left behind by the previous owner. (How's that for recycling?)
Today I happened to walk by and heard the chirping babies inside. I grabbed my camera and took a quick shot when mama bird came back to feed her babies. I drew an arrow on the picture since you have to look real close to see her. I didn't want to get too close and scare her away.
We are gearing up for our yard sale this weekend. We have so much stuff...hard to imagine where it all came from. Anything that doesn't sell will be going to goodwill.
We are keeping our fingers crossed that we have nice weather : )
I'm on my own this weekend and had plans to get so much done. Well, I have not been as efficient as I would have liked, but I am working on getting some things accomplished. Yesterday, instead of sitting in front of my computer listing things in my supply shop like I had planned, I headed over to the Jockey Lot. It is such an amazing place to go. They sell everything from fruits and veggies, chickens, tombstones, and the regular flea market new and old things. I did find some old watch parts and rhinestone jewelry that I can use. I love the way this stack of eggs looked., it reminded me of a skyscraper. These baskets of potatoes, as well. I did manage to list some new things in the afternoon and will continue today.
This morning I got up and went for a long walk before it got too hot. What is up with this crazy weather? In the 90's in April?
I love this chalk fairy drawn by a child the day before on the sidewalk. I was in the process of taking a picture of a wonderful old rustic shed when my batteries died in my camera. I will have to go back for that one.
Hope you are having a good weekend as well : )
I've been watching in horror today as a fire rages in my hometown at the beach. 70+ homes have been destroyed and many others damaged. Thankfully, my mom and son are not (literally) in the line of fire. You can read about the story here.
I signed up at Facebook the other day and I'm still learning my way around. It has been fun keeping up with everyone. I would love to connect with you if you are a facebook user, so look me up : )
I will be updating my supply shop with lots of new things in the next few days. Stay tuned for more!
Yesterday I got a call from a local antique shop telling me they got an old typewriter in. I leave my name and number with them all, hoping they will pick them up for me at estate sales. They told me it was an old one, from the 1920's. I headed over there to pick it up and couldn't believe my eyes. This typewriter was the most God-awful, rusted mess I had ever seen. Dirty, stained, rusted beyond belief, I couldn't believe they had called me for THIS! I ended up giving them $20 for it, kicking myself the whole way home. But I had hope!!! There must be something I could do with this old, battered misfit. It took a good night's sleep, but inspiration did strike. I started playing with it this morning and managed to create these lovely, pastel colored letter keys.
I fired up my trusty buffer, opened the keys up, printed new letters on pastel paper and put them back together again.
I love how they came out in these pretty Spring colors. Can't wait to use them on some bracelets!
I listed a few new birds in my etsy shop. I love blackbirds and crows, so this one was
especially fun to make. I used an old watch part for his eye and found an old rusted paperclip still attached to a ledger sheet. I left it in place and collaged it to his front. A little bit of nesting material finishes him off.
I like this "illuminate" bird as well. He seems to have light shining under his neck, so the word illuminate describes what he looks like to me.
Besides making birds, I have been diligently trying to get a running routine started. If you remember from a previous post, I told you I was going to be in a 10 mile Army run in Washington DC this Fall. Well, that one filled up in 4 days....30,000 people registered, can you imagine?! We were not able to get in on time so we are doing this race instead.
Here is a photo of my son in Iraq (the tall one in the center) finishing a St. Patty's Day run. He is doing very well with his training and will definitely be leaving me in the dust. My younger son has decided to join us as well. He has a ways to go with his training, like me. I am working at it, but I am so sore. I run/walk about 3 miles every other day now. A side bonus will be losing some of this winter weight that I have put on. Thinking about my son in a war zone keeps me motivated. If he can do it while working 12 hour days, 7 days a week, then I should be able to find the time to train as well.
Hope you have a good weekend!
