ARTful: using or characterized by art and skill

Salvage: to rescue or save especially from wreckage or ruin

[ARTful] Salvage was born from a love of creating, repurposing and salvaging. I simply abhor seeing perfectly "useful" items headed for the landfill or tucked away in a cardboard box, never seeing the light of day. I believe there is always beauty to be found, even under a layer of rust or a coating of dust. I see scratches, dents or imperfections as badges of honor to be worn proudly. I have a great love for the history, story and life of a piece. We lovingly dream up ways of restoring new life to these discarded and neglected fragments of life. I am glad you are here and hope you will come again often. Please make yourself at home; friends are always welcome. I'd be thrilled to hear from you and get to know you better.

Friday, April 30, 2010

A few more pieces before the show....

.....we are all packed up for tomorrow's Farmer's Market....some 60+ pieces. We have been having thunderstorms all day and they are still ongoing. The weather guys says they will stop by 6 am and we will be setting up at 7 am. Now, I don't know how you do math, but for me that is cutting it pretty close!!  LOL  But, watcha going to do??  Anywho, I thought I would share a few of my more favorite creations.  As always, please click the pics to see the details better!!

I LOVE this piece. It is very vintage and very Victorian. Those crystal candle drops are to die for....especially coupled with the silver plate dish. I may have trouble parting with this one.

This is hands down, one of the most unique pieces of ART I have created. The flat white dish is made so elegant with the addition of the white cherub and the 3 vintage cut glass pieces. I especially enjoy the double candle holder.

I have had this double, deep white dish for awhile now. I couldn't 'see' what to do with it. And then, wham.....right out of nowhere I had this amazing idea. (it was sparked by the double candle holder - see above). From the side it looks like a bathtub. :::Smiles:::  It would be equally at home inside with snacks or outside with bird seed and water all in one dish.

Another etched glass mirror....rescued with $2 from a yard sale. We decided on these lines from the hymn "His Eye is on the Sparrow". I think it turned out excellent!!  I have another B-I-G mirror to etch yet.....but I am still evolving a plan for that one. :::Smiles:::

Hubs has started making these quite large and dimensional flowers for ARTful Salvage. They are about 42 inches tall, on copper pipe with hand cut copper leaves and tendrils. We have one more for tomorrow's show, but the glue was still drying on that one. We hope to have more made for next weekend.

Hope you enjoyed your peek into our latest creations. I'll share more pics form the Farmer's Market tomorrow afternoon. Keep your fingers crossed for no rain!!


  1. BEAUTIFUL Shelly!! GOOD LUCK Tomorrow...hope the weather clears and you have a WONDERFUL day!! Tell John his flowers are BRILLANT and GORGEOUS!!

  2. what pretty pieces of art you are creating. I have wanted to use candle holders but could not figure out I know..thanks for the flower ones John is making

  3. Hey Guys:
    Good Luck at the show today, hope the weather is good. Love the flower on the copper tubing. Karen or Mom

  4. I sure hope the day is dry and nice for you today and hope you are selling lots of your wonderful artsy totems, hubby's flowers are grogeous..Oh, and Love the eteched glass, it is beautiful...

    will be waiting to see how you did...

  5. Beautiful pieces of art!!
    Gail in Oklahoma