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Organic & Whole Living: Solay Wellness Salt Crystal Lamps

We've been home with our little bundle of joy now for a couple of weeks (more on her soon) and we're starting to get the hang of things, including nightly breast feedings. During my research for night lamps, and the perfect accessories for the nursery, I came across Solay Wellness Salt Crystal Lamps. 

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Himalayan Salt Lamps are something unique, as well as a beautiful conversation piece for any room.

"All organic matter resonates at a certain frequency. Their natural resonance frequency makes our medium-size Solay Himalayan Crystal Salt lamps ideal for neutralizing EMFs (electromagnetic fields) in your workspace while filling your room with healthy, ion-charged air." - Solay Wellness

You may not realize it but the electronics in your bedroom, alarm clock, iphone, cordless phone, television, computer etc. all produce electromagnetic fields in the room that they are in. These are not ideal for sleeping. To aid in cleaning the air and creating a restful night's sleep it is said that these salt lamps; freshen and ionize air,aid for modern ills, can help mitigate EMF fields. With baby in our room, it gives me piece of mind since we do sleep with an alarm clock close by. 

My favorite part about this salt lamp is the warm glow it gives to the room. When nursing time strikes in the middle of the night, the dimmer is a perfect addition to the salt lamp. It creates the perfect amount of light to see baby girl to change her diaper and to nurse peacefully. I think my husband also appreciates the lamp when he's trying to get his beauty rest during our nightly feedings. 

If you're curious about the benefits of the Himalayan crystal salt lamps, visit Solay Wellness's  health benefits information page. There is also quite a bit of research and information available online about the wonderful benefits of these lamps. 

A special thank you to  Solay Wellness for providing this salt lamp for our review. 

Truth in Review/ The above salt lamp and shipping for the item was provided free of charge for our review from Solay Wellness. We were not paid for any content in our review or sponsored feature. The review is that of our personal opinions. - Gabreial Wyatt, Editor. Visit our Disclaimer/Disclosure Page for more info.



Art Stories: Katrina Howarth

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Vintage Indie would like to welcome Katrina Howarth as our featured artist. 

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I am an example of putting your heart into your passion and following your dreams...after arriving in the states after graduating from Glasgow School of Art in 1995, I arrived with my rucksack and a portfolio of paintings from art school and now 17 years later, I am a happy mother of three lovely daughters and a very successful artist and gallery owner.
My work today is a taste of my daily life and I feel very lucky to be able to live the dream i  had hoped for. My paintings share my joyful and abundant life, and with just opening my own gallery in Galveston, Texas.  I enjoy so much brightening peoples days and lives.
Please help me in welcoming Katrina to Vintage Indie
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What is your preferred medium?
 My prefered medium is oil, over the last 10 years i have developed my own style with layering and glazing with my palette of 7 oils. Its the contrast of the burnt sienna that plays with the daily palette...which may look different depending on what mood i am in or what music i am listening too. I love the way the oils play with one another and how they sink into the linen, canvas or panel.

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How did you get started? 
 Art has always been apart of my life. My Mum is an artist, my grandfather an architect. As in previous email i have fond memories of times with my mum, i always had art supplies around me, and remember always doodling, or painting...it was the main thing i did from as early as i remember.

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Who or what inspires you? 
Matisse, is a major influence as is Bonnard. I soaked in the masters on visits to the many galleries in scotland and england. I have always been attracted to the dance of colour.

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What advice would you give to someone wanting to get into this medium?
 
The advice i would give to someone who is wanting to learn to paint in oils... firstly a painting always begins from the composition, you must have a good drawing beneath to begin with, with detail to the golden section for it to sing. The burnt sienna wash beneath will always create a warmth to work from, go slowly, and allow a flow to begin (almost like a dance), don't be afraid to make any mistakes, keep going, as if you are in the canvas, and listen to yourself, once the conversation is over, walk away to the end of the room and turn around and see the work from a distance. Don't  critique your brushstrokes up close, a painting is seen from afar as a whole...


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Does vintage play a role in your art or life? If so, how?
 
Vintage, i suppose i am vintage...growing up in the 70's, i think i have much appreciation for the "original" of everything... having daughters and enjoying the things i grew with, and re living those moments myself as a child. I so resonate with shabby chic style, which too me the oldness of a fresh rose in an antique vase, a crystal from a chandelier with antique whites, moldings and old textile patterns...all appear in the interiors i like to paint.
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What is important for your customer to know about your work?
 
