IDEA- Collecting Bits & Bobs

Edward Collier’s letter rack trompe l’oeil painting c. 17th century (top), Ros Byam Shaw instagram of her mother’s three dimensional version of Collier’s rack (middle left), “Tea Set” letterpress tray by Rachel Bradley (middle right) and John Derian’s small box on his table (bottom).


This is my neighbor Rhonda’s pet rooster. The first thing you need to know about him is that he’s a survivor. Last summer all his family of fellow roosters and hens got killed by a fox or raccoon. He’s the only one left that made it out alive. Hence his name…Uno.

In that struggle to live, Uno lost most of his back feathers except for two that stick out like fingers doing the peace sign. It doesn’t seem to bother him. He still proudly crows in the morning and struts around the farmyard intimidating Rhonda’s other pet- her cat Hazel.

During warm weather Uno goes freely in and out of the house through a torn section of the front screen door.

Recently, Rhonda told me that she plans to move. I asked her about Uno and she quickly assured me that Uno is moving with her and Hazel. Here’s wishing all of them a smooth transition in their new place.

(Photos- Martha Browne)

Christmas Craft #34- Flexible Wooden Artist’s Models

Here’s a fun holiday project to work on.

  1. Check art stores, eBay or Ikea for these flexible wooden artist’s models.
  2. Hats are made from red fabric. On the wrong side of the fabric, cut and create cone shapes to fit head models. Sew each one shut leaving the opening for the head. Turn right side out.
  3. Secure strips of white felt and pompoms with a glue gun.
  4. Candy canes are plastic ornaments.
  5. Display on a bookshelf, tabletop or fireplace mantel.

(Photo- Martha Browne)

Break Time

Nibs readers,

This is to let let you know I’ll be taking a nice, long break from the blog to enjoy time with family and friends. Posting will resume September 16, 2019.

Warm regards,


It’s A Small World

I love coming across something fun at an estate sale. Case in point was a boldly decorated dollhouse by the seller’s deceased mother. An example of her creative prowess showed up in this small scale bathroom –¬† white shag carpet, daisy wallpaper, handmade curtains, claw foot tub and two gilded tables.

(Photo- Martha Browne)