Sunday, March 6, 2016


I love animals. However, on Thursday I went a little overboard and now have a zoo at the shop. I intended to only bid on the crab, but the auctioneer put all of these bronzed garden beasties into one lot; soooooo---I just couldn't resist. Here are the newest additions to my already  existing menagerie of objects (lions, camels, dogs, birds, horses, people, 1 huge grasshopper and cats) that form lighting elements, bookends, tables or whatever. 
The crab is the most desirable

Everyone has loved the cobra (my least favorite as I do not love snakes)

I guess I won't have to worry too much about the cobra getting crazy as I also adopted a hawk

And to round out the zoo acquisitions is the 25 inch alligator

And let's not forget Mr. Snail (top photo)--he's pretty cute, almost cuddly.  These are all very sizable--the crab measures about 14" x 13"; they are perhaps French or English in origin and date to c. 1950-60??
Although, these guys are big, they are still the perfect size for bookcase accents. Some one once told me that my eye goes to life or living things and I think that's true--static, frou-frou objects such as elaborate porcelains or bronzes hold little appeal. Now I just have to get the rest (maybe 30%) of the buying world to agree with me.

I hit a milestone yesterday. About 11 or 12 years ago I decided that I needed Nate Berkus and Oprah to come into shop and absolutely love what I did. The scenario came to life almost as I envisioned with a few minor changes. It was three locations later; Nate and Jere brought in their client, who just happens to be the President of OWN.....good enough for me. Setting intentions does bring results; sometimes, you have to be patient enough to see the outcomes. (I think you must also let go of the outcome.....hard one) So I took the day off today: have to set some new intentions.

Mary & Jones & Cole


  1. Mary, I love your menagerie and especially the snail!
    Intention and the Law of Attraction are two concepts I truly believe in.
    Nate, Jere, and the president of Oprah Winfrey Network, stellar!

    The Arts by Karena

  2. Hi Karena, Yes, I loved Wayne Dyer. The world has lost one of its greatest mentors. xoxox Mary