If you’ve been checking out the other photos of my house (here, here and here), then you’ve noticed that my style is pretty traditional. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea but it suits me to, well, a T.
For years, as I hit estate sales, flea markets and thrift stores looking for traditional items to fill my first home, a classical bust was at the top of my wishlist, but their high price tags meant I always went home bust-less. So I was thrilled to find this one at an estate sale for the bargain-basement price of….wait for it….50 cents! Yep, that’s right, it was tagged $1 and, as this was the sale’s last day, they had marked everything half price. Best of all, she represents my favorite Greco/Roman deity: Artemis (aka Diana), mythology’s original wild woman — goddess of the hunt, chastity, childbirth, the moon and protector of women.
My bust is plaster and therefore very fragile, hence the long (character-adding) crack across her cheek:
A plaster bust is the least expensive option. My friend and fellow traditionalist, Grant, one-upped me last weekend and scored this lovely pair of bisque (or unglazed) porcelain busts at an estate sale for only $20:
Ever hear of this? Me either!
Carnovsky for Blik
What will the kids think of next?
Today marks the opening of the 2012 London Olympics, and I don’t know about you, but I have Olympic fever. Feeding my obsession? This collection of vintage Olympic posters. Personally, I am charmed by this lady fencer in the Paris 1900 poster, but if I had to pick a favorite, I’d go with this dizzying example from the 1968 Mexico Olympics.
Designed by artist Lance Wyman, this poster marries traditional Aztec design with go-go ’60′s pop art. How about you? Do you have a favorite Olympic logo? Will you be watching the Opening Ceremonies tonight? I’ll be on the couch, popcorn in hand, waiting for that torch to enter the arena.
This unique set of spoons is a project from design student Niels Datema. They aren’t currently in production, but I think they are kind of amazing. Why? Because each spoon is the exact measurement for an ingredient to make a classic loaf of bread.
Fill the water spoon up to the top with water, the flour with flour, and so on…mix together and knead, and presto! Perfect bread dough.
Think of the possibilities! Cookie spoons, cake spoons, brownie spoons…my stomach is growling but my mind is inspired.
Can you guess what material artist Sean Avery used to create this bird? Look closely.
Answer After the Jump
Our friends over at PSFK recently highlighted Japanese artist Kenji Sugiyama.
Kenji has, believe it or not, created and squeezed into pasta boxes, intricate scenes of museum-goers observing art. That’s right, pasta boxes! Kenji calls his collection “Institute of Intimate Museums.”
The images aren’t crystal clear, but come on — you try taking a photo inside a pasta box and see how clear you get.
Surprising installations such as this are appearing on walls throughout Paris.
Young French artist Mademoiselle Maurice is using the city’s streets as an open air museum to display origami art.
Her pieces are the cheeriest of scenes in the most unexpected places.
Watch this video of Mademoiselle Maurice beautifying Paris.
What is the history of bottle trees? Best I can tell (don’t quote me on this), their origin dates back hundreds of years. Evidently, it was believed that evil spirits would be drawn to the shiny bottles and become trapped inside. Folks would place bottles on trees around their home to keep evil from getting in the house.
Now, I don’t know about all that — but, I do know that today they are used as decorative art in gardens and landscaping. BottleTree.com has made having one super easy. They provide the “tree” and colorful bottles and ship everything straight to your house. They’re both stunning and unique.
Do you know more about bottle trees? Tell me below. And, let me know if you actually have one of these “evil catchers.”
Wedding season is approaching, and I’m sure many of you have been invited to a million weddings this year (or maybe you’re tying the knot!). It can be a little stressful to pick a gift if you want to give something more sentimental than registry gifts. This spooning print by Etsy shop owner petekdesign is so sweet and definitely not your average gift. The couple can put it above their bed, or you can hang them in multiples in your living room for a homey, vintage look.
I would have a hard time choosing my favorite print. How would you incorporate them in your home? Tell us in the comments below.
Remember that fanciful birthday card/crown that I posted a while back? The one by Present & Correct? It turns out that Mark of Present & Correct has been experimenting with paper shapes in jars. Here’s what he’s calling Jar No. 3. I don’t know about you, but I could stare at this thing all day!
I know the title of this post is a little strange, but that’s because I’m not sure exactly how to classify this work. Specimen? Display? Sculpture? Art? Geometry lesson? All I know is that it’s wonderful and now I’m desperate to get one for my desk at work.