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.
If you wish to leave comments on my blog you can do that by joining google if you do not have a blog yourself, please comment if you can I appreciate that.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Time for a treat....................

The last couple of months have been difficult. When it's over with I will write about it but not yet. It has also been very hot and I just do not do well in heat. I mean its been up in the 90s and once it goes past 75 I am done for. On top of that it has been humid, and then I suffer. I sweat and it makes me itch, my hair is always damp at my neck and under my bra itches. I just am not a hot weather fan.
Poor Bijou is sick again. If you recall she was sick about 18 months ago and we almost lost her. I am not sure she will pull through this event but we are trying. She has antibiotics and I hope that will do the trick. Also pain meds if she needs them, she does not seem to be in pain.
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The girls all had an appointment with Brenda's Pet Parlour.We took 3 of them and Bijou stayed home. She is throwing up and not eating. She is finally drinking but soon becomes sick. It does seem today that she keeps it down a bit longer. we are putting peanut butter in her mouth and I just gave her some honey. Just a taste of things to hopefully keep something in her. It does not look good but she shows a bit of the old spirit still. I may call the vet tomorrow but if it's the old problem there is not much to be done. We don't have the money either, it's sad to see her moping but she does get hugs and kisses and is made comfortable.
So when I took the other three girls in I indulged myself. I went into Goodwill. It has been a long time. I just needed a few moments alone and to do something fun.This is what I found.
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Eight nice crystal wine glasses. I love them, can you believe 6 dollars for the set of 8. Wow. I didn't know they were crystal until I got them home and tested them. I didn't care they were so pretty that was just a bonus.
The next thing was a small teapot. I could not resist that. Its inscription says Royal Norfolk.
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I found what I initially thought was a butter dish, its glass. I wanted it. When I got it home, sticks of butter don't fit so I will have to cut them up into squares. That's OK. It could be a cheese dish but who keeps cheese out these days. We do keep a stick of butter out because we do use it every day and I don't like hard butter when I need it.
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A fairy for my garden. Probably next year. Right now it's sitting inside. When I get to work on the garden again she may go outside. If it ever cools down
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The last find was a game for the kids, well and actually a book for me and two for Tristen. That was it, and it made me feel good. It didn't take away the problems but took my mind off of it for a few moments. Today I took out some of my glasses for the yard sale and replaced with the new ones. I didn't want to get rid of the ones I already had but how many glasses can we use haha. I also need to find more stuff to sell so there ya go. My entrance is full of boxes. I am waiting for the weather to cool and it may end up September before we get set up. No hurry.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

New Facebook Page..................

I already have a few Facebook pages. One is Bluebell Woods. On that I post pretty pictures. Some are my own but many are what I find in my web browsing. It's a pretty popular page. That shocked me. I have several thousand followers and they often contact me and leave notes. It has been very satisfying for me. I enjoy it.
So, with that in mind I have decided to use some of my own pictures and start another page. I will use my own photos and add a quote of some kind. People seem to like that. For me it's fun and I can get my pictures out there. This is an example of what I have in mind.
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I want a place to display them until I decide what I want to do with them. I have a lot of pictures that I think are pretty good. Its a shame to just have them in my picture folder on the computer. If people like them I may get some printed up and maybe sell some. I can do the same maybe with some watercolours. If they get a few followers then I can decide what to do. I may open an Etsy store. I keep saying that but I need to actually get moving in one direction or other
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So it's just a thought at the moment. These are the only two I have done so far. I will have to do a few more before I open the page but once I get a few done, then I should be able to keep up and do a few a day after that.
Wish me luck

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Leland Blue...................

