Currently Obsessed With….

Some things around the web that I am currently obsessed with!

Best LA Restaurants for Groups


Colorful Couches from Apartment Therapy

colors of the sofa

Gorgeous Riverboat Wedding at the Scarlett Belle


Can’t wait to check out the Broad Museum


Tattoos are just getting more and more amazing!


Items you didn’t know you could recycle and how to do it.


Currently obsessed with the art of Kate Shawkateshaw1

I need to learn French before my trip.  This is going to help.  ‘crossing fingers’.


Love this faux fur!  Winter is coming!!


I need this garden in my yard now.



Can You Tell Which Ones Are Considered Fine Art?

I have been seeing a sponsored link on my Facebook page from an art auction company called Paddle 8.  I was intrigued and checked out their site.  It was full of contemporary art one could bid for online.  Sort of like a high end artsy ebay.

However upon further investigation I was amazed at how ugly and ridiculous the art was.  Seriously. Yet, all of this rubbish was being praised and described in such lofty attributes, I for a moment thought the Onion had taken of Paddle 8.

Example on one piece of ‘art’, the description reads “Succo’s contemporary take on abstraction is grounded in a desire to see patterns emerge through repeated gestural activity. Working in a limited, nearly monochromatic palette, the trace of the artist’s hand becomes the principal agent of expression. Here, in “UNTITLED [RB#1]” cyclical flourishes dance over an icy, blue-grey surface of lacquer and oil paint.”  WTF does that even mean?  Either way, the starting price is….wait for it……$9,000.00!  LOLOLOL

Here is what their trying to pawn off as art.  (and they will probably succeed.)

This actually looks like my drop cloth.



Anyway, I thought I would try an experiment and submit a piece of my abstract art for consideration to be auctioned off at Paddle 8.

I submitted with a lofty description of how I use found medium to convey a sense of sustainability in the pieces.  I incorporate acrylic, oil, gold leaf and objects for a textured and layered visage.  I thought this description conveyed the proper pretentiousness for  my experiment.

However, since I’m not a ‘listed’ artist, I was rejected with a curt, but polite email.

For a moment I was slightly hurt, but then again, I realized the rejection might possibly be a compliment.

Anyway, I thought I would see if my readers could tell the difference between which one I submitted and which ones are actually up for sale at this very moment for thousands of dollars.

Here goes.  Which of these four paintings are being sold on Paddle 8 for thousands of dollars and which one is hanging in my bathroom.












Here are the links to see if you answered correctly.

A. “Untitled” 2013

B. “Untitled” 2014

C. “Never Lost” 2014

D. “Bright and Contemporary” 2014




Bigger Is Better When it Comes to Bad Art

Abstract art is one of my favorite forms of art.  Why?  Because anyone can make their own amazing stuff.  Some of my favorite artists are easy-peasy to replicate.  My new house has tons of white walls just begging for art.  Seeing that I am cheap, I have decided to make my own art, because I’m not about to go out and pay $160 million for a Picasso like some people!

Any-whoo….I was shopping at my local thrift store up here in Oxnard and I came upon this huge 5′ x 4′ beauty on sale for $29.00!

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This painting manages to make flowers ugly and dull!




Not worth it you say?  Alas, I bought this for the canvas and the frame.   A framed stretched canvas of this size would cost well over a $100.  And remember, I am cheap.  So I bought this baby and lugged it out to my Prius.  However Prius was not having it, so I hoisted to the top and roped it.  Granted at one point I felt like the car and canvas were going to set sail.  Luckily I made it home without damaging  my precious masterpiece.

I started by painting the canvas and the frame with my stand-by Annie Sloane Old White paint.



I then spray painted the frame, a brass color.



Then I just had FUN!  I also tried gold leafing for the first time.  It was tricky, but since it didn’t really have to be perfect..hence what I love about abstract…it worked out pretty well.

This was before I did some blending.



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One of the many blank spaces that needed a little boost and some color.



I tried it in a few places, but for now, it’s my headboard.  When I finally get a headboard, I might switch it out.  I absolutely love it and feel like I’m falling in when I gaze upon it.












Tiny Little House Living Space is Pretty Much Done

Who doesn’t love a good make-over?  Seriously it’s one of the reasons HGTV is so popular. Before and after shows are my personal favorite because in thirty minutes you can go from ugly, hunter green walls, orange…(yes orange) shag carpet, dusty, fake plants and dark dingy corners everywhere to bright, light, airy and fun!!

I’m so glad I had the foresight to snap some picks of the Tiny Little House prior to the make-over.  Here is the first of a few more posts documenting the transformation.  The first is the  living room/dining room area.  More to come!


BEFORE That’s my stylin mom in her cool hat. She thought she woke up in the 70’s!


AFTER  White linen walls, wood floors, new looks!


BEFORE This carpet was over 30 years old. I don’t even want to think about the bacteria involved. Ugg.




BEFORE This was just a strange little alcove. We removed a wall to open up the entire space.


AFTER. A wide shot.


AFTER Close Up

A few more:

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Couch-Z Gallerie



Credenza -Queen B Vintage Studios

Orange Lamp-Home Goods

Glass End Table-Goodwill

Starburst Mirror-HD Buttercup

Red bookcase-Ikea

Deer head-Home Goods

Abstract Art-my masterpiece LOL