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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Ghoulish Gargoyles

A few weeks ago we took a weekend trip up to Asheville, NC to tour the Biltmore House.  I thought I’d share a few photos of the gargoyles and ghoulish decorative features on the Vanderblit's Mansion.

Architecturally gargoyles were designed to take water away from rooftops over to the sides of a building to prevent rainwater from eroding the walls; used before gutters were around. 

Gargoyles on churches may have been intended to convey the idea of evil and used to scare people into coming to church by signifying the end times were near.  They also may have conveyed that evil was to be kept outside the church.

Other ghoulish figures:

The Bilmore House took six years to complete and was finished in 1895: 

It was a great trip even Stella enjoyed it!


Sunday, October 2, 2011

A Classic Tale of Horror Makes a Wicked Black and White Pumpkin

Okay guys, I'm really not into crafts but when I ran across these brown paper craft pumpkins in a Goodwill bin last weekend an idea came to mind.

Why not use pages from a favorite classic horror novel to make a unique pumpkin for the season.  So, I printed out a few pages of Shelley's, "Frankenstein" and Stokers "Dracula" from . Tore the pages into 1 or 1 1/2 inch strips, used mod podge to glue the strips into place, glued on a stem made by rolling and twisting a piece of black card stock paper, added a few layers of mod podge to the entire pumpkin (allowing dry time in between layers) and there you have it ...

A pumpkin with a scary story to tell :)  

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Weekend Retreat

Wanted to share my great getaway with you guys.  My husband and I spent the weekend in a little hidden treasure tucked away on Patriot's Point in Mt. Pleasant, SC.  It's minutes away from downtown Charleston, just over the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge.  "The Cottages on Charleston Harbor", as they are called, consist of 10 beautiful cottages in a quite tranquil setting.  Check out the link:
 During the day I had time to rumage through some of my favorite Charleston antique stores like, Page's Theives Market on Ben Sawyer Blvd. (tons of furniture @ resonable prices) and Antiques Market on Coleman Blvd. (so many booths you could spend the entire afternoon there).  Check them out if you are ever in Charleston.
Back at "The Cottage"  I couldn't help but admire the decor, especially this adorable little Corona Typewriter on the desk in the guest bedroom.  I want one, I want one, I do!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Introducing Stella & Sheri

Just starting a new blog to go along with our new etsy shop featuring vintage and up cycled items. 
Check in soon to see our latest finds.