Saturday, June 30, 2012

I See Dead Things

I have a box in my art room.  It's labeled "dead things."
i have a plan for this guy already.  it will involve halloween

 This week i've added two new bugs to the box.  Don't ask me what they are.  One is big and ugly, the other one i saw while mowing-the color got my attention.
 This is in the box also.  look closely and you can see the bird's beak. 
 The frog skeleton.
 Last night while mowing the backyard i came across what was left of a mole.  Here you see his big front feet that were used when he was tearing up my yard. (the dogs have gotten 3 so far this year)  not sure if they got this one too.
 Mole's ribcage-fur still attached but it's falling off.
Here is the skull-with teeth intact.   I also have a skunk and opossum-bones.  Those are in the garage and if I remember, i will take pictures tomorrow. 

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Hang Your Party Hat

This is the full view of the piece i previewed earlier.  It now resides with the person it was intended for
so I can post the picture here.  It will receive a companion at a later date, but that is all I can say for now.


It's official.  I've hit 10,000 pins on pinterest.  I AM addicted.  but very inspired

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

On A Roll

Two posts in one week-even i'm impressed.  I finished a piece i'm making as a thank you for a friend.  She graciously sent me a package full of vintage photo's that she was "purging" from her stash.  This image was NOT one of the ones she sent, it's one I have.  Nicer than a thank you note I think,  

close up of the crackle

 While working in the yard yesterday, i cut back the wild grapevine that grows in the yard.  When i was almost finished i had the brilliant idea to take some of the vines and make my own
grapevine balls.  Some people would go to the store and spend money on these-me, I just harvest my own :)
When they dry out enough, i'll bring them into the house and
put them in a bowl or something. 
This is a rusty (duh) old license plate I found when mowing some land out in Weatherford.  I've mowed the same area the past few years and am always amazed when I come across something that I missed before.  This time I found an old bottle and the license plate.  Anyway, I used some pearl-ex/gum arabic in a copper/gold color and went over the raised areas so you could see them better-before it just looked like a rusted rectangle.  When I was photographing it tonight i had one of those sudden "I know exactly what i'm going to do with it moments" and promptly ran inside to start working on it.  It involves a "recycled" canvas, some old weathered wood, the plate and some barbed wire.  I know who is going to get it also-well, one of two people, depending on whether or not it is too rusty/crusty for the first one I have in mind :)

Sunday, June 10, 2012

What I've Been Up To. (ie i'm still alive)

Seems like quite a while since i have posted here. I'll just blame the summer heat
This was in our yard one day. Live.  If it were dead it would belong to my collection of dead stuff. 

Riley and Jack trying to get the cake.  they didn't.  Mom made a homemade one the next day. 

this guy has been hanging out in the front.  I've seen him on several occasions.

. Let's see, i've turned another year older (may)  I went to stay with my friend Traci last thurs/fri nights.  We went to Canton on fri.  Stopped at LaurieAnna's before heading into the actual grounds.  The store is well worth the visit.  Even if you buy nothing, it's full of inspiration for home decor.  The store used to be in one of the Canton Pavillions.  No pictures allowed.  I didn't take any pictures inside the grounds-well, one on my phone.  A "chucky-esque" doll. what else?     We partook of corn dogs, roasted corn, fried pies, cookie, lots of dip samples....ok, this was a combination of what we both ate, we didn't  both eat all of that.  Bought some photos, burlap coffee sack-might make two large pillows with that, children's book for my children's halloween book collection, homemade pasta, some odds and ends.  The weather was great for this time of year-had a great day of visiting and shopping and just hanging out.    We stopped for italian food on the way home-because once we got back, we showered and were in for the night!  The next morning we went to Panera then the town square in McKinney to hit a few antique stores and shops. After all that, I headed back home.
fun bottle found in mckinney
part of my burlap sack

I've been working on some art this week-very belated birthday gifts.  Here are some snippets-since one of them reads this blog on occasion don't want to spoil the surprise!   That's all for now~