Tin boxes that contain note paper or children's toys can become excellent supports for staging mini shrines. These sorts of boxes have plastic windows in the lids that can be removed easily. This particular one was left outside in the rain for a few seasons and became quite rusty. When working on a project such as this, it has to be figured out in stages. Attaching a hanger on the back was the first order of business. Holes were punched into the back of the box and a stiff wire was inserted into the holes then bent into curly cues on the inside to prevent the wire from slipping out. Then the background tin (shiny red) was cut to size and placed inside the box. A red block of wood was then taped into place and nailed on from the back. Next the pieces to be attached to the lid have to have holes punched in them as well as corresponding holes made in the lid. The Virgin of Guadalupe was then nailed to the wood, the roses and other pieces were riveted on. The lid was put on and a final blind rivet was put through the lid and the box.
This process can be done for other projects where a single image or tin piece is to be the staring attraction. The possibilities are endless.
Christina has been helping me flatten tin and reorganize the studio. She's so wonderful. She just moves about taking care of things and moving onto the next step as needed. I know I couldn't be doing this without her.
with dogs are going into grocery stores here in Seattle. All the owners
of the stores can do is to ask if the dog is a service animal and the
dog owner can lie and say yes.
have seen dogs in shopping carts (at the Capitol Hill QFC), defecating on
the floor, fighting with other dogs and more recently fornicating, yes,
fornicating while the dog owners stood by chatting.
concerns me as I literally almost died from an animal allergy. Spent
eleven days in the trauma ward at Harborview. The firemen called the
hospital to see if I had survived.
do understand the plight of the disabled person. I was a para-transit
driver for almost 3 years and know about service animals and the rights
of the people who use them.
I am proposing here is that a true service animal have an identifying
tag of some sort that is regulated by the government. Something that
distinguishes them from other animals. Disabled persons need a placard
for their car to park in designated areas , I also think they should
have something for their service animals so others who are not using
service animals can not take advantage of the situation.
This is the before photo... This is the after photo. I've wanted a metal garden archway for our patio for years. Today was the day to get one. ""That place on 85th with the big metal animals" is what people usually call it. I've been driving by it for years, stopping in a few times to ogle all the super cool iron work. Seems like everything I love is metal except music. The folks at Home & Garden Art are super nice and very helpful. Stop in and check them out.
Today these wonderful and sweet tin toy cups, saucers, plates and trays arrived in the days mail. They're from a complete stranger. A woman who was closing out her Etsy shop contacted me asking for my address so she could send me some tin cups. I am blown away by her genorosity and kindness. I am overwhelmed. Thank you, Suzanna Scott of Sushipot,from the bottom of my heart,
This was a very good experience for me as I learned a lot. Art fairs are a ton of work. First you have to enter and in some cases pay an entrance fee. Then if you are accepted, get going! Make art so you have enough to fill your booth--you do have a booth, right? That is something else you'll need to come up with, along with lighting, flooring, walls and some sort of support to display your work on. Then there is the booth and storage fee. I also chose to rent the curtains, carpeting, table and bar stools. I bought bags, tissue, bubble wrap, and business cards. I have great admiration for the artists who make their livings doing art fairs, it's a ton of work for an unpredictable outcome. If you want to give it a go be sure to Google "art fair advice" so you can learn as much as possible. Had I known what I know now, I wouldn't have done it, but then I'd have always wondered what it would've been like.
THIS IS DAVE YOAS' TIN ARTWORK- Dave is a tin worker pal of mine in the Bay Area.
His work is completely brilliant and like no other tin work I've ever
seen. He doesn't think twice about painting a piece of tin, or adding
glitter, or "bumping it out" as he calls it and has even added lights to
some pieces! Dave shows new work once a year in Marin County , CA. I
have had the good fortune of seeing his work up close and I can tell you
that it is very well crafted as well. Dave we wanna see more, website
please! Thanks so much for sharing!
Remember the Yellow Volkswagen Bug Theory? You know, the one where your friend buys one and then you start seeing them everywhere. The idea is that they were there all along but because your friend bought one it made you more aware of them.
I have many great memories of Volkswagens. I drove my mom's VW bus in 1972, spent time in Mexico City where there are so many it's almost like a ladybug colony , went out on dates in them,a favorite 6th grade teacher had a convertible one that was painted like an abstract painting of blue and green watery stripes on yellow. Maude drove one she borrowed from a Vicar, and painted a saint on the headliner if I remember correctly.Robin drove one when I first met her, an orange one, we got lost in it while trying to find the Boeing outlet, she swore she never got lost, fun day.
Well,yesterday my Dreamboat bought me my own orange VW bug (1971). Driving it on the freeway from Marysville in a euphoric daze combined with tingling excitement and intense attention I was in heaven. It was like sporting an embroidered jacket, that I had coveted, and finally wearing it and feeling wonderful in.