Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Pretty exciting news around here...at least, for me. My up-cycled glass chicken sculptures are going to be in a show at the local art gallery (details in above photo). Every piece in the show is under 12 x 12 inches and I'm looking forward to seeing all the other small art pieces and meeting local artists. Drop by if you're free. The opening coincides with their monthly potluck, so there will be food. Bring something to share. Or don't. I will just be happy to see your smiling face.
Here's a peek at what I've been putting together in the workshop recently. Meet the Toucan, Rubber Duckie, and Tropical Puffin. I've been having fun with all of the different materials that come from the yard and the pottery pieces are really working for me. These three birds don't hang in the window... The rusty nails are great for pushing into potted plants and Duckie stands up on his own.
He's a real cute little guy...only about 2 inches tall. My husband says I'm not allowed to sell him or give him away. The Chicken treasure magic is strong in this one. Of course, I love them all. It was difficult to put a price on them for the art show. I want to keep them all. But of course, that's just silly.
And this guy... The Toucan. His simple self gives me so much joy.Which one is your favorite?
Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Fresh Chicken Treasure! I found this handsome fellow on the morning patrol through the hen enclosure. Anyone recognize his mug? African safari guy or swarthy Aussie?
UPDATE: He has been identified as Joe Recondo, a G.I. Joe action figure.
I just love his jaunty hat. Fingers crossed that his body shows up.
Excavation has been slow at the dig, but the recent rain has me optimistic for even more treasures soon.
Friday, November 20, 2015
Meet the newest member of the glass menagerie, Haddie, she's always on the look out for a treat. Her body is a big chunk of thick tabletop glass. It's the only piece like it I've found in the yard...where's the rest of it?
Another recent addition to the flock, Techno Chicken. She enjoys Kraftwerk and watching the West German talk show, Sprockets... She's got a huge crush on Dieter.
The flock is growing every day. There's 10 of these hanging in the kitchen windows and my husband is asking what I'm going to do with them. It's a great question and I have an answer. Some will be incentives on our 2016 Kickstarter campaign to get the coffee table book into print. Some will be sold elsewhere to raise funds for the book printing. And some will live with me or friends forever because I love them all so much.
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
I've been saying for some time that I would make chickens out of all the glass they dig up. At some point, I must have figured it would never happen and I tossed a bunch into recycling. Oh how I regret that now...
Meet Number One. She's a serious little hen that loves to sparkle in the sun. Before you judge her craftsmanship, please know, I had never soldered anything before her. She was baptized in my tears of frustration and learning. Of course I had to learn this notoriously difficult skill working with jagged, curved, insane pieces of glass on one of a kind sculptures. Hooray me!
And then there were two... Atron is a smart little rooster with a relaxed attitude. It's very difficult to capture their personalities in a photo.
There's eight of these guys now. Not all chickens, but I'm keeping to the bird theme. The real chickens are working hard at the dig to find more but there's less and less glass these days. I mean, I have been picking it up for 4 years.
If you read this, and you are experienced with soldering glass, can we talk? I would love to hear your tips and tricks. Also, if you have photos of Tiffany's glass workshop or tools, I would love to see them. I feel like I could benefit from some Victorian tech.
Wednesday, November 4, 2015
One of the great silent actors. Missing an arm, but still very cool, Wile E. Coyote made an appearance recently. He's a pretty large toy and sturdily built. Those sweet peppers in the background are scheduled to become jelly real soon now....
Sweet childhood memories here...Saturday morning Looney Tunes with my pop. Understanding years later what he was laughing at then, and appreciating it even more. It's a good memory, worth preserving...laughing with my pop.
Friday, October 16, 2015
Friday, October 2, 2015
I love finding cars. Being buried in the earth gives them great personality. This Transformer will never transform again, the rust has worked all the metal into a solid chunk.
I tell myself this photo is of three Duesenbergs but I suspect the Tootsie car on the right is an impostor. All found in different areas of the yard.
Poor little race car man...forever stuck in his wheel-less wreck.
Another Transformer that won't be performing its magic any longer. Forklift?
I'm thinking about prying it open to see the robot face inside...but it's unlikely I will harm it. I love each treasure just as I find them and the corvid brain in me was wants to hoard it away somewhere safe. My rational mind knows this is trash but is it?
Wednesday, September 9, 2015
One of the first chicken treasures I found was this Hulk.
Time has hardened his soft rubber to stone and that's most likely how he lost his hand. In the beginning, I thought my yard was full of trash. Pieces like this are what brought my attention to the larger picture.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
When the first bit of this jar appeared I thought it was just another piece of broken junk, so I ignored it. The girls kept digging around it and more was revealed. Then I noticed a little plant was growing inside. The seedling had it's own greenhouse! I took this picture before pulling it out of the ground thinking the glass was a dome over the seedling...
What a surprise to find this little jar unbroken! I pulled that little seedling and the dirt out faster than you can say "What a cute little bottle." Now in service as a tiny vase on my window sill; I enjoy it every day.
Monday, August 17, 2015
Friday, August 14, 2015
What can be said when your real chickens dig up some plastic chickens?
Wednesday, August 12, 2015
For some time, the hens only found blue Lego in the yard. I wondered if the kid who lived here had something against the blue ones. And then I found a green Lego followed quickly by white and red so maybe the blue ones just like each other's company...
Monday, August 10, 2015
I expect to find toys in the yard, but not House of Mouse toys...There's no real reason for surprise. So much of this plastic bullshit is pumped out annually and tossed in the trash. It’s a pretty big bummer but then, I like finding toys in the garden… My problems are awesome. Makes me think about all the Mickeys out there living lives of luxury in elite collections. What about Mickey that lives in the dirt?
Friday, August 7, 2015
There is no end to the broken glass the girls unearth. Many types of glass too; bottles, decorative, privacy, tempered, flat, round, textured, colored, automobile, household, and every color show up pretty much all the time. I don't dig in my garden without gloves for fear of glass. I'm always checking the hen's feet for cuts. So far, none. We all seem to live in harmony with a bewildering amount of broken glass. There's less every day because I'm constantly picking it up but always more questions about just what went on in this yard...
The collection continues to grow and I believe someday a creative fever will consume me and glorious items will be made from shiny treasures.
Delicate beauties that were once the elite in home decor; now living the rough life outside. I think it suits them and adds a little glam to my garden.
Thursday, August 6, 2015
There are times when the photos are boring and I scrap the whole shoot. For this group shot of Doozies I was bored, the hens were bored, it was not coming together so I scrapped it. Of course, that’s when Flora became interested and I got this behind the scenes picture. Sweet Flora is a calm and happy “Easter Egger” that endures being at the bottom of the pecking order. Okay, I endure it. It frustrates me. It's terrible to see a favorite hen being bullied. Since there's nothing I can do about the pecking order, I feed her worms and special treats when the other hens aren't looking.
Wednesday, August 5, 2015
I found his leg long before I found his body. The girls were amassing a nice collection of action figure limbs that I kept in a cup on top of the chicken coop. How did these legs go missing? Was Sid from Toy Story living here? This leg was my favorite with a gun holster and motorcycle boots. It was pretty exciting to find the orange and yellow body the hens kicked into a pile of leaves. I instantly knew he went with my favorite leg! It’s doubtful they will ever be whole again but at least they can get reacquainted.
I'd like to know who this guy is. Leave a comment if you recognize him.
|I'd like to reunite the other two some day...|
Tuesday, August 4, 2015
Some treasures are a joy to move around the garden.
Breaking news: Toys are fun to play with.
This little guy's face gives me feelings.
Doing my chicken chores one morning, I look down and say to myself “That looks like Harry Hamlin”. Looking up at me from the ground is Perseus from the 1981 movie, Clash of the Titans! It’s pretty exciting to find treasures from my childhood. Also the first toy to be unearthed completely intact. There’s been a lot of body parts thus far...too many really. But here’s Perseus, looking good and ready for action. Much like H. Hamlin today, it’s very well preserved.
Be careful Perseus!
Monday, August 3, 2015
Ball bearings, marbles, super balls hardened by time, round rocks, clay balls, plastic beads… Spheres stand out boldly in the soil and detritus the hens move around; their perfectly smooth curves draw the eye in a field of sticks, rocks and broken stuff salad.
Saturday, August 1, 2015
This is the stuff nightmares are made of. First you think, aaawww, it’s a cute little bunny. But then you take a picture and discover the horror of the dead eyed bunny. This one will not be coming into the house. Honestly, it looks fine in person...only in the photos can you see the darkness inside. Though I would use this photo as a label if I ever make beer with the hops I grow.
Friday, July 31, 2015
Thursday, July 30, 2015
Grouping treasures together was unavoidable…”Didn’t I find an Indian last month?” I might ask myself and then pour out the large mason jar that is the Chicken Treasures Chest of Booty searching for the other Indian. Surprise! There’s 3. Why do they all have their arms raised? Sometimes the girls wonder what I’m up to. Flora & Fauna are hoping those Indians might have a worm.
|The first Indian I found|