Thursday, July 30, 2015

What I Found This Weekend

My favourite find this week is a 12 inch American Character Doll - Tiny Tears - Pat. No.  2675644, in her original dress. She has tiny 'tear holes' at the inner corner of each eye. She will need some careful cleaning and so far she is waiting, sitting on my dresser.

I am always looking for mid-century kitchen, here we have one Morn Glo and one Laburnum dinner plate, a pair of Grindley Salt and Peppers and two Kimberly mugs.

The copper and brass ewer is an original. I am not sure about the doorstop, it looks exactly like the original but it seems too perfect so I am guessing it is a repro. It should have wear, rust and not such a clean white interior.

The Best Brews sign is florescent. Bright and happy.

Such great detail in this little brass engine, part of a bookend.

Yes, a bee smoker.

Short story. DH was at a garage sale a few weeks ago and saw a wooden tool box. Too heavy to move alone. He had help from 2 young men loading the black tool box into his trunk. 

Full of very rusty iron tools. I finally this week offloaded the contents into 4 containers and dragged them to the porch. DGS helped the first sort. 

Files in one box, anything that would drill a hole in another, flat stuff and then other stuff. We attacked the brass bits first and pulled out one green handled file and 2 small tins. Polished the brass with steel wool.

Easy start to the what to do with all of this stuff.

Next up are a Grimwades Winton early Chintz plate, a ceramic faux match box holder and a vintage metal oven thermometer (Brannan, London, England), an Ansley cup and saucer, black with lily pad flowers and then a peddler doll, a copper telephone tealight holder against a faux tin ceiling tile and a Handley covered serving dish and gravy with underplate.

Each week the thrifts and garage sales yield a very mixed accumulation of finds 
and the selections this week were certainly varied.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Small Garden Update

Friday it RAINED. Not heavy, just steady. First rain in about 3 months. A serious no watering ban is getting closer. We are at level 3 which means one can use a hand watering only and must use an of/on nozzle on the hose to water plants. No lawns. No cars, no swimming pools, etc.

Level 4 is NO watering anything, not flowers or vegetables, nothing.

We haven't reached that level yet but apparently the reservoirs are as low as late August levels and it is now the last week of July.

I haven't mowed since May. Weeds are about the only plants that are growing in the lawn area. My blueberries have some plant dieback.

My two raised beds have dahlia, herbs, beans, peas, carrots and tomatoes along with marigold and nasturtiums.

The 4 pole beans are doing well. The 2nd planting of peas are about 6 inches tall. The sweet pea growth has been minimal. So far, 28 tomatoes are doing their best to grow larger on the 6 tomato plants.

I planted the dahlias in mid June, of the 11 planted 6 have grown, one is only 2 inches tall and I am guessing that the tuber has rotted, so I am going to dig it up and remove the rot and plant it again.

The pole beans, tomatoes and peas are progressing.

Below previous raised garden progress for May 27 and June 25th.

Thanks for visiting.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

First Try - Cameo Stencil Making

Had a mini-holiday visit with my dear sister Gail who blogs at This Green Life. She has a Silhouette Cameo, something I have been wanting to try for making  word stencils.

We went thrifting for a few hours and Gail picked up a green tin plant holder. What could be better to use after making a stencil.

Below is the finished stenciled, enriched with herbs and lavender from Gail's garden, plant holder, the background is Gail's front entry.

We played around and learned how to MAKE a stencil using the Cameo Silhouette. The Cameo is a very neat printer. The software that comes with the printer feels a bit like using MS Word. The 'art' symbols are like most drawing/art software.

Several wonderful, sometimes frustrating problem solving hours later including some serious frustration because the vinyl would NOT cut the stencil (and it HAD cut vinyl - I saw the stencil Gail made some time ago),  the basics of using a Cameo and its software were mostly figured out.

Learned that the 'eraser' cuts needed for the stencil cut-printing NEED to be perpendicular and in line with each cut into any one letter. Think of the stencils you might have used in art class in high school (if you remember we may be close in age). Learned about join lines, sizing, spacing letters, font choice. Cut-printed just fine on card stock.

Gail and I followed the usual 'adding a stenciled word to an object' sequence to test the stencil.

Place on surface to be stenciled, tape to hold, use a sponge (or a stencil brush), dab the paint on the sponge and then use newspaper (or a rag) to DAB the paint OFF the sponge until it is fairly dry. Dab the sponge (or stencil brush) on the letter, repeat until finished and carefully remove the stencil. 

If the sponge/brush is too damp the paint will run under the stenciled letter edges. Any runs can be cleaned up (if using a water based paint) with any of the following: a q-tip, a dampened small pointed paint brush, a bit of water dampened rag, a steady hand and a LOT of careful patience.

One side of the plant holder has HERBS and the other SEEDS.

I used up quite a bit of Gail's card stock trying out other sizes, words, eraser lines and a few stock shapes. 

Thanks for visiting.

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