Houston International Quilt Show


These are the last of the photos I took from the Houston International Quilt Show.  I have added them in gallery style for your viewing pleasure; there are 28 total photos.  Each one is a truly an amazing piece of art.  In many cases I have only shown a portion of the quilt, in order to keep each in a square photo format.  You may click on any quilt photo to view it in a larger format.  Enjoy!!


Feathered Friends


Sculptural Bird Feeder

Art.  Sculpture.  Bird feeder.  All in one!  This hand crafted, beautifully intricate sculpture by Missouri artist Joe Papendick is welded from steel & copper and stands approximately 6′ tall.    An “I-beam” shaped base on the bird feeder is securely welded to the upright support, and allows for placement 8-10″ deep into the ground.  A stainless steel screen keeps the bird seed dry and will never rust through.  A lovely verdigris copper hood gives some protection from rain, wind, and sun, and is as beautiful as the birds that will feed beneath it.  I love the fine intertwining metal “branches”, and can imagine that this piece would indeed be very difficult for any bird to resist, as it will provide both a feast and a welcoming refuge.

All new work currently in progress can be seen on Joe’s blog.  In addition to lovely pieces such as this that deftly imitate nature, Joe has some wonderful contemporary designs, including one which was featured in the April 2011 issue of Martha Stewart Living.  His earlier work was featured on the HGTV series “I Want That” back in 2006.   He is also a featured Etsy seller.



Watercolor Parakeet

This precious little watercolor piece is from Welsh artist Alison Fennell’s Etsy shop Eastwitching.  This 8×010 inch print is of Bertie.  Alison states that he is “a real busybody and loves a cup of tea. I had fun painting his plump little body in some of my fave shades of turquoise, lime green and aqua.”  Watercolors have always been a favorite medium of mine; I just love the light and translucent quality they bring to an art piece.  Be sure to check out Alison’s “About” page in Etsy, to follow her interesting story about her life and art.  Looking for more whimsical animals?  She has many, many to choose from, so have fun browsing!

The high resolution and quality of these prints on archival authentic Epson Radiant White paper makes them almost impossible to tell apart from an original.  They are packaged in a clear cello sleeve (including certificate of authenticity) with a piece of rigid cardboard for stability, then placed in a sealed waterproof plastic mailer for complete shipping protection.



Bird, Birdcage, and Tree Wall Decals

Even if you don’t have your own garden, you can have one now with these contemporary wall  murals by Estsy shop Cuma.  Created with the very best vinyl decal material, these look super easy to put on the walls of your home, and are easy to remove should you want to change the decor of the room at a later date.  Decals won’t damage the paint but cannot be reused.  All the wonderful designs on the site are made by Cuma, can be custom made to different sizes upon request, and are offered in a wide range of colors.  Be sure to see all the offerings on the Etsy site with examples of the decals used in different type room settings including nurseries, childrens’ playrooms, offices, dining rooms, and bedrooms.  The decals offer a quick and easy way to change the entire look of a room, or conversely, you could quite literally build your room around them!


All About Winter

Got to thinking about winter (and some of the things we can’t do in the south), and pulled together several great Etsy Friday finds!


First check out these great blackened beeswax pine cone bowl fillers, scented with cinnamon and rubbed with spices. The aroma must be fantastic every time you walk by these!  And they are very reasonably priced at $7.50 for a set of three.  Check out all the beautiful beeswax candles at this Etsy seller’s shop at Farm Field Primitives.



And who wouldn’t want this lovely giclee art print of a Siberian Husky on skis!  This graphic art piece is created by illustrator Ryan Fowler, and sold at the Native Vermont Studio on Etsy.  The 12×12 print is also available on canvas, and is signed by the artist.  There are so many unique pieces in this Etsy shop, that honestly it would be difficult to choose just one.  This shop is one of my favorites!


After a cold day on the slopes, try some of this bootleg luxury apple cider soap in your shower or bath.  This soap is made with real apple cider beer and packed with luxury oils.  And I have to be honest, don’t be tempted to eat them…yeah they look that good!  Each bar weighs 5 oz and is made with natural vegetable oils and butters; it promises to leave the skin silky smooth.  Yummy.  Purchase them at Antoinettes Bath House.



I searched for some vintage ice skates for sell, and guess what I found?  This beautiful pair of Size 7 white ice skates in their original Planerts box!  What a find!!  As the description states, “A little elbow grease and you’re ready to fly.”  If only we had frozen ice ponds in Texas; check them out in the My Serious Side Etsy shop.

Have fun shopping!