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!
top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>When I received the following email from tographs/Home.html” target=”_blank”>Eduard Planting Fine Art Photography in Amsterdam, I knew I had to share the details with NYC area readers – Dutch Art Now is taking a bite out of the Big Apple!
If you happen to be in New York between 2 and 14 March, then please feel free to visit us at The National Arts Club and see the work of:
- Reinier Gerritsen, from the “Wallstreet Subway” series
- Diana Blok, from the “See through us” series
- Igor Kruter, from the “Karakal Girls” series
- Christopher Regis-Gludd, from the “Amsterdam” series
The show will be opened officially by the Dutch Consul-General on Tuesday night, 2nd March – Please let Eduard Planting Fine Arts know if you’d like to be invited for that occasion!
For more information read: Going Dutch!
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Dutch Art Now:
Opening times & address:
March 3 – 14, 2010: 11AM – 5PM
National Arts Club
15 Gramercy Park South
New York City
Dear Diva Readers,
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While you can actually read his article (as it was first seen on The Diva blog here), I just had to show off my husband’s first tear sheet!
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Moreover, I had to draw your eye to his new logo!
The Wine Guy – The grapes beg to him, “Drink Me!”
The Antiques Diva™
(seen right with The Wine Guy)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>If you’re anywhere near Texas this November 8th, you need to high-tail it to Houston!!! On Sunday, November 8th 2009 you’re invited to the ton.com/home” target=”_blank”>Extraordinary Urban Market in Houston!
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Find of the Day!
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Wouldn’t this garden wagon be sensational as a funky coffee table?
Imagine the rustic as home décor!
top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>Like many of you, I get a lot of junk email, spam, and unsolicited random requests. I’ve signed up on a million mailing lists and that just adds to the problem, so once a week I click quickly through my spam folder to see if anything of interest got tucked away accidentally before empting them into the trash bin. Typically, it’s all deletable, but recently an advertising email from an antique shop caught my attention.
I’m not sure how I got on their list but I suspect in researching potential antique shopping tours for clients visiting the UK I might have subscribed at some point. Rather than deleting this one advertising email as I usually do, I found myself intrigued by Windsor House Antique Centre in the beautiful Cotswold’s, about 2 hours from London in Moreton in Marsh. This beautiful country market town contains about 30 other antique dealers and a plethora of unlimited free parking, with the Windsor House Antique Center sitting amongst honey-colored stone buildings and astride the ancient Roman Fosse Way. Just thinking about it makes me want to strap on my wellies and go striding through the nearby lush river valleys and rolling green hills!
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George 3rd Mahogany chest
Mahogany chest on stand of rare smaller proportions. Wonderful condition.
Circa 1780 with original handles
40″ wide x 21″ deep x 69″ high.
(email vendor for delivery costs and options)
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Wedgewood Jug, circa 1830
Pretty ewer with relief molding. Chinoiserie print. Small chip.
9″ high x 8″ high
(+ postage of £8.00)
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Wonderful Toleware Tray
Beautiful Toleware tray with wonderful flowered decoration. Victorian.
31 3/4″ x 26 1/4″
(+ postage of £12.00)
Normally, if I haven’t visited an antique shop or know someone who has, I don’t like to recommend it – however, I have suspicion that this shop has serious potential and just because I don’t have time at the present to check them out in person, I didn’t want my dear Diva Readers to miss out on an opportunity!!! Plus, as an added benefit for those arm-chair travelling Diva Readers, Windsor House has in interesting online inventory and ships internationally!
I’ll most certainly set aside time to visit Windsor House Antiques Centre on my next trip to the UK. In the meantime, if you make it there before I do, please tell Jane & the gang at Windsor House Antiques that The Antiques Diva™ sent you – and even more importantly, please report back to me with your findings! I’d love to live vicariously through your shopping experience!
