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The March Inspirer

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top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>Just last week, Creative Consultant Jo Parfitt mentioned me in her Newsletter – The Inspirer – where she writes about making your “writing dreams come true”. In an article titled “to-avoid-them/” target=”_blank”>Rocky Roads and How to Avoid Them”, Jo shares how following your intuition will lead to achieving your goals.

Jo Parfitt and her team of Book Cooks help new and established writers make their writing dreams come true. Their services begin with home study programs and/or live workshops and move on to editing, proof reading, mentoring, design and publishing. If you want to create a compelling blog or newsletter, write a better diary, turn your memories into a memoir, or write a book, see it published and for sale worldwide, with Jo right by your side you can make it happen. With 26 books beneath her belt, hundreds of articles, many hundreds of inspired students and tens of published authors to her credit, Jo’s talent for seeing the big picture and inspiring and empowering all those who meet her means that she can help you, too, make your writing dreams come true.

Special Thank You to Jo for mentioning The Antiques Diva™ in The March Inspirer!

Are you interested in writing your memoir? Watch this video clip of one of Jo’s workshops!

Be Inspired,

The Antiques Diva™
(seen right drinking liquid inspiration. Photo credit: Cristina Stoian – Criss Pix)

ArtAntique: New Dutch Antiques Fair To Be Held April 2010

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There’s a new kid in town – The ArtAntique Fair – and all eyes are on him! For the 1st time in over 20 years, a new player in the art & antiques world has come to Holland, offering the crème de la crème of classic and contemporary art, antiques and jewellery.

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ArtAntique will take place in Jaarbeurs Utrecht from 11 to 18 April 2010. Fair entrance costs 15 Euro.

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The fair is being organized on the initiative of a number of area antique dealers who feel the need for a high-level spring fair – exclusively for high-end participants. You’ll find over 60 art dealers and galleries displaying everything from antiques to 18th and 19th Century paintings to contemporary art and photography.

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Participating as a vendor in ArtAntique is only possible on invitation and after assessment by two independent selection committees – and better yet, all art objects will be subjected to inspection prior to being exhibited in the fair. For you as a buyer that ensures you absolute confidence in what you’re buying and who you’re buying it from!

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  • Dolf D. van Omme
  • Bruil & Brandsma Antiquairs
  • Limburg Antiquairs
  • P&J; Honsbeek
  • Robert Schreuder Antiquair
  • Jan van Hoof Galerie
  • Etienne Gallery- Galerie Mokum

Happy Shopping!

The Antiques Diva

March 8: Sotheby’s Amsterdam Sale

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top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>Get ready to do some serious drooling – Sotheby’s Amsterdam is delighted to announce that it will offer for sale the core body from the former Peter Stuyvesant Collection, property of British American Tobacco The Netherlands (BAT), on

Monday, March 8, 2010
Viewing March 1-7, 2010 – 10am-7pm

The sale will be an evening event following a week-long exhibition at Sotheby’s in Amsterdam. The works from the collection to be offered for sale are estimated to realize in excess of €4 – 5 million. The core body of the collection has over 163 works fresh on the market by leading artists such as Karel Appel, Manuel Rivera, and Jesus Rafael Soto!

to-sell-the-former-peter-stuyvesant-collection-in-amsterdam.html” target=”_blank”>Art Knowledge News has posted an excellent article with information on the background of this collection – a fascinating story that started as an experiment and resulted in the largest collection of Post War and Contemporary Art ever to come at auction in the Netherlands.

If you’re an arm-chair traveler, don’t worry – the auction catalog is available online, perfect for perusing with a coup de champagne in one hand and the laptop in the other!

Yours,

The Antiques Diva™

Berlin Art Market – Kunst und Nostalgie Markt

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You can visit the Berlin Art Market every Saturday and Sunday from 11am – 5pm… and if it’s a sunny day you never know… you might bump into The Wine Guy & me making our Saturday morning rounds in Berlin!

Kunst und Nostalgie Markt
Am Zeughaus
Berlin – Mitte

Have a Happy Saturday!

