filigree top

If you’re looking at an opulent cake that’ll be the centre of attention, don’t hold back on the size and design. This Marie Antoinette-inspired masterpiece is an absolute showstopper with rich, ornate details. On a side note, I wonder how many can this confection actually feed. It’s huge!


Performance by Brett Warren
Via Flickr:
Quite possibly one of my favorite images from the Wooden Heart series! Pinocchio sells his schoolbooks to go and see a puppet show and ends up being part of the show. My dad and I built this stage together, he drew all the plans up and made it possible, and I shopped around thrift stores to find the filigree for the top of the stage!

MODELS: Allison George Moore, Jessica England, Jonothan Myers, Jessica Raper

Pinocchio : Wayne Raybuck
Marionette Ballerina : Lauren Williams
Marionette Clown : Kayla Ortega

Hair : Kristi Cantrell
Makeup : Lauren Williams
Wardrobe : Krista Kent
Clown Dress : Krista kent
Shoot Producer : Ashton Lynch
Assistant : Lauren Athalia
Lighting assist : Jon Kent

Special thanks to Jessica Raper for all her vintage clothing!! There are so many more people to mention and i will certainly get to that in the blog!

Strobist info : Shot with SB900 through a Photek softlighter, camera right. Triggered by a Pocket Wizard Plus II Characters on stage lit by a spotlight.

A Wedding Gift

“Uhm, Sherlock, aren’t you going to open that gift Mycroft left for you?”

Molly looked up at her newly minted husband. He was currently busy trying to cram all of their clothes back in their suitcases. Their week-and-a-half honeymoon was over, and they were getting ready to check out of the hotel. Molly tried to straighten out their list of things to purchase last minute (she’d wanted to buy a little souvenir for all of those who helped out during the ceremony), and had seen the small rectangular package carelessly tossed on the coffee table.

“Gift? What gift?” Sherlock shrugged, giving the suitcases a final check, and then threw himself – as was his way—to sit next to Molly on the sofa.

Molly shook her head, knowing very well he hasn’t forgotten. “Give it here, then.” The package had come with the champagne and strawberries the flight attendant had served on the private plane ride over. It was a small sized rectangular box simply wrapped in a rosy white matte paper and silver bow, with “Sherlock” written on the tag in what looks to be Mycroft’s own hand.

Sherlock had taken one look at the wrapped box, and managed to put off opening the present by either saying that Mycroft must be showing off: “It’s jewelry which can’t be worn out of doors.” or finally succumbing to envy at Sherlock’s good fortune: “It’s booby trapped—a needle will spring up and infect me with something which would make you a widow.” Whenever Molly started to point it out, he’d just lean in for a kiss, and it would immediately be driven from her mind.

She humoured him, as she usually did, and they spent the ten days in relative bliss, the present languishing on the coffee table with only an occasional guilt-ridden glance from Molly.

Molly carefully unwrapped it, revealing a sturdy black velvet box one usually associates with jewelry. She tried to ignore Sherlock’s open disdain for it (but was rather distracted by him nuzzling the line of her jaw) and pried it open to reveal…

“Oh.” She stared and stared. Sherlock had gone still next to her, apparently as absorbed by the gift as she was.

It was an ornate and obviously antique frame. It was detailed and heavy, with delicate filigree at the top, suggesting an arch of leaves and roses, and Molly would have gushed at its beauty if she were not transfixed by what it framed.

Inside was a photo of the two of them on their wedding day: Molly in her wedding gown; a simple lacy affair that showed off her figure and accentuated her lines. Mummy Holmes’ stud pearls on her ears, a bouquet of multicoloured tulips in her hand, and a somewhat surprised smile on her face. Sherlock was standing just behind her, with an arm woven possessively around her torso, tall and dashing in his charcoal grey tuxedo and with his unruly mop of curls already a jumble on his head, his cheeks rosy in the sunlight. He had on the rare genuine smile on his face, looking somewhat self-satisfied and reassured. It showed the two of them relaxed and happy. Molly couldn’t even remember when it had been taken.

As Molly lifted the framed photo from the box, a note fell out, which Sherlock picked up. He raised an eyebrow as he read it, and then wordlessly handed the piece of paper to his wife.

“In this one instance, brother mine, is your smug demeanor entirely justified. Congratulations.”

“This is very sweet of him.” She whispered, tracing the photograph with a finger.

Sherlock only hummed, and carefully took the frame in hand. He pulled her closer so that she sat on his lap, staring at the photo while his free hand squeezed Molly’s waist, an echo of their pose in the photograph. “I do feel rather smug.”

 “Hmmm? And why is that?”

Sherlock grinned down at her. “I managed to convince you to marry me, didn’t I?”

I’ll just leave this here. :)

A rare 1890’s Victorian conservatory/parlor aquarium. This aquarium would have sit in the parlor or conservatory (greenhouse) of a wealthy industrialist of the time period as aquariums of this type were expensive even back 120+ years ago. This beautiful aquarium is made of cast iron from the “plant shelf” down.The iron base has a beautiful swirl pattern with “faces in headdress” on each leg. The 10 gallon (approximately) hexagon aquarium is made from stamped zinc and the top filigree and urn are made from copper. The height is 58" and the width and depth is 28" x 28". The original aquarium probably had a steam powered air pump that sit on the shelf right below the plant shelf.


The minhota costume, traditional from female farm workers from the region of Minho, is probably the most colorful and bright popular costume from Portugal. It used in special occasions and holidays, but there is another variation for the bride-to-be.

It is composed of a woolen red skirt with white and black horizontal stripes, a cotton white shirt with blue embroidery with the same motifs embroidered on the little chest pocket as those on the vest. The vest is usually worn at the taste of the wearer, but it combines with the apron, usually decorated with embroidery and paillettes.The apron is richly woven with floral and geometrical motifs, sometimes hieraldry. It is then worn two scarfs, one over the head, tied above the head, in red and yellow, and another over the shoulders in the same tone as the first one.

Finally, it is topped with filigree work with rich golden necklaces and earrings.