Our new hobby is collecting Leland Blues. Ultimately I have to learn to do something with them. I do not have (Well I do) a rock tumbler, the small one I got years ago is around but, it just takes so long to get a finish on a stone. The stones I have I actually like raw.
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I have some big ones that would need cutting and naturally I do not have the equipment for that either. I do know where to go to get them cut though. First though I must figure out how to use them. I did buy a drill and I know I must do that under water.You know what they say about a little bit of knowledge don't you?.
Well I am going to look for a silver wire jewelry making class. Just need a couple of lessons to get the technique and I will be all set.
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Some small stones are pock marked and already have a pleasing shape.
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This green stone would be nice just as it is with silver wire to hold it.
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Once I learn how I have some really nice shapes. Some other rocks too other than the Leland Blues. Many many Petoskey stones for one thing. I love the colour and shape of this stone.
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I think lessons is the first thing on my list before I ruin some nice stones. I am scared to try drilling but will practice on some of the lesser stones. This next one is unusual, its almost white and I am wondering what I can make from that one.
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When I die, and people go through my stuff hehe, just wait and see what they say when the encounter some of the odd things I have kept for projects. With luck I can get rid of a lot before anyone sees it all.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Making Freezer Jam..........

So Edna and I went down to the Pigpatch down near Custer (Michigan) We were going to the Quilt shop. I did manage to find a couple of things and I also got two dozen eggs. The Pig Patch being a farm and all.
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The farm is beautiful and a real working farm. The Quilt shop is in the farm house so one of the nicest......well we love it.
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Anyway, just as we turn off to go to the Pig Patch there is a beautiful farm market and that is where I got my Strawberries. I bought a whole bunch. The intent was to make freezer jam. The cleaning was the hard part. Time consuming really is all.
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After they were washed and topped and sorted I Froze 1/2 of them. Some for making jam later and some for eating later.
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I kept some for eating the next few days, tomorrow I will make some shortcake.
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I love the look of them in their jars, so pretty.They are somewhat chunky and that should be nice.
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Anyway, it was a bit hot in the kitchen so that was enough for me for oneday. Having run out of pectin it was better to freeze the rest and use up what I had made. Later I will make marmalade and my cranberry jam. When the weather is cooler.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Finishing up my sketch book...............

I can't remember what number of sketchbook this is. It was done on a regular sketch book. I wanted to do it in colour pencil but didn't like it and so I did watercolour. That doesn't go well on regular paper. That's OK. The book is just practice stuff. Some day I will go to these books for ideas for paintings. Its fun to do. It's good practice for me. A lot is not my original ideas and so the books are just for me and practice.
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Some are not so good.It doesn't matter.
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Good or bad they are here for the record.
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The pencil sketches will get painted even though its not the best method. It saves the pencil from rubbing off.
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I find quotes and put them in the books. They don't necessary go with the picture but some day maybe I will have collected enough to do pictures with quotes that go with it. I can make cards or something.
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I am not sure that I will continue doing the sketch books even though I enjoy it. I should really try to do some real work. I would like to do a few tests and give them away. We shall see. I have been getting the urge to do some real paintings. I guess I don't do that much anymore because I have no wall space haha and don't know what else to do with them. I may try putting some on my Bluebell Woods page or giving some away on my blog. For now, thats probably all I will do as far as posting on this book.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Walking Home..........

I didn't have anything for this blog so will share some pictures I took on our walk home from school. For a couple of days we had to walk because the van was in the shop. Its only maybe 2 blocks at most. Still I got to see some neighbours gardens. I loved the light on these poppies
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Someone had some pretty Iris. I should ask neighbours for a few, do you think that would be rude?
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I don't have that pretty violet colour or the purple with white
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Some people have wonderful Rhodedendrons. Mine don't bloom and don't grow even though I feed them. Maybe they need more sun but I don't believe that as they grow in woodlands in England.
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I definatley want some of these.
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Maybe just a few watercolours to add today
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I can never remember what I have already shared.
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Also I must share my African Violets. They are blooming really well and still looking good and healthy. Never fails to surprise me.
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I don't know what I am doing right but whatever it is they seem to thrive.
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If I had room I would get more but the table is full. They don't do well in any other place so I will just leave things be.