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Are you often asking yourself "What are these damn church pews she keeps yaking about?" Well ask no more! I bought them from an antique store in Portland, OR. They stand almost 53 inches tall (including the rosettes), and are 28.5 inches across. I was lucky enough to have a friend drive them up in his pickup, but I don't think he was too pleased about it. Between my two chairs sits my Mexican lion head, and below is a small portion of my collection of street art. A street lamp lens and several Bottz Dotz from around the country are shown here.


The Lion Head statute is probably one of my most heaviest pieces. Infact, I've discovered about myself, I particularly like things that are hard to get home. I went to Tijuana with some girlfriends for a weekend when I discovered this beauty. The next weekend I was back purchasing it. Thought I could haggle the price down, being Tijuana and all, but no chance. The tricky part was getting it from the shop to the boarder. The woman closed shop, drove us as close to the boarder and possible, had her helper boy dolly it the rest of the way, and then I had to drag it in its makeshift cardboard wrapping across the boarder. The guy at the conveyer belt almost asked that I put it on there, but this thing has to weigh nearly 200 pounds. Luckily he let me continue dragging it out. Loaded it into the truck and the rest is history...


This mask is a recent acquistion, and I love it! It's a Mexican mask, most likely from Villaruma, District of Júpore, Sonora, 1963. The hair is real goat's hair. I love everything about this mask!


Continuing on with my Mexican theme, below are two Day of the Dead skulls. Days of the Dead --Los Dias de Muertos-- are November 1st and 2nd, when all departed souls come back to visit the living. To the people of Mexico, these are very holy days, which coincide with Catholic's All Saints' and All Soul's days. In Mexico they clean and decorate the cemeteries, and set up altars in their homes with treats for returning family members. Often petals lead the way on the floor, from the door to the altar. They have festivals and costumes, and much much more. My description is limited. You can find more information on the internet or in books. (Don't I just sound like a PSA!)

I really like the Days of the Dead artwork and have collected several pieces. The one on the left is an offering to the spirits of fruit, baked goods, candies and candles. The little devil earrings are quite cute. On the right is a candle holder made of clay, and highly glazed. The two towering flowers hold small candles.


As most of you know, I'm a huge gargoyle (and/or grotesque) fan, and hence where my names Gryphon and Gryph originate (Gryphon being part bird and part lion.) Below are just a couple samples of my collection. What I like best about the one on the left is it's not like every other Notre Dame gargoyle you see everywhere else since becoming publicly popular. Besides, this particular one is quite unique. Most people down right don't like it. I went into the store inwhich I bought it about 2 years after the fact. I was talking to the owner about a couple pieces and mentioned that I didn't see this one at her store any longer. She told me that someone bought one, but the other one wouldn't sell because everyone thought it was so discusting. She finally ended up taking it home herself because she liked it so much. I told her I was the one who bought her other one, and I guess you can say we had a bonding moment.


This is Shoey. Shoey is a Horseshoe Crab from Massachusetts. I gathered him up from a beach there and brought him home. He spent several months of his afterlife wrapped up in papertowel. Now Shoey resides in a lovey shadow box. What I like about Shoey most, is how prehistoric he looks.


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