A MAGICAL WHIMSY

A MAGICAL WHIMSY IS DEDICATED TO PROMOTING DOLL MAKING SITES, MIXED MEDIA SITES, AND CHILDREN'S BOOK AUTHOR'S SITES. PLEASE VIEW MY SIDE BARS FOR VARIOUS LINKS TO CREATIVE ARTIST'S SITES.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

ALICE IN WONDERLAND BLOG LINK

HELLO EVERYONE!

I AM ALWAYS TRYING TO FIND ALICE IN WONDERLAND SITES ON THE INTERNET.  I JUST DISCOVERED ONE TODAY, ALTHOUGH IT HAS BEEN THERE FOR A WHILE...JUST LIKE NEVERLAND...YOU NEVER KNOW WHEN YOU MIGHT FIND A TUNNEL TO A HOLE UNDERGROUND ON THE INTERNET YOU HAVE NEVER SEEN BEFORE!

THE LINK IS ON MY RIGHT SIDE BAR.  JUST CLICK ON THE ICON FOR 'ALICE NATIONS BLOG'.

PLEASE ENJOY PERUSING THIS ALICE SITE.  THERE IS A WORLD OF LINKS ON THIS SITE ALL ABOUT ALICE IN WONDERLAND.
I AM STILL WORKING ON MY ALICE IN WONDERLAND MIXED MEDIA CANVAS, GATHERING EMBELLISHMENTS, AND GETTING IDEAS TO CONTINUE CREATING THIS WONDERLAND PIECE OF BLISS!!!

PLEASE SEE MY PREVIOUS POST FOR THE ROUGH DRAFT OF THE ALICE MIXED MEDIA CANVAS I AM CREATING. 

THANKS FOR STOPPING BY, AND ENJOY THIS GLORIOUS AND FRABULOUS DAY!!!

posted by Miss Teresa

Saturday, February 27, 2016

WONDERLAND FUN! MIXED MEDIA COLLAGE'

I DO ENJOY CREATING MIXED MEDIA CANVASES.  ONE OF MY FAVORITE THEMES IS 'ALICE IN WONDERLAND'.

I HAVE BEEN GRADUALLY CREATING A CANVAS WITH COPY-RIGHT FREE GRAPHICS OF VINTAGE ALICE ILLUSTRATIONS.  I AM ALSO ADDING MY OWN EMBELLISHMENTS.

HERE ARE SOME VERY ROUGH DRAFT PHOTOS OF THE BEGINNING OF MY ALICE CANVAS.  I HOPE TO TRANSFORM THIS MIXED MEDIA CANVAS SO THAT IT WILL NOT BE RECOGNIZABLE FROM THIS VERY PLAIN BEGINNING.

THE SIZE OF THE CANVAS IS 16" BY 24".


BE SURE TO CLICK ON THE PHOTOS FOR A LARGER VIEW.

THIS FIRST PHOTO IS AS FAR AS I HAVE PROGRESSED.  THE FOLLOWING PHOTOS ARE VARIOUS PHASES IN CREATING THE CANVAS.

THIS IS ACTUALLY AS FAR AS I HAVE PROGRESSED WITH THE ALICE IN WONDERLAND MIXED MEDIA CANVAS.

I HAVE BEGUN WITH THE WHITE RABBIT'S HOUSE IN THE CENTER OF THE CANVAS.
BELOW THE HOUSE IS THE MAD TEA PARTY.
AT THE TOP LEFT SIDE IS THE CHESHIRE CAT IN THE TOP OF A TREE.
AT THE BOTTOM LEFT I HAVE ALICE CONTEMPLATING HERSELF IN WONDERLAND.  I HAVE ADDED A CHESS BOARD BOTTOM LANDSCAPE.
THIS IS A PHOTO OF MOST OF THE CANVAS.  AS YOU CAN SEE, I HAVE BEGUN TO FILL IN THE CHESS BOARD WITH A CHARCOAL PENCIL. THE TREE NEEDS LOTS OF FILLER AND PAINT AND MORE LEAVES UP AT THE TOP WHERE THE CHESHIRE CAT IS SITTING IN THE PREVIOUS PHOTOS.
THIS IS A VERY ROUGH DRAFT OF THE BEGINNING.  I WILL BE ADDING A STEAMPUNK THEME TO THE CANVAS.  I WILL CONTINUE TO UPDATE PHOTOS AS THE CANVAS PROGRESSES. I WILL BE CHANGING ALL OF THE COLORS AND ADDING REDS AND BLACKS IN A MORE STEAMPUNK GOTHIC STYLE.



