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News From the Craft + Style Blogosphere: 11/10/2011

Nov 10, 2011

by Alison Feldmann handmade and vintage goods

“As an old reporter, we have a few secrets, and the first thing is we try the phone book.” — Andy Rooney

This week’s edition of News From the Craft + Style Blogosphere has peacock battles, ancient beans, stooping flowers, American cowboys and novelty foods.


Holy detail! Artist Laurel Roth has created an elaborate homage to nature with the most unlikely of materials: fake fingernails, barrettes, nail polish, false eyelashes, and jewelry to, as she says, “represent the choices involved in biological processes that are unique to humankind.” [Via The Hairpin]

Erwan Flotin’s portraiture creates striking narratives around the dramatic, structural  flowers native to Villa Noailles (also known as a birthplace of Surrealism.) Tall, elegantly bent, and occasionally fuzzy, it’s easy to see humanity in their fragile forms. [Via Beautiful Decay]


Because the mundanity of a red apple or flesh-colored turkey is just never-ending, edible spray paint exists. If my meal isn’t gold, it’s just not appetizing. [Via Beautiful Decay]

According to James Kendall, “My wife’s 90-year-old grandmother — having lived through World War II — doesn’t believe in ‘best before’ dates. It made eating at her house rather exciting. Sadly, she recently had to move to a home and clearing out her larder was
as thrilling as being offered a snack. All the products here — going back decades
— were, I believe, intended to be eaten.” [Via Feasting Never Stops]

Jane Hilton’s “Dead Eagle Trail” series documents contemporary American cowboy culture. Photographed in their homes, their lifestyles appear to be an exercise in self-conscious preservation. In a culture so steeped in tradition and nostalgia, it’s interesting to contemplate how Western life will change in the twenty-first century. [Via Peanut Butter Thoughts]


Do you know of a forward-thinking art, style or design blog? Post it in the comments! And make sure to check out past installments of News From the Craft + Style Blogosphere!

Inversion, Ceramic Head Art Face Vase Sculpture Upside Down Pitcher Vessel Home Decor
Inversion, Ceramic Head Art Face Vase Sculpture Upside Down Pitcher Vessel Home Decor
1940s-50s Navajo Diorama Souvenir Woman Weaving Rug with Baby by Her Side
1940s-50s Navajo Diorama Souvenir Woman Weaving Rug with Baby by Her Side
hyena figurine totem animal
hyena figurine totem animal
Reserved for Stacey Luckow /ANTIQUE  Large  DACHSHUND Pull TOY
Reserved for Stacey Luckow /ANTIQUE Large DACHSHUND Pull TOY
Sukan / Hand Woven - Turkish Silk Sumak Kilim Pillow Cover - 17x20
Sukan / Hand Woven - Turkish Silk Sumak Kilim Pillow Cover - 17x20
Eau Contraire Natural Perfume
Eau Contraire Natural Perfume
$40.00 USD


  • AvianInspirations

    AvianInspirations said 4 years ago

    Love the birds! They're incredible and the false nails make them pleasantly creepy. Also, the ranchers' homes reminds me of home.

  • skyparlor

    skyparlor said 4 years ago

    the golden turkey reigns...fantastic edition!

  • BlueRoseRetro

    BlueRoseRetro said 4 years ago

    The elaborate birds made from hair clips and fake nails. What a trip! Never underestimate the creative abilities of man/woman/child.

  • volkerwandering

    volkerwandering said 4 years ago

    So unique! So Detailed! Simply Gorgeous! Thanks for the inspiring article!

  • greeneyezdesignz

    greeneyezdesignz said 4 years ago

    The birds are so creative! Amazing! And the rancher photos remind me of some of my relative's homes...

  • artistgretch123

    artistgretch123 said 4 years ago

    I could stick to my diet by painting the food......I probably would close my eyes and eat it..... emagine having thanksgiving get together and bring out a gold painted turkey. the relatives would talk for a year. what fun.

  • thestapeliacompany

    thestapeliacompany said 4 years ago

    Best before... that's amazing (and gross). And those cowboy shots are great. We haven't had very many real cowboys for 50 years and yet people still dress in the cowboy lifestyle. I don't think they're going away any time soon.

  • RivalryTime

    RivalryTime said 4 years ago

    These are fantastic.

  • MannaStudios

    MannaStudios said 4 years ago

    The creative mind offers endless possibilities. What an inspiring article - reminds me to keep playing, experimenting and enjoying every minute - someday I'll hit something out of the park - till then - I'll have fun in my maddness! Thank you!

  • PortugueseVintage
  • PortugueseVintage

    PortugueseVintage said 4 years ago

    WOW! Good research!

  • JulieMeyer

    JulieMeyer said 4 years ago

    I would have loved to clean out that old pantry. I had to do a double take on that peacock- stunning!

  • 2007musarra

    2007musarra said 4 years ago

    That food paint is amazing! My brother calls me the glitter queen. Maybe I can serve him all glittering food. PS. Nothing wrong with glitter, can you imagine a world with out it?

