No beach house is complete without a whimsical one-of-a-kind cat mermaid ornament!
Maybe she’s a “mer-cat” or maybe she’s a “cat-fish,” but this little glamour puss has big mermaid aspirations. She’d make a great gift for a water-loving cat parent or even a little luxury for yourself.
Making of a Cat Mermaid Ornament
I sculpted this sweet little orange kitty using a custom blend of translucent clay tinted with inks. She has a warm, waxy sheen that begs to be touched. She was created from my imagination so no mold exists. That makes her pretty special. I could make something similar, but never identical to her.
Fun cat fact: only about 20% of orange cats are females. My orange baby is a male with a sensitive soul named Henry.
Larkin Modjeska Bottles
These two lovely vintage Larkin bottles from the company’s Modjeska line belonged to my great-grandmother, Ethel. One is the Modjeska toilet water and the other is the sachet powder.
They are among the many things that I wish I had asked her about when she gave them to me. I image they are from the 30s or 40s although I’m not sure. They have been a cherished part of my vanity display for about 20 years, through several apartments and three house, but they look particularly good in my current 40s-inspired art deco bathroom.
Madame Helena Modjeska
I finally decided to try to learn a little bit more about these Larkin beauty products. While I wasn’t able to find dates for my particular bottles, I did learn that John D. Larkin introduced the first Modjeska toilet soap in 1886. He was inspired by a performance of the Polish actress Madame Helena Modjeska, whose famous Shakespearean troupe visited Buffalo, NY in 1878. The toilet soap was later followed by Modjeska perfume, tooth powder and sachet. If you’d like to learn more about Helana, you can find her bio here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helena_Modjeska
I have two confessions to make:
1. I hate to iron.
2. At 43-years-old, I still shop in the Junior section at Kohl’s.
Yes, you can find some form flattering clothes for petite frames in the junior section. You just need to dig through a lot of glitter, sequins and barely-there hemlines to find the “age-appropriate” gems. That is where I found my latest “favorite thing” — a little white button-front shirt by Candie’s.
It gives the appearance of a crisp, clean white shirt with no-iron comfort. It looks great as a summer dress cover up at work or as part of a casual weekend outfit. I love it so much, I’m heading back to pick it up in a few more colors.
From the peacock theme to the intricacy of the mosaic design, I LOVE this piece! Beth described her process for making the varied tiles on her blog: such a labor of love. Read more about Beth’s entry: http://createmyworlddesigns.blogspot.com/2013/05/going-to-pieces.html
I also wanted to thank everyone who voted. My crazy quilt mosaic switch plate tied for third place in the public voting!
Margaret Almon is a Pennsylvania artist who creates gorgeous mosaics that are filled with life. I’ve followed her blog, Margaret Almon Mosaics, for quite a while.
I particularly love seeing her posts on Pennsylvania art, sites, and finds. When I find myself going down a negative path, she reminds me that I live in a state that is filled with beauty and possibilities.
This month, the challenge theme for our Polymer Clay Artists Guild of Etsy is “mosaics.” Of course we’ll be using polymer, which is much easier to cut that glass, but alas it will never have the sparkle that you find in Margaret’s work.
So with less than a month to go to challenge time, I tried my hand today at a small tear-drop shaped mosaic that would form the belly on a bird created over a chicken egg shell. I was in awe of Margaret’s work before I started on my own mosaic, but I am even more impressed with the skills and creativity she brings to the table. Creating color transitions and a sense of movement through small pieces that feel cohesive is extremely challenging.
Apparently my cat, Benjamin, thought my work could use a “do over”, so he swatted the egg bird with the mosaic belly onto the floor and shattered it. I can’t say that I disagree with his assessment of my first stab. Back to the drawing board.
Bottom line, there are no mosaics worth seeing in my portfolio, so please visit Margaret’s site to see some wonderful pieces. http://www.margaretalmon.com/