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THANKFUL TABLE SCAPE!

Posted: December 8, 2013 in Uncategorized

Nothing says the Holidays to me…

Like a Good Table Scape!

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Our Thanksgiving Dining Room Table…

Before the Food!

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Bits and Pieces details of it all!

I got the vintage frames from thrift stores.
I dipped into my collection of paper (some of this paper is handmade from over 20 years ago) for the leaf and backgrounds.
I printed out a maple leaf template to use as stencil.
I cut the paper and then put it all together!

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I got the pressed glass cuties from a thrift store…all for 25 cents each.
Two small bowls and 4 cordial glasses = $1.50 !!

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Bag of Fresh Cranberries from the local grocery store!

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Leaves that got caught up in stuff when we recently moved from Vermont!

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Plain plates with clothe napkin wrapped silverware held together by twine surrounded by a few cranberries!

With a mix of vintage crystal wine glasses and vintage cocktail (ahem, water) glasses from our own large collection of glasses.

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And the centerpiece of it all…THE WHEEL!

I know you want to know about it….

Don’t you?

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Since I love old rusty metal things, I fell in love with it at an auction!

But we  had no idea what it was…

As I like to do, I researched it.

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Low and Behold…it was not the antique fly fishing line (made of silk back in the day) dryer that I first thought!

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After some help of an awesome online stranger…

We figured it out!

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Thanks to that logo in the center!

The initials are HW for the Heywood Wakefield Company.  Some of you may be familiar with a furniture company name that is now  hugely popular for it’s Mid-Century furniture. This piece precedes the Mid-Century. Both the Heywood Company and the Wakefield Company were started in the mid 1800’s making rattan furniture.  They merging together in the very late 1800’s., but the name Heywood Wakefield did not take hold until 1921. The main part of this piece is from one of the rattan baby buggies/prams they made in the 1920’s.

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The rest of the story of this piece is based on ideas from photos in a book of the history of Heywood Wakefield.

It is obvious that it is handmade, but it also obvious that it is very well made at that. We believe it was made by workers in the Heywood Wakefield factory to help them feed the rattan into the machines making the rattan furniture.

How cool is that?

Well, we think it is so cool!  That is our story and we are sticking to it!

Until anyone else shares any other info about it with us!

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And now on the Christmas Decorating!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS EVERYONE!

If you are looking for that perfect decor piece or holiday gift, check out:  OUR OWN BIG WORLD!

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I will mostly let the colors speak for themselves!

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Candy Colored Country Drive!

From Candy Coated Fall Leaves Fell.

Just like Leaves Candy Fall from the Trees in VT!

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Peaking Fall.

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Bin Fall Fruit Candy!

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Fruity Colored Trees.

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Looks Like it Tastes Yummy!

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So Sweet!

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Swedish Fish New England Style!

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Looks Good Enough to Eat!

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The Sweet Sweet Staircase.

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5 Second Rule…Eat It!

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Fall Corn…Candy Style!

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Let the Sweetness Fall!

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Where Sweet is Made.

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Sugar Shack!

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Gummy Vermont Bears!

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Where Gummy Bears Live.

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Gummy Barn.

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Going on Down to Gummy-Town!

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Skittles Come in Fall Colors.

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Skittle Yellow #Vermont.

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Skittles Fall from the Sky and slip off the leaves…and this is how they get their colors!

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A SkittleThrew Up on this Leaf.

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Reeses Pieces is the Taste of Fall.

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Where the Pieces Go to Retire!

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Or Here.

And They Work on Farms to Grow…

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Reese Trees!

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The Deep Fall Colors of Chocolate Covered Cherries!

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Dripping Fall Sauce.

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Fall Cherry Tree!

HAPPY END OF FALL!

If you are interested in buying some photos contact me here or go to:  PHOTOS @ OUR OWN BIG WORLD!

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Yes, I wrote, “Chain”delier!

A Chandelier….

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Made from Chain!

The idea started out with Old Chain.

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But I ran out and added some new chain which added something shiny…

Which this girl always like!

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There was a lot of chain cutting…

Which had to be done in different sessions due to my dainty girl-man hands!

