As we all know, traversing the internet and finding wonderful spots to read and see exciting, new and unusual things, sometimes there will be a place that just makes you feel a little dreamy and your heart sing a little.
Such is the way I felt when I discovered
The Paris Hotel Boutique is owned by Lynn, who has been selling antique wares for 15 years and writing her blog since 2007. The blog is a companion to her online shop, Paris Hotel Boutique. Paris Hotel Boutique
celebrates the glitz and glamor of a bygone era by offering vintage
and antique finds including European furnishings, antique curiosities,
first edition books, paintings, Mid Century decor, and a vast array of
old hotel souvenirs and silver.
Today, I wanted to share with you her blog post of December 2, 2010.
A Favorite Shop: Tail of the Yak
It's holiday-time at Tail of the Yak,
one of my absolute favorite shops in the Bay Area. The other day my
friend Lisa and I took a little ride over to Berkeley to see the
seasonal magic at this most charming shop.
You've probably heard me talk about Tail of the Yak before, but I'll say it again. Magic. Owners
Alice, Lauren and staff do an amazing job of creating a space that
makes you feel as if you've left the world behind. From paper-adorned
antique Santos statues to vintage ribbons and amazing estate jewelry,
this is wonderland at its finest.
What are these you may be asking? They are "surprise balls." That's
right. Artist Anandamayi Arnold has been making various "surprise balls"
for the shop for many years. I've seen everything from fruits to lumps
I look forward to every Christmas to see the newest creations by
Anandamayi. This years' florals just knocked my socks off! The surprises
are in the bulbs of the flowers.
balls are wound tightly, like a ball of wool, around their sometimes
lumpy contents. Anandamayi starts with a streamer and adds little prizes
as she builds the ball. The only problem is it's too pretty, who wants to open it?
Surprise balls run about $18 to around $95, depending on the amount of work involved.
Love this chocolate ribbon...
vignettes of charming ornaments grace the shop...
This is just a very small area of the large jewelry case that graces the
shop. Everything is so specially
selected and each piece is
extraordinary. I could gaze through the case for hours...
curiosities abound such as these figural-shaped graphite pencils...
AND, during the holidays a special annual tradition at Tail of the Yak
are custom-designed poster-size calendars by co-owner, Lauren McIntosh.
If you make a purchase you get one of these treats! I still have many of
my old ones from years back. They are truly works of art.
If you happen to be in the Bay Area, you must visit this charming store. My photos just don't do it justice!
Tail of the Yak 2632 Ashby Avenue Berkeley, CA 94705 510.841.9891
To see and read more of Lynn's blog, click here- and be sure to enter her blog contest giveaway!
To see all the wonderful items she has for sale in her boutique, click here
Now that you've been inspired, go make something beautiful!
Yes! Life does sparkle and shimmer and glimmer and gleam! And I love it! Whether I'm making art, working with fabric, paper, ink and vintage findings - or working on a theatre piece - or sewing like an ecstatic dervish on a new art quilt - I'm always attracted to what shimmers just out of sight...the ghosts of sparkle and the rich dignity of decayed splendor.