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Elfs_Garden
( Kris) Smiths, AL
(Zone 8a)

March 15, 2009
10:21 PM

Post #6272091

I am curious as to the strangest thing everyone has ever found, bartered, beg, stole or even paid for. And how you changed it to become a funtional item for everyday use.
If you can show a pic of it before you altered it. We can guess at what possible uses the item could be used for.

I will start with the item in the pic below. Can anyone guess what I did with it? If you can I will make you a gift for your garden!! Happy guessing

Kris

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kimarj
(Kim) Philadelphi, PA
(Zone 6a)

March 15, 2009
10:29 PM

Post #6272141

This is gonna be fun!!

purpbutfly

purpbutfly
(Cindy) Marysville, CA
(Zone 10a)

March 15, 2009
11:04 PM

Post #6272317

HHMMMM it is a press of some kind, right?
Dimmer
( Kim) Zion, IL
(Zone 5a)

March 15, 2009
11:09 PM

Post #6272336

Cindy I was going to say a printing press

purpbutfly

purpbutfly
(Cindy) Marysville, CA
(Zone 10a)

March 15, 2009
11:11 PM

Post #6272345

Yea but what in the did she do with it, lol. Kris are gonna give some hints?
bjwilson
Kemp, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 15, 2009
11:15 PM

Post #6272357

Hmmmm... I'm going to guess that you took the rollers off, and use it next to your fireplace to hold logs.

purpbutfly

purpbutfly
(Cindy) Marysville, CA
(Zone 10a)

March 15, 2009
11:19 PM

Post #6272374

Hold logs, how BJ?
Dimmer
( Kim) Zion, IL
(Zone 5a)

March 15, 2009
11:23 PM

Post #6272398

Old fashion Washer a machine with a ringer
or a can crusher

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Elfs_Garden
( Kris) Smiths, AL
(Zone 8a)

March 15, 2009
11:27 PM

Post #6272414

Ok, Dimmer got the right answer with the old wringer washing machine!!!!
Now you have to guess what I did with it

Have fun,,
Next pic is a clue!

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Dimmer
( Kim) Zion, IL
(Zone 5a)

March 15, 2009
11:36 PM

Post #6272458

Flatten Material or Make homemade noodles and roll them out
Elfs_Garden
( Kris) Smiths, AL
(Zone 8a)

March 15, 2009
11:37 PM

Post #6272463

nope
Elfs_Garden
( Kris) Smiths, AL
(Zone 8a)

March 15, 2009
11:38 PM

Post #6272470

One hint,, it is used to roll something,,,lol
bjwilson
Kemp, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 15, 2009
11:40 PM

Post #6272483

Ok... I was way off then... so, do you use it to roll wood through it for painting or texturing?

purpbutfly

purpbutfly
(Cindy) Marysville, CA
(Zone 10a)

March 15, 2009
11:41 PM

Post #6272484

My grandmother had a wringer washing machine, her wringer did NOT look like that. It that like industral size. So are going to put paint on the rollers and roll the wood through so that both sides get painted at the same time, lol. Stupid guess.
Elfs_Garden
( Kris) Smiths, AL
(Zone 8a)

March 15, 2009
11:43 PM

Post #6272493

It can be used to texture.

New pic!!

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bjwilson
Kemp, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 15, 2009
11:45 PM

Post #6272505

Maybe to apply glue to the wood for laminate.

Maybe to wrap around a pattern on one wheel to apply a design to the wood.

Elfs_Garden
( Kris) Smiths, AL
(Zone 8a)

March 15, 2009
11:46 PM

Post #6272509

humm, never thought of using it to paint, but what would I paint with it? and what type of paint,,
Are we having fun yet,,
ROFL,, I am

purpbutfly

purpbutfly
(Cindy) Marysville, CA
(Zone 10a)

March 15, 2009
11:46 PM

Post #6272511

I'm totally confuzzled!!!!! :-)

purpbutfly

purpbutfly
(Cindy) Marysville, CA
(Zone 10a)

March 15, 2009
11:47 PM

Post #6272517

Something to do on a boring Sunday afternoon, lol.
kimarj
(Kim) Philadelphi, PA
(Zone 6a)

March 15, 2009
11:48 PM

Post #6272520

are you making your own wallpaper???
Elfs_Garden
( Kris) Smiths, AL
(Zone 8a)

March 15, 2009
11:48 PM

Post #6272521

WOW, you guys are good,, but,, not good enough,,,
Sorry no wood!!!!