What is important for my customer to know about my work.... i think its mostly the joy and abundance that i am so lucky to have at the moment, when my first child was born with special needs..our lives where turned upside down for many years, times were so hard and life was dark with hospitals and doctors.... my husband and i have worked so hard to get where we are today..and the passion we have for each other shows, mirabella is doing fantastically now, and the addition of my angels sophia rose and lily anne, are evidence of true love...... my work is a reflection of the celebration of life, the colour, and beauty that is all around us, which sometimes gets unnoticed from the hectic world we live in... i love to share this with others and i am so lucky to...my new gallery allows me to create a space for those to step into and feel and enjoy and take with them into their worlds.

 See more of Katrina's work at her gallery;

Gallery hours are Saturday 12 to 6, Sunday 12 - 4, galveston art walks every 6 weeks from 6-9pm and private viewings available during the week.

The gallery address is,

Howarth Gallery
215 Tremont
Galveston
TX 77550

409 223 8654

Katrina 713 550 6431
www.thehowarthgallery.com

Thanks so much Katrina! It has been a pleasure getting to know you. 


The Daily Swank: ReRunRoom Wood Furniture

Yummy vintage & handmade goodies from around the globe. Today's Daily Swank comes to you from Seattle, Washington's ReRunRoom.

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Which piece is your favorite?

Shop all of these vintage wooden pieces at ReRunRoom, plus a lot more! 


The Daily Swank: Lackluster Co.

Yummy vintage & handmade goodies from around the globe. Today's Daily Swank comes to you from Pennsylvania.

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How do you like the metal art deco stove warmer bottom right? I think it was pretty swanky!

Purchase any of these vintage goodies from Lackluster Co


Off the Shelf Book Review: Taken by Brock Eastman

Vintage Indie would like to send a warm welcome to our special guest Ann Hibbard of The Joy of Writing. We are so pleased to have her as our guest reviewer covering "The Quest for Truth" series starter, Taken by Brock Eastman.

 

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We are a family of avid readers from youngest to oldest. One of the difficulties with children who are strong readers, however, is finding books that challenge their reading abilities while still respecting their maturity level. Focus on the Family product marketing manager and author Brock Eastman provides what I consider to be an excellent resource to meet that need.

 

Eastman's "The Quest for Truth" series jumps off to an exciting start with the book Taken. The history of mankind has been long lost, leaving only myths and legends to shed any light on humanity's origin, including their home planet. But a few archaeological finds lead a handful of archaeologists to believe that they might have found information about Ursprung, the planet legends indicate to be the birthplace of mankind. Unfortunately, the same finds convince less scrupulous individuals that there is profit to be had from the discovery of Ursprung. And they will stop at nothing to obtain that profit.

 

My eleven-year-old daughter and I read Taken together, and we are now both officially hooked. I will admit that I was concerned about the science fiction nature of the book. My daughter has a mind inclined toward fantasy, but has not been exposed to much science fiction. I, on the other hand, have no natural inclination toward fantasy, but I do enjoy the occasional sci fi and fantasy movies and TV shows. Although I know without a doubt both of us missed many technical details, neither of us had any difficulty following the story or learning about the technology. The Visual Glossary at the end of the book proved very helpful to us both. Be warned, however. There are spoilers in the glossary!

 

It is important to note that Taken is not an independent read. There is no closure whatsoever in this novel, and it is my suspicion that the remaining books in the series will be the same, right to the very end. That can obviously be both a positive and a negative.

 

I also should mention that the primary society represented in Taken is one that appears to have lost knowledge of the Christian faith. While only hints exist in Taken, I get the impression that a great deal of the discoveries in the series as a whole will revolve around spiritual awakenings. In the meantime, however, even the "good guys" are not operating with an understanding of God's presence and help in their lives.

 

I am excited about Taken and its sequels for several reasons.