  • wwbc

    wwbc said 4 years ago

    What a collection! The peacocks are absolutly stunning! Great to see the photos of the ranchers too. Oh heck...all of the photos are great. Still working our heads around spray painting our food though!

  • tennyoceres

    tennyoceres said 4 years ago

    The peacock made my jaw drop. I had to do a double take when I realized what materials the artist used. Making beautiful things from unlikely materials is always something I wanted to try.

  • cguimond

    cguimond said 4 years ago

    I never knew edible spray paint existed.. but now that I do, I may have to go try it! Everyone beware of a colorful turkey this Thanksgiving!

  • MegansMenagerie

    MegansMenagerie said 4 years ago

    Wow! Beautiful!!!

  • PoleStar

    PoleStar said 4 years ago

    1) I wonder what that big safe is for? 2) I wonder what that big elk is for? 3) I'll bet that cucumber spread was *fantastic* even before it expired. /sarcasm 4) I saw this edible paint and I can't even imagine finding anything coated with it appetizing.

  • RossLab

    RossLab said 4 years ago


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    MootiDesigns said 4 years ago


  • FavreBijoux

    FavreBijoux said 4 years ago

    Again, you curate the most interesting posts on Etsy!!

  • manicarteest

    manicarteest said 4 years ago

    The birds are amazing. I think I may need to get some of that edible spray paint. I've always loved to play with my food :).

  • marvelousa

    marvelousa said 4 years ago

    PoleStar, the safe is primarily for guns, but also holds money (usually silver and gold in coins or bars) and any other valuables the family wants to protect, like financial and personal documents. I'm from Wyoming, where almost every living room has one. These photos are not exaggeration; this is how most of my relatives live. The safe has to be big because the guns are big.

  • sonyarasi

    sonyarasi said 4 years ago

    Beautiful sculptures!

  • ACupOfSparkle

    ACupOfSparkle said 4 years ago

    Sparkling apples... how cool that is!! I want to paint my food now...

  • lulusnest

    lulusnest said 4 years ago

    Truly unique and cool too! Amazing what a little elbow grease will do these days!

  • PruAtelier

    PruAtelier said 4 years ago

    Oh how interesting....creative reuse - the peacocks - love it! Interesting article!

  • OhCreativeOne

    OhCreativeOne said 4 years ago

    wow, those peacocks are incredible, I want one!! :)

  • LivingVintage

    LivingVintage said 4 years ago

    Love the cowboy photos. I've always wanted a buck in my living room!

  • marvelousa

    marvelousa said 4 years ago

    Nope... you really made me consider it, but the contemporary cowboy lifestyle is definitely not an "exercise in self-conscious preservation." Those aren't props; those are their belongings, and they have the exact same motivations for owning things that you do: need, economy, and sentiment. For example, that elk is not only a trophy of an achievement, it's a reminder of what was probably one of the best moments of that man's life, likely a weekend spent with people he loves in an environment he loves (probably resulting in a killer hangover and some great stories that will become more elaborate with every retelling until the day he dies). People who fill their homes with vintage finds are exercising self-conscious preservation. These people are just living the lifestyle they know, which just happens to involve keeping things for longer periods -- decades, centuries -- than most other segments of American culture. They live what may be the least wasteful, lease self-conscious lifestyle in the States, for the most part because the cowboy lifestyle is not a particularly affluent lifestyle (cattle barons are few and far between, and Federal agricultural subsidies don't generally go to small ranchers). Does it ever change? Yes. They have cell phones. If they can afford it, they have Dish Network (not a lot else to do during a winter night on the howling plains). They know what's going on in the world, and they have opinions about it, but there's no denying they're isolated. They buy new furniture when the old stuff breaks, they buy new clothes when the old ones wear out, they buy new appliances when the old ones die, they remodel their homes when they run out of room or a roof leaks and duct tape won't fix it. But they buy what they need and like, and it's not driven by nostalgia. They don't buy Ikea furniture; they own things their grandfathers made with their hands that will probably last another six generations, so they recognize junk when they see it. They don't need the latest and greatest, a Coach purse, a $2,600 Eddie Bauer sofa. Who's going to see it when your nearest neighbor is twenty miles away or more? They'd spend that money on a $2,600 saddle, a new pickup, something else functional. Self-conscious living is modeling your rooms on an Urban Outfitters photo shoot. The cowboy lifestyle is just that, a lifestyle, and it's not going to change much in the next 50 years, because it doesn't need to.

  • myvintagecrush

    myvintagecrush said 4 years ago

    Golden tomatoes, yes please!

  • byron1946

    byron1946 said 4 years ago

    Beautiful sculptural birds...........................then a remembrance of the "Old West" which continues today and will live on in future generations as stated by "Marvelousa" moments ago. Each separate, yet worthy of being Museum quality exhibits!

  • BrioBaubles

    BrioBaubles said 4 years ago

    The birds are amazing! Fantastic blog post!

  • blainedesign

    blainedesign said 4 years ago

    Awesome as always, Alison. Gotta go, time for my cucumber spread.

  • HouseOfMoss

    HouseOfMoss said 4 years ago

    It's hard to believe that metallic paint could be edible! The way it transforms the food into a sculpture is stunning!

