Dragonfly Treasure: September 2010
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Perfectly Imperfect Life..........

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Fertilizer Friday and Fresh Cut Friday ~ 10/1/10

Hey, it's Fertilizer Friday over at Tootsie Time.
Be sure to visit and see everyone's flower flaunting!

And I'm joining for the first time...

Fresh Cut Friday over at Rose Vignettes
I picked up a couple of little Mums this week.
Hoping to pick up a few more soon.

My better late than never Easter Lily!!

It's difficult to see, but there is a huge spider web
over this section of the pond.
(ignore the roots from my neighbor's weeping willow)

My birdcage of Impatiens filled in nicely...
the little angel is in there somewhere!

I'll leave you with my last picked Rose of the year
for Fresh Cut Friday....

Have a great weekend!!

Monday, September 27, 2010

One Great Find!

It's time for Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays over at Coastal Charm!
Thank you Linda for hosting this each week!

I was able to visit my favorite consignment store during the week and found that perfect something I didn't know I was looking for!!!

My little Fall arrangement went from this....

 to this!!!

I found this darling wood tray ($5) in this fantastic Fall color!
This isn't a Fall color you say???
Well I say it is!!

Yes, I also hit the Dollar Tree for a Fall Leave Garland and faux sunflowers (that won't be left dead in the jars... hehe).
Hubby brought back a box of pine cones he picked (off the ground) for me
while on a visit to friends.
This vintage cup was the perfect little addition...
with the pine branch on the outside and matching color on the inside
how could I resist?!

Since our kitchen table is used for EVERYTHING it makes it nice and
easy to just pick up and move when needed.


On a side note ~
today hubs and I are celebrating our 36th Anniversary!
each year I keep looking for my Trophy....
Yes I deserve one!! LOL

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Fall is Here Once Again.....

Feeling a little nostalgic,
I thought I'd share some of my favorite Fall poems and images.
 Feel free to copy and use the images.

'Fall, leaves, fall'

Fall, leaves,fall; die, flowers, away;
Lengthen night and shorten day;
Every leaf speaks bliss to me
Fluttering from the autumn tree.

I shall smile when wreaths of snow
Blossom where the rose should grow;
I shall sing when night's decay
Ushers in a drearier day.

by Emily Bronte

'Pretty Leaves'

Pretty leaves are falling down,
Green, orange, yellow and brown.
Here comes one colored red,
It landed on my head.
Pumpkins in the cornfields
Gold among the brown
Leaves of rust and scarlet
Trembling slowly down
Birds that travel southward
Lovely time to play
Nothing is as pleasant
As an autumn day!

When autumn wind goes running
It does some magic things.
It gives the shadows dancing shoes
It gives the bright leaves wings
When autumn wind goes running

It curls the bonfire's tail of smoke
And shares a little whispered joke
With cornstalks who delight to prattle
It turns a seed pod into a rattle
When autumn wind goes running
Leaves in the Fall come tumbling down,
Scarlet and yellow, russet and brown,
Leaves in the garden are swept in a heap,
The trees are ready for sleep.

A fallen leaf is nothing more
than a summers wave good bye

Fertilizer Friday ~ 9/24/10

I'm joining for Tootsie Time Fertilizer Friday.

The gardens are winding down for sure,
cooler days with much cooler nights.
Although it's to go up this weekend into the 90's,
so Summer isn't quite ready to relinquish control yet.

The Lantana I rescued from
Walmart's clearance - buy before I die - section
is finally doing well.
By next Summer she will be really filled in and sprawling.
Love her color. 

Grape Hyacinths are sprouting.
Why do they always come to the top of the soil?
I planted them at the proper depth.
I cover them every year only to have them
pop up in the Fall.

The Lisianthis is enjoying the cooler temperatures.

I had to show you this little Pelargonium that has sprouted -
probably from a cutting/trimming.
It's so tiny (maybe 3" tall) and it's blooming!

My daughter's cat, Mommy Kitty, came out with me.
She's stopped to smell the Roses Pinks.

Wishing all a great Gardening Weekend!!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Estate Sale Finds

Time again to pop over to Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays
and see everyone's goodies from their
Treasure Hunts over the week.

I made it to an Estate Sale on Saturday.
There were SO MUCH crafting items.
The lady was big into a lot of different kinds of crafts and sewing.
She had a white handmade cape from the Portuguese Holy Ghost and even a Crown. It must have been a replica type souvenir or something, I'm pretty sure the Crowns stay in the Church.
She had it under a huge cloche.
Sure wish I had money to blow, I would have liked to have it. The price was $65.00, not sure if that was good or not but definitely out of my price range.
She also had their Wedding Cake topper in a cloche which kept it so pristine.
Lots of handmade quilts, crochet, embroidery, cross stitch items.
Old toys which included some Fisher Price from 30 years ago, like my nephew had. Tons of Pyrex for you Pyrex lovers.
Turquoise, pink ~ gorgeous.
One room was nothing but Christmas stuff!
It was like walking into Santa's Village, you name it she had it.

