Tuesday, June 30, 2009

A sister, a true friend of the soul...

The darling yellow cottage of a dear, dear friend...

You can walk all 'round the grounds and find the most beautifully groomed Victorian gardens in the lil' village of Lone Tree, don't ya just love the name of the town...

A close-up of the porch, with it's aqua porch posts, that harbor the multitude of flora, that partner Bill, dreads dragging in for the winter...

Cathie collects Victorian pillow covers, isn't it grand in front of one of her lampshade creations...

One of Cathie's peacock windows and a lampshade this talented artist has created and a part of her collection of plaster busts that adorn the home in every corner.

This is Grandma...poke in a quarter and she will read your fortune. For all of you familiar with the Iowa City area back in the day, 'Things and Things', was one of those early head shops that had all the coolest hippy, up-beat stuff for our day. Cool clothes and shoes, incense, candles and just plain cool stuff, everybody went there...ahhh the days...but when they closed the doors, Cathie and bill snatched this piece and she now rests in their parlor, how cool is this!


The love of the Victorians is everywhere in her parlor...click for close-ups of a bird's eye view...

A true sister of the soul, Cathie and I share the love of 'the strange', we both love stuffed frog bands, I sold her my collection and she found this awesome old jewelry display, which was a perfect display piece for the boys in the band...our creation of lampshades brought these two ol' hippies together many years ago, as she found me in my first shop, we became instant fast friends...

Then there's Cecil, sorry the picture is a little blurry, but this big bird crowns a newel post at the entrance to her solarium and is one of my earlier taxidermy pieces that I mounted for Cathie. We both love the look of the chickens, although I have sold all of mine...some day, they will roam the grounds of the pink chateau...and chicken dinners will be served again...
Sorry Cecil...

I love you girl!!!

12 comments:

Golden West said...

I zeroed right in on the seashell boxes and frames in the oak side-by-side - I love that kind of stuff!

High Desert Diva said...

Quite the collection of treasures. Thanks for the tour!

Lori R. said...

What are the hours of the museum? I think I could spend a lot of time in there, just lookin'.....

Roses and Lilacs said...

You never mentioned you were building a time machine;)

Your friend has a lovely cottage and a perfect setting in small town America.
Marnie

willow said...

Ahh...we are kindred spirits with the love of the strange. I have a stuffed rooster, too. I think maybe he needs to wear one of my old rosaries...

The Attic said...

For a minute there, I thought I was looking inside the pink chateau! Cool stuff.

cconz said...

Sharon you are a sweet lady. Thanks for the wonderful words and pics. I don't have alot of friends but, i consider you a great friend. I'm so glad i popped into your shop. I had to meet the talented lady with the cool shop and beautiful shades. Your 1 of a kind!

gourdshine said...

Thanks Sharon for a look inside Cathie's place. Love it! You two have the most fabulous blogs, art & stuff!

Greyscale Territory said...

This home is a treasure chest of wonders! I have scrolled back and forth admiring each photo (and that includes Cecil!)

I'm wondering now if this lifestyle should have been a part of me! Love it so much! But then, I love teaching teenagers too! Hmmm...How to combine both and write and take photos! Something to ponder!

Utah Grammie said...

Wow! Loved "Grandma" - reminds me of the movie Big - where the fortune teller grants the wish to be "big" - maybe this one can grant the wish- to be small (as in thin!) LOL! Thanks for the tour - looks like a fabulous place!

Anita said...

Hey- I remember Things Things and Things- that was a great shop- as was Buc's Leather....thoose were the days of Bushnell's Turtle and Somebody Goofed Jean Shop....when downtown Iowa City was sooo awesome...and not biolent in the least...before every space became a student bar...and I know right where that fortune machine sat....

M.Kate said...

That a cottage is a dream :P