Friday, February 11, 2011

My day: a leopard coat and an oil painting

Today was a super fun day! 
I went to Nordstrom's for my first time ever, armed with a nice gift card.
Looky what I found on sale~
this fabulous boxy faux leopard jacket.
This was a no brainer~I'll take it!
A little background story:
Over 20 years ago I was at an antique auction and a fabulous leopard fur coat
 was on the auction block and no one wanted it...
and I was too embarrassed to make a bid as the audience was making fun of it..
Never again would that happen, 
but at least wearing this faux fur is politically correct. 

Next, I stopped at Marshalls with some coupons I get from using 
their TJX card for my purchases and I picked up this:
 A shabby ruffled rosette pillow by Cynthia Rowley.
I couldn't resist its charms. It looks like a big cabbage rose.
 When I arrived home my mailbox was stuffed with a big package!
Inside was an oil painting that a new bloggy friend sent me,
just for being a friend!
 This painting was painted by Cindy of Cindy's Fractured Fairy Tale.
She paints a lot of beautiful things, including this pretty vase of flowers by
a window in all the colors that look perfect in my home.
I was overwhelmed~*sniff*sniff*~
Her note said she hoped I would have a spot
to tuck this painting somewhere.
It only took me ten seconds....
I had a cookbook on the iron stand and it went right back on the bookshelf.
I put it next to the rose teapot set I got with my mom in
 Naples Florida over ten years ago,
and it is still one of my favorite things to this day.

Now, this painting makes this whole hall table complete!
I never take pictures of the hallway leading from the dining room
to the kitchen because it is a work in progress.
However, this little oil painting has inspired me to want to share.
Right above the oil painting is a numbered print I bought over 20 years ago.
It reminds me of Martha's Vineyard where all of the fences are covered in roses.
It was the first "real art" I ever owned.
I summered on MV as a kid and my parents live there now.
Art is supposed to have some meaning to the owner.
Now I have two pieces with special meaning.
Thanks Cindy for this amazing gift!
Check out her blog 
to see how funny and talented she is.
She is also decorating her shabby dream home
and I have loved watching her in action.


  1. Your coat is fabulous. I love it. What a fun piece to have. The pillow is wonderful and your painting gift is exquisite. What a special treasure. Hugs, Marty

  2. Gorgeous coat Amy and what a sweet thought from Cindy!! Bloggy friends are the best!! :)

  3. What a great find. Love the painting. What a sweet thing for her to do. Did you ever think such a thing would happen in bloggy world? The table looks beautiful!

  4. Wow I love the coat!! I would so wear that!
    Love Cynthia Rowley...her stuff is beautiful!
    How wonderful is Cindy!! I'm a new follower to
    her blog and her art is incredible. You found
    the perfect place for her painting!
    Pamela :)

  5. Hi Amy!
    I want that coat! I want that pillow and I want Cindy's painting!!! Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!! I love everything that you love and I really get excited when you have a new post because I know I'm about to see something good.


  6. Sounds like a fantastc day to me! Lucky girl on that coat, sooooo dang cute!

  7. Good afternoon Amy, Girl I always enjoy my visits to your beautiful blog..Doing the Happy Dance for you that you found your long lost coat ha ha!!
    Love that oil painting girl and I also spotted a little Chintz pitcher on that wonderful table..I adore Chintz ware..Now that lamp shade is 2D4 Amy..You do have the best things around..Hope you have a GREAT weekend my friend..Hugs and smiles Gloria

  8. I would have bought that coat too!
    Its so fun!

    Love the painting!

    I'd love to see the lights you have hanging in the kitchen.....please give us a peek!

    Smiles, Dolly

  9. Dolly, that light in the kitchen over my island came from the dump~a swap shop to be exact, for free!
    This is the blog post that shows a rare glimpse into my tiny kitchen.

  10. I love the rosette pillow since we're having a girl and I'm thinking girlie!!!

  11. What a great day you had! The coat is fab, and the painting is such a delight! I am an artist too, and it such a nice thing for her to send that to you! She is an inspiration in more ways than one! thanks for sharing, Carrell

  12. The coat and pillow are fabulous. I love Nordstrom's as well as Nordstrom's Rack...great deals there.

    How sweet of Cindy to send you the's really beautiful. These is so much kindness out there in Blogland. You are a lucky girl!


  13. Love the jacket and love the pillow. You did good there, girl!
    Cindy is a great artist! So sweet of her to send you the painting and it works perfectly in your decor. I'm headed over to check out her blog.
    Have a wonderful weekend!

  14. I think your hallway is really outstanding! I love how you did the whole table vignette.The painting is so pretty...very much reminiscent of Martha's Vineyard. Pretty rose teapot that looks extra special on the table!~Hugs, Patti

  15. Love the jacket! You will love wearing that. Mine wore out, but my cute little granddaughter has one in pink. They are amazingly warm even though faux.

    Love the painting. How thoughtful of her. It looks great on the table in your little stand.

  16. I bet you look great in that leopard jacket. I WANT it! :) Your hall table is beautiful... although everything is great and works well, the oil painting is the show stopper for me.


    P.S. I love your wood flooring.

  17. I love your coat! Cute, and your white interior, very classy:) Thanks for stopping by my blog and your sweet comment!

  18. Oh girl, you did good! That coat is awesome! Can't believe anyone would make fun of something so cool. I would definitely buy it. The pillow and painting are beautiful too. Your first painting and the other both tug on my heart. Pretty, pretty, pretty. I would so enjoy MJ I think. Pictures of roses on fences are dancing in my head.

  19. Sound like your lucky day: new coat, new painting, new pillow. Enjoy!

    Thanks for your comment and becoming a new friend. I have been following for quite a while.

  20. WOW! What a BEEEEE.U.TI.FUL gift.... How sweet and special.... unexpected treats are just the best, aren't they??

    Love every single thing on that little table.... soooo sweet.

    Now, about that hall.... A work in progress... I swear, I looked at it and thought "oh my gosh... what a wonderful hall".... So sunny and utterly delightful.... I sure didn't think it needed ANY improvement.... PERFECTLY PERFECT!


  21. What a great day you had! I love that painting! What a sweet friend!

  22. Love the jacket and the pillow - both great finds. I've always wanted a faux leopard print fur swing coat. I saw one once and didn't have the money for it and have wished for one ever since. That painting is fantastic! What a surprise. It's very well done. How lucky for you.

  23. I love that coat!!! Such a great buy and you will surely feel fabulous wearing it! Adorable. How special that she sent you her pretty painting for no reason... very sweet. It looks perfect where you placed it... enjoy!! xo

  24. What a day!! I'm sure you look smashing in your new coat!! The oil painting is beautiful, what a lovely gift!


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