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Guest Post: Lucky Thirteen

Guest Post: Lucky Thirteen

In case you don’t have enough little monsters coming to your house today, here is a guest post from Donna at MyOBT.


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Lighting Ensconced

Lighting Ensconced

When I was a new bride in 1974, I knew what a sconce was. At the height of the Early American decorating trend, a sconce was a wooden candleholder that hung on the wall, usually in matched pairs on either side of a large landscape print over the sofa. I found these while working on the Garage of Doom yesterday (pardon the dust). You’ll have to imagine them with candles (I don’t have any that fit):


Elle Decor’s September 2016 issue featured an article about the world’s most beautiful sconces. Not one of them looked like those above. So I referred to Etsy, my go-to site for everything artsy. The photos on this page are all from my Etsy search. Most of the sconces pictured are either hand-made or vintage.

Apparently, sconces are not just for candles anymore. They are also any lighting fixture that hangs on the wall. (In fact, when I looked for sconces online on Etsy.com, I also found wall-mounted vases and shelf brackets listed in the sconce category. I find that way too disorienting, so I chose not to show any for the purpose of this article.)

To be sure, there still are candle sconces to be found. (You can click on the smaller pictures below to enlarge them. To find purchasing information, click on the descriptions under the pictures. A couple have been sold since I first collected the pictures, but the links will take you to even more sconces.)

Vintage French White Sconces. Modern Candle Sconces. Turquoise Glass Sconce.

And even in the mid-20th century there were electrical sconces. (Maybe they weren’t called sconces then. I don’t remember.)

Plexiglas Sconces. Filigree Double Sconce. Glass Double SconceDanish Modern Sconces.

Nowadays, sconce makers use Mason jars as light fixtures to make sconces look “rustic.”

Single Jar. Pair pictured with mirror. Hanging Jars.

Or they employ Edison bulbs for the “industrial” look.

Adjustable Hanging Sconce. Wire Cage Sconce. Upward Bulb Sconce.

And these Steampunk-inspired sconces take industrial  to the next level.

Double Steampunk Sconce. Multi-bulb Sconce.

And look at these exquisite modern sconces.

Flower Sconce. Modern White Sconce. Black Sconce. Deathly Hallows Sconce.

My favorites are the Multi-bulb Steampunk, the Flowers, and the Deathly Hallows (okay, I admit it–I’m a Harry Potter fan). What about you? Which ones do you like? Do you own any sconces? Do you remember the “Early American” furniture and accessories? Share in the comments below.

Creative Juice #9

Creative Juice #9

Selected to refresh your soul:

Yarn and Beads

Yarn and Beads


In a previous article, I posted a video featuring this VW bug decorated with millions of tiny seed beads (Photos by Museo de arte popular). It was my introduction to the art of the Huichol people of Mexico.

Here is an explanation of the origin of Huichol art:

Thanks to websites like Etsy.com, authentic Huichol art is readily available without a trip to Mexico. All the below items were for sale as of mid-August.

Animals have particular significance to the Huichol. (Click on the smaller images for an enlargement and to see the captions. Click on the links below for purchasing information.)

Wolf. Deer. TurtleBull.

Traditional designs are employed in these beautiful necklaces.

Chokers. Medallion. Yellow/orange necklace. Red necklace. Sun necklace.

And also in other useful articles.

Dog collars. Wallet.

Circular bead painting

Circular bead painting.

Like some of the Native American tribes of the Southwest, the Huichol take part in ancient peyote ceremonies to contact their ancestors to seek healing and advice. The artwork is inspired by these journeys.

Vintage gourd bowl

Vintage beaded prayer bowl.

Shaman yarn painting. Skull.

Want to see some more?

Heather’s Gallery

Heather’s Gallery

I stumbled upon Heather Galler’s Etsy shop by accident while looking for “artsy shirts:”

Edgar Allen Poe

What writer or poet wouldn’t want this silk shirt emblazoned with Edgar Allen Poe’s likeness? (Unfortunately, it’s $155.00, so I haven’t ordered it yet. Maybe when I get a book contract…)

Heather Galler characterizes herself as a folk artist. If you like her colorful rendering of Edgar Allen Poe above, you might also like some of her other portraits (click on the images to see enlargements and captions):

Not only is Frida Kahlo a favorite subject, she is also one of Galler’s influences.

