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My Mother is a real work of art. A true crafter who started sewing when she was a little girl living during the Depression. Although it was out of necessity, those skills have served her well as crafting has been an inspirational pasttime for my Mom during the past eight decades. Her current work is inspired by her life-long residency in the Lone Star State. With the help of my Dad, broken guitars are upcycled for use as a canvas for Texas themed pictures she has collected.  Images are cut and layed out by hand, and she painstakingly makes sure each picture  is placed in just the right position for the best balance of color and contrast.  Mom sells these one-of-a-kind pieces and will also donate the finished guitars to local charity auctions as bidding items.  I’ll be visiting the folks back home for a few days, and wanted to post some photos of my Mom’s recent work before I hit the trail.

Close up of Texas themed decoupaged guitar made by my crafty Mom.

Art guitar covered in Texas ephemera collage and decoupaged by my Mom.

This guitar features popular Country and Western musicians.

Willie Nelson is her favorite Texas icon!

South of the Border and cowboy boot themed guitar in vibrant colors


Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary. 


For we cannot help agreeing that no living human being
Ever yet was blessed with seeing bird above his chamber door –
Bird or beast above the sculptured bust above his chamber door,
With such name as `Nevermore.’                

                                                             “The Raven”  by Edgar Allen Poe

 Today marks the 165th anniversary of the first publishing of  Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven“. In case you don’t want to do the math, the year was 1845. Poe’s poem has influenced the work of artists and crafters worldwide and the  image of the massive black bird can be found on everything from canvas to clothes, and pottery to pendants.  Here are three favorite raven items currently for sale on etsy (and one pendant I made myself)- posted today as a tribute to Poe’s famous work.




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