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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Sunday, May 27, 2012

Garage Sales this weekend.......

I had not intended to go to any garage sales. We passed one on the way to the store on Saturday and just had to stop. Well, let me tell ya.........awesome. The lady had a whole bunch of china. I could not resist at least some of it. She also had an old singer sewing machine table for 40 dollars, said she would come down on it but I could not think where I would put it. Silly me. Oh how I wish I had just got it. I always find a spot and have always wanted one. She was not open next day. Some of the things I found at her place................ This little lamp. Replaces one that needed a new shade. 100_0997 This plate fits right into my environment.............. 100_0998 I had to get this tiny tea set...........its so cute. I will keep it to give to Reina when she is older. 100_1001 100_1003 I found more Violets, a plate this time and a tiny plate too. I have not washed them yet. 100_1006 Some of the others are really pretty too. I will be glad when I can get back to doing collages so I don't use so much space. Photobucket Lovely hand painted things 100_1009 This one is a lovely colour and beautiful painting. 100_1011 At that sale I also got some really nice winter tops. She has great clothes and they are lovely. The second sale I found some peach glass like I have been collecting. I wish I could have got more. She said she will be having more sales and you can be sure we will go. Laura got an antique table and chairs for 75 dollars. These are my finds. 100_1018 This lady had really good prices and so I bought quite a bit of stuff. I wont post it all here as its rather diverse. A rock with a hole in it (don't ask)A big basket, a wicker doll carriage that I bought some ivy to put in it. A white bird cage to hold a plant when I get it back together. So much stuff. Why am I thinking of going back I might ask?. 100_0915 I got this plate from my in laws and also the dish and bowl. They went with what I had already collected. I got one other dish from them. 100_0999 100_1020 I am sharing this post with A Delighsome Life Enjoy some other lovely blogs featured there.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Petoskey Stones..................

Where we live here in Northern Michigan, one of the fun things we get to do is to search the beaches for Petoskey Stones. This one I found at a building site. A Petoskey stone is a long dead coral that lived in Lake Michigan, unique to our area. It shows that the water was once much higher and inland. There are many sea corals and fossils in our soil here. When we walk the beaches we always have our heads down looking looking looking for the illusive Petoskey stone. It also is a knack. It becomes easier once you find your first one. Why the fuss? Well when polished it is quite pretty and as its so rare it is becoming valuable. 107_0099 When walking on the beach this is what you may often see. It takes just a little getting used to but once your spot your first one it does get easier. petoskey-stone Often its easy to find them when they are dry............. petoskeystones When polished they all look different. petoskeystones1 Some are really worn because they are soft, the wash of the waves rolling them on the beach will wear them down. They are all unique in design and can be made into jewelry and many other things. Find a big one and it becomes worth a little bit. They are becoming more rare each year. Stone A lot of local craft people have made jewelry, usually silver. Clocks and other things are common and pretty for tourists to pick up as a real souvenir. 06-Petoskey-Jewelry-Bracelet-Round Certainly not made in if you come to Michigan, to where I live this is a fun thing to do. You will see people walking on beaches with noses down and now you know why.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Beautiful mystery............

How much more beautiful could anything be than the Unicorn. The mythological beast. Is it really a myth? Take a look and you tell it wild imagination, or something from a perfect world of long ago? Photobucket We see the crests of waves break against the shore and can almost see those White horses............... especially when the crests are blowing in the wind throwing up clouds of mist above the wave. It does not take a lot of imagination to see them. Photobucket This beautiful grove could be the home of any of those beautiful creatures but looks like a fairy is hanging out there today Woodlands-1 When I was little I remember reading a book "Rupert the Bear" and one of the stories was about the Mare's nest. Well for some reason it really sparked my imagination and so for that reason I must include the Pegasus among those beautiful beasts of yore. Pegasus
Mystic Horses
Mystic horse with rainbows run, Golden horn that shines in the sun. She hides from humans watchful eye, The very last refuse to die. They dwell in hidden secret glen. Remnants of a time when..... Eden was right here on earth. Gone now till man can prove his worth.
May 2012 JKS

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Unfinished business...............

I never seen to get the time to sit and actually accomplish much these days. Having a two 1/2 year old just does seem to dive into my craft time among other things. I am actually getting lots of photo's done because I can download those and play with them at night. That is usually when I work on my blog. As this is supposed to be about crafts as well as just my collections of "stuff" I am feeling a bit guilty. I did record some 1/2 finished drawings in my photos so I will show some of those for now. Then of course Photobucket changed and so did blogger, so that means relearning everything that came naturally to me before and takes more time. I have to get out into the garden this afternoon so this post will be short and sweet. I just want to show ideas I am playing with. Things I just did for the heck of it so I don't forget the "thought".......... A long time ago I drew this mermaid, with the idea that she would be in peacock colours but more muted than that. This rough sketch is just the idea behind what I would like to accomplish. She has her back turned as I think one would only get a picture of a Mermaid if she were unaware of our presence. She is dreaming and so she was captured by the viewer. 101_0017 This lady caught in April showers is the idea for a cushion to be made and embroidered. 101_0013-1 A pencil crayon sketch of Geraniums. I need 3 pictures to do a triptic for my bathroom. This one was done long ago and does not have the look I want. SO I think I must do it in watercolour. This is just to remind me I need to get that done 101_0014 A rough sketch of my Granddaughter Alexandra ............In posting this I see the problems with the sketch. I can redo it maybe a little more accurate. I was just inspired at the time but it's just not good enough. I am never happy with my work. 101_0033 This to remind me that all pictures do not have to be realistic looking.............sometimes just draw for fun. 101_0022