Showing posts with label Art. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Art. Show all posts

vintage tapestries, Etsy style

vintage french tapestry - AtelierLaRueFound

So why, you might ask, are these old cross-stitch scenes showing up for my regularly scheduled Etsy Thursday blog post? Things you might have seen at your grandmother's house when you were little?

Well, exactly because you might have seen them at your grandmother's house.

What's old is new again!!! Who wants another print from Target when you can have something that's been around a while, can tell you a thing or two about life, or brings back warm memories of yesteryear? I personally love things with a little character and that might be a little rough around the edges. Etsy is a great place to shop for one of a-kind-pieces that can really add character to your space.

windmill tapestry - AtelierLaRueFound

vintage french country scene - TreasuredTapestries

charles wysocki tapestry - HeathersCollectibles

the Art of the Brick

One rainy Sunday in San Diego, California, we were trying to decide what we should do to keep the kids and ourselves entertained and indoors. After looking around at the wonderful museums in Balboa Park, we decided to check out the Fleet Science Center. My husband and I are both engineers, so a science museum was a no-brainer for us. AND, we love to gently push our kids towards STEM-related fun.

The Science Center was awesome, but in all honesty, was made for kids in elementary and middle school and less so for toddlers and pre-schoolers. Chris and I did have fun trying out the hands-on exhibits and trying to explain everything to two wandering kiddos. 

We decided to buy a pass to The Art of The Brick while we were there. This was a special traveling exhibit, showing off the works of Nathan Sawaya. His story is pretty amazing and it's definitely worth a read over here

Below are a few pictures of some of his exhibits. Keep in mind all that intricacy you see is built, brick by brick, with Legos! My 9-year-old self would have freaked out. 

etsy thursday

24"x30" Letter board w/ 145-characters — Grey felt, light oak wood frame

letter board - Letterfolk

New Pet Gift, New Kitten, New Puppy Gift, Unique Present, Pet Lover Gift, Custom Pet Illustration

custom pet illustration - sidekickportraits

The Mountains Are Calling and I Must Go, John Muir Quote, Printable Kids Gift, Inspirational Print, Teal Wall Art, Nursery Poster, Adventure

printable art - aenaondesign

the "bunch of dogs in here" doormat - gift for animal lovers, doormat for animal lovers, dog lover, dog doormat, housewarming gift, gag gift

dog doormat - thecheekydoormat

Well, it's getting closer to the time that we'll be moving into a new home. So with that comes the opportunity to decorate a house again! It's my favorite! So get ready for some home decor themed Etsy Thursday posts coming your way in the coming weeks.

an afternoon at Tippet Rise

Just as we're about to pack up our stuff and leave the state of Montana, we get a chance to go to a world class art exhibition, basically right in our backyard. Or two hours away, if you really want to get picky about it. 

On Sunday we met up with Chris's family and took a two-hour, guided tour of the property and exhibits. Tippet Rise is an art center / working ranch / musical venue / non-profit philanthropic gift to the world. Life-long philanthropists and artists Cathy and Peter Halstead created this ranch by buying a few smaller ranches near Fishtail, Montana and creating one massive, 11,000-acre ranch full of rolling hills and views of the Beartooth Mountains.

I had read about Tippet Rise in the local newspaper early in the summer and had been dying to find a weekend where we could spend the day out there. It just so happened that we finally got to visit the very last weekend it was open to the public for the summer. And let me tell you, the weather was frigidly cold and blustery, so it was just about perfect timing.

What impressed me the most was that this billionaire couple had really honored the landscape and the feel of the ranch. They've hired locals to run the ranch and tours which provide a good job for a small rural town. If I had billions of dollars, I hope I would do something this amazing. The entrance fee is $0 and when they have live concerts, they only charge $10 per ticket. It's basically a free art museum set in an amazingly beautiful corner of Montana.

We took a few pictures along the way. There are even more amazing photos on their website, Tippet Rise.

beethoven's quartet

This piece is called Beethoven's Quartet by Mark di Suvero.  It used to reside in New York City before they transported it here. The piece in the middle was meant to sway and move in the wind, so it fit the windy hilltop here much better than in the middle of New York. Below it was two mallets that you could use to ring the mobile steel structure and create a resonating tone.

inverted portal

Ensamble Studio created three pieces for Tippet Rise, they have an amazing video where they showed how they created these concrete behemoths and placed them.

beartooth portal




This house reminded me so much of the Netflix show, Stranger Things. It was creepy and wonderful all at the same time. They built a brand new schoolhouse and then aged it so that it looked turn of the century. The artist is Patrick Dougherty and his work is quite amazing. He takes willows and tree saplings and molds them into fantastic shapes. His website has even more awesome creations.

I would highly recommend making your way to Fishtail, MT and checking out Tippet Rise.

Insider tip: I would recommend going in June or July. Late September is very cold up there!