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Friday, March 27, 2015

I'M IN!!! But, I Got Hosed!!!


Hi guys!!!

YEP!  I got into Sorticulture!  BUT!!!  Check out how I got hosed ....

I traded for a bunch of beer taps!!!

I knew exactly what they wanted to be!



There are many more to come!

These will be at the show!!!  I'll give you all the details of the show when we get closer to it!!!  It's less than 11 weeks away!!!  EEK!  Time to get it in gear.  Just like last year I hope to have something new on here every 2 to 3 days. 

After the show I will give you a quick tutorial on these (if I remember?) and how to make a coat hook out of one of these!!!  FUN!!!!  You might have to remind me.  By the time that gets here, I'll be lucky to remember my own name!!!  :)

Talk to ya soon!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

A Scrap Metal Find

Hi guys!

Just a quick look at a funky find!!!

Isn't this just amazing?
What is it???

What ,,, it's a paint stirrer.
I love pieces like this.  It's going to be fun!!!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Visitors and a Sweet Alley Find


Look who I found in my back yard!

These little farts!!!

They're trying to steal my copper!  :)

Little monster ... it isn't afraid of me!

Peak a boo --- now!  Go away!

They are both so cute... but one of them is beaten up pretty bad. 


The other day I was driving home and what do I see right behind my fence???



It will be at Sorticulture ,,, but, I'm not sure
if it will still look like this or not!  :)
That's a fun little find.  Less than 2 weeks until I hear about Sorticulture.  YEP!  I'm gettin' restless.  It's time to build ,,, but ,,, if I don't get in ,,, I won't have a place to put my art.  SO!  I wait ....  I'm trying to do it patiently.  Honest I am!!!

Have a great weekend!

Monday, March 16, 2015

A Trip to Vancouver, BC for Some Hockey and A Vintage Shop Find

Hi guys!

So???  How's it going???  HUH?  Come on ... what is going on with you?

I'm still waiting for my official invite to Sorticulture.  Hopefully only two more weeks to wait.  I've got lists of goodies to make for it!!!

Around here it's been warm and wet.  Nice ,,,, well, kind of!

I went north for 3 days to do some shopping and see some hockey.  Look what I found ... a fun little vintage shop with oodles and oodles of personality.  It's called Community Thrift & Vintage and it's located at 41 W. Cordova Street, Vancouver, B.C..  Check out the photos I took.  

I love a shop with personality.  Recycle is here
from the merchandise to the fixtures. 
This shop is a must visit!

Look at all the little ways to add to the
"look" of displaying your inventory.

One end ,,, I love this whole piece ....

another end ....

2 old dressers, a piece of glass and a closet rod. 

Here are the missing drawers from one dresser.
Just add another closet rod.

How about an old cupboard with a
tree branch for a closet rod?

Did you see the chairs on the walls?  On top of other drawers that are mounted on the wall?  The clothing hanging off the knobs of the drawers mounted on the wall?  This shop is TONS of fun.  Their inventory is great.  From very old, antique, to a bit newer.  Tons of vintage clothing, hats, shoes, purses and more.

This is a simple, inexpensive, yet funky way to show off your inventory.  YES!  You can do this at home.  In my old house (1890's - around here that's old) there are very small closets built into the attic space in the house.  The closets are so small you can't hang a longer length dress without it dragging all over the floor.  This would be a hoot to add to a wall to get that closet space I need.   You could make a full art display out of it that is 100% usable space.

So, I decided to take the Amtrak train (never been on a train before) to Vancouver, B.C. for a quick 3 day trip to watch hockey (never been to a pro game before) and see if downtown has changed in the last 20 years.  NOT MUCH!  Thank goodness.  It's still full of shops of every kind.  Once I got off the train I jumped on the SkyTrain right next door.  OH MY!  It's the only way to go.  Seattle ,,, you are SO FAR BEHIND with your digging underground.  The SkyTrain takes you, in minutes, from one end of Vancouver to the other.  Well, it dropped me off downtown just 1 block from my hotel, the Metropolitan.  Very nice.  Great price.  Indoor pool.  Great glass of wine!  I walked for miles all 3 days. 

Rogers Arena just before the game.

The hockey game was amazing.  The fans ,,, sorry!  Rogers Arena was noisy, like people talking to each other.  BUT!  It was nothing like going to any sports event around my house!  I did get to watch the L.A. Kings beat the Vancouver Canucks though!  Sorry,,, but that was nice!!! 

Kings -vs- Canucks face off.

#32 Jonathan Quick one of the leagues best goalies.

#8 Drew Doughty.  One of my favorite players.

The final score.  These old eyes sure
appreciate that big screen!!!

Now as I sit here, watching another hockey game, I'm adding more and more to the list of what to make for Sorticulture.  I'm thinking concrete is back on the list.  It's been a while.  The idea, just like every year, is to use what is in my house, yard, garage and shed.  OH MY!  That's a lot!  The only thing I allow myself to buy new is the new concrete, screws, etc.  Although, this year I'll be watching the recycle yard for those screws and nails too!

Hope you are doing well.  It's been a fun past month of traveling and sports.  Time to buckle down and get to work.  After all ,,, I just bought rugby tickets for this summer in California.  I've gotta pay for 'em you know!  LOL!   Thanks for stopping by!  I sure appreciate it!  Shell

Friday, February 20, 2015

Rugby and a Trip to Las Vegas

Hi guys!

