Friday, April 26, 2013

Recycled Bottles for Moms New Lake House

Pretties for Mom
Well, the home I grew up in is no more. It was so old
it was literally falling down. The home was located
on Fine Lake outside of Battle Creek, Mi. I lived in
that home from the time I was three until I left home at
nineteen. It was a two story two bedroom tiny home, and
it had eight people living in it! Six girls and mom and dad.
And, ONE bathroom! Everyone always felt so sorry for my
father lol...all those women and just ONE Bathroom! I can
remember when dad would come home from work and after
dinner, he would take the newspaper, his readers digest, and
hit the bathroom and be in there forever lol! I also remember
having to go to the neighbors many times just to use the
bathroom! Everyone used to get a kick out of that, and it was
always a story people talked about laughingly. One other story
was how my mom would bath us in the lake in the evenings too!

A bar of soap, bottle of shampoo, towel...
scrub, dip,and out to bed we would go!
The neighbors always thought that was too funny!
Lots of memories of the place. The days when life was
simple, happy, and fun! Then.....we had to grew up!
 These are the only pictures I had and these are as they started the tear down.....
this picture is after a remodel years ago.....This front section was a screened in
porch  at one time when I was little.
 Can you imagine eight people living in this little house! Upstairs was two bedrooms, one tiny closet.
Down stairs was a small kitchen, living/dining room combo, one bath, and a screen in porch on the
lake front until the remodel years ago.....the screen porch became more living area, and then later
after my fathers death, a kitchen and eat in area. Our home along with two others were the first
homes built on this lake back in the very early 1900's. I was told by an elderly lady that lived
down the road, that at one time it was and Indian could find indian spear
heads all over the place. I don't know how we all survived!
That cement slab you see used to have a one car garage sitting there....
until a tornado took it down....I will never ever forget that day!
There used to be lots of big oak trees all around this house too....
but sadly....they are all gone now except one in the front yard by the lake! :(
 As the sun was setting on the lake in front of moms house. It's a huge beautiful lake, although
this photo doesn't show how big it really is! I used to love hearing the motor boats in the
morning when I would wake up in the summer, and whenever I smell takes me
back to the lake and boats....I think I miss that most of all!
 The only photo I have of the outside of my moms new home.....still a work in progress
but almost done! Then re-landscaping the outside, and a patio all across the lake front
of the house which now has sliding glass doors across the whole front.....will be beautiful!
Well the house was torn down to the ground this last year by
my sisters and brother-in-law, and lots of nieces and nephews.
They then rebuilt my mother a one story two bedroom home.
Now it's even smaller but it is just her. My father passed back
in 1987. I haven't seen it other than pictures, and when I did
it was pain and happiness. I'm happy for her but the house
just doesn't seem like home anymore. She got into the house
this last November and was able to celebrate the holidays
in her new home with all her family except for two of us girls
who live here Florida. What a nice gift....
a new home built by the hands of  her family.
That place definitely needs to stay in family!
Well my mom just turned seventy five so I decided to make
her something small by my hands. She has changed her
her colors and style in her furnishings of the house, so with
the pictures I saw, I was able to see the colors she has decorated
with. She chose pretty greens and blues which look great
seeing the house sits on a I cued from that and made
her just a little something for decoration. I have something
else I'm doing for her as a special gift, but this was just
something for the house.
I've had all these dang bottles I have pack ratted, so I set
out to do something with those. I think they will look nice
on her tables, or even the kitchen bar that separates her
living and kitchen area. Hope she likes them!
They sure look pretty nice on my patio table by the pool!
I might just have to make me a set...I kinda like them myself!
I wrapped a juice bottle, and wine bottle, and can you guess
the little one?..........a beer bottle!, the wine and
beer bottles weren't mine....I got them from a place my hubby
and I go to quite often for eats and great music on the weekends.