Other favorite subjects include cityscapes:


Human anatomy:

I’m not sure if I love this tote or if I’m afraid of it:

Tooth Tote

Galler loves animals:

And especially dogs:

I imagine you could find any breed you’re looking for on Galler’s Etsy site, HeatherGallerArt.

If you would like Galler to immortalize your pet who has passed on, she is happy to do that for you virtually for free. Read more about her Passed Pet Project. The waiting list is currently three years long.

If your pet is still living and you’d like to commission a portrait, Galler can do that as well. Contact her through her Etsy shop for details.

Wine bottles

Wine bottles with cats

While some of the custom-made items are costly ($160 for a shower curtain, $175 for the toothy bag), most of Galler’s artwork is priced very reasonably. Prints start at $24, ceramic tile coasters start at $12 each, and today, many of her original paintings are on sale for 50% off.

Galler is also the author of a new book, Folk Art Fusion, a 128-page instructional book with 16 folk art painting projects.

All Things Unicorn

All Things Unicorn

You may know about my infatuation with unicorns. (Of course, my obsession is purely artistic, being spawned by the magnificent Unicorn Tapestries at The Cloisters.) I recently searched Etsy.com to check out their unicorn-related stuff.

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Unicorn horn headband.

Much of what I found is hand-crafted, making it totally appropriate for a blog about the arts and the creative process.

But first of all, I have to tell you putting a horn on a horse’s head does not make it a unicorn. Unicorns have a goatish head with a bearded chin; their tails are like a lion’s, with a tuft of hair at the end; and they have split hooves. Too many contemporary artists have been influenced by cartoons. Really. Take a good look at the medieval tapestries, back in the day when artists really knew their unicorns.

That said, I have included some horsey unicorns here, only because I would otherwise have had to exclude much unicorn art created after 1980.

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Look at this beautiful charm. Very reasonable, too.

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Gold unicorn necklace.

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Contrary to its online description, the piece above is rendered in crewel embroidery, not needlepoint.

The similar picture on the left is also crewel, but the unicorn pillow, however, is done in needlepoint.

I would totally wear this unicorn t-shirt (oops, sold out) or the sweatshirt.

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I actually have one of these porcelain pomanders that I bought decades ago from my Avon lady.

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A collection of brass statuettes (oops, somebody snapped these up).

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A unicorn head you can hang on your wall like a hunting trophy. Impress your friends with your big game prowess. (One of the characters in my work-in-progress should have bought this.)

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A unicorn stamp to impress your sealing wax.

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This brass unicorn key organizer will keep track of your keys with class. (Man, somebody bought this, too. Unicorn stuff is really popular, based on how much has sold between the time I wrote this article and now.)

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Coolest. Messenger bag. Ever.

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Lovely unicorn sculpture from Russia with love.

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Or, how about this life-size unicorn sculpture? (Wow! This was sold, too, and it was pricy. I feel totally vindicated about my obsession. I’m really not as addicted as other people. I can stop any time.)



Christmas Under Cover…by Andrea R Huelsenbeck

Christmas Under Cover…by Andrea R Huelsenbeck

This post was previously published on Doing Life Together.

Doing Life Together

Much about the Christmas season inspires warmth. God’s love for us made tangible by the gift of his Son. Blazing fires in the hearth. Gatherings of family and friends. Cups of hot chocolate or spiced cider.

But there’s something especially warming about snuggling under a  Christmas quilt. Traditional, yet timeless. Artful, yet practical. Here are a dozen lovely ones gleaned from Etsy.com. Some are bed-sized, and some are wall quilts. All were still available when I found them on Wednesday. Click on the caption above each picture for further details.

Red and White Beauty from stylinquiltdesigns.

https-::www.etsy.com:listing:184797218:handmade-queen-size-quilt-red-and-white?ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_search_query=Christmas%20quilts&ref=sr_gallery_42Peppermint Kisses from stylinquiltdesigns.


Stars and Pinwheels from WillowRidgeQuilts.


Irregular Stars from LiveOakHome.


Merry Go Round from KandKKrafts.


Snowballs in My Garden from RedLetterQuilts.


Christmas Pinwheels from QTUWbyNancy.


Starry Christmas from DymphnaGoesQuilty.


Run Run Rudolph from Quiltinggrammy5.


Granny Square from Modquiltsandcompany.


Diagonal Ohio Star from SoosCreekQuilts.


Vintage Appliqué from WinterberryGifts.


Do you have any Christmas quilts at your house? Ones…

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