Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Pet Urn - Artistic Urn - Memory Box Urn for Pets and Loved Ones - Robin Davis Studio

A dear friend of mine, Carrie lost her beloved dog Brody last month. She contacted me and asked if I would create a very special ART PIECE for Brody's ashes. She wanted a piece she could display that was unique, personalized, and a memorial keepsake all about Brody.

Pet Urn - Metal Handmade Memorial Box - Robin Davis Studio
 The loss of a pet is so heartbreaking. I remember when my sister, Mom and I lost our dog Boggie several years ago. Boggie was our "heart healer" and came into our lives shortly after the loss of my Dad. Dogs loves us unconditionally, always teaching us about patience, understanding, affection and of course, exercise!
the making of a Pet Urn - Metal Handmade Memorial Box - Robin Davis Studio
 My heart was breaking just seeing the pain Carrie was in. Brody was a part of her life for nearly 14 years. There for her during good times and bad, always by her side. So I set out to design a very special art box, with my hubby's help.  We photographed each step along the way. First thing I did, was pull together a few antique elements to show Carrie what I pictured in my head. An important part, I felt, was incorporating a candle that could be lit whenever she wanted. 
the making of a Pet Urn - Metal Handmade Memorial Box - Robin Davis Studiothe making of a Pet Urn - Metal Handmade Memorial Box - Robin Davis Studio
 My next step was making the metal box "rusty" and "weathered". I wanted a beautiful rich shade of red brown...the color of Brody.
the making of a Pet Urn - Metal Handmade Memorial Box - Robin Davis Studio
 With our handy torch, hubby and I burnt the outside of the galvanized metal box I had found at an antique market.

the making of a Pet Urn - Metal Handmade Memorial Box - Robin Davis Studio
 We left the box outside for a couple weeks, adding salt and water, letting mother nature help us artistically.
the making of a Pet Urn - Metal Handmade Memorial Box - Robin Davis Studio
I even worked on weathering the inside of the box. As the days passed, the shade was really coming to life.

the making of a Pet Urn - Metal Handmade Memorial Box - Robin Davis Studio
Once I washed all the salt off, we burnt the box one more time. and proceeded to add a sealer.
The sealer took approximately 3 to 4 days to cure. I couldn't work on the piece until the sealer fumes had dissipated, my nose is so sensitive, LOL!
the making of a Pet Urn - Metal Handmade Memorial Box - Robin Davis Studio
To add Brody's name, we stamped into a piece of old tin, making a special tag. 

the making of a Pet Urn - Metal Handmade Memorial Box - Robin Davis StudioHandmade Pet Urn - Pet Keepsake box - Robin Davis Studio
I love creating texture within all my pieces. Using different metals, chain, wire and antique elements I've collected over the years, we began to attach textures with grommets and brads.
 Handmade Pet Urn - Pet Keepsake box - Robin Davis StudioHandmade Pet Urn - Pet Keepsake box - Robin Davis Studio
Since Carrie was placing the box inside an enclosed shelving unit that had a top, I decided to incorporate a battery candle for safety reasons. I aged the candle using permanent inks.

the making of a special Pet Urn - Robin Davis Studio
 For the inside of the Memorial Box, I made a kraft envelope, where Carrie could place any keepsakes. I've always felt writing letters to those we've loved and lost, can help in the healing process. This envelope could hold a special letter written to Brody.

the making of a special Pet Urn - Robin Davis Studio

 Here I used 2 wonderful photos of Brody that Carrie sent me. His coloring was so beautiful and I wanted the box to reflect that.
the making of a special Pet Urn - Robin Davis Studio
 Inside I attached the envelope and placed a small burlap bag that had some antique stamping on it.
the making of a special Pet Urn - Robin Davis Studio
 Again, using metal ribbons and grommets, we attached more details. The metal ribbon made us think of a dog collar, so we placed it around the lid.
the making of a special Pet Urn - Robin Davis Studio
 One of the special details I wanted to add was the vintage lock on the front of the box with the galvanized metal frame holding the 2 pictures of Brody. We attached a fishing lure mechanism so Carrie can display any side of the frame she chooses.
the making of a special Pet Urn - Robin Davis Studio

the making of a special Pet Urn - Robin Davis Studio
Custom memorial Pet Urn - Keepsake box - Robin Davis Studio
The finished Memorial Pet Urn Art Piece box is a creation I'm very proud of.
Robin Davis Studio

Friday, February 13, 2015

Elk Mountain with Clothworks

Clothworks - Elk Mountain - Robin Davis Studio
Clothworks - Elk Mountain - Robin Davis Studio

Clothworks - Elk Mountain - Robin Davis Studio

Clothworks - Elk Mountain - Robin Davis Studio

Clothworks - Elk Mountain - Robin Davis Studio

Clothworks - Elk Mountain - Robin Davis Studio

I'm thrilled to announce the launch of my NEW fabric collection with Clothworks called Elk Mountain.
This collection truly represents all that my family and I love, nature, wilderness and family traditions! It was inspired by my boys (my hubby and son)...I really created this art for them!
It's such a great collection and I can't wait to create some fun pillows and more with my fabric! Click on this link to view the entire Elk Mountain collection.
Have a great weekend everyone!
Robin

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Throw Back Thursday - Old photos - Vintage clothing - Robin Davis Studio