The Antiques Diva™
(seen at right with La Reine and The English Rose)
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It’s this latter reason that I send you to the show. When you go to a museum you can’t touch the art, you don’t get to see the reverse of the painting and you certainly don’t hear how much money a Monet costs. But at TEFAF, you can do all these things. Entrance for 2 into TEFAF costs more than I spent on the pair of brass turn-of-the-century-Polish candlesticks I bought at a flea market in Gdansk which grace my table, but the cost is worth it. At 55E per person (it does include the stupendous fair catalog – eye candy itself) you might be wondering why I’m sending you there. Unless your budget is a whole lot bigger than mine you most likely won’t be doing any buying at the fair. Consider it a day out window shopping. But, oh honey, the window shopping is good. Down right Divalicious.
e Uffizi or the Met) will you find a collection of art and antiques this good in one locale… that is, until next year. For the fair has been held every March since 1975, recession or no recession.
Ben Janssens, Chairman of TEFAF’s Executive Committee, said: “There is no evidence that the jittery financial markets have discouraged art buyers and in fact the reverse seems to be true. Visitors said to me that they see no point in investing in stocks at the moment and prefer to put their money into art and antiques. What has also been encouraging is the increase in visitors from Asia including, for the first time, two groups totaling 20 people from mainland China.”
Just as TEFAF has vetting committees to guarantee the quality, authenticity and condition of the work (taking works of art that do not meet their high standards out of the dealers possession until the fair is over), I have a Diva Guarantee that will be the finest fine arts fair you’ll ever attend!
The Antiques Diva ™
All photos except for the one indicated are property of Art – das Kunstmagazin
top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>As I sit to write my first blog since moving from Amsterdam to Berlin, I must confess I am feeling anything but like a diva! Last week as I interrupted “my nesting in Berlin routine” with a 3 day dash back to Holland for a public speaking engagement at the IWC in Eindhoven, it occurred to me that I had no clean clothes to wear (as our new German washing machine had not yet arrived) and that I was desperately in need of a manicure!
When one hears of an international move, they think of the glamour and excitement involved. But in reality, if any move by default is difficult, then an international move might just very well be hell. Add to a typical move scenario the following ingredients:
– not yet speaking the local language
– not being able to read the copious quantities of bills the Deutsch Post delivers daily
– combine with the reality of the German penchant for not putting closets in their abodes
and voila – you have a recipe for domestic disaster!
How Does One Move Into A House Without Any Closets or Cupboards?
The last few weeks have found me wavering from euphoria to despair. Euphoria when discovering that German is shockingly similar to Dutch – a language I spent nearly 4 years struggling to acquire, followed by despair when I realized the only phrase I could think to respond in German to a German government official speaking to me about my “resident permit” was “Wo ist die Toilette, bitte?” Joy returned again when I walked into my new home – a classically proportioned apartment in the heart of the Mitte with high ceilings and large German windows and rooms. But despair reared its ugly head when the moving company, which had thoughtfully unpacked all my boxes, departed and I discovered the floor of our family room was entirely filled with items which typically would have been stored away in closets or cupboards had they existed.
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Friends have called and Diva Readers have emailed inquiring, “How’s the move? Have you done much sightseeing?” While I tell them how I live in a historically-listed building only steps away from Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag, what I really have to say is something of a letdown. Not for me, mind you, for I’m overjoyed about my recent daily accomplishments – but rather for those yearning to hear details of my “exciting life”. No one finds it nearly as exciting as I do when I joyfully exclaim, “My kitchen is finally organized! And I’ve found a storage unit for the bathroom!”
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People expect more from me than simple excitement over finding the nearest u-bahn, post office, or the 3-week-long-awaited-arrival of my new combo washing machine/dryer. Telling friends that your big accomplishment of the day was deciphering the Kaiser website and ordering home grocery delivery is met with a yawn while I’m exclaiming, “Friend – This is significant!!! Don’t you realize that I ran around the house in stocking foot singing “I am the Champion” after successfully completing my transaction?”
Speaking of stocking foot, we’re trying desperately to get along with our new neighbors by not annoying them with loud noises and sounds. Quiet hours in our German apartment building are all day Sunday and daily from 1-3pm and after 8pm until 7am. During this time, we’re to keep things to a quiet hum on the home front. We’ve been advised that drilling should be kept to weekly daylight hours which means little work can be done after my husband arrives home from work. Thus, as we successfully pass the three week anniversary of moving into our new German apartment, we finally have curtains hung in only half our rooms while the other half waits for respectful time to be installed.
