Have A Grateful...

....weekend! I'm taking a hiatus for a weekend road trip to visit family in Illinois. Not sure if any Deadhead music will be included in our travel tunes (in reality it will be closer to this) but I liked the marquee in a local shop window. See you back here on Monday!

French Portrait Postcards

This collection of postcards portraying historical figures of France caught my eye while browsing Etsy vintage late at night a few weeks ago. It was an impulse purchase (confession time!) at Journey and Landscape but one that I do not regret in the least. They are lovely postcards--printed on rich, creamy, deckled paper--and I'm to torn on whether to make use of them in my work or save for a day when I can afford to frame up the group in its entirety.

Sushipot Vignette no 22

Sushipot Vignette no 22 (dining table)

Each image in the Sushipot Vignette series is composed of a grouping of objects found in and around my home or studio. A few objects that occupy our dining table including these placemats. Take a peek at previous images in my vignette series here.

Collage Grid At Last

Elastic, collage on wood panel

Finally....this collage grid is finished and up in the shop. It was painstaking work as each of the squares were cut by hand (no punches here!). Not sure if I want to attempt another one any time soon although I'm thinking an even larger one would be stunning. I'd love to hear what you think.

New Collage Pendants

Several more Couture Collage pendants are now available in the shop. Hope you're having a pleasant Monday!

Carnival Colors

We live right around the corner from the Riley County fairgrounds and the carnival opened last night. Of course we had to go as someone has been watching for it all year long! We arrived early and stayed late enough for one last ride on the Ferris wheel to view the carnival lights at night. I'm amazed at the plethora of fried foods that were offered--we decided to stick to the familiar funnel cake. Have a beautiful weekend and enjoy the carnival colors!

Photobooth Fun

Lizzie is my constant companion in the studio and we tend to get a little goofy at times. We were playing around with Photobooth yesterday and made this old-timey photo strip over at Big Huge Labs. It's a bunch of fun so try it out if you haven't already. Have a good Thursday!

Fluorescent Flowerpot

I never paid attention to this little house in our neighborhood until it was recently painted - now it's impossible not to notice! Seems like there are some renovations being done to the interior because a fluorescent flowerpot has been installed atop a dirt pile in the front yard. Talk about upcycling! We usually are driving by in a rush to the post office so Lizzie and I took a walk the other day with the camera in hand just so we could document this local beauty and share it with you.

Sushipot Vignette no 21

Sushipot Vignette no 21
(view of dirty dishes)

Each image in the Sushipot Vignette series is composed of a grouping of objects found in and around my home or studio. A view of the dirty dishes in my sink--a familiar sight. Take a peek at previous images in my vignette series here.

New Assemblage & Collage

I spent the entire weekend in my studio (except for a couple trips to the pool). Several new pieces were added to the shop last night. All of these put this newsprint to good use. Enjoy!

Landscape, collage on wood

Modern Plastic, mixed media assemblage

Spotted Deer, mixed media assemblage

Collage Grid In Progress

This collage grid is one of several works in progress here at Sushipot. I'll have some new assemblage pieces to share with you tomorrow. See you then!

Sounds Of A Summer Night

Lizzie and I love reading this book on summer nights. It is the perfect bedtime story, full of rhythmic singsong and soothing incantations. Sounds Of A Summer Night was written by May Garelick and illustrated by Beni Montresor. It was published in 1963 by Young Scott Books of New York. I lucked upon this copy for 79 cents three years ago at a thrift shop in Mobile, Alabama. I would definitely recommend this book to any young child or lover of vintage children's books.

Our absolute favorite page in the whole book. (click on the image to enlarge and read)

Wishing you a humming, buzzing, stirring summer weekend!

Doll House no 343

Yes...this doll house has a vagina, uterus and ovaries. The image was gleaned from a 1919 health book. You can take a better look at her right here. Enjoy!

Pile of Objects

Last night I was trying to plan out some new assemblage pieces. This is one of the piles of objects I gathered for the session. We'll see what happens with them. Sometimes things work out and sometimes they don't.

Sushipot Vignette no 20

Sushipot Vignette no 20 (folk art & painting)

Each image in the Sushipot Vignette series is composed of a grouping of objects found in and around my home or studio. A hand carved fox in Lizzie's room by Kentucky folk artist, Harry Jennings and a painting I made for her nursery before she was born. Take a peek at previous images in my vignette series here.

1950's Newsprint

I purchased this June 7, 1953 issue of The Courier Journal Magazine from Myra Melinda and it arrived in the mail last week. The bright, bold graphics and generous use of color throughout the magazine make it ideal collage material. Before I start clipping it up I thought I'd share some of my favorite portions including some of the lovely 1950's summer fashions, a bizarre looking men's underwear advertisement and Saran plastic seat covers for the "discriminating motorist". Happy Monday!