Monday, May 30, 2011

New Bird In Our Yard

My husband is the main bird watcher at our house.  He gets so excited when he sees the birds returning in the spring.  This year we have one that we haven't seen before.  It's a Western Tangier.  The male is much more colorful than the female.  Figures.  Don't they always have to show off?  Here is a photo of the male.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Home decor

Found items can not only be used to create garden art, but also decorative and useful items for inside your home.  For this easy-to-make piece I glued two light blue tea light candle holders bottom to bottom, then glued them to an upside down clear glass saucer.  I topped it with a vintage milk glass saucer.  I added a row of rhinestones for a little glitter.  It can be used or a candy dish, trinket dish or a catch-all for jewelry..  Great for an unusual decor item in  your home or as a gift for that special person in your life.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Garden sign

It's the middle of May and still raining.  It was 48 degrees this morning when I got up.  Unbelievable!!  I'm ready for a long hot summer!  I planted sweet peas two months ago and there's no sign of them peeking out of the ground yet. 

I love making humorous garden/yard signs.  They're easy to make and they put smiles on visitor's faces.  All you need is a board, a stake and paint.  I used a paint pen.  Below is a photo of one of them.  Others I've made include the message:  Garden of Weedin' and Frog Parking - All Others Will Be Toad.  Put this on your to-do list for an easy, fun project.

You can see this sign and more garden items in my etsy shop.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

The Woolgatherer

They say I’m a dreamer
indulging in idle fancies;
a woolgatherer
who observes the world through
a rose-tinted mist.

I’m told I don’t view reality,
but do they notice
the tiny sprout peeking
through early spring earth,
the intricate lace that spiders spin,
cloud works-of-art in a sunset sky?

Do they visit exotic lands
from a fireside chair,
revel in a future
full of impossible dreams?

I’m a woolgatherer;
a dreamer, indulging in idle fancies,
perceiving worlds they never see.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Spring Has Sprung!!

What a beautiful afternoon!!  Are any of you Washingtonians tired of the cold, rainy days?  I know we should be thankful that we haven't had the terrible storms that some of the rest of the country has had, but still it gets a little tiresome. 

Some of my favorite handcrafted garden items has been my solar lights.  The first time I saw the glow after dark I was SO excited.  I craft the base and container for them with found glass objects; then insert the solar light.  After I made the first one I just had to make another.  I have used a clear glass lid on top so that the light can easily be replaced if necessary.