Thursday, June 22, 2017

#tbt {Southern Bird Oils}

The original post was posted 5 years ago, June 21, 2012 #tbt.

Enjoy the revisit.
As you know, I adore Southern bird oil paintings- egrets, herons, pelicans, spoon-billed birds. Just days ago, I scored a new one to add to my collection compliments of Chic Chateau.


Take a look at the colors of the Roseate Spoonbill. I love the pop of pink against the dark greenish-blue muddy background. The life-like nature of this bird really impresses me.
I hung my newest oil in the dining room above my French-inspired Wisteria shelving unit. It looks perfect!


I am slowly rearranging and preparing for an upcoming photo shoot. Have I said how much I heart summer?


From February 24, 2012:
As you know, I am in love with all things Southern as atested in my past blog post On Being Southern and my page My Southern Style.  A number of followers and friends of my blog have noticed the vivid oil paintings in many of my home pictures and have asked me to feature these oils in a future blog. Well, today is your lucky day. Today, I feature the beautiful Southern bird oils hanging in various rooms of my home.

After my mom’s stroke in Fall of 2009, I was going back and forth from NOLA to Thibodaux on a weekly basis. BFF DTW of Chic Chateau asked me if I would be interested in doing some work to help the store out with a client or two. I jumped at the chance since I’d been spending many days and nights in Thibodaux. I fell in love with the array of bird oils available in the shoppe. Much of my paychecks went to purchasing these magnificent oils. I am in love with my vast collection.
The oils are all handpainted by various artists. Many are commissioned by Chic Chateau.  They are all purchased from a Fine Art Co. that commissions artists to paint requested subject matter. Chic Chateau requests southern birds, landscapes, jazz, southern themes, etc. DTW has also sent photographs to be painted. A few years ago she also submitted a photo of Thibodaux’s own Saint Joseph Co-Cathedral and had several painted.
 Chic Chateau "hand" picks many oils at trade shows or from detailed photographs.
I hope you enjoy these lovely Southern bird oils as much as J & I do.

You can see many more Southern Bird oils and other selections by going to Chic Chateau's facebook page...
Simply click here: Chic Chateau's Facebook page

Bird oils, y’all! 
(You can never have too many.)

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

What Makes Me Happy {Panoply}

Welcome to another week of my series, What Makes Me Happy. Today, I'd like to introduce my readers to Rita C of Panoply.

Hello, everyone! A note of gratitude to Ron of the Uptown Acorn for inviting me into his circle of readers and friends to share in his series of "What Makes Me Happy". I am Rita C of the lifestyle blog Panoply. My tagline on my blog header pretty much sums up what makes me happy: 'Life is a "wide-ranging and impressive array" of antiquing, thrifting, gardening, home decor and organization'.

I truly believe happiness can only exist if found from within. With that said, family makes me happy. I grew up in a middle class family of nine kids, and even though our parents are gone, we still try to get together to support each other as much as we can in life events. Who I am today is a culmination of all my experiences past, and I am happy with my life and with seeing my kids now successfully matters most!

Music and dance make me happy. Ever since I can remember, music was always part of the household in which I lived, with just about every genre enjoyed, from country to classical (and many in between). The saying that one song can spark many memories is so true for me. From my first recital to my last performance in our state's ballet company, my music and dance memories are primarily grounded in happiness, even when life was otherwise stressful with marriage, career, school and kids.

From ballet, I transitioned into ballroom dancing, where Mr. P. (my [now] husband) & I became a couple. We've been dancing ever since. Happy feet, happy heart!

Being active gives me a feeling of happiness, whether it's just by walking daily or overcoming fear by accomplishing seemingly scary activities for the first time. After nearly 20 years of focusing on ballet alone, getting scuba certified, paragliding, walking beneath a steel expansion bridge nearly 700' high, ziplining, snow skiing, and parasailing are some of the activities I have participated in and repeated for the zestful joy they bring me.

