Costume art

December 14, 2012 § 2 Comments

My pictures here stink. I bought 54 discs from Pakistan. I was told they came off of belly dancing costumes. They winged their way to me sifting bits of exotic dirt and smelling of tea and herbs. I completely love these things. I bought a multiple of 9 so I could frame them nine at a time, but ended up pinning them in a line across my whole bedroom wall. I think a giant poster shape would be a better display when we move. They are made of glass and stone beads and heavy wool. They have cracked little mirrors and strings sticking out. Each is intricate and so bright. My favorite is the middle picture, middle disc; yellow ring and orange diamonds.

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How to shop for souvenirs

October 5, 2012 § Leave a comment

Somehow I’m only just getting to a place in life where I want to get something from the spots to which we travel and bring it home. Which is a shame because I feel like I went to all the most thrilling places years ago. I guess I have associated souvenirs with kitsch and shot glasses. But now! What fun to bring home a little of the experience and a piece of memory in a tangible form. Squashed pennies are souvenirs we like. Penny machines in interesting locations flatten the pennies you provide and imprint them with a place and picture. The kids are gathering quite a pile. They used to be a luxury when I was a child, but now you can’t even get a candy bar for the 51 cents each costs.

On a recent trip to Tucson, AZ, we loved the landscape and the blooming dessert and the whole experience. I did look in some artisan shops. This basket is the only thing I purchased while in Tucson, and I just adore it. But after looking at what was for sale I thought I might have a better selection on-line and when I got home, I went shopping. Ebay and etsy have an abundance of items from all areas and I was soon immersed in prickly pear glasses and desert themes.

This water color print was $4 via etsy, and is an adorable snip of all the quail we saw skittering through the cactus while in Tucson.

The saguaro is a defining characteristic of the Tucson landscape and this tile is from etsy, and from an AZ artist. The Indian lady I found at the thrift store. There are all kinds of geometric and Native American themed things being donated that I never noticed before looking for them!

I loved the textiles I saw but they were steeply price in Arizona. I found this woven blanket for $8 thrifted. It is new and I love how the edge frays so delicately.

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