June 09, 2017

My New Found Object Sculpture Is A Very Rare Birdie

It doesn’t happen often that a vulture and a peacock fall in love but it occurs from time to time. When Pea Cocktail’s vulture mom and her peacock dad met, it was love at first sight, believe it or not. It didn’t take long before they started to build a nest and after a hatching period of about two months, a little girl got out of the only egg.

Found Object Sculpture Bird by Vintage with Laces

The offspring of such a mixed relationship has features of both species. When a girl is born with a vulture head, she always has the big peacock tail feathers that among purebred peacocks only the males get. Just in case you’re wondering. 😊

Found Object Sculpture Bird by Vintage with Laces

Here you see Pea Cocktail in her natural habitat. She loves a garden with lots of wildflowers and all kinds of grasses.

Found Object Sculpture Bird by Vintage with Laces

Sometimes she runs into a turtle but they usually ignore each other.

Found Object Sculpture Bird by Vintage with Laces

The idea to make this bird started with the legs. Long time ago I had bought a metal bird and never used it for decoration. The body wasn’t well made and the colors were rather ugly. What was I thinking? Some months ago, I took it apart and only kept the legs. For the tail I used a valve feeler gauge. Isn’t that a cool thing and just perfect for a peacock tail?

Found Object Sculpture Bird by Vintage with Laces

Pea’s body is an old wooden hotel keychain and her neck is the metal part of a light bulb. When it comes to her head I have no clue. Does anyone know what kind of cone(?) that is? It must have come to me in a flower arrangement or Christmas wreath some years ago.

Found Object Sculpture Birds by Vintage with Laces

Some of you might remember Pelican Joe. He had been looking for a girlfriend for the last three years without success. When he met Pea Cocktail, he suddenly had butterflies in his tummy. He asked her out and look, he brought a bunch of flowers to their first date. Isn’t he a gentleman? I was told they had a fabulous evening hopping through the garden together and they’ll meet again soon. We might have a couple of lovebirds here. 😊

Miss Pea Cocktail will fly over to these great parties:

Sweet Inspiration at A Crafty Mix
Party Junk at Funky Junk Interiors
Vintage Charm at Our Hopeful Home
Talk of The Town at Knick of Time

May 19, 2017

Unexpected Kittens

I didn’t intend to be away from my blog for so long. The time just flew by. I tried my best to decide what kind of creations I should focus on in the future but the harder I tried, the more ideas popped into my head and wanted attention as well. The result was that I didn’t accomplish anything for months which was rather frustrating. It seems that I will just continue to work on many different kinds of projects. Limiting myself doesn’t work for me. At least not at this time. I have some junk people in the works and you’ll also get to see some summer decorations and mixed media art soon. Today I have to tell you about some cute furry babies though.

On Good Friday someone left four 10-14 days old kittens in front of our gate. I guess I’m known as the crazy cat lady in our area. Unfortunately, it’s common practice in the South and East of Europe to drown unwanted kittens or to abandon them somewhere in the wilderness where they either starve to death or get killed by predators. It’s so unbelievably cruel and I’m glad that these four didn’t have to suffer such kind of fate. The first two weeks I had to bottle-feed the kittens every two to three hours day and night. In the meanwhile they drink kitten milk from a small plate and eat kitten food as well. I have to get up only once a night now.

Tricolor Kitten by Vintage with Laces

This little girl is Gracie. For some days we thought she wouldn’t make it because she threw up kitten milk and food and she lost so much weight. It seems that she has a very sensitive stomach. She’s doing pretty well with the food she gets now and she gains weight again every day.

Kitten with a ball of wool by Vintage with Laces

The second girl of the litter is Pixie. She is the smallest of the four and extra clumsy which is so cute.

Kitten by Vintage with Laces

Smokey started out with less weight than his brother but he's now the biggest of the siblings.

Kitten by Vintage with Laces

This is Cosmo. He was the first to use the litter box when he was just under three weeks old. Amazing!

Wrestling Kitten by Vintage with Laces

We do have a winner in the Greco-Roman kitten wrestling championship. The gold medal goes to Smokey and we better give it to him right now or he’ll wrestle us down as well. 😀

Kittens by Vintage with Laces

Izzie was about 5 months old when someone left her in front of our home a few days before Christmas. She was still too young to take care of herself, so of course we adopted her. We had her spayed in January. However, she feels motherly towards the kittens. She licks them and even helped with the bathroom business when they weren’t going to litter box yet. We have to take her away after a few minutes though because then she gets too rough with the kittens.

Three Kittens by Vintage with Laces

It’s so much fun watching the little fur balls play with themselves, with each other or any kind of toy. Yesterday evening I laughed tears when Cosmo shoved an empty egg carton around in circles with his nose for some minutes. It’s so cute when they chase each other around the food stool or when such little kittens arch their back before playfully attacking a sibling. We haven’t laughed as much as in the last several days for a while. We hope we’ll find good homes for the kittens but I dread the day I have to part with them. I know there will be tears involved. I remember how hard it was to let go two kittens of the litter we had 5 years ago.

The kittens will check out theses great parties:

Saturday Sparks at Pieced Pastimes
Sonntagsblatt at Raumseele
Show & Share at Coastal Charm
Morning Cup of Joe at The Cottage Market

October 14, 2016

My New Junk Girl Sewphie Zipperbutton

My female found object sculptures tend to reflect parts of my life even though I never consciously plan it. I look at my junk collections and use what jumps at me. My first girl Office Joy obviously got inspired by the fact that I’ve worked in offices for many years and it was certainly my love for baking that led to Abby Sugarbaker. As sewing is one of my favorite techniques to create something, it is not amazing that Sewphie Zipperbutton was born eventually.

Found Object Sculpture Seamstress by Vintage with Laces

Found Object Sculpture Seamstress by Vintage with Laces

Found Object Sculpture Seamstress by Vintage with Laces

Sewphie is a practical girl and likes to keep her sewing supplies and notions close by. She can grab a pin from her head, use her right arm to mark a pattern or take one of her sewing machine feet when she needs one. She always keeps some money in her coin purse head in case she comes across a piece of fabric she can’t resist. I’m sure the fabric lovers amongst you can relate. :)

Found Object Sculpture Seamstress by Vintage with Laces
I know that my friend Traude hopes for a romantic relationship among some of my junk characters. So far there is no couple in sight though. There had been some flirting between Abby and Popping-Eye Pete but they decided to be just friends. But who knows, maybe they are friends with benefits. I don’t know what’s going on at night. ;)

Sewphie will take a break from sewing to attend these great parties:

Party Junk at Funky Junk Interiors
Talk of the Town at Knick of Time
Sweet Inspiration Link Party at Kreativ K
A New Life at Rostrose
Sonntagsblatt at Raumseele