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And then there was attaching…

Triple attaching at that!

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Metal Rings, Glue & Wire…

Makes for a strong Chaindelier!

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And since this girl is distracted by shiny things…

I decided to add more of it!

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Using Vintage Chandelier Crystals…

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And Beads!

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And there you have it!

A Long and fun process.

It does not have a light in it as is, but I have the fixture to put in it at any moment!

I can be yours …  The Chandelier @ OUR OWN BIG WORLD!

Some extra shine for your holiday season!

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BRASS FLOWERS!

Posted: August 29, 2013 in Uncategorized

When life gives you lemons,

Make Lemonade!

When you buy two old brass curtain Tie-backs,

Make Flowers!

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And I started to glue to set them in place!

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I could have cut the screw part of the tie-back, but I do not like to change items like that unless they want to turn back into their original use one day!

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Twin Twirling!

I used more glue to set the twine too!

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One Down One To Go!

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Look at Those Cute Little Lovelies!

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Shine On!

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I have been so busy buying, photographing, editing and putting items up for sale, I have not been doing that much in the arts and crafts department, so taking the time to do this quickie was really fun and appreciated!

To see more of what I make and sell check out my online shop!

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It was just my Mom’s 75th Birthday…

And I wanted to do something special for her!

I heard about giving 75 letters with memories in them  from people in her life,

And I liked that idea!

But I put my own twist on it!

Introducing…

The  BOOK OF MOM!

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First, I must admit scrape booking is not my genre of arts & crafts.

But this is how I did it!

I asked, begged, borrowed, got mad at, begged again, bothered, badgered, honey badgered, and pleaded with people to give me memories they have of my Mother.

I did this mostly by email and Facebook.  Also when I visited my Mom, I sneaked in and took photos of her address book, all spy-like.  Then I sent out self-addressed, self-stamped cards for them to send back with hand-written memories of my Mom in them.

I really wanted 75 different people with a memory each, as my Mom has over 250 relatives just on her side of the family, not to mention my father’s or stepfather’s sides of the family or friends either!

Although I got some great awesome memories from great awesome people, I did not reach my 75 people goal.  The thing is, I am glad now because most of her 5 kids had way more than one memory to include in this books, as well as some other people from her life, so I got to include all of them!

After I collected the quotes, I changed fonts and colors of the ones I received electronically for some color in the book!  Some were hand written on cards also.

I decided I wanted photos to go with the quotes so I had to collect them as well. I went through my own online photo options, stole some from Facebook pages, and again, I went into spy mode and took photos of my Mom’s albums when I last visited her!

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Photos! My Mom has always love Giraffes, fortunately I visited some last summer and took a lot of photos!

With book designs floating around my head, I started to collect embellishments for the pages!

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I tried to get things my Mom likes, like puffy giraffe stamps, as well as shiny things!

My Mom likes shiny things just like me!

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I also made frames from paper I had around. Fun way to add color to the pages!

And then I had an idea of genius!

Well, I think so!

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I cut out words that describe my Mom!

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And Modge Podged them all over a piece of cardboard for the cover of the book.

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With the Catholic Guilt my Mother help install in me, I must admit the old dictionary I used was only from M – Z ! So, although there are a lot of A – N words that describe my Mom, this project of mine only covers the M – Z ones!

But believe it or not, they were enough for all of the front cover and around the edges of the inside of the front cover and both sides of the back cover!

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The start of the inside covers were edged in words that describe my Mom!

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The center was covered in burlap!

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My Mother In-Law even got in on the creativity and layered the back cover in illustrations from the old dictionary with words describing my Mom around the edges!  Thanks Alice!

And now the pages!

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Organizing the quotes going with the photos, and which photo & quote going with what pages took a lot of time! But I did it!

Before I go on, let me explain the quote part. I had some quotes hand-written on cards/note paper with envelopes, some quotes that I typed out I put inside blank cards, some I typed up and put into blank envelopes and others I just glue as is on the page!

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And example of the quotes (one hand-written in the “P” card) and one just glued on the page, and the photos with frames!

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More examples!