Next clue... I am really trying not to give this away.

Hummm, I can use it with cloth or artist paper

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bjwilson
Kemp, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 15, 2009
11:49 PM

Post #6272524

I can also see you laying laminate on the glued surface of the wood, then sending it through the roller to adhere and remove the bubbles...

What ever you did, you're a genius... who'd have thought to use it for wood.
Elfs_Garden
( Kris) Smiths, AL
(Zone 8a)

March 15, 2009
11:50 PM

Post #6272530

Sorry ,,, not wall paper,, howerver it might could be used on a wall, or floor or drawer
Elfs_Garden
( Kris) Smiths, AL
(Zone 8a)

March 15, 2009
11:51 PM

Post #6272535

It is not used for wood. but is used for organic material

purpbutfly

purpbutfly
(Cindy) Marysville, CA
(Zone 10a)

March 15, 2009
11:51 PM

Post #6272537

Are you going to use it to make paper. Roll it through to squeez out excess water?
bjwilson
Kemp, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 15, 2009
11:52 PM

Post #6272540

Okey Dokey... then I'm way off again.

Well.. maybe putting fabric or paper through it for texture, pattern, glue, or something like that?

Yea... you making your own wall paper?

Or maybe glueing fabric to batting for quilting?
kimarj
(Kim) Philadelphi, PA
(Zone 6a)

March 15, 2009
11:52 PM

Post #6272543

Giant flower press : }
bjwilson
Kemp, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 15, 2009
11:53 PM

Post #6272544

You're pressing the backing on to a rug to get the glue spread evenly.
Elfs_Garden
( Kris) Smiths, AL
(Zone 8a)

March 15, 2009
11:54 PM

Post #6272550

Rofl,, I am dying here,,,
Next clue,, Not paper, not wood, not cloth,,
Can really really make a mess..


New pic

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purpbutfly

purpbutfly
(Cindy) Marysville, CA
(Zone 10a)

March 15, 2009
11:55 PM

Post #6272555

Sheet metal!! YOu are going to do somthing with sheet metal!!
Elfs_Garden
( Kris) Smiths, AL
(Zone 8a)

March 15, 2009
11:55 PM

Post #6272559

okay rollers are only 18 inches wide and gap is set to 1/4 inch,,, hower material or paper can make the gap smaller

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bjwilson
Kemp, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 15, 2009
11:56 PM

Post #6272563

Stumped
Elfs_Garden
( Kris) Smiths, AL
(Zone 8a)

March 15, 2009
11:57 PM

Post #6272569

Sorry sheet metal is not the right answer.

Okay it can be any color of the rain bow, but always starts out white or grey
kimarj
(Kim) Philadelphi, PA
(Zone 6a)

March 15, 2009
11:58 PM

Post #6272572

juicer for something sugarcane..honeycomb...
Elfs_Garden
( Kris) Smiths, AL
(Zone 8a)

March 16, 2009
12:00 AM

Post #6272592

Oh, oh, I missed one of your answers,, It still is not quite right but uses one itwem I do with this,,,

Flowers, leaves, twigs, lace, hair, ribbon, and sometimes sand.


Kaimrj is getting close!!!!
Elfs_Garden
( Kris) Smiths, AL
(Zone 8a)

March 16, 2009
12:01 AM

Post #6272599

BJ you are getting close too!!!

purpbutfly

purpbutfly
(Cindy) Marysville, CA
(Zone 10a)

March 16, 2009
12:03 AM

Post #6272610

Clay? You're to use it for your clay work.
kimarj
(Kim) Philadelphi, PA
(Zone 6a)

March 16, 2009
12:03 AM

Post #6272611

your killing me lolol!!!
some type of decorative plaque?
Elfs_Garden
( Kris) Smiths, AL
(Zone 8a)

March 16, 2009
12:03 AM

Post #6272612

not honey or sugar cane,, but if I was not using it for the other thing that would be a really great idea.. actually all your ideas are great..

Now new hint if I did not make this I would have spent up to $2000.00 to make what I do with this...
GASP!!
bjwilson
Kemp, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 16, 2009
12:05 AM

Post #6272615

Which answer is close?
My guesses have been all over the place..
kimarj
(Kim) Philadelphi, PA
(Zone 6a)

March 16, 2009
12:05 AM

Post #6272618

Slab roller for clay

purpbutfly

purpbutfly
(Cindy) Marysville, CA
(Zone 10a)

March 16, 2009
12:06 AM

Post #6272619

Can you buy BIG chunks of clay? You do work with clay right?
Elfs_Garden
( Kris) Smiths, AL
(Zone 8a)

March 16, 2009
12:07 AM

Post #6272633

And the winner is,,,


Purpbutfly!!!!!!

