Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Old Motorcyles

This is a second-part response to my friend's blog about being bored with the "cookie-cutter" things of life. One of the things he would like to see is "more oddball" motorcycles. Hope this helps!

These were taken at the Motorcycle Museum in Sturgis, SD last month.

It's a wonderful museum! I highly recommend a stop there if you're in the area.

These pix are just a very small sampling.

As you can see, I was particularly intrigued with this bike. They said the owner loved bling and did all the fancy etching himself.

On the flip side, here's a bike that has seen better days.

But you know how I love to photograph rusty & rickety, er, "vintage" type items.

The museum had so much interesting history to share, not only in motorcycles, but photographs and advertising, too. The ladies restroom was very tastefully decorated in vintage pictures of women and their motorcycles & gear. The exhibit rooms were themed by eras, with one room being dedicated to women. I had no idea how common women bikers were was in the 20s-40s!

Art Cars

This is a special post for a friend
who is weary of "cookie cutters" today!

It's the perfect time to post some overdue pictures I took at the Blue Dome festival a few months ago - the Art Cars division.

I want to say this is truly ugly... but, as the saying goes: "beauty is in the eyes of the beholder." Seeing the amount of work that went into this car, I guess it's beautiful to the owner.

 Next up is something light and airy...

This one is definately, um, unique.

After that, time for something whimsical!

A fitting end to this post:  people celebrating life in a most anti-cookie cutter way!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Super Sunset / Super Moon

It's time for my summer tradition - chasing the beautiful sunsets or moonrises. This time in the same evening. It was Super Moon night!

On the way to the moonrise location, I caught the sunset. It was gorgeous.

I don't have the lens to really capture the moon, but it's still fun to try. And it's so much fun to see it rise from the very second it starts to appear.

There's a neat app that lets you put in a location and it will show you the direction of the sun & moon. Click here and check it out.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Mint Tin Treasure

One of my art-doll club members brought the cutest little item to show us last month. It was a moss-covered Altoid tin with a tiny metal gate. It looked very fairy-tale-ish. The inside was collaged with pretty paper and an inspirational quote. And a sweet surprise - a tiny clay fairy she had made. Well, I just had to make some! I've been collecting items for the outside and quotes for inside. Today I made the first one.

I spray painted the outside of the tin. I lined the inside with paper printed with hot air balloons. It's actually paper from a wallpaper sample book. I had forgotten there were hot air balloon prints - how timely for using for the current Steampunk craze! Now I have some other projects in mind to use that paper. But first, back to the tins...

The quote says: "I see my path, but I don't know where it leads. Not knowing where I'm going is what inspires me to travel it." (Rosalia de Castro). Using Photoshop, I laid it out on a picture I took of the stone path at Rock City Gardens in Chattanooga, TN.

Since I'm giving this as a door prize for doll club this month, I filled it with little treasures the winner can use on a doll or other mixed media project - old laces, ephemera, buttons, and behind that is a tiny glass bottle of beads, a tiny metal whistle and a vintage sequined applique.

That was fun! I have plans to make several more of these!