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.
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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.) 

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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.  

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Sunday, February 14, 2016

Improving your British accent

Here is a different type of post for me, one I probably won't be linked to many parties. But I decide I should record this somewhere else then on a paper bag.

I have teenagers interested in drama, and Shakespeare, and so conversations with attempted British accents occasionally fill the air.

The phrases that I have collected below can improve your "Britishness" when used in your conversation.  Of course you need the British sound, which I can't describe, but there are You Tube videos that can assist you with that.  

Try these phrases.  Sprinkle a few of these in as you talk, and you will likely sound more British.  Although presented and occasionally used as a sentence, these phrases are often part of longer sentences. So, in no particular order....


Right, well.
Get on with it then.

How are you getting on?

She was a little off.
He was a little off too.

Bloody right.
Bloody moron.

Go on.
Go on then.
Off you go.
In the loo.

Didn't ya.

Come on then.
Heading off.
Heading off then.

You have a look about you.
You work with what you got.

A bit of a cheat.
I read that bit.
I'll do my level best.

Messy bits.

Well done.
Hey love.

I've run off. (out)
Hell of a 

Right you are.
Right then.
Let's get on with it.  (OK, so that's repeated)

About that.
A bit naughty
I'll pass that on.

Have a bit of life.
little reality check.

Very bad spot.
Sit tight.
Sod off.
get off.
A word...

Top notch.

I read that bit.

Right of course.
Carry on then.
Churchhill in a dress.


Now a bit about pronunciation.

American "paid" is said   pay-ed
American "enough" is said   a-nuf  (long a)
American "don't know" can be said   Do no,  (2 long o's) (lower class talking)

Confident - cone (like the word) not con

American "Renaissance" is said so amazingly lovely by the Brits, you really need to hear it. And isn't it great that the Brits use terms like lovely, just as a stand-alone phrase?


Sunday, December 13, 2015


The poinsettia plant strikes me as a mid-century icon of Christmas - I see lots of vintage table clothes and paper goods (and aprons!) from 1950's and even earlier. So it's fun to see how plant breeders are recreating this iconic Christmas plant.
Poinsettia variety Ice Punch
"Ice Punch" Poinsettia
This year, the Milwaukee Domes featured new twists on the classic poinsettia in it's latest Christmas show.
(The Domes, also known as the Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory is Milwaukee's unique version of a glass conservatory.  This description doesn't do it justice, but my post is on poinsettias, not the Domes.)

Poinsettia Ice Punch by Jeanne Selep
"Ice Punch" Poinsettia
The Christmas show had hundreds (or thousands?) of poinsettia plants... 
Poinsettia Ice Punch by Jeanne Selep
"Monet" Poinsettia

...glowing with jewel-like beauty in the sun.

Poinsettia variety Monet
"Monet" Poinsettia in sunlight

I was told that what we consider petals are actually just colored leaf foliage, the true "flower" of a poinsettia is in the center.

Poinsettia center by Jeanne Selep
Poinsettia flower, the big red things are really just leaves
I'll show you one image from the Domes 2015 Christmas show dome, where all the poinsettias are.  It's just a fraction of the many views I could show you, but I want to publish this post.

Milwaukee Domes Christmas Show Dome 2015
2015 Christmas Display in the Show Dome
Milwaukee Mitchell Park Conservatory
Poinsettias line the pond and multiple walkways...
Merry Christmas to everyone one in blogland!  May you have Happy Holidays filled with Peace and Love.

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