They save me bottles and corks for my crafts...nice people!
Like I need more of either lol!
I wrapped the bottles in twine, made rolled roses from old
book pages, added some twine knotted at the neck of the
bottles, painted moms colors in wide stripes around the
bottle and sealed them with modge podge.
I then brushed the edges of the paper flowers with the same
colors and they're done! I'm pretty happy with the out come!
They look pretty lakey/beachy to me! What do you think?
Will they pass as something nice for decorating!?
I hope so! It was fun creating them!
This is what I started with....a sparkling pink lemonade
beverage bottle, (loved the shape to it), a wine bottle...
mine was empty though lol, and the small bottle (not shown
here), was a beer bottle...a bud light beer bottle to be exact!
Oh....I didn't drink the wine either, or the beer!
...I don't drink hardly ever! But the sparkling beverage,
yes, and I love that stuff! It's so yummy!
Well, Happy New Home Mom!
Just a little something for you!
Now I just got to get them mailed to surprise her!
Well, I have to end this cause hubby is hungry!
Update: 8-27-14
A quick little tutorial on how to twine wrap bottles!
The supplies you'll need....I usually do three bottles at a time
for a set. Twine..Mod of water to clean your
sponge brush..three bottles different sizes, heights, and
shapes if you want..sponge brush or a paint brush will do
too..scissors..paper towel to squeeze water out of the
sponge brush if you have to clean it during this process..
wet paper towels for cleaning your fingers along the way.
This can get pretty messy, and takes about an hour and a half
or more, if you stay right with it until the end. And that timing
is for one bottle! Ready Set Go!!!

First I dab some Mod Podge on the end of my twine. It helps
with the rolling of it to get started. I always start at the bottom
of the bottle too.

Then I start rolling the twine to make a circle. (Excuse
my nails...I have made several of these lately and that
Mod Podge isn't nice on the nails. They need buffing
now and some polish!

While holding the little twine circle, I dab with the sponge
brush some Mod Podge on the front and back and then
smooth it out and into the twine just lightly so the circle
doesn't come undone with my finger tip.

Next, I find the center of the bottom of the bottle and
set the circle in place. Give it a couple of minutes to
take hold....Mod Podge dries pretty quickly.
Now take your sponge brush, dipped in the Mod
Podge and spread that on the rest of the bottom
of the bottle and......start wrapping the twine
around your circle. Don't worry about all those
sticky outy strands....they go away when your done
and it has dried completely. If by chance there are
any strands sticking out after your done that you don't
like, just take your scissors and trim it off. I don't normally
use this type of's a pain, but it was all they had at
the store this trip.....I normally love using Hemp Twine.
It's much smoother and easier to work with. Sticks
together better too. But I couldn't find any of that
anywhere! I went everywhere! Oh well....this will do.

Ok..keep wrapping also making sure you keep the twine snug
up against the row your wrapping around....if the circle
hasn't set enough, it might slip out of place. Just gently move
it back to the center. If there is excess Mod Podge on the twine,
take your finger moving it around the circle to massage it into
the twine. If the Mod Podge on the glass starts to dry, just add
more with your sponge brush. When adding more Mod Podge
on the glass bottle, push the brush up against the twine too, to
get it to adhere to the next wrap around of the twine.
This to me is the most tedious part....getting this bottom started.
After you get all around the bottom of the bottle and start up the
side of the bottle, the rest is a breeze!

Now you'll be coming to the part of the bottle where it curves
from the bottom up to the side ....Keep wrapping it around
but keep nudging it close to the already wrapped
don't want gaps that the glass will show through when your done.

Keep wrapping....keep it snug but don't let it overlap!
On the wrapped part you already have done...occassionally
take your finger nail and press the twine wrap to the bottle
to make sure it hasn't seperated from the bottle and do this
until it is pretty set and dryer. You don't want a bubble of
air between the twine and glass. I use my fingernail
because the Mod Podge wet twine doesn't stick as much
to my nail as it does to my skin on my finger tip....just
things I have learned as I have done these.
When I have finally reached the rounded edge of the bottle
I take my sponge brush dipping it into the Mod Podge and
brush it all around the bottle and just keep wrapping.

