Sunday, November 18, 2018

Rock on...

Found this small one drawer wood box that was a hideous orange...so I rescued it!  Repainted, added new legs, created a drawer pull with a rock collected somewhere along the way.
The little bird rests on a glass rock as he looks into the water...

Measure 4-1/2" tall, 5" wide, and 2-3/4" deep.
Available for purchase - just email me or leave comment on this page.

Friday, November 9, 2018

What do you do with...

a coaster holder without coasters, old wooden spool, one wooden napkin ring and a piece of colorful contact paper ?  I have the answer.  A small plant stand.  It does balance and holds a few small pots of succulents. 





And no...of course I couldn't stop there.  Had these small boxes that had hoped to fit in a wire hanging basket.  Well they didn't.  So POOF...two more small plant stands. 
Don't stop be-leafing....

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

There was a design plan...

...but did not expect this as outcome.  Received some cigar boxes from my daughter-in-law and they have been sitting in the background of my studio staring at me.  Worked on one in which I attempted to cut an outline on cover without the benefit of a jigsaw. Well, that didn't work...
So painted another.  Added sample wallpaper.  Enhanced with watercolor for muted blue and green touches.  Used stencil and modeling paste to create trees that were colored with distressed inks.  Added leaves cut from transparencies colored with alcohol ink.  Interior shelf created using cigar box border wood.  Voila.  Journal storage box... Just need to add pen in the bottom area and it will be available for purchase. $35.00 plus shipping.
 (that is a journal book on the shelf)

Friday, November 2, 2018

Not about art...just my life.


Today National Auto Spa literally saved my life.  
First a little back story about me and the autos I  choose.  My first vehicle of note was a corvair monza convertible.  Great little vehicle that I invested in when I was 20.     Typical for me – did not totally check it out before purchase.  You know, normal things…like put the top up to be sure in good shape.   You guessed it.  Held together with duct tape.  I was working full time, had part time  job and attending college.  Couldn’t afford repairs so my solution as the tape gave way & the hole grew was to stick an umbrella out the opening.  Yes, I did that.  Living in Dallas at the time so not often did you see me out there with the floral umbrella.  Seemed I followed that with various cars that seemed to be doomed – Pacer station wagon, VW Bus (30 day warranty, lasted 32 days), Mercury Mystique, Ford Escort. 
Latest chariot is a Pontiac Vibe (again, doomed – no longer produced despite it being a fantastic vehicle).  And the latest challenge with the Silver Streak is a leaky sunroof.  Really started a year ago but with the deluge we have had here in Indianapolis it has gotten worse.  To the point of using trash bags on driver seat (I call them car seat condoms) to avoid sitting on towels.  I contacted a few companies in area regarding a repair (what I thought was blocked drain hole – didn’t even know they had them until researching).  One company said “bring it by”…and now the rest of the story.  Had appointment for 10am and at 10:05 they informed me there was a recall on the sunroof due to deterioration of the seal.  By 10:30 I drove out with a new glass and seal installed at NO CHARGE.   The no charge was fantastic (would have been $485 to replace - an amount that doubles its resale value) but the saved my life was when they showed me the old glass / seal  and pointed out it could have blown out of the car at any time.
Only thing left to do is check under driver’s seat and see if I need to harvest any mushrooms.