ALSO, ON THE THEME OF THE CHESHIRE CAT.  I HAD BEEN WORKING ON A PAPER CLAY CAT, AND FINALLY FINISHED HIM.  IT WENT TO MY SON WHO COMPLETED ARCHITECT COLLAGE LAST FALL.  HE HAD DRAWN ME A CHESHIRE CAT WITH A UNI-BALL ROLLER BLACK PEN, AND I LOVED IT SO MUCH, SO HE RECEIVED THE CHESHIRE CAT FROM ME!

FRONT VIEW OF THE CHESHIRE CAT
BEFORE I FORGET! THIS IS THE CHESHIRE CAT CARD MY SON DREW FOR ME FOR MOTHER'S DAY LAST YEAR.  THE SMALLER PURPLE AND PINK CHESHIRE CAT IS WHAT HE MADE WHEN HE WAS NINE YEARS OLD. HE IS NOW TWENTY-FIVE.
'SITTING IN AN ENGLISH GARDEN WAITING FOR THE SUN'... A LINE FROM THE BEATLES...ACTUALLY IT'S IN A CALIFORNIA GARDEN!
THE TOP SIDE OF THE CHESHIRE CAT.
HE FITS IN THE PALM OF MY HAND.

ANOTHER SIDE OF THE CHESHIRE CAT.  I ADORE GINGER CATS, SO THAT IS WHY I PAINTED HIM ORANGE AND BLACK.  THIS IS MY FOURTH CHESHIRE CAT TO CREATE. BELOW IS MY FIRST CHESHIRE CAT.


THIS IS A PHOTO OF THE VERY FIRST CHESHIRE CAT I CREATED. 
AND HERE IS THE FIRST CHESHIRE CAT SITTING IN MY DOLL CABINET OF CURIOUSITIES.

A CHESHIRE CAT MURAL PAINTED IN THE ART'S DISTRICT OF LOS ANGELES, WHICH WAS ONLY FIVE STREETS AWAY FROM WHERE MY SON'S ARCHITECTURAL COLLEGE WAS WHICH HE ATTENDED.
AND A PICTURE OF OUR BACK-DOOR NEIGHBORS GINGER CAT ZOEY.  HE LOVES TO COME VISIT US!
AND HERE IS A COPY-RIGHT FREE ALICE ILLUSTRATION WITH THE SHEEP FOR YOUR OWN DOWNLOADING ENJOYMENT.  THIS HAS ALWAYS BEEN ONE OF MY FAVORITE ALICE DRAWINGS. 

I WILL BE ADDING MORE EMBELLISHMENTS TO MY ALICE CANVAS. SO BE SURE TO PEAK IN ONCE IN A WHILE TO SEE HOW THE CANVAS HAS PROGRESSED.  YOU WON'T RECOGNIZE IT ONCE I AM FINISHED.  AND I HOPE THAT IS A GOOD THING!


HAVE A VERY BLESSED WEEK AND THANK YOU FOR STOPPING BY!

posted by
Teresa in California





Sunday, January 10, 2016

IT'S ALL IN THE JOURNEY....

WHAT WILL THE NEW YEAR BRING TO YOU THIS YEAR?


THIS IS A QUESTION WHICH IS DAUNTING AS, SOMETIMES, THE ONLY THING WE CAN DO IS TO LIVE IN THE MOMENT.

SO, WITH THAT IN MIND, HOW ARE YOU GOING TO PLAN YOUR MOMENTS, OR ARE YOU GOING TO 'FLY BY THE SEAT OF YOUR PANTS' LIKE I DO MOST OF THE TIME!!!



WITHIN THE PAST SIX MONTHS, I HAVE FOUND THAT MY CHARACTER TRAITS EXACTLY FIT THOSE OF AN 'EMPATH'.  BELOW IS THE LINK TO THE TRAITS OF AN EMPATH.

http://themindunleashed.org/2013/10/30-traits-of-empath.html



AND, WITHIN THE PAST THREE WEEKS, I HAVE FOUND THAT MY PERSONALITY CHARACTERISTICS POINT ME IN  THE DIRECTION OF BEING AN INFP PERSONALITY TYPE.

