Monthly Archives: March 2012

Magic Gardens in a Glass


Spring Victorian style sealed globes and glasses are underway. The first ‘clutch’, my Easter egg word, goes to Finders Keepers for sale today. Some are a bit like snow globes, I’m not sure what to call them except fun?

To Sing, Victorian style upcycled Spring globe

They are all made from upcycled or green materials. Little birds and vintage tiny animal figures I cannot resist picking up wherever I find them. Glassware from candle globes to wineglasses, flashing–as in metal roof flashing, bits and pieces of moss, sticks, straw, yarn, feathers and tidbits. Most of the little nests I made from pieces of my curly willow that blew down in the winter storms. The words on paper are from a very old, old falling to bits McGuffy Reader from the late 1890s. The blue eggs? My own little secret in construction.

This one has a message on a metal tag that says love and patience.

Each jar is decorated on top with recycled piece of jewelry. I do love the bling thing… and each one has a message inside on paper or metal.

This one holds a tiny old metal owl and his own forest with mushrooms!

There are also spring things that are just fun. Little animals are fastened down so you actually turn the jar over to read the free-floating words.

This one is a little mouse bootmaker in a cordial glass. His message is Love Life.

The little ‘Snow Globes’ all have tiny glass beads in them. The beads are German glass and come in such fun colors!

Easter bunny used to be a salt shaker, now he's an Easter Egg bunny.

I made tiny flowers for several of them and found other tiny tidbits. All that saving of Stuff with no Useful Purpose actually does come in handy!

The bluebird of happiness in a wine glass with a free floating word, Hope, and a tiny feather.

Such fun for an Easter present or Mother’s day. I purposely did not make very many that were specifically Easter. I think spring should last a long time and not be packed away, we need it around here to chase away the gray.

Tiny bottle with a tiny altered photo and green glass beads. The butterfly wings say Fly Away

So many more to make, I love creating these tiny worlds.


The words say Dream Big, but the cat is pretty small.

I have got to control my bottle collecting nature though. I’m like a magpie when I see tiny bottles. Sooner or later I will construct something fabulous with the whole lot so I’ll have an excuse to go find MORE.

This little guy in antique creamer jar says Cherish.

I’m not sure when I get time to sleep because I love all the things I do so much. I would love to teach a glass on constructing these little jars this summer. So much fun to make and a great introduction to soldering. The bottle cap is included for scale but what a cool cap.

Best friends.

Which came first? The Chicken or the egg?


Love this monkey, he still has a tag on his backside from manufacture. He's holding a mirror and a message: Appreciate. Take time to appreciate YOU is my message.


This one speaks for itself. It says Attitude inside



This last one sort of speaks for itself…Its the cutest little bull with a rose and the word “Attitude”. Useful in a wide variety of situations, no? I do have other photos of each container, thank you Iphone, if you need or would like to see another view. Just let me know.

Soldering done waiting for patina. My studio workbench.

These little jars will be at Finders Keepers today and they are priced from $12- $20. I am hoping to have several ready for Etsy soon too. These make wonderful presents, fun little things for gifts. Non-fattening, celebrate spring, green and affordable. Check. Perfect.

Politics: 1960 Flashback

I picked up an old McCall’s magazine yesterday out junking with my partner in crime, Lynn W. The date? March 1960. Cosmic, because now its March 2012. I bought it for the fashion layouts which will be very cool reference material for my vintage clothing passion for fashion.

In strolling through the magazine I found a “Busy-Day Lemon Cheesecake” recipe which I am dying to try and if its as good as it looks, it will wind up in my blog as well. On the facing page there is an article called: “Policy on Politics, 1960.”

Some things never change…here it is reproduced for your reading pleasure in its entirety. The parentheses are my own comments.

1. The wife of this house is entitled to work for the party of her choice. But if it doesn’t happen to be her husband’s party, a good hot dinner MUST be on the table when he gets home. (Okay, that part has changed-a lot.)

2. The words “Democrat” and “Republican” are not to be injected into arguments involving other sensitivies. The fact that Mother is on the other side doesn’t mean she can’t spend Easter vacation here.

3. In partisan discussions, the one who shouts first and loudest is not to be the first to say, “Now let’s be civilized about this when the other person finally gets a chance to rebut.

4. The words, “conservative” and “liberal” are permissible. Off limits, “radical”, “reactionary”, “fellow traveler”, “facist”, “egghead”, “stupid.” (Interesting how the selection of insults has changed since then).

5. No child under ten has any right to disccus campaign issues more learnedly than his or her parents. Campaign buttons may be worn in quantities of up to six at a time, provided they do not make holes in clothes. ( I just bought a Johnson-Humphrey button myself, I’m looking backwards.)

6. Dimples in the chin cannot be used as a legitimate political argument. Neither can prowess on the playing field.

7. Upon the acceptance of item #6, the phrases, “just like a woman” and “just like a man” will be eliminated from all discussions.

8. “Inside dope”-unauthenticated slander from such highly placed authorities as taxi drivers, the laundryman, a fellow at the office, and a cousin with friends in Washington-is to be stricken from the record. (does this include Rush Limbaugh and his icky ilk? Talk about inside dopes…)

9. “Let’s play charades”. When guests are present and voices and tensions rise, it is time for both the host and hostess to come to the aid of their own party–and change the subject.

10. Politics should never make estranged bedfellows. If husband and wife are irrevocably opposed, it is wise to suspend all political discussion at a strategic point in the evening. (Still true.)

11. What neighbors think, what the Russians think, what the boss thinks, or even what one’s loved one thinks is not quite so important as finding out-after careful reading, listening, sifting and weighing of facts and issues–what one oneself thinks. Political argument is part and parcel of democracy. But its essence should be light not heat–facts, not prejudices. (Wow. I love that part, it should be light not heat. Well said Editors’s of McCall’s Magazine 1960.)