Sunday, September 30, 2012

Crab Art

"Crab In Red" - 6"x 6" - mixed media collage
One thing I've noticed by doing the art festivals this summer is that when people see my banner, "crabulous fine art" they expect to see crabs. They're not sure if it's paintings of crabs or paintings made with crabs, but they want to see crabs. One gentleman came in, took a quick look around and demanded, "Where are the crabs?!?" I then pointed to my husband and myself and when he saw our name tags he "got" it.

But, I always have at least one piece of crab art available. And since I sold my last piece at the last show, I'm busily making more for the one coming up next weekend. I'm planning on three pieces that will work singly, but also look great all together (and there will be a special price for buying all three).

The crab above is the first of the three. It is not available on Etsy. They will not be available for purchase until the show on Saturday. 

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Cat Eye Marbles

"Cat Eye Marble Collage Gift Box"
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I used to love to play marbles on the playground as a kid. To me the marbles were like so many jewels and the transparent glass ones, as opposed to the opaque, were my favorites. Cat eyes, snake eyes, clearies... you remember. So, I couldn't resist when I ran across these cat eye marble cabochons and I felt a gift box was the perfect place to use them.

You might want to check out my Treasury List on Etsy for other beautiful cat eye marble creations!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Turtle Box

I have discovered that not only do I like creating boxes, but I also love curating Treasury Lists on Etsy. The following are photos of my latest gift box and here's a link to my Etsy Treasury List entitled "Turtles." You will notice that it is a collection of similarly themed items created by 15 other artists and myself. Fun!

"Turtle Gift Box"
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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Red Heart Box

 Beads, pearls, red glitter and silver heart charms adorn the lid.
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Another hinged lid box from the Savannah Bee Company. Love these!

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Blue Fish Box

Blue Fish Box. The fish on the lid are blue and white ceramic buttons.
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And yet another box! The box I repurposed for this project came from the Savannah Bee Company Honey Store on Broughton Street in Savannah, Georgia. It's very sturdy and has a hinged lid. It originally contained an equally well designed jar containing body butter made from honey. 

Friday, September 21, 2012

Starfish Box

Starfish Box
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This is my second little box in the series of collaged gift boxes that I'm creating just in time for holiday gift purchasing. These are so much fun to create!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Heart Box

"Heart Box"
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So, I'm dabbling in the area of "usable" art. Artwork that serves a functional purpose in addition to being pretty. 

Over the years I've collected quite an array of cardboard boxes; mostly  which have been used for jewelry purchases. I've always thought it would be fun to re-purpose them and now I've begun. 

Here is the first of what I intend to be many of these little boxes.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

A Late Morning In Berlin (Maryland)

Hotel Atlantic
I was born in Ohio and lived there for 18 years of my life, so I'm a native Buckeye. But for nearly as many years I lived in Maryland and in many ways feel as though I'm a native of that state as well. (Having Crabb as my last name certainly adds to that feeling!) While many people immediately think of Baltimore and Annapolis, or even Washington, DC when they think of Maryland, I think of all its beautiful, quaint little towns. There are many of them, all over the state, each one more charming than the next. And because of Maryland's very diversified terrain (mountains, coastal, flat lands, wetlands, rocky farmlands and rolling hills) there is a huge diversity in these tiny towns as well.
One such charming town is Berlin, Maryland. Two movies have been filmed there; "Tuck Everlasting" and more notably, "Runaway Bride." It's easy for me to think that more movies in the future could be filmed there as well. I recently had occasion to spend a couple of hours in the historic downtown area of Berlin and, of course, I had my camera with me!

The following interior shots were taken in this charming boutique!

Bustle. Don't you love it?

Of course, I'm all about crabs!

A little old mixed with the new!

The day would not have been complete had I not picked up some  souvenirs. Collaged earrings for me and some silver charms to use in my own collages!
For more about this charming town, click here: Visit Berlin