I’m Gonna Pop Some Tags

 

Usually when I read about great finds at thrift shops, I think “yea right”. Very few times, like, none, have I been able to find great pieces and/or deals. But now it’s my turn- I found this beauty for SEVEN DOLLARS at a local thrift shop. Best $7 I’ve spent yet.DSC_0039

But she needed a bit of a makeover. I started by recovering the seat cushion which was easy to do by unscrewing the bottom with a drill. The right fabric was hard to find, as it had to match with the decor in our guest room. After a few weeks of just sitting around, the idea to use a bunny napkin I purchased from Williams Sonoma came to mind. Once the seat was recovered, the color choice came pretty easily. I had a tube of “Grass Green” acrylic paint sitting in my cabinet along with some gold to refinish the wheel covers. Grass Green + Bunnies= Heaven!

Here she is after her makeover:

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Loss

f9f83110-ae7b-48ba-8edb-435a2441cad0_zpsefe90483Call me twisted but there’s something about cemetary tombstones that intrigue me unlike any other art form. I think it’s the rawness of emotion that sculptors have been able to convey through their art. The Pere Lachaise cemetary in Paris is full of amazingly sculpted statues showing emotions of loss and grief unlike any other I’ve seen. The details are lifelike to the point of being able to feel the pain of loss in your veins as you walk through.

In 2008, my brother lost his best friend to cancer. It was an ugly battle that left scars and questions for all of us who knew and loved him. Art, whether through music or paintings, has always been a cathartic way of working through emotional pain, so I turned to a photograph I took of this sculpture to work through what I was feeling.

(Loss, 2008, charcoal and acrylic on canvas, 26inx48in)

 

The Funky Rabbit

b4ab1c7f-f771-44b3-8dd2-c839b7c8ebb5_zps6fa0d6f7 Meet my beloved Jazzy. She’s been with us for almost 8 years (yes, eight years. yes, rabbits can live past 2  if cared for properly and no, I do not cage her- do you cage your children?)

In 2010, my daughter from another mother became ill from a wicked parasite which left her head permanently tilted. The prognosis was poor, but she pulled through with 24-7 TLC and lots of dinero.

Moral of the story is, before you bring a rabbit into your home, ask yourself if you’re willing to love and care for him/her like a child, as you would a dog or cat. If he/she gets ill, are you able to do what it will take to nurse them back to health? Can you afford to buy the right products they need (healthy food and hay vs. the cheap crap that will kill them)? Cause it gets expensive.
And, can you make a home for them in your home? Not in one of those cages they sell at Pet Supermarket along with the yogurt bites and food full of colorful, poisonous pieces that will clog their intestines.

Bunnies were born to hop- Let em!

In my opinion, no one under the age of 25 should have a bunny as a companion unless they’re super knowledgeable on what it takes. I’ve loved rabbits all my life but didn’t become aware of how to be a good bunny-mom til I was about that age (maybe I’m a little slow).

(Jazzy, 2008, acrylic on canvas, 36inx36in)