Sunday, January 25, 2015

What IS that Thang?

What IS that thang? Fancifuldevices of Etsy sent this safety pin to me along with an order. You will note a scrap of striped cloth caught in the teeth of the clamp. Near as I can figure, it's some sort of strap device, possibly from overalls, dunno, but I love it. It's brass. Marina says it is French. It has somehow bumped up against some elements that had been quite lonely until it appeared. Now it is a lapel pin for your favorite artisanal handyperson, possibly yourself, and nice for a valentine gift. Yes, you should give yourself a valentine. Click here if you want it: for only the most discriminating bricoleur, of course.

A word about the other components, a silver hand charm, apparently hand made, a bit of a propeller blade that showed up in a button box; don't know if it was part of a fan or a toy airplane, and a disc punched from a graniteware dishpan I found in the desert, rusted, crushed, and shot full of genuine cowboy bullet holes. This dear little thang just fell together while I was trying to make a bracelet. Go figure!

It is approximately 2-1/2 inches long by width of pin, about 2-3/4.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Episode Three: I Will Not Be Tarnished. Assemblage Art Flapper Necklace.

A pudding charm in an old watch case, an antique cut steel tassel, a novelty chain and a segment of an old horn rosary at the back of the neck, for comfort.  The hand made hook makes it possible to double this long necklace for a different look.  It's quite rustic, but actually quite pretty to wear.  It's one of those pieces I'll regret selling, I think.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year!

One more smudgekin for the tired old year.

And some music to go with.

Dear friends, I hope the turn of the year kicks out the old pain and brings in new joy, hope and strength.  Let your goodness shine bright for all to see!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Happy Solstice, Hannuka, Christmas, Kwanza and Festivus

Happy holidays to all of you, and most of all, a much better New Year.  Don't lose hope, let your hearts be light and free, and may your goodness spread out from you like the ripples of a stone thrown in a pond.  You do make a difference.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Smudgekins Occupy Christmas!

100% recycled, vintage, miniature rag dolls, made of reclaimed and tea stained fabric remnants, stuffed with recycled sawdust, and trimmed with bits of vintage lace and beads for a gentle twinkle.
Visit them in my Etsy shop.

Sold to a Good Home in Tacoma

Thursday, December 4, 2014