Monday, October 3, 2016

Canned Ham - The Before

She's home!  Last weekend we got her moved - a day I thought would never come!  And so now, the work has begun.  There are some water stained panels inside, and after trolling the internet looking at nightmare restoration projects, we decided we needed to peel off the aluminum skin from the front and top to see just how much damage there was to the frame.  A million screws, nails and staples later we got to see what were dealing with, and I am so relieved to say it's not bad!

The corners have some staining and we're going to need to cover or replace some paneling on the inside, but overall - WHEW!  The top looks similar but the aluminum is in worse shape up there so we're going to replace those panels (depending on how much that costs).

So, now for the inside. Ready to enter this time warp?

 This clock WILL NOT COME OFF!  I think the whole cabinet is going to come off with it by the time I get it down...

The orange curtains were made by my friend Val when she was about 12.  She's given me permission to replace them!

This is the bed area, with one of the table benches pulled out partially blocking it.

The empty space above is where the fridge goes, if we can (please god) actually get it running. It's the original propane one.  

So, that's it - lots of work to do, and lots of decisions to make!  I'm wrestling with how original I want to keep it - I'll keep you updated as I go and will welcome any advice!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

A Little Art, Early Halloween, and Design Inspiration

Very little art, would probably be a better description.  I've done a couple of pages in my fabric art journal, just playing around.  I've reached a point in this journal where I've done all of one page in each spread, but doing the opposite page is always difficult for me because I don't want them to take away from each other, my anal retentive nature wants them to coordinate. The page on the right below was such an attempt, although I don't think I really succeeded.  I should plan the two pages at the same time and do them together.  But I don't.

And since the weather has been surprisingly cool here lately, and since my next few weekends are booked up, I decided to decorate for Halloween early.  I figure if I don't have to have the air conditioner on while decorating for Halloween, I'm good!

I found a couple of these orange pillows at TJ Maxx and I just love them. They'll be perfect until I decorate for Christmas since they're not actually Halloweeny.

And now, a Canned Ham update!  We're finally going to be able to bring our new little 1962 vintage trailer home in a couple of weeks.  So my mind is spinning with what color I'll paint it, how I'll restore the inside etc.  So I found this little old French piece last weekend, and instantly new that this was going to be my design inspiration!  Not sure if I can actually customize the accent color for the outside to match this, but I'm gonna try!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

A Mixed Bag

 I had a quiet weekend at home, and managed some good quality time in my studio.  I'm very grateful as my weekends are booked up for the next month - not sure how that happened!  And it was too disgustingly hot outside to do anything else anyway!

I worked on a mixed bag of things, some that had been started and never finished, and one impulse page in my fabric art journal done on plaster, below.

The flower here was created on a separate page, and cut out and added here with foam tape so it stands above the page.  I tried to get a better picture of that in the second picture.

If this one looks familiar, I've created a similar flower before based on the same picture.  I find these so fun and relaxing to draw and paint.

I also decided to tackle one more man/bird, and made him a little mask as well.

I'm not sure if he's going here

Or here...

I may not be posting much, if any, in August, but I'll still be checking out your blogs whenever I get the chance!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Flowers and a Canned Ham

I've been in a fabric and plaster mood lately apparently. I did a couple of pages in my fabric art journal, still working on flowers.

This is an illustration from a very old book that I just played with.

This is a hanging made with layers of old fabric,gauze, lace, plaster and ledger paper, hung with a sweet old child's hanger.

And, the best for last, a Canned Ham!!

This is my good friend's 1962 childhood trailer that's been stored at her Dad's for many many years. This style is known as a canned ham, for obvious reasons. She's giving it to us, and we finally got to see it last weekend!  It is completely original, orange, avocado green and brown upholstery and all!  It's in good shape considering how many years it's been sitting outside unused.  We're excited about restoring it - I'll keep you guys updated with before and after pics.  Of course first we have to get new tires on it and figure out how to get it home!

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Studio Time

I was on vacation last week, and got two days at home to myself to spend in my studio. What a luxury!   Unfortunately I left my phone cord that lets me upload pictures at work, so I couldn't do any posting when I finally had plenty of free time to do it.

I made this guy, which was a lot of fun.  I was inspired by a magazine cover, Art Dolls I think, that had some birds with human faces, so I decided to try my own with some different materials. He's made of paper clay, with an old thimble for a hat and pieces of old china from my mosaic days for wings.  Here he is in his home.

I also did some more work on my ledger papers.

The weekend before we went to Port Costa, a magical little town I did a previous post on here, where Wendy Addison has her little shop/studio, Theatre of Dreams. They were having a town wide (one little street) yard sale with some wonderful vintage vendors as well and I scored a few fun things.

This is an obviously very old mold, for Kewpie Dolls.  I couldn't resist it, although I'm not sure what I'm going to do with it.  My immediate instinct was to get it to use the little doll molds individually, but I'm having a hard time with the idea of breaking it up.

I tried to find a picture of a Kewpie Doll made from this mold but haven't been able to so far.  I found one holding it's finger to it's mouth like this one, but it was much larger than these. 

I can tell it's going to torture me, either way!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016


My art momentum has stalled a little with the beautiful Spring weather and my garden and yard projects calling me, but not completely. I'm still really enjoying playing with my decorated, gelli-printed pages from my old pharmacy journal.  

I'm seeing peonies, my favorite flower, in bloom right now, which inspired this one.

I was excited to finally think of something to use this little fabric bird for!

This one was inspired by a branch of dried up camellia leaves.

I hope you're all getting to enjoy some Spring weather - I know I always treasure this time before it gets too hot here.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Flowers and Snow

I've done a couple more intricate flowers on my pharmacy ledger, gelli plated, plastered pages.  I'm really enjoying these right now, and anything that keeps me in the studio (or on the couch with pen in hand) I'll stick with for a while.  They take many hours, but they're very satisfying too

I combined these two with the one from my last post, and made a wall hanging from them - I sense more of these in my future.  I may have to dust the cobwebs off of my etsy store.


 So, for the snow.  We had a freakish storm here Friday, that left the mountains covered in snow.  We had an overnight stay in Lake Tahoe already planned, and we headed up Saturday in bright sun and got to see lots of beautiful snow.   Really lucky timing and a rare treat for us since we aren't usually willing to fight all the skiers that are usually on the road when there's snow.

Mario's new buddy....

The waterfalls in the area are bursting right now