its been a while...

it has been a while since my last few posts. everything in my world seems to be getting more and more hectic and stressful. BUT...on a lighter note. a few weeks ago i found a wedding dress. actually, not just a dress but THE dress. its AMAZING! super gorgeous! and yes, i totally cried like a girl when i first saw myself in it. but its just too AWESOME! and very me. streamline and elegant enough to hold to tradition. BUT with a bit of a twist that is OH SO very me. :) i mean come on, did yall really think i would end up with a traditional dress? no way. traditional is not in my vocabulary! and yes, its white. much as i would have loved to make everyones jaw hit the floor when i walked out in a purple dress, it is classic ivory. and KICK ASS. plus, we got to spend time with my parents, which is always awesome. for those of you that dont know this, my mom totally rocks. and dave and my dad went out on the town while we were dress shopping and had fun. plus, my little brother is basically my hero. long story short, i was very glad i got some much needed family time.

and now, i have the dress, and a photographer: who is totally great. and the caterer is stamped! so its a win-win-win situation. so glad the stress of all the big stuff is out of the way. i mean its going to be amazing, if i do say so myself. seriously, who doesnt want to get married in a beautiful and meaningful location, with a super fun dress, a great photographer, and delicious cajun food. yes, indeed i did say cajun! a sweet little homage to my genealogy. and i mean, i guess the groom is okay too.... lets face it, anyone who can put up with my cynicism, sense of humor, odd fascinations, outlandish personality, and my affinity for all things owls, is pretty much a saint. sure it kinda helps that hes cynical, has a crude sense of humor, fascinated with the weirdest things, and extremely, ridiculously, and hilariously impetuous. ya, im definitely lucky to have such a great best friend and future hubby :)

anywho, now that ive babbled away, lets get down to the fun stuff. since i havent blogged in what seems like FOREVER, you know ive found a TON of great new etsy finds, and i kept switching back and forth on what kind of theme i should go with, and the i realized theres just too much great stuff, and i didnt want to narrow it down today, so i wanted to share all the AMAZINGLY awesome things ive come across. just beware ive been really drawn into delicate florals and patterns and bold solid colored items lately--GORGEOUS! so...enjoy!

italian army vintage ammunition case by mimivintagedesigns.

bright sunshine yellow wall medallion by amye123.

captain strigiformes - altered antique plate by BeatUpCreations.

blue hydrangea leather headband by leatherblossoms.

upcycled cherubs metal candle holder by VintageMadnessShop.

soiree bracelet by mamaslittlebabies.

natural white coral by hindsvik.

hand embroidered decorative wall art folk blue by HAREandDRUM.

mr. owl small print: limited edition by matteart.

round amethyst geode crystal ring by luckyduct.

art deco vintage rhinestone bracelet by JOEBERN.

vintage lettuce green flowerpot planter by hopeandjoyhome.

fringe asymmetrical draped cardigan by BabooshkaBoutique.

brussels 8 x 11 print by Juliapott.

roxanne earrings - vintage orange lucite by Kande.

eco-friendly coat hook/organizer - the lone rider by halfpintsalvage.

the lexie bib necklace by missrubysue.

madame talbot...

its been forever since ive blogged, and i have been consumed with finding some new art prints for our house. and today i wanted to show you one of my very FAVORITE artists, the ever talented and macabre Madame Talbot. her work is incredibly detailed and amazingly beautiful. (i know this isnt for everyone, but dave and i are in agreement that she is one of our favorite artists and we would LOVE to own every single poster she has ever done. but its no secret dave and i are a little on the odd side.)

i first featured one of her posters when i was searching on etsy and came upon her mutter museum poster, at that time there wasnt too many more other posters up on their victorianlowbrow etsy page, but of course i marked it as a favorite and intermittently kept checking back in. finally i got curious and found madametalbot on twitter, which lead me to the blog, which lead to the official Madame Talbot website. i have spent hours upon hours on the website, searching through every item from all the posters to vintage tools to human bones and fetal skull dolls, chronicling my favorites, and getting caught up in the little tid bits of history and information that are detailed on some of the items. to see what i mean check out the shrunken head or the black death plague doctor poster.

here are a few of her beautifully handcrafted posters done with only pen and ink...enjoy!

i would love to feature more of her work, but i am not sure how some of you would react if you click on my blog and there was a real skull or human heart staring you in the check out other oddities, including a human heart night light preserved in lucite, a real vintage monkey paw, and the til death do us part curio, check out the official Madame Talbot website. but beware! not for the faint of heart!

st. james infimary new orleans jazz funeral poster

black death plague doctor poster
mutter museum poster

gospel poster

undertakers cabinet poster

idle hands devils playground poster

vampire's garden mercy brown poster

that old devil cannabis sativa marijuana weed poster

abraham lincoln's ghost train poster

victorian drugs quack poster

jack the ripper poster