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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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Sketchbook...............

I have not done much at all in the way of thrift shops or garage/yard sales. I am watching kids till school starts. A friend of Alex moved back up here and has 3 little ones. Apparently day care is difficult to get around here. So I offered to help out. I can use a little extra money and can do it for way less than daycare. So because I have nothing I will post some pictures from my sketchbook without comment.
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My program is not loading very fast so thats it for now. More later unless something better comes along

Monday, July 31, 2017

Italian something.................

I tried a new dish this evening and I liked it. I am not sure it has a name but based on Italian food. I didn't think till after I was done eating, there is no meat in it so it will become a tried and true because I loved it.
Here is what I did.
I cooked up some egg noodles.
In a 9 X 13 glass pan sprayed with Pam I put the cooked noodles. So I guess you can guess the amount by how many you want to serve. Mind you I ate a double dose.
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While the noodles were cooking I prepared the veggies. I had bought fresh mushrooms, cherry tomatoes and on hand I had zucchini, green peppers and a few bits from my garden. I only had about half dozen fresh green beans and some mild Jalapeno peppers, very mild but tasty. I cut up an onion and began to fry in butter along with the mushrooms, adding the rest as I cut them up. I suppose you could use any veggies you have on hand or want to use up. Be sure to have the cherry tomatoes though as they gave it a nice pop and I did not cook them first.
So when that was all done I spread them over the cooked noodles. I sprinkled on some salt and pepper and some dried basil as well as some fresh from my garden that smelled divine. Don't forget the cherry tomatoes.
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I am really enjoying the fresh Basil and Parsley from the garden. Those are things I will grow next year and try to keep some in the house.
Anyway...........I had a jar of Basil, garlic and onion spaghetti sauce that went with the theme. Spread that over the vegetables and topped with Mozzarella grated cheese.
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I put it in a 350 oven, it was in for maybe 45 mins because I wanted the cheese crunchy. OMGoodness it was awesome. So as all the veggies were partly cooked and fresh in any case you can cook to the doneness you enjoy.
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So here is what I used. No measurements really required.
1 jar of spagghetti sause, basil, garlic and onion. 24 oz
1 large onion.
fresh sliced mushrooms.
fresh tiny cherry tomatoes.
small chunks (not slices) of Zucchini.
sliced green peppers.
(maybe corn or any other leftover veggies)
A few leaves of fresh basil.
sprig of fresh parsley.
1/2 teaspoon of dried basil.
salt and pepper.
1 bag of shredded Mozzarella cheese.
Enough cooked noodles to 1/2 fill a 9 x 13 oven dish.

Cook noodles and drain then line your (sprayed)baking dish.
Cook the veggies in butter (gives a better taste than oil but cook how you like them, but don't overcook) then spread evenly over the noodles
Open a jar of sauce and spread over the veggies and top with a bag of shredded Mozzarella cheese.
Cook 350 till nice and brown and if you like it crunchy it takes about 45 mins.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Blueberry the raccoon.....................

On our way home from a day out we saw a young Raccoon by the side of the road. He seemed hurt. We stopped and Gerry went to check him out. I didn't want to look in case it was, you know, yucky. I am very squeamish. It didn't seem to be but he was definitely hurt. He walked up to Gerry like he was it's mum. So I got a blanket and picked him up. We had no idea what we were going to do, but could not leave him there. He may be a she, we never checked.
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He chattered all the way home, sort of plaintiff crying, but not really crying. Just chatter. He was content to sit with me and I petted his head and cooed to him. When we got home we got our dogs carry case and put him in there.
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We gave him some grapes and blueberries and he tucked in content.
Meanwhile I called a wildlife rescue. They only took baby deer but gave me the name of a local woman who took raccoons. Well that was a complete disappointment. She told me to take him to the vet and get it put down. I said I can't do that. So I got a lecture on the dangers of keeping a Raccoon. The round worm that is dangerous to people and pets. Yes I know that, but if I can get a vet to give him something to fix that. She said no, vets around here are not wildlife vets. The DNR would put it down too. So the next thing she mentioned was distemper. Yes I knew about that too. I would get him shots for that, my dogs are vaccinated.
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She said she only took healthy raccoons and as this one was not growling and snapping and snarling at me it had to be sick. Well even so, I want to help him. He can still live a good life. It turned out his foot./ankle seemed to be broken, He could not put weight on it. I think he must have gotten swiped by a car. Gerry made a bigger cage for him as we expected to have him awhile.
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So all this while I am making phone calls. I told him what she had said. We didn't want to have him put down. His eyes were bright and nose not running, no drool, he was eating well and took a quick nap. I gave him corn on the cob and more grapes.
Look at that face.
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So it was beginning to get dark, well the sun was going down. I went to check him out and his little face was poking out like the dogs do when they watch us through the trellis. I called Gerry because I just knew he was trying to get out.
He sure was, in fact he did get out. So as he was getting along quite well despite his injury we decided to take him back where we found him. I figured that at least that way he had a chance. I was not taking him to a vet and being made to get him put down. He deserved better. I am disgusted at the wildlife rescue people who would not help, or give advice. Well yes she did give me advice, get him put down and when I tried to ask other questions as to how I could help she just said "you are not listening, put him down" ...........so
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We put him back in the carrier (that we must now detox) and took him not far from where we found him but back further away from the road.
No chance of a dog encounter or the road. Left him happily munching on grapes and wished him a long and happy life. It was all we could do for Blueberry as Reina named him.
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They are nocturnal so he should do better in his own territory, maybe hook back up with family? I know it's a harsh world out there with Coyote and so on but say a prayer for little Blueberry and hope he makes it. At least he has a chance now he is no longer stunned. He will hurt for a time for sure but maybe it will heal in time. Just give him some time Lord.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Garden stuff.......................

