Mar 27, 2010

Don't throw Away those Old Baskets!

The next time a basket falls apart , don't throw it away.
Use parts of it as a background for art work.

Dried Mushrooms from the Maine woods

Sun & Moon Art

And it is a great way to recycle those baskets!

Mar 23, 2010

For The People

Today was a historic moment for the citizens of the United States. Our President, Barak Obama, signed the Health Insurance Reform Bill into law. This will make insurance affordable for millions of uninsured citizens. This has been a long time coming and a desperately needed one. This legislation has many items that will be a boost to the lives of Americans starting this year. Especially for our children. This is a progressive bill with preventive measures. This is finally a start to better health for this country, both physically and mentally.

Once again we are part of the Democratic history of passing legislation that will help people and deter abuses by those whose bottom line is profit only. The Democrats can now add this to their list of accomplishments along with Medicare, Social Security and Civil Rights. This governing body of Democrats have secured those rights, not privilege, to ensure that we have access to good health in order to have "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed."

Our government is in place to protect our rights, not destroy them.
Unfortunately, the Republicans have behaved in a very unseemly way.
Instead of working in a bipartisan way with Democrats, they choose to show their true colors. Their anger, at not being able to protect the very corporations that have worked consistently to drain the life out of this country,is evident.
What did they do over these last few decades to ensure good health for their constituents and the rest of the country? Absolutely nothing!
Especially over the last 8 years of Republican rule when they could have
implemented Health reform. Absolutely Nothing!
They prefer status quo.

So today,with no representative of the Republican party at this historic signing, history will record it as so.

What a milestone we have reached!
The first African- American President has brought us Health Reform.

God Bless the President Obama,VP Biden and the Democrats.
God Bless this great country!

Mar 19, 2010

DIY French Antique

A few years ago I bought an unfinished
cupboard at a local furniture warehouse. I
wanted a place to house my books and special
items. Recreating a French antique cupboard similar to ones I had seen in magazines was my goal. I looked on line for flower appliqués but nothing seemed to come close to what I wanted.

So I decided to make my own out of polymer clay. The roses, the leaves and vines were made from white clay, baked then glued to the cupboard doors. I whitewashed the cupboard with pickling paint. Then I made a antique wash of walnut stain and linseed oil.
The stain was a little heavier in areas so to look as though it had built up over the years. Wrought iron hardware added the finishing touches.
I was very happy how it turned out. It is not like an actual French antique cupboard but I think it is as close as I can get for a fraction of the cost.

I love hanging beads on door handles and it just looked right for this piece.

Flower detail of the cupboard door.

Thanks for stopping by!

Mar 16, 2010

Recycled Christmas Cards

Memories of my Grandmother come back to me all the time... It seems as I get older it occurs more and more.... I hear my adult children reminisce about things, such as my kitchen garden which is the first thing you saw as you walked out the door, the homemade bread or my family recipe book, so that I know those memories have been instilled in them already.
When I think of my Grandmother, I think of her standing in her big kitchen cooking...(she made the most delicious Lemon Meringue pies, still my favorite today)...making braided rugs, tending her roses, picking blueberries or playing Scrabble with her. I spent every weekend at my grandparents home. It was my wonderland.
Christmas was always glorious at Grammy & Grampa's house. It is why Christmas is my favorite holiday. The tinsel and big colored lights, the bubble lights in the windows, the Napco Santas on the TV and those beautiful Christmas card ornaments. I wish I had some now.
This year as I was I cleaning out my Christmas decorations, I had a stack of Christmas Cards from my family and friends. Now I knew why Grammy made those ornaments. It was a great way to display these cards for everyone to enjoy. When you look at them, you see images and remember who sent it. But I realize that Grammy was a recycler!!!

I got the pattern from the web and started cutting out the circles. Enough to make 12 ornaments. One site even suggested adding the year and names of those who sent it. Which I still need to do plus I even thought of adding some little charms from the hangers too. I also edged mine with glitter for a little sparkle.
Not only are these a great way to create a family heirloom, a topping for a present but it is a great way to recycle the cards.
So here are the results and the great web site
for the pattern and instructions! Thanks Grammy for instilling another tradition.
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