Monday, August 30, 2010

Tumbleweed? Ha, Ha, Ha, ha, ha, ha......

...but I love it anyway. Here is a picture of Debbie Dusenberry's house from Curious Sofa Diaries, with what!? A tumbleweed on the mantle! Perfect. And who would have thought it? I remember driving down the road trying to dodge the very biggest ones, and couldn't even get in the front door of my house because they were piled clear to the eaves of the roof. Little did I know that they were decorator items. Who would have known, other than Debbie and my Nana? The story of the Christmas tumbleweed is here. I found the image at The New Victorian Ruralist , one of my very favorite blogs to visit.

Friday, August 27, 2010


The title of the blog where I found it says it best. It's hours of fun. Go!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Just a little Poke

The web is buzzing with news about this space and the guy who owns it. Who wouldn't be intrigued by this quaint and interesting office, by it's name, it's contents, it's owner? This unique space belongs to acupuncturist, Russell Brown of West Hollywood, CA and it's called Poke. Check out his site and blog for a new twist on an old practice.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Just a little thing I call "necessity bottles".

I made these a while back and was so thrilled that I taught myself how to make fired on decals. The toner from laser jet printers leaves behind iron oxide on the glaze of fired objects. A little science, a little art. Now if I could just teach myself photography.


It's the simplest substance, paper, the only art supply that is readily available almost anywhere and still somewhat inexpensive. I can take paper and draw stick figures on it, maybe make a paper airplane. But this person performs miracles. I've long been a fan of this blog, Merveilles en Papier and admired the wonderful creations, each one fantastic in it's own way. But I love, love, love this deer. I admit that I find deer especially beautiful, they are always my favorite image for a holiday card.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

I already have the bugs...

now, to kill them and organize them. Well, maybe not, but this is great. I saw this over at The New Victorian Ruralist, you must check out his beautiful blog. This wallpaper is a collaboration between, designer Brad Ford and wallpaper designer Jennifer Angus for the 2007 Hamptons Cottages &Gardens Idea Show House.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Melancholy Oklahoma

For a melancholic look at some abandoned sites in Oklahoma you must pay a visit to Abandoned Oklahoma. This photo of the old Bird Creek School is from their collection. The guys over there have a comprehensive collection of photographs and videos that show some of the the forgotten places both rural and urban with information about each. I can't look at these images without wondering about the the people who inhabited them, their stories and why these places were forsaken.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

What goes round, comes round.

I never thought that I'd live to see the day that I had a moment. One single solitary moment in time, that what I was wearing is in style. No seriously, really and actually in style. Did you see Ralph Lauren's spring/summer 2010, show, the show that featured what us poor old prairie dwellers have worn, not only in the 30's but pretty much resort to as daily attire, is in FASHION?!??
Some call it Dust Bowl Chic or Poverty chic, some call it Grapes of Ralph but what I prefer call it is "drag out of the bottom of the closet and go feed the chickens chic."

It was one brief shining moment. Next I go back to looking like a crazed hillbilly woman, who runs from people in Wal-Mart, afeared that I will be spotted and included as one of those People of Walmart.

Cracked and chipped.

Cracked is not necessarily a bad thing. At least as far as dishes are concerned. This work by Joana Meroz shows that tiny imperfections can be the priceless beginnings of something new and uniquely beautiful. She paints these cracks with gold lustre and applies enamel transfers of delicate flowers.