Monday, January 25, 2010

Flower Clowns...

Hello Lovelies!

As usual, a lot is going on this week at the Mill. First, I thought I would show you some initial sketches of the new stickers I will be using for my packaging. I decided to combine bunnies with clowns to create a bright new design. One boy and one girl. I'll show the finished ones off next week. If you place an order, you may see them in person very soon!


I have added some new work to the shop this week entitled the Flower Clown Series. The first of the series entitled Chester is below. They combine vintage portraits I've collected over the years with floral photography that I've taken... with of course a dark twist as usual. These would make perfect Valentine's Day gifts for that art lover.


And those of you who follow my circus series, I am doing a photo shoot next week and I should have someone new to show you next post!

I mentioned last week my greatest junk find of all time and I told you I'd post it this week. Well, here it is as promised. I found this huge mantle on Craig's List of all things and it was in pretty rough shape when I picked it up. Almost a year later, I finally finished refinishing the entire thing and we have it in our living room. It is over 6 feet long, it has speaker boxes and space for record storage and a mini bar with a light. Solid oak. Grand total: $60. Crazy, huh?!


I have featured the work of Mike Shine on here before. He takes creepy worn carnival-inspired art to a whole new level and I love his color pallet. Well, he has a new show up folks called The Mike Shine Show and if the pictures below are any indication... it's fantastic. I love those wooden milk bottles!


On the carnival theme, I stumbled across an amazing carnival themed wedding on the blog Once Wed (which is a beautiful blog by the way). Some pics are below, but the barn? The cake topper? The yellow and white bunting? Not to mention the invitations. This looks like it was so much fun. The pictures are amazing, click on the link.


Let's wrap up with a funny news story, shall we? Did you read about the German teenagers who (during school?!?!) drank hot sauce that was literally 200 times hotter than Tabasco sauce?This of course, put them all in the hospital. YIKES. Ouch. And, as I'm typing this, I don't know if I'm more amazed that there's an actual scale for hotness (the Scoville Scale), or that Tabasco is in the Google dictionary... huh.

Until next time: unpleasant dreams...

5 comments:

Mary said...

that mantel is an amazing testament to elbow grease and vision! yay for you! years ago when i lived in nyc a neighbor of mine was stripping and refinishing an amazing wood mantel and i think it took her at least a year but what an amazing piece she had in the end....

Christie Cottage said...

Wow! What an amazing find! The mantel is gorgeous and obviously took a lot of detailed work to finish it. $60 was a lucky deal!


Cute bunny/clown sketches too.

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Almost Precious said...

How incredibly fortunate for you to stumble across such an amazing treasure. Mantles like that are not easy to come across.

cabin + cub said...

Amazing job on that mantle piece! It looks so grand! And I can't believe it was all done for $60! ;)

The Stapelia Company said...

Mary: Thank you! Yes, I find many beautiful things that it just takes a little love to bring back. :)

Yes, I was very lucky to find it. I wish I had taken before pics... :)