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, May 7, 2010

Flowers are springing up all over the place.... plate flowers that is. We have been working hard to get a dozen flowers ready for our next booth tomorrow. We are heading down to the Flint River for our local town festival, "River Town Days." We will be selling our Glass Garden Beauties from 7-3, keeping our fingers crossed for no rain.

The flowers are placed on stems of copper pipe, embellished with hand-cut and veined copper leaves and tendrils. Here are a few of the posies we have created:

I also finished up this mosaiced stained glass window for the show. It is all done is blues and greens with a gentle wave pattern. I think it is very soothing in design. I sure hope it finds a new loving home tomorrow!!  :)

Close up of two of the panes:

So, until next to the River we go.......


  1. Beautiful flowers Shelly! Anyone would love to have those in their garden. I just love the mosaic window! Gorgeous!!!

  2. Love, love, love the window Shelly....wouldn't mind those beautiful flowers in my garden either. Great work!!!!!!!!
    Liane :-) AAWA

  3. Shelly, you and John have done an outstanding job with your lovely flowers and the window is beautiful! This lovely ART is just bound to make you feel great!

  4. Hey Shelly, been missing you. So excited to see the updates to your blogs. I love Artful inspiring!


  5. Really neat flowers and window. Hope you sell them all.

  6. These are just gorgeous! How do you attach them to the copper pipe? Love your flower plates and the stained glass window too.
    Sue McG (AAWA)