The fabled three-day weekend always ends too soon … and I find I never get around to everything I planned. This past Labor Day weekend was no exception … but, Paul and I did get lots accomplished; some of which I’ll be sharing over the next few days. But, first some recent acquisitions … All of the items grouped above share one thing in common: they’re distinctively, singularly, shapely. The bench, which to me has a very Japanese sci-fi feel, I came across one day while visiting a friend of Vickie Perez. At her invitation, I showed up to to look at a planter Vickie had made for her when I saw it on her front porch. I told her if she ever wanted to sell it I’d buy it and a couple weeks later she emailed that it was available; she’d even deliver it! I took it, of course, and I love it. It’s definitely Japanese in style, obviously handmade and has terrific patina and color … the grayed-out seat and darker back are lovely … I feel lucky to have it. Thanks, Leona! Let’s get closer to the other pieces …
Displaying wiry good looks, I found this amazing metal head at a garage sale Sunday morning. Other than it had probably belonged to her father, the seller didn’t have much information about it. It’s a little hard to make out in these photos, click twice on it for an easier read. It’s like a three-dimensional depiction of a piece by one of my favorite illustrators, Henrik Drescher … like a line drawing made tactile. Love the ears!
This massive rusty cable — looped, knotted and ending in a super-curvy, contrasting hook — I found in Lake Elsinore’s Mora’s Antiques, Saturday. Five-feet long, I was sure I’d never be able to afford such a large bit of rough-and-tumble industrial he-man-ness … Happily, owner Vickie Mora gave me the, ahem, hookup, quoting me a price that was beyond-affordable! I’m not sure where this will land permanently, but it’s a keeper.
Also from Saturday’s Lake Elsinore visit, I found this rusty chubster at a Christian thrift store, hanging forlornly in a room full of everything from gourd art to the worse of Golden Girls décor. Attractively pierced, the bottom opens so that a candle can be placed inside. Summoning my haggling skills I was able to get this for next-t0-nothing. I like that it has three dainty, but stubby, little feet to stand on, should I not find a place to hang it … Other coolness has been purchased, and Paul and I have been collaborating on some projects, all for the upcoming RR Garden Bazaar. More on those later; stay tuned!