As a mom, I have made a habit of not buying things for myself. When I go shopping, my purchases typically fall into one of three categories – groceries and other necessities, things for Sir (clothes, toys, diapers, etc.), and art supplies (which are viewed as necessities for me to work). I don’t buy new clothes or shoes anymore unless I am to the point where I run the risk of having to leave the house naked (the horror). I especially don’t make luxury purchases like jewelry (which I rarely have occasion to wear) or art (which makes me giddily happy and therefore feels like a selfish purchase).
But every now and then (like when the IRS happens to dump some cash into our bank account), I let myself go a little crazy. Saturday was one of those times, and though I didn’t buy nearly as many lovelies as I would have liked, I did get some pretty sweet stuff.
After purchasing the coolest little wooden toy for Sir (a Flipsy Car from Baldwin Toys – so fun!), I decided to buy at least one (and then another and then another) thing for myself.
The gorgeous necklace above is from Seeka – the collaborative effort of Israeli artists Nachshon Peleg and Stavit Allweis. There was not one piece of their work that I didn’t love and having to choose just one thing was extremely difficult. This piece is unofficially my anniversary gift (12 years next Sunday!). Heh. Thanks to my friend, L., for talking me into that!
Early on in our art adventure, the work of mixed media artist Michael Baxley caught my eye. Probably because it is extremely eye-catching. Seriously.
His pieces start with a wood box onto which paint and a litho print are applied. He then creates hand-formed porcelain blossoms that are cast onto the painted wood in very flowing organic arrangements. Beautiful.
It took me three trips back to his booth before I finally just let myself buy the piece that made me over-the-top happy. Now I am challenged with finding the perfect place to hang it.
I’m sure it won’t surprise anyone that my final purchase of the day was from Tsuga Studios. As I mentioned previously, I was very excited to see Nick Kekic’s work in person. He has been a client of mine for a while and I love looking at the photographs of his pieces. I was very happy to find that his work is just as gorgeous in person.
After much deliberation, I chose a vase from his Miniature Form Study. He described these frosted pieces as the ‘marzipan’ of his collection. I agree, they are quite delicious! As much as I would love to display this piece in my living room where everyone can see it, part of me wants to keep it hidden away with me in my studio where I can look at it whenever I need a little eye candy and inspiration.
photos : my treasures by yours truly
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