Speaking of respectful, one of my best friends commented, “Good Curtains make good neighbors” after learning that our gorgeous master bath had a French window perpendicular to the toilet!
Meanwhile, throwing trash away practically takes a PHD in sanitation engineering as the Germans recycle in 10 ways. Sorting garbage (and figuring out how to store containers for the various sorts) has led to endless discussions about the inconvenient truth. When the day is done, we can at least feel good that we’re doing our part – assuming, that is, we haven’t contaminated the glass bin with the metallic wrapping from the mouth of the wine bottle or forgotten to remove packing tape from the cardboard box we’d deconstructed into perfect petit fours.
Over the last decade living abroad I’ve commented to my husband, “Wouldn’t we feel that something was missing from our life if it weren’t for the daily struggles of buying bread in a foreign language?” but I must confess, right now, I’m kind of longing for that! If boring is a walk-in-closet and an ability to read my mail, then SIGN ME UP BABY! Don’t get me wrong, in another week or even a month, once the chandeliers we’ve ordered come in from back order and we have overhead l
ighting and can read without unplugging the space heater to plug in a lamp, I’ll get my groove back – but, in the meantime I’m in for a heck of a ride as I get settled in my new home! I fantasize about the day when I might start to look like myself again once the wardrobe unit we’ve bought is finally installed and my clothes are not folded on a makeshift utilitarian rack but instead hanging inside a gorgeous armoire.
The good news is that as I wonder “What have we done – moving yet again?!” I’ve discovered that my favorite French department store Galleries Lafayette is only a 7 minute walk from my front door. If I can’t find something to wear, I can always head to the comforts of a familiar store. It’s this latter point that gives me hope.
When I started a decade of expatriation by moving overseas from Ohio to Paris, nothing French felt like home. I had never heard of Galleries Lafayette, I had never tasted Laduree’s famous macaroons and had no idea who Lionel Poilâne was. Coincidentally, last week I was delighted to discover that both Laduree and Poilâne are sold in the basement of Berlin’s Galleries Lafayette and bought both in a burst of nostalgia. A decade ago these things were even more foreign to me than tourismus/sehenswuerdigkeiten.en/28953.html” target=”_blank”>KaDeWe, Schnitzel, Berliner Landsbrot and toffelsalat-mit-wrstchen-potato.html” target=”_blank”>Kartoffelsalate is now! When I first moved to Paris I’d only travelled there once while in university, while Berlin I’ve visited dozens of times! So though I don’t speak German yet, I know there’s hope for me… if I conquered daily French conversation and wrestled Dutch into submission (if not actually acquired an ability to speak it well), I have faith that German and Germany won’t get the best of me!
Someday I will sit writing my Diva blog, lingering over a strudel in a torei” target=”_blank”>Konditorei, with a copy of the Berliner Zeitung tucked under my laptop and on that day, German and Germany will feel fondly familiar. Of course, if Murphy’s Law has its way, once that finally happens the time will have come for another move to another country with another language to acquire…. And when it does I’ll think longingly of my time spent in Berlin – Trautes Heim, Glück allein!
Until then, join me on my journey as I learn to become a torical/a/jfk_berliner.htm” target=”_blank”>Berliner!
Good Bye, Au Revoir, Tot Ziens and auf Wiedersehen!
The Antiques Diva™
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top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>Over the last few weeks as I’ve prepared for my move, I’ve been an organizational whirlwind. Boxes of old knick-knacks, household items and clothes that have seen their better day have been divided and sent to the charity shops, dumped in the recycling bins, given to friends and when beyond repair gone into the garbage! The best thing one can do to organize their home is to move often – 6 moves in 12 ½ years has proven this to me! As I was sorting through our filing cabinet this morning (in what started as a search for my marriage license which will be needed by the Immigration dept for my German residency but ended in a wholesale clean-out of more than a decade of unnecessarily saved or misfiled items), I thought “Why didn’t I hire Organizational Expert Jenni van Heyningen to come help with my pre-move prep? She could have saved me so much time and I ‘m certain her way is better than mine!”
