Sunday, February 22, 2009


My husband woke me up yesterday by saying "Hurry, or we will miss all the good stuff."  Actually the great thing about auctions is you don't have to be early to get the good stuff like you do at a garage sale.  No matter when you get there, if there was any good stuff  you still have a chance to get it.  

Yesterday the auction was indoors, good thing since it was miserably cold and windy outdoors.  There was a big crowd when we got there, people from all walks of life looking for a bargain, or just a chance to get out and see something or somebody different.  February is like that in Iowa, we look for things to do just to get out of the house.  

And, yes there was great stuff.  Or maybe it just depends on what you are looking for.  Great stuff is in the eye of the beholder.  I am always on the look out for small items for my found object jewelry and sculptures.  Hubby is in search of the perfect tool.  It is always fun to see how the sale unfolds.  We walk around and inspect tables laden with boxes of junk all jumbled together.  Sometimes these are estate sales and sometimes people are just decluttering.  You usually have to buy the whole box so you get the junk along with your treasures.  Sometimes something that you think is junk will go for lots of money.  And sometimes just the opposite.  There were several lots of buttons and they all went for over $10.  On the other hand, after waiting until 3 in the afternoon I grabbed a baggy of silver plated forks for $1.   In order to get the buttons I got a box of crochet cotton thread and some wool.  Now I have to figure out what to do with this thread, since I don't crochet.  

Friday, February 20, 2009

My "Christmas Tree"

My three year old grandson misses absolutely nothing.  The first time he came over after I hung the paper evolution project in the yard he commented:  "Oma has a Christmas Tree".  

I can see my paper being slowly altered by the weather outside my window.  I looked closely today and I don't see much change, except for the book in the flower pot and it is very wet.  The snow around it has mostly melted but there may be more tonight.  

Evolve and Resolve

I just can't help it, I'm a Gemini.  I'm always of two minds about everything.  This or that? I have several blogs most of which are fairly neglected.  I started this one last year for my Bricolage show.  I also have another blog Evolutions and Transformations.  I was going to make that my primary blog until I realized that I have linked this one to the Natural Evolution Collaboration.  So I have renamed this one and this will be blog #one.  
I have been reading some amazing blogs and I have resolved to do what I can to upgrade mine and make it fun and well as up to date.  Blogger is much more user friendly than when I started.  

Saturday, February 14, 2009

The Altered Page: Natural Evolution

The Altered Page: Natural Evolution

Seth at The Altered page has a winter project of placing bundles of paper in the outdoors to observe the natural evolution.  He invited others to particpate with their own projects.  

I put my project outside today.  Using my theme of Bricolage, I just gathered up some stuff I have around the studio.  I did some magazine pages, some paper towels, some coffee filters and tea bags and a book.  

I wrapped the bundles in different kinds of wire.  The book I splashed some paint on and then wrapped it in aluminum mesh.  I hung my bundles on a tree branch sculpture that I made in front of my house.  I can watch the fun out my front window.  

Paper towels and old painted magazine pages

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Colored coffee filters and tea bags

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Magazine pages being naturally altered

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Paper towels and magazine pages altering in the weather

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Altering book

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