Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Button Pumpkin


Button Pumpkin by Jeanne Selep
Button Pumpkin view 1

This year I decorated an artifical pumpkin with repurposed old metal buttons to create a unique fall decoration.

Button Pumpkin by Jeanne Selep
Button Pumpkin view 2
Although the project took a lot longer to create than I expected it to, I'm happy with the result.  (Don't you find many "quick and easy" projects take much more time than you expected them to?)

Button Pumpkin by Jeanne Selep
Button Pumpkin view 3
One of the best aspects of the project was sorting through hundreds of old buttons and finding the "cool ones" that called to me.  

Metal Buttons closeup by Jeanne Selep
Metal Buttons close-up - Save for free screen saver
The buttons above with the rooster and the boat stood out from the eagles, shields and anchor buttons.  Can you find the clock face button above?


Metal Buttons closeup by Jeanne Selep
Metal Buttons Closeup - Save for Free Screen saver
There were more men's faces than women's faces, and lion faces were scarce.  Can you find the button above featuring an old style car? 

Button Pumpkin by Jeanne Selep
Autumn Button Pumpkin view 4


Happy Halloween!  I hope you enjoy the autumn season, Halloween and Thanksgiving!   


Click on the images to see them enlarged. (Yes, you can see these images even larger!)  The best way to see the images in their largest format is to (on a windows system) right click on the image and select "open in new tab" from the option box that opens. This bypasses software that limits the size of the image opened.  On the newly opened image, click on the image again to see it  zoomed maximum.

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I am linking to these parties:
IShould: Inspiration Mon (Entry ?)
Dwellings: Amaze me Monday 238 (Entry 123)
BNOTP: Metamorphis Monday 457 (Entry ?) *
Coastal Charm: Nifty Thrifty Tues (Entry )x
* Stroll Life: Inspire Me Tues 397 (Entry 193)
Cupcakes: Project inspired 247 (Entry 127) 
Mersad Photography: Through My Lens 118 (Entry 44) 

Savvy Style: Wow Us Wed 360 (Entry 178)
Gingersnapcrafts: Wow me Wednesday 323 (Entry x)
DIY dreamer: Let's Share 286 (Entry 195)
Jan Olson: Share your Cup of Tea Thur 270 (Entry 8) 
A Delight: Home and Garden Thur 297 (Entry 22) 
Katherines corner: Thurs favorite things 219 (Entry )
French Country: Feather Nest Fri (Entry ) *
A Glimpse Inside: Handmade Hangout (Entry)
Craftberry Bush: Inspiration Gallery (Entry ) *
Chic: Flaunt it Friday 225 (Entry )
Tatertots: Weekend Wrap Up (Entry )

Elizabeth: Be Inspired 190 (Entry )
Pieced Pastimes: Saturday Sparks 82 (Entry )
Maleviks Rose: Saturday Show Off (Entry )
Be Diff: Show and Tell Sat (Entry )

Classical Home: Homemaking Party (Entry )
Marcela Cavaglieri: Finde Frugal 106 (Entry )
Love of Home: Sun at Home 87 (Entry )
Rustic Refined: Table It (Entry )
Snapshotandsnippets: Pinnable Party (Entry 54)
Essence of home: Share your style 142 (Entry 46)

Fromgardners2bergers: Handmade Hangout th 6pm (Entry )
Life as we know it (Entry )
Grandmas House: Wed Party 60 (Entry 96)Mythriftyhouse (Entry )
Ducks In a Row: Wonderful Wed 250 (Entry 290)
Celebrate: Celebrate Story 101  (Entry 139) Imparting Grace: Grace at Home 273 9:30a thur (Entry )
My Thrift Store Addiction: Vintage Charm Party 107 th 2am (Entry )


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Monday, October 2, 2017

Kaleidoscope Images Part 5


Kaleidoscope desktop free background by Jeanne Selep
Kaleidoscope H1: Free desktop background

These kaleidoscope images were created from a photograph I took of a hydrangea's flower.

Kaleidoscope free desktop background by Jeanne Selep
Kaleidoscope H2: Free desktop background
The same source image was used for kaleidoscopes H1, H2 and H3.

Kaleidoscope H3 by Jeanne Selep
Kaleidoscope H3
The source image for kaleidoscopes H1 - H3 is shown below.

