Friday, July 29, 2011

Bird Bath Completed!

Ahh, I love it when I get a project done. My process of creativity sometimes takes awhile. I have to stew on it for a bit; imagine where it will go, what colors to use, do I have the items I need. I knew I was finally ready to start when I found a vintage chip and dip bowl at a yard sale for only 50 cents. The two together reminded me of a flower, and I had a green vase, the rest is history. For those of you who would like to make one for yourself (it is super easy) here is a tutorial of all the steps. Have fun with it, the possibilities are endless!

I get all my glass ware from yard sales and thrift shops. I just find what ever appeals and save it till I get inspiration.

This is what I use to glue my pieces together. It is incredibly strong, waterproof and to this date none of my pieces have come apart. It is a bit smelly (strong vinegar scent) so I keep my craft room door closed and the windows open. You can usually find this at any hardware store. I get mine at Montana Ace Hardware.

I always start with a very heavy plate as the base and the first vase I fill with "ballast", in this case, little bits of tumbled glass. This makes the birdbath strong and heavy enough so that even a small pet cannot topple it. In this case I used a red plate (the color didn't really go with my design, but I knew it would not be seen when finished) I build in sections. I will glue the bottom section, then work on the top separately, letting the glue cure overnight. Finally I will put all the parts together, making sure they are all centered. If you want to embellish with additional pieces (marbles, shells, rocks, etc.) go for it and then let the piece cure for 24 hours. For this piece I kept it simple knowing that where I intended to put it, was busy enough.

Finished product! I just love it and it lends some sparkle to part of my shade garden. I took a shovel and made a slight indention where I wanted to place it and wiggled the red plate into the soil for strength, bringing some of the soil up onto the plate. Next up will be a hanging bird-feeder for my crab apple tree. All I need is one more plate, so off to yard sale again tomorrow for supplies!
Always, Kit

I am joining My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday
and also, Inspiration Friday, At the Picket Fence.

Monday, July 25, 2011

"Paint your Wag....Cows!"

Forget about wagons, let's paint some cows! Yep, you heard right. Here in Montana we paint our cows. I am just funnin' with ya. But in truth, here in my yard that is exactly what I do. A pretty painted mug, a new house, a bare ugly wall and an idea. That is all it took, oh and some paint. And one of those "thingys' that enlarge pictures and you can project them anywhere you like. Hubby traced the pattern and I got to work. Even took that years Christmas picture with our brand new "pets". We were the talk of the neighborhood.

Well, it has been 20 years and I think I have touched them up once (the beauty of a North facing wall) but this year, they were looking a bit rough, so out came the paint. The area has morphed over the past years, and they are a bit more hidden from view, but I still love them. And they are still the talk of the neighborhood!

Always, Kit

Friday, July 22, 2011

Birthdays, always a time to Celebrate!

The big event came on July 19, 1985 at 11:17 in the morning. I spent the whole night before in labor all on my own, just the way I wanted it, so I could savor the feelings. My daughter and I, curled up on the sofa; reading, embroidering and bonding. We chatted and shared dreams, and cherished those last hours totally connected to each other, as close as two people can be.

Now 26 years later, it is hard to believe and wonderful to realize, that we are still so very close to each other. I am so very lucky to have such a lovely young lady, who is funny, smart and beautiful, and so very kind. She does me proud. We are each others BFF's (Best friends forever!) and can't seem to go two days without seeing each other for a trip to Taco Bell and a major chat fest! We celebrated her special day on Tues. with a rip roarin' good time of Cowboys and Horses. I love themed birthdays and this one was fun; with cowboy hats, bandanas and of course jerky! In a tribute to Spaghetti Westerns, we had dinner at a local Italian restaurant (Ciao Mambo) and finished up the evening drinking root beer and eating cake. Because of course that is what cowboys do around the campfire after a hard day of roping cattle....LOL What a fun time and always great to get the 4 of us together again. But even more so, having my "baby" with me on our special day. Happy Birthday E! LYS

Always, Kit

Monday, July 18, 2011

Oregon - The Coast - Part 2

Well, this is the end of the travelogue of our trip. So many sites, sounds and scents. I love all the different plants and flowers I find ( isn't this Rose Campion lovely?) and my husband has a thing for boats. Oh, and bridges. We traveled south to Florence where I had the best crab in the World! With the cutest waiter and the nicest view of the inlet. And the shops there are for long moments of browsing and buying....LOL We spent more time on the beaches, reading and flying kites and finding lovely black cobbles for my garden. And in the evenings if the weather behaved - pretty sunsets! The little town of Depoe Bay is small, and quaint and teeming with tourists by day. But at night on a quiet walk, it is just a sleepy little harbor. And we love it! Can't ya tell? :)

Always, Kit

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Where Bloggers Create Part 3!