THERE ARE 16 PERSONALITY TRAITS FORMATTED BY A MOTHER/DAUGHTER TEAM NAMED MEYERS BRIGGS PERSONALITY TESTING.  THEY BASED A LOT OF THEIR WORK FROM CARL JUNG.

  I AM POSTING BOTH LINKS TO THE 16 PERSONALITY TYPES, AND ALSO THE LINK TO TAKE THE FREE PERSONALITY TEST.  (AND NO, I DO NOT GET ANY RECOGNITION FOR POSTING THESE LINKS.  I FOUND THEM DOING MY OWN RESEARCH).

WWW.16PERSONALITIES.COM/PERSONALITY-TYPES

WWW.16PERSONALITIES.COM/FREE-PERSONALITY-TEST



THE TWO CHARACTERISTIC PERSONAS (THAT OF THE EMPATH AND THE INFP PERSONALITY TYPE, WHICH IS WHAT I AM) GO HAND IN HAND.

MAYBE YOU WILL FIND OUT A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF IN THE PERSONALITY TRAIT TEST.  IT WILL TELL YOU YOUR STRENGTHS AND YOUR WEAKNESSES, AND ALL PERSONALITIES HAVE THEIR OWN BEAUTY.  THE WORLD WOULD BE A DULL PLACE INDEED IF WE ALL WENT AROUND LIKE ROBOTS!

SO, IF YOU HAVE TAKEN THE TEST, THEN BECOME WHO YOU ARE! REALIZATION WILL BEGIN TO MAKE YOU AWARE OF POSSIBLY WHY YOU DO WHAT YOU DO, WHO YOU ARE, AND THAT IS GOOD!  BRANCH OUT AND DISCOVER YOUR CALLING IN LIFE.


 LIFE IS ABOUT FINDING OUT WHO WE ARE, AND WHEN WE BEGIN TO SEE THE ROAD AHEAD, IT MAKES IT SO MUCH EASIER TO FACE REALITY, AND ALSO TO IMAGINE OUR DREAMS IN ORDER TO MAKE THEM COME TRUE.




AND LIFE HAS IT FAIR SHARE OF TRIALS TOO.



BUT FOR THE EMPATH, SINCE PEOPLE ARE BORN EMPATHS, THERE IS NO DESCRIPTION IN WIKIPEDIA AS IT IS NOT A PSYCHOLOGICAL EVENT THAT HAPPENS OVER TIME TO AN INDIVIDUAL.  YOU ARE EITHER AN EMPATH OR YOU ARE NOT.

BUT THIS IS WHAT MAKES LIFE SO INTERESTING!  WITH SO MANY DIFFERENT AND VARIED PERSONALITIES AMONG PEOPLE, NO TWO PEOPLE ARE EVER TRULY ALIKE.  WE ALL HAVE OUR INHERITED TRAITS TOO, AND WHATEVER LIFE HANDS US IS ALL PART OF WHAT MAKES US WHO WE ARE.

THE KEY IS IN OVER COMING DIFFICULTIES, OR IN FINDING OUT HOW TO GET ALONG WITH OTHERS, OR TO LET GO OF THOSE WHO DISAPPOINT US, EVEN IF IT IS IN DOING OUR OWN THING IN ORDER TO SURVIVE

  IF WE NEED TO SEPARATE OURSELVES FROM SOME PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT INTERESTED IN WHO WE REALLY ARE, THEN IT IS TIME TO EITHER DISTANCE OURSELVES, EVEN IF IT IS TO CREATE A PLACE FOR OURSELVES EVERYDAY, SOMEWHERE WE CAN GET AWAY AND JUST 'BE' OURSELVES.  IT CAN BE AT THE LIBRARY, OR THE MALL, OR THE MOUNTAINS, OR THE OCEAN, OR A MUSEUM, JUST TO BE BY YOURSELF, TO DO SOMETHING FOR YOURSELF.  GO BE OUT IN NATURE AND BREATH IN THE AIR! OR GO TO BED EARLY AND READ A BOOK, OR WATCH A MOVIE YOU ARE INTERESTED IN. OR BE THE WORK ALCOHOLIC YOU WERE BORN TO BE! IT'S OKAY! ENJOY LIFE!