I just finished this grouping of typewriter key bracelets for a wholesale order and will try to get them in the mail tomorrow. These go together pretty quickly now that my DH is helping to cut down the keys. Getting a little help with the prep work really makes a difference. He also got a bunch of wings cut and rusted for me. What a guy!
I'd like to share a few pictures with you of my latest finds. I seem to be drawn to cabinets, big and small with lots of drawers and storage. I found this one that was full of brass printing plates. I just love all of the nooks and crannies in it, not to mention the little numbers plates as well! I spent hours organizing the letters and numbers in the different compartments. What fun!
Well, I warned you....storage is my thing now and I just couldn't say no when I saw this old wooden file drawer unit. It was love at first sight! It was actually the top of a high boy that had been roughly sawed off. We built a base for it so it wasn't sitting directly on the floor and then attached wheels to the bottom....makes for easy movement, if necessary.
It is perfect for my paints and paper supplies. All of my plastic storage units are now officially gone! They will either stay out in the garage or make it into the next yard sale.
With a unit this big, furniture placement became an issue in my studio. Since it was on wheels, I was able to move it around and try some different positions for it. The feng shui has not been working for me lately because there's just too many doors and windows in my studio. 3 doors and 2 windows to be exact, so there is not a lot of empty wall space. I ended up closing off one of the doors and putting this unit in front of it. It works perfectly, I am so glad we gave it a try.
The only problem is now the pets are so confused, it was one of the doors they used to go through to wander in and out of my studio. I'm sure they will get use to the changes soon!
A very Happy Easter to everyone! I received this bright and cheery card in the mail yesterday from my nieces and nephews who are very special to me. They always send thank you cards whenever I send them something. Don't you just love that?? The homemade ones are so much better than the ones you buy off a store shelf. I couldn't resist taking my camera outside today and taking a few pictures. Everything is blooming and bursting with life. I hope the bluebirds come back this year and find their little house. No sign of any yet.
Some local friends of mine just opened an etsy shop. Barbara and Jim are very talented artists that I met through our local Art Co-Op. They taught art through the school system for years and are finally retired and pursuing their own artistic endeavors. Check out their shop for some really unique finds. Another local gal has also opened an etsy shop, as well. She runs a business from Dragonfly Farms where she creates all natural creams, soaps, lip balms and more. She really puts out a fine product...why don't you give them a try?
I've been working the last few days on some new assemblage dolls. I had taken a little break from it all to recharge my battery and find new inspiration. It feels so good to be back again! I made this "Numbers Goddess" from old hardware, a rhinestone brooch and brass number plates. I love her face...very mysterious and dreamy. This fellow is the crazy artist...you know the type, so obsessed with his vision that he forgets to bathe for days on end. He carries his paint brush with him everywhere, so he can stop everything and paint at the drop of a hat. Both of these pieces are available on etsy if you are interested.
On a different note: I love old glass bottles and seem to be drawn to them...especially in a grouping. Maybe it's the way the light bounces off the glass or the potential to use them to store little collections of things that are really not necessary, but fun to have around. Buttons, shells, sea glass and colored threads all look lovely inside of an old vintage glass jar.
There are so many things I would love to collect...if only I had more room, more money, more time....
I had a fun little getaway this past weekend with a friend who is a fellow artist. It was so nice to go away, but it was also nice to arrive back home last night. These are the altered bottles we worked on while we were away. Mine is the one on the right with the key as the stopper. It's great to make something just for the fun of it with no pressure to sell.
Here I am with my mom, who has been a tremendous influence on me artistically. She is currently making felted bowls, knitting hats and scarves and fusing glass in her kiln. She is never afraid to try out new techniques and experiment artistically. We stayed with her over the weekend.
I snapped some pictures here and there of things that caught my eye. I've been experimenting with my camera and I am having some hits and some misses. I seem to have the best luck when I take lots of pictures and then pick out the ones I like best out of the lot and delete the rest. What did we ever do before we had digital cameras??
I hope to start on some new birds and dolls this week. I will try to post some pictures when I have them completed.