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Saturday, February 25, 2017

Personalized Plain Photo Frames


I've been told I have too many family photos in my home.
I don't listen to the nay sayers - they don't live here I do and like to surround myself with my family, whether in person or in photos (past or present)
So there :p

I love to pick up plain frames at the Dollar Store, yard sale or any where I find them inexpensive then customize them to my liking.
I use everything from vintage jewelry to buttons to whatever suits my fancy ;)

Recently I picked up a small one for my newest Grand to go next to the one I have already of my first Grand on my refrigerator.
Never enough photos of those precious babies!

Since this one was a boy I wanted to decorate it in blue.
First I gave it a coat of blue craft paint I had so if any of the frame peeked through it wouldn't be so noticeable. 

Then out came buttons, beads, jewelry, etc. anything blue!
Since this frame was a little smaller I put the photo in and added the embellishments around as to not block the photo.


I ended up using the teeniest blue buttons. After playing around with other things, I realized I didn't want it frou frou, he was after all a BOY.  OK, I did add a couple blue pearls in the end ;)


I did come across a clear heart button. Since it was clear it really didn't show up very well when added. I got out some bluish tinsel nail polish I had and painted it.  Then went over it with some light blue glitter nail polish. The tinsel and glitter really made it pop!


OY!
Too many projects at once. 
A cluttered work space means a creative mind, right?
That's my story and I'm sticking to it!


Katie waits patiently.
Yeh, she's bored ~


The finished product!
I love how it turned out with the soft blues and 
the heart button up in the corner.


It was going on my refrigerator so 
I glued a magnet on the back :)


There they are, side by side.
The first time I held each one, right
 after delivery in the hospital.

A few other frames I've done in the past ~

Over the top... 


to simpler



what I'm working on now :)


So maybe next time you see a frame that's a plain Jane,
 rethink her into a Marvelous Marilyn

Anne Orr Tatting Instructions







Remember you can click on image to enlarge :)


Thursday, February 23, 2017

Rethink.....Miami? and an Important Update


By now you all have probably seen the
AT&T "Rethink Possible" TV Commercial.

All the flowing, billowing orange fabric
rolling down, down....



Cool ad, but it seemed so familiar.

It reminded me so much of when
the artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude surrounded the Florida islands with
all that pink fabric in the '80's.
It was called "The Surrounded Islands".

We were stationed there at the time and
what a sight to see!
We all thought these people were crazy!
All the strategic plans that went into the project....
dealing with all the flora, fauna and not to mention the water.

But, when they were done, it was unlike anything
we had seen or would ever see again.


The islands were draped for 2 weeks,
if I remember correctly.

But I digress...

It seems I wasn't the only one that thought AT&T's Ad looked familiar.
Others thought the Ad resembled "The Gates",
in which the artists used orange fabric to 
obfuscate parts of Central Park in New York.

   
Little did I know that there was a big controversy brewing.

Jeanne-Claude passed away last November and many
thought this was a tribute to her and, of course, Christo.


But in all reality, it had nothing to do with either of them.
 They recently added at the end of the ad a small disclaimer that reads:

"The artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude have no direct or indirect affiliation or involvement with AT&T."

Quite sad and very disappointing, to say the least.

But, who am I to say where their inspiration was
derived from.

For me it recalls the much different life we
had while living in the tropical setting of Florida.

One I would never want to forget.

*~*~*~*~*~UPDATE ~*~*~*~*~*

I was recently received an exciting email I must share! 

'' Hi - my name is Louise, and I work at Artsy. While researching Christo and Jeanne-Claude, I found your page: http://dragonflytreasure.blogspot.com/2010/06/rethinkmiami.html

I am reaching out to certain website and blog owners that publish content in line with our mission to make all the world’s art accessible to anyone. We hope to continue promoting arts education and accessibility with your help. 

The National Gallery of Art is currently exhibiting “In the Library: Process and Participation in the Work of Christo and Jeanne-Claude”, which features Christo and Jeanne-Claude. As such, we would like to take the opportunity to now promote their work. Our hope is that the timing of this outreach will effectively support both the Museum and Claude. 

