I blame my obsession with art on my parents. If you visit their house you might step one foot into the foyer before you be greeted by a piece of vintage, thrifted art. When you continue into the living room you'll discover more art. They've tried to limit the number of items in the main living areas leaving the stairway to the basement with a museum like feel as you wander down the creaky old steps of their 1915 home. There are pictures and paintings covering most of the wall space as well as clocks, Big Mouth Billy Bass (much to my mother's horror) and a bell from a trolley car. Keiran takes at least 7 minutes to get down the stairs after inspecting each frame carefully, dropping a penny in the plastic slot machine and ringing the trolley bell a few times. Yet I still love every bit of their home and the warmth that I feel when I am there.
Art can also be very expensive. Luckily as thrifters we can barely get out of a rummage sale without falling over painting after painting. I try to resist my need for more art but I don't usually listen to my sane self and instead bring home another piece.
This came from a fabulous sale of a house full of Mid Century Modern. This is the same house where this clock came from. I spent 2 1/2 hours at the sale and these owls were the first thing I grabbed. This piece was $35 and it's actually intended for my friend Jacki but I got lazy and decided that I didn't want to ship it. Maybe this will entice her for a visit. Or if she doesn't want it it can stay on our living room wall with our other owl collection.
Sometimes I buy art because it reminds me of something small. I always remember my mother telling me about Dogwood being her mother's favorite flower. I never met my grandmother but I think of her every time I pass by this painting in the hallway.
I think I'm the only one in the house that likes this painting. This is just a small bit of it. The entire painting is the largest one we own. It usually is on the mantel but C Jere owls on the branch are currently there so this is in the hallway. I fell in love with this when it was $60 at an estate sale. I came back on the half off day and took it home for $30. Dave definitely wondered w.t.h. I was doing when I walked in with it. It reminds me of the sea and I like it. That's enough for me.
This reminds me of Northern Wales for some reason.
$12 from an estate sale. I bought this for a silly reason. It reminds me just a little bit of the painting in Holiday in Handcuffs. Do you remember the painting at the end of the movie? When you do a search for it on Google you'll find lot so of people looking for it. The movie was painted by Sarah Jane Holtom but there aren't any photos that I can link to. It's a shame because Sarah's painting was so beautiful. This painting above is a Sonoma County artist.
My last piece to share was made by Keiran using thrifted craft paper. He created this for me the last time he was sick. His favorite medium to work with at the moment is paper. He loves to make pop-up cards, sculptures and art.
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