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

Wednesday, October 31, 2012


Happy Halloween 
It's looking a little creepy in my neighborhood
I hope you all have a fun filled evening - I'll be standing at my post with candies - they seem to bus them into our neighborhood and we have hundreds of kids!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Come To Mama

I've been steadily working on my commissions from the last show - but as you all know if you follow me regularly that I have a problem! A SERIOUS problem....Yes, I'm an addict...yes a junk store/thrift store full blown addict.....  So, this week in between welding, hammering & resurrecting metal I got a little fix at my local Goodwill.  I almost overdosed on Fabulous Finds.

The first find another rug (ok 4 rugs) Remember this one - Antique Russian Soumak
(did I tell you I paid $50 and it appraised for $4500!!!).   

I found this Heriz made in India for $12.00
appaised for $1500

Then at Goodwill I found these large tribal Kilims by Uzbek weavers in the central Afgan region around the city of Maimana.  These are easily recognizable by their simple patterns of diamonds & triangles, in bold reds, oranges, blues, & browns all using vegetable dies.
$18.00.. Yes for all THREE
Value between $300-$500 a piece!

Then I spotted this odd looking shelf thingy that I figured would look quite fetching with some of my old bottles that I collect.... yes something else I collect (don't judge me)!  It was painted an ugly red and black so I resurrected it turquoise green and burnt umber - then this weekend I saw another one and found out it's from the 1950's... who knew!

Paid $15.00 - value $50.00

And finally - this beautiful very aged sterling & turquoise ring from the 1950's.  Most all of my turquoise is a very dark green color because of it's age, so I couldn't pass this one up - even with all it's little cracks...  just like me!

It's been a very productive week - in more ways then one!

Monday, October 22, 2012

The Sun Sets on another One

Leaving Sunday evening I was presented with a beautiful sunset to finish off a productive weekend. It's behind me now all but a distant memory and it's only been a day.  It was a good weekend and I'm happy with the results.  I've got 5 commissioned Licence Plate Butterflies to complete and came home with a lighter load. Guess that's what we all strive for.
I didn't get out much to wonder around but my fellow creative soul next to me made ceramics and I had some beautiful cactus that I watched each day and admired the way the light played on each beautiful spine.  I especially loved this pink cactus above.

This very little cactus was 50 yrs old and sometimes takes that long to bloom.. Seriously!

I loved the creative containers he made to mimic the beautiful cactus that were in them.
Even my art looked wonderful in the setting golden sun
I couldn't leave empty handed so I purchased this beautiful "crassula campfire" succulent that was ablaze with color morning and evening.
I also had a fellow blogger drop in and it was so nice to meet Dawn of Bohemian Valhalla  and how fun it was to see ME featured in someone elses blog!!  She posted a crazy long post on my art.  It's so nice to connect with this blogging world face to face!  Thank you Dawn for all your kind words and taking the time to drop in and introduce yourself - it was a pleasure to meet you and you're beautiful G-Force kids :).

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Quiet Reflections of Santa Fe

I've been missing sharing with you all, but I've been busy working on finalizing details for the upcoming show.    Although I'm not working at break neck speed and still have more to do ~ all those last minute details that you put off until the very end then I'm running around like a crazy woman. I'll be away a bit so just taking a few minutes to share some more pics of my Sept trip to my "homeland'.  I escaped visiting and working the festival to just roam the streets in quiet reflection and soak in the beauty that is Santa Fe.





 ~ there truly is no other place like it.
For those that have lived there they know it gets in your blood and never leaves you ~ that's why they call it

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