Saturday, April 22, 2017

Spoons A to Z Challenge

A simple tool. So versatile. You don't need a fork if you have a spoon. 
They also works of art. These were my mothers.
 I use them in the kitchen every day. The patina!

Part of "building an artful life", my theme, involves using things
 that you find beautiful in your everyday tasks. That practice can bring you joy.

These little beauties I found years ago. Had to have them.
 They went on my Christmas list & I was rewarded. Apparently I was good that year. 
Pounded pewter. Plus lots of artistic detail. Use 'em every day. 

I admire the hand made spoons of others. 

The 2 above examples are from Instagram.

Shanna Leino made these. Ebonized walnut, wow.

Would love to take a class to learn to carve wooden spoons.

Of course a class would require special tools. More art supplies. Oh well. 
At a workshop a few years back one person made the comment "We aren't artists, we're collectors of fine art supplies". Funny, but very true.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Rock On A to Z Challenge

Call me a rock hound. I can't resist the urge to pick up a rock that interests to me. 
Mother nature created the above composition on her own. I left it alone.

Man has put rock to use for his own benefit for a very long time. 
The above images are mine from the Aaran Islands, Ireland. Rugged, beautiful landscape.

On a much smaller scale my husband & I created this water feature at our previous home.

 Sometimes the small rocks I had to bring home get embellished.

I have referenced this gals site before. Lil Fish Studios.
 Her detailed treatment of rocks is beautiful & I imagine she finds it meditative.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Queen Anne's Lace A to Z Challenge


I especially like them in their fall form. 



 Since I made this stencil based on a spent Queen Anne's Lace
 I have used it in several different projects. 

 What unusual things in nature do you find inspiring?