Our Christo and Jeanne-Claude page provides visitors with Claude's bio, over 25 of their works, exclusive articles, and up-to-date Claude exhibition listings. The page also includes related artists and categories, allowing viewers to discover art beyond our Claude page. We would love to be included as an additional resource for your visitors via a link on your page. We believe that by spreading access we can provide a new, empowering way for approaching art. If you are able to add a link to our Christo and Jeanne-Claude page, please let me know. Thanks in advance for your consideration! 

Best, 
Louise ''


I feel so honored to be asked to do this! 
What a beautiful mission :

Arty's mission is to make all the world's art accessible to anyone with internet connection.

We are a resource for art collecting and education.

Please, when you have a chance, check out their page.
Very informative and interesting to say the least and full of beauty.
A true tribute to Christo and Jeanne-Claude as well as other artisits.

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on 6/5/10.


Saturday, February 18, 2017

GBBC 2017


What a storm we had blow thru yesterday, Friday. It lasted until early Saturday morning. Neighbors tree branches landed on our roof, but luckily no damage was done.

Counting the birds was basically nil on Friday with only a few brave cocky Scrub Jays doing a quick fly through, then taking off when they discovered how wet the seed was. Can't blame them. They were lucky there was even any seed left in the feeders. The wind was horrid - the electricity flickered all day Friday threatening to go out. The weather had said it was to be stormy until Monday or Tuesday - pretty disappointing for the Bird Count.

But when I got up this morning the sun was out and the wind had died down. I didn't recognize my yard with all the branches that had fallen and other things toppled over! I went out and picked up quickly, dumped out the wet seed and refilled the feeders.  There's a lot of nests being built right now so any extra food will help the birds energy wise to keep them healthy.

I came back in for a while so they could check things out, then went back out and sat to watch. A few came around I think the majority are still getting their bearings after yesterday! I did manage to snap a few pics. I'll be going out again later, hopefully the sun stays out and it warms up a bit!

The Eurasian Collared Doves are nesting in the Podocarpus behind the waterfall.

It's nice and dense and they love it.




They took turns coming out today. 

 

Almost caught a Scrub Jay leaving the platform feeder
 as I dropped my phone, 
yeh, I'm a klutz.
There's always tomorrow :)


Mannequin Makeover


I've always wanted a mannequin...

let's face it,
if you don't already have one you want one too!

When my friend Dawn heard,
the next time she visited
she brought an old adult one
for me that she had.

Thank you so much Dawn!!

I've had it for a while and using it regularly.
I've been wanting the adult to have more definition
as she is a shell.


She had a broken leg that I taped for stabilization.


I had an idea.
Didn't know if it would work,
but felt it was worth a try 


I have a pile of filling bags from garage sales.

I always pick them up when I see them
mainly because they are usually 10-50 cents.


I decided to start with an old blanket.

I shaped it to fit inside her shell and taped it in place.

Then I used the filling to fill in her legs, arms, and neck.

It was all secured with tape to hold in in place.
 

Once secured, I covered the back with tape.
 

Trimmed around the edges...


and decoupaged the whole thing with and old vintage sewing pattern I had.

I really like the different shades from where the pieces over lap,
makes it look older to me.


Now I can use it to display my latest jewelry....



or an old dress I Love....

(I know it needs to be ironed, I was in a hurry!)


Or both!
 



I am linking this to Carol at The Polka Dot Closet
for her Mannequin Dress form party.
Pop over and join the fun!

Pure Wild Alaskan Salmon Oil for Dogs & Cats ~ Review



I was really anxious to try Pure Salmon Oil by Zesty Paws.


It arrived well packaged, no leakage - YAY!


It comes with a lid that can be pushed down on one side to pop open on the other side and also with a pump.
Since the dosage is measured in ''pumps'', 
I chose to use the pump 
which went on with ease.

We currently have 3 senior cats,
 the youngest being 12 and an amputee.


Angel - 15 yo

Mama - 13 yo

Bynx - 12 yo (prior to amputation)
As soon as I read it aids in "proper joint function, 
heart health and skin/coat condition, as well as enhancing the immune system" and that it was a liquid it was a must try.

They all have arthritis to some degree, with Mama being the worst. We have tried pills in the past, only to be met with the usual fun times of giving cats pills ~ first chasing each one (seems they have a sixth sense and no matter what you do they know when a pill is coming), then comes the gagging, coughing it up, foaming at the mouth. etc. They hated it and we hated giving it to them. So we stopped. We didn't feel it was healthy mentally to keep "harassing'' them in this manner. 

