Thursday, November 20, 2014


I've been working on these guys for quite a while. I woke up one morning in June and thought "what if".... But the problem was finding a ready made pagoda. Finally found almost what I was looking for, and then they popped up on another site (and quite a bit less pricey--still expensive). And then, the first pagodas arrived damaged; so had to get a replacement pair--which I still had to rework and strengthen. Strip and paint and apply the touches of gold for that Chinoiserie effect. Of course, ordering the faceted rock crystal, coral and turquoise is another adventure: all of these semi-precious beads come from China. I know the photos don't show the scale: the pagodas measure 30" in height and those are 1.75" slices of turquoise. The larger faceted rock crystal beads measure over an inch and the coral beads are about an inch in diameter.
Here are some detail photos

Of course, the question now becomes: does anyone else think that these guys are interesting enough to buy? I'd love them on a period Regency credenza or a mid-century piece. Hollywood Regency?
Tomorrow I'll go to Michael's to purchase little votive candles for the four levels.
I've been busy--and I haven't gone to auction in three entire weeks--the withdrawal hasn't been too bad--and it feels great to finally push these projects forward.
I'm getting ready to cook--I purchased an organic, free range turkey. These premium turkery are so delicious--hope that we'll have left overs (turkey sandwhiches with lettuce and tomato--Yumm!!) I'm making my usual cranberry chutney and the pies in addition to the turkey (everyone else will do the rest). I can't help it--I just love to cook and bake.

Sending blessing for a gorgeous Thanksgiving--a little early in case I don't manage to get off another post.

I'm saddened by the death of the Duquesa de Alba--what a lady and what a gloriously well-lived life.

Be well.
Mary & Jones & Cole


  1. These are so gorgeous Mary. I think on a sideboard in the entry of dining room, perfection! The height is amazing and unique! I put the image on my site and on Facebook to share!
    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family if we don't talk before then!
    The Arts by Karena

    1. Hi Karena, Thanks for the approval--your opinion really counts for me. And thank you for the amazing shout outs!! Happy Thanksgiving to you as well--sending love, as always.
      xoxo Mary

  2. Those are divine, Mary!!!! Such scale! I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your beautiful family. Once again, give Mia a huge hug from me :) I miss seeing photos of her. Lots of luv, L

    1. Hi Loi, Your approval means the world to me. Thank you! Little Mia is doing super well. Right on schedule with pre-school. I'll take some photos at Thanksgiving and post an update. Sending blessing for a wonderful Thanksgiving Day. xoxo Mary

  3. Now that is ONE amazing idea and FIND! It's one thing to come up with the idea, but to find them? You really scored! I can see them on a mantel or in a garden area on a mantel as well! Don't you love it when you get this new idea in your mind, it wakes you up at night, it gets you up early and then you hit the ground running? Creativity keeps us YOUNG! Lovely work, and thank you for coming to visit ! Anita

    1. Hi Anita, Thank you so much. Yes, it's that creative nudge that gives life meaning and spice. I do love your blog!!! Sending you blessings for a wonderful Thanksgiving Day. xoxo