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.
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Sunday, October 28, 2018

Pumpkins.................

I love the shape of Pumpkins. I do not and have never celebrated Halloween but I love Harvest time and Autumn decorations. I began to "collect" Pumpkins one year when I visited Bier Gallery. I began by buying some of the "froggie" sculptures. One happened to be on a Pumpkin. I bought him plus a plain one to stand together.
I just love my froggies.
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Anyway, not long after that we stopped at the Glass blowers in East Jordan. I was collecting glass balls at that time but saw a pumpkin one Autumn and could not resist. So this was my first.
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The next year we took Tristen to see him work and I got another
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Anyway, I think it's the shape and in these glass ones, it's how he forms the vines. We intended taking the boys this weekend but Tristen was sick so it was just Cooper this time. I had seen the Facebook page and saw a green Pumpkin I liked and so that was a good opportunity to get a 3rd one to make a set. I asked for a Ladybug to put on it and the man kindly did that for me.
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I may like this green one best of all. Last time we went to Bier Gallery I got another froggie on a pumpkin, although this one is more like a gourd, I still count him in my Pumpkin collection.
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I do put Pumpkins outside for Autumn decoration but we don't do carved ones. No devil associations here thank you.
I do love this one that I found a long time ago for Harvest Festival.
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I decorate with flowers and gourds and love how pretty it can look. This next one is a patchwork Pumpkin
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I want to make some knitted ones but I keep the ones I have inside all year around and don't want to get into another season of decorating the house inside. I have seen some great ideas for others too that are fabric and maybe some day I will get those done.
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Cooper brought a real pumpkin home from school but they know we don't carve them so it sits on the porch. Today it had a leaf attached and look pretty cute I thought. The real one will eventually get eaten by Squirrels and Crows so will not go to waste. I will put it on the garden once it snows.
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My friend Nancy made the little house, so I set it out with the pumpkins
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It will soon be time to decorate for Winter and Christmas, but for now it's all nice and bright for this beautiful season.

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Craft shows....................

Today there was a craft show just down the road from us. I wanted to go out to Gallagher's Farm to get some apples and bread. They have that awesome Pizza bread. I figured I would make spaghetti tonight and maybe some meatballs. Then tomorrow maybe Chili.... so I bought two pizza breads and a multi grain one so that if we polish off the pizza bread tonight we have that as backup. As I already ate some, well.....
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It was raining and it turned to snow.......yes snow.'
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While we were out I asked Gerry if we could stop at the craft show at the church. I knew Gerry probably would not want to go, but, he said he would wait in the car. Cooper and I went in. Boy that church is huge, has the school there so it's like a rabbit warren. We wound our way through the maize.
I bought a couple of angels because I thought I would like to make some myself. They look easy enough and would make nice gifts.
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We looked around all the different rooms and I held onto Cooper so he didn't get lost.
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I didn't want to really buy anything but I thought if I saw a night light I would claim it. Didn't find any. We did see some really cool stuff though. The picture above is something I would like to try. I saw a class last year when we were out and about and it looks easy enough. When the painting is done you put the small lights on the back and punch through to the front. It's a nice effect and I want one for outside on the porch. I have the canvas now so I really hope I get it done.
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Craft shows are a great place to buy hand made gifts for Christmas. Not so expensive either.
I loved these beautiful little critters.
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I resisted though. I too often buy things for no reason. Just because they are cute
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I saw Petoskey stones and blue stones made into jewelry. Some that I really would have liked but I resisted.
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I was wondering how successful people are at selling. I thought about giving it a try next year. I could do that. It's not that stressful really and I would not have to do a lot. I will ask Edna if she would like to go in with me haha..............I didn't see a lot of things like what I do so maybe I could do something unique. There are a lot of the same things. Something to think about I suppose, it does look like a lot of work for what? I mean really how much would we make?. Edna could do a lot of sewing and I can paint and do other things. I guess we will see next year. At this point I am sure not doing much other than my books.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Front Porch for Autumn.....................

It was another hot day, in the upper 70s and because it rained it was also humid. Bleh!!!!! I went outside to do a few things but it was too yucky for me, my hair is wet and itches now. I dug up a Hosta that was in the way of the path to the veggie garden. I then stepped in the hole and fell over, scraped my knee and hit my ribs and hand but I am OK. Just getting clumsy in my old age. I feel it now, the age that is. I am not as steady as I once was and I suppose a lot of that is due to my vision. Ah well. I also got the front porch changed around.'
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We do not celebrate Halloween but I do love Fall decor.
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We were going to redo the front porch this year but that did not happen. We decided to pay as we go rather than run up a large bill again. I just paid off my Pay Pal and do not want it up there again. So, the porch is not too pretty right now. Still this does brighten things up.
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I really like that wreath..........I have one out back as well. Also one under the trellis.
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I like the Pumpkins, celebrate Harvest Festival and remember times gone by. Do you like my Crow?
Fake Mums instead of real ones. Saves some money there, we are poor folks now.
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The mail mans table
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I did buy some pretty Mum's for Alex though and went out today to tidy up for her birthday. She would have been 29 thats hard to believe
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So another year goes by missing her but she will stay forever young and beautiful in our memories. She would like that.