The Antiques Diva™

(Seen right with The English Rose opposite the art market and across the river in front of The Berliner Dom)

Pen Appeal

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For today’s diva post, I’m sending you chez elle to read her post on Pen Appeal!

And Ladies, with Valentine’s Day just around the corner, take note! An antique or vintage fountain pen (or pen accessories) makes a great “mantique” present for your significant other!

Until next time, happy shopping!
The Antiques Diva™

Think Outside the Decorating Box

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top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>You might remember a couple months ago I did a blog post on ton-usa-edition.html” target=”_blank”>The Urban Market’s November 8 antiques fair in Houston. On that post I included a picture of a darling wagon, calling it “the Find of the Day” and claiming it would make a sensational, eclectic coffee table for those who are interested in using fun finds in unique and interesting ways as home décor!

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The text on the feature photo reads:

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Until next time, think outside the decorating box!

The Antiques Diva ™

Happy New Year!!

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March finds notes on my interview with The Swiss News reminding me to tell the article’s author a few important informational bites, while April is filled with pink ink, writing Parisian notes, as I planned an outing to meet Travel+Leisure. And then there was May in Florence – twice we were in Italy this year and one page is filled with websites listing real estate listings in Italy.

On the pages of my agenda, I write of life and love, of laughing and of crying. I note the date of a friend’s death and ponder what an amazing lady Jill was – knowing her changed me, made me better than I was before, inspired me for the future. And I mark babies born, my friend Kelli’s daughter’s birth being documented in the same blue ink as Kelli’s eyes and I note the meaning of the name of her daughter – “’We asked for this child, now she is ours” and I pray blessings on her, wishing great things for her future.

I’m an old-fashioned girl living in a modern world. My Blackberry travels everywhere with me and I find myself answering phone calls in foreign countries, writing emails while on the S-bahn and setting alarm reminders for later in the day, taking pictures on my phone to post on Twitter or recording my own voice as I’m driving down the autobahn and would like to remember an important inspirational point that had risen in my mind. But I’m an old fashioned girl living in a modern world. I like paper and pencils, a tangible book that serves as much as a diary as it does my agenda.

And as this new y
ear births and my new agenda is a blank page, I pick up my pen – a red felt tip – and write confidently my plans for the future.

Happy New Years, my readers – may this year shower you in all good things and blessings.

Yours,

The Antiques Diva™

Merry Christmas!!

From my house to yours:

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Merry Christmas,

The Antiques Diva™

DALLAS or Bust!

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top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>This December finds me dashing through the snow back home to Oklahoma to spend time with friends and family for the holiday season! In addition to stopping off in New York City to visit a friend and do some whirlwind Christmas shopping – this leads to me to ponder, “Is it still Christmas shopping if all the shopping I do is for myself?”I’m also taking a few days to do the Diva Loca in Dallas!!! Although I grew up in Oklahoma, a stones throw away from Texas, I rarely crossed the border. So when it came to shopping in Dallas I didn’t have a huge repertoire of addresses on file.

Victorian Cobweb came to the rescue, posting some toriancobweb.blogspot.com/2009/11/girls-trip-to-dallas-tips.html” target=”_blank”>great antique shopping resources! Thanks Victorian Cobweb!

To read Victorian Cobweb’s Dallas Antique Shopping tips – toriancobweb.blogspot.com/2009/11/girls-trip-to-dallas-tips.html” target=”_blank”>click here!

Have a Happy Holiday Season,
The Antiques Diva™

PS: As always, Diva Tours is closed during December & January! We’ve some great antique shopping tours planned for Spring 2010 – email toma@antiquesdiva.com for details.

Plundering

top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>My younger brother, Nathan – upon hearing of the scads of antiques scored for both clients and myself on my recent Antiques Diva Fall Flea Market Extravaganza – sent me a hand-written note, congratulating me on my recent success along with this clipping from his local newspaper.

The little clipped comic revealed that he knew me and my penchant for scouring the flea markets across Europe a little too well…

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The Antiques Diva™

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