Thursday, August 28, 2014

The Skeleton Krew PRINTS are back

October is approaching fast, it truly is a big deal in our household. We celebrate the ghoulish season with a horror movie everyday and a huge costume party. We begin our decorating early, starting September 1st to be exact. 

Our house is filled all year round with antique finds and Universal Monsters but every October I bring down the my paintings out of my pink wall studio to display for our guests. With that I also bring them back exclusively to my etsy shop just for this reason. 

Our Skeleton Krew Prints are available HERE »»

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Surreal Photography of Silvia Grav

Upon viewing Silvia Grav's black and white photography, one might ponder am I in a dream or a nightmare? Breathes of light and projections of the soul into blackness gives birth to the darkness; in some cases I am afraid for the subject. Black and whites merge with super imposing and multiple exposure taking the viewer into a dream state of the mind. 

Monday, June 30, 2014


When the warm weather hits, I have to get my fix of going to fleas and yard sales. A few weekends ago I hit the road with my step dad in search of the odd, creepy and beautiful. 

One of the last yards sales we hit before going to the Newport flea market was at this yellow house. Before finding the house, we saw some street signs but then drove around the blocks a finds times before we saw this little old vintage suitcase that welcomed you up the drive way. A petite old woman and her grown son were selling many of their belongings which looked like they each had a story of their own. There were many old shoes from the 50s, that looked like they cut the rug at one point. There were a few handbags, one in particular caught my eye, it was a 1960s Wearwell bag with a flower power vibe in light oranges, tans and greens. With a small handle and click button, I knew I had to have it for my collection and to hopefully bring back some life into it.

After that, we hit a small flea market in the small town of Newport. I found a few treasures there which I might add had a fabulous price. Below are some of my finds.
Stunning Moroccan style necklace with hand bent metal work strung with glass blue beads
LEFT: a lovely vintage Moroccan style metal piece with small bells that was hanging from a thin black cord in an old garage on the grounds of the flea market. RIGHT: a vintage metal oxidized pendant featuring what looks to be the Greek god Hermes
LEFT: a rare pin with medal of the Ladies of the Golden Eagle, which was a female auxiliary formed from the Knights of the Golden Eagle, a fraternal organization created in 1872 in Baltimore. RIGHT: petite brass locket with art nouveau detailing
Inside the locket was a photograph of an older woman; I love finding vintage photographs, as it gives me some detail as to where an object has traveled through time
Sunday, I traveled up to Blue Santa Beads in Media, PA for a little treat. About once a year I visit this bead store which has alot of variety compared to general craft stores. Its def worth the trek if you are within the 30 to 50 mile radius. 
Pictured are: rough and smooth turquoise beads, blue goldstone, carved feather beads, handcrafted leaf pendants and vintage brass pendants featuring an Art Nouveau floral design

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

The House Up On the Hill

Since I was a child, every week I visit my pop's house up in West Grove, PA. The Lamborn's built the house and to this day it still belongs in the family. My great grand parents on my father's side built the house in the 1930's once when it was just flat land before all the hovering green trees, my nana lived there raising my father, and my father and mother raised me there for part of my life. I adore that house, much of my art is inspired by this enchanting place. 

Its up on the hill with stone walls that welcome you up the lane, with many flowering bushes that are like comfy guards in pales pinks and whites. The house is brick with white siding and stone stairs in two areas with an open porch with the front doors in an unusual spot. 

Up the lane behind the house you are welcomed by a pebble lane, a blooming garden and a wooden elevated deck which once was my set of my cooking show as a child. It slowly has decayed over the years with a weeping cherry tree folding over. Up in the bank behind the house are numerous wood piles and what I like to call the graveyard which is the home of three dead skeletons of Broncos. 

Sometimes I like to sneak over to the neighbors yard which has a little vine hut that I do photoshoots under, goats and a mountain that I used to climb as a child. 

With the seasons always changing, nothing is the same and I find myself taking so many photos there. Below are photos from the past few months welcoming spring and summer. 


Wednesday, February 19, 2014

FAB: 1960s Makeup

Over at Juxtapoz magazine their current issue is looking back at how the magazine was born out of the 1960s Psychedelic age. This got me thinking and also on a pinning quest of makeup from that era. The 1960s marked a combination of the ladylike style of Mad Men and the free spirit of the '70s. Mod was all the rage in the early to mid '60s which brought on more bold use of color. Also born out of the '60s was voluminous hair and lots of eyeliner, I mean lots. Going retro is still cool to this day, the '60s brought on the liberation of women and a style of their own. I find much inspiration from of Veruschka, Nina Simone, Mia Farrow and Bridgitte Bardot to name a few. Check out these quick makeup styles from this era with companion modern cosmetics that will help achieve these looks. 