I’ve asked Jenni to speak at numerous International Women’s Club events and yet until this morning in my pre-move madness she’d slipped my mind. If only I’d been on top of things she could have saved me loads of work and helped me prepare for my new life in Germany – giving me an edge on the German efficiency & organized lifestyle I’m about to embrace! Not wanting you to make the same mistake I did, I thought I would write a quick post to introduce you to Jenni of Organised Bliss so that next time Holland-based readers are planning to get organized, you think to give this expert a call!
Jenni, the charming South African-born owner of Organised-Bliss, comes to your home and helps you assess your problem areas, sort and categorize items and then decide what you really need to keep and which of your precious items someone else could make better use of. Rather than me telling you about her services read on…. in Jenni’s own words as she describes what she can help you do.
The Antiques Diva
Organised Bliss writes:
- Improve the way you organize your personal administration so that you can work smarter and more efficiently.
- Re-organize your clothing cupboard and finally get rid of (or donate/sell) the clothes that you haven’t worn in many years.
- Change the storage units in your children’s rooms. This will make it easier for them to put their own toys away and also to ensure that all their toys / books / cds have a permanent, practical place. It’s amazing how much quicker the tidying up process takes if each thing has a practical place.
- Organize your living room so that it can be a place of relaxation and enjoyment instead of a room that has a little bit of everything in it.
- Ensure that everything you have has a permanent, practical place – you will then notice how much easier your daily routine will be because you will know where to find things and where to put them back.
- You may feel that it is TIME to clear all the clutter or unnecessary things that you have. This may be the many collectable items you have gathered over the years, or all the clothing that you have not worn for years, or magazines/cds that need to be sorted out (and given to a second hand store or donated to an old-age home).
- You may want to organize your time better – this may include time spent on work or household things vs. time socializing with friends or family.
- Not only will you have a more practical / organized home or office, you will also feel psychologically better as you won’t have “the mess” on the back of your mind each day and the disappointment that “you still haven’t sorted things out”. Remember that an organized home = an organized mind.
- You will also feel a remarkable difference in your daily routine (especially is you have school-going children) as you won’t have to frantically search for their things 2 minutes before they have to leave for school. You will know where to find it because it will have a permanent, practical storage place.
SO, BEING ORGANISED WILL NOT ONLY BENEFIT YOU BUT YOUR WHOLE FAMILY WILL FEEL THE DIFFERENCE!!!
Organised Bliss can help you achieve your goals, quickly and efficiently!
Contact Jenni van Heyningen for more information or to make an appointment for a free assessment.
Call 06.38.05.10.07 (+31.6.38.05.10.07) or email to:email@example.com”>firstname.lastname@example.org
For those of you who are not familiar with Expat Woman.com, I encourage you to visit the site. Their mission is to inspire expat women’s success abroad by providing a first-stop website to share stories, network globally, develop personally and find the best expat resources. The” Business How To” tips Vardit Kohn gives in this month’s interview are guaranteed to help any entrepreneur, whether living in their homeland or abroad!
When asked “What advice would you give to other women wanting to set up businesses in a foreign country?” Vardit, in typical V-fashion, responded, “Just Do It! Don’t let if’s, what if’s and but’s deter you. Fear is the only thing that keeps us in our tracks and stops us from moving ahead. Get over it, no matter what country you live in. There is not such a thing as failure. If the result is not what you wanted, learn from it and move on. Do not use your new environment as an excuse; you could have failed in your own country, too. Think of the foreign environment in which you live as an advantage rather than a disadvantage. Are there things you could do/learn there that you could not back home? Are there business opportunities that have opened up thanks to your new country? Can you combine skills/contacts from your homeland with ideas/opportunities in your new location?”
You might recall from my own interview with Expat Woman.com that when asked for my top 5 tips for starting a career in a suitcase, Tip # 4 encouraged readers to find a mentor. With advice such as that above, you can see why I chose Vardit Kohn to fill the role of mentor for me – a chat with V is like having your own personal cheerleader!
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Best Wishes for A Happy & Healthy Lifestyle!
The Antiques Diva™
The Irish Queen with Vardit at a Gooi Luncheon this summer – Sadly I’m not in the pic as I was behind the camera clicking away!