The Back Story

Monday, May 21, 2018

Last Week's Menagerie of Artwork

Here are some of the pieces 
I've been working on this past week. 

Purple kitty wearing a 
polka dot tie. 

These butterflies make me laugh.
Not the pieces themselves, but 
the fact that my husband hung
them in our pond area upside down.

I asked him if he realized he did that
and he was insistent they were right side up. 

Oh, how I did not want to look at
those things hanging upside down
every time I looked 
out my kitchen window. 

I'd decided just to zip it, and
not say another word about it. 

Well, to my surprise, the next day
I saw that he had flipped them right
side up. 

"Thank You Lord!" 

This is a sign that I made
for the bathroom. 

It has resonated with me
since the first time I saw
it in an old Victoria magazine
many years ago. 

Frida magnet

This is a large 'welcome' sign I made
from a long cabinet door
someone was getting rid of. 

Mermaid magnet

Kitty Plaque

Fish magnet

That about wraps it up for 

Hoping it's a wonderful week for you.

Thank you for visiting. 


Monday, May 14, 2018

Shrine Embellishing

Remember this shrine from
way back when? 

In case you missed it
and are so inclined, 
you'll find the related post here.

It's just been sitting around 
on a shelf waiting 
for some zhooshing up.

I got out my bead box,
assorted assemblage items,
and went to work (or play, as I'd rather say). 

I used a PVA glue instead
of a glue gun, or the stinky
kind of glue that'll literally 
glue your (I should say,
 'my') fingers together. 

It takes a little longer to dry,
but I think in the long run
it'll create a more durable hold
and my fingers will remain separated. 

Thank you for stopping by.

Hoping you have a fabulously creative week! 


Wednesday, May 9, 2018

This House is for the Birds

I hadn't planned on posting more
than once this week, but I took
these pictures this morning and
thought, 'Why not?'

 This is another one of our collaborations 
(my husband the builder, and me the artist). 

This is probably
my favorite bird house that we've
made together. 

I think it's because the design
is the funkiest he's made so far, and
I'm all about the funkier the better. 

It also makes me think I'm sort
of weird as an artist, because I 
love color clashes. 
(as is obvious by my pieces). 

Sometimes it's intentional,
and sometimes it's just because
I have to use whatever paint
I have on hand. 

Either way, I try and make 
it work and am usually 
pleased with the outcome. 

Thank you for visiting
and saying hello. 


Monday, May 7, 2018

Cats and Skulls and Magnets, Oh My!

The past weekend was so much fun! 

My daughter and son-in-law
took their "mom's" out for an early
 surprise Mother's Day celebration. 

(It's so nice being good friends
with my daughter's mother-in-law.)

The four of us went to the 
English Rose Tea Room
in Carefree Arizona. 

It was just perfect. 

Being a tea drinker myself I had
to up my game the following morning
and forgo my usual mug for Grandma's 
porcelain tea set. 

While it wasn't quite as delicious without
the real cream and lump of sugar,
it extended the delightful memory just the same. 

If you ever happen to be in the 
area, it's a wonderful place to visit. 

* * * * *

Moving on now to my 
art creations of this past week. 

Here's a pic of my purple kitty plaque, . . .

. . . . my new skull plaque, . . . 

. .  .  and some fun little art magnets. 

These little guys are all painted on 2"x 2" pieces of wood. 

I decided to make some one of a kind 
mini artwork magnets as well. 

This little kitty is one of those. 

So much fun! 

Hope you have a wonderful week. 

Thanks for stopping by. 


Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Bunny Hutch

I received this bunny hutch
when it was looking a bit
tired and needing a little lift. 

It was stained wood
with black grating. 

Why didn't I take a picture 
before I started??

* * *

First, I drew out patterns of a flower
and butterfly and my husband
kindly cut them out of wood
on our scroll saw. 

I decided to spray paint the base.
With all the wire and intricate structuring
it just made more sense. 

That said, I rarely use spray paint, but
I'm glad I did in this case. 

You can see Maybelline came to check
things out. 

On a side note, we've noticed she's been 
biting the fur off the back of her tail. 

She's 11 years old and has never done 
that before. 

Hmmm. . . 

I'm hoping the bunnies will enjoy 
their new digs. 

Thanks for visiting!