AND I PRAY TO GOD, THAT IF ANY ARE TRULY HAVING SERIOUS LIFE TRIALS THAT THEY CAN FIND HELP IN THE TIME OF THEIR NEED.  GO TO A PLACE OF WORSHIP YOU ARE COMFORTABLE WITH, AND SEEK SOMEONE OUT WHO HELPS PEOPLE.  SEARCH AND FIND A SUPPORT GROUP, A PLACE WHERE YOU ARE COMFORTABLE, IF ONLY FOR A SHORT DURATION TO ENDURE WHATEVER IT IS YOU ARE FACING IN YOUR LIFE, WHETHER IT IS SICKNESS, POVERTY, HOMELESSNESS, ABUSE OF ANY KIND (YES, ALL OF THIS IS OUT THERE IN BIG NUMBERS!) DO WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO IN ORDER TO SURVIVE.  THERE ARE GOOD PEOPLE OUT THERE TO HELP THOSE GOING THROUGH CRISES.  THERE ARE CRISES INTERVENTION ONLINE SITES TOO.  



IF WE BEGIN TO REALIZE WE HAVE MADE SOME MISTAKES IN LIFE, NOT DUE TO ANY FAULT OF OUR OWN, BUT BECAUSE WE ARE FINALLY FINDING OUT WHO WE TRULY ARE, AND LIFE'S EXPERIENCES, AND PEOPLE, AND EVENTS IN OUR LIFE BEGIN TO FORM US INTO WHO WE TRULY DESIRE TO BE, IT IS THEN, THAT OUR PATH BEGINS TO BECOME CLEARER FOR US, AND WE MOVE AHEAD WITH RESOLVE TO BECOMING OUR OWN PERSON, AND THIS CAN HAPPEN AT ANY AGE IN LIFE, YOUNG OR OLD.



WE ARE ALWAYS 'BECOMING'.  WE ARE ALWAYS MOVING FORWARD.  WE ARE ALWAYS LEARNING, AND THAT MAKES US WISE.   IF WE CAN ALWAYS LISTEN TO THAT SMALL VOICE OF ENCOURAGEMENT WITHIN OURSELVES, IT IS THERE TO BRIGHTEN OUR PATH AND TO SHOW US THE WAY.

 IT IS OKAY TO ACCEPT YOURSELF, TO LOVE YOURSELF AS IT DOES SHOW THAT YOU CARE DEEPLY ABOUT YOUR OWN LIFE AND SOMETIMES THAT IS THE BEST ANSWER TO YOUR OWN PATH IN LIFE.

BE SURE TO STOP AND SMELL THE ROSES ALONG THE WAY.

HAVE A BLESSED NEW YEAR!

Posted by Teresa
And I do need to acknowledge that first and foremost, I am a sinner saved by the blood of Jesus Christ, who loved me and gave himself for me, which also gives me access to the 'still, small, voice' of the Spirit which also calms me, and gives me insight into this journey called Life.  






Saturday, December 5, 2015

Amy's Free Motion Quilting Adventures: How to Free Motion Quilt: The Set-Up

Amy's Free Motion Quilting Adventures: How to Free Motion Quilt: The Set-Up:

AMY HAS A SERIES OF FREE MOTION BLOG POSTS INCLUDING SOME VIDEOS TO GET YOU GOING ON HOW TO FREE MOTION QUILT.   PLEASE CLICK ON THE LINK, DIRECTLY ABOVE (IN SMALL RED LETTERS), IT WILL TAKE YOU DIRECTLY THERE.(The post is from a 2013 post).

HELLO FELLOW BLOGGERS!

HERE IS A DIRECT LINK TO AMY'S FREE MOTION QUILTING WHICH I HAVE LEARNED SO MUCH FROM HER VIDEOS AND HER WISDOM AND KNOWLEDGE OF FREE MOTION QUILTING.

THESE TECHNIQUES CAN EASILY BE USED FOR MIXED MEDIA FABRIC JOURNALS WHICH IS WHAT MY PLANS ARE TO LEARN TO CREATE FABRIC JOURNALS.

