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, June 25, 2017

Fixing things.........................

Money being tight this summer has made me look at what I have sitting around. I decided to fix a few things that have been cast aside either broken or rusty or something
I collected fairies one summer, little plant pot things that rusted and the paint peeled. I used nail polish and added glitter and fixed a few of those almost good as new.
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There were several of those, some with wind chimes on them, some plant stakes and the ones like that one that hangs on a wall. They all needed a touch of paint and glitter to last another year.
I made a garden angel several years ago. She had wings at one time but those somehow fell off and got lost. They may show up some day. Meanwhile I am giving her a coat of paint and deciding if I want to give her wings again. She had two wooden spoons as arms. I will find two more and she can have arms again.
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I had an idea of what I wanted to do for her. There is an old chair outside that was used to hold up plants, like a frame. So I had Gerry make a seat for it and put on a back, then I will sit her on the chair once its painted and let her hold a plant with her wooden spoon arms. Thats what I want to get done tomorrow.
Here is Bodi watching her dad fix the chair.
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I need to paint the new wood on the chair I suppose and then I can attach her to the back of it.
At least with all the rain I have had stuff to do inside. I have my poor dining table full again. Two boxes of drift wood and now some boxes of stained glass crap. Several years ago now I made a bunch of stained glass wind chimes. Bit by bit they fell apart as I left them out all winter. I need to use stuff up so may as well get working on that again. As I said, I cant buy anything so will make something instead. Oh the ideas I have. I have to use up glass that I have. I can replace broken window panes in the "shed" (garage) it would be pretty. I have all the things I need to do it all.
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These are the broken pieces
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This is one of the originals. I will put that back together and maybe improve on it.
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Maybe one day I will get my dining table cleaned off. Probably just in time to get the sewing machine out?.

Saturday, June 17, 2017


No money to spend on the garden this year. Well, except essentials that is. So I brought in all the old garden ornaments, the plant stakes that were rusty and dull. I have a lot of unused nail polish and found that a coat of that really brightened things up. I was being lazy and didn't want to get the paints out. Anyway, some of it had sparkles in. So..........I thought these fairies really benefited from a coat of varnish.
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I figured that maybe next year I would be able to do better. Really I am happy enough without any now everything is more mature. Still, waste not want not right!
So with that in mind I looked for some old barrel hoops I had around. I found them and this is what I made.
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I really liked that one.........I really wanted this and so was so chuffed to find that it all fitted together just so, it had nails and had holes so it all went perfect. The ball is a shine in the dark and was perfect. I have a few old copper pieces that have lost the glass parts and so I am working on those to refurbish.
I made a driftwood wind chime with some old cow bells
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I have a big box of driftwood that I intend to make more of those. I found a glass bell jar and decided to use that. Here it hangs over a flower basket
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This little stained glass leaf had lost its ladybug so I found a red glass bead and viola!!!! fixed
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I also had this last year and on a shorter stem it went in a planter just so.
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Anyway, that's the idea. My pictures are slow loading so I will sign off for now and maybe add some pictures after the fact.