Thursday, July 31, 2008
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
A quart sized milk carton has been transformed into a splendid two piece box. Inside, it is filled with handmade art and bits and bobs that could be used for future creations.
Now I will fill three Art Cartons and send them on their way. And in the future, I'll receive two more cartons to keep! Besides getting a little extra exercise while retrieving our mail (we walk down and up a small hill to our mailbox), it's great fun to be on the receiving end of swaps like this. -- Beth
Monday, July 21, 2008
We took a brief holiday from our shopping moratorium and checked out this tempting sale. Hot diggity dog. We scored several swell finds for a grand total of $2.50!
Lucky us - our speaking event was the same weekend as the Vashon Lavender Festival. We visited Fox Farm, owned by Cindy, a gardening friend of ours from the Northwest Perennial Alliance. Cindy has created a wonderland - robust rows of lavender, thriving garden beds and our favorite kind of garden art. She had invited musicians and artists to share their talents for the weekend. These glass flowers, made from assorted vases, bowls, plates and what have you by Mike Urban, were stunning.
Here are two shots of this grouping. The common green glass floral vases have been truly transformed.
How pretty is this blue blossom?!
One of our artgirl friends, Judy, had joined us for our adventure. Here she is surrounded by lavender "Grosso".
The grand finale of our day was a little visit to Judy's cottage right on the water. She is a multi-talented artist. We were smitten with her garden towers. She is fearless with power tools, and has mastered drilling glass.
Her pieces are sturdily connected with threaded rod, and we love her combination of materials.
Hope you got to see some things that made your heart go pitter-pat this weekend. -- Beth and Lisa
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Saturday, July 19, 2008
-- Beth and Lisa
Friday, July 18, 2008
"Where old phones go! . . .every one of these sheep is made from telephones and cords . . check out their feet!!!"
The source of these pictures with more info about their creation is at http://www.treehugger.com/files/2008/06/phone-sheep.php. -- Beth
Thursday, July 17, 2008
First off – here is Lisa multi-tasking.
Here is the before picture of our freezer, which is a fab outside display piece (lock is long gone).
Fun rusty things mixed among the terra cotta pots and propped up in front.
A close up of a piece we think looks like a cute guy wearing a hat.
This piece looks like a space craft of some sort.
It’s always a great morale booster to get one section spiffed up! -- Beth and Lisa
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Most of our furniture and dishes/china galore are from relatives. Then I turned "professional" and become an owner of this business, whose main purpose is to rescue good junk. Yikes!
A strategy that is working well for Lisa and me these days is a shopping moratorium. (Except for vintage French stuff. Every policy needs an escape clause.) We are working with all the raw materials and fodder currently in the storage areas of our homes.
Once a week, my husband and I fill up my Subaru Forester and take a load of things to the Goodwill.
And I am able to purge some of my collections. This week my Fire-King mugs and bowls are going to the studio.
But here's what staying:
Pez candy dispensers - There are few acquisitions these days. Currently they are displayed in a shadowbox style coffee table we have.
Snow domes - My favorites are the unusual shapes and the ones with moving parts. My sons' friends still bring them to me, and occasionally I'll add one if it is special enough.
Matches - Talk about a bowl of memories. My one and only waitressing job was during college at Elsie's.
So I am practicing purging. And still struggling with collecting and hoarding. -- Beth
Thursday, July 10, 2008
A shelving unit with plenty of hooks. Moral of the story – let your found objects tell you what they want to be. -- Beth
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Her website is http://www.indieartsdvd.com/.
Our deluxe tour of the studio was captured by her camera as we talked. The best part is she will edit all the “information”, which is sometimes way too much, out of my mouth! Karen was great fun to work with, and we really appreciate the opportunity to be included in her future October DVD. -- Beth
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
To natural elements...
Thanks for the terrific cards! -- Lisa & Beth
Saturday, July 5, 2008
Friday, July 4, 2008
Thursday, July 3, 2008
My number one suspect. -- Beth
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Right in the middle of door number two - bare, empty floor space!
And between doors two and three - a passageway!
As good as the Panama Canal in this junker's world. -- Beth