I know how fish oil helps with my joints,
 I would hope it would do the same for them.
Being older their fur isn't quite what it used to be.
Their stiff joints makes it difficult in some places to
 reach to groom themselves. 
Pure Salmon Oil would help and 
that would be a great added bonus.
Also being good for their heart health makes this a product 
cats and dogs would both benefit from.

Taste Test


If a picture can tell 1,000 words, need I say more?
Angel scarfed it down like there was no tomorrow!

"May I have more please sir?"

Then we have Bynx.
Another 1,000 word picture.
She got close enough to smell it,
and acted like she was offended..

not only looked away...

but actually turned her back!

If looks could kill 
Well, you can't please everyone.
It wasn't manly for her anyway.
Mama has arthritis the worst.
The cats love to climb the ladder in the garage,
when we let them in, and play up in the storage area.
Sometimes Mama runs down the ladder instead of taking it slowly and falls. She scares us to death. I think we all can relate ~ in our minds we still think we can do what we did when we were younger, but our body's tell us different.


Mama loved it and cleaned up her food lickety split!

Even after the food was gone she must have 
stayed for 20 mins. licking her dish.
So glad, she really needs this for her joints. 

I decided to see what the dogs thought of the Pure Salmon Oil.


I absolutely love the pump. 
It makes dispensing so easy. 

Katie had her whole head in her dish! 
I'd say she liked loved it!
She licked and licked her bowl 
even after her food was gone.

Bella same as Katie!
  
And Tora makes 3
3 paws up!

If you're wondering why Tora has large rocks in her dish, there is a very, very good reason. We lost our Great Dane to bloat. Something I thought I would be able to control.
I wasn't.
All 3 of our dogs eat like they haven't been fed in a month. Believe me they get fed on time twice a day as recommended by our vet.
All the dogs we have ever had have been rescues. Who knows what they have been through. They aren't territorial regarding their food, they just inhale it. I will never lose another dog to bloat. Yes, I know large dogs are the only most prone to it, but eating as fast as they all do can't be good. They 2 smaller ones have ''maze'' type bowls they have to chase their food around in to get it, thus slowing them down. We happened to catch a clearance and got them for $1 each. Tora being a larger dog requires a larger ''maze'' type bowl, unfortunately they are very expensive. Our vet recommended placing the large rocks in her bowl - it acts similarly and slows her down. ♥

But I digress, all three dogs loved the Pure Salmon Oil.
Katie is in her senior years and no doubt will benefit from all the healthy goodness as will the other two.

*~*~*~*~ Fast forward 12 days ~*~*~*~* 

Mama and Angel have continued on the Pure Salmon Oil using as directed. Both of their coats have begun to look more shiny, the dullness seems to be fading. Overall, they both appear healthier. We've noticed an increase in Mama's mobility. She's climbing up and down the ladder with no issues, along with jumping on the beds and chairs.  Angel is starting to play like she did when she was a kitten, it really surprised us. It's so worth it to see them feeling and looking better. It's a success!

The dogs have also continued on the Pure Salmon Oil. Their coats are getting back their sheen, very healthy looking. They have more energy, especially Katie who has arthritis. She doesn't miss when she jumps on the bed anymore ♥

It's so great to see how much easier the cats and dogs are getting around. And how much healthier they are looking and acting. I can only imagine more improvement with longer use. 


Like I said earlier, I love the pump for easy dispensing. 
No measuring spoons needed! No hassle!
I was concerned because after opening this product needs to be refrigerated. I was hoping the oil didn't get thick and have trouble coming out of the pump. No problem at all, very relieved and impressed :)


The bottle is big, and will last a long time even with all our pets.
I think this product is high quality and a great value.
 I will be buying this product again to keep our cats and dogs healthy, happy, and living very long lives.


Description

Zesty Paws’ Pet Salmon Oil is an all-natural dietary supplement comprised of wild Alaskan salmon, which is jam-packed with Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids to deliver premium nourishment to dogs and cats of all sizes. The EPA and DHA sourced from the Omega-3 in our specialized supplement delivers vital nutrients to support proper joint function, heart health and skin/coat condition, as well as enhancing the immune system to make your four-legged friend healthier, happier and zestier for life.



You can purchase Pure Wild Alaskan Salmon Oil for Dogs & Cats by Zesty Paws here.
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