Friday, September 30, 2011

What To Do With Vintage.....

I have an antique brass hand mirror that has been lying around my house for years. The mirror was broken and I had thought I would replace it. Time went by and it continued to be one of my unfinished projects. I finally decided to put a vintage family photo in it rather than a mirror.

This photo is one of my Aunt Mrytle. Isn't she beautiful?

I put a plate hanger on it and hung it in my bathroom with a collection of mirrors.

Do you have an item that you have thought of using in your decor, but haven't gotten around to it yet? Maybe you should think some more. Think outside the box. Let me know what you come up with.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Is It Friday Already?

Where does the time go? Seems like it was Monday just yesterday. I have projects partially done inside and out. I almost have a new garden lady finished as well as a bird bath. Just can't seem to get them finished. Would working on them until each is completed work? Probably.

Last week I started laying a concrete slab path in our back yard. I ran out of the slabs, so that's another project that's partially done. I find that one problem is the fact that I'm getting older. Notice I said older, not old. Well, yeah, I've got to admit it. I'm old. An hour of heavy labor and I'm ready for a nap.

I would like to be able to stay home all day once in awhile. My dust bunnies are multiplying. Oh, well. Doesn't my title list 'daydreaming' before 'dust bunnies'? We all have our own priorities.

So much for the rambling. So how has your week been?

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Tropical Garden Lady

Of all the garden art I've made some of my favorites are the garden people. It's so much fun to make them come alive with facial features. This is one I made some time ago and she makes me smile every time I see her.

She has multiple uses. She can 'carry' fruit in the basket on her head. In this photo she has artificial grapes.

Or the metal basket can be a planter for sedums. She would also be a great candy dish. Whatever she's used for, she'll certainly be a conversation piece.

I have another one of these unique ladies almost finished. Photos to follow soon.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Etsy Treasury for Tuesday

If any of you aren't familiar with an etsy treasury, here's the scoop. A curator (that's me for this treasury) picks items from other etsy shops to feature in a treasury. It is not only fun to search for items that fit the curator's theme, but it's also a great tool for promoting other seller's wares. My latest treasury features items created by the Pacific Northwest Artisans team. What a great group of artisans! It's my pleasure to feature them here.

'Best of Northwest' by RecycleRoom

A tribute to the artisans of the Pacific Northwest.Pacific Northwest Artisans team


SALE Unique Long Ev...

Teal flower with pu...

Small Scalloped Tri...

Myrtlewood Chip and...

Sonora Sunrise Pend...

Vintage Cameo Ring ...

Sunrise of Horse In...

Borrendo Red Geode ...

50s Style Camilla A...

3 French Beaded Pin...

Amethyst and Citrin...

Exotic Burgandy Sil...

Lilac & Cream Bird ...

Fawn peeping throug...

Time is a two-edged...

Treasury tool by Red Row Studio.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Nest for Hen and Chickens

I've had this wrought iron planter for a couple years, thinking I would plant something spectacular. As I kept looking at it this summer I began to think 'succulents'. So yesterday I got out some hen & chicks that I pulled up from a friend's yard (with her permission of course). I lined the planter with a coco fiber liner. Then I decided where I wanted to place the hen & chicks around the sides. I cut holes in the liner where I wanted to insert them. I needed something to hold the plants in until they could grow new roots large enough to hold them in place. I had heard of using twist ties, but I didn't have any of those. I saw some corn husks that DH had thrown on the ground and the light bulb went on. They were pliable and tough enough to tie around the roots of the plants to hold them in place.

After the sides were filled in I filled the planter with potting soil, mounded it on top and planted hen & chicks along with other succulents that were coming up all over my yard. It still looks a little bare in spots, but I'm confident that it will soon fill in completely.

This was a time consuming project, but well worth the time. DH asked me at dusk if he needed to bring me a flashlight. He's so helpful! I finished just before dark...without the flashlight.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Back Again

Well, I haven't been on here for awhile because I've been trying to learn how to post an etsy treasury (more about that when I learn how to do it). In the meantime I've been slaving away at creating more garden art to post on etsy. I need to build up the inventory. Here are a few of the latest glass flower creations.