"ARROYO"

A dry channel through which water flows intermittently and irregularly. Kind of like this blog.

My art is an infectious need for me, sometimes a burden but most often a blessing.

This blog is about me and my obsessions, my loves, my need to create and my need of JUNK. I'm addicted to thrift stores, estate sales, flea markets and all roads leading off the beaten track to discover that perfect piece of junk. I recycle old license plates, old shovels, wheelbarrows, saw blades and anything else that's funky using my hand held plasma cutter. I love working with steel, sculpting, photography, watercolor painting, stained glass, and turning everyday utilitarian objects into art. Junked cars ~ I will always veer off the path to search out the beautiful wrecked Arroyo JunKers throughout Arizona, New Mexico and anywhere else the road may lead. When I'm not searching for those JunKers
I ~ RESURRECT ~ STEEL

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Be Still My Heart

As many of you Junkers and Rust Lovers can relate when you're on the prowl for your rusty junk fix you know your heart skips a few beats, you breath a little faster and your eyes are all over the place waiting to land on a found treasure..... well on our recent trip to Santa Fe, my hubby and I decided to walk the railroad track which is really close to my Dad's house and ...
What Did We Find - You Ask??? 
OH YEAH... These beauties!!!
Be Still My Heart
These of course (if you didn't know) are railroad nails.  The numbers indicate the Year they were pounded into the railroad ties.  Seem they just throw them to the side on old broken up ties and some are just laying around.  I'm gonna have to sit and marinade on what I will use these on.  They're so gorgeous I'm gonna have to just look at them a while.  We also found quite a few railroad spikes and of course I'm putting them to good use in my new creations......
DRAGONFLIES
 Found these wonderful vintage auger drill bits.   Makes a mighty fine tail... if you ask me.  The butterflies are multiplying also.  I can hardly get thru the backyard.  There doing a good job of rusting naturally.

3 comments:

stonepost said...

Oh Soozie, you would be a killer date! What a fun day it would be to hang out with you!

Luthien said...

HOLEY COW!!!! HEY!! COME BACK HEART!!!

i WANT those nails!!!!! oh man ... they are GORGEOUS! i wouldn't know what to do with them either except stare...

your dragonflies are breathtaking and the tails ... GENIUS!! your garden is like a fairyland, my girl would be so thrilled if she was in your garden :)

Barry said...

SZQ - I Think you have created an envy wave - great stash of nails - just love the idea that they are dated. Any possibility of buying a stash. Love the creative use of the auger bits. You appear to be really productive at the moment - the festival is looming right? Go well, create well and stay well. B

Takin' the back road from Greer to Morenci was gorgeous. This was waiting at the end.

Takin' the back road from Greer to Morenci was gorgeous.  This was waiting at the end.
Alpine Cliff Jumper

Don't you just love bugs! My first car.... but RED.

Don't you just love bugs!  My first car.... but RED.
Lamy, NM

This was a great old Studebaker Truck in Lamy, NM . It has seen better days. I love Lamy,

This was a great old Studebaker Truck in Lamy, NM .  It has seen better days.  I love Lamy,
Studebaker in Lamy, NM