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.

16 Comments

  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!

    Ciao!

  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.

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