Saturday, January 31, 2009

Jennifer Morris Revisited

I'm continuing my love affair with the work of Jennifer Morris. Her colors and attention to detail blow my mind. Each piece is so lovingly made...she even includes a bit of the poetic history in her descriptions. I can't imagine how ladylike I would feel in her vintage inspired bauble earrings! Visit her new Etsy shop -coming soon- of photographs for more of her self-taught magic. See a preview here. xo
somewhere sweet
vintage inspired garden pendant

sweet cakes - seasoned with smiles
retro vintagey bauble earrings

constant gardener II
vintage medallion brooch

viva los colores
festive and sweet mexican inspired heart pendant

rain garden
retro sparkley bauble earrings

windy afternoon at the beach
sweet vintage inspired pendant

soft parade - in the orchid garden
vintage inspired pendant

a girl in love with the world
vintage dangle earrings

Friday, January 30, 2009

Ice Storm hits my hometown...

As the power slowly returns to areas around Fayetteville, Arkansas, I've been seeing these heartbreaking photos come in from friends and family. Arkansas is usually blessed with fairly mild winters and short periods of sweltering heat...but once in a while, something like this hits and utterly devastates the landscape. It looks like a very dangerous situation with those limbs hanging, downed power lines, and treacherous roads. However, today it is forecast to be in the low 50's, so I imagine the scene is about to get even messier. My heart is with you all as you begin the work of digging out...xoxo
Looking down my parents driveway.

Looking out onto the front pasture and tree-lined drive to the right.

Gate going through to the backyard and pasture.

A precarious tree looms over the road.
Photo by my friend and photographer, Mitzi Jones.

Mitzi also caught these three little signs of nature's perseverance.
I always worry about the animals...but I know they are smarter than I am!
Photo by Mitzi Jones. (Thank you!)

Thursday, January 29, 2009

I'm head over heals for the colorful headpieces by the ladies of! I only found out about them this morning as they have won the Sweetest Things- Daily Candy's Best of Style for 2008. Each piece is an original handmade creation and they also carry a line for wedding and belts too! xo
When pals Jen Gotch (a prop stylist/photographer) and Jamie Coulter (a wardrobe stylist) discovered they had simultaneously made themselves festive headpieces for special events, they realized they had a business on their hands. And was born. -Daily Candy

**P.S. I was super thrilled to find out Domestic*Construction won the Best of Nest for New York on Daily Candy's Sweetest Things! Congratulations!**

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

shopSCAD Savannah

I made a quick trip to shopSCAD Savannah over the weekend and took some photos of a few favorites....xo
Paintings by Tim Wirth

Puffy Fabric Frames by Working Class Studio

Photo transfers on vintage tin ceiling tiles by Meryl Truett
These are really beautiful!

Big splendid jewelry by BAZZdeGRANT

I went crazy over these original prints by
Lorie Jean Corbus.
(please excuse the cellophane)
Lorie Jean Corbus Original Print

Recycled Glass Tumblers by Marissa Drake

My painting Bella and Trixie has been relocated to Savannah.
Dolls by Emily Marie Cox

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

John Bell

Here are a few shots I promised of the art boxes and cabinets by artist, John Bell. These are pieces that have sold in the past, however he continues to create his assemblage boxes and cabinets along with mirrors, room screens and other home goods which can be found at his shop, Sweet Home Furnishings in Little Rock, Arkansas. Visit his website for more information! Tel. 501.296.9198 Thank you for sharing these with us, John! xo

Assemblage Artist John Bell has been creating functional art objects for fifteen years. Each piece of sculpture is custom-crafted from found objects, architectural fragments and repurposed woods. The aesthetic is not so much one style as a mixing together of many different styles and feelings... an imaginative exploration of memory, primitivism and elegant ruin.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Meryl Truett Photography

I'm getting ready for a long drive today down through Madison, Georgia and on down to Savannah. My friend and fellow SCAD graduate, Meryl Truett has herself traveled many miles documenting the Southern landscape through her camera lens. The results are equally graphic and nostalgic and have captivated countless collectors, including country music stars such as Roseanne Cash and Chet Atkins. (I love name-dropping whenever possible!) I adore Meryl as a person and an artist-she has the sweetest and most spirited soul and one of the best laughs! Until that fine day when we can purchase an original photo for our home, I'm content to own a copy of her book- a collection of photographs, Thump Queen and Other Southern Anomalies which can be purchased at shopSCAD. xo
Believe on the Lord
South Pittsburg, TN

Repent Final Warning
Homestead, Tennessee

Soul Palace
Lady's Island, South Carolina

Exotic Nails

Ossabaw Dogtrot

Deland, Florida

Bad Antiques
Ravenel, South Carolina

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Sweet Home Furnishings

I only found out a few days ago that one of my very favorite artists from Arkansas, John Bell has an incredible shop in Little Rock filled with vintage and antique found treasures! (Thanks a heap, my so-called friends and thank heavens for new best friend.) Not only does he peddle found furnishings...but local artwork as well...including his own! I'll be featuring this in a separate post coming very soon! He is probably the first art and found assemblage artist that I knew about and fell head over heals with about fifteen years ago. If you're in the Little Rock area, get thee there asap and know that I am extremely envious of your good fortune! Get to know more about John and his shop below and on Sweet Home's website. xo

Sweet Home furnishings is a shop in the Hillcrest neighborhood in Little Rock featuring handmade functional artwork, primitives, claywork, a selection of unusual notecards, antiques, new design, etc.,etc...I share the space with Clement., a wonderful shop full of curiosities and design filtered through the eye of owner Chris Clement. All should check out Chris' collection of vintage paintings and garden ware, among other things. I started Sweet Home eight years ago as a way to share the boxes and cabinets I assemble from old recycled wood, architectural fragments, finials and such. Since then it's become a gathering of all things that echo the blending of grand decay and simple austerity that I try to speak to in my work (with a dose of funky thrown in). So I hope you'll stop by and see what's new this week at Sweet Home and Clement!---owner and artist, John Bell

Visit Sweet Home Furnishings at 2909 Kavanaugh, Little Rock, Arkansas 72205 (501) 296-9198

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Tony Fitzpatrick

I've been mesmerized this morning by the mixed media paintings of Tony Fitzpatrick. I feel like a boob...but the exhibit of his latest series, The Chapel of Moths closed only a few days ago at Prospect.1 New Orleans. So if you live in a box like me, here's a small sampling of what we missed.
Irish Channel Emerald Moth
6" x 9"

Proteus Blue Bird
6" x 9"

A Thousand Beautiful Things
13" x 10"

Oh Child
6" x 9"

The Day Saints
6" x 9"

9 Lives Angel
6" x 9"