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Bier Gallery new purchase..............

When we did our trip to Charlevoix yesterday we stopped at the Bier Gallery. I had read on Facebook that they had new Froggies in. Well really they didn't have more actual new designs. I had to look hard to find one of the collection that I didn't have but I did find one that fits in. I also got to visit the studio where the lady was making new ones. She is making more of the Maple leaf Froggies but is also doing an Oak leaf one and I don't have one of those yet, something for next year maybe. I should ask on Facebook when they will be ready.
This is my new one.
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He is on a gourd rather than a Pumpkin. I do not do Halloween but I do collect Pumpkins. I have some glass ones that I got out at the glass blowers at East Jordan. If its nice next time Tristen comes over maybe we can take a ride out there. He likes to see the Glass Blower at work.
These are my Pumpkins from Beir.
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They have a blue collection but I stick with the neutral tones
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I think my very first froggie was this little tooth pick holder
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Then I believe I got Froggie in the chair.....he sits near the TV
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He looks dusty but I can't get that off unless I wash him and I never remember.
This guy is sitting by the front door
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I think my favourite is this one I have on the wall and will get one of the Oak leaves as soon as I can. I think that will complete my collection unless she comes up with something new.
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I have bought a few other things over the years, these silly cats and the rat in the trap sit together on a box.
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I have so many small things sitting around. I had wanted a lamp but it was several hundred dollars. My Aunt once said well you could get one big thing for what you pay for all the small things. I know but.........I love the small things too. The Mushroom I bought over the road at the other gallery sits with my Pumpkins now
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The Morel mushroom sits with my others, the ones made of Petoskey stones and the Froggie on the Morals.
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Besides, if I break one I can replace it, if its that expensive I would not be able to. One time I was out there I did spent about 180 dollars on this doll who resides on my wall.......along with a Fairy on another wall but it's rare that I put out even that much in one go.
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Once upon a time, after my kids left home I mistakenly thought I could have nice things again. Well I did not take into account Grandkids or pets. I learned my lesson. I also changed my decorating theme, so now I keep it to things I know I will always love. Things from Nature mainly. So many small things all over the house. I like hand crafted from people I meet like my Wild Flowers and carved Sumac. Those people retired now so no more from them. Also the Grumm Gallery is gone when Norman died. His stuff now is very expensive and hard to find. I have some nice ones though. I saw one of his things when I was in Beir and I bet it wont be there next time otherwise I may have to get it. A little bird sitting on a branch of green leaves.
Maybe next month if we go north???? Oh no I must be good.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Rocks and Stones.................

If you come into my home you may wonder why there are dishes of stones all over the place. I don't know. I have a love and fascination for them. Why? again, I don't know. What I do know is I enjoy finding them at the beaches. That's the first thing. I love history, geology and all that. When you think about the stones on the beaches and think about where they originated..........well some of them are from lava fields, that means that as we are in Michigan, they have no doubt been here, or came here from the beginning of the world. What I mean is, that geology tells us that the ice fields from Northern Canada came down through Michigan to form the Great Lakes as they melted. That means a lot of the rocks came from Canada and ended up here.
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There are all kinds of things we find on the beaches here. Glass that has been polished and in pretty colours. As soda and soft drinks are now in plastic the amount of beach glass is less. It is so pretty and I will use what I find some day in glass objects or jewelry.
On some beaches we find Agates. I find it difficult to recognise them. I have none in my collection that I know of. Those are in need of cutting to find the Agate inside but I don't have the equipment for that. At one time I bought a rock tumbler, a small one. Well come to find out just how long it takes to polish them I gave up on that one.
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Laura and I most recently have been looking for Blue Stones from Leland. Those are really slag. They make pretty jewelry and I have ambitions hehe, yeh right, no really I do.
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The tiny ones I keep in glass bottles and small containers that show them off........for now.
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The obvious thing around here to collect is Petoskey stones. They are ancient corals, extinct now. They have a unique pattern and when you know what to look for are easy to find.
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There are other "fossils" and corals that can be found. For me they come under "pretty stones" or unusual stones. I collect heart shapes and now I am collecting flat stones that I can paint on or decorate. Some for outside and others for who knows what. I did think maybe Fridge Magnets.
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I love the small flat ones that are the size of buttons. I can drill those and actually make buttons. That can be (Maybe) a Gerry project.
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I enjoy them sitting around the house. I have much more than I show here. I also have a rock garden outside and I have put the blue stones and Petoskey stones in there. I know where to find them. I did worry about it being a waste but you know what? Those stones will be there, or somewhere until the end of time, just as they were in the beginning and THAT folks is what I love about them, you hold eternity in your hand.