An Orgie of Art

There is nothing quite like having the house pretty much to yourself for three days to create art. Well, except for the aftermath. I spent most of last week creating center pieces for the LWML Fall Festival and my kitchen looks like an agricultural Holocaust took place. Plant droppings (wisps, seeds, and various fluff) are clinging to crevices in my kitchen with the elusive power of glitter. It’ll be a while before the evidence of my artistic indulgence are thoroughly removed.

In the mean time I thought I’d show you guys some of what I did.

Here is all of them — The lines on the table are actually random wheat straw droppings and not scratches.

Candle Holders can double as vases

This one was pretty simple really. To create this look I trim a round Styrofoam ball, add moss around it and just plug in flowers and sprigs until it was full. — I know I drive people crazy when I tell them that. But that’s really what I do. I just “know” when it’s finished.

Use things from Nature. Twigs make a great visual effect by pulling the eyes upward. Sorry about the blur.
Dried Lavender, Eucalyptus and seed pods are great fall finds.
Wheat is a great addition as well. You can't tell, but the feather is really a deep teal.

With the droughts this year, wheat is not only hard to find but also expensive. My girlfriend is a consummate ditch scavenger. I am not. I bought mine at Nettleton Hollow. I totally recommend them by the way. They have a wonderful natural selection that beats out everyone else by landslide for quality, availability and price.

And that in a nutshell is how I spent last week.  Now, to clean up my mess. Until next time y’all.

It’s Like Dr Seuss for your house

It's made to do that!

“The act of creation is a profoundly satisfying experience.  Taking an abstract idea, giving it form, refining proportions, placing lines, integrating functionality, and giving this spark of imagination a real, physical presence is a process that gives me great joy.” – Vincent Leman of Dust Furniture   

 I’m taking a much need break over my whiney health issues to bring you something really really cool. I was searching last night for a new cabinet for our bathroom when I found this page. I had to do a double take, because surely this is a set designer for Whooville, right? Nope.  Vincent Leman is a carpentry artist out of Indiana and I think his page rocks!   

Even though he does create more compact pieces, most of his design work requires larger rooms in order to fully appreciate their function and form. Check out the blue book-case to the right. Don’t you just love the lines, and angles? I do.  

Honey, I know what I want for my birthday!  

I’m guessing his work is really more appropriate for libraries and story telling corners, or classrooms even. But still — wouldn’t you just love having one of these pieces in say a home nursery or child’s playroom?   

I’m in love, no doubt about it. And I wish beyond wishes that I had a child’s room to decorate or some other fun type place in my home to put one of these wonderful pieces.   

So, that’s my fun and frivolous for today.    

Hope you guys are having a wonderfully fun Thursday. Go outside, enjoy the sunshine and breathe deep the joys found in today.  

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This post written by Deana O’Hara for Redemption’s Heart, April 8, 2010. All rights reserved.