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Bring on the ::bling::

Number 75

The Ultimate Unrestricted  ::bling::
Undoubtedly the world’s most amazing clutches.

from  Marchesa

The company’s namesake and muse, Marchesa Luisa Casati,
is the noted eccentric European style icon.

“She was the most flamboyant and dramatic character to flit through the
early 20th century European beau monde.  They simply don’t make her kind
anymore: richer than God, gloriously semi-sane, with outrageous tastes
in friends, art, decor, clothes, houses, pets and lovers.  Guests of
Casati’s boudoir were a veritable who’s who of the aristos, aesthetes,
artists, bon vivants, poets, dancers and dandies that made the early 20th
century’s art scene what it was; totally, utterly and delightfully mad.”

Michael Mattis

“Her alchemy was much more complex, producing many other marvels.  By what  fire she did transmute the substance of her life into the beauties of
such moving power?  She demonstrated how true it is that all enchantmentis madness induced with art.  But what was the real essence of this creature?  Was she aware of her continuous metaphorphosis, or was she impenetrable to herself, excluded from her own mystery?”

Gabriel D’Annunzio

from Fashion’s Most Wanted

definitely on the fashionista/artista must read list

Vanilla ~ The Traveler’s Safeguard

Number 76

Vanilla

The chef prepares a special menu for your delight, oh my
Tonight you fly so high up in the vanilla sky
In the vanilla, in the vanilla, in the vanilla sky
In the vanilla, in the vanilla, in the vanilla sky

In the vanilla sky…..

Sir Paul

In The Codex Badianus or Badianus Manuscript – the first medical text
book in the Americas, written by an Aztec doctor in 1552 – vanilla
is included in a recipe for a charm called ‘The Traveler Safeguard’
(‘Viatoris Praesidium’ – Aztec scribes were taught to write in Latin
after the Conquest); mixed with other herbs to promote sleep; and in
another lotion used ‘against fatigue of those holding public office’. lol

~

It is the ancient Totonaco Indians of Mexico who were the
first keepers of the secrets of vanilla, however. When they were
defeated by the Aztecs, they were demanded to relinquish
their exotic fruit of the Tlilxochitl vine, the vanilla pods.

When, in turn, the Aztecs were defeated by the conquering
Spaniard, Hernando Cortez, he returned to Spain with the
precious plunder – vanilla beans. Today, vanilla beans
are grown in four main areas of the world. Each region
produces vanilla beans with distinctive characteristics and
attributes. Madagascar, an island off the east coast of
Africa, is the largest producer of vanilla beans in the
world and the ensuing vanilla is known as Madagascar Bourbon
vanilla. The term Bourbon applies to beans grown on the
Bourbon Islands – Madagascar, Comoro, Seychelle and Reunion.”

 Neilsen Massey

available @

 Williams Sonoma

Quicksilver

Number 78

Mercury Glass

“Although blown glass orbs coated on the inside with mysterious
liquid silvering solutions first appeared in the late 17th
century, the decorative vases, beakers, goblets and tableware
known today as mercury glass were first made around 1840 in
the forests of Bohemia, which is now the Czech Republic.
Appearing almost simultaneously in Bohemia, England and the
United States, silvered glass created an instant sensation
in the mid-19th century and was lauded as an important
discovery in scientific journals.

Silvered glass was shown at the great Crystal Palace Exhibition
held in London in 1851. The unusual beauty and novel techniques
used to create the glass were praised in several essays from
two prominent publications including, “The Illustrated Catalogue”
by the Art Journal and in “Tallis’s History and Description
of the Crystal Palace”, both of which provided lessons on taste
by leading authorities of that time. Several years later,
silvered glass made by the New England Glass Company was exhibited
at the New York Crystal Palace held in 1853.

Initially a curiosity, silvered glass may have become popular
because of its marked departure from the aesthetic tedium of
the clear blown and pressed glass made in the early 19th century.
Sometimes referred to as a novelty, the production of silvered
mercury glass lasted about 80 years.”

from The Elegance of Silvered Mercury Glass By Diane Lytwyn

.

Pottery Barn

or make your own!

from Laurie @ The Girls’ Project Group

Easy peasy mercury balls……….

Pie Ranch

Number 80

While you’re down Ano Nuevo Way stop in at Pie Ranch.

Share, teach and eat pie!!

On the third Saturday of each month, Pie Ranch hosts a Community Work Day,
potluck dinner, and rollicking barn dance in the roadside barn.
All are welcome; come lend a hand in the fields while you work alongside
other volunteers and farmers. Celebrate the spirit of community at this
monthly ritual of working together on the ranch, sharing locally grown
food, and then spinning, laughing and dosey-doing together into the night.

Children free!

“Pie Ranch is a place for “pie in the sky” idealistic thinking to guide
social change, such as helping an urban school source local produce for their
cafeteria; or a neighborhood to get their “slice of the pie” to ensure access
to high quality fresh, locally grown foods. We create meaningful and measurable
change toward sustainable communities. We believe enjoyable and thoughtful
engagement with good food can bring individuals, families and institutions–from
children to school boards– together to create a more healthful and just society.”

Pie Ranch Barn Dance and Potluck