Wednesday, January 17, 2018

FIKA...THE SWEDISH ART OF COFFEE!!!


Do you like your coffee?  Grab a cup in the morning and through the day have one at your desk or while you are working?

In Sweden, coffee is taken seriously, as it should be.  Coffee is not just a beverage it is a moment and it is called Fika.



Fika means to take time, have your coffee with a danish or sweet, catch up with family and friends or just make a hot, steamy cup and relax by yourself.....take time!




Why not enjoy your coffee, grind the beans, savour the aroma of freshly ground beans, try a drip coffee maker like Bodum or Chemex.  There is something so satisfying about watching the coffee slowly drip through the filter , and the smell is heavenly.

So why not relax when you have your coffee......try Fika, you will love it.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

FABULOUS "NEW" VINTAGE SARI FABRIC ARRIVING!!!!






It is a very exciting next few weeks here at MY HIPPIE HEART a new stock of vintage sari fabrics will be arriving .  I have purchased some very unique pieces like the orange/tan/pink sari that is hand beaded and hand cut inlaid.  The moss and read vintage silk sari is so pretty with lots of florals.  The Georgette Vintage silk is see through and all hand beaded I loved the turquoise with the red.




I had to have the turquoise and brown vintage fabric.  It is in perfect condition and everyone seems to love the florals.  It is hard to find turquoise in vintage sari so I grab them when I find them.  The cream and red is vintage cotton and all handprinted.







I have decided to focus on unique wearable art kimonos for this season.  I love to find the vintage sari fabrics that look worn, the fabric is still strong yet supple but it is all in the dyes.  The soft grey/blue in the first sari is exquisite and the goldish pattern is very elegant.  I love the hazy mauve in the next one and all of the pattern is hand embroidered.  Finding velvet in a sari is rare as is finding black vintage silk saris.  This last one has all of that rolled  into one as well as lots of hand beading, this may not make it to the rack.

I cannot wait to receive these and start creating this new line, it will be amazing!

Monday, January 15, 2018

BOHEMIAN BATHROOMS!!!!


I adore anything Bohemian.  I redid our bathroom a few years ago, it has a calm, bohemian vibe now.  The only thing I wish I had was a bathroom 3 times the size.  I love the bohemian bathrooms I found on Pinterest.  Look at this tub and full length window, fabulous!

Oh my!  Was a great tub.  I am not really a bath person but I would make an exception if I had a big bathtub like this one.

This is French Bohemian at it's finest.  Gorgeous rugs and the finish on the walls is incredible.  Love the high ceilings.  Great tub and sink.


The finish on this wall is so beautiful.  It looks like old worn silk.  And the tapestry, fantastic.  Moroccan Chic.

When Christmas is over and Spring is in the future I start to get restless and want to do something new, I am sure I am not the only one.  I love to look at Pinterest for ideas it is like an online encyclobedia of ideas.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

MY HOUSE IS FINALLY GETTING BACK TO NORMAL!!!


The sun is shining in the living room despite the dump of snow and icy cold weather today.

It seemed to have taken much longer putting the house back together from Christmas this year.  I blame the cold, dark days and the fact that I decided to do the Spring Cleanout while I put everything back.





The living room is completely done!  Cleaned , polished and lovely.  The floor held up great and I still really like it, it looks like worn denim.  I picked up the really fabulous Bohemian pillows from HomeSense the brighten up the room.






I brought some pieces from the other living room in to this one for a change.  I inherited the old Quebec Gate Keeper from my Grandmother's primitive collection.  He has a big metal hoop on his back and he would hang on a gate and hold the key.

I also move Saint Mamet on to the old step stool.  He is the Saint of stomach ailments.  For years I thought he held a loaf of bread but he is holding intestines....lovely!  My Grandmother bought him in the 1970's from an old Monestary School outside of Quebec, he is from France by way of Ireland.  The person who had him was a collector of old religious figures.





The Grouse and her babies is an old carving from Ontario.  The print of the little girl feeding chickens was my Grandmother's favourite.  I painted the woman harvesting wheat as a companion piece for my old men in the kitchen.

I bought this amazing print of Gypsy Horses at a farm auction a few years ago.  The owners were collectors and the price on the back was $350 in 1961.  It was in perfect condition.  Unfortunately it rained that day and the auctioneers had the paintings and prints outside instead of in the barn so it got water damage on the bottom.  I bought it for $10. and I love it in spite of the dumb mistake the auctioneer made.

Last the is a sign I made that hangs over  our door.....words to live by.