Monday, June 22, 2009

Mellow Yellow Monday's How to...

When I first participated in the "Mellow Yellow Monday" I thought I'll never find enough yellow to do this for long. Well to my surprise, life is better with a splash of yellow in it. We began this project with an Ikea mirror, which had been primed with a flat paint, the mirror is taped off. And then you chose tiles and glass and cut and glue. You must then let this all set for at least 24 hrs. and then grout.

I was immediately drawn to the blues and yellows of the tiles, and so this is the result of my creation.

This was our learning piece, now we'll be watching for things to mosaic, our next project is a bird bath. I could kick myself, my mother's home had a porcelain pigeon which I either threw away or gave away, and now wouldn't he look great in my bird bath.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Brenda's Photo Challenge, beauty is in the eyes of the beholder

This week TheBrenda's Photo Challenge is hosted by Karen M. Thank You Karen. I don't have any difficulty in seeing the beauty around me, often things that I find beautiful no one else does, hence "beauty is in the eyes of the beholder.

I must admit I'm a basket junkie. When we were first married I went out and bought baskets, my husband had a fit, he said he wasn't working to pay for baskets, well he got over it. As a matter of fact when my beloved niece didn't have a bread basket, I just couldn't believe it, she's been married for 5years. I'll be fixing that.
I also need to draw your attention to the navy blue table cover, that's a tree skirt, a Christmas Tree skirt, it's a huge painting project that I've set my time for as Christmas in July, I love the blue of it I believe its a Catherine Holman Design I'm doing on it, Love Catherine Holman designs.

There are many other things I love to look at, and sometimes buy, when the price is right. I bought this little teacup when I was 12, yes 12, it cost 10cents at Pan Daca's store. I had used my snack money or bus money after polish school. I don't have the saucer for it, but I keep looking and look what I find in the process.
I always figure if I find a saucer for this teacup, I'll have to look for a cake plate to match, because no one has tea without a piece of delicious cake.

This is a figurine I picked up in Poland, about 30 years ago, again a real steal, the lace on the dress is damaged, but at the time I was designing dresses so your petticoat would show and thought that was quite cool.

Just a couple of finds whilst looking for a saucer.

I wasn't looking for the saucer on this adventure, I had gone in to a local florist to get flowers for a friend who's husband had passed away and the florist had a box of dishes on the floor label free to good home. When I checked it out on E Bay it's probably 100 years old and worth somewhere in the $185.00 range. Now that's if I've entered all the info correctly. Antiques Road Show here I come. (along with my $5,000 penny, but that's another blog.)

And then there are the beauties that are closer to my heart. My yard is a mess, as is my house, with all these car parts. My brother in law has nervous twitches every time he sees this. But, if you're a mom, and you've experienced your child moving away, you'll understand why I keep these around. It must mean he'll at least come back for his car.