Gardening grows the spirit, and working in the garden makes me happy. I especially love planting perennials to see the success in my garden in years following. I live in West Virginia in a Zone 7a region and became a Master Gardener soon after we planted our current landscape in 2004, primarily for the self-sufficient knowledge base it provides. We enjoy all four seasons, pretty much in sync with the calendar dates of the seasons, and there's something to behold in the garden with each one.

I have always enjoyed shopping, and always thought it would be great to be a professional, personal shopper. Though mostly retired, antiquing makes me happy because it fills that shopping desire, whether it's finding unique treasures for resale, repurpose or my personal end use. Creating Panoply (both my blog name and the name of my micro antiquing business) has brought many, many fun times for me, along with two of my six sisters. What started out from years of shopping and collecting individually, to cleaning out our deceased mother's personal possessions, to buying and selling together with others in mind, has given us more than a decade of happiness together, and still going strong.

Staging the antique and vintage things we buy makes me happy. My sisters and I love creating vignettes, "rooms" and themes in rented spaces in our local antique mall. My blog started as a means to communicate all these vignettes with the one Panoply sister who lives out of town and can't be active in this aspect of our antiquing. The relationships that have grown from the blogging activity? A bonus of immeasurable happiness!

As a Type A personality, a well-organized anything and everything makes me happy. Organization and crossing off lists makes me happy, whether it's big, life event bucket lists, or piddly, everyday task lists! I use Excel to track anything involving numbers, and I now use an app to keep track of my many, former post-it note lists (the app lists are reusable!). Seeing all those strikethroughs within the individual lists? Happy!

With that, I guess you can say I'm crossing this "What Makes Me Happy" blog post off my list of this week's to-do list (accomplishment = happy). Ron, thank you for this series and for the chance to grow my circle of virtual friends through this opportunity. To all of Ron's readers, you are always welcome to stop my blog, Panoply, and visit anytime!

Rita C. at Panoply

Thanks, Rita C. !

What Makes Panoply Happy, y'all!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Uptown Acorn Travels {Alys Beach}

Next stop: Alys Beach

Though we did not stay there, J and I drove to Alys Beach to tour the community as well as dine at George's, a restaurant recommended by many of our friends. Yum! 

George's at Alys Beach: Established in 2008, George's brings regional coastal fare infused with global flavors to the quaint town of Alys Beach, Florida. Chefs craft all of the dishes using locally sourced, organic produce and the freshest seafood available, and present each with a generous helping of love.
The dishes fall into two categories: Behave and Misbehave. The Behave section features organic, spa-inspired dishes, while the Misbehave side touts traditional beach fare like fried seafood baskets and po-boys. The menu is rounded out with a thoughtfully curated wine list and a selection of decadent desserts.
The charming beach cottage provides the perfect backdrop for a casual dinner with friends and family. Dine indoors in the airy, yet cozy dining room, or soak in the beautiful Florida sunshine on the front deck, or screened porches.

Alys Beach: From the moment one views the iconic butteries and towering palms lining the center of our beach town, there is an unrivaled sense of escape. Alys Beach is carefully crafted to celebrate the public realm of streets, parks, pedestrian paths, and great civic buildings in a manner reminiscent of the world’s most beloved seaside towns. In recognition of the strong draw of the sea, our streets orient to the beach, guaranteeing views to the Gulf and cooling sea breezes.
Alys Beach is a groundbreaking community located along the Gulf of Mexico on Florida’s panhandle coast, six miles east of Seaside on Scenic Highway 30A. Alys Beach is a Traditional Neighborhood Development (TND) whose architectural vision has its roots in the style of Bermuda architecture and in the courtyards of Antigua, Guatemala, the colonial capital of Central America.

Alys Beach seems much calmer than much of 30A, and I really want to go back to eat at Caliza. You would swear that you could be in Dubai.

Alys Beach, y'all!
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