Yep, I was gone for a week and where else would I go????  RUGBY!  Which just happened to be in Las Vegas.  NO!  I've never been there before.  Have you???

I had to go.  tee hee hee.  This was a tournament of the top dogs.  The world of rugby is tough to figure out when you don't really know anyone else involved in it.  There are so many leagues.  Then there's the 2 different (I think there's actually 3) types of teams.  7 on a team or 15 on a team.  7's are fast, short games (7 minute halves) played with only 7 players on a team.  15's are full length games (40 minute halves) with, yep, 15 players on a team.  Each is played on the same size field.  Full sized.  7's are my "drug" of choice.

This tournament involved 16 teams from around the world with some of the top players in rugby.  FUN!  Our U.S. Eagles took 4th place in this tournament.  They played GREAT all weekend.  Click on this line to get to their website for more information.  At the same time, right next door, was a tournament for top amateur rugby teams.  Our local Seattle Serevi team was there and took their tournament.  WAY TO GO GUYS!  I only got to watch 2 games, but you were amazing ... as always!

Seattle Serevi line out.

We had record weather.  O.M.G.  After drowning in Everett, WA for the past several months it was AWESOME to get sunshine and 60 degree weather to wake up too each day.  I'm not a gambler so I spent a lot of time, in the evenings, hanging out in a sports bar watching 20 PLUS TV's with tons of hockey on.  HOG HEAVEN is what I call that.  Free drinks, thanks to my new friends I met there. 

Check out 2 of my drinks.

Blushin' Jasmine - yes, the orchid is edible. 

The Frozen Margarita that came with my
excellent Mexican dinner.

I spent 3 days at the rugby fields, 1 day downtown, 1 day at the movies, 1 day at the spa and pool.  OH MY!  If only I could afford to do that once a month.  Just think of the great mental therapy this would be.  LOL! 

Did I gamble?  Well, once.  How did I do?  tee hee hee!  I bet on 2 hockey games .... yep!  They both won and so did I ... thanks guys!  That's enough betting for me.  

How about a few pictures I took from the weekend?  You have to realize the crowds are crazy fun.  Ready? 

Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas, NV.
Our U.S. Eagles starting lineup.
Danny Barrett ... my fav! 

The ball.

The stadium.  OH!  And check out that score.

U.S. -vs- RSA ... my "other" favorite team.

How about a few pics of the fans???

I brought the 12's flag hoping to get it on the screen. 
HA!  I guess they don't like the hawks.

2 baby bees and their "keepers".  These guys were so FUN!


AND .... I have to find a lady about a pair of earrings.  They are gorgeous.  She was a vendor at a cutting horse event going on in the horse arena at my hotel. 

I think the earrings will go great with a necklace
I bought a few years ago in Mexico.

I learned a few things on this trip. 

FIRST:  Don't believe every thing the hotels tell you when you make reservations.  You are only getting a 1-800 #.  Call the hotel directly and make them answer your questions with "proof".  That's what the internet and instant email answers are all about. 

SECOND:  Get a "real" camera.  While a fun, nice digital camera works, a 35mm digital is the answer!

THIRD:  No matter what happens on your trip ,,, just go with the flow!

BTW:  On one trip to the field I found a scrap yard.  YEP!  If they have this event again next year ... I'm going!  I just have to see what they call scrap.  OH ... I've got my fingers crossed!!!

I love going places and finding other goodies and events going on that I didn't know would be there.  I had a ball.  I had mimosas with my pedicure.  I had coffee and Bailey's in the mornings with my bagel.  I had drinks at night while watching hockey.  These are things I never do.  I believe that's what vacations and trips are all about .... doing things you normally don't get to do.

I hope you find the time to take a wonderful vacation this year.  It can be more like my normal trips ... a day or two in the mountains fishing.  OR, maybe a fun trip like this one.  Just go have fun and do something out of your ordinary.

Take care and thanks for stopping by!  Shell     

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

I Dig These Finds!!!


Are we having fun yet????  I am!  I sure hope you are toooooooo!

Check these puppies out!!!!

What??? A pile of shovel heads???

Can you say fire pit????

I hope to!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

New Rusty Goodies That Make Me Think Room Divider

Hi guys.

How are ya????

I'm in heaven!  Why?  Look what I found ......

3 great rusty pieces.

Now they are 3 AMAZING rusty pieces.
Can you see it????

Does this look like metal bamboo to you?

Does this look like honeycomb???

Rusty honeycomb???

Waiting for my plasma cutter!!! 

Bamboo and honeycomb are something you will find in nature.  We love to find them in our gardens.  SO!  I'm going to make them into a garden room divider.  I'm hoping to make a few of these.

1st divider:  the "bamboo" hanging from a wood frame.
Middle divider:  the sheet of metal with a nice cutout design on it.
3rd divider:  another "bamboo" hanging from a wood frame.

Then the "honeycomb" might become the header for all 3 pieces.  OR it might work into another room divider.  I'm not sure yet.  Although, by the time I get to putting these together ,,, I might change the whole idea.  Who knows.  I'll know as I'm putting them together!!!

I think these will be a hit!!!  I might even hang these from chains so you can hang them from your covered patio????  I just don't know yet.  Although ,,, I'm finally excited to get outside and start a piece.  After all!  It's only 4 1/2 months away.  EEK!

Thanks for swinging by!!!!  Shell