Laughing Dog Arts

Wednesday, July 20, 2011


I watched the TV show "Hoarders" the other night.  Man, what an eye opener that was!  There is a house in my little town where the people are hoarders.  The yard is full of plastic boxes stacked up against the house and the people that live there hang out in their cars in the driveway because evidently there is so little space inside to sit down.  It made me look around at my place, all the crap....I mean, valuable items I have.  I could hardly wait to go clean out my closet, and began the next morning.  Above you see two lovely bird related tapestry things.  They are rather large, would mostly cover a twin size bed.  I don't remember how I got them, probably people gave them to me because I used to have peacocks.  They have been folded up in my closet for years now.  Pretty enough but I put them into the pile that is heading to the thrift store.  If any of my readers want these items, let me know and I will send them to you and you can hoard them for awhile.

These next items were harder.  The green knitted afghan on the left?  Not something I would really want to keep Mom made it for me.  Just before she died.  It is made from acrylic yarn.  It has been in the closet for years now.  I put it back into the closet, it's a keeper. 

The dark brown thing next to it?  That is a piece of fleece that was the top of a cozy throw that my Grandma Bee made for me.  In high school.  A hundred years ago.  The back side has long ago disintegrated and fallen off, so this is just a piece of fake fur fleece.  But it brings back memories of Grandma, and I did use the heck out of it for years.  I put it in the wash and it will go back into the closet too.  Maybe I will put a new lining on the back and put it on my bed.  Or not. 

To the right of the brown fleece is another acrylic yarn crocheted afghan, one that I made.  I gave it to my Step Mom when she was dying, and my Dad gave it back to me after she passed.  It is in brand new shape, but it has resided in the closet ever since I got it back.  I decided to put it into the thrift store pile.

Next I found this gold colored fringed silky thing, I think it is for putting on top of a dresser and I think I did have it on top of one for awhile, it has fade spots on it.  I rather like it.  It doesn't take up much room.  I'm keeping it.  The folded up white thing next to it is an embroidered table cloth from my other Grandma.  Mice got to it, it has stains all over it and is chewed on the edges.  The embroidered design is a cool Celtic knot thing.  I like it.  I put it in the studio and hope to use it in my art somehow.  Might have to (gasp!) cut it up but that's okay.  Better than moldering in the closet, being eaten by mice.

The pale green thing is a rather nice satin table cloth.  I like it too.  Will I ever use it?  I never have dinner guests over, it would be too much trouble to clear all my art stuff off the dining room table.  I'm putting this one in the thrift store pile.   It doesn't have chew marks or stains even!  I'm trying to be realistic.  I like it but will I ever use it?  On the TV show Hoarders, they asked the hoarders why do you want to keep this thing?  It is valuable!  I paid good money for that! they said.  I have no idea where the green table cloth came from.  I might have paid a dollar for it at a garage sale or someone gave it to me (Grandma?), let someone else use and enjoy it.

Another tapestry/rug thing.  I think I had this hanging on a door for years.  I have a couple other tapestry's too, not the painted velvet variety but ones that are old and nice.   Yes, they are going back into the closet, but they are my hoarded things and I'm keeping 'em!  Bury me with them!

Some old clothes carry such stories, like this old tie dyed (by me) shirt.  I specifically remember meeting a certain special person while wearing this shirt.  Haven't quite decided about it.  I had a pair of new pants that my mom gave me.  They never did fit but they were the last thing she gave me before she died.  I kept them for years (Mom has been gone since 1993) but finally put them into the thrift store box.  It isn't like I need the pants to remind me of my mom.  Not going to forget her!

Anybody still with me?  Do you know what these are?  I had a Doberman once, Tasha.  She had been hit by a car and her front left leg was broken, the vet fused the joint and for the rest of her life she had to drag that leg around.  She would get a sore on the top of her foot from the friction, so a friend gave me these booties for her.  I can still see in my mind, Tasha trying to lift that foot as high as she could, as though to step out of the boot.  We were all doubled over with laughter.  Occasionally I put the boots on a dog just to see them try to walk in them, it is hilarious.  But I think these are going into the thrift store box.  Enough of torturing my poor doggies!  I better clean the cobwebs off them first.

So there you have it, my personal life stories pulled out of my closet and either tossed out or put back into hiding.   I might tackle the attic next.  There is a lot of crap up there, I have been here for 35 years after all.  I will leave you with a cute animal picture, squirrel versus elephant.

Be well, and clean out your closet.
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Friday, July 15, 2011

July flowers

With the cool damp weather we have had here in Oregon, our flowers are lasting late. I think many other people have already seen their roses first blush pass on by. Mine are only now coming on full. This first picture has got to be my most favorite at the moment.

My little chipmunk supervisor.

Come closer......I dare you.

Anyone else still have peonys?

Evening primrose has seeded itself all over my yard and I like it. Anything that can take care of itself is fine with me.

Valerian is flowering. I got this from Anne several years ago.  Smells so good and reminds me of heliotrope, except the Valerian is a perennial.

The lily is in full bloom.

It gets bigger every year.

A rose with some vegetable flowers.

The feathery Tonka near the feathery Italian dill. The dill is taller than I am now and smells so good.  Those are some tobacco plants in front of the dill.

Dog joy.  I wish you all your own form of joy.

Be well.
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Saturday, July 9, 2011

Book work

I've not had a lot of time to be in the studio so I have snatched moments here and there and worked in my book.  I used the cover from an old Readers Digest Condensed book for this one.  I covered it with fabric and stitched some pages into and then decorated them. 

No particular theme to this book but it did end up with lots of dog related pages.

I have been experimenting with paint and stencils and masks.

Some pretend writing on this page.  Don't bother trying to read it.

I may end up and write on some of these pages.  Or I might not;-)  This is still a work in progress, but I'm not sure where it is progressing.

Hope you all are enjoying your summer.  Or winter, depending upon where in the world you are.
Be well. 
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