Sunday, March 17, 2019

Easter Wreath in Prague

Spring Easter Wreath Prague Praha
Spring Easter Wreath in Prague, Czech Republic
I saw this beautiful spring Easter wreath in Prague (Praha) this past summer. The wreath has painted eggs, birds, and even buttons painted to coordinate with the eggs. I love the colors and abundance of this wreath.


Golden Lane Alchemist Alley Door and wreath Prague
Door with Wreath in Prague
The wreath was on the door of a shop on Golden Lane in "Alchemist's Alley" in the Prague Castle.   Check out the hardware on the door - authentic, old, but the door colors seem very contemporary

I have visions of someday creating something similar, but that won't be happening this Easter!


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I am linking up to these parties:

Finding Silver pennies: Silver Pennies Sun 6a (Entry )
   Also Virginiasweetpea (Entry )
Life and Linda: Dishing it Digging it 244 Sun 3p (Entry 79)
Create with joy: Inspire Me Mon 374 (Entry 21)  

Dwellings: Amaze Me 306 Sun 5p (Entry 27)
I Should be Mopping: Inspiration Mon Sun 5p (Entry ??) 


Intelligentdomestications: Merry Sun 245 8pm (Entry 33)
Tumbleweed Contessa: Whatd you do Mon 1a (Entry )
Good Random Fun: Good Random Fun Mon 4a (Entry 19)
BNOTP: Metamorphis Monday 529 6a (Entry 2 of ??)
Eclectic Red Barn: Over the Moon (Entry 25)


Dedicated house: Make pretty Mon 10a (Entry )
Uncommon Slice: Inspire Me Mon 2-4p (Entry )
* Stroll Life: Inspire Me Mon 3p (Entry )
Cedarhill Ranch: The Scoop Mon 5p (Entry )

How to Home: Project Inspired Mon 7pm (Entry )  
Celebrate and decorate: Celebrate your story Mon 8p (Entry ) 
Mersad photography: Through my Lens (Entry )
Our World Tues: Our World (Entry )
Image-in-ing: Weekly link up (Entry )
Maria Elena: Tue at Our Home Mon 12p? (Entry )
Skip to my Lou: Made by you Mon (Entry )
Lets Add Sprinkles: Keep in Touch Tue 4p (Entry )
Interior frugalista: Talk of the Town Tu 6p (Entry )
    Also My Repurposed Life: Talk of the Town (Entry )
Gingersnap crafts:Wow me Tue 7p (Entry )
Girlish Whims: Whims Tues 8:50p (Entry )
* Designthusiasm: Style Showcase Wed 6a (Entry)
Whitearrows Home: Share Your Style 171 Wed 6p (Entry )
Delightsome Life: Home and Garden Thurs Wed 5p (Entry )

Color in Colorado: Frugal Find 59 (Entry )
Marcela Cavaglieri: Frugal Find 215 (Entry )
Create with Joy: Inspire me Mon 329 (Entry )

French Country: Feather Nest th12-2p (Entry ) 
Chic: Flaunt it Friday Th-F (Entry )
Kathleen: Bloggers Pit Stop Th 8p (Entry ) 

Happy Nester: Spring home decor Fri 7a (Entry )  
FromGardners2Bergers: Handmade Hangout 230 Thur 6p (Entry )  
Tauni Everett: Show and Tell Fri 6p (Entry )  
Calypsointhecountry: Best of weekend Fri 7a (Entry )
Funky Junk: DIY Salvaged Proj Fri 9p (Entry )
Pieced Pastimes.gr: Saturday Sparks Sat 8a (Entry )
Little Farmstead: At Home Sat 7p (Entry )
   Also Love of Home (Entry )
   Also My Soulful Home (Entry )

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Friday, March 8, 2019

Vintage find: Bubbles Paperweight

I recently found a vintage Waterford Crystal glass paperweight with bubbles in a resale shop.  Bubbles, usually so ephemeral and briefly existent, stay frozen in this glass "forever".  These trapped bubbles invite my gaze in, and capture my imagination.

Waterford Crystal Evolutions Paperweight
Free Desktop Background!  Waterford Crystal Paperweight Detail
The paperweight (shown below) below is labeled "Evolutions" by Waterford, which is an Irish company.  The blues and greens seem perfect for St' Patrick's Day. 