After the whole book was done with quotes, photos & frames…

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I embellished with my shiny things, funny things, giraffe things, star things, old things and I put my paint pens to good use too!

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I got creative with my embellishments!

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Buttons!

I then made the Title Page!

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All pages & covers are done!

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Now what?

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Binding…

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And Cover Embellishment!

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A vintage letter “P” Pin, a vintage small rhinestone pin, and a large blingy crown pendent…all for my Shiny Queen Mum!

The book is over 80 pages, so I will not put all of them on this blog, but if you click on any photo it will bring you to a photo album where there is a photo of each page!

Here are some page and quote examples!

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“I remember you making curtains and cushions for the station wagon so we could camp out. I remember that EVERY Christmas there were tons of gifts for us kids always, no matter how little money you had. I remember a party of some size or another for every birthday growing up. Thank you for giving me a happy childhood. Have the happiest birthday ever! Love, Dawn”

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“I remember the time you had to go to NY
and I stayed at Jay Crosby’s house for a week.
I was terribly homesick and I will never forget the
feeling of love when I came down the stairs and
you were standing there. Happy Birthday!
Love, Randy”

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“You signed me up for sewing lesson and I loved it! I sewed everything! All through High School I would make prom or homecoming dresses and other clothes. I was always using your sewing machine. Before I left to go to California for college, you wanted to give me something special. You bought me my own sewing machine. I was 18 driving across the U.S. and I had my sewing machine with me. I am still using the same sewing machine, around 35 years later! Thanks Mom and I hope you have the happiest birthdays ever! Love, Carlene”

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“When I was little I had the mumps and you let Carlene stay home from school to play games with me because it was the only thing that could distract me from the pain, until the meds kicked in. Thanks! I hope you have a pain-free birthday! Love, Todd”

“I have lots of good memories from New York when I was very young,
like trips to the beach and when you and Dad would bring us over to
Grandma Balzarano’s. You were always bringing us somewhere!
I hope you have a great Birthday! Love, Wayne.”

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“Oh My Gosh, the best memory I have of you is the night before
Dawn had her appendectomy in the house on Riverview, when
you were pulling the strings on your cardboard puppets. Todd
& I were mimicking the puppets. You and Dawn were in tears
laughing and Dawn was saying, “ It hurts it hurts (Because Dawn
appendix was bursting) & You were just about tinkling in your britches!
Happy Birthday & Love, Patty (McLoone) Strautman”

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Aunt Peggy, what I remember of you is from when I was 15 and now I’m 51. I want to take the opportunity to tell you, “Thank you!” for taking me under your wing, for believing in me, caring for me, and most of all helping me on my way. It taught me that one act of kindness can and will last a lifetime!” I love you Aunt Peggy! God Puts you Where He Wants you To Be, Thank you and Happy Birthday! Love, Janet Duffy” 

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“Happy Birthday Sister! I remember when you all lived in Port Jefferson Station
at the end of a street with a stone wall in the front. You parked next to the wall
and I was helping you get the kids in the car. I calmly said to you, “please hurry up…
there’s a snake on my foot”. You freaked and screamed!
I scream “Happy Birthday!” Love, Mary!”

Again, if you want to see photos of all the pages, click any photo to get to the album!

I want to thank everyone who gave me memories, I could not have made this without you!

And now, the most important part…

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM, PEGGY, AUNT PEGGY & GRANDMA!

We All Love You!

PS…if you want to see more things I make or have for sale click on the link below:

OUR OWN BIG WORLD!

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THEY WILL COME!

Squirrels…

That is!

After I think they broke two of my cheap plastic bird feeders,

I decided to make a feeder just for them…

And to make it indestructible!

So…I went to my favorite place…

RENEW SALVAGE!

I looked and looked and looked…

And I walked out with…

A Vintage Tin Food Strainer, A Mid-Century Style Tapered Table Leg, and a Square Bit of Screen!

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First, make center hole bigger!

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Screw leg into said hole!

I used super strong glue to make sure it was really secure.

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See!

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Now, I needed to make a lid!

My squirrels have to work for their food!

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I decided on the Screen…

And marked it where to cut.

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And I cut it!

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I attached it in just these two spots with thin wire.