  1. The story is intricate. This book can be read and reread several times, with new details being gleaned with each reading. That is very helpful in our family of readers.
  2. Taken seems to be a story which holds equal fascination for boys and girls. Obviously there will children of both genders who will not be interested in this sort of fiction, but I see boys finding just as much excitement in the book as my daughter and I have.
  3. The writing style spans a wide age range. It's not simple for older readers, but it's also not overwhelming to younger ones. I would recommend pre-teen and up, although a strong nine or ten-year-old reader could probably also enjoy the series.
  4. There are components of this story that are excellent for stimulating discussion on faith, history science, technological advances, ethics, and other topics. I have also enjoyed asking my daughter questions about details of the story itself to encourage her to think through clues that are being left. We differ on some of our suspicions and are both anxious to see who, if either of us, is right.

 

As I said, my daughter and I are hooked. We greatly anticipate diving in to book two of the series!

 

 

Thanks again to Ann Hibbard for her time reviewing this book, please visit her website for her encouraging writings.  

Truth in Review/ The above book  Taken was provided free of charge for our review. We were not paid for any content in our review or sponsored feature. The review is that of our personal opinions. - Gabreial Wyatt, Editor. Visit our Disclaimer/Disclosure Page for more info.

 


Vintage Indie Nursery Makeover Sponsor: Lovely Home Idea

Ruffles, layers, and calming touches, these are all of the wonderful things that I think of when designing for baby girl. I knew I wanted a vintage indie style to the baby's room and Lovely Home Idea had just the right handmade touch for her crib. 

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Handmade Dust Ruffle/Gathered White Linen Crib Skirt




When we're ready for the big reveal, we'll show you how we incorporated this to make her space feel girly. 

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 A special thank you to our nursery room makeover sponsor Lovely Home Idea. Please visit their shop for so many other  beautiful handmade linen textiles. 

 

Truth in Review/ The above Dust Ruffle Gathered White Crib Skirt was provided free of charge for our review. We were not paid for any content in our review or sponsored feature. The review is that of our personal opinions. Please visit in late July & August for our nursery room makeover reveal including this sponsors item - Gabreial Wyatt, Editor. Visit our Disclaimer/Disclosure Page for more info.

 


Crafting & DIY: Clementine Pattern Company

While at a home school convention in South Carolina this past spring. I ran into Clementine Pattern Company. A mother-daughter team of three, the Brookshire ladies.

Clementine is a charming company specializing in embroidery  patterns to "encourage your family and bless your home". I can tell you from just the few minutes that I was able to speak with the Brookshire daughters that they truly do care about their work and what they stand for. Not to mention their patterns are simply adorable. 

 

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Psalm 127 Sampler 

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Give Thanks Embroidery Pattern

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Bless the Lord Beginning Sampler  

I love the above one, I think it would  be great for my sons who love to get the needles and thread out.

Visit Clementine Pattern Company for more patterns to enlighten your home! 

 


Vintage Indie Nursery Makeover Sponsor: Rug USA

Baby girl Vintage Indie is thrilled to have this Milliken Vibe Rug Techno Black Rug from Rugs USA in her nursery. 

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When we're ready for the big reveal, we'll show you how we incorporated this to make her space feel warm and pulled together. 

 

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If the chevron look isn't your thing, Rug USA has a ton of styles, colors and options to choose from when picking out an area rug

A special thank you to our nursery room makeover sponsor Rug USA

 

Truth in Review/ The above Milliken Vibe Rug Techno Black Rug  was provided free of charge for our review. We were not paid for any content in our review or sponsored feature. The review is that of our personal opinions. Please visit in late July & August for our nursery room makeover reveal including this sponsors item - Gabreial Wyatt, Editor. Visit our Disclaimer/Disclosure Page for more info.

 


Vintage Indie Nursery Makeover Sponsor: Iron Accents

Baby girl Vintage Indie is thrilled to have a fabulous piece from Iron Accents. For her nursery we chose the Bird Cage Card & Photo Holder.

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When we're ready for the big reveal, we'll show you how we incorporated this to make her space special. 

 

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Iron Accents offers everything from Iron FurnitureHome DecorIron HardwareJewlery and so much more. 

A special thank you to our nursery room makeover sponsor Iron Accents

 

 

 

Truth in Review/ The above Bird Cage Card & Photo Holder was provided free of charge for our review. We were not paid for any content in our review or sponsored feature. The review is that of our personal opinions. Please visit in late July & August for our nursery room makeover reveal including this sponsors - Gabreial Wyatt, Editor. Visit our Disclaimer/Disclosure Page for more info.