Stroll Through the Hood – July 2022

Strolls through my hood get me out of my studio, they help me get unstuck and often I get inspired by what I see and get new ideas to create something. It is part of my philosophy about Artful Adventures in Mixed Media – which is the subject of my book. Here are some photos that I gathered in the last couple weeks.

We found this astounding instrument made in our neighbor city Hoboken in an Antique Store – it is a Ukelin – a mixture of violin and a ukulele. “Ukelins were sold to people under the impression that the instrument was easy to play, but this was not the case.” (No joke man.. I can tell from just looking at it LOL) “They were also quite limited as to what they were capable of playing because they were designed as diatonic instruments. As a result, many instruments were returned to the manufacturers, who ended up with piles of instruments that they couldn’t sell. Salesmen misrepresented the instruments to customers, who felt as if they had been tricked into buying a worthless instrument.”

Well – we give it a home …it is fun to look at

When you sit on your stoop you sometimes have to look up

I found this cute little glass bottle on the right in our yard it is from around 1890-1900 and was a glue bottle – so interesting LOL- and of course…also a keeper.

succulents …this red one is so pretty- let’s hope it will survive me

My friend Chelsea and I got lucky recently and got a private tour of this Historic Cemetery. The Speer Cemetery is tucked away in a side street and there is no access to the public as it is taken care for decades now by private groups. It was established as a Burial Ground in 1850 but used as a cemetery extension of the oldest Church in the City since the 1640s.

Wherever you look you find some little treasures.

And this sign made me really laugh “They earned eternity in a little hour and are not dead” TROLL…I mean, if this is not the original troll I do not know.

This is one of the few know remaining gas street lanterns now on a private property. Very cool.

We found a really nice art deco spice jar set for our old possum belly bakers cabinet in the kitchen- love it.

And I finish with the obligatory view from Liberty State Park. Until next month for a new Stroll my friends!

Comments (1)

  • Barbara


    Very nice, great finds this episode. Never heard of the Ukelin, very interesting history. And the spice jar set? Priceless. Who needs that much space to store prunes? I love cemeteries. Must stop and look when we visit small towns. Thank you again for sharing.


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