'Art'

Crate & Barrel Thanksgiving Tabletop

November 14, 2018

By Tab Byrum

Today we are going to look at great stuff from Crate & Barrel for your Thanksgiving table and Buffet. Crate & Barrel always has great products with a contemporary feel to the design. Whether it’s dishes with writing on them or pumpkins and turkeys with an artistic edge, you can find it at Crate & Barrel. Let’s have a look at their dishes, napkins, tablecloths and so much more for Turkey Day. Enjoy!!!

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GO VOTE!!!!

November 6, 2018

By Tab Byrum

The day is finally here, seems like it’s taken forever to arrive, Election Day. I hope every single one of you will get out there and vote today if you haven’t already done so through early voting or voting by mail. I’ve heard all my life that “the power lies with the people” but the only way we have to exercise our power is through the vote. Today and everyday we have the power, so choose whoever you like but Get Out And Vote!!!!!

 

Fall Signs From ShanTabulous STudios

November 5, 2018

By Tab Byrum

We have a few signs worked up for Fall at ShanTabulous STudios on Etsy that I want to share with you today. We have a couple that are traditional in color and design and a few others that are more non-traditional, especially in color. I’ll go into more detail below with the photos of the signs. These will all look great sitting on an easel in your entryway to greet your guests, or maybe on your Thanksgiving Buffet table amongst all the goodies or added to the Fall Decorations on your fireplace mantel. They will also make great gifts, especially for those people hosting Thanksgiving and remember, any of our designs can be personalized. Take a peek and Enjoy!!!

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Hello November, 2018

November 1, 2018

By Tab Byrum

It’s the beginning of a new month and a very busy one. The end of October and beginning of November always heralds all the end of the year holiday craziness is about to begin. I do like to take this time though and celebrate all the fall colors, food and tastes that go with it, I love Thanksgiving and think it gets pushed aside for the holidays still to come. Today we are going to usher in the 11th month of the year with a peek at the sights, colors, and decorating ideas that can be used in November. I hope you guys have a wonderful day and start making those lists now for Thanksgiving and all the trimmings, remember it’s earlyish this year, November 22nd. Enjoy!!! (above via)

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Happy Halloween 2018

October 31, 2018

By Tab Byrum

It’s October 31st, Happy Halloween!!!! Today in celebration of everyone’s favorite October holiday we are taking a look back at some Vintage Halloween images for parties, costumes, and idea books. I have to do some research on Bogie Books but they were apparently a deal back in the first half of the 20th century, they were books filled with ideas on parties, costumes, entertaining and having fun for Fall and Halloween. Join me today for a little trip back in time and see how Halloween was celebrated close to 100 years ago and enjoy your Halloween this year and be safe. Enjoy and BOO!!!!!! (above via)

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Perfect For Halloween From Out Of Print

October 17, 2018

By Tab Byrum

There’s perhaps no way better to get into the Fall and Halloween state of mind than to read a good book, a good Horror book that is. But, if you don’t have the time to sit down and read maybe you can wear your favorite horror novel, poem, or short story, especially with the amazing collections of t-shirts, scarves, tote bags, and so much more at Out Of Print. Out Of Print has lots of great merchandise with different themes, today we are going to look at what’s available in the “Spooky” category as we charge on towards Halloween. Whether you’re a fan of Dracula, Edgar Alan Poe or Mary Shelly’s monster there’s something here for you and any of these would be great gifts for October birthday people with a sense of wonder and macabre. Join me today for a little frightful shopping spree and check out all the awesome merchandise from Out Of Print here at their website. Have a great day and Enjoy!!! 

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The Haunting of Hill House from Netflix

October 16, 2018

By Tab Byrum

Last Friday the 12th I was very excited to watch the premiere of The Haunting of Hill House that was premiering on Netflix and it did not disappoint at all. The mini-series is based on author Shirley Jackson’s 1959 gothic horror novel of the same name. The book has been turned into two previous movies with the 1963 version being my personal favorite. In the original book and film, Hill House is a 90-year-old mansion built by a man named Hugh Crain who lived and died there. Hugh originally built the mansion for his young wife and daughter but his wife was killed in a carriage accident on the way to the house and never saw their home. His young daughter Abigail lives in Hill House with her father until he dies and she continues living there until her own death as an old woman. Many years later Dr. John Montague gathers a group of people who have experienced psychic phenomenon in their lives along with Luke the young man who is supposed to inherit Hill House, two “psychics” also show up, young ladies named Eleanor and Theodora. Together the group experiences sightings, loud noises and all kinds of evidence of ghosts and are scared to death. In the new version, the characters from the original novel are now a family with the Father being Hugh Crain, his wife Olivia and their five children taking on the names of some of the characters from the original book and film. The Netflix series is VERY well done with lots of thought given to paying homage to the book and original film. The special effects are wonderfully creepy with several scenes played out in complete silence for extended periods of time to build suspense, there’s also one “jump scare” that made me jump, clap my hands and laugh at myself. My favorite episode was episode 6, “Two Storms”, that was filmed with a single camera and done with only one break in the filming. The entire episode is like watching a play and was mesmerizing. If you enjoy spooky or horror then be sure and check out Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House and enjoy a wonderful 20th Century novel brought to life for 21st Century streaming and binging. Enjoy!!! (above via)

