Wednesday, March 30, 2016

stuff and things

 an Art Nouveau-inspired design by my dad, Paul Helgesen, painted for a decal to wrap around a mug

bet it was easy to cut the wood for this project harhar

amazing folding techniques

pretty patterns, printed tins

this tiny teacup holds just a drop

Friday, March 25, 2016

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

fill up my senses

My grandmother gave me this elegant jar, and my mom thinks it may have been made for hair pins.  It has an enameled sterling silver lid and acid-etched glass.  Beauteous!

Monday, March 21, 2016


I've had this tiny tin since elementary school, and its sweet message still makes me smile.  I've always been fond of gnomes and have wanted to meet one.

Friday, March 18, 2016

promenade with parasol

This beautiful little Japanese figurine came with a flat metal bonsai tree, but I think she makes more sense in a real 3D setting with pretty live plants.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Igor the Chick Magnet

my funniest finger puppet says what's this finger in my sphincter?

holes, tabs, folds

This metal strip hooks tabs into itself to make interesting flexible tube structures much like knits.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

on my dime

a beautiful finial with leaves and loop was hand-soldered on this old Liberty dime

Monday, March 14, 2016

Sunday, March 13, 2016

floating free

a tiny skiff to steer downstream

Thursday, March 10, 2016

for a sincere little song

I got this one-inch instrument when I was tiny too.  Handmade with old materials, its silly size and sweet proportions stir the imagination of joyous wee worlds.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

a few tiny things

my mother's little old hand-painted brass pill box

Monday, March 7, 2016

thumb chums

Going through my collection of collections that has been in storage for a year and a half has been fun, especially when I come across ridiculously cute things like these handmade finger puppets!  More fun stuff to come...

Friday, March 4, 2016

white winter woolies

interesting knit structures