June 03, 2016

The Snail Siblings and their Stepbrother

Over the last few years I’ve taken apart several alarm clocks. You always find one of those metal spiral thingies inside, called alarm-clock springs. When I recently disassembled a clock, the spring had a gear attached to the middle. The whole piece reminded me of a snail and I just had to make a snail assemblage.

Assemblage Art: The Snail Siblings and their Stepbrother by Vintage with Laces

I love the rough texture of the wooden box. I made it out of an old strip of pallet wood. For the background I glued vintage book pages onto a piece of plywood and painted over with acrylic paints.

“The snail siblings were slightly irritated when they saw their stepbrother for the first time. It could have been worse though.”

I haven’t talked about it here before but over the last 3.5 years we’ve fostered several street dogs and their litters until they got adopted. In this country, it never takes long until you see a cat or dog who needs a home. In many cases they are in a very pitiable condition and need medical attention. It’s very often heart-breaking because you can’t help all of them. A few weeks ago we sat in the outdoor coffee shop of a large hardware store, when a little terrier mix puppy came by, begging for food. He was just bones and fur. A lot of hair was missing and his skin was red and flaky. The little guy must have lost his mother and siblings a while ago. We couldn’t help but take him home. One injection and 8 medical baths later, his fur and skin are almost back to normal.

Terrier Mix Finn
We named him Finn. He’s a funny little guy and already a good watch dog, barking at every single turtle or snail that approaches the house. Good thing he protects us from these dangerous and scary creatures! :)
 I snapped some pictures in the garden which is mostly a huge wildflower field with some fruit trees and grape vines.

Striped Shield Bug


Olive tree and yellow ginista

Queen Anne's Lace

This Queen Anne's lace grows in our neighbour's garden. It's such a pretty flower.

Orange and white cat Barney

Here's Barney sitting in a grape vine. I wish he would only climb into these but often enough he can be found very high up in one of the 20 feet high olive trees. It always freaks me out.

I hope you all have a wonderful and happy weekend. We have the  perfect weather at the moment with sunshine and 75° F/24° C. I love it.
The snails and their stepbrother will attend these great parties:
Party Junk at Funky Junk Interiors
Talk of The Town at Knick of Time
Sweet Inspiration Link Party at kreativ K


Marsha @ Tattered Chick said...

Finn is so lucky to have found a loving home xoxo So happy to see Barney! Sophie is going in for a major surgery this morning. I'm very nervous. She tore her knee ligament. Going to be a long recovery. But we love our pets.

Beautiful photographs, Julia!


amy of studio four corners said...

those snails - fantastic! And kudos to you for helping out those pets in need - Finn is a treasure!

Junkchiccottage said...

You are my hero to rescue these sweet little creatures. Finn is just adorable. So happy you are taking good care of him. You are very creative and love the snails. Happy Friday.

Anonymous said...

Aww Finn is adorable. He reminds me of one of our rescues Peanut who is a fiest terrier/beagle mix. She had a happier start as she and her siblings were found by the side of the road shortly after they were left and have come far and wide mostly to New England. She is the fourth in our rescue pack now.

Your assemblage is great. It does look exactly like a snail. Lovely work.


Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

Your snail family is adorable. Another one of your amazing and inspiring creations! You were definitely in the right place at the right time, Finn looks so happy and healthy!
Love all of your gorgeous photos.

June said...

Julia, this post is full of so many things I love. First, your assemblages are always a joy!!! I love your beautiful photos so much and whenever I come by I feel so lucky to call you friend. Especially your big heart for the sweet cats and dogs that cross your path. I love kitty's photo. He's a natural isn't he, at posing for the camera. And then, there is the story of sweet little Finn and how you have rescued him from certain death. What a blessing you are my beautiful friend!
I have missed so many lovely posts here, but blogger is been really bad today so I will have to come by again to see all I have missed here.
sending hugs your way...

Kim said...

Your snail assemblage is amazing. What a clever idea. Your Finn is so very sweet and how adorable is Barney looking out of the vine. How wonderful that Finn went home to live with you. Gorgeous photos! Just visiting your lovely blog via Sweet Inspiration.....so happy I did.

liniecat said...

Finn is a real cutie.
So many dumped and mistreated animals aren't there. I was cat rescue for some 20 years so know how heart breaking but rewarding it can be. All credit to you.
Id home in a minute if I were closer!

suziqu's thread works said...

