I Think I Need Glasses!!

Those random glasses at flea markets and thrift stores will never look the same again.The lovely Propellor Design has gathered them all together to create one-of-a-kind chandeliers.  I must have.  Must have now!

Can’t you picture this over a gorgeous white tempered glass kitchen table in an amazing white room?

Now let’s find some wonderful antique chairs.  Something with a rounded back i think.  Like these featured on etsy by The Vintage Supply Co. (sorry they’re sold)  I’m digging the wood tones with the reds and ambers and browns in the chandelier.

Now, let’s add something like this Sariskar fabric designed by Henry Wilson for Osborne & Little.  Can’t tell if it’s a big repeat but i’d try to center the big flower on each seat if possible.

I definitely need glasses.  (as pictured above)   Clearly, I’m starting to see things!  Could be trouble.

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Throwing In The Towel

I’m throwing in the towel on getting my monday post in on time today. The Marimekko tea towels to be exact. I had a huge stretched Marimekko Canvas as the central piece of art in my room growing up. It was bright and bold and modern and I thought it was over-the-top-cool.

And while I can’t even remember what happened to the first piece of art I added to my collection at 13, I’m still a huge fan of Marimekko Anything. The patterns. The bold colors. The unexpectedness of the designs. And the range of colors and imagery is fantastic.

I’m so happy Crate & Barrel does its darndest to keep Marimekko patterns in their ongoing collections. I have two pillow shams on my master bed right now that are muted scandinavian nummy. If you want to make a little less of a commitment to the boldness of Marimekko designs…I say grab yourself a tea towel…or a set of tea towels as featured onwww.finnstyle.com.

For around $29 dollars you can pick out a set of two Marimekko tea towels. And bop around your kitchen with them…see how you feel about the bold colors and patterns. And even the more subtle ones above. I think tea towels are like new underwear for the kitchens. You’ll feel fresh and sassy without spending a fortune. Only you will know you have new tea towels. I guarantee nobody in your family will know what you’re smiling about. It’s between you and the tea towels. And of course, all of us here at Spark.

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New Year! New News!!


New Year.  New news!  After my home was featured on Apartment Therapy last december (see post right below this one), I was invited to join a collective of interior decorators &  landscape architects  & exterior space designers here in Austin.  It’s a dream come true!

I’ll now be using my creativity in a new and exciting way:  I’ll be helping my clients design and create their own signature nests…through the thoughtful use of art, design, textures, textiles, budgets, vintage finds, treasures, new furniture and more.  A process that can take anywhere from a delightful afternoon to a carefully curated  lifetime depending on my client’s time and budget.

The invitation to join Spark Interiors…to embark on a new chapter in my creative career is so thrilling.  I have very much missed collaborating with other people creatively on a regular basis.  This is my sweet new chance to spend more time in the world and a little less time in the studio.

to be sure, i’ll still be busy in my pippingtooth studio…plotting and planning rooms & spaces and creating one-of-a-kind decorative accessories, art, ceramics  and repurposed wonders for my happy clients..  but  i will be taking a break from the retail part of pippingtooth for a while.  so, yes, my  store will be under the mulch  (closed) for a while.   at least until, i get my paint swatch fans firing on all cylinders.

for now, i’ll be sharing my weekly Spark Interiors posts with you here.  every monday, i’ll be using my creative eye to source great finds and pass along any deals and must-have-finds with you.  and  i’ll even be available to do some online e-decorating with my sweet clients.  how cool is that?  You send a picture.  We gab.  I’ll send you links & ideas.)

ladies and gentlemens, prepare to feather together!!   you may want to start with these great silkscreen posters i discovered and posted about for my new partner, sparkinteriors.com 


Grab your hammers and  picture hooks, kids!  Give your walls a new twist in 2011 with these silkscreened posters featuring music lyrics & fab typography over at Music Philosophy

The talented creator of these marvy hits is based in the UK and introduces himself and his work thusly:
“Hi. My name is Mico. I am a designer. I like music and typography. So I combined them on this Project because I had nothing better to do.”
How droll and delish!

In my next life, I fear my house will have no windows…only walls…so I can satisfy my passion for art, art and more art.   Or maybe i’ll fancy a double-sided framing system for displaying ON windows.  How about a huge picture window with a poster featuring Johnny Nash’s “I can see clearly now the rain has gone.”  facing in.  And this wonderful poster (thanks to The Mouldy Peaches) facing out for arriving guests to see:

Thank you, Mico.  Wonderful work.  Love, Love.  Me Do.