I hope you all had fun with this and would like it if someone could come up with something neat !!

Purpbutfly. I will make you a sign for your garden.!!
What would you like? It will need to fit in a flat flat rate box please!!

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KaperC
No. San Diego Co., CA
(Zone 10b)

March 16, 2009
12:08 AM

Post #6272635

I'd go with a slab roller, too. It sure looks like one.
KaperC
No. San Diego Co., CA
(Zone 10b)

March 16, 2009
12:10 AM

Post #6272641

Where did you find it and what was it originally, do you know?

purpbutfly

purpbutfly
(Cindy) Marysville, CA
(Zone 10a)

March 16, 2009
12:11 AM

Post #6272646

WHOOO!!!! Surprise me. LOL
Dimmer
( Kim) Zion, IL
(Zone 5a)

March 16, 2009
12:11 AM

Post #6272647

I got it you roll out the grapes to make smashed wine
kimarj
(Kim) Philadelphi, PA
(Zone 6a)

March 16, 2009
12:12 AM

Post #6272653

Wow! how kewl is that !! That for the fun : ) And congrats Cindy!!!!
Elfs_Garden
( Kris) Smiths, AL
(Zone 8a)

March 16, 2009
12:12 AM

Post #6272657

I buy 200 pounds of clay at a time. And slice it and roll it though this. I was not about to spend up to $2000.00 for something I could buid for $65.00

Below ispic of varioustiles I make using any thing that I can roll though my slab roller and leave impressions

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kimarj
(Kim) Philadelphi, PA
(Zone 6a)

March 16, 2009
12:13 AM

Post #6272660

Beautiful!!

purpbutfly

purpbutfly
(Cindy) Marysville, CA
(Zone 10a)

March 16, 2009
12:13 AM

Post #6272663

Thanks, hey that was fun. We need to do this more often. Hmmm I must look around and see what I have.
Dimmer
( Kim) Zion, IL
(Zone 5a)

March 16, 2009
12:14 AM

Post #6272668

Yea yea you won after I told you what it was lol Congrats Cindy That is great what A neat idea
Dimmer

purpbutfly

purpbutfly
(Cindy) Marysville, CA
(Zone 10a)

March 16, 2009
12:15 AM

Post #6272675

Well, like I said the wringer on my grandma's machine did not look like that.
Elfs_Garden
( Kris) Smiths, AL
(Zone 8a)

March 16, 2009
12:17 AM

Post #6272688

It is an old industrial wringer washing machine head. We were walking around the flea market and I was complaining about the cost of a new Brent Slab Roller and ,, I literly triped over it.. After my dear DH got me off the floor he looked at it and said we just build the $*%^ out of that. So we bought it for $40.00 and got some wood from the scrap pile and then offf to the salvage yard and they had the perfect metal pipes to cover the old wooden rollers.
Elfs_Garden
( Kris) Smiths, AL
(Zone 8a)

March 16, 2009
12:18 AM

Post #6272695

Huh.. Did I miss something? Did Dimmer say the right answer first??

purpbutfly

purpbutfly
(Cindy) Marysville, CA
(Zone 10a)

March 16, 2009
12:18 AM

Post #6272697

There you go Kris, it was meant to be. You didn't hurt yourself did you?

purpbutfly

purpbutfly
(Cindy) Marysville, CA
(Zone 10a)

March 16, 2009
12:19 AM

Post #6272702

No she had mentioned that it was a wringer from a washer.
Elfs_Garden
( Kris) Smiths, AL
(Zone 8a)

March 16, 2009
12:25 AM

Post #6272733

Ahh,, well yeah it hurt my pride,, falling on my a## in front of a crowd of people.

I love recycling. I have made lots of silly and sometimes even useful stuff for my house.
In the pic below I made this for my DH out of recycled church glass that was going to the dump.

