Well, she IS a beautiful old Plymouth

Vintage orange 1940 Plymouth photograph copyright Jen Baker/Liberty Images; pinning is fine, but otherwise, all rights reserved!

“Clear Sailing”

As evidenced by the collections they’re creating, my fellow ArtFire artisans are, unlike yours truly, clearly ready for autumn to be here. Though I enjoy autumn and all of the activities that traditionally happen this time of year, I also dread its coming, for it heralds the pending arrival of winter, easily my most-hated season (actually, the only season I hate), so I put off acknowledgement of it for as long as possible.

Still, everyone else seems ready for fall; many of the newly-curated collections are devoted to the colours of fall, orange and brown and rust and gold. My photography is featured in several ArtFire artisan-curated collections this week, and two of them feature the screaming orange 1940 Plymouth above! The car is one I ran into several times while living in West Virginia, and not once could I resist capturing a new angle on the handsome old car— and that luscious orange paint certainly did not hurt when it came to getting my attention, and clearly, others find her alluring as well. Continue reading


“Overthrown” featured in ShadowDog’s Fabulous Friday Finds



I not only wanted to thank jewelry artist ShadowDog for including the above photo of an abandoned piece of Route 66 in her weekly Fabulous Friday Finds post tonight, but point it out to you as well—she has unearthed some beautiful, desirable goodies of all sorts! Now, I’m loathe to steal her thunder, so I won’t post the photos here—but I can talk about the lovely boho-style earrings in one of my favourite colour schemes, the “Kryptonite” lampwork beads that remind me of Fire King or Jadeite, the stunningly beautiful (ShadowDog said the same thing, but she’s RIGHT) earrings made of heat-treated and oxidized copper, resulting in a green-and-cream-and-ochre-and-blue fireburst, and a set of really fun wire-wrapped snack forks. And those are just my favourite items from her list! Do pop over to check out the post.

While you’re visiting, don’t forget to take a look at the work of ShadowDog herself—Catherine (dog-loving lady—what’s not to love?) has hand-created a wonderful variety of jewelry to choose from. Continue reading

Avant-Garde Columbus 2013


Last Saturday Hubby and I visited the Avant-Garde Art & Craft Show in nearby Upper Arlington (sadly, I’m only getting to it now because it has been a hectic week!). For one thing, I was scoping out its potential as a venue for selling my own photography, but really, I really enjoy such shows; you never know what you might find! Besides, it’s never too early to begin Christmas shopping. 😉

At any rate, I thought it would be fun to share with you some of the great vendors we particularly liked. There were many there, and I must say—the hall where the show was held was JAMMED with cheerful shoppers. Now, once upon a time I’d take a few pictures of the artisans and their work to share, but alas, sellers are getting a bit nervous about that these days, and I don’t want to unnerve anyone.

There’s a decent chance I’m going to forget a couple, but regardless, I hope you too find work you like from one of these fellow Columbus-area artisans!

First of all, Hubby bought a really nice new belt—handcrafted with bison leather! It’s made by Brandon Ault of Old Salts Leatherworks. Not only is the belt handsome, Old Salts Leatherworks has a fab logo, at least to the eyes of this granddaughter of a Navy man. There’s not a whole lot in the shop at the moment, but he had a great deal of stock on hand including, if I recall correctly, dog leashes!

Chicago bottle stopper by Daisy Mae Designs

Chicago—starting point of Route 66!

Since the offerings of Daisy Mae Designs all incorporate maps, it should come as no surprise that this road-tripping dame loved everything on the Daisy Mae table. From cufflinks and  decorative plates—perfect for the guestroom or entry table—to hair pins and bracelets, she has it all, and it was very hard to walk away not having bought half the things on the table. (No doubt Kristy would not have minded my doing that, but there are groceries to buy.)

We were particularly and disturbingly enamoured of her wine stoppers and bottle openers; few things are more relaxing after a fun but long day shooting on the road than sitting outside of our motor court motel room’s door and having a nice glass or two *ahem ahem* of wine, and, if we’re lucky, sharing one with the motel owner. Could it be done any more stylishly and fittingly than with a Daisy Mae opener and stopper? I think not!  Continue reading

Route 66-themed quilts featured at California conference

Via Ron over at Route 66 News come these marvellous quilts with a Mother Road theme!

Meramec Caverns quilt, Pat Masterson

“Roadside Rhymes” by Pat Masterson of California. “As children, long hours in a car were passed by reading Burma Shave signs and writing on barns, travelling to visit grandparents. The back- ground fabric, signs and buildings were hand painted, trees and tractor done with thread painting.”

The quilts will be part of a special exhibit at the Road To California Quilter’s Conference and Showcase next week in Ontario, California, with a special preview Wednesday night. 50 Route 66-themed quilts will be displayed alongside a quilted and airbrushed map of the Mother Road.


“Burroville, Arizona, Route 66” by Vinda Robinson of Colorado, depicting the town of Oatman. “…I depicted the Route 66 Highway winding through the Arizona landscape near Oatman, Arizona where Burros wander the streets and Havasu Falls is off a side road nearby. The piece is whole cloth painted with Tsukineko Inks and Fab-rico Markers. I have wanted to paint water so the waterfall seemed like a good choice.”

These fabric and thread wonders came about due to a themed quilt challenge put forth by Kelly Gallagher, owner of Jukebox Quilts, and teacher & art quilter Patt Blair.  The challenge was issued to US quilters in 2011; the entries were curated and have been touring the States since August of 2012. Continue reading

Terrific Photos of Russian Airplane Graveyard


Via the UK Daily Mail come these marvellous photographs from an airplane graveyard in Russia. Photographer Alexio Marziano has done a truly fantastic job capturing these old Russkie birds—I just love his eye for detail, sense of perspective when taking the photos, and especially some of the playing around he did with depth of field. (Yes, yes, a fellow photographer after my own heart, I know. But he is very good! Keep reading!)

The ships can be found in an Ulyanovsk field almost 600 miles away from Moscow in what is part museum, part-graveyard for the planes, jets and helicopters—including a Tu-144, the Soviet Union’s first and last supersonic passenger aircraft (the Tu-144 is, I believe, in the first photo I’ve featured in this post). High prices and repeated crashes of this particular plane led to its operating for only one year—not at all a good return on investment, and much, much worse, at the cost of several lives.


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