AMY'S BLOG IS FULL TO THE BRIM WITH ANSWERS FOR THE BEGINNING AND INTERMEDIATE QUILTER.

HAVE FUN CREATING!!!

AND MAY YOUR BLESSINGS RUN OVER FOR THE END OF THE BUSY YEAR!

LOVE AND HUGS,
TERESA IN CALIFORNIA

Saturday, October 24, 2015

FREE MOTION QUILTING AND MIXED MEDIA TIPS FROM THE PROFESSIONALS

HAVE YOU EVER WANTED TO MAKE SOMETHING SUPER SPECTACULAR SUCH AS A GLORIOUS FABRIC JOURNAL? OR A MIXED MEDIA FABRIC PICTURE TO HANG ON A WALL?

ME TOO! I WOULD LOVE TO KNOW HOW TO MAKE SUCH PRETTIES!

RECENTLY, I JOINED 'CREATIVE WORKSHOPS' ON GAIL SCHMIDT'S SITE:
CREATIVE WORKSHOP LINK  to learn how to create Suzy Quaife's Peaceful Pondering Fabric Lace Book, a class Suzy has created for a basic (and swoon worthy!) fabric and lace journal. Suzy does not show how she does free motion techniques on this particular workshop as she only uses chip board between the pages and uses sewing or glue to adhere the fabric and laces onto her workshop journal. She shows how to make a fabric book with chipboard inserts which she glues or sews the fabric onto the cardboard. So if you are looking to make a journal with padding/batting, this is not included in the course. The course does give you the basics on how to make a fabric journal, with fabric and lace embellished cardboard but lacks the instructions on how to make a totally padded/batted fabric and lace journal, (which in Australia they call batting something different). In fact she hardly shows any scenes at all in her videos where she is actually sewing on her machine!

So, with that in mind, I needed more instruction as to how to do free-motion sewing where you drop the feeds on your sewing machine, and using batting, in between two layers of fabric, you would be on your way to learning how to make a journal with real batting instead of just a chipboard cover and 'pages'.  Suzy did not go into her superior batting and fabric technique in her workshop, which I was hoping that would be part of her class instruction.  Oh well.  I am still learning lots of things in her workshop.

So, I went on line, looking for other blogs which gave examples of free-motion sewing and came upon a blog titled: FREE MOTION QUILTING ADVENTURES which has the basic instruction/techniques to begin the beginner on the road to free motion quilting and mixed media fabric art and fabric journals.

AND HERE IS ANOTHER YOU TUBE LINK TO AMY'S FREE MOTION SEWING PLAYLIST VIDEOS:

AMY'S PLAYLIST FREE MOTION VIDEOS LINK
I have a few books in my craft's library which are also quite informative to learn the techniques of free motion quilting and mixed media fabric art.  My favorite one is 'Layered, Tattered & Stitched' by Ruth Rae.  Ruth's creations are so glorious!  I can only hope to some day accomplish what she has created.  Her swoon-worthy creations are exquisite!

I also have 'Sew Wild' by Alisa Burke where she shows how to create with stitch using mixed media projects.  There is a video included with her book which shows her sewing techniques, (but again, she does not instruct the student on how to do free motion!. She shows her painting and spritzing techniques, and block stamping on fabric, stenciling on fabric, and a myriad of other mixed media craft ideas you can create yourself! I highly recommend her book.

Stampington Publishing also has 'Art Quilting Studio' magazine which I have the Premier 2009 issue which has some of Ruth Rae's projects included in the issue.  I highly recommend purchasing it on Etsy or Ebay if you can find this out-of-print issue.It would be well worth your time to subscribe to 'Art Quilting Studio' if you are serious about creating free motion mixed media pieces.

Anyway, that is what is on my agenda to begin creating a journal from vintage fabric and laces.  I swoon every time I go to Suzi's Threadworks blog which you can find her link on the right had side bar of my blog.
Suzy is probably the most talented when it comes to creating her one-of-a-kind fabric and lace books, and also her one-of-a-kind mixed media fabric and lace wall embellishment hangings.

I hope you find yourself doing something like this during the autumn and winter months if you live in the Northern Hemisphere, or just want to have something very lovely to make for gifts.

