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Summer’s end

Summer is almost over.

Despite the heat it was beautiful….

The west coast, the Sierra Nevadas, the Bahamas

Sunrises, Sunsets

frogs, dragonflies, butterflies, birds

glassy water, crushed granite paths, cool grass,

picnic blankets, shy windchimes, frosty glasses of wine,

movie nights, slow mornings,

family & friends.


Although it’s time to put summer away and bring out autumn, here’s a collection of summer that I’ll keep around a while…


enormous pinecones from Cali, a Bahamian conch shell, stars, a perfect duck feather  


They’re all too big for my art journal so they sit around the house….


until they just can’t compete with pumpkins, skeletons, and spider webs.


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‘Somebody Has To’

I am, for some unknown reason attracted to scraps and ephemera.  It’s the magpie in me.

I guess as a little girl I cherished things, tiny things, way too much. I had one of those type set trays in the 80’s with miniature kitties, and mushrooms, and rollerskates.  Remember that fad?

I also kept and adored little bits like my great grandmother’s broken brooch or an antique hairpin.  I could create an entire scene around one little hairpin: flapper girl, fringe, stockings, cigarette smoke, loud music, pink velvet, powder puffs….another age.

I think this is why i love assemblage art so much.

 Bits of lost ages that come together to tell a new story.



Joe Pogan's Bird and Nest made from found objects., via Art Propelled

Joe Pogan’s ‘Bird and Nest’

Annabel Elston, Bird Production

Annabel Elston, Bird Productions



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Steampunk Birds by Jim Mullan



seen at Main Street Artfest in Fort Worth




assemblage art by Janice Lowry, via


Below is a crazy piece that I did out of  ‘family salvage’.

The body was Nana and Lon’s mantle clock,

the outline of the face is MamaJean’s porcelain soap dish holder,

the nose was her silver salt spoon,

the glasses were my son’s in the first grade,

the wings belonged to ‘Daddylo’ – he taught the flyboys how to fly,

the wings are held up by a champagne cork that holds special significance as well.

the wings are made from my grandfather’s carpenter ruler, 

the blue bird was part of MamaJean’s collection. 

The light is from a little porcelain bouquet of flowers that was a table top night-light in the grandkids’ room. I left it on in hopes that I might see Santa better.

all the rest are pieces of someone else’s  grandparents ‘family salvage’

who knows what this is, but it’s yellowed, and was probably very important.  



for reflection

Her little belly is filled with paper copper stars, paper moths, a real blue jay feather, slices of corks,

an old pocket watch face,  and illustrations from a decrepit, but lovely old book that was left out in the rain

at First Monday Trade Days.




This Shel Silverstein poem was not the inspiration for my assemblage. It did however, come to mind as I
worked through it -as she came to life.

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from shel silverstein's A Light in the Attic



her little red votive cup holds a tea light…

so she can see when she polishes the stars

of course.



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“Come and share my treasure trunk!”

I memorized this in elementary school.

I always felt so bad for sweet Hector.  I mean, look at him hiding his little face…..awwww

(I was also a bit envious of his trunk.  Oh the possibilities!)


by Shel Silverstein

Hector the Collector
Collected bits of string,
Collected dolls with broken heads
And rusty bells that would not ring.
Pieces out of picture puzzles,
Bent-up nails and ice-cream sticks,
Twists of wires, worn-out tires,
Paper bags and broken bricks.
Old chipped vases, half shoelaces,
Gatlin’ guns that wouldn’t shoot,
Leaky boats that wouldn’t float
And stopped-up horns that wouldn’t toot.
Butter knives that had no handles,
Copper keys that fit no locks,
Rings that were too small for fingers,
Dried-up leaves and patched-up socks.
Worn-out belts that had no buckles,
‘Lectric trains that had no tracks,
Airplane models, broken bottles,
Three-legged chairs and cups with cracks.
Hector the Collector
Loved these things with all his soul
Loved them more than shining diamonds,
Loved them more than glistenin’ gold.
Hector called to all the people,
“Come and share my treasure trunk!”
And all the silly sightless people
Came and looked…and called it junk.

Hector and I would’ve been fabulous friends.

You know how magazines or tv shows ask celebrities what they have in their purses?  I’d like to know what they have in their junk drawers! What doesn’t have an official place in their home, but is worth keeping?

What memories do we harbour in junk that will eventually end up in the trash or our own estate sale?

Or better yet, what de we hope to make memories with?  What projects or events are waiting to happen?

There’s a pack of polk-a-dotted drink umbrellas that I grabbed on sale…. just waiting for a bridal shower or end of summer bash.

I also have a package of ‘girls night out’ cocktail napkins that were for a party that had to be canceled, a reminder of a near tragedy in my family’s life.


I also have a dusty box.

Not of junk,



It holds all of the precious gifts that my toddlers made for me.

My shell necklace, mini pinecones they found just for me, rose petals, Mother’s day cards, profound letters of apology, coupons, and tickets for kisses that I’m holding on to for when they’re standing at high school graduation and are too embarrassed to give me sugars.

This is the box that will go with me to the old folk’s home.

“Loved them more than shining diamonds,
Loved them more than glistenin’ gold.”

Everything else they can sell in my estate sale.

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I ♥ Pinterest…. a little too much

So a few posts back I mentioned Pinterest. You may have noticed the new button on my sidebar over >there>.

 I am officially addicted to this exciting new site!  However; it can be a big time suck so one must limit it to a single coffee break per cup of coffee…a really big cup of coffee…

If you are a photographer this would be a fabulous way to be discovered, get new business, or show existing clients your portfolio.  If you’re planning a wedding with girlfriends all over the world, this would be a great way to share ideas. If you need great gift or decorating ideas, this is a great place to start.

It’s not REALLY a waste of time unless you just flip through it like you would a magazine, which I totally do.  But there are NO ads and it’s FREE!

I’m sorry to do this, really.  It’s like drugs. You know the guy your Mom warned you about? The guy that wants to get you hooked so he has someone to get high with?  That’s me.  So Sorry!

You ask, ‘but what is it FOR exactly?’ Check this out…

Screenshot of random pin boards

Pinterest was quietly launched in March 2010 with the help of a few ‘tastemakers’, great photographers, designers, bloggers etc.

Pasted below is part of an article from the fabulous blog,  A Blissful Nest,

June 27, 2011: “Then it was time to meet the brains behind the scenes. Lucky for us we got there early and were able to meet Ben. Ben is one of the co-founders and every time you get one of those fun emails letting you know someone is following you or someone has repinned something of yours he is the one telling you! Behind the scenes fun fact is that Ben and his partner had started another site that ended up not working out. But there was one thing they stumbled on that was the foundation of Pinterest. They were creating these boards (fashion directed) and people loved them. They knew they were on to something and especially for the creative minds out there to collect images in a online organized way. Little did they know people like me would use them as an online portfolio and to visually show clients ideas for their own projects. I don’t know about you but I have had binders for years (for each room of the house) stuffed full of magazine clippings. With Pinterest they can be organized in the same way and also link to their origins. Brilliant!”

Here’s an interesting article, Myspace accused of Ripping Off Stealth Startup Pinterest,

And it’s not all cupcakes and couches. Go there and search silver hair, running, cancer, Pitt, science, how to bind a book, pink and orange, Italy, Taos, photography, kids crafts, vegetarian, bassets, bunnies, organic.

Amazing isn’t it?

 I had to download Google Chrome to surf it faster. Now it never re-re-reloads.

Have fun and remember, ONE coffee break. ONE!


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