Hydrangea Flower Center by Jeanne Selep
Hydrangea Macrophylla (icecap) Flower Center
The image spoke to me and I have used it as a screen saver -- it reminds me of undersea corals opening at night, of fireworks, and of star cluster images from a far away galaxy.


Hydrangea Macrophylla lacecap flower
Hydrangea macrophylla (lacecap) flower
The actual plant was a fantastic macrophylla lacecap hydrangea that unfortunately needed water and was drooping slightly.

Hydrangea Macrophylla lacecap plant
Hydrangea macrophylla (lacecap) plant
Sometimes I discover something beautiful, but don't realize that it is also unusual or rare.


Kaleidoscope H4 by Jeanne Selep
Kaleidoscope H4
When I saw the plant more then five years ago, I barely knew what a hydrangea was.


Kaleidoscope H5 by Jeanne Selep
Kaleidoscope H5
I realized the plant was near the peak of "full bloom", but I didn't realize that the plant was a unusual hydrangea variety and a large and prolific specimen.


Kaleidoscope H6 by Jeanne Selep
Kaleidoscope H6

I didn't realize that I was unlikely to see a plant like this again. 

Kaleidoscope H7 by Jeanne Selep
Kaleidoscope H7
I have since learned that when you see something you think is special, enjoy it!  Because you might not be able to see it later. 



More Kaleidoscope images can be found in other posts linked below.



Click on the images to see them enlarged. (Yes, you can see these images even larger!)  The best way to see the images in their largest format is to (on a windows system) right click on the image and select "open in new tab" from the option box that opens. This bypasses software that limits the size of the image opened.  On the newly opened image, click on the image again to see it  zoomed maximum.

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I am linking to these parties:
Rustic Refined: Table It 168 (Entry 191)
Dwellings: Amaze me Monday 234 (Entry 126)
BNOTP: Metamorphis Monday 453 (Entry 87) *
Coastal Charm: Nifty Thrifty Tues 380 (Entry 63)
* Stroll Life: Inspire Me Tues 393 (Entry 126)
Macro: Macro Monday (Entry 16)
Cupcakes: Project inspired 243 (Entry 197)
Mersad Photography: Through My Lens 114 (Entry 36)
Good Random Fun: Good Random Fun (Entry 38)

Southern Daydreamer: Outdoor Wed 456 (Entry 1)
Girlish Whims: Your Whims Wed 323 (Entry 180)
Savvy Style: Wow Us Wed 356 (Entry 176)
Gingersnapcrafts: Wow me Wednesday 319 (Entry x186)
DIY dreamer: Let's Share 283 (Entry 195)

Gotta Create: Wildly Original 244 (Entry 11)
Jan Olson: Share your Cup of Tea Thur 267 (Entry 19)
A Delight: Home and Garden Thur 285 (Entry 15)
Katherines corner: Thurs favorite things (Entry 143)

French Country: Feather Nest Fri (Entry 38) *
A Glimpse Inside: Handmade Hangout 174 (Entry 78)
Craftberry Bush: Inspiration Gallery 162 (Entry 83) *


Chic: Flaunt it Friday 225 (Entry )
Tatertots: Weekend Wrap Up (Entry )
Elizabeth: Be Inspired 190 (Entry )
Pieced Pastimes: Saturday Sparks 82 (Entry )
Maleviks Rose: Saturday Show Off (Entry )
Be Diff: Show and Tell Sat (Entry )
Classical Home: Homemaking Party (Entry 60)
Love of Home: Sun at Home 87 (Entry )

IShould: Inspiration Mon (Entry )
Uncommon Slice: Inspire Me Monday 90 (Entry ) 



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Sunday, March 13, 2016

Glass Garden Flowers

Waiting for spring to arrive in Wisconsin is no longer flower free.  A while back, I decided to enjoy some glass flower blooms while my tulips and irises were thinking about growing.  I created glass flowers that bloom all winter long.
  
Easter Egg hunt 2014 Faberge New York City NYC Egg Hunt
Upcycled Glass Flowers

Creating glass flowers from vintage glass platters, bowls and dishes salvaged or reused, "upcycled" into blossoms of glass adds a real glow to my winter garden.