You can always begin on a small scale and make a wall hanging fabric and lace mixed media piece to get the feel of the technique.

There are other gals who have made free motion journals including Nellie Wortman, which I also have one of her videos. 

Thank you for your continued visits to my blog.

love and light to you!
posted by Teresa in California

Friday, October 2, 2015

OUR VICTORIAN MASTERPIECE OF A HOME, CREATED BY A GENTLEMAN WITH A DREAM...

OUR BELOVED LAURELWOOD.  A DREAM HOUSE WHICH WAS 23 YEARS IN THE MAKING BY A LOCAL GENTLEMAN.  HE HAS PASSED ON, AND WE ARE THE THIRD OWNER OF THIS MANSION.


I WILL BEGIN WITH THE ORNAMENTAL SCULPTURES IN THE GARDEN.  THIS IS A CHERUB AND SWAN FROM AN ITALIAN SCULPTOR.
THIS IS ONE OF THE HUGE ANCIENT OAK TREES IN THE BACKYARD, ALONG WITH A SIDE VIEW OF THE BRICK GARAGE AND GAZEBO IN THE FAR BACK RIGHT.  IT'S NOT REALLY A GAZEBO BUT IT ACTUALLY A CUPOLA FROM THE TOP OF A VINTAGE SCHOOL BUILDING.

THIS IS AN ORNAMENTAL GRECIAN STYLE PLANTER IN THE BACKYARD
ONE MUST HAVE OF NECESSITY AN OUTHOUSE FOR THE GARDENER. THIS ONE HAS A FULLY FUNCTIONAL TOILET WITH A PULL CHAIN UPPER TANK.  NOTICE THE CRESCENT MOON UPON THE DOOR.
THERE ARE CHARMING FRENCH FRESCOES EMBED IN THE BRICK WALLS ALONG THE WALKWAYS OF THE BACKYARD.

THIS IS ONE OF THE HANGERS WHICH HOLDS THE OUTDOOR PORCH SWING. IT APPEARS TO BE A GRIFFIN.

A CLOSER VIEW OF THE GAZEBO. PLEASE CLICK ON THE PHOTOS FOR A CLOSER VIEW.

HERE IS A FULL  VIEW OF THE CHERUB AND SWAN SCULPTURE BY AN ITALIAN SCULPTOR.

HERE IS A NEWSPAPER CLIPPING WHICH IS FRAMED WHICH GIVES INFORMATION ABOUT THE GENTLEMAN WHO BUILT BEAUTIFUL LAURELWOOD.  PLEASE CLICK ON THE PHOTO FOR A CLOSER VIEW TO READ IT.
THE BACKYARD GARDEN HAS A COUPLE OF LIONS IN THE HEDGE AREAS.
MY HUSBAND AND I GO TO ANTIQUE AUCTIONS.  THIS IS ONE PAINTING WE FOUND WHICH THE FRAME AND PAINTING WERE QUITE BEAUTIFUL.
THIS IS A HAND-PAINTED TILE SCENE WHICH IS IN THE MASTER BEDROOM BATHROOM WHICH HANGS OVER THE JACUZZI BATHTUB.

ON EITHER SIDE OF THE HAND-PAINTED TILE SCENE FROM THE PREVIOUS PHOTO ARE TWO SWEET HAND-PAINTED CHERUBS.

THIS SPIRAL STAIRCASE, AND FIRE POLE, CAME FROM A FIREHOUSE IN ENGLAND.  YOU CAN IMAGINE THE EXPENSE IT WAS JUST TO FREIGHT THESE TWO ITEMS ACROSS THE OCEAN TO AMERICA.

I BELIEVE THIS CRYSTAL CHANDELIER ORIGINALLY WAS IN A HOTEL IN RED BLUFF, CALIFORNIA DURING THE GOLD RUSH DAYS. THIS HANGS IN THE FORMAL DINING ROOM.  NOTICE THE TIN CEILINGS.  ALL OF THE CEILINGS IN LAURELWOOD HAVE TIN EMBOSSED CEILINGS.

