Sunday, May 22, 2011

Peace and Eden

On Friday I had the pleasure of visiting Eden on N.W. 11Th in the Pearl,

the new sister store of my favorite shopping haunt, Flutter
Here you can almost make out the owner Cindy, smiling in the mirror.

Love the vibe, kinda a 60's theme, some vintage, bright pops of color. Lots of earthy moss on chandeliers and display cases with succulents

The color on the wall is a neat shade of mauve-y pink,

that pairs well with the rich green velvet curtains in the back.

A cool wall color kinda became her signature after her the bright blue wall at Flutter became such a hit. I smelled some very decadent fragrances on scored some beautiful art paper tied in pretty rolls.

Every store needs a mascot, this peacock makes quite a statement.

and he's for sale, if you promise to take good care of him!

Moving on that day, up the Columbia Gorge to Menucha, for a private retreat for my art group. I decided to focus on nature, being the day of a impending Rapture, I felt a little left behind.

Never disappointed in the beauty of the landscape

It wasn't sunny , but also not rainy, so we call that great weather.

I walked the famous labyrinth

And got a close up view of this intriguing tree,

despite a big gaping hole

Continues to flourish just the same, nice.

When getting this shot by the pond, a large frog jumped in

and scared me more than him. But the message was clear.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Put a Fly on it.....

Seen last week..on the wall of the new "library pop up store" on NW 23rd in pdx. Of course "fierce" was made popular by Project Runway's Christian Siriano, love him.

More small talk

We ran into this place on NW Overton , last Thursday, you can see more HERE.

IIt's the perfect place to see a real Alien Autopsy! (just play along).

Of course I love their take on the current catch phrase in pdx to "put a bird on it".

Here is the 1st customer to purchase at the library "pop up" store. You can read all about it HERE

I never know what I'm going to buy when I go antiquing. This little perfume bottle caught my eye at Monticello

And a small pillow with a dog print.........

I love to collect old wood letter stamps

But this is my first set that are in the shape of little houses, which I love!

PS: One week left to see a little Circus Puppet Theater Here


Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Only 2 Weeks Left!!!!

To meet "Weederboy" and say hello. To make the puppets move by moving the levers, they all like to dance!

Here's a view of the gallery wall "Ring My Nose" one of the 2-d circus posters

Another Gallery view , "Bigmouth" is waiting to swallow your ball. To the right is the "half/man- half woman" it spins and has a naughty surprise, like any good sideshow freak would.......

Scarlett looks so cool suspended in the front window, surrounded by black hoops

The puppets are pretty friendly, and so far are behaving themselves *grin* . There's talk of a encore show, with some pieces sold, there are a few more that might join the Circus....

So hurry before May 22nd

In the mean time I am back to decorating again. This dark corner needed something..... I agonized over what kind of bookcase to put in. A built in on the whole wall was a 1st choice, but the IKEA grid was the quicker fix, I may still add on another level , to display all my collectibles. The bottom row is my temporary desk. Next week I'll add a chandelier, chair and work/ art table....

And dreaming of painting large canvases soon @ OCAC, the fabulous Pat Wheeler form N.Y./Maine arrives, a full week of splashing paint will begin!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

The story of Turtleman and his Bride

The story of Turtleman.

I saw this little white shell on a friend's blog. It was found in a desert, bleached out and faded by time. About 6 inches long, I just had to have it, I envisioned a poem etched into it. And a carved character to go along,

A kitchen pestle fit the bill. After I carved his face, I cut notches for his leg. I used drum sticks for his limbs. and found a metal bit for his head. Here's the "tale on his shell" He's got one shoe on and one shoe off, he's got places to go albeit rather slowly:

"I wasn't trying to go fast, but simply arrive, I didn't need to win,,,instead just keep going, one foot in front of another, slow but steady"

From the blurb book i wrote to go along with the show.

His bride awaits a broom indeed.

A spinster she was not to be !

Happily, Turtleman has found a new home. I'll miss him, he was one of the first characters, and a labor of love. You can see him and his bride at Guardino Gallery until May 22nd,