Throw Back Thursday - Robin Davis Studio
Well It's "Throw Back Thursday" but I'm a day late, so here's your "giggle" for the day! I've had such a great response from everyone on the photos of my sister Alison and I when we were young. Believe me, there are tons I'll never show you, LMAF!
It's so funny....back then when Dad would pull out the camera, Al & I did our fair share of "eye rolling" but now, I can't tell you how much I love these photos and all the memories they stir up for me. I'm so thankful and appreciative of them all, especially the number of photos that just make us laugh...like laugh out loud, belly laughs!
This photo above did make us "giggle" for sure! Clearly we are 'Singing" and just look at those outfits...could my skirt get any shorter?? Ha, and Brittany Spears thought she was starting a trend back in the day...Ha Ha Ha!
Keep smiling everyone!
Cheers Robin

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Throw Back Thursday - Skating - Robin Davis Studio

Sisters - Robin Davis Studio
It's time for my Throw Back Thursday photos! Today I wanted to share another picture of my sister and I in our skating costumes. Boy do we remember these costumes....YUP we were the SKUNKS! No we didn't smell and YES I think we look pretty darn adorable, but those TAILS!
The tail definitely affected our balance LOL...sure they look light and fluffy...they weren't, I think Al and I took out a few of the kids during our big SKATING show and that's putting it mildly!
Let's just say at the end of the SHOW...the SKUNKS RULED...plus I think we were the only ones standing...he he he!

My Mom Skating - Robin Davis Studio

The second round of photos I wanted to share are my MOM skating. She was quite the SKATER back in the day, practicing and performing a lot. She loved her skates and loved it when the town would gather to watch her perform! She had beautiful costumes and competed in couples skating and singles. Al and I remember when we were little, learning how to skate and then watching Mom put her skates on. It was so exciting to watch her twirl around and hold her leg up so high! WOW
As little girls, we thought it was just incredible that our Mom could do that!

I really love looking at these old photos....maybe it's because it takes us back to a day and time when things just seemed simpler, when we all just wanted to be outside to play and gather and enjoy each other...when walking to the store to buy some candy was a real treat for the day!
I don't know about you, but sometimes I wish it could still be this way!
All I know is that LIFE sure does pass by in a flash, that I can't believe my son is going to turn 15 and that I'm turning 48 (not really - I'm still 40 - well that's what I tell myself) so I understand why we "reflect" and look back now. Why old photos mean the world to me now! We do get wiser as we get older and when it all comes down to it....I believe we are on this planet for whatever short period we have to just LOVE one another, and LISTEN and LEARN and BE KIND!
Happy Throw Back Thursday Everyone!
Hugs Robin

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Fox with babies - Family of Four Red Fox - Robin Davis Studio

Mother Fox with her babies - Robin Davis Studio

Family of four - Fox Family with babies - Robin Davis Studio
I wanted to create FAMILY prints to add to my SHOP. Sometimes I get emails and requests from fans asking me to put FAMILIES together with my characters and animals, so I thought I'd put a few FOX Families together. I love using wood and the textures were perfect for designing the FOX.
I think they would be perfect in a Family Room, Rustic Room Decor, a child's bedroom or even a cottage.
Hope you like them! Family is really all that matters!
hugs Robin

Valentine's Day Art prints - Prints of LOVE - Robin Davis Studio

Hot air balloon RED HEART - Robin Davis Studio

Love you to the moon and back - Robots - Robin Davis Studio

Love Owl print - Robin Davis Studio

Love Robot Print - Robin Davis Studio
 Since Valentine's Day is fast approaching, I thought I'd share a few pieces with "LOVE" theme in mind, LOL! I remember shopping for my son looking for unique Valentine's Day Gifts for him! Sure there's a lot of stuff out there and for the most part, they just want candy, but I enjoyed looking for meaningful gifts that meant something. Special things in themes my son loved....so I created some fun ROBOT and MONSTER gifts. 
They are only young once & boy does time fly fast....he'll be turning 15 soon!
I still design now, thinking about when he was little and what it was like as a parent and how much fun we had! Mostly I think my work is definitely a reflection of me...really just a BIG KID myself!
Hug those kids! Make them SMILE!
Cheers Robin OX

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Robots Robots Everywhere - Robin Davis Studio


making Robot necklaces - Robin Davis Studio

making Robot necklaces - Robin Davis Studio

making Robot necklaces - Robin Davis Studio

Robots wall pieces - rustic metal - Robin Davis Studio
 It's Robots Robots everywhere in the studio. Robot art prints, Robot sculptures, Robot Jewellery and more! I'm having so much fun creating pieces for the SHOP and new items I can't wait to unveil!
I enjoy creating pieces with a bit of a Steampunk feeling...and yes, I'm a fan of Tim Burton as well!
It all starts with a characters face and develops from there...stay tuned for more exciting things happening in the studio! Cheers Robin

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Day 5 of the 5 Day Art Challenge

Robot Art Pieces - Robin Davis Studio

Robot Art Pieces - Robin Davis Studio

Robot Art Pieces - Robin Davis Studio
Day 5 of the 5 Day Art Challenge - this was fun! My Unique Robot Art Pieces are definitely my favorite thing to create. They have vintage rusty pieces that I've collected for years. Vintage marketplaces or abandoned barns are wonderful places to explore. These Robot Art Pieces have character and a vintage feeling that fits within any Rustic Decor or Industrial & Steampunk Decor.
I create prints for my Etsy Shop by photographing each piece and on special gallery days, I sell the original ROBOT! It's hard to sell originals because I spend so much time creating them & quite frankly I really do fall in love with them! LOL
Cheers Robin