Summer Style

I had the pleasure of sharing the home of my best friend, Lori Vrba, in the recent summer issue of Souvenir. Lori, a film photographer and mixed media artist, lives in a beautiful home filled with kids, dogs and rooms that reflect her enthusiasm for collecting, as well as making, beautiful art.

"Virtue" by Lori Vrba

To read Lori's interview and see more of her recent kitchen remodel, visit Souvenir Magazine to purchase the recent issue which also includes wonderful features on travel, entertaining and delicious summer recipes.

January Inspired Me

I am endlessly inspired by paper. Like a textile designer spreads out yards of material, I love to
have vintage paper strewn around my office floor and walls. Sometimes temporarily, sometimes permanently, always enjoyed.

We talk a lot about how busy we are. However, the first few days of January were quiet, cold and provided the opportunity to play with some of the lovely gifts that were given to me from the people that know me best and to make a little art for myself. 

This is what January felt like for me:

My Boys. They Fly

A repurposed paper weight and abandoned desk clock hold moments frozen in time from a summer's day at the lake.

Leaps of faith and feats of bravery from  12 year old boys .

The third generation to free fall twenty feet from a high diving board that has been sunk into a lake bed for over 50 years. Their grandfather was one of the original lifeguards. Climb, jump, swim, repeat. 

Even mid air, their personalities are evident and true. Two different varieties of bravery.

A disposable waterproof camera and a mom floating in an inner tube. Art is everywhere.

Worth Getting Lost For

Two stores have been on my radar to check out, so  today I set aside the long to do list and struck out for some much needed thrift store goodness.  Because I just packed up my storage closet which was full of  similar items, I didn't buy a single thing but took lots of pictures, so get comfy.
If you love to make mixed media art like this:


Then grab your GPS (you're gonna need it!)  and head to Texas Art Asylum on Houston Avenue for supplies and inspiration.  A small warehouse in the shadow of downtown Houston, Texas Art Asylum is part warehouse/thrift store/antique shop/jewelry store.

Looks like your typical thrift store....look closer.....there's some good stuff.

I loved these water faucet knobs. They would make great drawer pulls.

My favorite. 

The other stop was Texas Junk Company located at 215 Welch in Houston,  which I have read about and blogged about, but have never been before today. Another fun place to dig around.

I thought this quiet corner of the shop was unintentionally beautiful.  

The store is well organized and full of surprises (box of giant animal bones, anyone?).  Let me know if you go, I would love to hear what you think!

Dream Children

After a hectic Spring Break week that included my boys birthdays and a weekend trip to visit family, today was all mine. The kitchen table was covered with all the little bits and pieces I've been collecting to make some new mixed media pieces just for me.

My best friend recently completed a project that used tiny sepia toned prints which she generously shared with me.   Tiny prints, tiny boxes, tiny all came together in warm layers of sepia images, worn books,  vintage ephemera and one guitar string.

The little boxes originally held watch parts.