What still feels like yesterday, but was, in fact twenty-three years ago (gasp!), I spent time doing some lone travelling in Australia and Thailand, and it's images of these places and others, that have been weaving through my nocturnal mind for some reason. Oh, and bongo monkeys! I don't know what that's all about! Brrrr - they give me the willies.
Also, of New Orleans. I've been dreaming of going there for years, and my delightful man and I are planning to get married there - sometime ......
Ah, those were the days - when I was young and fearless!
That weird toothy thing on Fanci D's place keeps popping into my head as well, possibly because of the something nasty that's lurking in our woodshed! I managed to stop being a jessie for long enough to get up close to take a picture of it.
Look away now if you're of the squeamish persuasion!
It got me thinking about a necklace. No - not just a dead badger hanging round your neck! Those teeth Fanci has been using have probably been exciting me as well. I was thinking about teeth and claws and beaks. I got a bit carried away with the idea of deconstructing body parts, and ended up making all sorts of things!
There are a few more added now as well, so it'll be an interesting task putting them all together once they're fired.
I bought a whole load of agate slices last year, which I haven't got round to doing anything with yet - and it's about time I did.
This clay will turn black after firing, but I don't know if the idea will work or not. I managed to get a hole through one rather lovely piece, which I've just listed in the shop today. What do you reckon?
I've called it Absinthe Vision, and I'm a little bit in love with it!
I put another couple of things on today as well - a daft little ring, and another slavish offering to the mighty Mr Palahniuk. I couldn't not do a Fight Club piece really, and there's another two tributes to Damned coming up.
Oh, here's one of them - finished it sooner than expected.
I've got these heads sitting here as well, waiting to be finished - they're a bit strange too. Just a glimpse of them here on my rather disorganised workbench.
I've also been pondering on my Polynesian ancestry - yes really! My dad was French/Dutch, and born in Java in Indonesia. It may well just have been one of his many tall tales, but there was talk of Polynesian Royalty way back in these genes! Inspiring stuff indeed, and I've been working on a couple of simple pendants in that style. It could be complete guff of course! For years I beleived that the scar he had on his thumb was the result of it having been bitten off by a conger eel he caught somewhere - it turned out that he got it caught in a deckchair!!
It's rather lovely down here at the moment with Autumn well under way. No sign of snow as yet, and hopefully it'll stay that way. But we're quite cosy in our little loft.
If it gets too bad, we can always wander across to the pub next door - and won't that be a shame!
Oh yes, I've been thinking of ways I could use this lichen. It's quite beautiful when you have a good look at it. It grows in areas of clean air, and having come from an area of pretty mucky stuff, it makes me feel good to see it growing here.
Well, I think I'll just round things off here with a few pictures of my lovely kitty cat. He doesn't think there's been nearly enough of him on here so far!
Well, that's all for the moment. Kiln firing time very soon, so more things to put in the shop.
Best wishes to Jackie - I hope all went well, and that you're enjoying some silly moments on the happy pills!