Yea....we are over the it will move quicker!
Oh...I almost forgot! The way I love to work my bottle
is to put it between my legs. I know sounds weird, but....
it works great because you can turn the bottle as your
wrapping which helps the wrap part go faster! I take the
twine strand with my right hand and wrap. My left hand
is on the bottom of the bottle turning it, plus I use my left
thumb to push the twine snug up against the twine already
wrapped as I am turning and wrapping. Hope that makes
sense. When I get half way down the bottle....I let the bottle
sit a few minutes until it isn't sticky anymore, then I flip the
bottle right side up and keep wrapping till I am done at the
top of the bottle. And instead of brushing the Mod Podge all
around the bottle once you get to the sides of it, you really
only need to brush a dab of Mod Podge on the front and back
of the bottle. Less Mod Podge, less mess, and it still sticks!

Remember if the Mod Podge dries on you before you get done
wrapping the area you smeared with it....just brush more on
over will be fine.

Here we are finally up about a quarter of the bottle!
Keep wrapping around and around! You're getting there!

By this time the bottom has pretty much fully dried. See
how all those sticky outy strands have pretty much
dissappeard? Some is ok...thats the twine look.

I didn't finish this yet as I had to hurry to get this tutorial done!
Just Keep Wrapping all the way to the top! Once you have
reached the top....snip the end off with your scissors...add a dab
of the Mod Podge to the end just like how we started, and press it
close to the bottle and the last wrapped row. You will barely even
notice it's the end of the twine. And then your will look
like the finished bottles below. Then you can leave as is or deck
them out with paint, bling, flowers, shells, lace, buttons, or
whatever you want!
(When I get this little bottle finished, I'll post the photo.
I just don't have time to finish it at the moment. I got a
deadline to meet on something else.)
And here she is finally all done! A little bling
and some flowers and she is pretty!
(these bottles were done using the hemp twine, very little
sticky outy strands...much better to work with too!)
If you have any questions....let me know here in a comment
or email me. Have fun and enjoy your creations!
TaTa Till Later!
Hugs, Love, and Blessings!
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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Got Camera - Got Shoes - Got FUN!

My New Photo Shooting Shoes!
Those of you who know me, know I love taking when I saw this idea I just had to
make me a pair of....."go to photo shooting shoes!"

The day I saw this idea, I just couldn't resist!
So I ordered myself a pair of Van's slip on
tennis shoes, and as soon as they arrived....
I couldn't wait trying this out!
Kind of a bad picture.....a bit blurry, sorry.
My camera died so I had to use my cell
phone to take the pictures.
I used photo's of vintage camera's and flowers I found
on the internet. My favorite camera is the Brownie,
which is the very first camera I ever had given to me by
my father on my ninth birthday. Wish I still had it!
I did a decoupage technique using Liquitex with my camera
and flower print outs. Once dried, I sprayed them with
water, lightly rubbed off the paper, and then sealed them
with the Liquitex again. Then I scribbled flowers all
over the shoes with a permanent marker, and then hand
stamped the words "got camera" on the heels. I then went
over the letters with my permanent marker.
I TOTALLY loved the shoes I saw so I tried to make
mine as close to them as I could. If they had been
in a store, I would have bought them in a New York
minute! Or if the girl had been selling them...they are
right up my photography loving world!
Not perfect....but I just LOVE them!
You can bet next time you see me with my camera,
I'll be wearing my new shoes! :)
Now I'm making a camera bag to match!
My next pair are going to be "Going Junking" ....
I'm addicted lol!
How can you not just love them!
Thanks for stopping by!
Love, Hugs, and Blessings!
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Now have some fun and make a pair for you!

