photograph the scene and I think it helps me to capture the essence of a place.
2. I'm a bit of a techie - I love the challenge of learning how to use new technologies.
3. I amuse my friends and family with my "invention of the day" - sometimes silly and some really useful things! Here are a couple of examples: a computer monitor that has the correct full spectrum lighting to help people with S.A.D. (Seasonal Affective Disorder)....attaching a wet wipe to every bag of Cheetos so you can get the orange off of your fingers....convert gas stations to solar powered battery charging stations that you can drive into and exchange your depleted rack of batteries for a new rack - gas stations stay in business and you can drive greater distances.
4. I love to read! When I was younger and able to focus completely on what I was reading, the words on the pages would be in color (example: the word "grass" would be green on the page). That ability disappeared in my early twenties - I was concerned that something was wrong and learned from my doctor that it was a rare syndrome and that most people only see black print.
5. I'm organized, highly intuitive, ethical, and definitely an idealist!
6. In conjunction with two other writers I sold a one-hour comedy special to Showtime.
7. Horror movies really upset me.
(The photograph of me was taken by my talented daughter, Dana Johnston)

Here are the "Magnificent Seven" that I am tagging:
Boone's Hooks
Shayla Maddox
Citrus Tree Designs
Robin Lynne

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Design Style Guide

The Design Style Guide is a collective group of artists and designers that work together to promote themselves through networking.

There are so many amazing artists in the Design Style Guide group! They use varied media, thoughtfulness, and focus to create fantastic items to enhance your home or office, and I'm so proud to be a member! I will begin featuring some of these talented artists in future posts. To view more work by Design Style Guide artists, please visit their blog at:

A website is currently in development to showcase these artists for professional Interior Designers, Decorators, and Home Stagers to find these unique works of art for their clients. Watch my posts for more information when it is ready to "go live"!
The original artwork and fine art photography in this post are my hobby. I would love it if you would please "follow my blog" by clicking the link to the right ~ ~ ~

Saturday, October 11, 2008

My Favorite Poem

by William Butler Yeats

I will arise and go now, and go to Innesfree,
And a small cabin build there,
of clay and wattles make:
Nine bean-rows will I have there,
a hive for the honeybee,
And live alone in the bee-loud glade.

And I shall have some peace there,
for peace comes dropping slow,
Dropping from the veils of the morning
to where the cricket sings;
There midnight’s all a glimmer,
and noon a purple glow,
And evening full of the linnet’s wings.

I will arise and go now,
for always night and day
I hear lake water lapping with
low sounds by the shore;
While I stand on the roadway,
or on the pavements grey,
I hear it in the deep heart’s core.

Fine Art Photography by Alison Du Bois

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

My New Creation

I'm in love with my newest creation ~ It is so luxurious and rich with the colors of autumn!

A handmade pair of one of a kind porcelain cones by glass artist Starr May of Palm Desert capture glorious strands of freshwater cultured pearls in shades of cream, gold, brown, wine, and copper accented with green and wine seed beads and topaz Swarovski crystals.

Genuine Carnelian finishes the ensemble and the quality construction is protected by french wire. The graceful piece fastens with a secure 14K gold filigree pearl clasp and measures 21 1/2" long and is 1" in diameter.

Creating something beautiful that will adorn someone else, maybe on a memorable occasion, makes me so happy!

Donated to Rare Artisans and available in their shop at: