This part of my blog is all about the things I collect or the things I make myself. I love so many things, I paint and draw and want to learn oils and pastels. I knit and crochet but want to learn tatting. I embroider and can turn my hand to most things given a chance. So much still to learn and do. I live in hope of some day reading all my books, learning all I want to learn and now I am learning to blog. You will often find my original poems, poor as they are I offer them here. I also appreciate other people art and will feature things I find that I have enjoyed. That includes pictures of fairies and fantasy or maybe just anything beautiful.
I try to use my own photo's as much as possible, sometimes I borrow from the web. If I inadvertently use your picture without giving credit, please do let me know and I will either credit or remove it, I hope you will do the same with mine.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Bargain Hunting................

Lets see, Laura and I left the kids with Gerry and took off treasure hunting. We went to as many thrifts as we could remember. I did find a few things. First though I will show a couple of finished products in the garden.
See the blue and white tea cup?
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Then the pink and black plate with the dragon fly.
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I like my ornaments to be subtle I don't personally like lawn ornaments. I like to be able to find them in hidden places and spots with no colour for added interest.
SO these now are what we found that trip. I was not impressed with any of the Thrift shops, they were very busy and I didn't find much. What I did find was a lot cheaper than at my fav shop, but then I knew their prices were high. I found two hand painted china plates made in Bavaria. They were 3 dollars each. Not sure I can use those in the garden they are just too pretty
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At another shop, more plates. This time one dollar each. Both had a butterfly theme so great for the garden.
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So what else, oh yes I found this yellow vase. Not at all sure what I will do with this its sort of delicate,
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Then the last thing for just a dollar and something I wanted for the garden was a hanging basket
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Another success with not so much spent this time thank goodness
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Saturday, August 9, 2014

Look what I made this time.............

Laura took me to my Thrift shop the other day. They have a name for me there. I am the Tea cup lady. Hmmmmmm. Is it bad that they know me there? Well naturally I found a few things. I forgot to take pictures at the time and cant remember all I bought. Oh I did find a coat rack, a stand up one for 25.00. That will be great when the entrance is finished. Anyway, I spent just over 100 dollars so I must have got something. I bought a couple of things for Laura but apart from that it was all mine.
First off this lovely crystal bowl. It's either crystal or good cut glass, not sure.
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Then the flower vase. I bought two of those. One was a cheap one, I could tell but this one, this was beautiful. It's heavy and is probably cut glass.
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The cheaper one is going to be used in a garden ornament. I also found a crystal box, it has a snowflake design on the top. I need another glass box like I need a glass eye.
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I found this vase, the colours seem right for the garden. Now to find something to do with it..........
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One of these days my dining table will be clear of all this. (yea and then my sewing stuff will be out) ..... These necklaces are 1.99 each and come with earrings. I bought them for the beads. I will use them in projects.
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There is another that I bought that was made of butterfly, I will use that in a project too.
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Well on to my projects for this week. I am making a garden ornament. I had put the top together from the last plates I found.
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I added the dragon fly that had broken off something else. I had been waiting for a base. The flower vase from this week and a glass dish from this time put together was just the ticket. The earrings that came with the beads added something because I had already decided to hang the glass ball. I quite like the results.
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This is the end project
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This vase I got because it would fill a space on my bookshelf.
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I can't think of anything else. Usually I keep the stuff out and take pictures but this time I forgot. I could spend a fortune in there, and it occurs to me I could buy stuff cheaper but I love to be creative and also the money goes to a good cause. Will I go back this week. I dont know yet. I do need a few plates to finish up some projects but I need to keep my spending more under control
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Saturday, August 2, 2014

Finished items................

It took long enough. I was waiting for the hubby to cut some pipe for me. Remember the hen and the matching plate I found.
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Well they went together like they were made for each other. I fitted them with a small block of wood with a hole drilled through it. The copper pipe fitted in well.
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AS you see these type of ornaments fit in among flowers and do very well. They need washing once in awhile.
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The 2nd project was the tea pot. I had to use it this way because the top was glued on so not much else to be done with it
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I set this one a bit higher, it blended in with the larger garden and I really like the colours.
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This one you can see its not sticking out like a sore thumb
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Then I have one more thing to show. I was on Ebay..........should have known better, I don't go there. Can't remember now why I was actually. It's not something I usually do. Anyway. I found this cup and saucer.
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The asking bid was 50c so I bit one dollar. I won the bid and sent off my money via pay pal. The owner contacted me. She lives in my town and offered to save me the postage by bring the cup and saucer over. We met, she was about to return the postage to me (pay pal takes it direct to her account) so I said "Oh no, I am sure you were hoping for more than 50c I appreciate you bringing to me" She said it wasn't out of her way but still. So I think in all it cost me 6 bucks. I am going to put it in the garden and use it like this one
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Now to get some more pipes cut down. At first I thought they should be taller but I didnt like them that way. So now I feel like I know more what I am doing and what I like.
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Monday, July 28, 2014

Thrifting again..................