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Alphabet Legend Books

October 9, 2018

By Tab Byrum

I recently began seeing ads on Facebook for the Alphabet Legends books and was very intrigued. I went to the website for the books and am so happy I did, the story of the creation is simple and timeless and I love the art and message the books convey. Alphabet Legends was started by Australian author and illustrator Beck Feiner when she was trying to teach her oldest child, Levi, the alphabet and there wasn’t anything fun or unusual for a parent to use at home. In her words, “it’s hard to bond over B is for Banana.” This led to Beck creating an A to Z that she could use to teach her son and she centered it on things about Australia. Immediately Beck’s Instagram followers wanted a copy of the list and that led to books and posters and now today there are several books available on a wide range of people with amazing artwork that lets you teach your child, not only the alphabet but also about certain people associated with places and occupations known as the Alphabet Legends, there’s even a book for the Manchester United Soccer Team in the UK. Today we are going to look at five of the Alphabet Legend books, ranging from Alphabet Legend Americans to Legends in Fashion and Little Legends. These books will make awesome gifts for kids and grandkids, shower presents, baptism gifts, Christmas, you name it and these will be perfect. I love something that’s not only fun and artistic but is also educational…but not in a way that you feel like you’ve just attended a college lecture on a topic. Join me for a peek at Alphabet Legend Books and to see more of the selection visit the ALB website here. Enjoy!!! 

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Introducing: ShanTabulous STuidos

October 8, 2018

By Tab Byrum

This past weekend you may have seen if we’re friends on Facebook that I shared some news and photos from ShanTabulous STudios and if you did YAY!!! ShanTabulous is a new venture I’ve taken on with a friend of mine, Shana Myers, who is an Artist and Calligrapher here in Oklahoma City and has Ink Stained Fingers. Shana has a thriving business doing Calligraphy for parties and weddings and we’ve known each other for close to 20 years. I approached Shana a while back about combining our talents, hers in art and calligraphy and mine in florals and holiday work, and create something we could sell and would enjoy doing. We’re starting with the signs I’m sharing with you today but hope to have some wreaths for both indoor and outdoor as well as more signs for the upcoming Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. We are going for an elegant look on some of our stuff as well as a Vintage or Retro look. We will be offering personalization on our boards and wreaths so if you want something specific with a greeting and your last name let us know. Everything is hand-painted front and back and the images are also hand-painted onto the boards. Shana does all our Calligraphy by hand, NO STENCILS OR PEEL AND STICK letters here. We now have an Etsy store up that you can view here and we’ll be adding a few more Halloween images later this week and get the other holiday merchandise up ASAP. Join me now for a look at these first five signs and let us know what you think, we hope you’re as excited about our products as we are. Enjoy!!!

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Decorative Hardware From Martin Pierce

October 2, 2018

By Tab Byrum

I always say you have to pay attention to the small special things in a room as much as you do the big things like wall color, finishes, and flooring. Things that can make a room extra special are what I think of as jewelry for a room, lighting and hardware and today we are going to look at a new company I recently found out about, Martin Pierce Custom Decorative Hardware.

Martin Pierce is an artist and sculptor who began creating beautiful hardware after he was unable to find anything unique, Martin also designs lighting and some furniture, taking his inspiration from nature. Martin is originally from England and moved to Los Angeles in 1980, he started with designing cabinet pulls and eventually began designing door handles, bathroom accessories and recently lighting. Martin uses the lost wax method of casting his pieces and all of them are original and copyrighted. Martin takes a lot of inspiration from insects but also has collections that focus on plants and trees like his Hedgerow and Willow collections as well as collections like the Lizard collection and Netuske collection which takes its inspiration from 17th-century  Japanese buttons and are miniatures of bumble bees, rabbits, lizards, and frogs. Today we are going to look at a sampling of Pierce’s work and we’ll come back and focus more in-depth on certain collections. For now, join me for a look at the work of Martin Pierce and Enjoy!!!

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