Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Tropical Table Lamp Giveaway!

I am so excited to share this everyone! You don't want to miss out on the opportunity to get one of these stylish tropical table lamps that retail between $62.04-$67.56!

My sponsor for this great giveaway is BedroomFurniture.com. They have a great selection of platform beds, as well as lamps, nightstands, mattresses, bedding and more.

Best of all, the lucky winner of this contest gets to pick which of these three table lamps they want. So here are your choices:

Table Lamp #1
Living Well - Monkey Table Lamp with Twig Shade
This monkey table lamp features a classic twig shade and 1 light. Its smooth lines and elegant look will make it an eye catching accent to any room in your home.
Monkey base
Twig shade
1 light
The shade's dimensions are 7" top width x 17" base width x 12" height
The lamp's height is 30"

Table Lamp #2
Living Well 4072 - Bamboo Finished Table Lamp with Painted Shade
This bamboo finished table lamp features a classic painted shade and a 3 way switch. Its smooth lines and elegant look will make it an eye catching accent to any room in your home.
Bamboo finished base
Brown wicker shade
The shade's dimensions are 12" top width x 20" base width x 16" height
The lamp's height is 30"

Table Lamp #3
Living Well 6013 - Cheetah Decor Lamp with Bamboo Shade
This cheetah decor decor lamp features a classic bamboo shade and an On/Off switch. Its smooth lines and elegant look will make it an eye catching accent to any room in your home.
Cheetah decor base
Bamboo shade
On/Off switch
The shade's dimensions are 5" top width x 11" base width x 9" height
The lamp's height is 21"

Here's what you need to do to to enter the drawing. Step 1 is required, the rest are optional for extra entries:

1. Leave a comment on this post telling me which lamp you would choose and what you like about it. Then join my list of followers (on the right). 1 entry

2. Follow me on Twitter. Just use the button on the right. 1 entry

3. Write a post on your blog about this givaway. Make sure you include a link back to this blog post. 1 entry

4. Tweet about this giveaway. Send me a direct message on Twitter letting me know about your tweet. 1 entry

The deadline to enter is 6:00 pm Pacific time Friday, July 3. The drawing will be held on Saturday, July 4. Good luck to everyone!

Authentic Native American Pottery

Native Americans have been making pottery for thousands of years. The oldest pottery was made for utilitarian purposes, for storing things like grain, seeds for planting and carrying water. These ancient pots were mostly without designs, except for the texture of the coils, pinches and indented textures from pointed sticks. Women were the main potters, as their role was to gather while the men hunted.

Native American pottery was never made using a potter's wheel. The pottery is all hand made. Eventually, elaborate decorative designs began to appear on pottery, which also became an important part of ritual ceremonies. Not all of these designs are fully understood, as Native Americans are reluctant to share with outsiders the meanings of some of these sacred designs.

Today, Native American pottery is considered some of the finest and most valuable ceramic art and is sought after by collectors world wide. I was thrilled to find a supplier of authentic Native American pottery that deals directly with Native American artists in the Southwest from tribes such as the Hopi, Navajo, Acoma and the famous Mata Ortiz pottery from Mexico.

One style of Native American pottery that is easily recognizable because of its unique looking design is horsehair pottery. Like the name implies, horsehair pottery is actually made using the hair from the mane or tail of the horse. (Just to be clear on this, it only takes a few strands of hair from the horse, which doesn't bother the animal at all. Now the glue you crafters and scrapbookers use, you might not want to know where that comes from.) During the firing of the pottery, while it is red hot in the kiln, the hair is added to the surface, resulting in the shadowy streaks that makes this style so unique. The origins of this pottery are unclear, but one story states that it happened accidentally when a potter's long hair blew against the surface of a piece of pottery as she was removing it from the hot kiln. Since most Native American potters are women, and some of the greatest discoveries happen by accident, this story is probably true.

For more detailed information, see my Buzzle article, Native American Pottery.

Monday, June 15, 2009

New Asian Decor

I've got some great new Asian home decor and Asian furniture to post this week. First are these beautiful Rosewood Asian Stools. These barrel shaped Asian stools stand 18 inches tall and are perfect to use as a drink table, display or end table, plant stand, or whatever else you can dream up. One is available with seashell inlays.

