This Old House: Small Scale

I am in the midst of a major remodel on my house. Well actually its a little too small for me to live in because it is my dollhouse. Yes, you read that right. I recently moved back to Texas and this house has been sitting in my childhood bedroom in need of some massive deferred maintenance. My daughter started to play with the house and all I could see when I looked at it was an unfinished project in my life. I decided to make a change. What started with just finishing the wallpaper has turned into a massive overhaul: I bought flooring, then of course needed baseboards, and then needed crown molding and this list continues. I've had to sand everything, paint everything, and I even bought a miter box saw to get the angles right. So I guess feel free to laugh - I feel a little crazy posting about this to begin with, but couldn't resist the humor. There are so many blogs with gorgeous interiors, home remodels, home tours, etc. and I have found myself guilty of "looking for inspiration" but coming away with feeling un-thankful for what I have and wishing I had something else or making lists of things, things, things I don't actually need in my life. So enjoy my slight insanity remodel comparison free - unless you too have a dollhouse sitting in your attic...


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Life Sketches: Midland, Texas

This weekend my husband and I took a road trip out to Midland, Texas to visit some friends. The drive was beautiful - maybe it's the Texan in me that is partial, but I love the peace found in the stillness of the long endless plains spotted with low bushes and rusted fences. The wind turbines scattered along the drive remind me of Monet's haystacks paintings. The Pump Jacks are everywhere! When I was little I thought they looked like giant horses eating grass with their heads bobbing up and down in the ground.


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Casting Call

Just thought I would show you what the jewelry pieces look like when they come straight from the inspiration, to the casting and then to the final product!  


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Sketch of the Day! Eggshell Studs

Eggshell studs, the perfect simply stud with a cracked and hammered finish and three tiny diamonds scattered on the piece. Love these! Order yours here


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Sketch of the Day!

Captivate necklace with turquoise enclosed in a 14k yellow gold casing. The pendant is 3/4 inches tall and hangs on an 18 inch 14k chain. Engraved on the back: "The outside is only a movement of the symphony within." This is my response to everyone who has asked for a captivate necklace at a more approachable price. I've used a vivid robin's egg blue turquoise encased in the gold. The necklace just shines.


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Coming Up Roses. 10 Days Later

I was looking into ways to freshen up my house and my mood a bit the other day and stumbled upon this site that sells and ships beautiful roses! They ship them from the farm in Guatemala so they are fresh, and they stay that way too. The roses picture here are 10 days old and counting! They even have a service to auto ship flowers, so you don't have to remember to do it. They need a week in advance because they come from South America, but looking at the quality of these they're more than worth it. Prices aren't too bad either, flat price of $40 for a dozen, $50 for 2 dozen. Visit www.thebouqs.com order some freshness for you or a friend!


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Custom Jewelry!

This happy lady has been wanting this Mexican fire opal and diamond ring for 5 years and after a few nudges to her husband he surprised her with it for their 5 year anniversary! I re-designed the ring to have her initials on the inside of the ring and a special note from her husband engraved on the band. I'm so happy to be a part of such a fun story. If you're looking for a breath-taking gift, feel free to contact me with ideas and I will make your custom piece come true! info@cannonlewis.com The bride and her one-of-a-king ring/man!


Tagged :  Gift; Christmas; Rings; Opal; Engagement

Concierge of Chic: Gioia Diliberto

I heard of Gioia through my aunt who attended a seminar about her latest book and exclaimed to me, "You have to interview this woman, she's fascinating!" She was more than right: Gioia is the author of five books, three non-fiction and two historical, inspired by subjects from the 1920s and 30s. The authoress specializes in writing about women's lives and has been a contributor to many publications, including The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Times, Smithsonian, Town & Country, and Vanity Fair. I got a chance to catch up with her and ask about her work and her fabulous life. Cannon: At what point in your life did you decide you would become a professional writer? Were you always drawn to writing or did your passion develop over time?. Gioia: I've wanted to be a writer since I could read and write. I've never wanted to do anything else. My first piece of published writing was a short story--published in my elementary school newspaper. C: A lot of people dream about being an author but struggle to turn this dream into reality. What's the biggest challenge in being a writer? What is your advice to people trying to break into your industry? G: It's all about perseverance. Talent isn't rare. I've observed that the people who are most successful in writing are the ones who don't give up under any circumstances, who keep plugging away until they succeed. My chief advice is to write from your heart and your passion; don't pander to the marketplace. Trying to write a bestseller is the kiss of death. C: Your writing focuses on incredible women; who are the women in your life that you admire most? G: As far as women I admire, the choice is as difficult as picking a favorite piece of jewelry. At the moment, Diane von Furstenberg would have to be at the top of the list, since I'm writing her biography, and I've been thinking about her a lot. I admire not only her success, but also her strength of character and determination, her integrity and commitment to giving back to the world that has given her so much. She was an ordinary middle class girl who grew up to be an icon -- It's an inspiring story and a lesson that you should never be a victim. No matter what cards you're dealt, be the heroine of your own life. C: What is your inspiration? Your most recent book takes place in Paris; where, in your opinion, is the most beautiful place in Paris? G: Inspiration comes from the most unlikely places, and it strikes when you least suspect it--like falling in love. I'm hard pressed to name the most beautiful place in Paris--there are so, so many. At the top of the list would be the Pont Neuf, the Luxembourg Gardens, the Marais--actually I could just go on and on! C: What's next for you? G: I'm writing a biography of Diane von Furstenberg. C: What is your favorite Cannon Lewis jewelry piece? G: If I had to pick one thing, on the high end it would be the boulder opal necklace or the gold Chagall-inspired necklace! For more on Gioia and her writings, visit her website here!        


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Necklace Giveaway!

I have been a longtime reader and lover of fashion blog Piece of Toast, and they are now hosting an exclusive giveaway of my Sand Dollar necklace in 14K gold for their readers! So excited to send out this necklace to the lucky winner; head over to their site to enter for this one of a kind beauty from my Trouve collection! Click to enter here! Much love, Cannon


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