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.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

A Touch of Glass.... workshop has been filled to overflowing with bits and pieces of shiny glass. I have been very passionately and prolifically making garden totems and bird feeders. I think it is the perfect way to give such simple, everyday items a gorgeous new life as Garden ART. I love these techniques because each piece is truly unique and has it's own story to tell. I hope you enjoy a glimpse of what has been happening in the workshop these past 2 weeks. If you are interested in purchasing my work you can email me at: ARTfulSalvage at AOL dot com.

Please keep in mind that many pieces I share here, may have been sold and are truly one-of-a-kind. However, I will happily create a unique piece just for you. :)


  1. Yeah Shelly!!! I know this will be an enjoyable endeavor for you. :) I am looking forward to seeing more!!!

  2. LOVE IT!!!! These are just WONDERFUL and I know they are even more GORGEOUS in person!!

  3. Wow...each piece has a personality of its own and each piece is absolutely stunning. I love them all! I'm so glad you started this blog and your new artistic venture in to re-purposing glass and all other materials. I'm looking forward to seeing more of your work.

    Bright blessings,

  4. I think its wonderful! I believe in what you are doing and see the beauty in all pieces. I think your blog will be the place for people to learn to recycle and protect what we have - if that's the word I want - instead of being a disposable society. Thanks for sharing. Kerry P.

  5. WOW, girl, you have been busy, I love all of your creations...they are beautiful..I hope you do well in selling at the Market also...
    I became a follower so I can keep with with your new adventure...