Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Art show action

Pretty exciting news around 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

Bring me the head of a mustachioed man

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

more upcycled glass chickens

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

Transforming trash to treasure

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

Wile E. Coyote Super Genius

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

Barbie & Goofy lost their shoes

Tiny shoes please me almost as much as shoes I buy for myself. 
 Interesting that these are as iconic as the characters who wore them.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Toy Cars

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

The Hulk

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

Glass part 2

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

Alligator or crocodile

Covered in dried mud for camouflage, he waits for a snack to wander by. 
It's going to be awhile...

Sometimes he lurks around the birdbath. Ever hopeful. Ever hungry. 

Friday, August 14, 2015

Meta chickens

What can be said when your real chickens dig up some plastic chickens?
I said “Wow, that’s very meta” and brought it into the house right away to wash it. Some of the original paint came off which is a risk when cleaning a treasure. But some treasures excite me way more than others and I plunge blindly forward. I had this very toy as a kid and it never gave me as much joy as this one.

I love a Jeep

I'm a little sad about the condition of this but, I'm also super stoked to have found it. Bitter sweet Jeep...

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Blue Lego

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...

Just a face

It's kind of hard to look at... Even though I expect to find odd things in the yard, some are odder than others. When I noticed this, I expected to pull a whole head from the dirt. Nope. Just Ken's face. Did it crack off? Was it cut off? Chicken Treasures are all mysteries but some leave me really wondering.

Monday, August 10, 2015

House of Mouse

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

Glass part 1

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

Flora with cars

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

Reunited and it feels so good

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

Little Green Worm

The best little green worm I ever found in my yard. Mostly I find them eating my fruit or boring into my flower buds. I feed those to the hens but they didn't seem interested in this little guy so he's living large in the flowers.

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.

Harry Hamlin

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.

Get Rad

My girl "Lucky"
Lucky found this silver foil BMX sticker still in pretty good shape. The earth seals things up and preserves them while the sun breaks everything down into dust.

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.

Being a kid

Playschool...such fond memories of being a kid. You know, like Lord of the Flies.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Our solar system

This model of the solar system is one of the larger treasures the girls have dug up. What's that you say? It's a baby rattle? Can we agree it could be both?

Contemplative giraffe

Sometimes I get caught up in wondering about certain this guy. I don't think giraffes can sit like this. I almost took the photo in a litter box but decided a contemplative view went better with the pursed lips. 

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