Confinement

En confinement au fond du jardin pour une courte durée. Ils seront bientot libre de nouveau, a vivre leur vie pleinement.

SOLD 🙂

The ephemera: Original French Document from 1800s; photo of poppy seed cages from my garden; photos of crows.

Size: 7 inches by 7 inches.

Julien in the Lab

Le directeur du laboratoire, M. Julien G. Éprouvette, disapru Ă  Paris le 31 mai 1901. Un mystĂšre jamais rĂ©solu.

Did he go back to the future to prevent the discovery of plastic?

Did he go back in time to find a power source that did not involve fossil fuels?

Did he go underground, hoping to find a way to prevent the Spanish Flu?

Perhaps we will never know.

NB Shhh! This is a cadeau for my son Julien about to start the last year of his Chemistry Degree. C’est un secret.

Julien Eprouvette au Laboratoire
Le laboratoire

The collection
Julien Eprouvette

The ephemera: Vintage Periodic Table; vintage receipt from a Paris Chemical Laboratory, various old papers.

The found objects: Vintage Test tubes, typewriter parts from a 1920s Royal Typewriter; tiny vintage glass bottles, vintage light bulbs (that work!), vintage switch (that works too!) , ceramic insulator tubes, small antique school ink bottle, vintage vacuum tube, wire, vintage gage,vintage tart tin, vintage typewriter bell, vintage thermometer .

Credits: Merci Ă  mon mari Michel who helped me with the wiring so that the vintage light bulb switches on using the vintage switch and a very modern battery hidden, from view.

Joséphine

JosĂ©phine was always “Ă  la une” with the latest trends of fashion, but had she gone too far this time.

SOLD 🙂

Joséphine

The ephemera: Original document from 1800s; handmade scrap-booking paper; high quality reproduction of vintage portrait.

The found objects: antique key; antique typewriter key; vintage pen nib; antique key hole; royal typewriter parts

Size :  7 inches square

Novels and Tales

Mysterious Theatre with Vincent Twice, Vincent Twice.

This week’s episode The Tale of the Man with the Shrinking Head.

Will we ever unlock the solution to this puzzler?

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The ephemera:   High quality reproduction of damaged vintage portrait; vintage book cover.

The found objects: vintage brass drawer plate; vintage decorative key hole; toe bone of a deer

 

The lamplighter

Miss Cummins was the lamplighter. She illuminated young minds, showing them the way to self-realisation. She continued thus until her disintegration. Eventually all that was left of her was her fancy hat and legion of followers.

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The ephemera: vintage book cover;  damaged vintage photo.

The found objects: tiny vintage automotive light bulb; unidentified seed pod from central america.

WestWard Ho!

Westward Ho! Charles shouted, his enthusiasm for adventure overtook him, as all the possibilities created cracks in his conventional veneer, letting his inner most thoughts seep through, overwhelming him. Go forth Charles, meet your destiny!

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The ephemera: dammaged vintage portait; vintage book cover.

The found objects: tiny gears from antique pocket watches; vintage brass key.

The World’s Children

Make believe

‘Let’s put on our glass helmets and pretend we are in the transporter on the Enterprise.  You can be Spok and I will be captain Kirk. We can beam down to the planet surface and have an adventure.”

SOLD 🙂

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The ephemera: High quality reproduction of vintage portrait of fanciful children; antique book cover.

The found objects: bit from a vintage slide ruler,  vintage pressed flower found in old book; vintage glass lenses

Media: cold wax collage

The Ideal Family Life

“Martha has the ideal family life” so it was said about town. “She is the perfect homemaker; tidy, krafty, organized, respectable and reliable.” This was certainly the outwardly appearance, what one saw at first glance…but the cracks were beginning to show.

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The ephemera: Handwritten recipes from the 1940s by my mother; vintage book cover; reproduction of dammaged vintage photo.

The found objects: old nails found while renovating my house; paper wasp nest; vintage buttons; vintage furniture tacks.

Murder Mystery: Peril at End House

Nick Buckley, the young and reckless mistress of End House, she tried to shrug off three near escapes from violent death. Were these accidents or attempted murder? Hercule Poirot felt a thrill of fear, no motive, no motive, yet someone had tried to kill not once but three times!  – Agatha Christie

Number 4 in the murder mystery.

SOLD 🙂

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The ephemera: Vintage portrait, photo of a flower, vintage photo of ivy covered house, original old documents  from 1900.

Downton Abbey Goes to the Darkside

Downton Abbey was hiding a dark secret. No one ever spoke about the “Other” sister.

She was hidden away in the attic…oh wait that was Jane Eyre.

Lady Elvira was holed up in the tower , the evil genius mastermind, behind all the troubles that befell the inhabitants of the Abbey, both upstairs, and down.

SOLD 🙂

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The ephemera: Vintage Document from 1800’s; vintage technical drawing; high quality reproduction of vintage portrait.

The Found objects: antique watch parts; old royal typewriter parts; vintage pen nibs; nasty old bottle.

Size: 7 inches square on wooden block

Jane Eyre-Steam Punked

When she learned, on her wedding day,  of Mr. Rochester’s deception, Jane was steamed!

And off she went to reinvent herself, a warrior woman, on to new adventures minus the scoundrel.

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Jane’s crazy glasses.

Jane’s head dress.

Jane’s Modifications

SOLD to Robert 🙂

The ephemera: Original French School Book Page from 1898; high quality reproduction of a vintage portrait on 100 % rag paper.

