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.......

Monday, May 3, 2010

The Farmer's Market

Here are some pics from Saturday's Farmer's Market. It is part of the Georgia Made, Georgia Grown program. We lucked out with the weather. The rain finally stopped around 6 am. We began setting up at 7 am. We had a decent show. We were able to sell 8 pieces, including 2 of the 3 flowers that DH has been making. Now he has to keep making them. :::smiles::: (Not to fear, we bought 100 new plates today). LOL We need to find a good source for sheet copper to use for the leaves though.

We were just getting ready to start packing up when one of the other vendors walked up. He said he was going to be the "King of Mother's Day." His wife has been wanting a stained glass window for their bedroom and he graciously bought my first mosaiced window. I was beyond elated!  Makes me laugh wondering how he will top next year!!  :)  Now I have to make another window before Saturday. Fortunately I have one half done. (The black lines on the window are just from the stand).
Guess that is all for now. We have acquiring many new goodies to repurpose that will be appearing in the future. Right now, we are working on some new pieces for Saturday's Booth at our local town festival. Stay tuned......