I am busy working on garden stuff. I am enjoying using up things that have been set aside for a very long time. I figure it's actually time to use some of the things I have collected over the years. That means a lot of beads...........I have a lot of beads. I made a wind chime today from beads. I had fun drilling holes in a piece of driftwood. Thought it was going to erupt in flames when it started to smoke. I have a Dremel and just learning how to use it. I can NOT imagine drilling rocks. That was what I bought it for. Anyway, last night I drilled the holes and today I threaded the beads. This is what came out.
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So refurbishing things.........I have these wings from a long gone fairy.
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I am thinking Butterfly?
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I need to figure out what else I can add to it to make it look pretty.
I am not sure if I showed this on my last post but here it is again just in case. A Christmas ornament to replace the one that broke.
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So next I went through my box of wood and came up with enough to make another one or maybe two wooden wind chimes.
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Gonna be busy with the Dremel again. Some are drilled from last time but one pile is not. I also have a lot of bigger pieces to make the tops so I hope I am on a roll and actually get these done. I have not even started on the stones yet........I finished this one today
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That one has a nice sound with the cow bell......and I added a heart crystal to my tea pot
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It needs a few more and I do have some so will continue that theme but its too humid out there today. Phew....I am done for today.
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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

Recycled....................

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.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Front Porch Update..........................

I have been trying to get the front porch updated for Spring. Once the snow left I waited for Gerry to get the vines down. At some point this year he hopes to work on the roof and porch. When the snow falls down onto the porch roof it is doing some damage and that has to be fixed. So with that in mind we decided to take down the vines. Now we won't have birds nesting. That would be sad except that now we have cats, I don't like the stress. Plus Mrs Robin got in a huff last year when I was working out ther and left. Why do I get the cranky ones. So now, it's all gone.
Meanwhile, Laura and I were out the other day and stopped in at the Thrift Store in Lake Leelanau. It's a nice one. Only trouble is they only take cash or cheques. So I was limited to what I could buy. I was out of cheques (so ordered some) and had very little cash. I found two bunnies at 2 dollars each and a basket for one dollar. I only had 4 dollars and 60cents. She let me have it so next time we stop I will make up the difference.
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That one looks like Spring so I figure she can stay on the porch for awhile.
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That one is a boy, he can also stay there for the summer. I also dragged out an old bunny that the poodles had been playing with, tidied her up and sat her on the rocker
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I had folded a really old quilt on the bench and another thrown over. At some point I need to paint the bench, rocker and table as well as the little table that I use to get the mail. For now nothing is arranged too well I am just getting stuff out there. I put out some plastic greens in a hand made basket (by me) to give a little life out there. The big fake tree will be good when I put some rocks in the basket to stop it blowing over haha.
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This afternoon I sat and made some cushion covers for some cushions for the bench. I just grabbed some fabric that I would probably never use and did a very quick job.
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The basket that I got for a dollar will be used for flowers as soon as I find them.Last year I had the flowers in a basket on the bench but not sure how it will all end up this year
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I need to get into the shed/garage to find all my summer stuff. I did get the garden chairs out and need to wash them all but for now they are out.
The side table has an embroidered table cloth on it. It's really too nice for outside but better than sitting in a drawer I guess.
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I found this Butterfly last year at some craft place. It is made from spark plugs. Isn't it cool.
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I still have to find a wreath for the wall or the picture I hung out there last year. Now I don't have the vines to contend with I am thinking of hanging a couple of old windows with some broken glass designs on them. Or stained glass. Or maybe some glass balls. Not sure yet.................this is still a work in progress.
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