Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Further Mushroom Festivities

 In keeping with the mushroom theme of my former post, I thought I'd share some pictures from this weekend's Yachats Village Mushroom Festival. Located in a charming coastal town, this festival is smaller than the other one I usually attend, but it more than makes up for it's size with it's overall spirit---the whole town gets into a mushroomy mood. 

I have to say that our weather has been very dry and hot this year. I was a little worried about how many mushrooms might actually be out by the time the festival occurred, given how little moisture there was. Fortunately, it rained a few days beforehand and when I stopped with my friend to go on a favorite little forest path, we saw tons of new mushrooms sprouting out of the pine-needle carpet:

This bode well for the festival and, indeed, there were plenty to be seen, both on the walk we attended and the display that was set up in the Lion's Hall.

Amanita Muscaria

Cauliflower Mushroom

The mushroom walk revealed not only amazing mushrooms,

Lobster Mushroom


But also this guy, who was nestled down in the moss next to a clump of small fungus:

A newt? A salamander?

We also visited the Giant Spruce Tree which has an opening under it large enough to get inside:

In town, we made a stop at the Lion's Thrift Store and, in keeping with the woodland flavor of the day, we found these awesome fabric fern napkins for a quarter apiece!

I have to share this with you, a present my friend got on Etsy and gave me in honor of our mushroom celebrations:

Cart Before The Horse

Incidentally, if you are interested in Amanita Muscaria and it's presence in folklore and history, please see my friend's blog Raven's Bread, where she has long been collecting various images of the Amanita in art and culture.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Owl Tea Party

I'm a firm believer that if you have really amazing vintage china, then you should use it. Sure, keeping it safe high on a bureau or in a china cabinet is better for it in the long run, but these things were made to be used---they long to be used.

So that is what I did around the turn of the Fall Equinox when I invited my friend over for some tea in my prized owl teapot, and for some "glamourbombing".  I had never heard of the term "glamourbombing" before I met my friend Dver---I had always known the practice as "found art", "guerilla art", or "artstorming"  (see another example of one we did in the past here). The reasons for doing this can range from the simple joy of creating an art piece and releasing it free into the world for someone else to find, to serious devotional offerings. And sometimes, for all reasons together. The theme we chose for this session was mushroom appreciation. And, no, we didn't drink mushroom tea (the mushroom in the picture is a maitake)---we drank the Lavender Tulsi tea you see in the picture above. Quite good, BTW.

I did make mushroom-shaped sugar cookies for the occasion and they turned out great!! You can buy all kinds of wacky, glittery frostings that probably aren't especially healthy, but they look fabulous. You have to make concessions sometimes:

Fall is an excellent time to appreciate mushrooms as many varieties of them choose to pop out of their mycelium carpet during this time. They are some of the most amazing organisms on the entire planet. And, they have a significant presence in religion, myth and folklore. Dver and I chose slightly different mediums for our glamourbombs this time around---she made some wonderful paper clay mushrooms painted in metallic colors:

 some great little paper mushrooms on popsicle sticks:


 and some hanging tags made with mushroom playing cards (off to the left):

I ended up making the mushroom/lichen tiaras you see in the picture

We took our treasures/offerings to a wooded park and distributed them along the path and in the trees:

While we were placing our glamours a woman came up to us and said she was an art instructor at the university and that she loved what we were doing---art should come off the "white walls" and out into public.

Couldn't agree more :)

All the pictures in this post, except for the owl teapot and cookies pictures, were taken by Dver.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Thrift Store Therapy---Hefty Gnome

One load of stuff taken to the thrift store + one 20 % off coupon = one badass concrete gnome! The wheel of stuff goes ever on....

linking up with Thriftasaurus
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