Wednesday, March 9, 2011


Michael and I purchased the domain '' several years ago, but let the domain lapse. Someone snatched it up and sat on it for a couple of years and I recently discovered that it was up for grabs again. I've also decided to move operations over to WordPress. I've been holding off 'flipping the switch' while trying to finish some odds and ends, but it's becoming a bit of a pain in the arse to update both spaces. Hey, I'm paying for hosting across the street.

Please update your bookmarks with!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Elizabeth McGrath

Elizabeth McGrath

Many thanks to my friend Amy for introducing me to the uh-mazing work of LA artist Elizabeth McGrath! She's the lead singer in the band Miss Derringer and has been given the name Bloodbath McGrath in reference to the subject matter of her work. Click on the bloodbath link to read more about a documentary on her life.

Pictured above: Savoy | The Incurable Disorder | The Weasels | One Day.

This hauntingly beautiful bird reminds me of someone very close to me who's spectacularly talented. The world needs to know more about her as well. ♥

Monday, March 7, 2011

Splish, Splash


We bought some fish for the pond on Friday night. They're the 27¢ variety goldfish and we hope they are like our last group, which grew to a nice size. Too bad the raccoons got them after they survived the moved to Atlanta. We tried several times to get photos of them at the old place, but even when we gave them food they took cover when the camera came out.

We named that one Siegfried and sadly, he didn't make it. He now rests between the pagoda and pond. We even gave him a little tombstone. I know it's just a little goldfish but I've never been able to not get attached.

Here Lies Siegfried the Goldfish

Friday, March 4, 2011

Bon Weekend - Thinking of Calgon colored water

{ Basin by Shannon Rankin | Ring | Necklace | Custom cut body of water by Crafterall }

I've been very lax in posting this week as Wednesday found us in the ER to treat Michael. He's ok and on the mend but for the most part, I've been out of commission since Tuesday. All the work in the garden and the simply amazing weather recently has kept my mind on Calgon colored waters and my love of topography. However, we've now been hit with a new blast of cold and grey, so I think it's even better that I share a few pieces from some of my Pinterest boards and Etsy!

Also, I couldn't think of a better time to revisit the post highlighting the incredible work of Linda Glass.

Bon weekend to all!

ETA: after I published this post the sun came out and the temperature is on the rise!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Offbeat Home DIY Feature!

Offbeat Home DIY Feature

As promised, here is the second feature post on OBH during launch week! Whee! I shared our sewing table to computer table transformation with all the offbeat homies. If you haven't been there yet, please stop by the site and have a look around.

Thanks Offbeat Home!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011


Ms. Robinson, if you would be so as to drop me an email at submissions{@}thehappyheathen{.}com, I'd be most appreciative!

I'd like to thank everyone who participated this time and I hope to have another one sometime in March.

B is for Barnacle I may have just overcome my fear of them. I was on another Etsy adventure the other night and stumbled upon a piece of artwork featuring barnacles. I've always been pretty frightened of the alien looking forms and I've had my share of run-ins with the arthropods. I actually envision them gleefully waiting for some soft fleshy skin. If you don't keep your ladders or boat scraped, the chances of such an encounter with them rises considerably. Even in a swift tide you can get brushed up on a dock piling and get cut.

These pieces have been designed and crafted in a way that has helped me gain a new appreciation of their beauty and form.

Belt Buckle | Vase | Print | Necklace

Necklace | Hanging | Resin Mold Picture | Ring

Wall Plaque | Brooch | Pinch Pot | Cuff Links

Last, but not least, here are four more pieces that are sure to help the barnacle lovers come out in all of us! Wear this soft Barnacle the Whale felt brooch during the day and come home to a delightful print that proclaims that 'b' is indeed for barnacle. Or maybe you like things a little edgier with this wide sterling and copper barnacle ring and mixed media painting that reminds me of a cluster of volcanoes!

Bring on more art therapy!

Monday, February 28, 2011

Pelmet box feature on the newly launched Offbeat Home!


Is it really Monday? We spend a couple of hours in the yard before an oyster roast on Saturday and then we were back at for a good portion of the day yesterday. I feel great but I'm a little foggy today. If we could keep this pace throughout April, I believe we'll have something pretty spectacular for the summer season.

The newly developed Offbeat Home ran a soft launch last week this week is the 'Grand Opening'. I submitted our bedroom pelmet and it is one of the posts live for launch! Head on over and check out the site.

Thanks Offbeat Home! Stay tuned to the site as I have one more little piece being featured this week!

Friday, February 25, 2011

Bon Weekend - Killer Rabbit of Caerbannog

During an Etsy search the other day I ran across this adorable hare. No really, it's really charming, but my mind immediately drifted into Holy Grail territory. If only it had a little more red on it, it would make for a lovely version of the 'Killer Rabbit of Caerbannog'. Someone please give it a good home!

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend and please don't forget to participate in my first giveaway!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The Accidental Lamp

The accicental lamp arrived yesterday and...we've decided to use this in the corner in question. It was sold sans shade so we'll need to be address that ASAP! I've seen a few of the old lamps with milk glass shades {would need an extra clamp?} and I'm going in search of one. Like the other lamp, we'll clean/rebuild the old socket.

Lotus Lamp

Michael has *suggested* that the other lamp would be perfect in his lab.