Earlier this spring we visited the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art at State Fair Community College in Sedalia, Missouri. They were having an exhibit called In Ruins, featuring work by Michael Schultz, Steven Montgomery, and Ramon Elozua. It explored decay in industrial settings. We were fascinated by the photography of Michael Schultz. Check out his work under "Industrial Remnant" on his web site here.
A while back when we were visiting the Missouri Botanical Garden, I noticed some pottery by Carol Ross. She sells her work on Etsy under the name The Clay Bungalow. I especially like the pieces with bunnies (of course).
When we visited Old Town San Diego last January, I bought a beautiful horse hair bracelet. It's from Cowboy Collectibles (from Montana). Mine consists of two braided strands of chestnut brown hair, complete with a horseshoe charm. Much cheaper than owning an actual horse...
I bought a pair of moccasins from L.L. Bean once many years ago, and I still get their catalogs. When I flipped through the last one, I saw this cool map. It's a giclee print on stretched canvas and would be a super addition to any home.
Have you seen the modern genealogy charts from Latter-Day-Home? They've teamed up with I-Chart-You to create some really pretty and simple charts. Choose from grey ombre or one of their great color combinations.
I've really been thinking about the West lately... So much great design. April Rhodes' Arizona fabric is fabulous. I saw this fat quarter bundle in the Sisters and Quilters shop on Etsy. (Wouldn't you know, they're from Utah...) If you buy it before I do, you have to share - OK?
We have a new shop in our area called Cypress House. It is kind of Anthropologie-ish, and it's fantastic. One of the first things that I noticed there was a cool arrowhead necklace. It was made by Amano Studio from Sonoma. They have a great line of Western-inspired jewelry, including these great earrings and necklace (not the same one that I saw).
We were in Kansas City a week ago, and they have a fun store at the Crown Center that features all things Missouri/Kansas. I picked up this book to flip through and could not put it down! Everything Oz is a fantastic collection of crafts and recipes pertaining to The Wizard of Oz. There are darling upside-down cupcakes with little witch legs sticking out from the bottom and fabulous poppies and these cute Dorothy and Toto dolls. I ended up ordering a copy from Amazon (much cheaper to buy from a third-party seller), and it should arrive today! The authors are Brits Christine Leech and Hannah Read-Baldrey - I'll have to learn more about these creative crafters...
When I was at the Nauvoo Temple a couple of weeks ago, I noticed a beautiful painting and made a note of the artist's name. Michael Coleman is a prominent Southwestern artist from Utah, and his work is reminiscent of the Hudson River School. This one is similar to the one in the temple.