Rebecca Carter’s The Wrong Perspective, graphite and wood;
Dirty Rainbow, silk thread and electrical plugs
at The Reading Room. Again I waited until the last day to see a show, Rebecca Carter’s Reading the Love Letter, but the timing couldn’t have been more perfect. While most folks were probably killing themselves with frantic Christmas shopping, I found a wonderful respite in Karen Weiner’s little space located far away from the holiday madness. It was a fun lazy afternoon reconnecting with old friends, chitchatting, listening to the haunting background music, and poking around in all the little spaces and hidden corners searching out Rebecca’s little surprises. Click on the link below for more photos.
is far more preferable. This post is for those who are like me and don’t wish to engage in the full on madness of the holidays. It seems like every autumn there’s a slow buildup of activity that begins to peak on Thanksgiving and continues into a screaming pitch that eventually explodes just before the new year. It’s as if there’s a contest going on to see who can out decorate, out party, out shop, out wrap, and out glamour. Instead of signing up for that tussle, my holidays will be about the simple things. So starting tomorrow, on Thanksgiving, I wish for everyone simple daily moments of beauty.
This vintage 1950’s heavy iron patio furniture just arrived today. This five-piece Woodard set, which includes two barrel arm chairs and two coil spring barrel chairs, was found on one of my favorite antique websites, Ruby Lane. All five pieces are in great condition with their original finish, and the table’s solid construction is far superior to the flimsy variety that’s being produced today.
Woodard developed their first collection of hand-crafted wrought iron furniture in the 1930s, and this innovation marked the birth of casual outdoor furniture. This particular design, Briarwood, is still being produced today. Well, the chair styles are the same, but not the table. In the near future, I will be replacing the glass top with a stone version. Between the acorns and golfball-sized hail, there’s not a chance this glass will survive any length of time unscathed. Future outdoor dinners will have to wait until after the current annual acorn bombardment.
Dallas’ deb season officially begins this weekend. When I say the “season”, I mean the traditional season that’s been around since 1884 before there was La Fiesta de las Seis Bandera and the Dallas Symphony’s presentation ball. I don’t know how long the season was in my mother’s time, but during mine, 1975, it lasted for three months with up to two parties a day with the exception of Sundays and Mondays. It’s a very different story now with an abbreviated season and fewer parties during the week.
I find the photos of my mother’s era far more glamorous than what has been produced in the last thirty years — especially in the last ten years with the advent of the digital photo. Perhaps it’s because of the black and white format? Maybe it’s because we no longer have the same kind of poise and polish. If you follow the link below, you’ll see what I’m talking about.
Etsy Dallas’ handmade shopping event. This event just gets bigger and better. So for all of you who missed last year’s event, come on down and join the fun while supporting our local artists and crafters. This year they have a new thing called the Bash Pass, which will allow you to come in and shop before the doors open to the general public. For your Bash Pass and more information go here.