Upcycled glass flowers reused
Upcycled Glass Flowers
The flower are cheery on overcast days, but when the sun comes out the flowers can explode into a shower of sparkling glittering points of light.  (The photos don't do the flowers justice.) 

2014 Faberge New York City NYC Easter Egg Hunt
Reused vintage glass in flowers

Most of the glass was found at rummage sales, goodwill, and estate sales.  Many of the larger pieces have significant scratches, some of the platters are even chipped, but the flaws disappear at a distance.

2014 Faberge New York City NYC Easter Egg Hunt
Reused vintage glass in flowers
Selecting the combinations of glass to use adds a lot of fun to the creative process, and I find myself saving special centers for just the right platter combination. 



abalone Free desktop background by Jeanne Selep
Glass Flowers close-up
The way the pressed glass sparkles in the sun and the reflections and shadows produced makes me smile.

pearls free desktop background by Jeanne Selep
A display of upcycled glass flowers

This summer I might mass the flowers in the backyard, in and surrounded by more greenery, but for now they brighten up my front yard.  It's just as well I live near the end of a quiet cul de sac, I'm not sure the whimsy would be appreciated in some suburban homeowners associations.  

Click on the images to see them enlarged.
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I am linking up to these parties:
IShould: Inspiration Mon (Entry 206 of 776.) l
Create with Joy: Inspire Me Mon 219 (Entry 13 of 300)
Rustic Refined: Dishing It 87 (Entry 1x oc 121.)
Dwellings: Amaze me Monday 154 (Entry 4 of 141.)
Jembellish: A Round Tuit 301 (Entry 32 of 245.)
BNOTP: Metamorphis Monday (Entry 29x of 137.) *
Coastal Charm: Nifty Thrifty Tues 305 (Entry 27 of 140.)
* Stroll Life: Inspire Me Tues 309 (Entry 5 of 290.)
Finding Silver Pennies: Silver Pennies Sun 160 (Entry 115 of 131.) 
Uncommon Slice: Inspire Me Monday 103 (Entry 262 of 471.) 
Cozy House: Tweak It Tuesday 184 (Entry 111 of 169.)
Cupcakes: Project inspired 161 (Entry 351 of 500.) 
Thoughts from Alice: Sun At Home 100 (Entry 327 of 366.)
Dedicted House: Make it Pretty Mon (Entry 50 of 215.)
Carolyn: The Inspiration Board (Entry 236 of 351.)

Savvy Style: Wow Us Wed 265 (Entry 345 of 540.)
Gingersnapcrafts: Wow me Wednesday 248 (Entry 127X of 363.)
Creative Princess: Party 253 (Entry 16 of 89.)
Jan Olson: Share your Cup of Tea Thur 189 (Entry 11 of 140.)
A Delight: Home and Garden Thur 138 (Entry 23 of 118.) 
Katherines corner: Thurs favorite things 230 (Entry 164 of 395.) 
Bloomdesignsonline: Lovely Link Party 68 (Entry 107 of 224.) 
Classical Homemaking: The Homemaking Party (Entry 99 of 110.)
Charm of Home: Home Sweet Home 263 (Entry 8 of 127.) *
French Country: Feather Nest Fri (Entry 335 of 412.) *
A Glimpse Inside: Handmade Hangout 93 (Entry 160 of 311.)
Craftberry Bush: Inspiration Gallery 97 (Entry 372 of 527.) *

Rattlebridge Farm: Foodie Friday 17 (Entry 102 of 182.) * 
Chic: Flaunt it Friday 296 (Entry 14 of 149.) 
Funky Junk: Upcycled 322 (Entry 1 of 72.) l
Tatertots: Weekend Wrap Up (Entry 179 of 487.)

Marcela Cavaglieri: Finde Frugal 117 (Entry 5 of 36.)
Rostrose.ge: A New Life (Entry 35 of 46.)   GE
Mon Mellow Yellows au (Entry 26 of 31.)
3littlegreenwoods: DIY collective 12 (Entry x of 196.)
A Trayofbliss: Five Star Frou Frou 41 (Entry 54 of 64.) 

I WAS FEATURED!!!  :)  Thoughts from Alice: Sundays at Home 101
I WAS FEATURED!!!  :)  Rustic Refined: Digging It Party 88

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