THIS IS A MARVELOUS ENAMELED IRON FOUNDRY CEILING LAMP HANGING, AND AGAIN, NOTICE THE TIN WORK ABOVE THE LAMP SHADE. 
THERE ARE OTHER LESS FANCY CRYSTAL CEILING LAMP SHADES.
THIS IS ONE SIDE OF A PAIR OF DOORS WHICH CAME OUT OF A LOCAL RESTAURANT IN OUR CITY CALLED 'THE VINTAGE PRESS' A FIVE STAR RESTAURANT WHICH SERVES CAVIAR AND VERY FINE FOOD.  THE RESTAURANT WAS REMODELED AT ONE POINT, AND MR. DONAL DOUGLAS WAS AT THE RIGHT PLACE AT THE RIGHT TIME SO HE BOUGHT THE PAIR OF DOORS TO ADD TO HIS ASTOUNDINGLY GOOD TASTE IN DECORATING HIS VICTORIAN DREAM HOME.
PILLARS WERE ADDED THROUGHOUT THE HOUSE WITH BRASS FILIGREE, AND NOTICE THE BRASS FILIGREE UPON THE CEILING SCONE TOO.
HERE ARE THE FORMAL STAIRS LEADING TO THE SECOND FLOOR.  THE CARPETING IS A CUSTOM DESIGN AND IS WOOL, MADE ESPECIALLY FOR LAURELWOOD.  LOTS OF WOOD AND INTRICATE PANELING LINE THE WALLS OF THE HOUSE.

A HAND-FORMED CEILING SITS ABOVE THE WET BAR WHICH LEADS INTO THE KITCHEN.  PLEASE CLICK ON THE PHOTO FOR A CLOSER VIEW.

THE WET BAR HAS ITS ON SWEET COVE WITH ITS OWN LITTLE SINK WITH MANY SHELVES.  WE FURNISHED THE HOUSE AFTER WE BOUGHT IT WITH VINTAGE FINDS.  ONE FIND WAS THE VINTAGE CASH REGISTER.
THERE ARE MANY STAINED-GLASS WINDOWS OR INSET INTO WALLS WITH BACK-LIGHTING. THIS ONE IS IN THE WALL LEADING UPSTAIRS.

HERE IS ANOTHER PAINTING WE PURCHASED AT AN ANTIQUE AUCTION.
HERE IS A PORTION OF THE CORNICE AND BOXED IN CEILING OF THE FORMAL LIVING ROOM. LAURELWOOD IS A 3,400 SQ. FT. HOME.
HERE IS ONE OF THE SECOND-STORY BEDROOMS.  THE ROOF IS GABLED HENCE THE SLANTED LINES OF THE CEILING.
HERE IS THE KITCHEN WHICH IS QUITE SPACIOUS AND HAS LOTS OF CUPBOARDS (WHICH ARE NOT VISIBLE IN THE PHOTO).

THE FIREPLACE YOU CAN SEE IS PART OF A BELOW GROUND-LEVEL SITTING AREA.
THIS IS A BARBER CHAIR WHICH IS SITTING THE THE FAMILY ROOM.  YOU CAN NOTICE THERE IS A LOWER SITTING AREA BEHIND THE CAROUSEL HORSE.  PLEASE CLICK ON THE PHOTO FOR A CLOSER VIEW.  NOTICE THE ORNAMENTAL RUG DESIGN.  IT IS QUITE INTRICATE.

HERE IS ONE OF THE VINTAGE GAS STOVES IN THE KITCHEN.
AND THE BLACK ENAMEL DOUBLE KITCHEN SINK WITH BRASS FAUCETS.
HERE IS A VIEW FROM THE SUNKEN SITTING AREA LOOKING TOWARDS THE FORMAL DINING ROOM.  THERE ARE SOME VERY INTRICATE STAINED-GLASS WINDOWS ABOVE THE UPPER GLASS WINDOWS. YOU CAN SEE THE BRICKED IN PATIO GARDEN AREA THROUGH ONE OF THE WINDOWS.  CLICK ON FOR A CLOSER VIEW.


THAT ABOUT WRAPS IT UP FOR TODAY'S VIEWING OF LAURELWOOD.  I AM NOT FINDING MY OUTSIDE PHOTOS OF THE FRONT OF THE HOUSE.  AS SOON AS I FIND THOSE, I WILL BE POSTING MORE PHOTOS.

I HOPE YOU ENJOYED THE TOUR!

POSTED by Teresa