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purpbutfly

purpbutfly
(Cindy) Marysville, CA
(Zone 10a)

March 16, 2009
12:32 AM

Post #6272761

WOW I have been wanting to learn that. I just love stained glass windows. When I worked at the Salvation Army someone dropped off stained glass window pane that was done in butterflies. I held onto that thing for years. Was going to use it one day when I owned my own home. Well it got broke before that happened. So I took all the pieces out and have been wanting to use them. I do make stepping stones with stained glass.
Elfs_Garden
( Kris) Smiths, AL
(Zone 8a)

March 16, 2009
12:44 AM

Post #6272816

Cool. I have only made one stepping stone.
Are you in the craft swap? I think today was the last day to sign up for it. I have to check.

purpbutfly

purpbutfly
(Cindy) Marysville, CA
(Zone 10a)

March 16, 2009
12:46 AM

Post #6272827

Yes I am, lol. We should get our names in the morning, but Stacey has suddenly become a book worm and has almost forgotten about DG, LOL.
KaperC
No. San Diego Co., CA
(Zone 10b)

March 16, 2009
1:05 AM

Post #6272927

What a find! I loved the idea of the thread, too. It caught my eye immediately.
imapigeon
Gilroy (Sunset Z14), CA
(Zone 9a)

March 16, 2009
1:34 AM

Post #6273091

Elf, your tiles are wonderful----and your contest idea was TOO fun!
I ended up buying a slab roller after we tried repurposing my MILs mangle, and just couldn't make it work.
Hey, did you know there's a clay and pottery and glass-fuser forum on DG? Lots of wonderful ideas and sharing---hope you will come join us!
http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/f/allfiredup/all/
KaperC
No. San Diego Co., CA
(Zone 10b)

March 16, 2009
1:42 AM

Post #6273126

Funny, Ima, I never noticed the "all fired up" part of the address! :-)
imapigeon
Gilroy (Sunset Z14), CA
(Zone 9a)

March 16, 2009
1:44 AM

Post #6273130

I know, how "cool" is that?
We had some discussion about calling it "Kiln-Fired Arts" so we'd be sure to get potters and glass fusers & slumpers, but DG Admin didn't think it would show up well in a search.
Elfs_Garden
( Kris) Smiths, AL
(Zone 8a)

March 16, 2009
1:49 AM

Post #6273154

Imapigeon, I have lurked a little. My Dh, says I am spending way too much time on this site. I only found it a few weeks ago. And I spend several hours a day reading the posts. I want to try everything!!

KaperC, I am glad everyone had fun and hope the idea will catch on and we can have more fun with this!! Will you try to come up with something to stump us too?

Oh well back to the shop, I have to make a few things tonight while my DH is at work,,
Or maybe I will just go read a book ,,lol
Elfs_Garden
( Kris) Smiths, AL
(Zone 8a)

March 16, 2009
1:50 AM

Post #6273162

Or,,, I could read some more posts,, everything is os great on this site.

imapigeon
Gilroy (Sunset Z14), CA
(Zone 9a)

March 16, 2009
1:52 AM

Post #6273172

Hello, my name is Janet and I'm addicted to Dave's Garden. I found when I was looking for a tree, and got totally hooked...
KaperC
No. San Diego Co., CA
(Zone 10b)

March 16, 2009
1:55 AM

Post #6273188

LOL! We started doing that at the RU yesterday! Very funny...
Elfs_Garden
( Kris) Smiths, AL
(Zone 8a)

March 16, 2009
1:58 AM

Post #6273204

My name is Kris, and I am absolutely lost at all the short hand lingo here. It took me days to figre out DH meant Dear Hubby. At least I hope that is what it means? And What is an RU??
I am so confused

KaperC
No. San Diego Co., CA
(Zone 10b)

March 16, 2009
2:02 AM

Post #6273237

Sorry - it's a RoundUp - one of our regional get-togethers. I think there's a list of the abbreviations somewhere; I'll look and see if I can find it for you. :-)
bjwilson
Kemp, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 16, 2009
2:03 AM

Post #6273238

RU = Round Up... occationally people get together and trade plants and the call that a round up.

I love your tiles, Elf.

I repurpose glass jars and bottles by laying polymer clay on them and making soap or lotion dispensers. I also cover tuna cans to make ring boxes. I try to repurpose almost every thing I see... just hate to throw stuff away that might have a chance at another life.
bjwilson
Kemp, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 16, 2009
2:05 AM

Post #6273256

Here's an example of a recent lotion dispenser I did with some of my scrap clay, with a matching ring box (because I still had scrap clay)

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Elfs_Garden
( Kris) Smiths, AL
(Zone 8a)

March 16, 2009
2:11 AM

Post #6273285

Oh Bj,,
How pretty. I am not that good!! I'll trade you. Some clay tiles for a lotion disppenser with a mermaid? Can you do a mermaid? Please say you can. pretty please.

