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, July 28, 2014

Thrifting again..................

We had to take the poodles to the groomers this evening. It was at 5.30. I didn't think the thrift shop would be open but it was, open till 7 she said. So you guessed it. I did find a few things.
I liked this plate.
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I am not sure I want to keep it and so what about putting it with this one.
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If I put a glass ball in the center it makes a nice flower right?
I got 3 flower plates for 4.00. Not bad, they will make nice centers. Two pink and a yellow.
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I found this little rooster.
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Then I found this plate
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Together, I think we have a project.
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This tea pot was very cute, the lid is stuck on so it has to be a garden project and thats OK. Enough of keeping things around just because they are pretty. So now I will be looking for a vase and pedestal to put this on.
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I was not going to do anymore but changed my mind. I need the fixtures though in order to finish these. I do have some copper pipe and I think tomorrow I may see what I can do.
I also want to make some garden signs..........just simple things but I have to find the wood. I bet if I look in the basement I will find all sorts of things. Gerry has a day off work tomorrow so I may send him off in search. Otherwise I will go to the hardware shop and pick up what I need. Will post results when done. Happy thrifting

Sunday, July 20, 2014

New ornament..........

Only one new thing this time. I have been working in the garden on and off when its not too hot. I had found some dishes (prev post) and wanted to make a garden ornament with them. I needed some copper pipe in order to do that. Well finally I got some. So I used this flat Button glass dish and a wavy dish that together makes a flower
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I stuck those together and then I used a small bottle on the back. I was hoping that would hold the pipe. It worked.
On the front I found one of my salts that I have a collection of, wont miss one will I? So stuck that to the front and then added a glass ball.
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I am still not happy with the height and will change that tomorrow. Right now it sticks up above everything like a stop sign.So tomorrow I put it on a shorter stick. I am using copper. I think it may go green eventually. This is how it looks in the garden.
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The bottle on the back works well to hold it.
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I am pretty happy with this one. I think tomorrow I will start a new one. I have two glass plates outside that are on a ledge and cant really be seen. If I can find a couple of bottles to put on the back of those I will make a couple more and put them in the flower beds out back. Suncatchers.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Looking for garden containers..............

Saturday we took two of the poodles in for hair cuts. We had forgotten that it was the beginning of the Cherry Festival week. Traffic coming into town was backed up for miles. Lucky we knew a back way home or it would have taken hours. Well, while I was dropping off the poodles I could not resist popping into the thrift shop. I needed some containers or pots for the garden. Look what I found.
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I bought a nice big Hosta to go in this. It was perfect for the spot I needed it for. I really didn't see anything else that day that I could use as a planter but..........I found two crystal champagne glasses just like two I already have. I used to have 4 but two broke so now I have 4 again.
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Also two glass dishes. I may keep those to make a flower for the garden. I think that I can make something pretty if I can find just the right attachments. A project for this week maybe
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The flat one would be the back with the wavy one would be the front, then I need something in the center. This week I will look for something.
The next thing was a couple of blue and white souvenier cups and saucers from Stratford On Avon in England.
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I found this fairy welcome sign, just had to take that home
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Also an angel. I had just the spot for her too.
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The next thing that I could not leave behind was a milk and sugar bowl set and a gorgeous little bowl. The bowl is hand painted in Thailand. The gold is in relief and the blue is so pure and lovely. I had to have it. I will maybe put a plant in it.
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Lastly I think was this small colander. It is black. It will be just right to rinse berries in. Or if it doesn't get much use then it too can be a planter, its just the right size for that too.
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So, although my search for planters was only a partial success I do think I found some other good things.
I took the pictures with my phone. I did a very silly thing. I left my camera out on a barrel of flowers while I did some garden chores. Then I completely forgot and put the sprinklers on. Yes well, I thought the camera was ruined. It would not even turn on. Tried different things and gave up. went and got a new camera. I had wanted a new one, the Kodak was getting iffy at best. Now I had good reason. We were going to Gabbys for a cookout and I knew I would want to take pictures. I got a Nikon. It was not as expensive as the Kodak...........well tonight the Kodak turned on.
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Friday, July 4, 2014


I really don't have a lot today but wanted to do a post anyway. In my Facebook page Bluebell Woods, I post a lot of pretty pictures. I love the colour blue (also green) actually I like a lot of colours and my taste in colour depends upon its use. If its clothes then I like neutrals and love black. In my house I suppose earth tones dominated for the longest time but I am slowly changing that.............for flowers though and other things I just love blue. This first picture is a delicate blue, probably my favourite.
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I love it in pictures and probably in decorating too. I did a bedroom in blue and I am very happy with it.
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There is a point where blue becomes purple, I am not sure where the line is but this china is beautiful
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Lavender may be a better word than purple, because this dress is not purple and yet is not blue either
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Then there is jewelry. My favourite stone is the diamond but the Tanzanite comes a close 2nd.
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I suppose the flowers take the cake though
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so just a few pictures to put you in a blue mood.............not litterally but colourfully
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Tuesday, July 1, 2014


My daughter and I agree we must have been Magpies in a former life. Not that I believe that stuff but if I did........well the point is I love glass.
While out with Edna we stopped in Alden. There is a shop there that I always stop in, it has a very large variety of stuff. One thing I found and wanted more of were little glass dishes, not really dishes.......well take a look.
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So I was able to find a couple more.I have a couple on my kitchen windowsill. They are useful, rings, pills and so on. They also look pretty.
I am thinking of getting a few for Christmas gifts.
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They had more last time we were there, more variety, but I found a couple.
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those were the small ones and before I did get one a little larger.
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I bought this trivet at the same place. They are really coasters and I think I will get a set for someone as a Christmas gift. They are sparkly and pretty.
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I collect, just like a Magpie, to decorate my nest. I love glass. I had no idea what to do with these glass balls, then I found the dish.
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Not sure if the cobwebs show or not but I love to hang glass where the light catches it.
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I also have some wire baskets full of fish floats, they sparkle in the sun. I was going to show a few more things but the Photobucket is not working so thats it for today.
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