future owl

Or raven or bat -maybe something new.

Underneath are some old wallpaper scraps I got at the flea market last week.

The bodice has lots of wonderful hand stitching inside and it has great black glass buttons.   Speaking of buttons -an  almost finished owl with very fancy antique button eyes.

I came across this strange plant a couple weeks ago in a forest  in RI – I’d love to know what it is.

*check the comments for name info – they are called ghost pipes and some other great names.


  1. Elizabeth

    The plant is: Ghost Pipe (formerly Indian pipe); perennial; also known as American Iceplant, Bird’s nest, Broomrape, Convulsion root, Convulsion weed, Corpse plant, Death plant, Fairy smoke, Ghost flower, Iceplant, One-flowered waxplant, Ova ova, Pipe plant, and Waxplant.
    Very enchanting-looking!

  2. Dale Smith

    That plant looks like it could be the inspiration for something in the future! It is a stunning sculpture.

  3. The plant looks like something out of a Dr Seuss book. It’s strange, mysteriously and scarily beautiful at the same time. Ghost pipe is and all its alter-names are so fitting.

  4. Yes! I love Ghost Pipe too! They are all great names- Thank you Elizabeth.

  5. look forward to seeing the transformation of the bodice, in your hands I imagine it will be stunning!

  6. I can’t wait to see what comes of that shirt and her lovely buttons.

    As for the plant, it looks like The Ghost of Tulips Past.

  7. Wow, I just love seeing your work in progress, it really is wonderful! You are so talented! And the Ghost pipes are amazing, I’ve never seen them before!


  8. I love that plant! And everything else, but that plant is amazing! I know we don’t have anything like that around here…

  9. Indian Pipe, Ghost Pipe — I vote for Ghost of Tulips Past.
    I love the owl – I’m inspired.

  10. this wonderful plant, Indian Pipe or Ghost Plant, is a non-photosynthesizing plant but it is a flower. Most people mistake it for a fungus b/c of the lack of pigment. Finding the plant is a good indication of a rich wooded area. What a delightful find!

  11. Winyan Staz Wakien

    Native Americans and early seattlers used the ghost plant/indian pipe/corpse plant in several ways.
    The sap was used as an ointment for eye problems and a tinture of the root is used for convulsions/spasms and is also anti-pain to some degree like an asprin.

  12. I’ve lived in Rhode Island all my life and have never seen nor heard of “ghost pipe” plant. I’m off to reset arch this!!! Beautiful

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