This is the second year I am participating but I have to admit, not much has changed in my space. I have added a few new items but essentially have kept it the same. I almost thought of not joining this year, but I enjoyed meeting so many new bloggers last time I decided to go ahead. Instead of showing you all the same pics I will post a link from last year and if you click on that, you can see the space where I create. But I will add some new pics of a few items that are new to my "studio" decor or newly created for my home. Thank you for stopping by! Be sure to visit A Desert Cottage for all the other wonderful bloggers and their wonderful spaces. (Thanks Karen for the party!) Here is where you will find, Where Blogger's Create from last year!

My lawn geese. Originals were made approx 20 years ago by my hubby, I have to touch up the paint every few years.
A vintage glove mold and MONSTERS!
LinkAll the pieces in the center of the frame were items we found on this year's trip to Oregon. I am calling this piece, "Flotsam and Jetsam"......LOL
Found at the Cape Mears, OR gift shop and oh so lovingly packed to make it home.
My new computer. LOVE IT!
Spent a Winter gluing on bits of glass on an old storm door. Glad I have windows in the studio. Stinky!
I also create in my yard with my hubby. He made the bench and shed. Daughter and myself did the painting and I am currently decorating it. I see my "cows" peeking around the rose. Painted 20 years ago!
One of my newest obsessions! Glassware birdbaths. I am in the process of making another for the back yard. Also, in my travels I have seen smaller ones used as bird feeders. Off I go, to the next yard sale, I need more glassware!....LOL Always, Kit

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Oregon - The Coast!

Well, the first thing we do when we get to the condo is make it our own. I like to bring touches from home; a lamp, pictures of our girls, my husband's "captain's" hat, our books and special treats. We fling open the glass doors and check to see if our view is still there.....LOL Yep, to the South and to the North all was as it should be. Hubby starts to get right on the puzzle (I bought it for him for Christmas, and it is always sea themed) and I pull out one of my books (this year it was Treasure Island) and plopped myself down on the couch with a glass of wine. Me hearties, it was a good bit o' Grog! We weren't there more than a few hours when we noticed we had new "neighbors", meet Simon & Garfunkle, our resident crow and seagull. They hung around looking for a handout and we got the biggest kick out of them.

Our first beach trip was to the Marine Gardens and it was just so beautiful there. You can peruse the tide pools, look for sea glass and agates, or just sit and listen to the gulls and the waves. I wear my "yellow footed booby" shoes and my husband cannot possibly miss me then amongst the rocks and other beach combers.....LOL
Ahhh, it felt good to finally be here.

Always, Kit

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Oregon - The Columbia River Gorge!

There's no place like home, there's no place like home. Except when you get to run away to a lovely place like Oregon. Ahhh, what can I say that I haven't said already. It is heaven! I want to do the state justice so I will share in bits and pieces.

There is a special place called the Columbia River Gorge. As you enter from the East, you encounter what my children used to call the "dry" place. Miles and miles of sage brush laden brown soil and rock. Not too many folks are fond of it, but oh how I find it lovely. You come around the corner at Biggs and there is Mt. Hood in all it's glory. The Gorge is also magical, because when you get to a town called Hood River, everything starts to change. It gets lush, and green and the river is dotted with windsurfers and barges. The town is quaint with lots of shops and great restaurants and wonderful people. For breakfast we found this wonderful cafe called Egg River. It seemed like everyone wanted to eat there and it took me two jumped curbs and a U-turn to get a parking spot. But it was worth it. Not only a great waffle, but right out the window was the most incredible view of the top of Mt. Rainer.

We stayed at a new place called the Columbia Cliff Villas, and it was lovely. And the best part? They are right next to the Columbia Gorge Hotel, a grand old "lady" with such stunning gardens and a water fall. We had a fabulous dinner of pheasant and fillet Mignon, in their posh dining room and strolled their gardens afterward. (I had to, the peanut butter cake dessert was going right to my hips!...LOL) And in the morning my husband took me to a secluded overlook and showed me the best view of the river I had ever seen. Perfect!

Always, Kit