Read about curios places, artifacts & art from history plus unique items inspired by them that are available to shop from artist Tree Pruitt such as Fine Art, handmade earthy decor accents & jewelry, suncatcher mobiles, New Age Wicca goods including handmade wands, plus handmade crafting supplies for dreamcatchers & floral decor. This is my collection of curio encounters.
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Most of us are familiar with the Christmas line, "laying his finger aside of his nose, and giving a nod, up the chimney he rose". So went St. Nicholas, aka Santa Claus, but what's with touching the nose? I recently found myself in possession of a mini gnome figurine holding a peculiar gesture that, really, looks as if he's about to pick a bogey! Wanting to know the meaning of touching the nose began to pick at my curiosity. This mysterious little gnome holds the distinct position of being about to touch his left forefinger to the side of his nose, a tap-of-the-nose-gesture quite a bit like the old tale tells of Santa in action. So what's with this nosy business; What does it mean to place a finger aside of the nose? In body language and literature, throughout time nose touching seems to represent sniffing out the trouble of hidden things and/or smelling the truth of a situation, as in Santa Claus knowing if you've been bad or good... for goodness sake! Thi
Is art where YOU live? Artist In Residence is the title of this quirky assemblage of found objects that combine with an original painting to create unique small wall art featuring a haunting mime face pencil headed character drawing inside a scene that's topped with a front door overhang from an old dollhouse. Various art supply tools are placed inside the background, including paint brush heads and pencils. The piece is wired for easy hanging and has protective bumpers. Click to SHOP This piece began with a small acrylic painting that was mounted inside a shoe box lid. The lid was brushed with black paint and clear varathane varnish. Then strips of painted paper from another project were glued into place along with vintage metal paper clips, a portion of an old wood ruler, pencils, paint brush heads, and strips of old cedar from a wood barn. Though a serious piece of artwork, I hope that the fun I had creating it shows through with some whimsy. Thank you for taking the ti
See you down the road... Curios are things out of the ordinary that raise our curiosity thus causing the thinker jelly to jiggle. Sometimes a curio can be placed on a shelf to admire at any time, but other curios can only be collected through photos and memories. My trek outdoors today provided one such ephemeral curio as I took my footpath to cut through Crown Point Cemetery in Kokomo, Indiana. I often pass the cemetery via automobile but, this was the first time I'd entered the site on foot. From the road most of the headstones look modern with some old sculptural gems in the mix. Even though I was aware that the site had been basically created because of the Civil War, I had no idea how many very old headstones have either been replaced or had a modern one added as a double; it doesn't look old and decrepit from the street. I don't really know why I should care about graves of the dead at all, but I do respectfully care and, it hurts to see them in decay, but this ce