Some folks asked me about my “salon wall” (fancy name huh?) after seeing it on Apartment Therapy…What is that red thing?… Are they related?… I have that piece, where did you get yours?…Where can I get one of those things?
Since my home has never been featured in any sort of public forum, I was a little taken aback when it came to identifying my possessions the way they might be listed in a catalog. Very flattering, but it’s a little weird too! Especially when your whole creative ethos is based on glorifying the mundane. In short, this is new to me!
So while I sat on the couch this weekend emailing the responses, I looked up at the wall for a moment to see what was there, and thought, Wow I have a lot of crap. If I ever wrote where this all came from people would think I am really flippin weird.
But y’all knew that already
- My Grandfather’s ashtray. It reads May you be in Heaven half an hour before the devil knows you’re dead. Surprise! He had a tracheotomy (a surgical hole in the throat) and died of smoking related cancer. He lived with us for a while when I was a kid and sometimes I’d get a lemon flavored lifesaver for using a special vacuum hose to suck the phlegm out of his throat hole. (tmi? sorry!)
- Olive green mirror from Aunt Nancy’s farm house.
- Tin Candy box featuring the Presidential seal that my cousin John stole for me from the President’s box at the Kennedy Center. Apparently our Commander-in-Chief gets free M&Ms wherever he goes. Who knew?
- Silhouette 1968, from the childhood friend of my fairy godfather, Dale.
- Scrap of a green oil pastel project. (Click here to read more)
- Vintage Louisiana Yam advertisement.
- Illustrated makeup diagrams.
- Vintage playing card with a portrait of a beat up owl labeled as “Pugnacity.”
- Line drawing from my Uncle Joe.
- Bambi’s antlers.
- Valentine 2007
- Tree Painting by Kiki Bird.
- African mask purchased in Istanbul, 1997. (Yeah, doesn’t everyone goes to Istanbul for African goods?)
- Photo of a hairless cat.
- Portrait of two sheep that my father hung on his door, purchased in Woodstock UK, 1989
- (Top) photo of my mother in her kitchen in the late 1970’s (Bottom) photo of my father wearing all white, holding a bundle of wild flowers (if only you knew how unusual that moment must have been!)
- Acrylic painting of a tree by Kiki Bird
- Vintage Swiss cuckoo clock
- Collage box by my Uncle
- Collage of a paper hat.
- Madame Rhinoceros
- Stencil painting. Reads chez le fluer..
- Gift box covered in salvaged stamps.
- Collage made from old letters.
- Drawing from Aunt Nancy to my mother dated 1973.
- Illustration from Shel Silverstein’s, The Giving Tree
- Collage made from an old story book highlighting the words Foxy Loxy.
- Oil painting of a naked woman doing yoga by a window by Helen Goldfus.
- Watercolor and glue resist, Almost March
- Wooden frame with noodle alphabet letters.
- Watercolor by my uncle, painted the day I was born. Supposedly he was going to paint one stripe every hour they waited for me to be born, but my mom was in labor for 49 hours and he ran out of space. A piece of me still believes that story.
- Charcoal sketch of an old man, Lausanne Switzerland 1996.
- Acrylic painting from Kiki Bird.
- Watercolor and charcoal painting (used to be in a twinkle light frame and looked majorly creepy!)
- Nightlight made from an old acrylic frame and twinkle lights.
- Collage made from coffee grounds on a Monday.
- Collage made from coffee grounds on a Tuesday.
- Shadow box collage of screaming carousel horses.
- Ladder of Tzedakah. I am very superstitious, especially when it comes to ladders. Maimonide’s Ladder of Tzedakah is a Jewish symbol/guide/reminder on the importance of generosity, but I also see it as a talisman. Ladders are very good luck in my mind (a man who has no where to climb is quick to fall...or something like that.)
- Coffee filter flowers.
- Plastic cup set on fire and melted into a flower.
- Blue chocolate wrappers.
- Ahmed. Golden dinosaur and Tool of Worship.
- Vintage birthday card, probably from the 1930’s, salvaged from a dead neighbor’s kitchen. She kept it taped inside a kitchen cupboard — it must have been very special to her.
- Holiday card 2008
- Swiss train stub.
- Jonathan Adler vase that I got super cheap at HSN. Yeah, HSN, no kidding!
- My initial embroidered with 250 french knots. Intense, huh?
- Yurt nesting boxes from Kyrgystan.
- Diet Coke. Sometimes I wish I could show you the raw, un-edited versions of the photos I post on this blog — you would see that half of them have a Diet Coke can cropped out.
….and let us not forget, The Ultimate Matserpiece, Lola.
Wow, are you still here? I’m exhausted just reading this inventory and I live here. Go home and hang up something on your wall. Now go!