Sunday, December 29, 2013

Ghost Motel

Abandoned places, roadside attractions, cabin, motel, Yosemite, California

Two summers ago, my husband Michael and I visited Yosemite National Park in northern California. One of our best trips ever, and one of our favorite national parks. On the drive between our cabin and the park, we passed this deserted and forsaken roadside motel. Since we share a love of abandoned places, we had to stop and poke around.

Vintage road sign for the Silver Tip Lodge beckons: Vacancy

Ghost Motel - abandoned roadside motel near Yosemite National Park, California

View from the porch of the abandoned roadside motel

The Silver Tip's rusted screens and crumbling porch

Your room is ready.

Light filters through the crumbling ceilings and paints patterns on the walls and floor.

If walls could talk


Thursday, January 31, 2013

Owls, insects and turtles in the studio this past weekend

art, artwork, ephemera, owls, insects, turtles, spotted turtle


Spotted turtle art

Antique zoological print of spotted turtle printed on vintage wallpaper


Spotted turtle on vintage wallpaper

Detail of spotted turtle printed on vintage wallpaper with handpainted gold accents


Spotted turtle undercarriage detail

Spotted turtle undercarriage. I added the plate number and species (Clemmys guttata) to the original image


insect art print

Beetles printed on vintage steno paper with handpainted gold accents

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Keeping a good friend in my thoughts

Assemblage, curiosities, wood box, cigar box

A treasure box of curiosities I mailed to my friend Pam. Nothing precious, or even particularly meaningful. A little handmade envelope, a kraft paper jotter, a tiny card, some seashells, a polka dot feather I found on a summer walk, some vintage buttons, scraps of French lace, a starfish, vintage jam labels. Just to let her know I’m thinking of her.

cigar box 1000

Bits and baubles 1000

kraft paper jotter and gift card 1000

I hope you’re in someone’s thoughts right now, too.


Friday, January 27, 2012

Sorry state of my studio


The sad state of my studio right now.










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Oh well. Might as well have a glass.


Sunday, January 15, 2012

Awesome Austin Part 2 -

A month and a half later, here is the follow-up post on Austin, Texas. While we were there, we did a lot of shopping on South Congress. Of the many fine retail establishments we visited, my favorite was Uncommon Objects. I had run across this amazing shop when Secret Leaves was still selling wholesale and fell in love with it immediately, so I was excited to visit in person. The unusual antiques and curios they stock are right up my alley:

vintage doll at Uncommon Objects

He's got the whole world in his hands 

Plastic Jesus at Uncommon Objects

Santa, fertility figure & taxidermy  


Vintage clothing, cowboy boots, antiques, gifts and curios from Mexico and around the world, handmade jewelry, home goods — there were many, many other great shops along South Congress, none of which I can remember the names of now. But no matter, just step out onto the sidewalk and start walking — they’re everywhere!

Next up, County Line Barbecue. After all, you can’t go to Texas and not eat some barbecue, right?

The food at County Line was good, no doubt, but the best thing about it was the Texas Hill Country location with its stunning views:

Texas Hill Country view

They have a beautiful patio to enjoy it from:

County Line patio

I loved all the Texas memorabilia on display:

Texas memorabilia at County Line barbecue

County Line barbeque view

Finally, in one of the highlights of the trip, I met Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips in the airport:

Me and Wayne

He couldn’t have been a lovelier guy.

There is so much more to do and see than we had time for. I loved Austin and can’t wait to go back again.

If you’re so inclined, leave a comment about some of your favorite places in Austin.