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a home tour on apartment therapy

many thanks to my sweet friend, Misty Adair who is the oh-so-creative interior designer and owner of Spark Interior Style and also a contributing writer for Apartmenttherapy.com  She very very kindly asked if she might write an article and feature a house tour of our Austin digs as one of her first assignments. She is talented beyond measure and has created amazing interiors for homeowners
throughout Austin so the very notion that she chose our home made me hap-hap-happy and a little blushy.  It’s nice to think I’ve created a home that is fun and welcoming.  Her 40+ photos tell the tale.  Yes, it’s true.  Misty is multi-talented.  she not only creates amazing interiors,  she’s also dang handy with a camera. come on in and see for yourself!

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Free Signed Print GiveAway for A Special Apartment Therapy Reader!

helloooooooo apartment therapy readers!  as a thank you for stopping by, i’m offering a free give-away of one of my limited edition MOD MADISON signed  archival prints (8.5 x 11)to enter sign up for my “what’s new previews” by posting a comment about what you love most about your home.  (make sure there’s a way to contact you!)  i’ll pick the winner by random number generator after january 1st.

if you’re just stopping by and haven’t seen it yet, my home, studio & art are featured on apartmenttherapy.com  what a fantastic early christmas present for us!  click by and take a tour.

hope you’re home is cozy and cheery this holiday season.   merry everything!!!


The winner of the print is Jill.  thanks to all of you who wrote and posted comments.  Jill please get in touch with me if you check this again so that i can contact you and mail your print to you.  love the story of your dining room table.  i have a breakfast room table like that.

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new 2010 calendars!

i’m loving how the calendar turned out this year. new images. and a new page for jotting down important dates and birthdays. quick little note today…am off to the studio to prepare orders for shipping!

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the christmas bunny…a confessional

oh how i love this time of year, when dreams and visions of the christmas bunny dance in my head. oh what fun it is to think of him dashing through the snow, bells on bob-tail ringing. carrying presents in his little satchel to hide under christmas trees hither and yon.

but what is one to do when the christmas bunny comes early…with a present too big to hide? if you were me what would you have done?

there i stood. gazing upon a wintery-bunny-reindeerish-starry wonderland of a piece of original art by artist,
satch grimley. clearly the christmas bunny had made sure only i would find this gift… hidden within the warrens of artist studios featured on the East Austin Studio Tours. As i gazed upon this wonderous (starry…don’t forget starry) gift… a chorus of angels (my friends sue lambe and laurie wisbrun) began singing the praises of this wonderous work of art. what was i to do? refuse this gift? mais, non!

in a state of wonderous awe, i began to write my name on a slip of paper (okay, it was a personal check). no sooner had my piece of paper fluttered to rest upon the table, (much like a snowflake upon a winter’s night) when none other than, satch grimley himself (merry old elf if ever i saw one) plucked it from the its resting place and, as if by magic, read my name aloud!
“i’ve won!,” i thought to myself. “The christmas bunny is real! i do believe!”

and so it was, that once upon a saturday clearly, i learned the true meaning of christmas in november, the real magic of the christmas bunny, and how peace on earth and goodwill towards an unsuspecting husband (who no longer has to think up a christmas present for me) shall prevail upon the land!!

God bless us, one and all!

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hello birdie hat donation…

i‘ve had the pleasure of collaborating with talented friend and milliner, Laura Del Villagio of Milli Starr to design a hat we’ve donated to the Hello Birdie Auction sponsored by Uplift Austin and Big Red Sun. It’s been so much fun learning more about Laura’s millinery craft. She hand-blocked this hat with parasisal straw and we embellished it together. I needle-felted aflowergal who’s chatting with the sweet little needle-felted bird who’s popping out of his birdhouse. it was so inspiring and fun to work together…create together…design the floral trims from our collective supply of vintage and new millinery flowers and leaves and berries.

we’ve so much fun together that we’ll be creating hats for pippingtooth together. and we’ll also be creating custom hats as well. all with flowergals and wonderful little creatures like this vintage chenille snail you see below! please email or call me if you’d like to order a custom pippingtooth garden hat for spring, easter or an upcoming wedding.

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chicken on the brain….

this is one of my dearest friends wearing one of her dearest friends as a hat. one is a poet, the other a poulet. i adore the chick wearing the chick. she’s smart, hilarious, learned, compassionate and wise. she works for god & co. she should wear stained-glass contacts. along with her chickens.

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need a lift?

made a new friend at the beach this summer. clearly he had places to go, people to see. or maybe he was just falling in love with my grasshopper-shaped earring.

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