Your snail siblings assemblage is just awesome. Who would have thought to use the inner spring of a clock? Only you Julia and that is why we love your artwork so much!
I shall call you "Florence Nighting Gale" of the dog world. What a beautiful heart you have shown us rescuing these sweet dogs. No I never knew you had been doing this for so long too. Have you kept any or have you found forever homes for them?
I love your wild garden sweet friend and your photography is super. Barney looks simply gorgeous up front and personal!
Will send you another email soon!
Love and big hugs to you!
xox Suzy

Marci said...

The snail creation is so witty! And the flowers in your garden are beautiful. That poor little puppy, thank you for rescuing him, he looks so sweet. As for Barney, he looks like a movie star, ready for his close up!

Rostrose said...

Ach liebste Julia,
das ist ja mal wieder ein absolut herzerfreuender Beitrag!!! Deine Schneckengeschichte allein ist mal wieder kreativitäts- und phantasiestrotzend bis zum Geht-nicht-mehr! Und ich hoffe, die Schnecken(stief)geschwister raufen sich bald alle so richtig gut zusammen - rein optisch haben sie es ja schon getan!
Ganz besonders lässt mir natürlich euer Familien-Neuzugang das Herzerl aufgehen! Ich kann gut verstehen, dass ihr zu diesem kleinen Charmeur nicht nein sagen konntet. Hätte ich wohl auch nicht können. (Ich weiß nur nicht, wie es Nina und Maxwell damit gegangen wäre, die mögen Hunde ja gar nicht ... nichtmal den Geruch. Neulich hab ich in unserer Straße einen zuckersüßen Sheepdog-Welpen gestreichelt und kurz danach Maxwell zu mir gerufen. Mäx kam auch gleich freudig angetrabt, schnüffelte an meiner Hand - und war gleich darauf eine Staubwolke!)
Und ich freu mich sehr, mal wieder ein neues Barney-Foto zu sehen! So ein Draufgänger aber auch! Würde mir wahrscheinlich auch nicht gefallen, meine beiden in so hohen Bäumen zu sehen - doch Katzen sind dafür gebaut, also denke ich, du brauchst dir keine Sorgen zu machen ...
Deine Blüten- und Käferaufnahmen sind ebenfalls wunderschön!
Herzlichst und mit vielen zärtlichen Fellchenkraulern an alle deine Süßen,
die Traude

Dorthe said...

Dearest Julia,
So wonderful to see your Barney, sitting there, in the middle of all the green, and what a sweet new friend,-Finn, you have. It must be so wonderful, to see an animal, totally mistreated,--- after some weeks,of caring and loving treatment, look so beautiful, Julia.
The garden /flower photos are stunning dear, and your siblings collage WONDERFUL ... I love your sweet snail, with it`s siblings around him ,lol. Wonderful background and frame, too.
Will you keep Finn ? It must be hard to give them away after months together !!
Here it is also very warm, now, but we are to have another weather from tomorrow,- we will see .
Loving hugs and kisses, from Dorthe

Katrin@northernfeeling.com said...

Julia, Du bist so wahnsinnig kreativ! Das Schneckenkunstwerk ist einfach toll,so was hab ich noch nie gesehen und der Spruch ist super super super dazu! Wie suess ist der Hund, und wie schoen dass er von Dir gefunden wurde!

froebelsternchen said...

Was für eine geniale Assemblage! Bin ganz begeistert, und Finn ist ein herzallerliebster Kerl und kann von großem Glück reden, dass Ihr ihn adoptiert habt!
Wunderschöne Fotos!
Liebe Grüße

white and vintage said...

Liebe Julia,
ach diese armen Straßenhunde, sie tun mir sooo leid. Fin schaut zuckersüß aus. Ich hätte ihn bestimmt auch mit nach Hause genommen. Schön, dass er bei dir ein so gluckliches Zuhause gefunden hat.
Ganz liebe Grüße und ein schönes Wochenende,

Barbara Casillas said...

Love your blog, your creations and photos. It's wonderful that you foster stray dogs. I volunteer at an animal shelter. There are so many dogs needing a home. I saw that you are a Seinfeld fan. I continue to watch the reruns and they continue to make me laugh. Thank you for visiting me at saltairandpistachios.com

sirkkis said...

Your art is very creative and interesting.
Love your great photos.
I'm doglover. too.
Have a wonderful time xx

rush said...

It's difficult to understand how someone could abandon puppies and kittens, let along adult pets. I always wonder if someone could do that to an animal, how must they treat their people? I'm happy that there are people like you who bring pets into their home to care for them until they are able to be adopted.