I can do a mermaid for you, or a fairy, or anything else. I will make a sign for your garden!!

Kap,
I would so love to have the abrev. list. I sometimes feel like Iam in china,,lol

Does anyone here ever do craft round-ups.. I think that would be fun, fun, fun..
bjwilson
Kemp, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 16, 2009
2:15 AM

Post #6273300

LOL... Elf... I've never done a mermaid, but I'll try.
Might take me a while, I have two ahead of you that I've traded things for...
I'll see what I can come up with, though.

BTW... I live on a lake, and would love to have a gator, or turtle like the sea horse you did up there.
imapigeon
Gilroy (Sunset Z14), CA
(Zone 9a)

March 16, 2009
2:15 AM

Post #6273301

Well, depending on the relationship, the "D" in DH can represent something other than "dear"...LOL (Laughing Out Loud). Yes, the acronyms can be quite overwhelming! Here are some I've learned:
MIL = Mother In Law
DS = Dear Son
DD = Dear Daughter
ROTFLOL = Rolling On The Floor Laughing Out Loud

oooh---a CRAFT round-up...hmmmmm...that sounds really interesting!

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nanaka
Webster, WI

March 16, 2009
2:24 AM

Post #6273365

And all this time I thought DH was darn horse!

purpbutfly

purpbutfly
(Cindy) Marysville, CA
(Zone 10a)

March 16, 2009
2:46 AM

Post #6273472

JLMK just let me know

peeps- people

TTYL talk to you later

SO significant other
KaperC
No. San Diego Co., CA
(Zone 10b)

March 16, 2009
2:49 AM

Post #6273482

Abbreviations aren't here, but have you read the F.A.Q.? http://davesgarden.com/faq/home/

Darned if I can find that list, but this should help a lot, too: F.A.Q Forum http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/f/dgfaq/all/

LMK = let me know
OT = off topic
FWIW = for what it's worth

Just let your mind wander and you can usually come up with the meaning in context once you get in the habit.



imapigeon
Gilroy (Sunset Z14), CA
(Zone 9a)

March 16, 2009
2:49 AM

Post #6273484

BTW = By the way
IMHO = In my humble opinion
Elfs_Garden
( Kris) Smiths, AL
(Zone 8a)

March 16, 2009
2:56 AM

Post #6273511

Well My DH says everytime my mind wanders it either costs him money or makes more work for him,,ROFLMAO
Elfs_Garden
( Kris) Smiths, AL
(Zone 8a)

March 16, 2009
3:02 AM

Post #6273526

BJ, I can wait it will be for my dream bathroom,, which may be a dream for many more years..


See you all tomarrow if DH doesnot have othe plans. BTW,( ha I am getting this) I usually call DH Ugly, I even tried to have "I heart U" on his wedding band and when I told the engraver what it was for he refused to engrave it,,sigh.

I will dream of a craft round up tonight...
Night all
City_Sylvia
Dallas, TX

March 16, 2009
7:06 AM

Post #6274047

OIC= Oh I See!
Omg Kris, I am not creative at all, let alone make things to become creative. kris I am still lost ... what are making with the Sea horse design? I love pottery and I have so much its all over the house and outside. A DGer gave me this huge urn at one of the RUs and it matched this huge strawberry jar I already had in my Hosta garden. I was ecstatic! I always wanted to learn to make pottery, now that I am retired I will try to do that.

BJWilson where is Kemp? Are you near the DFW area? ... just wondering if you are going to the RU in Arlington on the 5th. ... or the one at College Station 5/9... or the one in jacksoville on the 5/16? There is so many RUs here I can barely keep up. :)
Elfs_Garden
( Kris) Smiths, AL
(Zone 8a)

March 16, 2009
12:00 PM

Post #6274385

Hey Sylvia!
The Sea horse sold on e-bay. I did not get near the money to cover the time and work on it,,oh well it is ok,,, I did love making it. I will be doing a whole sea wall for my dream bathroom with mermaids, seahorses, crabs,,etc. I am going to make every single tile for my bathroom,, or I could start an RU and get all the crafty people to help me make all the tiles,,lol

You could always come to visit,, I'll make you do grunt work in exchange for clay lessons,, I made the mermaid below and my grandaughter accidently broke her tail. So now, I need to make a new one,,sigh

I want to got to Texas,, yall have all the fun,, everyone is always talking abour RU's there.. Do they have any in Alabama or Georgia? I am right on the border of Ga, so I could go to Ga for one.

