Showing posts with label art-craft. Show all posts
Showing posts with label art-craft. Show all posts

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

WTF Wednesday: Fallen Tree, Crouching Unicorn

Good morning, Wednesday! Good morning, WTF-ery! Let's scratch our heads. 

First here are some weather-related WTF's. 

A major storm blew through here and knocked a neighbor's white pine tree across our driveway yesterday. 

pine tree down on driveway

The rain gauge had a field day - 2.25 inches in 24 hours! 


Now a couple more vintage record albums:

Looks like a normal 60's religious singing record, but with an Indian twist. Her dress is slightly Bollywood, and the scene is definitely Eastern, but her hair is 100% Mississippi Gospel. Barbara Maharaj.


This lovely family donned matching rodeo gear, sat in a pasture, and looked longingly at roses. JL and the Country Squires - Living in the Present and Loving (roses) in the Past. 


Here's a nice example of rustic native art:

Koko the coco gorilla?  WTF?!

Finally here's a ceramic unicorn. What is he doing? Dying? Kneeling? Sharpening his horn?


As with all wtf wednesdays, there are no answers, only questions leading to more questions.

For more vintage wtf wonders (for sale), click here: vintage wtf

New WTF this week:

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

WTF Wednesday - Clown Head Coasters, Pan, Supine Dog

Welcome back to WTF Wednesday - the day for celebrating todos things locos!

This first one is kind of clever. Behold a holiday craft for the Pinterest crowd:

Stack up 5 flower pots and paint them like a nutcracker. 


Next is a matted wall hanging ready to frame. With a penny glued on. 

This is not enough. You should know more than this about money. Keep trying to learn. Where would one hang such a piece of art?

Next we have a set of 6 fluorescent orange and white crocheted drink coasters. 

Those are WTF enough on their own, but when stored to form a turtleneck on a creepy clown face topped dowel...WTF!  You take off the clown head to remove the coasters. (bonus cute little old lady shopping in the background). 

You may have seen this if you follow my Instagram, but here is a Grecian urn from around 500 BC on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. 

I thought I liked dogs, this guy REALLY likes dogs. #odeonagrecianurn #metmuseum #500bc

This man LOVES dogs. 

(I am aware this is Pan the Greek god of the "wild, shepherds and flocks, nature of mountain wilds, hunting and rustic music, and companion of the nymphs." I've read and loved Jitterbug Perfume! And Ode on a Grecian Urn!) 

Moving on to a personal bit of WTF-ery:

It's Pouncey. On the bed. Sleeping on his back. Smiling. 

WTF, dog!?

Last but not least, here is what happens when you put boot laces in shoes.

It's a macrame butterfly!

As with all wtf wednesdays, there are no answers, only questions leading to more questions.

For more vintage wtf wonders (for sale), click here: vintage wtf

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

there's nothing to it


there's nothing to it

i had a fun couple of days in NY this weekend. other than spending time with loved ones, a highlight was the met museum, where i'd never been, but could have stayed for 3 weeks. 

we saw the world's oldest piano. (no it's not this one).

oldest piano in the world

and beautiful rosewood and ivory martin guitars from the late 1800s.

antique martin guitar with ivory

central park was outstandingly beautiful.

friday in the park
there were dogs everywhere.

hey scoobs

as always i am glad to be back home to celebrate tongue out tuesday.

tongue out tuesday

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

WTF Wednesday - Lion Bottle, Livermush, Butt Hiding

Hellllllo WTF Wednesday! Let's celebrate some cray-cray!

How about a glass bottle, maybe an empty bottle of rum. Cover it with some papier-mâché type mess and paint it like a lion?


Thank you, Brigid Keenan for this self-esteem boosting coffee table book from 1977. Perfect for when you'd like to spend an afternoon just wallowing in jealousy.


I thought I was the barkeeper's friend! Not the cleaning scrub. Hmmmph.

Here's a clip from the Mountain Xpress back in June. Livermush. Festival. Dad are you seeing this? It reeks of scrapple.

Last but not least, here's a rear windshield that would be hard to see out of. It's been modified with adhesive letters which spell: "Show your mind, Not your behind."  Excellent!


As with all wtf wednesdays, there are no answers, only questions leading to more questions.

For more vintage wtf wonders (for sale), click here: vintage wtf

Monday, August 11, 2014

holden dog portrait by teylor smith

a couple months ago i invited any budding artists to send pictures for our handmade/kids art gallery in the dog's room.

i heard rumblings via kid D that her daughter teylor was working on a painting, and what color was holden's old collar?

last week the anticipation grew via this mysterious instagram:

"We must have looked at one thousand images before she found one she felt like she could draw. She then practiced, and practiced and practiced. Tonight she finished Holden. This is your sneak peek."

look! it's little holdie feet! keep in mind that teylor is 6 years old. 6. Six. not even 7 yet.

and then it arrived! straight from oklahoma - behold!  the finished portrait of holden as a puppy!

holden painting by teylor smith

how freakin adorable is this? she really captured his eager to please personality.

holden painting by teylor smith 

eli wants to get a closer sniff. 

holden painting by teylor smith 

all the dogs are very impressed and only slightly jealous. i am going to get a frame this week and hang it in a most honored and highly visible spot in the gallery.

thank you teylor! bravo! keep up the good work - you have real talent & your painting brings us so much joy!