We support a local low-cost spay/neuter clinic, Fix-A-Friend (Brunswick County, NC). They are so busy, and we imagine that there are still many pets out there who haven't been spayed or neutered. They do a wonderful job.

An old neighbor asked us to take care of her three cats while she figured out what to do about her living situation. Long story short, we are now their life-long companions in addition to our own four. We were hoping pair down by attrition, but our clowder increased. So, while it's going to be quite expensive, we are in it for the long haul.

Annie said...

Your snail assemblage is delightful. The words you chose and adding the real shells are great details. The strays are very lucky animals to find you to help them. Too many land in an unloved situation. It's very sad. Your yard is quite beautiful with all the pretty blooms happening.

sheila 77 said...

How very original, your snail art, and very amusing too. That's very imaginative to see the snail in the watch spring and then to reassemble it in the recycled wood frame.
Barney looks delightful, I hope he gets on well with Finn. It must be marvellous to see Finn get better and healthy.

Draffin Bears said...

Dear Julia,

How wonderful your snail art piece is and love the sweet little snail family.
Great to see the cute photo of Barney and how lovely you rescued Finn and gave him another chance by caring for him and showing him love.
Happy June

Sugar Lump Studios said...

What a clever and fantastic project Julia. Your mind never ceases to amaze me. I love the gorgeous photos of the flowers, kitty and Finn. I have been taking care of my own Grandpup (two weeks after I lost my Boxer) and while he is a handful at times with my cat - I fear I will miss him when he leaves. I know Finn will be happy in his new home with you!

handmade by amalia said...

Julia, I simply LOVE your work. The snail art is brilliant, a witty interpretation of nature vs. machine. love it.

Mary K. said...

This is such a heartwarming post, Julia. You did well by taking little Finn home with you. We also have a huge problem with stray dogs in Greece. Unfortunately, we cannot afford to feed them, much less ourselves and there are many who are abandoned in the streets. I also love all of y our photography and of course the artwork is singular! Thank you for providing us with sweet inspiration.

Brenda Brown said...

Loveeee this assemblage (pinned it), such a creative design and idea. Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving me a lovely comment. xxx

Lebensperlenzauber said...

Liebe Julia,
gerade habe ich dich auf einem anderen Blog entdeckt und wollte schnell einmal vorbei schauen, leider bleibt mir heute keine Zeit zum Bummeln und Lesen,
dazu möchte ich wieder kommen...
Aber über deine Bloggestaltung und über deine genialen Fotos habe ich mich so gefreut, dass ich es dir einfach mitteilen wollte!

Ganz herzliche Grüße
von Monika*

Sherry @ Thrift My House said...

Your photography is gorgeous! I love the clock and snail project! So creative!

June said...

My dear Julia, I just love that you took little Finn in and loved him, even if it was a short time. He really was the sweetest looking little guy. I'm so sorry that he couldn't have lived longer.
I love the photos of your beautiful flowers my dear. Summer gives us so many little treasures!
I also adore your new creation and love the name you gave it. Little snail siblings indeed! What a delightful creative mind you have!
Have a wonderful week sweet one!

Jeanie said...

Just want you to know that Barney melts my heart. He looks what Stimpy must have looked like as a kitten -- he didn't come to me till he was older. I have such a spot for orange/whites!

Poppy said...

Julia, I know that sweet, little Finn is gone, but what a beautiful photo of him.

You are so blessed to be surrounded by such a glorious landscape! The wildflowers, in all their pretty colours must be such a joy to experience in the spring and summer.

Your snail siblings are super cute and I'm so glad you 'reunited' them!

Have a wonderful weekend, my friend. It's always so nice to see you at Poppy view, too. Thanks for visiting!


Blondiee10 said...

I am new to your blog, just looking around at your beautiful creations. I was wondering where you are located that there are so many abandoned animals? I looked at your profile, but didn't see a location. Unfortunately, it seems no where is immune to homeless animals. I live in Dallas, TX, USA, and we now have 8 cats, and 5 dogs spread between 2 houses, and an extra yard (most of our animals have been abused, some severely). We are running a small rescue, and it is simply because people in this area refuse to spay and neuter, even though there are so many free programs for pet health care in our area. Please, everyone, SPAY & NEUTER YOUR PETS!

I understand from others comments that the little puppy in the picture didn't last long, my condolences. Unfortunately, it happens with street animals who have been mistreated. We also have a pet cemetery behind our shed that has too many residents.

Keep up this blog, it is wonderful!