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.
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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Native American music...............

I have always been intrigued by and loved native American cultures. Mostly the plains Indians or the woodlands although so many have merit and all are interesting. It is America's shame, what happened here. Still they have retained some of their culture against all odds. Still today they are lied to and abused.
I will add to this page as I find music that I love.
This first one I saw about a year ago and then lost it. I would like to know more about these flute players but for now I am posting them here.

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This is another of my favourites
Cherokee Morning song.This too is hauntingly beautiful.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Babysitting Blues................

Not really. When Laura works I have Reina here. I try to do things to interest her. Two days a week Tristen goes to day camp so its just me and her. The other day we went shopping she got a new outfit and some craft things. I showed her how to do French knitting. I know she wont stick with it but as she gets older she may want to learn more. Anyway, anything to keep her occupied.
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She concentrated very hard, the new gadgets are not as easy as the old fashioned wooden cotton real with 4 nails in it.
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I know I have one around somewhere. I must look for it.
Anyway, this one she has is plastic and its not yarn that they are using.
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Well we had a good day. Next time we will be doing some stones. Painting them that is.
The Poodles have been enjoying some garden time. This is Bella
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Bella, Bijou and Bodi having some time on the blanket near me. They go outside when I go outside, they go inside when I go inside. They follow me all over the yard.
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Bijou and then Brea going for a walk around their paths and looking for things to bark at.
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As you see its always "What ya doin mum, can we help"
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They are so cute...........No one wants to walk on a leash and don't like leaving the back garden. I guess thats fine they get enough exercize and people and dogs going by provide the entertainment. I will keep on trying with the leash, but they really do not like it.


Sunday, June 14, 2015

Thrift and crafts...............

One day I had to drop off some stuff at the Thrift store so naturally I had to see what I could find. I found a few things for the garden. A ceramic watering can that I bought an Ivy to put in and an oblong pot that I also bought Ivy to sit in.
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I think those were both good buy's
I like it when I have a use for what I buy.
At that same time I found a double bowl, crystal that can be used as one, or in two parts.
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I found a blue bottle and got that just for the colour. Its sitting outside at the moment with the ivy in the watering can. This little heart shape ceramic box, well it was so pretty I had to get that. I collect heart things and the Forget me nots were irresistable
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I also found a small plate that will sit with some other English scenes that I have on small plates.
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I think that was it for the Thrift store. I did buy, at Michaels a stepping stone kit for the kids to make. I thought there were 3 in the box. Nope only one so Me and Tristen made it yesterday
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Then on Friday I went out to eat with my friend Edna. She needed to go to Ben Franklins. I seldom go in there myself. This time though, oh my.....there was this teapot. I had to get it. It had Cowslips and butterfly and ladybugs on it
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I just could not resist.
I also found a windchime I liked and a placque for the garden
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The picture of the windchime was not very good, so I didn't post it but I am sure you will see it in my garden before long. I must go back to Ben Franklins soon because they had other tea pots that I would love to have. I am running out of room again but..........that has never stopped me yet.

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Monday, June 8, 2015

Some more drawings..............

I am still drawing and painting but only in the sketch book. I am thinking its time (when this one is done) to be a little more adventurous. The goal here was to loosten up. To try to simplify my art. I always seem to overdo it with watercolour. So this experiment began and I have enjoyed it.
I told Tristen I would draw him a little book. I think I will do that next. Meanwhile here are a few sketches for what they are worth. Not meant to be good, just practice.
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I also wondered about a little book of quotes with illustrations, a cheer me up sort of book. I have no idea how to go about it but it sounded like a good idea
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I am also thinking of a Facebook page and maybe an Etsy shop......maybe I can find someone to help me understand the process.
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I need to know from people who do it, how you wrap pictures to preserve them, sort of shrink wrap? or envelopes?
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I can use my sketch books for ideas.
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I am thinking maybe some pictures for kids bedrooms or something like that. Simple things.
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They will all have to be originals, my own ideas. That will be the difficult part. I will write down ideas and this winter maybe will be productive. Can't do much in the summer, I will spend my time with Tristen and taking pictures. Maybe that will inspire me.
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Friday, June 5, 2015

Before and After........

I had a brilliant idea. I wanted change but could not afford it. Gerry had to pull up carpet in our bedroom to fix something under the floor. I had thought it a good excuse to redo the room. New carpet colour and so on. No, cant do that. New carpet and paint would lead to new curtains and bedding. So.............he put the carpet back down again and we moved the furniture instead.
`I was hoping to find some before pictures. I was sure I had some but no. So I guess I can only show how it looks now. There may be some further back on this blog.
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The bed was under the long windows facing the bathroom. Now we have it under the big windows and under the fan, so much better for me. I also took off the footboard, it gave us much more room. The carpet is burgundy and so is the counter in the bathroom. So changing carpet would have meant changing the counters too. So this was a far better idea. I changed out the quilts so that the colours are lighter now instead of the burgundy being dominant.
From this side of the room you can see where the bed used to be, where the dressing table (minus mirror) is now.
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I moved the dresser to the corner
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I found some flowers in the bathroom when I started on that.........so changed those as you see in the 2nd picture. I also put in family pictures, something I never did before.
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.........and brought in my glass cabinet with all my keepsakes in it
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The dressing table I have removed the mirror and set it under the long window where the bed used to be.
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Believe it or not this is a far more minimal look to what it was before. By moving the bed I had more room and so have two chairs in there now instead of one. I kept fiddling with it until I got things just the way I wanted.
The bathroom didn't change much but I did manage to remember that I had some green towels stashed away. So changed those out from the old burgundy ones.
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The "theme" in the bathroom was swans, so I kept those.
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I guess the "theme" in the bedroom is Poodles as I have them everywhere. Well that is my new look. Its certaily more practical for me for summer. I love being under the fan. Tristen wanted his bed moved so we did that for him. His room is next and needs painting badly now, he has scribbled on the walls and put stickers on, but thats another story