Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Hand Painted Crab Shells...........Really!


I get asked all the time if I really paint them. I also get asked if I do them all by myself. Another frequent question is "Did you have to eat all of these?" 


Well........I really DO paint them. And I do it all by myself.........although sometimes people stand there and watch me paint.


As you can see...........a halfway finished shell............


.........and the final product.


What are the most popular?.............the lighthouses............


...........and the United States Flag. Some have tried to do this one themselves..........but fail.

Come have a look at the shells this and every weekend at Northpoint Plaza Flea Market in Dundalk, MD.

Even though its been a long hot summer, it's not too early to be thinking ahead for Christmas. There is usually a high demand for my crab shells during the Christmas shopping season and I hate to disappoint anyone by not having the ones they want to buy as gifts. You should place orders sooner rather than later, It does take a bunch of time to paint them.
 

Friday, June 03, 2016

Painted Crab Shells


The thought occurred to me to think outside of the box.
In other words, utilize the crab shell as the head of a character.
This doesn't work with many characters..........however.......there are a few that work rather well.

 How about a cartoon raven?

 Angry crab?

 Why not Garfield?

 I've never understood the fascination some folks have regarding flip-flops. People want flip-flop earrings, necklaces........t-shirts......hats........piercings.........you name it. I decided to put flip-flops on a crab shell.

 One customer requested a shell with the logo of a fire department somewhere in South Carolina.

 Another request for Anne Arundel County Police Dept.

 The same flip-flop shell as shown before.........except this photo shows the finished product.

 Hippies and Deadheads love crabs too.

 One customer asked if I had a shell with the GMC logo on it. He said you never see anything with the GMC logo.........its always Ford, Chevy, or Dodge. Ask......and ye shall receive.

And last, but surely not least...........ELMO!

For more photos of my work, check the archives for posts about crab shells.

To see a wide assortment of painted crab shells..........uh......the largest selection of painted crab shells anywhere.......come on down to the Northpoint Plaza Flea Market in Dundalk, MD.  Saturdays from 7am until 3pm. Sundays from 7am until 4pm. 

You can watch me work on some shells, ask me all sorts of questions, and maybe start shopping for Christmas.

Stay Tuned! 

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

The Presidential Election - My Choice



Last year,while renewing my driver's license, I was asked by the clerk if I wanted to make any changes to my voter registration. I said "YES". I had been a registered Democrat for decades. On that day I became a registered Republican in the State of Maryland. As to why I made the change.........there are many reasons.
I would like to think that I am a moderate but I cannot register as such. When it is primary election time I would not get to vote except for in your own party. The problem with that is you only get to choose from those candidates that the respective political powers that be decide that you can choose from. I never liked that. There has been way too many elections where I could only vote for whoever I thought would be the lesser of two evils. This year is a game changer.

I am a news junkie. I stay tuned and pay attention to the news. I have observed much over the years and I have learned to take notice of what is NOT being reported. Yes, the news outlets are very much propagandists that are instructed to "report" what they "report". Just as the political machines decide which candidates you can choose from.......so too the media decides what "news" you get to hear.

Maybe I had not paid close enough attention in the past...........but this year the propaganda and shenanigans are over the top..........way out of hand. 

This is maybe the most important election of all time. I am really concerned about the future of this country.
A long desire of mine has been that somebody would step up to the plate.......a non-politician........a businessman.......a "make it happen" guy...........and finally......it has happened. Donald Trump is that guy.



Now consider the options that are presented to me.......and you. Without writing thousands of words explaining all of this, I will put it all in the simplest way that I can.


On the Democrat side........the machine wants you to vote for Hillary Clinton. Really?...........do I really need to explain why she should not be elected?


The other choice for democrats is Bernie Sanders........I think he was put in the race to make Hillary look like the better choice. But really?..........Bolshevik Bernie? Oh the young crowd is liking him and he has been making waves........but NOBODY will like the value added tax of over 20% that will "Bern" your pockets.
Bernie looks like after the election is over, somebody will put him back into the nursing home.


No longer in the race, Martin O'Malley...............They had to be kidding everybody.....right?

Those three Democrats are the cream of the crop to choose from?........seriously?


And now to the Republican choices............


John Kasich.......I don't think so........the machine wants him to win over the two other candidates that remain. He is losing in the polls so badly that the machine is resorting to rigging the convention to get the results they want. Kasich always looks like he is about to vomit.


Ted Cruz................they say that nobody in Washington likes him..........imagine that. Cruz is getting in the way of the machine and is "taking votes away from the establishment choice". Let's face it, Cruz has some good positions........but the reality is..........people won't gather up and champion a guy who looks like Grandpa Munster. Okay, okay.........that is a bit over the top.........but...........Cruz looks exactly like a young Al Lewis when he wasn't a Munster but was on "Car  54 Where Are You?".


See what I mean?  Seriously........NOBODY elects Al Lewis.

The machine..............the establishment.............all one entity.......the "party" stuff is theater. Consider what Henry Kissinger said:


Yeah......you remember Henry Kissinger, don't you?...........maybe try Googling ole Henry and refresh your memory. Here's another classic Kissinger quote:

Kissinger also happens to be involved in the Bilderberger Group..........yes.........the "powers that be".......the "machine"........the entity of the "establishment". His "influence" permeates most every candidate past and present. Doubt me? Here.........have a look:

He really gets around, doesn't he?
But wait.......there's more:
He is at it again...........this time with Cruz.

Considering what I have just shown you, what choices for President do you really have?

Bernie or Donald...........since it appears that Kissinger hasn't "met" with them...........yet.

