It occurred to me last night that the décor in our house is extremely eccentric. For instance, hubby has four swords (three from LOTR) and a dagger hanging in the living room. Around the house is scattered the globes in my growing collection of globes (two recent acquisitions are particular favorites – I ought to photograph them sometime, one is of a moon) as wells as both glass and metal pin floral frogs. I have a collection of glass lemon juicers. I use baskets for many things in addition the cupboards in the kitchen hold an array that seldom get used. I love mirrors and use mirrors in various decorative arrangements around the house (often three or four per arrangement).
I like wrought iron wall art and have a great deal of it in the entry and some in the kitchen. In addition, I use wrought iron plant boxes that are made for hanging on the fence to corral supplies in two of our three bathrooms. I have a largish lion figure in the entry. I have lion cubby in the kitchen that holds tacks and another in the girl’s bathroom that holds hair bands. Scattered around the lower level are six inch tall chess pieces that I distressed by using them for garden décor and then by sticking in a container where I layered them with wet teabags. I have a cookie jar full of rocks on the kitchen counter, a jar full of marbles on the buffet, a jar full of seashells, multiple jars of buttons, beads, and jingle bells, and a jar full of feathers.
There are book shelves and piles of books all over the place. We have several gargoyles (on is picking his teeth and is named Feast on Fools) as wells as some M. Pena dragons and unicorns. I have a French pleuriant. We have a figurine of Gollum on the mantle. I use an old school bulletin board map for a curtain and have another one hanging nearby. I don’t believe in typical hanging rules and tend to put things very high or very low and certainly not in a row (partially because I seem incapable of making things straight).
There are probably a dozen clipboard collages distributed around the house. I have three different stacks of hard-sided suitcases. Three brown ones hold the girls dress-up clothes in the living room. Three brown ones reside under the sewing table and a stack of five blue ones live in Grace’s room and hold calendars, albums, paper ephemera, and stationary. There are books all over the place – I think books are decorative – husband does not. And of course, there are my plants – I have quite a few of those too. By the time my girls are teenagers they are never going to want to invite friends over.
My cosmos were pathetic this year but the few that bloomed are lovely and I think being a bee would be nice if one could dine in such lovely surroundings.
I recently ordered this lovely from my friend Julie from Is there a shadow? She is an extremely creative artist who sells her stuff on etsy. This lovely doll has leaf beads scattered in her skirts. One of the beads reads curiosity.
The doll bust is from a an old German doll factory. Apparently, they were buried during war and just recently exhumed. Julie bought a lot of them. She makes the coolest stuff from the doll parts and she sells some of the parts on her etsy shop too (I want to order some in the worst way but so far have resisted the temptation).
We had a brief rain shower this evening. Hubby was grilling during the shower and he looked over the deck and remarked on how lovely the hosta blossoms looked so when the sun lowered and came out I went out to take photos of them. The first shot was my favorite.
I wandered around the yard and noticed this duo were at truce while hiding from the rain.
I was making the little spider nervous and so I blew on her to see if she would move away. When I blew on them the bee lifted his leg up. I experimented and every time the bee caught a breeze he lifted his leg. I wonder if he was looking to dry off?
The white spiders (usually in my yard they are white or white with pink markings) in my yard are Crab Spiders (my variety are sometimes called goldenrod crab spiders). I did not know they could change their color so I was surprised when I found this yellow one on a black-eyed susan. They don't spin webs or trap. They simply wait with their legs outspread and capture their prey with their legs.
I took this photo of a dragon fly in my yard earlier this week.
This would be one of my all-time favorite photos of hubby and me.
I want to call out to KansasRose. You can reach me at timmelhow at the normal Y place dot c0m. In addition, in the past I have not responded in comments but I intend to start.