Waterford Crystal Evolutions Paperweight
Waterford Crystal Evolutions Paperweight

I have another clear glass globe with trapped bubbles.  The way surrounding room colors reflect around the bubbles can be mesmerizing, with the colors of other objects nearby changing the look of the glass. It makes me content.    

Paperwight Bubble Detail
Free Screensaver! Paperweight bubble detail

The two bubble images are sized for and can be saved as a free desktop background or screen saver.  Enjoy!



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French Country: Feather Nest th12-2p (Entry 129)
Chic: Flaunt it Friday 438 Th-F (Entry 25)
Kathleen: Bloggers Pit Stop 163 Th 8p (Entry 105)
B4 and Afters: Best of the Weekend (Entry 61)

Ohmyheartsiegirl: Friday-feature 159 (Entry 158)
Mythriftstoreaddiction: Vintage Charm 172 (Entry 43)
Marcela Cavaglieri: Frugal Find 215 (Entry )
Create with Joy: Inspire me Mon 373 (Entry 40 of 88)
Pieced Pastimes.gr: Saturday Sparks 312 Sat 8a (Entry 66)
Little Farmstead: At Home Sat 7p (Entry 18)
    Also Love of Home 346 (Entry 18)
    Also My Soulful Home (Entry 18)
Finding Silver pennies: Silver Pennies 304 Sun 6a (Entry 94)
    Also Virginiasweetpea (Entry 94 of 108)
Life and Linda: Dishing it Digging it 243 Sun 3p (Entry 35)
    Also Rustic-refined (Entry 35 of 86)
Dwellings: Amaze Me 305 Sun 5p (Entry 29)
I Should be Mopping: Inspiration Mon Sun 5p (Entry ??)

Good Random Fun: Good Random Fun Mon 4a (Entry 47)
BNOTP: Metamorphis Monday 6a (Entry ?? of 55.)
Eclectic Red Barn: Youre the Star Mon 7a (Entry )
Dedicated house: Make pretty Mon 10a (Entry )
Uncommon Slice: Inspire Me 259 Mon 2-4p (Entry 69)
* Stroll Life: Inspire Me 492 Mon 3p (Entry 27)
Cedarhill Ranch: The Scoop 268 Mon 5p (Entry 113)

How to Home: Project Inspired 314 Mon 7pm (Entry 4 of 161.)
Celebrate and decorate: Celebrate your story 171 Mon 8p (Entry 30 of 77)
Whims fancies: Wandering Camera monthly last Thur (Entry 20)
 

Our World Tues: Our World (Entry )
Image-in-ing: Weekly link up (Entry 43 of 67)
Maria Elena: Tue at Our Home Mon 12p? (Entry 44 of 107)
Lets Add Sprinkles: Keep in Touch Tue 4p (Entry 16)
Gingersnap crafts:Wow me Tue 7p (Entry )
Girlish Whims: Whims 398 Tues 8:50p (Entry 79)
* Designthusiasm: Style Showcase 72 Wed 6a (Entry ?)
Delightsome Life: Home and Garden Thurs 162 Wed 5p (Entry 16 of 129)

Intelligentdomestications: Merry Sun 8pm (Entry )




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Thursday, February 7, 2019

Mosaic Heart Window

Happy Valentines Day! 

I created a small mosaic heart window a couple of years ago, using glass on clear glass mosaic techniques.

Valentine Heart window by Jeanne Selep Imaging
Mosaic glass heart window detail, fully lit by the sun
I specially love the mosaic at this time of the year, because the mosaic's appearance changes throughout the day depending on where the sun is and the weather outside.

In the early morning, the low winter sun will hit the window full on creating a fiery sparkle that catches my eye when I walk into the kitchen.

Valentine heart window by Jeanne Selep Imaging
Mosaic glass heart window, afternoon
In the later morning and the rest of the day, the mosaic looks more subdued and the clear shapes are more pronounced.  The mosaic is the brightest spot on the wall, because the prisms in the heart concentrate the light.


Valentine heart window by Jeanne Selep Imaging
Mosaic glass heart window, late afternoon

At twilight and early evening the interior lights illuminate the the front more than the back, and the mosaic looks the most colorful.  



Valentine heart window by Jeanne Selep Imaging
Mosaic glass heart window

My favorite lighting announces early in the morning that the sun is out with a fiery intensity!


Valentine heart window by Jeanne Selep Imaging
Window in a window

I put the mosaic up in my East facing dining room window after I take down my Christmas decorations. The mosaic window is too small for the space, but at this time of year I don't mind because the window is so cheery.


