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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Monday, June 24, 2013

My Garage Sale stuff............

Laura and I went to garage sale last week. I found a few cool things. This lovely tea pot was 2.00
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This is a container that was purchased at Sam's Club no doubt, I got it for 1 dollar and I am using it for dog biscuits
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I got this to use as a bird bath. I have done several of them around the garden by placing them on a stand. This one only 2 dollars.
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My friend Nancy had a sale also........the stool or table, whatever it is I got from her. I am not sure what to do with it so it is resting here for now. The blanket on the back of the chair I got this past week for 1 dollar. How can someone get rid of all that work??????
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The yellow box came from Nancy.......I could not resist it. Sits well in my new laundry.
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All these blue plates I got from Nancy also.......not sure what I will do with them yet, not my colour but I may use them yet.
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The tray was from Nancy and I got it to actually use when we want tea. She gave me the napkins too. I already had the tea set, got that at a long ago garage sale I am sure.
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The plate here was also among Nancy's things. It is already in use in the garden. It stands on a small wrought iron stand and looks great
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There are a few more treasures that we found. I got a scooter for Tristen, its his pride and joy at the moment and cost me one dollar that was the best find of all.
I am sharing this with The Dedicated House Blue Friday

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Fairy Folk.........

I was stuck on beautiful dresses, I collected pictures of quite a few but I thought I should give it a here are some beautiful Fairy folk.
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The woods are full of fairies!
The trees are alive:
The river overflows with them.
See how they dip and dive!
What funny little fellows!
What dainty little dears!
They dance and leap, and prance and peep,
And utter fairy cheers!
~Author unknown

She may not have wings but they are there, she may not look like a fairy but she is. This one too.........
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Believe in the Fairies
Who make dreams come true.
Believe in the wonder,
The stars and the moon.
Believe in the magic,
From Fairies above.
They dance on the flowers,
And sing songs of love.
And if you just believe,
And always stay true,
The Fairies will be there,
To watch over you!
~ Author unknown

In her golden dress with silver wings she enchants the birds and flowers
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And as the seasons come and go,
here's something you might like to know.
There are fairies everywhere: under bushes, in the air,
playing games just like you play, singing through their busy day.
So listen, touch, and look around - in the air and on the ground.
And if you watch all nature's things, you might just see a fairy's wing.
~ Author unknown

Walk in the woods quietly, you never know what you may see. Keep your mind and eyes open, you may catch them unawares
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If you have a special garden,
Where flowers and herbs abound.
Then take a pinch of fairy dust,
And sprinkle it around.
The fairies will take notice,
And at the end of day.
They’ll tiptoe out upon the grass,
And dance the night away.
~ Carla J. Nelson

Fairies come in all shapes and sizes and do many magical things
Fairies go where faries go and no one can tell them nay
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There are fairies in your garden,
And they’re flying everywhere
Over trees and under leaves
And spinning in the air.
There are fairies in your garden,
And it’s plain for all to see
So look into you’re garden now
And you’ll see some just like me!
~ Author unknown

~ Where you believe there is magic ... you will find it! ~

The moon maiden
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The wood nymph may look this way
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Then we have another wood nymph again in moonlight
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I borrowed the poems from this web site.....

Sunday, June 16, 2013

More lovely dresses.........

I can't help it but I have been looking at the wonderful dresses that are out there. They are romantic fantasy clothing. I can't imagine getting to wear them but then people who can afford them probably go places that they can indulge. I dont know what the first dress is designed for, I have a feeling its a wedding because of the roses. She is holding them........I was just looking at the bead work on the dress and how beautiful it was
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The next one is Irish Lace. Hand made.
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Maybe a couple of Eastern beauties............have you ever Googled Sari's or Abaya's oooh boy. I wish I could wear them.I love the head gear.
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The women are so beautiful with their dusky skin and huge eyes. They know how to show it off too.

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Tales from the Arabian Nights?
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This one looks so light and airy look at the legs, it has pants too.
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More intricate work in the fabric of this one
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This one a froth of lace in pink
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The work in the fabric of the one above and this one below. They have to be hand decorated dont you think?

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Then this beautiful sea foam colour all froth
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Or this one perhaps. A bit more practical and possible.

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Then again, I still love the neutrals

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If I were young again and in good shape, I used to have a decent figure.........then what fun to try these on. I do not envy those who have the places to wear them because that's not and never would be me.....but I do love clothes and I probably would buy them just to look at (smile)

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Pretty Things.....

I love the old styles, remember glamour? Remember when women dressed like women? I mean really........back when I was young we wore "an outfit" a "suit" along with a hat and gloves, matching bag and shoes. Even in the 1960s we followed fashion. Then I came to the States and it seemed like that was not done here where I landed. When I was in my teens and early 20s I loved the mini skirts and everything that was "In"............For this post I am looking back further than that to some antique dresses that are really wonderful. I hope everyone likes them and please do look at all the work in them. These are collected from around the web, some Facebook pages and Pinterest.

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Imagine the work that went into the lace in that outfit, then look at the beadwork on the next one

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You would need a perfect figure for this one but I had to show it anyway
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Probably for this one too...........but back in the days before hamburgers and fast foods people seemed to care more about those things.

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I just loved this outfit........I can not imagine having to lace into gowns. I do remember having to wear corsets though and stockings.

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So lovely...........I remember my Mum having a "ball gown" it was black velvet and had cut outs around the neck with pink lace inserts. It was awesome.
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These two are really lovely and I think maybe intended as bridesmaids dresses. They could be ball gowns though. I can imagine the rich and famous still going to balls.

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When looking around for things to show I saw so many awesome gowns, it made me wonder at some of the stuff that the film stars of today wear. If I had the money honey, I would certainly not wear some of the things we see on the red carpet. Some women do have the sense of style though and I love to see them dressed up. Can you imagine being able to wear anything you wanted?

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What would you choose?

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Just a few of my choices, mainly neutral colours but if you care to delve again into some fantastic gowns in colours, then maybe next time......I will end with this one
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Monday, June 10, 2013

Faery Songs.................

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Faery Songs

Shed no tear! oh, shed no tear!
The flower will bloom another year.
Weep no more! oh, weep no more!
Young buds sleep in the root's white core.
Dry your eyes! oh, dry your eyes!
For I was taught in Paradise
To ease my breast of melodies,--
Shed no tear.

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Overhead! look overhead!
'Mong the blossoms white and red--
Look up, look up! I flutter now
On this fresh pomegranate bough.
See me! 'tis this silvery bill
Ever cures the good man's ill.
Shed no tear! oh, shed no tear!
The flower will bloom another year.
Adieu, adieu -- I fly -- adieu!
I vanish in the heaven’s blue,--
Adieu, adieu!

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Ah! woe is me! poor silver-wing!
That I must chant thy lady's dirge,
And death to this fair haunt of spring,
Of melody, and streams of flowery verge,--
Poor silver-wing! ah! woe is me!
That I must see
These blossoms snow upon thy lady's pall!
Go, pretty page! and in her ear
Whisper that the hour is near!
Softly tell her not to fear
Such calm favonian burial!
Go, pretty page! and soothly tell,--
The blossoms hang by a melting spell,
And fall they must, ere a star wink thrice
Upon her closed eyes,
That now in vain are weeping their last tears,
At sweet life leaving, and these arbours green,--
Rich dowry from the Spirit of the Spheres,
Alas! poor Queen!
John Keats

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Thursday, June 6, 2013

Lovely Blues......

Some flowers from my garden
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Lovely lavenders too
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I just love Grannybonnets

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Wild Geraniums
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I hope you enjoyed a few flowers from my garden.......