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Of the millions of Flamingos in America today, only a handful are alive.
The rest are front-lawn effigies, proclaiming to all passers-by our national love for beauty.

the artist, Charley Harper

concrete garden flamingos Palm Springs Dazzles
Wild concrete Garden variety, documented by urban rustic at
Dazzles Palm Springs.

flamingo_scultpure John Perry
An indoor species captured by John Perry. Also found in Palm Springs.

And then there’s the soon to be introduced to my Australian garden…

The original and iconic plastic pink flamingo, designed in 1957 by
Don Featherstone  for Union Products and won him the Ig Nobel Prize for Art in 1996.
You can buy yourself a set here. Get Flocked.
This impressive company refunded an overpayment on shipping. Like! Can’t wait for them to land.

Flamingo vintage salad servers

You may have seen a few flamingos in various forms recently, they are suddenly everywhere. I’ve pinned down a few more if you care to look.
Tacky or kitsh? Love them or hate them? For inanimate objects they can create quite a stir.
These ones from Mitchell Road Antique & Design Centre.
Serving the best of taste.


I wish.

I picked up this tea towel in Trina Turk, Palm Springs California. And love all the bragging embedded in that sentence.

It was never my intention to actually use it as a tea towel [Me dry dishes? I outsource that to sunlight, thank you] rather, hang it from a piece of dowel and rope ala 60’s/70’s macramé style. Somehow in the photographing of said Tea Towel it acquired a chocolate stain. D’oh.
As Chief Wigham says ” Nothing gets chocolate out, see?”

Anyway, back to the regular program…

I didn’t know much about Jonathan Adler except that I liked this design very much indeed. Then I bought one of his awesome, inspiring Happy Chic books from Louise Bell’s little eye candy feast for the colour loving soul shop that is Table Tonic in my local Avalon.

So I got motivated to mount a piece of Mr Adler on my wall.

And don’t know why I waited so long.

I used 2cm diameter wooden beads from a craft shop: 25c each,
a piece of dowel approx 7mm thick: $2.60,
double-sided tape, [I didn’t sew it as, being the Libran I am, wondered if I might change my mind later and decide to frame it and wouldn’t want the stitching scars]
string and a box cutter type knife or scalpel.

To cut the dowel to size roll it gently back and forward with the knife blade on it [on a cutting mat] until there’s an incision all around, then snap it off. I used a hammer and a piece of cloth [protection] to tap the beads on all the way. Or wood glue if the fit is looser, depending on the size of the holes on the beads.

Strings attached and ready to hang…

Turns out Chief Wigham was wrong about the Chocolate Stain, among other things. Yay.

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