Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Officially addicted to pixie shoes. No, not Pixie Stix, pixie SHOES! I'm sure, dear viewers, that like me, you may have several areas of collecting---this is one of my  ongoing collecting areas and I just got two new shoes, one yellow and one grey.  It all started with a small brown pixie shoe that lived on the window sill of my Grandma's kitchen for many years until it came to me after she passed away. I was entranced with it as a child.  These ceramic shoes were used to root cuttings from plants, and I can remember Grandma putting avocado pits in them as well. Its a great collecting area because these little shoes are generally still cheap!!    

Some pixie shoes even come with pixies on them! Bonus!

Sunday, May 27, 2012

I am a little obsessed with antique tintypes. Apparently, they have nothing to do with "tin", they are actually printed on thin sheets of iron. Here is one I picked up recently for a couple of bucks:

I love the atmospheric backgrounds they used to pose people in front of. I wonder if any of those props are still in existence? It would be fun to use them in photo shoots now. This particular tintype is a little mysterious as it has been cut off. You can just barely see a bit of a dress on the left side.
Here is the back of the tintype.

I've seen people make wonderful jewelry using these old tintypes. It might be fun to cut this piece into a more pleasing shape, drill a couple of holes in it and make a pendant out of it. I will share the process here in the future :)

Saw Mark Lanegan last night on the final show of the tour. The guy is still making blow-you-away music after all these years! And he had a great band backing him  He opened with "Gravedigger's Song:".

Saturday, May 26, 2012

A vintage squirrel figurine I picked up at a thrift for a quarter! This guy is about 3" tall and seems to be made of some kind of ceramic. Great mottled matte glaze. I have him perched on a dried forest conk (a type of fungus that lives on wood) a friend gave to me, with a background of birch bark and some lichen. Reminds me of the Wade figurines but more rustic. German perhaps? I have seen old unpainted German figurines that look similar. My squirrel collection grows.....

Thursday, May 24, 2012

An Introduction:

Good day dear viewers, I begin by saying that in a broader sense, I am a cultural magpie with wide-ranging tastes----but these pages will mostly contain inspirations from natural elements, fairy tales, mori girl and natural kei, woodland-themed vintage items, interesting foods and crafty diversions. With a good dose of cats, and of course, some squirrels!