Wednesday, November 11, 2009

rearranging

hello everyone! thank you all so much for your well wishes! i am feeling much better today...though i was home sick from work the past two days! yikes! lots to catch up on. ugh.

so this weekend, while i was still feeling okay, i decided to do a little rearranging...


i mentioned this painting before in this post, but i decided to move it to this wall where it would be more visible. my great great Aunt Leaflet painted this canvas in 1911, and there are so many things i love about it...the horse, the grey hues, the wintry landscape, perhaps most of all, because it was painted by a beloved relative...who happened to share my love for painting. i really like how it looks with the velvet pumpkins, tarnished silver pitcher, and the "hydrangeas" (yep, their fakeness warrants quotation marks).


and the silhouettes were where the painting now hangs, but they too are in a better place. they are still just as visible...maybe a bit more so. and they look less cluttered than when they were above the DVD stand. (sorry...i don't have a before photo...and sorry this one is so dark!) unfortunately, none of these are my actual relatives...but i've adopted them in to my family! i've even named them...is that weird? of course, you may remember Hazel in the center from this Vintage Black Friday post...i believe that is her actual name since it is written just below her silhouette. and then starting at the top, going clockwise, we have: Harold, Ethel, Frances, Mary, Edith, and Susan.

what about you? have any of you named your inaminate "friends" (or "relatives"), or am i the only one?? actually, i know some of you have, so you better be speaking up!

31 comments:

Anne Marie said...

you have a very artistic eye....

Anonymous said...

That painting is beautiful! I love your Great Aunts name.........so unusual yet so lovely. Glad you are feeling better! :D Brenda

tara said...

I love what you have done, and no I don't think it weird you named your photos...as I named my dress form that sits in my room...and I mentioned her by name the other day and you should have seen the look on the pool man face, Lucey, who is Lucey he says with eyes wide as can be...he might have thought of shipping me off to the funny farm, but here I am reading that you do the same...!! I will be sure to let him know, or I will be seeing you at the farm!

Vintage Junky said...

I haven't personally named artwork, but our cars always receive names. However, Mr. Hughes used to collect Vargas and Petty girls and he named them. I was pretty concerned when he told me that I needed to come to his apartment to meet the girls and then he named them off... wasn't quite sure what I was getting into!

Michelle

♥ miss.michelle said...

...so happy your feeling better! And,

oh don't even get me started on the "naming game", {lol} of course you've met claire. But.. all of my taxidermy's have names ;)

~michelle.f

vintage simple said...

Oh, I have been known to name a house I like. Or two. And thank you for your effusive, kind, beautiful comment over there. Very sweet - it made me smile like goofball. :)

Love the new arrangements and I adore your Great Aunt - she was just one awesome lady.

I'm glad you're feeling better...

xoxo,
-maria

Jane said...

I too am glad that you are feeling better. I haven't named my "adopted relatives" but, like Tara, I have named my vintage dress form. Her name is Shirley...really don't know why but Shirley it is!! Shirley is in my studio and she is my sounding board for a lot of my projects!
Jane

briannelee said...

I love the first photo... everything looks wonderful together!

That Hooligan Girl said...

I'm glad your feeling better!!! I love how you put things together, I agree you do have a artitic eye. I love the painting as well. Is that in arylic?

That Hooligan Girl said...

Ok, also I love your adopted relatives collection! When I was looking at that I was like you know I want to construct a family project. My bf, my dog and cat. I think it will be very fun.

I don't really see any antique photos or anything of people around here I have to actually go to the seattle stores for those. *gas money flies away*
The trips are fun tho. ^^

Anne~fiona and twig said...

Oh yeah, I name stuff all the time. My Carol Hicks Bolton couch is named Babette. My booth hussy is named Helga. I purchased a doll for my booth today, and she's a bit of a floozy, too. I'm not sure what her name is yet, I'm waiting for her to tell me!
Beautiful painting, made all the more special because it's a family piece.
XO,
Anne

vintagelaundress said...

Glad you are feeling better! You have done a marvelous job of your arrangements - great eye!

The only thing I've named lately is my ever so chunky middle section - I named her Juanita - she likes Mexican food and alcohol.

AuroraSuzette said...

I love your aunt's name. So cool. While I talk to almost everything in my house, on the streets, everywhere, I don't name most things. I might start now. I like those cute little velvet pumpkins, and the monagramed pitcher. A lot.

noodle and lou said...

oh alicia! i'm so excited to have discovered your blog! love, love, love your silhouettes:) naming them seems completely normal to me! xoxx...jenn

dinosaur toes said...

Everything looks beautiful, and I especially love the silhouettes! I've named my mannequin Blanch, which I think she really likes!

Pony Girl said...

I love your winterscape horse picture! How neat that it was painted by someone in the family!!
I haven't named artwork yet....but I name stuffed animals! ;)
Glad you are feeling healthy again!

Debra @ Common Ground said...

Love the grouping of silhouettes! Just perfect!

Susan said...

love, love, love! These are great!

Gypsy Brocante said...

Very cool artwork ... they deserve to be named! I name things as well. Hope you feel 100% soon!

xo
Jill

abby jenkins said...

My husband and I named all the trees we planted around our property. I am sure our neighbors think I am nuts as I walk around "well hello Big Jim!" "good morning Bruce the spruce!" etc... but I don't care. I know the trees like it!

Sylvia said...

Your rearrangements turned out great, do you step back and look at the whole picture and then go back and move that one little piece to its proper spot? lol Love the silhouettes!

Happ VBB

Libbie said...

Those sillohettes are so cute! I would love to have a wall like that here!

Auntie Cake said...

Thanks for stopping by. Love your photography. Beautiful blog!
Kate

Suzy said...

Love your silhouettes! Oh my you have done some beautiful displays!

Tracey said...

I really do love that picture your aunt painted...looks great in it's new spot! I don't have any names for items in my house, but the really pretty things I have a tendency to refer to with female context, like...she's just so lovely (in reference to my favorite ruffle pillow, etc)! Did that sentence make any sense??!

:) T

Farmgirl Paints said...

Have to say I love that painting. It's beautiful and old and sentimental...just perfect.

I really don't name inanimate objects...sounds like a fun thing to do though:)

littlebyrd said...

Oh - I love everything about your horse painting! And it reminded me that I had packed a vintage paint by numbers horse picture in a hidden away bottom pouch of my suitcase and forgotten about it!

Pinecone Camp said...

I love that you name them!! I do too, as does a friend of mine. Love that arrangement of them as well. Nice job! Glad you're feeling better.

The Brocantess said...

I love the silhouettes! I think they are one the most amazing finds at markets. I have 3 and add to them as I find ones that "speak" to me :)

St├ęphanie said...

I love everything !

Auntie Cake said...

Love your rearranging!
Kate