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No fancy hinges for me or my squirrels!

All Done!

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Then place it where the little creatures can get at it!

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Fill it up with nuts!

And like I said…

IF YOU BUILD IT…

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THEY WILL COME!

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Hmmm, I smell something good!

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Uh…Wait…How do I open this darned thing?

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Aha! Got it!

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Relax for a second!

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Must Hide…Must Hide…Must Hide My Nut!

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Okay…This may not be the best hiding place I have ever picked!

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Oh this one is much much better!

And I know I will remember exactly where I put this nut when I freezing my cute little furry butt off in winter!

Yippy!

And he came back…again and again!

He is stocked up for the next 3 winters!

AND NOW…

NOTHING TO DO WITH SQUIRRELS…

Hoop Spheres!

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I took a bunch of old wood and vintage metal needlepoint hoops…

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And turned them into decorator spheres!

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Perfect on the mantel or in a basket!

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You gotta love this atomic looking one done with the vintage metal oval hoops!

Now…whether it is for feeding little beasts or decorating you beautiful home…

Gather, Imagine, and Go!
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I have been using food jars to store my crafting and arts bit and pieces….

but could no longer handle the glass not being clear and the branding on the tops!

SO…FIXED THAT!

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I went crazy with the yellow, Yes…

But yellow IS awesome!

That was after I soaked and removed the labels and then used “Goof Off” to take off any date stamps and left over label glue!

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I know the trend is to paint the item glued on top too…

But I like the my toppers in the NUDE!

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And some of the toppers even have meaning to me!

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Okay, just one!  

Like the green VW Bug is a gift I gave my husband as a joke, because we play “Slug Bug” all the time!

Note: We only do old bugs & buses…other wise we would be too bruised!

But I do have to say I LOVE the doll hands….funky in a creepy way!

Truth…

I am keeping 3 of them, and I decided to put the two with old knobs in it in my shopito to see if I can sell some old inventory that I haven’t used! Paint it, shine, put it in a fun bottle…and maybe it will sell!

NOW…

The below piece I did not dedicate a whole post to because I did not photograph it along the way.

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It all stemmed from making the “flowers” for a wreath I made in a previous post.

Click below to see my “How To!” post!

Upcycle Wreath!

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Cutting, folding and rolling magazine paper flowers takes a lot of time!

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But the work was well worth it because…

I love with swirly, whirley, twirly look to them!

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I had a wood photo piece that  needed a punch of texture…

So, added felt & magazine paper loves on it!

Completing my Swirly, Twirly, Whirley Bundle of Fun!

Click below if you want to see my Wood Photo “How To!”

Photo on Wood Projects

Now, to my shopito to add, move around, and hopefully sell the hell out of…

My Old Things, Cool Stuffs, Funky Art, Clever Crafts, Upcycle Pieces, and of course, Loverly Antiques!

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What do you do when you have a funky piece of “art” in an old cool frame?

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Find some string…

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And…

START TO MAKE SOME ART!

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Figure out your design…

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And your color pallet!

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Oh, and we can’t forget…

The Accessories!

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String and Felt Flowers!

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I have to admit…I luuurve these!

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Now find the perfect place for the flowers!
(Ahem…maybe where you may think there are imperfections…Maybe?)

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And there you have it…

A new bright cheery piece!

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And yes…everything is for sale!

But right now…

It is happily placed on the wall in our living room until I am ready to let it go!

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Have not been making things lately, so I thought I would do a short post about my dreams.

 I am the dreamiest girl ever!

Really…

I am a dreaming fool!

And I not only dream a lot, but I remember them as well, in detail, mind you!

And even, sometimes I can recall several dreams a night.

Some are similar dreams that I have had all my life.

Like the losing control of a slow-moving car/the steering goes out dreams.

Or the flying dreams.  I love the flying dreams.  I used to hide that I could fly, now in my dreams I show it off!

Or the my 40-something brother is a little kid dreams.

But others provide story lines that books and movies are made of…really!

So much, I based a children’s adventure mystery novel on one of my dreams.

I started it 8-9 years ago, and then I met Jim, and  put it aside.  Picked it up again, and now I am almost done.

