Sunday, June 26, 2011

Five Fish

 "Five Fish"
This piece, is put together in a simple wood frame, with a background of vintage folding rulers, yardsticks and school rulers. A metal number 5 and a small wooden fish painted salmon-like add interest and dimension.  This piece is ready to hang and already sold. (click on image to enlarge)

Saturday, June 18, 2011

"She Wanted To Fly"

"She Wanted To Fly"
   She's a wife, she's a mom, she has an amazing career. . .  she has worked hard and has created a wonderful life for herself and her family. Sometimes, every now and then, 'she wants to fly' just to take a break, just to see what's out there, just to remember her dreams, the ones that slipped away.
    A vintage sewing machine drawer is the box that contains this story, a story many of us share. A "winged victory" statue depicts her feelings. At her feet we see her child, her work, her faith, while her dreams line the walls, under glass. A music box, plays a tune, and mirrors reflect the size of her world. (click on any image to enlarge)

Saturday, June 11, 2011


Another favorite: A wooden pig embellished with bits and pieces of this and that. The pig, named "Bingo" is approximately 7" x 4", and he has wings, and buttons, bottle caps and bells. He wears a level for a hat, and wooden beads for shoes. A part of a one dollar bill drapes his belly, reminding us that in a financial context, pork bellies, like lumber and oranges are still considered commodities. (click on any image to enlarge)

Sunday, June 5, 2011

"She Would Only Fly When No One Was Looking"

 "She Would Only Fly When No One Was Looking"
    Last year I received a birthday card with the following sentiment: "For A Long Time, She Flew Only When She Thought No One Was Looking". . .  it liked it so much that it has stayed with me for months.
    I found this wonderful box at an estate sale a couple of months ago, apparently it used to hold tools or nails or tacks . . . I covered the box in handmade papers, and put it on a stand with a small wind-up music box on the bottom. On the left inside wall, a mirror reflects the doll, and on the right inside wall, you see bits of safety glass with various images underneath.
    The doll is made up of doll arms, a doll head and a vintage curry powder spice tin.  She holds a set of golden wings in one hand and a gun in the other . . . contradictory at best
    The doll is suspended from the back allowing the legs and arms to move. On top is a blue water faucet handle, and on the back I added a silver metal piece that was formally a strainer from a shrimp cocktail server. The front of the box has a glass cover. (click on any image to enlarge)

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Circles Squared

"Circles Squared"
   Inspiration for this wall hung piece came from one done by Catherine Nash titled "Circles Can't Be Squared". In it she used a beautiful vintage square as the anchor to her piece, and you can see it here .
   A lid from a wooden box is the frame that contain all the parts:  a vintage metal square, a piece of a vintage level, the cross bar of a table leg, a wooden triangle with an amber marble reminds me of the all-seeing eye. The bottom circles piece came from one of those revolving spice racks. Inside the circles are marbles, coins, dice and a round metal filigree piece found on one of my walks. A piece of glass covers the circles, allowing the pieces to move freely inside. The background is vintage measuring tape.