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fawning over altered treasures

4 Sep

Fawning1I recently wrote about my new gold-guilded basket that I created for my cruiser bike. I had plenty of extra spray paint left-over from my DIY activity that it was just fawning to be used for another project… pardon the mandatory pun, but later that week I was in a local  thrift shop and came across the most adorable ceramic sculpture of a baby deer. Fawning2 Fawning3 Fawning4However I guess adorable could be a questionable term if one wasn’t capable of looking past it’s horrible brown two tone glaze finish, chipped front paw and tacky hand scrawling on the back, in order to see its darling shape and precious character. Fawning5 Fawning6Spending only 50 cents and making use of my leftover spraypaint, turned a questionable 3-D piece of art into a true studio gem. Next time you are thrifting, don’t ever be off-put by a sculpture or a vessel’s color; if the shape and style is something you admire, you can transform the finish into any color of the rainbow!

ephemera from across the pond

25 Feb

cigarettecards6The beautiful Holly Trill was doing a clean-out and was asking on twitter if anyone was interested in a collection of vintage cigarette cards. She was happy to give them away for free to any loving and excited home, and as someone who constantly collects little pieces of paper ephemera (either as wall art inspiration, as collage material or as mail art goodies), I was all over the offer. cigarettecards2 cigarettecards4 cigarettecards1 cigarettecards5 cigarettecards3Inside the fat envelope, all the way from the UK, was over 140 cards in collectible sleeves, and about 30 other unsorted ones. It was such a bonny pile, that I only had room to share some of my absolute favorites. A few will find a place on my inspiration walls in the studio, and the others will most likely find suitable places in future outgoing mail art parcels. Thanks again for your generosity Holly!

a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush

16 May

While visiting my family cabin recently, I scored this absolute little beauty at one of the best antique stores in Invermere. This gorgeous bird is actually made of bronze; it is a lock from Ancient China that can be used on any hasp & staple closure, which can be commonly found on big wooden chests. The key pushes through the back of the bird to release the head, which opens the lock; isn’t it just fascinating?! One day I imagine it will lock a large wooden memory chest that my parents gifted me years ago (which is full of my baby & childhood keepsakes)… Until that day comes, this antique winged creature will be happily sitting in my bookshelf aviary, on top of my Robert Bateman’s Birds book, amongst other feathered friends.