Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Art or Craft?

What is the difference between arts and crafts?  Art is snooty and refined and inaccesible to the common folk, whereas crafts are utilitarian and homey.  Sometimes there is a fine line between the two and I have spent the last few weeks trying to figure this out.  Well, the last few hours.  Ok, 15 minutes ago I thought about it. Jeesh.

So, here I am trying to figure out my life and my purpose and I decided that I wanted to be artsy.  Not craftsy.  Just artsy.  So I decided to start a line of jewlery.  This line of jewlery will be handsculpted and of the finest quality.  I started with these roses.

Oh, how lovely.  Yes, I will stick with this line of refinement.  I won't slip back into my craftsy ways.  Not everything has to be funny.

 'Cept pop tarts are funny.  BUT cute and sweet too.

Oh and cupcakes!

Ahhh and whoopie pies!!

No, no, no!  Stop it.  (giggle-giggle)  How about roasted chickens!

OR steaks!  BAH! hehehehehehe


No wait.  That's not classy.  Are peas classy?  Yes, I'm pretty sure they are.

Oh and toast is classy.  Well what do they give at the beginning of classy parties?  Yeah, that's right.   Toast(s). 

Though I'd prefer Doritos.

Ummm.  Ok. I give up.  I ain't got no class.  Do you? 

**Note:  All of these classic pieces are available on my Etsy page.  They're wicked nice...and classy. 

Smiles from the farm,

Monday, April 11, 2011

No such thing as junk...

Sometimes one of the most interesting things about auctioning is not the things that you buy, but the things that you don't.  Let me explain.  Sometimes you have to buy a lot.  Well you always have to buy a lot.  I mean you have to buy a LOT, as in a group of things.  You may just HAVE to have that broken, cracked thing with the damaged but repairable part-but in addition you have to take three left footed boots,  box of Barbie doll heads and a collection of telephone books from 1982.  Usually you cull the really bad stuff when you get home. 

Well, I have had this gun case floating around my shop for a year.  It is about three feet long, made of wood and I just couldn't throw it out.  Husband suggested that I convert it into luggage.  But seeing as we don't go anywhere and if we did, I don't think airport security would appreciate my crafty DYI-ishness concerning a carry-on shaped like a gun case.  That's just asking for trouble.

I don't have before pictures, because I wasn't sure this was going to work.  I painted it green, added some shelves and lined it with a piece of vintage barkcloth.   I converted it into a shelf for my thread.  Wow, I have a lot of thread.  (Note:  most of thread also bought at auction)

Pretty clever, huh?  Now can you tell me what I should do with this lovely piece  

Smiles from the farm,