We had to take the poodles to the groomers this evening. It was at 5.30. I didn't think the thrift shop would be open but it was, open till 7 she said. So you guessed it. I did find a few things.
I liked this plate.
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I am not sure I want to keep it and so what about putting it with this one.
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If I put a glass ball in the center it makes a nice flower right?
I got 3 flower plates for 4.00. Not bad, they will make nice centers. Two pink and a yellow.
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I found this little rooster.
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Then I found this plate
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Together, I think we have a project.
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This tea pot was very cute, the lid is stuck on so it has to be a garden project and thats OK. Enough of keeping things around just because they are pretty. So now I will be looking for a vase and pedestal to put this on.
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I was not going to do anymore but changed my mind. I need the fixtures though in order to finish these. I do have some copper pipe and I think tomorrow I may see what I can do.
I also want to make some garden signs..........just simple things but I have to find the wood. I bet if I look in the basement I will find all sorts of things. Gerry has a day off work tomorrow so I may send him off in search. Otherwise I will go to the hardware shop and pick up what I need. Will post results when done. Happy thrifting

Sunday, July 20, 2014

New ornament..........

Only one new thing this time. I have been working in the garden on and off when its not too hot. I had found some dishes (prev post) and wanted to make a garden ornament with them. I needed some copper pipe in order to do that. Well finally I got some. So I used this flat Button glass dish and a wavy dish that together makes a flower
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I stuck those together and then I used a small bottle on the back. I was hoping that would hold the pipe. It worked.
On the front I found one of my salts that I have a collection of, wont miss one will I? So stuck that to the front and then added a glass ball.
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I am still not happy with the height and will change that tomorrow. Right now it sticks up above everything like a stop sign.So tomorrow I put it on a shorter stick. I am using copper. I think it may go green eventually. This is how it looks in the garden.
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The bottle on the back works well to hold it.
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I am pretty happy with this one. I think tomorrow I will start a new one. I have two glass plates outside that are on a ledge and cant really be seen. If I can find a couple of bottles to put on the back of those I will make a couple more and put them in the flower beds out back. Suncatchers.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Looking for garden containers..............

Saturday we took two of the poodles in for hair cuts. We had forgotten that it was the beginning of the Cherry Festival week. Traffic coming into town was backed up for miles. Lucky we knew a back way home or it would have taken hours. Well, while I was dropping off the poodles I could not resist popping into the thrift shop. I needed some containers or pots for the garden. Look what I found.
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I bought a nice big Hosta to go in this. It was perfect for the spot I needed it for. I really didn't see anything else that day that I could use as a planter but..........I found two crystal champagne glasses just like two I already have. I used to have 4 but two broke so now I have 4 again.
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Also two glass dishes. I may keep those to make a flower for the garden. I think that I can make something pretty if I can find just the right attachments. A project for this week maybe
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The flat one would be the back with the wavy one would be the front, then I need something in the center. This week I will look for something.
The next thing was a couple of blue and white souvenier cups and saucers from Stratford On Avon in England.
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I found this fairy welcome sign, just had to take that home
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Also an angel. I had just the spot for her too.
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The next thing that I could not leave behind was a milk and sugar bowl set and a gorgeous little bowl. The bowl is hand painted in Thailand. The gold is in relief and the blue is so pure and lovely. I had to have it. I will maybe put a plant in it.
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Lastly I think was this small colander. It is black. It will be just right to rinse berries in. Or if it doesn't get much use then it too can be a planter, its just the right size for that too.
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So, although my search for planters was only a partial success I do think I found some other good things.
I took the pictures with my phone. I did a very silly thing. I left my camera out on a barrel of flowers while I did some garden chores. Then I completely forgot and put the sprinklers on. Yes well, I thought the camera was ruined. It would not even turn on. Tried different things and gave up. went and got a new camera. I had wanted a new one, the Kodak was getting iffy at best. Now I had good reason. We were going to Gabbys for a cookout and I knew I would want to take pictures. I got a Nikon. It was not as expensive as the Kodak...........well tonight the Kodak turned on.
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