This dream made so much of an impact on our lives, that we went to the Czech Republic for our honeymoon.  That is where the dream, I mean, book is based.

I had never been to the Czech Republic, why oh why was I dreaming about it?

 My recent dreams have included lots of travel, a marriage and death of a friend, my little little brother, Jim driving down the wrong side on a busy freeway, buying antiques from an old gas station, exchanging addresses with a little girl in Honduras so we can keep in touch, trying to get on a bus in some crazy busy foreign country, cruise down the coast of Peru, under water pods, hurricane in Mexico…

Shall I go on?

Boy scouts on foreign beaches, my Mom, jumping off a moving collective, Jim losing control of a wagon, meeting an old couple that had a gondola, and being in school…like a private uniform wearing elementary school.

Last night I was on a road trip with my Mother In-Law!  Oh, the places I go and the people I hang out with…in my dreams!

I recently started emailing the dreams to my husband, just to write them down.  Hence, why I am telling you about them!

I am a bit of a free spirit, but I did not know I really live in a dream world!

At night I do!

 Dream on, My Friends, Dream On!

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I have to admit, I AM a Serial Creator.

In my past, I have killed off many mediums, and then moved on to the next!

Sometimes bringing back old haunts because…you know…they always return to the scene of the crime!

Here is The Life Cycle of This Serial Creator.

Pre-High School: Anything the Art Teacher Would Make Me Do!

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6th Grade: Block Print (Did the carving, water colors and printing!)

High School: Writing Poetry & Photography

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10th Grade:  For Photography Class!

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12th Grade:  My Nationwide Winning Photo for the “Year of the Disabled” Photo Contest.

I worked with this girl at McDonald’s…she was a friend that was born with just part her arm.  I still admire her!

College: Photography & Writing “Witty” Letters to the Editor of the School Paper.

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A couple of my letters to the Radford University Newspaper’s Editor.  I was so sassy!

I wish I could still write that neat!

20’s: Making Greeting Cards (When the Name “My Own Little World” was created), & Rock Jewelry.

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One of a series of the “Hill” themed birthday cards. The only sample of them that I have left…because I actually gave them to people after making them! I have a person in mind for this particular “Vintage” card of mine.

From Safety Pins & Pendants

My Rock Jewelry. I actually still wear these! Timeless Beauty!

30’s: Writing Children’s Stories, Making Greeting cards, & Creating Small Odd Gifties.

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Bookmarks that I thought were awesome…not so much now.

You should have seen the ugly Christmas Ornaments I made in the same design!

Ack!

Sorry friends and family for that “creative” period of mine!

But I still love the below creative flow!

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A variety of my Christmas Cards!

There is The “Gangsta’ Santa” one , The “Safe Sex Christmas Tree” one (It says “Keep Your Christmas Bright…Wrap It Tight”), The “Reindeer Got Ran Over by a Grandma” One, and of course, The “Dancing On Top Of Santa” one!          Good times!

Now, my one and only published piece!  And mind you, I got paid for it too!

Okay, I wrote on the internet too, but in the writing world, it is just not the same!

Click and Read, My Friends, Click and Read:

Volunteer, Learn a Language Combine Language Study and Volunteer Work in Guatemala

Early 40’s: Writing.

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From The Books I Made

Although, I just made these actual books, I wrote the stories in my early 40’s for a Children’s Clothing Line…that never went into the book business. But they said they liked them, they really did! Now, they are just for my 7-year-old twin nieces!

Mid 40’s: Blog Writing, Photography & Videography.

Examples of this are all wrapped up neatly in “Vintage” HenderBalz Blog Posts!

Click and Browse, my friends, Click and Browse:

HenderBalz Blog: El Salvador Story Time

Later Mid 40’s (ahem…NOW): Making of Things, Photography, Writing, & Videography.

Again, the HenderBalz Blog, says it best!

Check it out, My Friends, Check it out:

My Own Little World Shopito!

I attack with gusto, even to the point of trying to sell my work, and then I give up…whether I have done well or not.

MAY I NEVER GIVE UP AGAIN…MY OWN LITTLE WORLD SHALL GROW!

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