Category Archives: Art

Good House Ju Ju

Nope, still no new house for us.

However, I’m working some good house ju ju.  I’ve got an altar on my mantel to house, home, and family.

 

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The yellow vases were my Grandma Fran’s.  The pitcher holds the “good faith” checks we write for offers, as well as cash and change.  Money is good.  The large vase has a necklace on it from my mom with a key.

I’ve drawn a picture of a house.  Something with veggies growing in the yard, sunshine, happiness, color.  There are photos of our families, us, and homey things.

 

 

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The blue foo dogs  were my Great Grandma Irene’s.  The wall altar was a fantastic holiday gift from my in-laws.  We found it at the Petaluma Antique Fair.  Kind of perfect it was bought in the city we want to move to.

 

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There are all kinds of tokens of us, in elephants and octopi, images of our cats, there is paint and brush, a cooking spoon, fruit and flowers.  I’ve added some rum since the pictures.  We’re kicking it up a notch.

The altar is a place of focused thoughts and energy.  A physical form for the intangible desire.  A place to release my hopes, dreams, and even frustrations.

It’s also a great reminder of what I have.

 

Have You Looked at my Blog Lately?

Have you looked at my blog lately?  Probably not, because I haven’t been posting much.  I did, however, do a lot of work on it and my website.  With the help of graphic designer Chelsea of Chelsea McKenna Design it’s looking pretty fabu.  She does really “clean” work.  Which is perfect, because as much as I love bordello chic in my design and decorating, my web presence needs to be a platform for my work.  It shouldn’t compete with it.  An overly fru fru design would be too much.

I love how she took my input, my love of quatrefoil, and all of my little, “Well, how about this?”  and went with it.  I love how my free weebly website and my free wordpress.com blog have the same look.  A viewer doesn’t feel like they’ve taken a wrong turn on the internet.  It’s more consistent.  Even my FB cover photo and my Etsy shop headers coordinate with my websites.  I’m feeling pretty spiffy.

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Houses I Can’t Have

 

 

 

Here’s the first house we put an offer on, a few weeks ago.  Pretty cute.  Lots of sun for gardening.  Small detached studio.  It has been flipped, so things were in pretty good shape.  MckenzieNo response until we got a crazy counter offer.  This is a house I can’t have.

This is the second house we put an offer on.  Short sale.  Smelled like three packs of cigarettes a day for twenty years.  18 x 18 studio fabulousness in the backyard.  No actual front lawn, this photo is a lie (which I don’t mind, since I’d rip it out for my victory garden, anyways).

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No response, ever.  Saw the status change to “pending”, which means they’re taking someone else’s offer.

Saw a really god awful wrecked house today.  So in love.  I could work on that house for years.  But, the listing agent should have listed it as “cash only”.  It’s doubtful that a bank is going to want to loan someone money for a house in that condition.  Mold in the converted garage, broken window, no drywall in the master/downstairs public bathroom.  Nothing I couldn’t deal with.  But rules are rules.  It’s been on the market a long time.

Our amazing, gorgeous, persistent realtor Brook is going to talk to the listing agent and see if they are accepting non-cash offers.  I know it’s not likely (snowball in hell not likely) that we’ll get considered for this house, but I haven’t managed to give up hope and move on.  I’m a little bit in love with this house.

The front yard is a weird little skinny nothing, since it’s in a cul de sac (which wikipedia tells me literally translates to “arse of the bag” meaning a dead end… I suddenly like cul de sacs a lot more).  The further back you go, however, the wider and wider the lot gets.  It’s HUGE in the back yard.  My mind’s eye sees patios, raised garden beds, a dog, a fountain, laundry hanging out, kids, a little bistro table by the kitchen for al fresco mornings with my tea.  There is a little courtyard snug behind a fence in the front, flanked by the garage that has been converted into a room.   There’s a great french door from the courtyard into the garage. (I love french doors).  The front door has a little window in it.  A big fountain in that courtyard and we’re perfect.  The window over the kitchen sink would have a perfect view of it.

So here’s to the hope that won’t die for a house that needs a lot of work.

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Fairy Giveaway from Castle of Costa Mesa

Tania Prosser is a fabulous artist at the Made Local Marketplace.  She made me aware of this giveaway for beautiful flower fairies from Castle of Costa Mesa.  

