Arte Es Vida

Sproost Decorating Style Quiz Results by arteesvida
February 14, 2009, 9:02 pm
Filed under: Home and Garden, Linky Goodness

According to this (pretty damn accurate) Sproost quiz, I am a mix of the following:

Mountain Lodge
You love nature! And really, how could you not? The more exposed wood (be it in log form or paneling) the better. And having natural stone in your home is a must! Especially at the fireplace, but stone top tables work too.

If you could clad all the furniture in wood and stone you would, but splinters aren’t fun and stone is cold! So when you need a place to sit (or recline in!), it should be comfortable and warm. Bigger is better when it comes to your favorite chair for watching TV or reading the newspaper. Leather is great (go natural!), but soft fabrics in warm tones also suit you well.

Southwestern Style
Though the new frontier may no longer be so new, the styles design that evolved in those regions are making a comeback. The Southwestern home has Spanish and Mexican as well as Native American influences. Earthy textures and tones and vibrant colors create warm and inviting spaces.

When you hear Southwestern you most likely think of desert landscapes and hot, dry environments. The rugged nature of the exterior translates literally and the pieces in the home have a similar sturdy and rustic feel. Neutral backgrounds mimicking sand and earth are livened up with handmade pottery in bright colors and woven rugs and baskets.

Wine Country Style
Tuscan sun, here we come! The Wine Country style reflects the feelings evoked by the seaside regions of Europe such as the South of France, Spain, Italy and Greece. The style manages to be both refined and casual, such that you can mix beautiful antiques with more rustic wrought iron or wood and the result is both sophisticated and cozy.

Furniture is large and comfortable, colors are bright and cheery, and regardless of the color palette the spaces almost always feel warm. You can easily translate the style into the perfect family environment but you can just as easily emphasize the more formal pieces and make your room the perfect adult getaway.

So what do you think, are they right?

Other than the fact that I am working with a tile floor color I wouldn’t have picked for myself (came with the house, the rest of the rooms I redid in a warm, reddish pergo) I think they nailed it!

Cash For Books! by arteesvida
August 13, 2008, 10:46 pm
Filed under: Linky Goodness

Ok, this is officially the cool…I’m sending off some old beading books and getting some fundage back in time for my Labor Day vacation! Just print the shipping label and go!

Cash 4 Books:

Cash For Books – We Buy Books & We Pay The Shipping!

First Fridays in San Antonio by arteesvida

The first friday of every month is the day of a popular event in San Antonio’s artsy Southtown.  There are lots of street vendors, musicians, and dancers and the local galleries stay open late and host open houses.  This month it fell on the Fourth Of July so we expected it to be great fun.  Unfortunately, it got pretty much rained out.

This guy, the owner of, had a cover for his booth and stuck it out.  That flower is made entirely of vinyl records.

I also picked up this armadillo at Inter Artisan.  They find amazing oaxacan carvings that I don’t see anywhere else.  Amalitos are traditionally in static poses, you don’t see them like this guy, turning to look at you.  Or my other current favorite in the shop, a zebra scratching his ear with his back paw.

Their prices are great and they go on buying trips several times a year, their next one is in two months and they have an assignment to find Molly a muerta Frida for her Christmas present.

This place also has fun stuff though not necessarily high artisan quality…I purchased two huge tin milagros to hang in my kitchen (pictures forthcoming).

Usually we spend hours at First Friday but this was the extent of it after the rain started.  We ended up going out to Amy’s Ice Cream and to the bookstore instead.  Happy late 4th of July!

Architectural Salvage by arteesvida
June 15, 2008, 5:00 pm
Filed under: Home and Garden, Linky Goodness

Discovery Architectural Antiques is located in Gonzales (halfway between San Antonio and Austin) and is one of the premiere artchitectural salage stores in the country.  I was looking for something for my backyard and didn’t find what I was looking for but I did take some pics of some of their gorgeous things!

These pictures don’t represent nearly close to all of what they have, or even the best of what they have, just the times I actually remembered to pull out my camera!






Linky Goodness by arteesvida
May 25, 2008, 3:20 pm
Filed under: Linky Goodness

Great Yo-Yo tutorial  (the fabric kind not the walk the dog kind)

I like my skirts fast and cheap (I’ll buy enough fabric for both of us if someone makes one for me!)

Gorgeous 3D sidewalk art by Julian Beever

Set design for the new Sex and the City movie.

A peek into Eleanor Grosch’s home (I’m moving in, she doesn’t know it yet.)

Linky Goodness by arteesvida
May 20, 2008, 9:19 pm
Filed under: Linky Goodness

10 Ways To Clean The Bedroom (from Apartment Therapy)

Super groovy headboard idea (from Grammardog and her sidekick Bea Arthur)

Create large wall posters from any image for free!

Fresh strawberry pie with whipped cream (from Gourmet)

Groovy (and free!) Printables by arteesvida
May 12, 2008, 1:44 am
Filed under: Linky Goodness, Mixed Media, Uncategorized

Chinese Clip Art

Old Pictures (most are copyright free)

Antique photos of California redwoods.