Friday, May 22, 2015

How to Make Faery Jars

 With summer coming on and school being out, I wanted to share how to create faery jars and make your own jewelry. It all started with Eden, a sixth grader and my art student coming into the studio wearing a necklace with a small jar and a key charm. Before she left, she had made another necklace for herself and added a key charm.
I like glitter and this craft is based on glitter. As you can see the collage piece above not just another day is coated in white glitter.I have found that folks either like glitter or don't.
 What I used to create the faery jar jewelry: a Martha Stewart glitter tray and a very small funnel. The funnel is very important to getting the glitter into the jars. I found the funnel is a package of glitter at Walmart.
 I used Martha Stewart  superfine glitter which I found at Michaels and online. The second container is a container or small stars. Use what you have or what you like. I have even used food coloring to color sand..
 The large glass jar is a Darice Jewelry Designer glass bottle charm with a rubber lid which came from a local craft store no longer in business. The two small glass bottles with stoppers came from SkyBluePink. Most craft stores have tiny jars and some even have jars with tiny eye screws in them.
 I filled the glass jar using the funnel. If the glitter gets stuck, gently use a toothpick to glide it into the container. I used the small stars and the sugar plum glitter. For the earrings, I used gold jump rings to attach the gold ear wires to the bottles. For the necklace, I used a satin cord with a lobster clasp. If you do not have pierced ears, you could  turn the small faery jars into charms and put them on a bracelet. ~

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Daffodils and Narcissus Blomming ~
 Happy Spring to all of you! I took a stroll around the yard this afternoon with the camera. These are just some of the daffodils and narcissus blooming. The sun has been coming out and going in most of the day. You'll notice some raindrops on the petals.
 Thankful the deer, rabbit, and critters that live in the ground do not eat the bulbs. They have been taken to some interesting places. One year I found a bulb with a bite taken out of it. Suspect that critter got a nasty stomach ache.
 Of all the flowers, I have none of the very old with the tiny cups from our previous home.

                                                         Isn't this a pretty ruffle of flowers?

                                        These beauties line the front of the house from one end to the other.
                                          More are still tightly in their buds. The joy of spring in the mountains....

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Snow and Orchids

 Snow, snow, and more snow with an additional four inches last night. This mound of snow is right outside the studio door. The corner is the path Ray has shoveled out for us to walk penguin style to the car avoiding slipping. We had 19 inches on Saturday. Schools and colleges are closed. Some roads get plowed some don't. Mail hasn't been delivered in over a week. Fed Ex and UPS have come most days.
                           A rather large snow plate that almost seems blue in all the snow.
 I am a gardener inside and outside. Thought I would share a view with you that I see from the table. It is a window filled with my orchids and cyclamen. The little  hand blown glass bird is from a trip we took to England. The round glass was a gift from our children. You can see the green house and the outside porch all covered in snow.
 Orchids are relatively new to me. I have been taking care of them for about two years now. I have learned after losing several they like to be misted. I actually spray all our houseplants everyday with water that is room temperature.
 After talking to my brother in law Monroe and my friend Fiona, I now water the orchids really well about every two weeks. This is a very special little orchid. She bloomed after being dormant. These are the new flowers and blooms. She is very tiny and enjoys being near the window.
 Cyclamen have their own way of telling me when they need to be watered. We have only one that is four years old. The others were purchased at a Valentine's Day clearance. They do really make you smile as you look upon the table filled with flowers in this snow.
 The view outside the studio window with birds patiently waiting for their turns at the feeders. The cardinal is almost breathtaking red against the snow and dark colors of the woods.
Another view of the cardinal with the snow covered roof of the house and one of the little houses in the yard. Our road is covered in snow this morning. The studio is a busy place with glass being cut to create flowers and jewelry. Under all of this snow are the green shoots of daffodils waiting with more patience than I have. ~

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Butterfly Emerged While Snow Fell

January has been a very cold month for many of the days. Snow has fallen frequently, but not staying around for days at a time. Just this week, I noticed something on french doors, windows really looking out onto the mountains from the kitchen. There was a very small butterfly.
 As cold as it was, we decided to keep the doors closed. The small butterfly stayed near the windows all daylong. As the sun began to fade, the butterfly left the window. It is cold in January.
             We have not seen the butterfly since it emerged when the snow fell.
 The photos were taken by my husband with my Cannon Digital EFS camera. When I cropped the photos on Picassa, I was amazed to see the reflection of the butterfly on the glass door.

                                       I hope this little butterfly brings you joy on this January day. ~