I had a great time making this Mixed Media Angel Assemblage project!
A while back, Larry and I stopped into an interesting estate sale, in Boerne.
It was a whole warehouse, of a life time of collections, including a retired trolley car, which had sold, to tractors, tools, books and maps. There were boxes and boxes of wonderful rusty treats!
I asked the dealer what a piece of very rustic furniture, filled with a series of drawers, had been used for. He said it was for the owners tools.
Well, I wasn't interested in the whole piece, but I sure had my eye on the drawers.
In the end, he said if the furniture didn't sell, they would push the leftovers out into the field and burn them!
I filled my bags full of rusty "saved from the fire" treats and headed home to curate.
Just look at the wonderful..."you can't reproduce that" color, in the bottom of this drawer...yeah, you better look now, because in the end, it got dusted out and eventually covered up with a beautiful angel!
At least I memorialized the color with this picture!
I don't subscribe to magic, but what happens with the collections from that drawer, can be magical, to me:)
I layer and layer and build and build, until I get closer to what I want to happen in a project.
I made some fabric twists or "beads" and placed them in the box, above her.
In this project, I had the perfect place to feature one, out of a whole box, of colorful spools of fly tying thread, and some brass gears, used for building fishing reels.
Those finds were from at a great estate sale where a man's hobby was tying fishing flies.
Larry loves to fly fish when we go to Colorado and was right to bring me those items from the sale.
To me, a great sale is one where the garage or out buildings, are full of items collected by someone with a wonderful passion and imagination!
I will be listing her in Hastypearl, soon!
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Yeah, you can do it! We're all learning together!
Friday, March 22, 2013
South Texas Garden in Spring
Another Form of Mixed Media Art!
the gardening community is strong. Texans gardeners don't give up easily for anything. My goal in my only three year old organic garden, is to take seriously our threatened water sources. I understand that we have less turf than most of our neighbors. Years of experience has taught me to utilize the rich catalog of plants that come from our neighbors to the deserts west in Texas and south in Mexico. We don't however, have to ONLY use xeric plants, but can judiciously compliment with more hybridized choices as well. Hey, a girl HAS to have roses! So, we call on Heritage roses that are found blooming untended in abandoned cemeteries and homes. For me, a rose HAS to rebloom AND be fragrant to make the cut in my garden.
Spring is our greatest time for wildflowers and the rains dictate how lush the show will be. This year we are again behind on rain, so in our area, unless supplemental water has been made available, they will probably be sparse. Finally, I have found a way to have roses in my deer exposed front yard, by using antique climbers. I'm pretty good at keeping the tags for all of my plants, but pretty promptly forget the varieties. Ill leave that to some really wonderful garden specific blogs. My job here, is to journal along my creative process throughout the year in the life of my garden.
I hope that you enjoy what you see. This is just a start. There will be much more to come.
See, art comes in many forms:)
Monday, March 18, 2013
I had an empty galvanized box and the rest is what you see! A Mixed Media Assemblage Box, called "Tisket Tasket"!
I recently sold a wall hanging that had a small piece of the hook part of a bra, and slip strap. I often see that particular wall hanging repinned from my "hastypearl" Pinterest page!
Women can somehow relate to keeping just one more button...just in case.
I can't help it!
My mind goes "imaginating" about these womens lives. All of the years and their collections are not important to their families, so I "collaborate" with them and their collections live on!
The final fun thing about it is the pouch of lavender that is inside. I love how the fragrance mixes with the history of it all. Yep, helps the "imaginator" start up all over again!
A great way to celebrate, Mom's!
Hope you are all well and enjoying these early days of spring!
Texas has a way of "tip toeing" in and them SLAMMING us with hot days.
The butterfly count is building and I heard my first hummer this week.
The martin houses are set up along with the Dawn Song, cd set to repeat! Maybe this will be the year they choose to grace us by moving in ?
Having a puppy has put me in the garden...a lot, but that's a good thing!
While we take our potty walks, I have gloves and shovel in hand for weeding or dividing perrenials and in general, just making good use of the time.
The books and 37 years of experience say for puppy to potty after eating, drinking, sleeping and playing. In other words...run for the yard ALL of the time!
If anyone can think of any time that that list leaves OUT in a puppies life...please let me know in the comments below:)
Thursday, March 14, 2013
She's been with us for a week now. I forgot how challenging having a puppy can be!
Every day, sometimes more than once, we walk our property line. The first few days were more like a drag, than a walk, but you can see her independence after a week.
Welcome, beautiful girl.....Don't you just want to give that long snout a big kiss!
I would like to mention Mustard Seed Ranch Goldendoodles for helping us find our perfect companion!
Sunday, March 10, 2013
Mixed Media Cards
or Lets Brighten Things Up A Bit!
The Physical Development illustrations, were actually from my husband Larry's, childhood library.
I guess they just take me back to some pretty funny high school gym classes!
Boy have times changed!
Hope you are Having fun!