I'm an old broad living in an old house in Austin, TX. Onward Thru the Fog, Keep Austin Weird and "I cried because I had no shoes until I met someone who had no style", two popular Austin bumper stickers and a paraphrased quote from a 1960's poster, give a good idea of my personality. Yes, I'm an old hippy. No, I wasn't at Woodstock (but I was at the Atlanta, GA or Byron, GA festival the following year where I got to see Hendrix play the Star Spangled Banner at 2 am in the morning on July 4th). And yes, I proudly call myself an old broad because when I was growing up in the 50's, the only interesting older women I met were always described as "good old broads". So one of my first ambitions, to be an old broad someday, has finally been fufilled.
Saving, recycling, using, enjoying "old things" has been a part of my life style since my teens. Have been told I have "the eye" for and know I have a passion for the smalls of life. Decorative arts, accessories and necessities from the 18th, 19th and 20th century - roccoco to modern, Victorian to retro, deco to industrial, art nouveau to primitive and all the o's, isms, and ist's that fall inbetween - are my special loves. The items people owned for pure visual enjoyment whether on table tops, hung on walls, displayed in cabinets; the clothes they wore, lingerie to winter coats, and the accessories worn with them, including jewelry; the things people used in their daily lives from chamber pots to snuff boxes, mixing bowls to vases, hair receivers to razors, restaurant ware to fine china, trays to trinket boxes, hand mirrors to dough bowls. The way they were designed or decorated to be useful and attractive, whether finely crafted by a trained artisan, made by a small local producer or homemade/workshop crafted where love plus a desire for beauty balanced the lack of finesse. Not only do they please me visually, I want to know about them, who made them, what were they used for, who did the design, what glitch in history made them available or popular. They all have a past. Consequently, they all have stories to tell, whether it is the why or how they were made, the places or times they were used in, or the people who owned them. And I love sharing that information as you'll discover in my descriptions.