Friday, April 19, 2013

Good Morning Spring - You Are So Beautiful

What a beautiful day it's looking to be!
Since we moved here to Mt. Dora in July last
year, this is our first Spring here. I was up when
the sun came up, and looking out the kitchen window
I was struck on how beautiful it looked with the
shadows of the trees across the back yard pool area.
I've been so busy lately I hadn't noticed how everything
was blooming, and didn't even realize what we had on
the property that did bloom in the Spring. So I  grabbed
up my camera and took a stroll outside. I found thirteen
different blooming varieties of trees, shrubs, vines,
and plants! It's just blooming everywhere here! And,
the scent when you go out the door is unbelievably
sweet! It's even stronger in the evenings!  It smells just
Divine outside! In the late afternoon, I open our wall of
sliding doors off our family room to the back patio
allowing the scent to drift in the house. The whole house
just smells heavenly! It's as if we live in a floral garden!
Look at all these gorgeous flowers I found.
I don't know all the names of the flowers, so I'll have to get
my books out and research them. Years ago I use to be able
to name them all...almost, when we had a lawn and landscape
service....but now my mind just goes blank on so many of them!
In the front of the house I found these. Azalea's in reds and
pinks, this tree that I don't know with yellow flowers, another
tree with pretty red flowers, our Honeysuckle vines all down
the front fence on one side, and this one gorgeous Amaryllis!
 And lastly, there is a bed of some type of ground cover near
the entrance of the front door along the sidewalk,that has
these sweet little yellow flowers coming up all over!

The buds of the flower below covering a very large tree.

Just as I was shooting this a bee landed on the flowers!
There were quite a few bees flying around so I didn't
stand around to long with these babies!
 This beauty has four large flowers on it! There is one
more stem of blooms on the verge of opening any day.

Oh....I had to play with the photo editor on this one!
So cool isn't it!
I really wished I would write down what features I use
when I play ...I have no idea how I would do this again!
So dumb that I think of these things after the fact!

These Hyacinths are my most favorite Spring flowers of
all! I love their scent and this color. I looked all over this
town for one in this color and this is the only one I
found anywhere! During the day I set it outside, and in
the evenings I bring it in the house.....and just this one
little plant has the whole downstairs smelling sweet! I
don't think I have ever had one that was this fragrant!
I just had to play with this picture in my photo editor and
try more of  the features I'm trying to learn. Look at the
difference between the original and the edited one.....
I love how it made the new buds stand out, and how I was
able to enhance the color. Love playing with this!

Isn't she beautiful! I love these!
While I was shooting my pretty Hyacinths on my
garden bench, I happen to look through the wrought
iron openings in the back of the bench and could see
the azalea's. I thought what a pretty view. I also noticed
for the first time how cool the back of this bench really
looked. Funny how you can have something for a long
while and one day all of a sudden, you see it differently.
The wood is getting pretty weathered and the wrought iron
is showing a bit of rust in spots here and there. Aged
features of things that really appeal to me. So....I just had
to play and take some photos just to see if I could get some
nice photos. 
A zoom on the flowers.

A zoom onto the back of the bench. Oh...the white spotting
you's the fake snow flocking I sprayed on it at
Christmas! Even with all the rains we have had, it's still
there. Not as much but it's there! Guess I need to take a
good firm brush and scrub it.........
But, maybe I like it just like it is!
I don't know why but I really like the look of the wrought
iron with the touches of rust. It's getting great patina!
And look who is sitting on the stone wall behind all the Azalea's!
Ms. Stripes.....who has her eye on a lizard! She hunts those poor
things out like there is no tomorrow lol! The poor things!
Lets head to the backyard now............
lots of pretties and surprises too!
On the right side of the house from the back and where
the honeysuckle vines run along the front of the fence,
there is a small rose garden. There were several blooms
full open but, this sweet new bud grabbed my attention.
New life! I love new buds before they open don't you?
Across the sidewalk from the rose garden are these,
and I don't know what they are either! They run all down
the side of the house and seem to always be in bloom.
I love their sweet pink color and their ruffly texture.
 Across from these along the upper walled fence line, is
a fenced wall that spans from just about the front of the
house all the way back to the rock waterfall at the back
of the yard. The entire fenced wall is covered in Jasmine!
You can smell the sweet scent of Jasmine everywhere, and
at night it is so much stronger! This is why I love keeping
the wall of sliding doors open out back....the whole house
smells like Jasmine and it's just Divine! And, the vines are
just caulked full of these sweet pretty white blooms!
On the lower level under the jasmine is a stone wall with
some type of ground viney ground cover and eight small
bushes that are blooming like crazy with gardenia's.
Now add that scent to the Jasmine....we are in heaven!
No need for good smelly plug-ins or scented candles here!
The sprinkler had run before light this morning so they
were covered in water drops...Beautiful aren't they!?