The found objects: royal typewriter key; watch spring, wooden gears; wooden number stamp; typewriter parts; vintage watch casings.

Murder Mystery: Death in the Clouds

Death in the Clouds. Madame Giselle, a famous French money lender, is found dead in her seat on a flight from Paris to Croydon. Was it a wasp sting, that proved fatal or something more sinister at play?

Agatha Christie SOLD😁

The ephemera: Vintage church registry from Halifax; old mugshot; vintage aviation photo; vintage airmail sticker, natural history illustration of bees

Size : 5 inches square on wooden block

Murder Mystery: Evil Under The Sun

Auburn-haired, sun-bronzed, Arlena Marshall lay on the beach, dead. So many people could have killed her. Any one of them had, or thought they had reason to kill her. That was the day we spoke of evil, evil under the sun. Enter Hercule Poirot and his little grey cells.

Agatha Christie

The ephemera: vintage dictionary page , vintage photo reproduction, snippet from vintage map,  vintage registered mail sticker, vintage poison label, vintage game piece.

Size: 5 inches square on wooden block

Roman policer: la plume empoisonnĂ©e

Elle s’est suicidĂ©e, c’est une de ces saletĂ©s de lettres anonymes!

On peut dire qu’on l’y a forcĂ©e Ă  l’aide de cette plume empoisonnĂ©e.

Arrive l’intrĂ©pide Miss Marple.

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The ephemera: vintage atlas map 1933; vintage poison labels, reproduction of vintage mugshot, vintage game piece.

Expédition en Australie

Flying in the face of convention she floated off to Australia.

Flora furtively flitted among the flowers and ferns down under.

Flora’s “idĂ©e fixe” was finding the perfect specimen for her fine collection. SOLD 😁

Assemblage or Shadow Box.

Flora’s treasures.

flora’s specimens

Flora and her tools of the trade.

Flora and the tools of her trade

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The ephemera: antique French document from 1889; reproduction of antique mugshot, defunct Canadian Passport, tiny vintage envelope, snippet from a vintage dictionary page, vintage map from 1921, antique graph from French school book 1848.

The found objects: antique wire eye glasses frame, vintage slide ruler, antique metal pin, dried poppy seed head, wasps nest, antique microscope slides, antique nail silk thread, vintage tart tin, amber with insect bits,  antique optical lens, a bit of mica, vintage vial with watch parts, teeny tiny coconut, seed pods from Costa Rica,  dried carnation found in 1925 dictionary, flicker feather, small vintage boxes and a vintage cigar box.

Size 9 by 18 when box is open.

Interdiction de l’emploi des cerfs-volants

The rules were always for others, never for him. Everything was pared down to the bares bones, the essentials.

Commission for mon ami Deni qui aime l’histoire naturelle, les curiositĂ©s et la juxtaposition des Ă©lĂ©ments incongrus.

Size: 8 inch squares on wooden block.

The ephemera: page from 1800s school book, old receipt, old rules flyer, vintage anatomy illustration, natural history image of a black beetle.

The found object: antique optical lens.

Saltair

Summers at the beach at Saltair. 

Alberta and May gossiping in the shade.

The picnic, tucked in the basket can wait awhile.

Halycon days, watching  the grand children

sailing, padding, collecting shells.

Altered Cigar Box

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The ephemera: Vintage photo of  Alberta and May. Antique original handwritten letter, original vintage postcard of sail boat, original vintage Map Projections from old Atlas, original vintage bill receipt and and a snippet of an original  vintage program to see Madame Butterfly.

The found objects: antique glass bottle, small sea urchin skeleton, fish vertebra, quartz crystal, bit of broken shell and and old cigar box.

Back of the Box : Map Projections

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Details: Alberta and May, my two grandmothers, relaxing at the Beach at Saltair, Vancouver Island, Canada, in 1949 or 1950.

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Born to be Wild

Heading down the highway

Looking for adventure

or whatever comes her way.

Tilly was a woman to be reckoned with.

( Beatrice Shilling british aeronautical engineer and motorcycle racer)

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Inside left of cigar box Tilly, her map and her tools.

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The ephemera: originals: registered mail sticker, torn bit of letter sent via clipper, ration stickers from World War II, vintage French envelope addressed to a Parisian doctor, antique manuscript from the 1800s and  reproductions of vintage map of the south of France, reproduction of a vintage photo of Beatrice Shilling aka Tilly.

The found objects: old cigar box, vintage anagram letters, old gages, antique pocket watch, old switch, vintage key, vintage castor wheel, vintage zinc letter 3, old door knob.

THE GATE HOUSE

He rarely left the Gate house,

preferring the Rolls, the Bentley, the Daimler to the Family.

He only barely put up with their presence

while chauffeuring them around the country side.

So naturally he became the prime suspect.

SOLD 🙂

The gate house

In the house series 7/9

The ephemera: old railway map of Britain, reproduction of vintage car illustration, reproduction of vintage mugshot, decorative paper.

The found object: antique key

The Hen House

Coq au Vin was one fine French, feathered fellow.

He liked to think he was king, ruler of the roost.

Whether yay or nay , hen pecked or not,

let us hope he does not wind up in the pot.

SOLD (at the Teeny Tiny Art Show)

Hen house

In the house series 6/9

the ephemera: original french receipt , decorative striped paper, reproduction of natural history illustration of rooster and hen.

the found objects: tiny brass crown