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purpbutfly

purpbutfly
(Cindy) Marysville, CA
(Zone 10a)

March 16, 2009
12:11 PM

Post #6274418

Morning Kris,
Here is a link that will take you to some of the RU's. I'm not awake yet,lol. Just having my coffee so I can get ready for Curves. I start my fit & trim routine today.


http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/search.php?q=RU's&submit=(: Search forums :)
Elfs_Garden
( Kris) Smiths, AL
(Zone 8a)

March 16, 2009
12:19 PM

Post #6274448

Cindy,, Thanks for link.

Good for you, Curves, wish I could. Not too sure I can do all that, still wear out to fast from accident. Maybe soon?,
So I will just sit here dreaming of IHOP,, uummm, Blueberry pancakes,, ROFLMAO.. DH will not let me get within a mile of IHOP,,,sigh,,

It is pouring rain here,,yuck!

I WANT TO DIG IN DIRT,, STOP RAINING NOW!!!!!

Later,,,

purpbutfly

purpbutfly
(Cindy) Marysville, CA
(Zone 10a)

March 16, 2009
12:28 PM

Post #6274478

I love IHOP's. I really enjoy Curves, I guess it's because there are 3 of us that are there at 6 in the morning and no men. Today we start a game called Cookies and Vegtables not sure how it's going to work but will be intresting to see how it goes.

Were you in a car accident?

It was suppose to rain yesterday, all it did was sprinkle. We need it to rain some more here. We are looking at a drout this year.

Sylvia, I don't know if BJ will come back to answer your question or not. She has a exchange student living with her and it's Spring break for him so she is taking him to see some things in Texas. She is meeting another DGer in San Antonio this am.
She said that is lives about an hour from Dallas. That's all I know.
Elfs_Garden
( Kris) Smiths, AL
(Zone 8a)

March 16, 2009
12:38 PM

Post #6274509

Yep I was in a really bad accident.
I lost almost every plant I owned due that d@@m accident. My whole garden died due to neglect and freezes, I was bed ridden for months with no one to take care of them,,,sigh.

My poor DH works 60 to 70 hours a week and he was so upset that he could not help with my plants. I had mostly tropicals, they were in hundreds of pots. Usually we bring them in for the winter. How was I supposed to know some stupid kid would run me over?

Anyway I am starting over agsin and have new land to do it on. Will not be all in pots this time and will be winter hardy plants.. I never want to see hundreds of dead plants again.

Darn now I am mad all over again.

Later

purpbutfly

purpbutfly
(Cindy) Marysville, CA
(Zone 10a)

March 16, 2009
12:42 PM

Post #6274527

Do you have a want list? I'm willing to trade seeds or plants for some glass scraps. I don't have a whole lots of plants but I know I can sure give you some cuttings of things. Maybe I should list what I have then you can tell me what you would like. I have 2 "Black Knight" Butterfly bushes that I need to trim back and I can send you cuttings from those.

purpbutfly

purpbutfly
(Cindy) Marysville, CA
(Zone 10a)

March 16, 2009
12:43 PM

Post #6274532

OH my I just looked at the time I need to go. CURVES here I come...

TTYL
City_Sylvia
Dallas, TX

March 16, 2009
6:12 PM

Post #6276015

Thanks Purp, actually I was wondering if i met BJ at one of the RUs.
Oh Kris ... how awful about the accident! Dont be mad, thank god you are alive. I had my hip replace twice in the last two years, so I know how it feels to sit and watch your plants dying.
Dont forget I am sending you Cannas, I might as well do that right now, when I get to boxing up these Hostas and Ferns, I might forget all about those Cannas. lol
Elfs_Garden
( Kris) Smiths, AL
(Zone 8a)

March 17, 2009
1:44 AM

Post #6278116

Thanks Sylvia, You are a sweetheart. I was so excited today. One of my plants that I thought was gone for good sent out a couple of little green leaves. I have all the dead pots lined up and every day I go talk to them and say okay I back so you have to be too. Silly huh???

purpbutfly

purpbutfly
(Cindy) Marysville, CA
(Zone 10a)