My choice is Donald Trump.

Wednesday, March 09, 2016

Painted Crab Shells - Back to Work




 It has been a rough several months. The problem is health issues. I took a hiatus from painting shells back in January after a successful holiday season. I was not feeling well and was getting progressively worse. The problem this time was essentially a repeat of June of last year..........clogged arteries. After several testing procedures I went in for another catheterization/angioplasty. This time I had not reached the point of a heart attack but I knew it was coming. The end result is that I have two new stents...........which brings my total to seven. I am doing okay at this point............I resist.

 
 I have a whole lot of catching up to do. Slowly but surely I get it all done. This stuff takes a lot of time and the only physical aspect is the scrubbing and disinfecting of the crab shells........and the packing and unpacking of the large number of finished shells to be put on display at the flea market. I do occasionally have some help with that. These days I take my time.........I'm in no hurry. My life does not depend on painting and selling crab shells.........but my life does depend on me trying to keep the arteries functioning.


 After years and years of sitting there at the flea market painting the crab shells I still get asked if I really paint them. Yes........indeed I do. It's not like there is a machine that can spit this stuff out.........if there were I would use it.





 I get requests for all sorts of things put on a crab shell. Some are very challenging and some are very simple. It amazes me sometimes because I cannot see the correlation of some of the art and the crab shell. That's okay though..........if that's what the customer wants then that's what the customer will get.




Business owners love getting their logos put on a crab shell. This one was a challenge but it worked out well.





 Dogs on a crab shell are requested often. Favorite breeds, living pets and memorial images of long lost companions. 






Favorite cartoon and movie characters.





This one has a school mascot with the student's name and graduation year.





Here's another business logo on a shell. I imagine it now hangs in someone's office.





The shells in display boxes are very popular and they make great gifts. Any combination of shells. 

Now that I am back at it again, come on down to the Northpoint Plaza Flea Market in Dundalk, MD.   I am here on Saturdays from 7am until 3 pm and Sundays from 7am until 4 pm.  Even if you have no intention of making a purchase or ordering a crab shell, come visit us and have a look.........there is no other purveyor of painted crab shells that offers such a wide selection. We are the largest and best anywhere. It costs nothing to look and say hello.

Also, If you have nothing to do on a Monday, come and see me in Cecil County at Hunter's Sale Barn & Flea Market on Jacob Tome Hwy. from 3 pm until 8 pm.

Stay tuned..........




















Monday, September 28, 2015

Ouch!



Ouch!

That word pretty much sums everything up for the past few months. For those people that have been waiting
for their custom crab shell orders to be completed, rest assured that I haven't fallen off the edge of the earth.
Your orders will be completed very soon. "Fallen" may well be the second word that best describes the predicament that I have found myself in. What is that old saying?.........."the road to hell is paved with good intentions". Yep......that's it.

Actually, there has been a series of events this past summer.............beginning with the passing of my little buddy Chico. Chico, our chihuahua gave us eleven loving years of companionship. Always knowing that day would eventually come, it still hurt the family so very bad. Bad enough that I cannot write more about it at this time.


I had been gradually feeling bad for a few months and found myself struggling to keep going, I knew that something was coming upon me and yet I fought it off and kept on plugging away.....determined to get through two major events in June........my grandson's graduation from high school and my wife Supernurse completing her Doctorate for which we were to celebrate with a large party for her.  I was in bad shape and I hung in there.......barely.........I refused to mess up and spoil the festivities. It was a very big deal for our family. Well, I managed to get through it and the night of the party, I went home and proceeded to begin having another heart attack. Went to the hospital and had yet another stent implanted. As far as the heart is concerned I am okay.......so far so good.........time will tell. 

So I wasted no time getting back in the groove and painted away on crab shells. I was back on track.

Another curve was thrown my way when my uncle, who is 87 yrs old, called and informed me that he could not walk. We got him to the hospital and was found to be dehydrated and depeleted of potassium, After two days in the hospital, he was back at home feeling better but in need of more of my attention and assistance.
Well enough. No problem. Family takes care of family, right? A week later, I took him to his follow up appointment with his doctor........and to the bank, and to get a haircut. So far, so good.

When we returned to his house we could not get the front door to unlock......the key would not work.
Instead of busting the door open we decided to go around to the back of the house and try the back door.
As luck would have it, we could not get the gate to his yard to open........it was rusted. I decided to get myself over the cement block wall that surrounds the yard........so I entered the neighbor's yard.....went up onto the porch........and got onto the top of the 5 1/2 foot wall. What began as a good idea.......a solution to thr problem.......turned out to be a HUGE mistake.

I jumped down from the top of the wall and landed hard.............."CRACK!!!!!!"
I could not get up from the ground. To make a long story short........went to the hospital.............diagnosis: shattered right heel, broken coccyx and broken sacrum. In other words, a world of hurt.

The result of my good intentions is that for the past two months I have been unable to walk......cannot put any weight on my foot.........and I have been unable to be in a sitting position. All of this has made it impossible to paint crab shells not to mention a whole host of normal activities. The pain has been excruciating, At this point, I am recovering well.......I suppose. This week I have been able to sit on my butt for short periods with only discomfort. I still cannot stand up without assistance. 
I see the orthopedist again next week.......more x-rays. 

This week I have every intention of beginning to paint shells again...........albeit a little at a time. Christmas is coming and I do not want to disappoint anyone.

Bear with me folks.

P.S    one of my sons has been tending to my tables at the Northpoint Plaza flea market. Stop by and see what shells are left.........hehehe........but there's always more.......soon.