Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Friday, December 21, 2012

Christmas Thrift Store Horrors

It's that time of year again to see what Thrift Horror has for us on those thrift store shelves in Texas.

Here is one example to start you off.
Click on the link to see what else you might find on the shelves.  Then perhaps, in your wanderings of the aisles for those "special" Christmas presents, you too can find some horrors to expose. 

Merry Christmas Thrifting!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Sunday Quotes

I missed Sunday, so here it is on Monday. 

Does this sound familiar?

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Leopard Spots, Pearls and Frogs

This necklace was made for a theme show called,
"It's A Jungle Out There".  I named it
"Leopard Keeps His Spots".  It is made from
acrylic rounds, ovals and rings, amber beads and lots of
chain.  This piece is light on the neck and fun to wear.

Detail of "Leopard Keeps His Spots"

This necklace is put together with beautiful peacock color pearls
and small mother-of-pearl beads.  Each pearl has a structure all
its own and the color is deep and rich.

Detail of the pearls

A small, lampworked frog bead adds just that bit of whimsy to this
black crystal and freshwater pearl necklace.

Detail of the frog bead

Monday, November 26, 2012

More necklaces to see

A beautiful lampworked starfish is the "star" of this necklace,
along with glass pearls and green beads.

Faceted, graduated, nugget and tube turquoise beads
are paired with copper beads and toggle clasp.

Graduated copper and brass dangles on a leather cord.

An acrylic dome, over a piece of sheet music, is captured by
beads in cream and black with glass pearls and crystal fringe.

Green-dyed freshwater pearls highlight the colorful
hand rolled wool beads in this necklace.
These are a few more pieces I will be bringing to the show this coming Saturday.  To see more art from the Magpies, go to our blog at Magpie Tribe Artisans NW .
If you can't make the show and like what you see, I will be putting up those necklace that don't sell in my store at Z'annes Bazaar  next week.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Winter Dreams

(click to enlarge)

I am part of a lovely group of artists called the Magpie Tribe Artisans NW and we have been very busy getting ready for an art show and sale next Saturday.  (This is one of the reasons I've been mostly absent from this blog lately.)  There will be a great variety of art to see and buy at the Multnomah Arts Center.  If you are in the area, please stop by and see us, you might even find that one unique gift you've been looking for.

Below are just a few of the items I will be bringing with me to the sale.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Where were these guys when I was a kid?

The Danish company of Monstrum makes some of the coolest playgrounds that you will ever want to see. I just wish they would make them for grown-ups.

There are many more to see at their website. Go look and be a kid again.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Different Kinds of Rides

Cruising around the net today brought me to Gajitz and their lists of interesting things out in the world. Here are a few vehicles that would be fun to ride around in.

Volkswagen T1 van turned Imperial AT-AT Walker

Volkswagen Tank

Close Encounters of the Car Kind

Land Based Pool Shark

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Macro Photography

Have you ever wondered what the world of micro looks like? Sharon Johnstone can show you with her galleries of photographs of the tiny worlds she has found of dew and dandelions.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Tooth Fairy's Lost Luggage

This piece was in the Lost and Found at the local bus station. I wonder where the owner was going?

Christopher Locke is the artist who created this wonderfully innovative piece of mixed media art. Here are a few more pictures of his some of his bugs. These pieces are all made from scissors and small knives confiscated by the TSA.

Go on over to his site and check out the rest of his artworks. Enjoy!