distraction: Blue Eagle Pottery

On October 25, 2014 by theseventhsphinx

Recently stumbled across and have not been able to get out of my mind this pottery outfit, Blue Eagle Pottery, based in Woodstock, IL. [You have no idea how much time I spend thinking about tableware, partly occupational, partly eccentric.] They have two main glaze styles, one of which has completely captured my attention.

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How beautiful? I often like the warmth of pottery, the organic, slightly irregular quality it can have, especially at the artisan level.  A lot of the allure is due to glazes, and this one is just what I am always hoping to find. Jagged layers of color like cross-sections of sediment deposits or ancient cliff faces. Also, in a stroke of genius, they make a silhouette called a popcorn bowl. MUST.

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Popcorn bowl!

Available on their retail site and a few other specialized vendors. I purchased directly through them, as the prices were better (and quite reasonable). I just picked up a few pieces to use as peripheral touches, serving dishes, whatever I please. I am always weak in the face of cute little bowls, and was in the market for a little vase, and cannot have too many charming ceramic mugs. And popcorn: major food group.

Actually I didn’t get the plate. I am still thinking about that. They have other lovely pieces as well, and the other main glaze is a stunning, deep indigo with speckled texture. Worth a look.

images via Mociun and Blue Eagle Pottery

 

 

winter chic: faux fur collar

On February 13, 2013 by theseventhsphinx

IMG_1352I have an extremely warm pimp-style coat for winter, with a broad shearling collar and wrist + hem accents but, for the most part, it hasn’t been cold enough to warrant it. My wool coat serves…does this mean I don’t get to have a massive fur collar?

Happily, it does not.

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This one was solidly inexpensive and just what I was looking for. Like the idea of wearing it over a motorcycle jacket, too, but I haven’t found the right one yet.

Added monster pearl drop earrings for a look that is says… Anna Karenina.

Faux fur collar: eBay, pearl dangles: eBay, wool coat: Kenneth Cole, Celtic patterned acrylic scarf: gifted, leggings: Topshop (thrifted), boots: Sorel, legwarmers: who knows, gloves: Bon-Ton, alpaca muff: eBay, on the lips: Korres lip butter glaze in wild rose.

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P.S. Thanks to CPL for taking these shots.

winter warmers: cloak and muff

On January 28, 2013 by theseventhsphinx

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Loving this Irish wool cloak I acquired raiding my step-grandmother’s closet over the holidays, especially all of the colors woven into the herringbone pattern. And muffs: so warm. Why did they ever go out of style?

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Cloak by Moriarty Textiles layered over blond leather jacket by black rivet. Alpaca muff (eBay – I added the tasseled wrist strap), acrylic scarf, boots from Sorel. Legwarmers of mysterious origin layered over Free People jeans (thrifted). Gloves from Mercer & Madison,  8mm pearl studs from Peal Paradise. On the lips: Revlon Kissable Balmstain in Crush.

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p.s. thanks to my sister for taking these shots.