Lots and lots of goodies but the prices weren't that great....
but I did manage to leave with a box of Treasures.

A cute little quilt sampler $1,
a darling little blue girls dress $1  
(not sure what I will do with it, but fell for it on the way out),
a Willow Tree Pillow $1(for my shop),
a gorgeous Album Cover with the record is still inside too $1,
but the blue gardenia graphic caught my eye!!
One of these days when I have time I need to translate the info on the back and see what it says.
It appears to be from Brazil or Rio De Janierio...those are the only two words I can make out! LOL
A couple cross stitch linens .50 ea., vintage Laundry Bag $2 (for my shop),
a wee little clock $1 (seems I'm drawn to clocks too these days),
3 kitchen towels .50 ea.
There was a whole walk in closet filled with shelves of kitchen towels,
dish towels ~ everyday and Christmas.

This cute wire tote will get a makeover .50, (for the shop),
2 cheese cloth ghosts
I have always wanted to make these but haven't gotten around to it.
For $1 each I couldn't help but get them.
2 Styrofoam cones .75,
1 jute and 1 cord ball $1 for both,
3 Department 56 trees $5, Brandon has the villages
and thought he could use these,
and a bag of light pink flat marble things $1,
not sure why I got these either.

I discovered this crocheted Angel $2,
and held my breath until I could grab her up!
She is SO pretty. She'd make a great tree topper. 

In the Christmas Room there were boxes of ornaments,
some homemade, others souvenirs with the place and date written on them.
At $3 a lunch bag, I filled it to the top!
Again.... why did I buy all the white birds???

On the way back I stopped at a Yard Sale and found:
sticker sheets .75 ea, faux rose petals with organza gift bags free,
a new Wilton "Tiara" $3, don't know why I bought it either, 2 hankies .50 both,
and a few small crocheted doilies....

Now I can make those Doily Roses...
I can't remember where in blogland I saw these,
if it was you please let me know so I can give you full credit. 

I almost forgot, I snagged a container of candles (mostly red)$5

I was hoping I would come across some red candles
so I could make "Bleeding Candles" like
Becca did at Blue Cricket Design. 

Sunday, September 19, 2010

A Beautiful Job!

 I woke up the other morning to find that Tanya had worked on
 the Wedding Card Box during the night.

Isn't it beautiful!!!!

I just love it, she did an awesome job!
Shells and a Starfish will go inside the top Treasure Box.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Fertilizer Friday ~ 9/17/10

Woo Hoo it's Friday!!
Check out Fertilizer Friday over at Tootsie Time!

I ordered 2 Hydrangeas and a Japanese Maple from eBay.

I got them potted up right away.

Both Hydrangeas are Nightingale and
are to be purple like these.

The Japanese Maple turned out to be a good size plant...
twice the size as advertised.

It is called Octopus.
It is a weeping variety with it's branches snaking down
and away from the trunk...like Octopus arms.
Here it is as an adult.


They are all said to be fast and hardy growers ☺

I had a light bulb go off the other day...
yes, it does happen....occasionally.

I am training vines over/around the gazebo.
There are 4 large openings.
one I want to keep as the entrance
then 'enclose' the other 3, making it more room-ish.

I was in the garage looking at my Treasure Pile
and saw 2 shuttered doors I had picked up in the spring
for $10 at a garage sale.

I had intended to use them in my living room makeover
(yes,I'm still plugging away at it)
but ended up not using them.

The new vines are growing, albeit slowly, and I had been trying to think of away to help them fill in sooner.

Light bulb!

I could attach the doors to the Gazebo frame.
I frantically hunted for those technical gardening accessories.....
Zip Ties.
Hauled out the doors and

I love the way they look!,
like actually opening the doors into the garden.
They don't 'work' and even if they did they aren't wide enough,
but will certainly help with the morning sun while sipping our coffee.

I also came across 2 old windows I bought years ago...
for some 'future project'.
I think I'm going to try to hang them side by side on another side.
I can picture them surrounded by the vines but being able to see through them ☺☺☺

My Ivy Geranium is in it's glory.

I like the way the flowers fade to different shades of pink.

And then there's the wild Sunflowers.
I never planted these, I think the birds did.
They grow along side the roads here.

Enjoy your weekend,
hoping you get to spend it in the garden!


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