Sunday, July 29, 2007
Sunday, July 22, 2007
Sunday, July 15, 2007
Okay, now, is there really anything cuter than baby animals? These two baby wrens shared the nest with another sibling and when I took one of my (many) daily walks through my garden, noticed that they were gone. (*Sigh*) They grow up so quickly.
My gardens have finally recovered from that late frost we had! I was beginning to think that none of them were going to have any blooms this year! But, as you can see, my lillies are growing and blowing and my gladiolas are coming into full color. I love how our big garden angel stands in the midst of these day lillies and am so glad I decided to plant the ones my mother-in-law gave me around her!
Remember my garden path? Would you believe I still haven't finished it? But wait! Don't yell at me yet - I ran out of bricks (I was using the discarded bricks from my MIL's old fireplace)! And, although I was mixing some stones and river rocks with the bricks on the pathway, I won't take responsibility for the short fireplace. Okay, okay, so it's not a real good excuse. But it's the only one I could come up with at such short notice. And, speaking of my MIL...This old birdhouse has always delighted me. She gave it to me several years before she died; however, it stayed at the old homestead until my SIL moved out.
Nobody knows who made it or when. All I know is, it's very old and I need to re-attach the tiny barrel and bucket that are supposed to sit on the front porch.
Looks like something from Little House on the Prairie, doesn't it? I can almost envision that a miniature Laura Ingalls will come bouncing out of the door at any moment.
Oh! Here's one I almost forgot to show you!
Okay, she's not much of a re-do as it didn't take a lot of brain cells to figure out what to do with her. But she's still a re-do and I really like how she looks in my garden.
She started life as a wall hanging. I know this because there was a toothy-type hanger on back of her when I bought her for 25 cents at Sally Ann's (our acronym for Salvation Army). Except for a bit of reddish nylon doll-hair hanging from the nape of her neck, she was bald-headed. So I threaded a ribbon through a tiny straw hat and glued and stapled it to her head. Ouch! She seems okay, tho - look how serene she looks! Of course, I removed the hook from her back, put a silk flower in her hand, attached a dowel rod and plunged it into the ground.
No, I didn't cut this cow from the bottom of a drawer but wouldn't that have made it more interesting? Hmmm. At least it's something to give myself to think about. I actually made it from some discarded plywood my hubby and I found at a building site. The ears are scraps of "pleather" - a supposedly fancier term for plastic fabric created to look like leather (it doesn't). I painted it with acrylics and weather-protected it with about seven coats of varnish. I probably overkilled it on the varnish but look how well it's withstood the elements.
This little phone seat was seat-less when I found it. I scrubbed the filth off it (why does discarded furniture always have to be so darned dirty???), painted it, recovered a seat and you're looking at the results. It's for sale in one of the shops. The two primitive dolls on it were made by me.
This 1800's chest was an absolute MESS when we bought it! Someone had given it a sloppy black and white paint job over green paint, over blue paint, over all the previous colors. Some of the drawers were broken, the pulls were either missing or broken and the wood had deep gashes in it. All this, and a child's crayon artwork on the back and in some of the drawers. It was made using dowel rods for nails. The wood was in such bad shape that my hubby decided to paint it black after he repaired it, and he added these sweet pull knobs to the lower drawers.
If you want to see more photos of the items we have in Shop Around the Corner, click here: http://adobe.kodakgallery.com/ShareLandingSignin.jsp?Uc=pctuuze.2cyhto8e&Uy=bnfx6o&Upost_signin=Slideshow.jsp%3Fmode%3Dfromshare&Ux=0
'Till next time...
Thursday, July 5, 2007
Number 1: (Remember, no particular order...!): Sharing one of your past experiences with a young person will not teach that young person the same lesson.
Number 1A: Repeating that same story to the same young person will STILL not teach that young person the same lesson. It will only sound like a lecture and who wants to listen to those?
Number 2: Regardless of a person's education, intelligence or life experiences, you can learn something from every other individual. My son actually verbalized this to me when he was just a young boy around eleven or twelve years old. I guess I already knew that but I was impressed with his insight.
Number 3: Different people bring out different traits in you. Example: If you have three equally good friends, you will provide something different to each of them in terms of your friendship or relationship.
Number 4: Being opinionated isn't necessarily a bad thing. Spoken by an opinionated person.
Number 5: I don't care what anyone says, I think severely rich people are happier than severely poor people.
Number 6: There is no such thing as loving your child too much.
Number 7: Everyone is born with some kind of skill or talent.
Number 8: Being educated doesn't make a person smart.
Number 8A: Being uneducated doesn't make a person less smart than an educated person.
Number 9: It is important for parents to earn respect of their young children. If a child doesn't respect you at age 6, don't expect him/her to respect you when they turn 16.
Number 10: It is not a humorous situation if it makes someone else cry.
Number 11: Some people truly are totally obnoxious.
Number 12: Flower bulbs are great examples of rebirth.
Number 13: Weeds have a lot in common with old people. It's easy for both to spread if not watched carefully. (I'm thinking of my hips, not the number of old people)
There are, of course, more but it is getting late and I'm getting tired. Feel free to share your lessons and musings with me. 'Night.