Wild Turkeys

One of the many wonderful things about the property we rent is that we have wild turkeys. On several occasions we have seen them come up to the cars in front of the house. This picture was taken a couple of weeks ago. The cats were out at the time.


Junior, who is our beloved grumpy old cat with no teeth, decided to walk out for a closer look. The turkeys were not impressed.

{Photo credit: Michael Judd}

MIA

Hello everyone.
I’ve been debating whether to post this or not, but you’re going to see a some downtime from me for the next few weeks. My father is seriously ill and we’re moving in the direction to manage his care in his final weeks. I would like to divert myself by maintaining an upbeat attitude here, but it may be difficult at times.

Thank you.
~ Evita.

BiPolar Tesla Coil


{Photo credit: Evita Smith}

This is one of my favorite coils that Michael has built. He started on a series last year that is inspired by a vintage aesthetic, something that people would want to keep on display. This one was finished just before we moved. I hope he starts to build these again.

The porthole in front of the spark gap is a beautiful green glass that came from a cache from my mother. She started making stained glass about 20 years ago but with her back/neck/wrist problems it became too difficult for her to manage. Some of her glass supplies came from the Blenko glass factory. My brother drove up to the factory to purchase it for her.

Samhain

I will remember today the gift(s) that I have received from my ancestors and give thanks.

Our table decorations from last year.


A photo of one of my great aunts in Colombia, South America. Early 1900’s.

Rose Geranium

Attar Rose Geranium drying in sugar.

Skeleton Rose Geranium drying for essential oil extraction.

Our wedding cake called for using Rose Geranium leaves during the baking process. We wanted to grow it ourselves and give the amount needed to Renata. This was in the winter so Hyams, our favorite garden spot, didn’t have any plants in stock. We knew it would be close to the wedding date when they’d get some in so we turned to Lingle’s Herbs, our trusted herb supplier. They are really amazing to work with but John was low on supplies so we ordered Attar Rose Geranium and Skeleton Rose Geranium. They also have a minimum order of six plants, so we tossed in a few others. Never can complain about that!

I worked in the garden this weekend to clear out much of what had taken over during the hellish summer months. The mosquitoes were so bad here that I just lost my inspiration to spend time in the garden in the late summer. I collected most of the leaves from both plants. We’re drying some in sugar that we’ll use for a touch of rose flavoring in baked goods and such. We’ll dry the rest to be distilled into essential oil.

My favorite ‘female’ bath tonic contains a combination of some or all of the following:
Rose Geranium
Clary Sage
Bergamot
Basil
Jasmine
Neroli
Lavender.

It’s heavenly!

Design*Sponge DIY Feature

We’ve been blogged at one of my long time favorite design blogs, Design*Sponge!

http://www.designspongeonline.com/2009/10/diy-project-evitas-spooky-silhouette-candleholders.html

Thank you Grace!

ETA : I love d*s reader Azzy’s suggestion of painting the vellum with India ink. I’m thinking of trying it myself when I can get downtown to pickup the supplies. Thank you!

brian dettmer: cassette tape skeletons

I posted this earlier but I was having firewall issues with the image causing my browser to hang. Credit goes to my dear friend Aad.


brian dettmer: cassette tape skeletons
‘atlanta based artist brian dettmer creates intricate sculptural skeletons using altered cassette tapes. dettmer began creating the pieces in 2005 as he was thinking about the demise of analog media in the increasingly digital world. one day as dettmer was walking down the street he spotted a dead bird and an idea hit him. ‘here was this thing that used to live, its used to fly around and play a vital role, and now it is dead and all that remains is the solid material.’ dettmer was quick to extrapolate this idea linking the bird’s life to that of the cassette. he transformed the skeleton of old cassettes into literal animal skeletons. this lead to a series of 12 human skulls made from tapes, each with a different theme like heavy metal or hard rock. the most complex piece in this body of work is a full skeleton made from over 180 cassettes. all the pieces are made using only cassettes tapes with no glue, tape or other outside materials. while dettmer couldn’t revel his process to designboom, he did tell us that he heats the plastic up so he can literally form and weld them with his wet hands and other tools.’

More…

Yes! Michael is on his way home from Atlanta and in his possession is one wooden bowl from IKEA so we can start the acorn bird feeder project. I’m sure we could have found something in town, but he was there and it made sense for him to swing by and grab one.

Oh IKEA, how I miss thee!

Inspiration!

{ Photo credit left: Jenna Cole | Photo credit right: Stacey Bode }

A couple weeks back the photo of Michael’s boutonniere – on the right – received a comment from Mary Lorraine, a very sweet bride-to-be, asking how we managed to secure the acorns. I replied back with a couple tips and and voilà! She posted a photo of her version, and I think it’s really beautiful. You did a great job Mary Lorraine and congrats on your wedding!

Update: Mary also sent me a link to her sweet blog.

diy project: kate’s acorn bird feeder

I meant to post this when it first appeared. Here is the full tutorial posted at Design*Sponge.


Michael loves this and it’s been put ‘on the list’. I think we may go the peanut butter route instead of using gelatin as the ‘adhesive’ and Michael wants to have some kind of ‘perch’.

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