I couldn't help trying to do a zoom in on this flower.....
they are so beautiful and I loved the water drops that were
just gleaming with sparkle from the sun. Such a pretty site!
As I turned around to go back to the two ponds at the rear
of the backyard, I noticed my potted Geranium's which look
pretty sad had new buds on her stems. I love red Geranium's! pink buds were blooming on another type
of Geranium that once opened up have like a ruffled
bloom....isn't it just sweet!
Had to take a break here as my cats have an addiction to
lizards! Both the cats were on the tail of one and it ran in
the house and I had to run and rescue it. The poor little thing
had run under the couch, but I was able to get him and save
him from my monster cats! The poor thing had lost it's tail!
You would never believe unless you saw it yourself, all the
lizard tails I find on the floors of the downstairs of my house!
It's so gross! Durn cats! I put this poor terrified lizard up on
a tree branch because these crazy cats followed right behind
me I'm sure thinking as soon as I put it down, they would be
right back on it. I find dead lizards at my front door all the time!
As I was standing at the tree in the backyard, I heard this
pecking noise. I looked up to see the first Redheaded
Woodpecker that I've have seen in years! How cute!
He was a distance from me, but you can see him well
enough, and the bit of red on his head.
Now lets get back to the pretty flowers!
Along the back fence of the property and just behind the small
pond, there is another very small tree with lots of yellow flowers
just like the tree out in the front yard that I don't know the name
of. Next to it is a very large white Bird of Paradise. It has just
one bloom and I so hope more will come. It's gorgeous!

 It was up way over my head and with the pond at it's base, I could
only try to zoom in on it. It is a really large bloom and isn't quite
open all the way yet. I have never seen a white one before....
it's just gorgeous!

The larger pond at the bottom of the small pond has lots of some
sort of like stalks I guess you could say that have these really
pretty purple colored flowers....there are actually some on the
back side of the smaller pond also. These also bloom all year
around....or at least have had blooms the entire time we have lived
here. They do seem to be many more blooms during the summer.

At this point I went to sit down at my patio table to download
all my pictures, and I see coming out from behind the large
rock waterfall that hasn't worked since we have been here, this
huge critter with gray fur. At first glance I really thought it was
a small fox as one morning one came out from behind the water-
fall and marched down the back fence line on the backside of the
ponds and jumped off the side wall down into the woods. But
then I realize it was this huge gray and black raccoon!
He was the largest I have ever seen! Well he sauntered down
into the smaller pond so I grabbed my camera up and tried to
sneak over to see what he was doing, but also try to get a picture.
Well about the time I was heading to the pond one of my cats
had seen it and was heading that way too. I shoo-ed her back
as I was trying to get the camera ready to take a quick shot.
Well, the raccoon heard the click of me trying to change the setting
on the camera, and jerked around, saw me and hustled out of the
pond heading to the side wall,when at that time out comes my
nosy dog, and he ran and jumped off. I did see what he was
doing in the pond though....he was like washing his paws,
and looked to be bathing himself.....was really cool!
Needless to say as you can see, I wasn't able to get the right
setting and when the raccoon jerked around can
actually see swirls of movement in the picture lol! That's why
the photo is so bad.....I had to act fast and wasn't ready, but you
can just barely make out the face and see the eyes.
As I was downloading that picture I notice another flower! In
the smaller pond where the raccoon was there was a batch of
Gladiolus with several blooms starting to open....I didn't notice
them at all when I started looking for flowers! They are really
pretty and in a beautiful yellow color, so back I go with the
camera to get a better shot and a close up one.
I went back to the patio table to download this photo and
on the glass globe of our lantern that we burn an oil to
ward off mosquito's was this!!!!
As I spotted was like "HELLO!"
He was staring right at me!!!

It's a Praying Mantis!!!! I have NEVER seen a real one before!

Strange looking creature isn't it!!?

He had turned to look at our dog who had wandered to the
other side of the pool.