Valentine heart mosaic by Selep Imaging
Evening view of the window

I created the window with found (and purchased) glass items I had collected.  The lid of an Avon candy dish forms the main heart.  I had 12 gold glass heart shapes, round "glass gems" (red and yellow), Murano glass beads, brown and pink glass beads, pink stained glass, and clear fan shapes cut from a broken glass dish.  

glass on glass mosaic detail
Detail of Glass on glass mosaic
Some quick how to information for those interested: 
I used clear silicon caulk to glue the glass pieces to the back glass of a deep 3D that originally had 2 pieces of glass. The glass was placed at the back of the frame. Once all the glass objects were attached with a generous amount of the clear caulk, I used white grout to fill in the spaces between the objects.

"Vision is always ahead of execution"

There are many problems with this piece that don't take away from my enjoyment of it, but exist nevertheless.
What I learned! Some "glass gems" were not solid colored glass! Most of my red gems were red paint on clear glass, which came off and scratched when I grouted around them. Also, I didn't check which glass items were translucent, and 12 gold hearts and were not translucent. The Bronze circle beads were also not as translucent as I expected them to be. Crafting is a learning process.


Valentine heart mosaic by Selep Imaging
Mosaic Heart Window in Early Morning

I hope you have a great Valentines Day!


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I am linking to these parties:
French Country: Feather Nest th12-2p (Entry 5 of 166.)
Chic: Flaunt it Friday 434 Th-F (Entry 19 of 68.)
TwinDragonfly: Handmade Hangout 246 Thur 5p (Entry 3 of 54.)
      Also FromGardners: Handmade Hangout (Entry 3 of 54.)  
Kathleen: Bloggers Pit Stop 159 Th 8p (Entry 73 of 149.)
Calypsointhecountry: Valentine ideas (Entry 40 of 78.) 
      Also b4andafters: Best of the Weekend (Entry 40 of 78.)   I was Featured here!
Imparting Grace: Grace at home 329 (Entry 128 of 240.)
Funky Junk: DIY Salvaged Proj Fri 464 9p (Entry 8 of 17.)
Ohmyheartsiegirl: Friday Feature 155 (Entry 151 0f 175.) 
Pieced Pastimes.gr: Saturday Sparks Sat 308 8a (Entry 58 of 98.)
Little Farmstead: At Home 342 Sat 7p (Entry
8? of 142?)
   Also Love of Home (Entry 8? of
142?)
Finding Silver pennies: Silver Pennies 300 Sun 6a (Entry 55 of 143.)
Life and Linda: Dishing it Digging it 239 Sun 3p (Entry 18 of 221.)
   Also Rustic-refined (Entry 18 of 221.)  

Dwellings: Amaze Me 301 Sun 5p (Entry 36 of 117.)
Intelligentdomestications: Merry Sun 8pm (Entry 40 of 239.)
Tumbleweed Contessa: Whatd you do Mon 1a (Entry 1 of 97.)
Good Random Fun: Good Random Fun Mon 4a (Entry 32 of 52.)
BNOTP: Metamorphis Monday 524 6-10a (Entry 21?? of 66.)
Eclectic Red Barn: Happiness is Homemade (Entry 101 of 265.)
Dedicated house: Make pretty 283 Mon 10a (Entry 23 of 93.)
Uncommon Slice: Inspire Me Mon 2-4p (Entry 8 of 167.)
* Stroll Life: Inspire Me Mon 488 3p (Entry 50 of 199.)
Cedarhill Ranch: The Scoop 364 Mon 5p (Entry 147 of 352.)

Celebrate and decor: Celebrate story 167 Mon 8p (Entry 31 of 87.) 
Maria Elena: Tue at Our Home Mon 296 12p? (Entry 39 of 139.)
Skip to my Lou: Made by you 152 Mon (Entry 44 of 113.)
Lets Add Sprinkles: Keep in Touch Tue 4p (Entry 7 of 32.)
Interior frugalista: Talk of the Town 161 Tu 6p (Entry 57 of 92.)
    Also My Repurposed Life: Talk of the Town (Entry 57 of 92.)
Gingersnap crafts:Wow me 390 Tue 7p (Entry ?? of 229.)
* Designthusiasm: Style Showcase 68 Wed 6a (Entry 35? of 60. )

Ishouldbemoppingthefloor: Inspiration Monday (Entry 101x? of x.)  
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