  • HibouCards

    HibouCards said 4 years ago

    That peacock is so amazing... even more so when you see what it's made out of! Thanks for sharing :) Hibou

  • birdie1

    birdie1 said 4 years ago

    We had the same experience as James Kendall in "Best Before". We found items in Grandma's cupboard that weren't even being made any longer. Anyone remember "Funny Face" drink mixes? (Choo Choo Cherry and more fun flavors?) 1970's, I think.

  • olana11

    olana11 said 4 years ago

    love it!!

  • blueroompottery

    blueroompottery said 4 years ago

    Ahhhh!! What an amazing article!! I didn't know about metallic paint that is edible!! And I like the photo where the door is of a vault!! I couldn't live in that house, but it's fun to see! Thanks for all the beautiful finds, the peacocks are just incredible! :>)

  • HoneyThistle

    HoneyThistle said 4 years ago

    Maybe it's just my suspicious nature, but I don't think I'll be going anywhere near a spray painted food item any time soon...

  • Powerofflower

    Powerofflower said 4 years ago

    Great images! Love the article! But spray painted food.... for the eye and the art yes of course but to way! :)

  • Armalique

    Armalique said 4 years ago

    That header picture blows me away! The detail is incredible in those tiles. I must admit, golden tomatoes intrigue me as well.

  • VintageZen

    VintageZen said 4 years ago

    those bird sculptures are amazing!!

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 said 4 years ago

    Always amazing stories and pictures. Thanks.

  • katrinaalana

    katrinaalana said 4 years ago

    The peacocks are gorgeous. It's great that its made from everyday objects and the artist's creativity really shows.

  • katrinarue

    katrinarue said 4 years ago

    I'm going to have to try the edible leaf! That looks crazy awesome.

  • wmalexalvarez

    wmalexalvarez said 4 years ago

    i dig this

  • vaasvara

    vaasvara said 4 years ago

    What a fresh piece of article and what a great collection. I LOVe the flowers and the peacock. Oh the possibilities of creative minds!

  • JansCreativeWhimsy

    JansCreativeWhimsy said 4 years ago

    I love wonderful works of art, the unusual keeps me sane, when I create I know I'm not alone. Thank you for the inspiration.

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 4 years ago

    Those peacocks are amazing I love how fluid they look trapped in motion, interesting that its a peacock made from beauty supplies since they rely so much on their display and showy feathers.

  • asundrynotion

    asundrynotion said 4 years ago

    The birds are utterly remarkable & truly the product of a most creative mind. At first glance they struck me as being phoenix or griffins, not so much peacocks. Spectacular no matter along with the flowers.

  • ShoeClipsOnly

    ShoeClipsOnly said 4 years ago

    Those birds are amazing! Very talented! Thanks for sharing.

  • TheIDconnection

    TheIDconnection said 4 years ago

    Yes the birds are amazing, I love the nails. M~

  • lassandaliasdeana

    lassandaliasdeana said 4 years ago

    great, i can only say "uauuuu" about the birds! ;)

  • FranceGallery

    FranceGallery said 4 years ago

    A great group of photographs!

  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm said 4 years ago

    Birds, cowboys, hunters in the mix~ always enjoy the eye candy you provide with photo's and story to boot.

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 4 years ago

    Absolutely wonderful to view these photos!

  • melsumn1

    melsumn1 said 4 years ago

    The Birds are amazing. What detail and colors the photographs make them look like you can feel them. Still soaking in the painted food…it’s an art that is new to me. Amazing how there were no paint runs. I call that skill. The 90 year old mother’s cabinets getting cleared out…brings back memories. A time capsule in its own. Love the old labels on cans and bottles…now that we have more computer graphics’…why are labels still so plain? I am so lucky to have some of that old west still in my life. It will be interesting to see how time will change a life style. Thank you for the article, Melanie Sumner Melz Toys

  • minouette

    minouette said 4 years ago

    The peacocks of barettes and fake nails are so nifty!

  • yogiodie

    yogiodie said 4 years ago

    I think I used to have that couch underneath the elk................

  • bedouin

    bedouin said 4 years ago

    Interesting tho, yuk on the best before's.

  • MarangStudios

    MarangStudios said 4 years ago

    All of this resonates with me moving to OH within the last three months from New Mexico. Strange how this posting hits so true!!! The unconventionality of the materials used for the birds (LOVE it!!), crossed with 'glorification' of products, albeit produce, and the cowboy way (yes, I see the mountains in the background that do not exist in OH.) have struck me with such a cultural shock that I didn't expect with moving back to a region that I grew up in. A great post! Thank you! I miss NM!!

  • YourVintageHouse

    YourVintageHouse said 4 years ago

    That is a huge elk! That would be so incredible to have in my house!

  • mybunnystitches

    mybunnystitches said 4 years ago

    Woah! I like the great topics you have here! I'm glad I visited this blog.. There so many items that i like... I hope to have some visits to my store. I love feed back! Thanks Bunny~

  • ACESfinds

    ACESfinds said 4 years ago

    Super Interesting~ The Cowboy photos are mesmerizing! Peace~Alison

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