 

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Do you see that one right in the middle there?  Yeah, her.  With the flaming red curly hair.  Yeah.  I want her.  So much so that I had to stop whatever Facebook scrolling I was wasting time with and blog about it.  Blogging about it gets me five extra entries, don’t you know?  It also means you know about the giveaway now, too, which means you’re competition… but I love all of you that read my blog so much that if you won and I didn’t I’d still love you.

Anyways, now that I’m here, I’m going to work on some real blog posts.  About stuff that I do. That doesn’t have to do with scrolling through FB.

A Bright Bright Sunshiny Day!

I love the colors in this treasury!

‘A Bright Bright Sunshiny Day ‘ by VintNoggin

It’s a nice sunny day here. Please enjoy our summer themed Treasury!


Hallelujah Girl – 9″ x …

$40

Heirloom, Large Grey Stripe …

$1.5

15 Spring Heart corsage/stic…

$1.95

Orange and Puple Fabric Posy…

$12

Retro Aqua and Yellow Dangle…

$20

Wide Boho turban headband …

$18

Pillow Cover – 12 x 16 Inche…

$22.5

Dip Dyed Cut Off Shorts Oran…

$45

Sunflower Ceramic Knob – Dre…

$4.75

Art Glass Pitcher with 5 Tum…

$125

Dragon Art – Chasing the Dra…

$75

hand-sewn wearable art top

$30

4×6 Czech Glass Teardrop Bea…

$5.5

Rare 1960s SEARS HAWAII Vibr…

$30

Beeswax Candle: Kewpie Doll …

$12

Mod Orange Speckled Ceramic …

$43

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Metal Love Treasury by Mundomeo

‘metal love’ by mundomeo


Reclaimed wood with metal LO…

$42

HOLIDAY SALE Antique Silver …

$1.5

Goldtone Metal LOVE Pendant

$4

16pcs Antique Brass Tone Bas…

$2.25

Metal “Love” Dangl…

$20

Rustic rusty recycled metal …

$4.25

Hammered Metal Love Connecto…

$2.25

Mixed metal Love earrings – …

$28

Rusted Recycled Metal Love t…

$22.5

Metal Love – Pack of 2 Big G…

$7

Hand Crafted Mixed Metal Lov…

$20

Bow Charm Hair pin – Love Bi…

$8.5

Love Necklace – Metal Stampe…

$9.5

Two Hearts Sterling Silver N…

$34

Copper and Opal LOVE Pendant…

$35

3 Three Hearts 7/8 inch ( 22…

$3.6

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Something New & Just for Me

Most of my creative endeavors lately are something I might sell.  Even if I don’t plan on selling that particular one, it’s a tester for something I’m considering selling.  I did make a new necklace for myself, but that’s in a way to help me sell.  It’s embarrassing to go to a networking event, say I make jewelry, and not be wearing a fabulous statement piece that I made.

This new project, however, is just for me (and my cats, really)!   I had a funky thrift store rug the cats loved to sleep on.  It was thick and comfy in the afternoon sun.  But the last time I washed it, it really shed a lot, had more obvious gaps, and still smelled weird.  Time to toss it.

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I don’t know what I saw, but I suddenly thought I should make a hooked rag rug.  Not a braided one, but one with lots of little tufts.  I’ve raided my fabric stash and come across fabulous, bright colors.  Cutting them into strips 1/2″ by 3″ is the hardest part,  I started with my pinking shears so there would be less shedding, but it was taking even longer and hurting my middle finger knuckle.  Regular scissors it is!

Rag1As my husband says, this is going to take forever, but I’m not worried.  I’m two rows into  a bazillion of them.  I have a little latch hook that helps me tie the strips into lovely little knots. Right now working on my rug is the closest I can come to relaxing.  (I really do suck at relaxing).

The little bit that I have done already feels nice when I step on it.  The cats are already laying on the rug, even though it’s bare canvas webbing.  Milo really liked being underneath it and popping again.  Sorry, I didn’t get a picture, I was too busy laughing at him.

Sure, I needed a new project like I needed a hole in my head.  But it’s a present for me and I deserve it.  And my cats deserve it, too, I guess.