February 28, 2011

The Grandparents

Thought I would introduce you to the two pieces in our family collection that are the precursor to my Doll House series. We lovingly refer to them as "the grandparents". Both assemblages were created in early 2006--Lizzie was just about to enter toddler-hood and I had not yet discovered Etsy (imagine that!). Both pieces measure about a foot high and were constructed with wood scraps scavenged during my days working at a Mardi Gras float building company. I'm realizing while typing this post that I miss using buttons in my work (mental note: use more buttons somewhere, somehow). The Doll Houses were originally adorned with buttons but have since transitioned to feature old anatomical images. It may be time for the series to transition again? Just thinking out loud here but if you have an opinion I'm all ears. In the meantime, the grandparents are mighty pleased to meet you!

February 26, 2011

New Bricolage

Three new pieces in my Bricolage series have been posted in the shop this evening. When I went to mount the collage onto panels last night I realized I only had three panels left. More panels have been ordered so the other collage from this sneak peek will be up later in the week. Hope your weekend is going well. Mine is busy, busy--just the way I like it--'cept when I don't but that's another story.

February 25, 2011

Snowy Footprints

Wishing you & yours a beautiful weekend whether or not you have snowy footprints!

February 24, 2011

Bits & Bobs

A lovely surprise package chock-full of these fun bits & bobs arrived in the mail earlier this week. The gift was bestowed by the talented Jo of Cart Before The Horse fame. She and her husband Dylan are the creators of some amazing, quirky folk art dolls. You are in for a treat--be sure to check out Jo's blog and Etsy shop. As for the bits & bobs--they have already been divvied up--Lizzie has claimed some for her doll house and I'm appropriating others to assemblage and to my collection of little things. Thank you so much for this mid-winter treat Jo!

February 23, 2011

Late Night Bricolage

I was up late last night working on a new grouping of collage for my Bricolage series. After losing track of time I realized I never prepared a blog post for today so instead you get to take a peek at this pile of un-stitched collage. Happy hump day!

February 21, 2011

The Uncle Wiggily Game

A highlight this weekend was a spontaneous outing to our favorite local thrift shop. My top find was this 1961 version of The Uncle Wiggily Game for a $1.50. The board game is a classic and will make for a fun family game night I'm certain. Happy Monday folks!

February 18, 2011

We Walk, We Talk

We went for a walk yesterday and took pictures of our shadows together.

Found this love note on an old car in the neighborhood.

She's a good walking companion. We talk about so many things...

...like this lone leaf that clung to its tree all winter long.

Have a beautiful weekend!

February 17, 2011

Doll House no 362

Doll House no 362 (with child)

Pink Drawings

Big City Carnival by Lizzie Scott

Did anyone else happen to read that article in the New York Times a few weeks ago entitled Mom, You're One Tough Critic by Michael Tortorello? It was about the dilemma parents face on whether to hoard or toss their child's art projects and drawings? I sure got a kick out of it as I probably lean toward the hoarding side of things. I have piles (confession: boxes) of Lizzie's drawings and she's quite a prolific kid. For instance, these are just a sampling from what I like to call her "pink period" which was yesterday, Wednesday, February 16th, 2011. There are at least a dozen more of these pink drawings--I didn't count, I just added them to the "pile". In an ideal world I would probably scan every drawing and create a digital archive but when will I ever have the time for that? I'm guessing Lizzie will have to sort through them when she's all grown up. For now you get to enjoy the doodles of a six-year-old girl who is in love with the color pink, boats (lovin' those big oars!), islands, fairies, castles, fish and houses--at least she was yesterday.

Sinking Fairy Boat by Lizzie Scott

Boat Floating To The Island by Lizzie Scott

Island With Trees by Lizzie Scott

A Girl Playing Mini Golf by Lizzie Scott

Jumping Girl by Lizzie Scott

Fairy Boat by Lizzie Scott

February 14, 2011

1920's Handmade Valentines

From my collection of circa 1920's handmade Valentines. Wishing you & those people you love a special Valentines day together.


February 11, 2011

Dear Uppercase

Dear Uppercase,

Let me count the ways I love your pages. You are eye candy for my creative soul. My to-do lists vanish when you appear and so does my cabin fever. It's hard to concentrate on anything when you are sitting there waiting to be read and re-read. I'm seriously considering scheduling 4 vacation days a year. What have you done to me? I cannot grow tired of you. You will never end up in a recycling bin because you are beautiful & timeless. I will collect and keep you forever and ever.

Your admiring reader,

Disclaimer & A Request: I'm not meaning to be creepy or anything. I'm just really taken by this magazine. It's my favorite ever! And....if anyone out there is willing to sell me issues 1 and/or 2 I would pay an arm and/or a leg to complete my collection. Or...I would even love to borrow them for a week to read and promise I would take good care of them and return them (yeah right)!