Blue eye shadow is back - don't be afraid to saturate those eyes. Left: SHISEIDO Luminizing Satin Serpent Eye Color,  Right: Hourglass Visionair Eye Shadow Prism Duo

Make those lips kissable with bold color in corals and peaches with TARTE's Amazonian Pink Peony Blushing Pink Lipstick

STILAS's Stay All Day Jet Black Waterproof Liquid Liner is my go to get that suburb dramatic look in winged blackness. If you want to go Twiggy all the way, dot under your bottom lashes.

For the full eye treatment you got to get those creases, Coastal Scents Revealed Palette comes in 20 eye shadow colors of warm browns to get every inch of those lids. 

Go naked, not literally, but in this case you want those eyes to do the talking. Matte our your lips in pleasant nudes. Left: SEPHORA's Color Lip Last's Oh My Beige!, Right: YVES SAINT LAURENT's ROUGE PUR COUTURE Rebel Nude Provocateus Rosy Nude

Check out CouponMate - (the web's fastest growing coupon database) and wouldn't you know you can find Sephora discount coupon codes HERE.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

When Worlds Collide

I long to fly through the cosmos of dark glory suspended through endless dark as spheres of light shoot by me into infinity. I cannot fathom what is in our universe only from what evidence through a collection of unusual photographs that fascinate me. I could spend hours looking through photographs of our universe as I know my existence is a spec of dust compared to what is out there.

Hand of God: Yesterday I discovered NASA's new photograph, taken by their Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, entitled 'Hand of God'. What they captured was what looked like a glowing hand that was formed after a star exploded. The core is filled with exploding particles and when heated up it makes it shine in X-rays which make these warm and cool colors. 
(photo credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/McGill)

Black Hole Spectrum: These devouring black holes can be seen here in every color of the rainbow, each dot shown is a black hole in the center of a galaxy, with that said the holes are between 3 and 10 billion light years away. 
(photo credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Yale University)

NGC 2936 aka The Penguin: when galaxies collide they can create a beautiful star formation, during this birth gravity will bind or separate them. The NGC 2936 was nicknamed the penguin for its beak. The formation started off as a galaxy but in the end ripped it apart, but the aftermath resulted in two beautiful shapes in the sky. The arched penguin and the glowing egg below. 
(photo credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (SRScl/AURA))

The Bird: a stunning angelic creation born after a chaotic three galaxy collided. This winged beauty resembles a bird or fairy with its wings open revealing the heart, body, head and tail. The subtle blue outlines are the formation of new stars which is stunning as imaging the width span of the wings are 100,000 light years.
(photo credit: NASA/STSc/Vaisanen/ESO)

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Winter is Coming

We already got a taste of winter this past weekend here on the east coast, the snow was a surprise but a beautiful delight, I look forward to marching onward through the snow fields in 2014. The new year is around the corner, I have big plans for Red Heart 13 in the new year. I'm really focusing on my business and bringing new things to light. 

U P C O M I N G  M O N T H S

~ January will be the launch of the new Red Heart 13 Jewelry website where my all jewels will have a 2nd home. I will still be offering my jewelry through my current shop on etsy but the new site will have more to offer. Please pardon our etsy shop appearance as I am in the process of reshooting all jewelry on a bright white wood background. 

~ February I'm expanding out with big hearts and open arms; a new monthly eblast will provide a first hand look at new seasonal collections, details on secret sales and an opportunity to join the Secret Jewelry of the Month Society.

~ March Medical Madness is our annual celebration of medical and anatomy themed imagery, I hope to have a few special pieces in this theme.

~ May is Heart to Hearts month: 50% of sales will be donated to a specific charity, details to come.

N E W  C O L L E C T I O N S
I have four collections I'm working on for 2014, the first collection to be released is the Sacrifice collection inspired by the brave and fantasy world of Game of Thrones. Here is a sneak peek of upcoming jewelry pieces.

The Red Door Brass Circle Keyhole Necklace: the first piece from the Sacrifice Collection is already available in my shop. Inspired by Game of Thrones, the keyhole from the red door represents the private thoughts of Daenerys Targaryen. The red door symbolizes her heart's desire, safety, security, and the closest thing to home, where she lived with her brother in Braavos in the big house with the red door.
WINTER IS COMING and I hope you come along for the long haul. 

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Fall For These Looks

These are some of my most adored autumn makeup trends this season. 

The cat-eye has been refreshed this season. 
Left ~ wear full lashes with two arched lines mirrored from each other like Ingrid Pitt from the Vampire Lovers. Right ~ apply with a liquid liner arched up similar to Anna Sui from the runway. 

Lips with a bite with the Best Bite Set ~ apply your darker shade of lipstick all over your lips. Use a lip brush to apply a lighter shade to the center of your pout, blend them gently with you finger and add gloss for a little shine. 

Prune eyes bring out the palest iris, this plum color was seen by Gucci on the runway. You can get this look with Kat Von D's Shade Shifter eyeshadow.

Oxblood is the new black; let blood drip from your fingers. Other nail trends this fall include metallics, applied lace to pale nails and 3D accents. View more nails trends »

To Dye For ~ warmer colors are in the air. I recently just lightened to Strawberry Gold and I love it. View more hair trends »