Sunday, April 27, 2014

kids art 3d printing spring pretzel

last week 2 nephews, my brother & sister in law stopped here amidst a 2 day road trip for a total of 14 hours and during the entirety those 14 hours it rained steadily and was under 50 degrees. it was great to see them nonetheless and they will have to come back and enjoy the outdoors soon. 

here is our ever-expanding gallery of kids' art and vintage cross stitch. if any of your kids want to be featured, please send away!

my friend who works for makerbot sent me a sweet box full of 3-D printed with "a corn based eco-safe bio plastic." 

we have labrador stoppers of many shapes, stretchy fun bangle bracelets, a hot pink unicorn cat, a dunny, and fantastic dog butt hooks in green and  -

nacho! already hung nacho butt for keys. phuckyeah!

 spring has really sprung around here. everything is changing like crazy. it's neon.

he sees cows

on thursday i found this heathered gray vintage 80's sweatshirt with an airbrushed picture of "Pretzel" the beautiful long haired long tongued dachshund dog. 

Supermama of Supermama vintage alerted me to the "mamie ringer t-shirt" on ebay. they're asking $5000 for it. i would be happy with 1/100th that.  "Pretzel" will be posted this week. 

 blisstexas bought this fun fiesta san antonio shirt from shv and posted a few pictures from the actual festival this weekend. it is awesome to see a shirt get a great new life! 

we have plants in the garden, and in pots on the deck. ferociously friendly nachos on steroids still. todos buenos!

Friday, December 21, 2012

catcher's butt

this is something my brother drew as a present for my mother in about the 4th grade, age 8-10.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

my thoughts on the instagram uproar

haha get it? 

"my" thoughts?

my thoughts are jeff tweedy's thoughts. 

 i agree with them.

i relate to them.

i enjoy them.

i appreciate that he shared them.

it sucks to have intellectual property taken, without credit, without permission.

but it's kind of flattering that anybody is even interested at all. 

Thursday, December 06, 2012

favorite colors

it's a landslide of blue!

this is from 4th grade - 1986. 

why does everybody hate yellow?

Friday, November 02, 2012

pouncey scribbles

not one to be outdone by his budding artist cousins, pouncey took a pen and made his own drawing on his dog bed! i see similar theme and execution - definite family resemblance.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

the ancient and modern olympics

i made this poster in the 4th grade - 1986.

the basement flooded and the index card from the ancient olympics is missing.

the index card from the modern olympics contains some dated phrases:

  it was so important i used white-out to correct a lowercase "o" in olympics.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

$10 bottles of wine!

homegrown restaurant on merrimon in asheville is great. the food is great. the folk art for sale on the wall is great. 

the greatest thing is monday is $10 bottle of wine day.

a glass of wine costs you $6, but on monday for $10 you can get the whole bottle. what a steal! 

you can walk away stuffed with 2 delicious dinners and a bottle of wine for under $30.

if you want the uptown girl painting, however, that will run you $25.

no more living in her white bread world.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

breakdance teddy bear 1982

i found some treasures in the basement this weekend which my mom was kind enough to box up and send down here. 

 this is what i was thinking about in second grade. breakdancing teddy bears.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

i was issued some art

Monday, September 12, 2011

i'd climb a tree for a date with you

i love dates. 

this is no secret. 

i try to eat one a day at least. i eat them plain. i stuff them with peanut butter. or cashews. or goat cheese. 

i bring them with me to almost every potluck i attend. medjool dates are so sweet and smooth. if you don't like them, i bet you've never tried them.

dates with destiny

my friend betsy is trying to use all the extra food in her pantry, and had a half bag of dates and featured my 'recipe' on her awesome betsylife blog last week. 

if you close your eyes and chew long enough, these things taste just like the old hostess funny bones. 

Tuesday, August 23, 2011


reminds me of pacific northwest native indian art.

Friday, July 15, 2011

the dog lover - flying henry

an artist named l.a. shepard from ontario canada paints these dog portraits. i think they're spectacular. and her story is particularly moving:

this one is especially funny because my furry brother henry looks just like this but refuses to go outside in the snow. my dad shovels him a path in the backyard to do his business.

the dog lover's paintings on etsy: here

Thursday, March 03, 2011


one of the most random things about asheville is the colony of rondette houses up on the mountain close to downtown.

this is from the april 1969 issue of popular mechanics, where they showed you how to build your own rondette.

these things are still standing. they're not in the best shape. not sure a flat roof is a great idea for a temperate rain forest, many of them have makeshift tarps on the roof.

rondettes are not to be confused with weaver chicken rondelets, which i used to eat out of the toaster oven growing up. i seem to recall a layer of cheese under the breading.