Look at those eyes!
Quite an interesting morning and afternoon wouldn't you say!
Besides all these critters, there were also several gorgeous red
cardinals, and tons of butterflies which we see all the time here.
Lastly, here are some photo's of our home in the morning with
the sun coming up over the trees laying the pretty shadows
across the yard. These were taken at another time so you won't
see some of the flowering plants in bloom like what I found
today, but I can show you where some were found.
I love our home here.
It's so peaceful and beautiful and morning is the prettiest!
This picture was taken today in the late's the upper wall of the Jasmine. It's really amazing with all the blooms but
this photo is from the other end of the yard so not real clear.
The tops are full of blooms and many blooms with more to
open can be kind of seen all down the front of the vines.
The Azalea bushes run all along the rocks in the foreground
all the way up to the house. The tree with the red flowers that
I don't know what they are. The fence you see on the left is
covered with the honeysuckle vines. Behind me is the tree
with the yellow flowers at the end of our driveway.
Loads of my clay pots and some pretty sad looking plants I need
to attend to....and my vintage bike I bought last year ago or so
....I so need to put some flowers in the basket.
That bump you see on the like a stopper kinda sorta
so to keep cars that might park there from rolling down over
two more levels and then down into the woods. We have a
very steep driveway, and every time I come down it I am
always afraid of my brakes going out and we go flying!
The upper level on right is all the Jasmine that continues
down behind me to the back fence. On the left is the pink
flowers, and up front where the sidewalk curves is where
the small rose garden is. You can also see the Honeysuckle
draping over this side of the fence from the vines in the front.
On the left side of the house looking towards the gate to
the front yard. Ponds and pool is behind me. The lower
level you see is what the owners of the house call the
doggie run....I call it the poop pad hehe!
Standing at gate looking towards the back yard with the large
pond in the distance and the poop pad and woods to the right.
Across the pool to the small pond where the raccoon was bathing.
The large Bird of Paradise is straight across on the backside
of the small pond. Down in along the edge of the small pond is
where the Gladiolus's are. Also the purple and yellow flowers.
There is also a couple of patches of Jasmine growing on the back
fence, one to the right and there is one you can't see here to the left.
The small pond with the large stone waterfall that don't work
to the left top of photo.
More of the purple flowers and that massive Bird of Paradise
there on the left.
Looking into the small pond.
The large pond which has guppies, goldfish, and polliwog's....
oh and frogs all over! And occasionally a water snake!
And this snake that scared the crap out me a couple of days
ago, I since discovered he has made a home at the base of the
rock waterfall and for the last two mornings, you'll see him
laying on the rocks in the sun! I so wish he would just take a
hike outta here!
Well this is our paradise for the time being. At the home
we moved from to here, all we had to look at from our back
porch, was the backside of a three car garage that was just
a few feet from the patio. This place is heaven to us! There
are beautiful birds singing all day long....butterflies
fluttering around the flowers, possums running the top
of the fences and sometimes up in the trees, lizards
salamanders, praying mantis, walking sticks, raccoons,
armadillo's, and sometimes a little fox, stinky snakes, owls,
and even some ugly buzzards that hang around, and lots of
worms, especially when it rains!
We love it all, except the snakes!
It's just so peaceful and serene, green and colorful,
and the mornings are especially beautiful, and with the
water cascading down from the hot tub down into the pool,
it gives us a soothing relaxing atmosphere for relaxing.
Well, that was long! But....I really hope you enjoyed your
visit and all our pretties. We love our home here, and
Mt. Dora....and hopefully we find our very own perfect
home and paradise one day real soon!
Wishing you a beautiful sun shiny day!
Thanks for visiting and hope you'll visit again soon!
TaTa Till Later!
Hugs, Love, and Blessings!
P.S...Please keep in your prayers all those in Texas
affected by that horrible explosion, and all those in
Boston who are trying to put their lives back together
again and recover from that horrible bombing. So much
sadness and's just heartbreaking! And may God
also be with all those in the area where they are searching
for the suspect on the lose who is the second suspect
wanted for the bombing of the Boston Marathon.
God Bless them all! Our hearts are with you! XOXO