Thursday, October 30, 2008

Road Trip Treasures

I finally got a chance to take some pictures of some of the treasures I bought while exploring some small towns in Alabama. The first photo is of some of the jewelry I found, the next is of some of the old books I found. One of the antique malls had so many good ones to choose from it was hard to get just 5. One not pictures here is called, The Devil's Curse or Hell's Commerce" it is a book from the days of prohibition. It has some really great art and poems in it. The bottom picture is of the white patent leather go-go boots I found at the Unclaimed Luggage store. When I was paying for them the lady said, "Honey are you sure you can walk in these?" with her sweet southern accent. I assured her no I could not walk in them for sure, but I am sure I can find someone that can. Don't you love them?

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Road Trip

My sister-in-law and niece asked me along for a road trip through Alabama before my niece went back to school. Of course I was all in for it and had a great time. Our first stop was in Scottsboro, Al to the Unclaimed Baggage Center. I remember seeing if featured on Oprah once and wanted to go ever since. I have to admit it was a bit of a disappointment. It was kinda like thrift store shopping since most of the items were used, but not thrift store prices. I did get a great pair of white platform go go boots that were never worn. I plan on putting them on Ebay. They had a Channel Diamond watch for $13,000! They had designer and wedding dresses ( I hope the wedding was over before they lost their luggage). The funny thing is you have to keep reminding yourself that this stuff was all packed in a suitcase or shipped as freight that lost it's way. I know I will never pack anything of great value in my suitcase after seeing the stuff in this place.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Another Bird Collage

Yes, I love birds. Anything with a bird or wings incorporated into it gets my attention. So here is another encaustic collage with a bird. This time I tried to paint a little nest for the bird to be sitting in. I am not the greatest sketch artist, but I like to play with my watersoluble crayons in this way. I also found this little keyhole hardware piece that I thought looked good up in the corner. These collages are 6x6 inches. I may get bold and get a pack of 9x9 canvases. Oooh that's a lot of white space to work with....We'll see.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

New Encaustic Collages

I bought these wide profile canvases awhile back. I have been saving them for something really special. I now decided that there will probably never be something really special and I am just hoarding my supplies as usual. So I made these two collages. The first is completely collaged with vintage hymnal pages, ledger pages and a sweet vintage image. The second one I did a color wash, stamped, and drew on the branch & leaves with my watersoluble crayons. These are so much fun to play with. I then collaged on the sides and the bird and used a pencil to put in the final details. I will be selling these in my booth. I hope some one buys them!

Monday, October 6, 2008

Sweet Grass Spa & Salon

I am so thrilled to have a new local store carrying my jewelry. Sweet Grass Spa & Salon in Atlanta is the coolest place you have ever seen. It is colorful and funky place that draws you in to explore. The staff is so warm and friendly. If you live in the area you owe it to yourself to check it out. Here are some pictures of the jewelry displays we did.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Machine Embroidery Book for sale

I am trying to destash my craft room and am offering this book for sale. "Creative Machine Embroidery a Practical Sourcebook" by Gail Harker. It is a beautiful book that offers practical guidance with creative inspiration. The original price paid was $24.00, I am selling for $9.00 and it will be shipped media mail for $2.25. The total cost is $11.25 still less than half. I am accepting Paypal. Email me if you are interested at

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Incredible Sculture

I was just sent this link for sculptor Ron Mueck he is a realist sculptor, using fiberglass resin. The people, or faces or either blown up very large or miniaturized. I would love to see this show if it comes to a museum near me. Check his work our here.