Monday, July 4, 2016

Creating a few things, and Angry Beavers!

Hi everyone!  I hope that you are enjoying your summer.  It's a little hot and humid here at the beach but that's pretty much the norm. 

But, it's never too hot to create something new.  A few months ago I found this bicycle wheel at a nearby thrift store.  I wasn't sure what to do with it, so I painted it white and added some "instant ancestor" cards and white glittered clothes pins....for a funky memo holder.
 I hung it on the laundry room wall rack to get a better photo.
It's not for everyone, but never-the-less, fun.

The next project is a metal mailbox container filled with faux lavender and embellished with two birds and a rosette.

 My blogging friend Linda (A la Carte), whom I've known since I first started blogging over 8 years ago, sent me all of these pretty vintage gloves.  They belonged to her Mother and Grandmother and she didn't want to throw them out.  Instead she sent them to me!!!!  I just can't thank her enough.  I had a few in my shop space on display, so the ones she sent me helped to fill up this vintage lace lingerie/jewelry bag.  Thank you Linda!!!

 I showed this canvas painting before, but I can't resist showing it again.  Everytime I walk into the entryway and see this entire vignette, I can't help but smile.  Love it!
The basket holding the faux flowers was a great find at HobbyLobby.  When the faux flowers go on sale I just buy a few more of the little roses and prop them in the basket.  Hopefully before long, I'll fill it up!

Now I have a little story to tell you.  We have been in our new home about three years now and as you know, new construction means lots of landscaping that can be very pricey.  We planted two trees the first year we moved in and just this last month, we ordered a third tree to be planted in the center.  While waiting on the landscaper to arrive, I grabbed a cup of coffee and headed to the porch and this is what I saw !!!#$%^&#
This is what was left of our maple tree!!!

A beaver family decided to use it for their house.  Can you believe it!  So as the landscaper was putting in the new tree, we had to order another.  We now have all the tree trunks encased with wire to deter the little varmints!!!  I can't believe I used to think they were cute little things!
Well, sorry for the long post and sorry for not posting more often, but you know how it goes.  I'm off to check out what you've got on your blog.  Happy 4th Everyone!



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Rita C. said...

Beautiful, beautiful vignette with the dancer and basket of flowers! So is the bicycle rim and lavender arrangement.
And yes, I can believe the beaver issue - I wrote a post on the same thing which happened to us with sassafras saplings we had nurtured for over 5 years. It's even been an issue here in Charleston along the Kanawha, with some of the really old trees on the riverbank. The beavers have cut and carried the trees all the way to the Elk!
Your post was enjoyable, not too long at all. Take care. Happy 4th.
Rita C at Panoply

Blondie's Journal said...

You really worked magic with the wheel, Sissie! Who says you can't reinvent the wheel?! I never would have thought of it and I love it. I also love the baskets...gorgeous! Your blog friend is a sweetheart sending your those vintage gloves. I know you will do something special in displaying them.

That bad, bad beaver! I am not joking. We have chipmunks that have burrowed under our paver patio and it's now all lopsided and we have to start from scratch. I think the wire fence will be perfect for you.


Linda @ A La Carte said...

Sissie, I love the wheel and your other vignettes. I'm so happy you found a way to use all those gloves!! I had a deer eat some new plants but a tree!!! Beavers beware! Happy July my friend!

PS I'm doing well after my surgery and healing up. Hoping July is a better month then June!

Junkchiccottage said...

Love the wheel so cute and fun. OMG about the Beavers!!! Hope the wire on the tree will help with that. While it is so cute to see these critters live near our homes they can be so destructive too. Love your basket with the roses and pink flowers. So shabby chic and pretty. I love Hobby Lobby's faux flowers when they go on sale. They seriously look so real. Have a good new week ahead.

Debbie Kirk said...

I adore your basket of flowers and painting. I have artwork that always makes me smile, too. And your beaver story is too much. I remember having a banana tree once. It was about 10 feet tall and one day it just slowly fell over. What?? After examining the base you could see where the gophers had chewed it off. I love wildlife just not what they do to our gardens. Have a great day!
Debbie aka. goldrushgalcrafts

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

Oh, my goodness! I never knew that beavers would come right up in your yard and cut down the tree! Love the basket of faux flowers! Nancy

Okio B Designs said...

That bicycle wheel came out amazing! Sorry about the beavers. It did make me chuckle though. =)


Lady Pamela said...

I love your term "instant ancestors". I use my own term "rented family". Ha Ha

Seawashed said...

Hello sweet Sissie, I have been checking your shop often to see if you get any new items from JDL because I have bern living in all the clothes I have purchased from you. I love them so much! Tonight I found that your shop is closed. I hope it is not forever or because of anything bad. I will email you soon. Please know that I am here for you. You can email me if needed. I want you to know that I care about you. I send you my love. xx Kerrie

Jasmine V said...

Absolutely love this pastel color scheme! The little faded blue nuances are perfect. Great job. These condos can be such creative spaces!

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