Monday, November 29, 2010

tinsel willows

tinsel and willows: two things that, incidentally, have always reminded me of each other.
I walked to Harvard Square today and visited beautiful Anthropologie. I love wandering around that store and looking at all the displays and gorgeous, unattainable clothing. While I was there, I found this really lovely copy of The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame and had to get it (justified by the fact that tomorrow is my birthday. It's a present for myself! yay)
Last night I put up my silver tinsel garland. I draped it over Cat Lady portrait.
Last night I started a holiday/winter themed portrait that I might make into post cards for Mass Market/the shop, so I'm off to go finish it and watch Marie Antoinette, which has a color palette very similar to that of my painting. :)
I hope you're all having a great Monday! Oh, and there's still time to enter my print giveaway at Fritzi Marie. Kat will announce the winner tonight!


Claire Nouveau said...

Happy Birthday! i'm sure your present is much deserved! I do the same thing at Anthropologie too- but almost always end up buying something, at least ONE thing for myself. hehe:) and i must say...that I absolutely adore your mantel...ahh are those poodles i see? soooo wonderful!

Amanda Laurel Atkins said...

thank you, Claire! Yes, I have many a poodle on that mantel. My bedroom is technically the old living room of the apartment I live in and I don't mind at all. :)

A Painted Journey said...

Oh, happy day before your actual birthday, honey!!!! Soooo glad you found a gift for yourself that is something you wanted and love!

Your mantel looks so beautiful all decorated with tinsel and Rudolph and your Merry Christmas sign... Love it all! I think that, unlike your mother, you are ready for the winter and snow to visit good old New England! See you Thursday night! Love, Mummy

lindsey said...

sending you sweet happy birthday wishes! i loved the cake your mom made for you. and your tinsel garland is perfect. ah, memories come flooding back - toad hall, badger, rat and mole. a true classic!


Amanda Laurel Atkins said...

Mumsy, I can't wait to see you!
Lindsey, I have never read it before so I'm really excited to! It reminded me of a few children's books I loved growing up, like Badger's Parting Gift. <3