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Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

Last night I took Alex to a wonderful venue called OZ to play with a string quartet named Ethel!


The group is touring all over America and coming to performing in different cites. Here in Nashville they collected photos, stories, and poems using them to create a back drop for the music. In addition to playing some original songs, my favorite being an ode to the rainbow owl that perches in light on the OZ building, they also played songs with a select number of kids from W.O. Smith School of music. image

And that’s where Alex comes in….




It was the first time Alex was asked to wear his leather jacket to a performance, usually it’s a tuxedo!  It was the first time he played some truly rockin’ tunes. It was also the first time I ever saw Alex play with his eyes closed! He really fit in with the traveling musicians of Ethel. One of them even came by and talked to both of us afterwards. Alex was congratulated on his amazing performance by audience member after audience member as we made our way thru the venue! Mommy’s little rock star!! Before you know it I won’t be able to take him anywhere without having to stop for autographs!!

Alex got to practice and explore the venue before the performance. They also provided dinner for the students. Alex was able to show me around OZ. It was full of exhibits and art.  The gallery space flowed out onto a terrace and porch. On the porch were several fire pits and a view of the city. As if that wasn’t amazing enough, there was a sculpture garden and at the end was a large zen rock garden. It was complete with rakes so that any guest could participate.  It was right there by the parking lot, because that’s where you keep a zen garden I suppose. Alex had lots of fun during their break raking the rocks. But when he brought me to it several kids had run thru his hard work.  He put down the cello case and grabbed a rake. As he started raking all I could think of is taking a picture, it reminded me of the book ‘Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. When I mentioned that to Alex he didn’t think it was very funny, and that’s because he’s 15 and hasn’t read it yet! image


After the show we had a celebratory late night take-out stop followed by some tv time. When I asked Alex what he wanted to watch he came up with this. image

Something we used to watch together when he was a younger hobbit. We both fell asleep on the couch!

Ethel’s website

Oz’s website

Hollywood GLAM and a NEW purse

Working on a new line of purses with a new designer that’s joining my shop.  Oh yeah, and she just happens to be my mom!  She’s come up with a way to bend the records to make clutches like I’ve never seen before, and I’ve seen a LOT of up cycled records. She’s using old movie stars for inspiration and titles….meet the first 3 designs

My favorite and the one I’ll be carrying most, is called “Tippi’s Raven”.image

A tribute to the lovely Tippi Hedren who played in the ‘The Birds’ in 1963.image

The next is a crown pleaser…who doesn’t LOVE “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”?

Audrey Hepburn  in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”1961 —-Inspiration for the clutch “Breakfast with Audry”

And another because of how much I LOVE VOGUE in the 1950’s —“Just like Jean”.  Jean Patchett, an infamous Vogue model, is the inspiration for this one….almost all the outfits I’ve ever seen her in would look great with this purse!  image

seen here on the cover in 1950.

 These will hi etsy soon and are also on my Facebook. IF you have questions or comments please leave ‘em

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