Next are these handmade, intricately designed 14 inch Round Bamboo Wood Collage Plaques. Chinese artisans use small individual pieces of bamboo to create beautiful collage designs. Choose from 10 different designs.

Finally, these exquisite Asian dolls make the perfect gift for any Oriental art lover. There are three Opera Dolls in gorgeous costumes sold individually or you can buy a set of 12 Chinese Empress Dolls. These finely detailed dolls have hand painted faces with elaborate hair, expressive hands and traditional body poses.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Old Mountain Cast Iron Cookware

Cast iron cookware has been around for hundreds of years. Cast iron has excellent heat retention and diffusion. It can withstand and maintain very high cooking temperatures, making it a great choice for slow cooking stews, searing and frying. Cast iron cookware is also known to leach small amounts of iron into the food cooked in it which could be beneficial to those with iron deficiencies.

Seasoning cast iron cookware protects it from rusting and provides a non-stick surface for cooking. It is basicly a three step process, starting with cleaning, then applying a layer of vegetable oil, lard or bacon fat and then heating the fat to bond to the metal. Follow these easy instructions to season your cast iron cookware:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Wash cookware with hot, soapy, water and a stiff brush. Rinse and dry.
3. Completely coat inside and outside surfaces with melted vegetable oil or shortening (some people prefer lard or bacon fat).
4. Place cookware on middle rack for 30 minutes. Remove cookware and wipe it almost dry to prevent pooling of shortening or oil. Place back in oven for another 30 minutes.

After cooking with cast iron cookware, do not wash with soap or load in dishwasher, as this will remove the seasoning. Simply rinse with hot water and wipe clean with a paper towel. Cast iron cookware looks great displayed on a hutch or on your stovetop.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Welcome To Outdoor Wednesday!

I just visited Cathy @ The Stylish House and viewed the beautiful pictures she posted for Outdoor Wednesday. Being a HUGE lover of the outdoors myself, I headed over to the creator of this great idea, Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer (gorgeous flowers) to find out what Outdoor Wednesday is all about. So I decided I had to share my passion for natural beauty as well. After all, while we busily try to create beautiful spaces in our homes through decorating and design, just take a look at what God has done lately! Talk about the ultimate landscaper...

Pictures don't really capture how incredibly amazing this place is, especially that first look over the edge. You catch your breath and realize this is a moment in your life you will never ever forget.

Those tiny things on top of the rocks in the foreground are actually people. Just a little perspective on how imense the Grand Canyon really is. A rainstorm was moving through the canyon.

As the storm moved through the canyon, the colors would change every few seconds, giving the canyon an intense 3D effect. Probably the most beautiful and amazing minutes of my life...

If you look closely in the middle of this picture you will see a deer we saw grazing along the trail. I've been to both the North and South Rims of the Grand Canyon. Too hard to pick a favorite. (These photos were taken at the South Rim.) It is one of my favorite places on Earth.

Monday, June 1, 2009

A Touch Of Copper

For centuries, copper has been used in our homes, both as a building material and for things like cookware, doorknobs, sinks, range hoods, bathtubs and counters. Copper has so many different uses, including being a popular material for stunning art and home decor.

For instance, the Lotus Day Bed and the Lotus Chair. These amazing pieces of furniture are made from gilded copper over metal. Ultra modern and totally unique, this furniture is cutting-edge in its design. These special order pieces are a big investment, but if you can afford it, they will last a lifetime.

The Copper Capiz Vases come in a set of two, with a hammered finish on the bottom and inlayed capiz accents.

The Indra Planter and Skandra Planter are large, deep planters made from crushed stone inlayed in fiberglass with copper leafing. They look beautiful as indoor or outdoor planters.

Copper tiles and copper panels make stunning wall displays in your home. The Rivet Wall Plates come in a set of three different sizes and have adjustable depth and display capabilities. This enables you to add texture and a three dimentional effect to the wall. Copper Studio Tiles are oxidized copper over powder coated metal, giving them a variety of unique designs, and some have inlayed capiz accents. You can purchase a set of 16, or buy them individually. Copper panels can also be purchased in a set of six or individually.

Copper sconces are available in a variety of shapes and sizes and add a warm touch of natural accent lighting to your walls.