Friday, August 31, 2007

Almond Eyes, Lotus Feet

Indian Traditions in Beauty and Health

I was reading an issue of Eye Candy magazine today and I came across this little article that caught my attention. It was about a book which shares homemade recipes and remedies of the Indian culture for beauty and health. I was reading some of the remedies they were giving as examples and I found it rather interesting. As a matter of fact I went to right away to look it up and find out more info about it. Here is the description straight from

"Almond Eyes, Lotus Feet is a luscious full–color volume that shares the home recipes and remedies of Indian health and beauty–through the voice of an Indian princess sharing secrets with her granddaughter.

A national bestseller in India, this extraordinary book draws on the lives of real figures in royal Indian history, and the ways in which the women of the Indian court found friendship, faith, and love through their beauty traditions. Similar to Like Water for Chocolate, this is both a historical tale and a rich cultural tapestry, filled with ancient remedies, recipes, and tonics used to soften skin, silken hair, and enrich the body like no store–bought product can. Additionally, the book includes health care remedies for women in all stages of life–from puberty to pregnancy to menopause.

In the pages of Almond Eyes, Lotus Feet, readers will discover how to:

•Use almond and saffron to exfoliate the face and body

•Clear troubled skin with papaya and mint

•Create the perfect hair tonic using lemons and coconut oil

•Find fragrances that act as natural aphrodisiacs

•Ease pregnancy through a sandalwood sherbet

Using art and photos from throughout the history of India, this book offers an incredible glimpse into the secrets of timeless beauty. Packed with masks, scrubs, and potions that can be made at home, it is at once a beauty book and a soulful, ancient story of Indian life."

So go pick up a copy!

Can Can Dancers....

Aren't they sexy ?

This is a Can Can themed resturant in Richmond, VA! It looks like a fun visit!

Check out The Laughing Moon for instructions on how to make your own Can Can Corset

Get your doll's crocheted dresses here!

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Gypsy Getaways....

I fell in love with these little Roulottes posted in eclectic gipsyland's flickr account!!! I hope you find them as charming and cozy as I do !!!

Friday, August 17, 2007

Mara Margo Corsets

Mara Margo was founded in 2000 by European designer Madame Margo. Her corsets and designs were inspired by 18th century French culture. She now has showrooms in California, New York, Istanbul, and Moscow. Check out her website for more information!


Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Eclectic Gipsyland on Flickr

such wonderful colorful decor to inspire your inner gypsy!

Decor Dijour

I found all these lovely pieces here

Some of my favorite Bohemians...

The top row from left to right: Christina Aguilera, Stevie Nicks, Janis Joplin
The bottom row from left to right: The Beatles, Rent the movie, Frida Kahlo, Moulin Rouge, Henri Toulousse Lautrec.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Spicy Outdoor Party Space

I got this Project from Debbie Travis's show Painted House on HGTV and I loved the idea so much, that I just HAD to share it with you all

Faux Stained Glass Lanterns

Tools And Materials Needed

Small candle lanterns
Low-tack tape
Stained glass paint
Artists' brushes
Imitation lead in paint form

Getting Started
1.Cut a square out of low tack tape and place it in the shape of a diamond in the center of each pane of glass.
2.Using the corners of the tape as dividing points, paint each quadrant of the pane of glass a different stained glass paint colour. Try not to go over it too many times, and paint softly and in single strokes to avoid brush marks.
3.Let dry. Use an X-acto knife to carefully lift the edges of the tape, and remove it from the glass.
4.Draw lines to separate the quadrants of stained glass paint with the imitation lead paint.

Indian Placemats
Tools And Materials Needed
Purple latex paint
Small roller & tray
Henna stencil
Pinking shears
Indelible gold marker
Gold spray paint

Getting Started
1.Cut your pieces of canvas into placemat size - as big or as small as you wish.
2.Prime the canvas on both sides. Let dry.
3.Basecoat with 2 coats of purple latex paint. Let dry. Cut the edges with pinking shears to give a decorative look to the mat.
4.Draw a border around the edge with a gold indelible marker.
5.Spray the Indian Henna hand stencils with gold paint. Make certain that you spray in an open, well-ventilated area, or outside. Spray away from your painted projects so as not to get the paint on your work.
6.Let dry, and then remove the henna hand stencil from its backing and stick the left hand down centered on the left side of the placemat, and the right hand on the right side of the placemat.

Stamped Velvet Cushions
Tools And Materials Needed
Velvet, rayon-acetate or viscose
Craft paper
Pencil and ruler
Straight pins
Rubber stamp

Getting Started
1.You must use a rubber stamp and the velvet must be made from silk, rayon, rayon acetate, or viscose. It's heat from the iron that makes the impression, and it won't work on nylon, polyester or washable velvets. The effect is marvelous and everyone who sees these cushions can't resist touching them.

2.For this heating printing technique, practice first on a scrap of velvet to get the right touch and heat time. The iron should be set at the wool or cotton setting. Avoid pressing down with the front of the iron as the steam holes will leave an impression. Cut out 2 pieces of velvet an inch bigger than the size of cushion you want.

3.Mark out your design on a piece of brown paper the size of the finished cushion. Lay it on the top of the back of the velvet.

4.Lift up the brown paper and place pins where each design will go.
Heat your iron to the wool or cotton setting. Don't use any steam.

5.Place the stamp image, rubber side up on an ironing board. Remove a pin, lay fabric right side (velvet) down against the rubber image. Press the iron to the fabric and DO NOT move it. Count to twenty and lift up the iron carefully. The image has been impressed onto the velvet. Repeat until you have finished the pattern.

6.There is nothing simpler than sewing up a few accent cushions, and it's a brilliant way to introduce a bit of gorgeous fabric or a bright dash of color into your room. It's just a matter of sewing three straight lines, turning the fabric and stuffing with fiberfill or a pillow form. The opening can either be sewn up by hand, or with Velcro.

View HGTV website HERE


I met Bohemiart on, and she has let me feature her art numerous times in online blogs and zines. I am a huge fan and you should really check out her art when you get the chance! Here are some samples:

Welcome to Bohemian Magic!!!

Welcome everyone to my Bohemian Blog!! I wanted a place where I could post my inspirations and passions about the Bohemian Lifestyle and anything else magical that tickles my fancy. For those of you who are not familiar with the term, Wikipedia states that,

"The term Bohemian was first used in the nineteenth century (1800s) to describe the non-traditional lifestyles of marginalized and impoverished artists, writers, musicians, and actors in major European cities"

Bohemians were basically gypsies, who lived very unconventional lifestyles dedicated to their art. As an artist, I carry some of those ideals and passions, so here it is. Enjoy looking through the entries filled with some cool art and articles I find and would like to share with all of you fellow Bohemian lovers!