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Bon Weekend – New Discoveries

Mix media artist Betsy Youngquist! Oh my, I love her work.

From her Etsy profile page:
Betsy Youngquist’s mixed media beadwork reflects a fascination with the intersection of humans, animals, and mythology. Stemming from a life-long love of all creatures great and small, Betsy’s work weaves together the human and animal spirit through a surrealistic lens.

When creating her embellished objects, Betsy collaborates with sculptor R. Scott Long in designing and constructing the forms. Each piece starts as a unique carving. The surfaces are encrusted with beads and found materials in a mosaic process, often incorporating fragments of old porcelain dolls.

To learn more about Betsy and to see more of her amazing work, please visit her Etsy store or her website.

{ All photos are from Betsy Youngquist’s site and Etsy store. }

B is for Barnacle

Or…how I may have just overcome my fear of them. I was on another Etsy adventure the other night and stumbled upon a piece of artwork featuring barnacles. I’ve always been pretty frightened of the alien looking forms and I’ve had my share of run-ins with the arthropods. I actually envision them gleefully waiting for some soft fleshy skin. If you don’t keep your ladders or boat scraped, the chances of such an encounter with them rises considerably. Even in a swift tide you can get brushed up on a dock piling and get cut.

These pieces have been designed and crafted in a way that has helped me gain a new appreciation of their beauty and form.

Belt Buckle | Vase | Print | Necklace

Necklace | Hanging | Resin Mold Picture | Ring

Wall Plaque | Brooch | Pinch Pot | Cuff Links

Last, but not least, here are four more pieces that are sure to help the barnacle lovers come out in all of us! Wear this soft Barnacle the Whale felt brooch during the day and come home to a delightful print that proclaims that ‘b’ is indeed for barnacle. Or maybe you like things a little edgier with this wide sterling and copper barnacle ring and mixed media painting that reminds me of a cluster of volcanoes!

Bring on more art therapy!

Clever Title for Giveaway Needed!

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I am thrilled to announce that the incredibly talented Chad Merritt, better known as Mon Petit Fantome, has offered one of his amazing {unframed} prints to one lucky reader! I posted earlier that I was completely taken with ‘I Do Not Know Where We Are Going, But At Least We Are Together’ and placed it on my wish list for the holidays. It now hangs in our bedroom and I can’t stop looking at it!

Want to know how you win this absolutely charming print?


Guest Post at Offbeat Mama!

I really adore how Candice {a fellow Charlestonian} decorated her son Brewer’s room. So much so that it was featured as a guest post today at Offbeat Mama. Please go check it out!

Guest post I did for Offbeat Mama

Also, you should check out Candice’s own blog, Ragamuffin Design.

Etsy coupling in our bedroom.

roddy & ginger pillow

We finally got around to getting a pillow form to go inside the roddy&ginger pomegranate tree pillow cover we won {and which arrived from London} in November! It’s hand screen-printed onto white linen and backed with a beautiful grey linen. It’s soft and beautiful and it is a welcomed addition to our bedroom. Better late than never, right? Thank you roddy&ginger!

The picture above the chair is an 8″ x 10″ print of an original papercut from Etsy seller, Mon Petit Fantome and is titled, ‘I Do Not Know Where We Are Going, But At Least We Are Together’. I featured one of their papercut prints in my Papercuts & Silhouettes Etsy treasury last year. The partial picture does not do it any justice. At all. The black is thick {for lack of a better word} and the white just pops off the page.

Don’t mind the branches…I haven’t decided if they’re staying in that corner.

They Might Be Giants – High-Voltage Pylon Competition in Iceland.

I stumbled across one of these images on Flickr last night and wanted to share their story. Oh how I would love to see these in around here!

Landsnet, a public company that owns and runs the electrical transmission system in Iceland where 80% of the electricity is from green sustainable sources such as geothermal power, was working with the Association of Icelandic Architects to obtain new ideas for the appearances of the towers and lines. The competition was announced worldwide and the entrants could design completely new looks or they could alter the appearance of existing towers. American firm Choi + Shine Architects sought to create a series of towers that would become monuments in the landscape, something more than just a necessity. The pylons would require only slight alterations to the existing towers. The pylons could also be in configured in different positions, depending on the terrain and environment. If the power lines ascended a hill, the pylons could imitate a climber.

Says Choi + Shine:

Like the statues of Easter Island, it is envisioned that these one hundred and fifty foot tall, modern caryatids will take on a quiet authority, belonging to their landscape yet serving the people, silently transporting electricity across all terrain, day and night, sunshine or snow.

The concept won honorable mention in the competition, and it were one of four winners at the 2010 Boston Society of Architects Unbuilt Architecture competition.

{ All images by Choi + Shine }
To read more about these incredible designs, please visit Land of the Giants™.

Oh My!

Apartment Therapy’s 2011 Homies nominations are up and it appears as that a couple of you have nominated this blog! Thank you! I’m not sure if I fit their criteria this year or not, but…if you feel so inclined to add more nominations I wouldn’t mind!

Just copy+paste the formatting below!

Name: The Happy Heathen
URL: http://thehappyheathen.blogspot.com/

Bon Weekend!

Ooops, it’s Friday again. It’s been an incredibly hectic week and I have a few posts saved in draft mode but I want to share them so I think I’ll just post photos and quick links here…

Soap Henge via Recyclart.

Urban Knitting via fubiz.

Jennifer Maestre’s Prickly Pencil Creatures via Beautiful Decay.

Recycled Volkswagen Micro Bus Pool Table via The Alternative Consumer.

And lastly, How To Describe Your Furniture On Craigslist via Lunch Breath.

Have a great weekend!

My brain…

…in the backstretch of the year.

{ Ballroom, Lee Plaza Hotel, from ‘The Ruins of Detroit’ series by Yves Marchand & Romain Meffre. Click on the image to view larger version. }

Frozen Cranberry Wreath

I was scrolling through Craft blog posts this morning and this charming wreath. So simple and can be disposed of in the woods when you’re ready to take it down. This is so tempting to try but I think we’d have to wait until January/February to do this around here, as December can still be quite warm in the Lowcountry.

Please head over to Nest Full of Eggs for the tutorial!

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