March 17, 2009
1:50 AM

Post #6278137

Nothing silly about that at all. I talk to my house plants. And when I get a new flower I say well now aren't you a beauty, lol.
City_Sylvia
Dallas, TX

March 18, 2009
3:28 AM

Post #6283297

Kris, then every gardener is silly! We all do it! I have certain ones that make me smile. If I dont see one I am sad ...They are the first thing I think about in the morning and the last thing at night
bjwilson
Kemp, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 18, 2009
3:43 AM

Post #6283343

Sylvia, I was at the Fall RU in Tyler... came home with way too many plants... were you there?
starsplitter7
Tampa, FL
(Zone 9b)

March 18, 2009
4:10 AM

Post #6283414

Hi Elfs,

I am so sorry to hear that you were injured and about your garden loosing so many plants. Last summer, I had infected stitches and my doctor said I couldn't sweat. I live in Florida. :) I hand water all my plants, and I lost many plants because I couldn't keep them wet enough. I was heart broken. I am sorting the pots now. (Some come back from roots.)

I grow mostly carnivorous plants, and there are many that are native to Alabama, Georgia, . . . and would do very well for you if you made a little bog garden for them. With your talent of making new things, you could make a bog garden out of anything -- a bathtub, an old boat, a wine barrel . . . They require a mix of peat and perlite with no fertilizers and lots of rain water. Other than that CPs are easy. Put them in full sun, keep them warm, and wet in summer, and let them go dormant like any other temperate plant in winter. The first year for seedlings, I would bring them in. After that you could safely leave them outside to 20 F. I would be thrilled to send you a few seeds to get you started: Sarracenia (American Pitcher Plants -- native depending on species from Newfoundland to Mississippi), Venus Flytraps (native to NC) and Drosera filiformis (Thread sundews depending on type from New Jersey to Alabama). All of these would do great for you. Keep them wet and they would be happy. Very easy to grow and beautiful. Have to be patient though. The plants need to be 5 years old to bloom.

The picture is from my hybrid Sarracenia "Daina's Delight". First bloom this year.

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Elfs_Garden
( Kris) Smiths, AL
(Zone 8a)

March 18, 2009
4:29 AM

Post #6283470

Wow, That would be so great, I wish I had something to send back in exchange. I will D-mail you with addy. Can I send some stamp? My DH went and got me plenty. I told him I really, really need stamps. lol

I actually have plans for a bog garden, I just need to talk to folks to see how to make it grow right.

BTW,, My DH started me a greenhouse today, nothing fancy, just some salvaged poless from a dumpster and some pvc pipe from home depot. Now if we get any bad weather I will have a place for my plants!!!
I will send pics.


Samigal

Samigal
(Pegi) Norwalk, CA
(Zone 10b)

March 18, 2009
5:24 AM

Post #6283578

By accident I came upon this thread, I really enjoyed it. Thanks for the fun.

Pegi
Gourd
Mesilla Park, NM

March 18, 2009
6:35 PM

Post #6285802

this is so funny, last year I saw OH, and couldn't for the life of me figure it out, I thought it was other husband..lol

The other one that confused me quite a bit was when someone asked for seeds and signed it.. TIA

I thought there were lots of people name Tia's..lol Well, now you know I don't know abbreviations.

Samigal

Samigal
(Pegi) Norwalk, CA
(Zone 10b)

March 19, 2009
2:56 AM

Post #6288070

I'm still learning about abbreviations too Gourd. Thought I knew them all, but guess not.
KaperC
No. San Diego Co., CA
(Zone 10b)

March 19, 2009
4:04 AM

Post #6288422

Well, I thought I knew a lot, but what is OH besides Ohio? OTOH I know = on the other hand. Oh, is it "oh, heck?"
Gourd
Mesilla Park, NM

March 19, 2009
1:19 PM

Post #6289258

hahhaha.. Other Half!
starsplitter7
Tampa, FL
(Zone 9b)

March 19, 2009
2:11 PM

Post #6289446

I am so glad it isn't just me. :)
KaperC
No. San Diego Co., CA
(Zone 10b)

March 19, 2009
2:50 PM

Post #6289586

Oh heck...
planolinda
Plano, TX

March 20, 2009
3:10 PM

Post #6294754

i always thought lol meant "lots of luck" which didn't make sense when people would use it--it came across as sarcastic and sometimes even sounded sort of mean! when i found out it meant "laugh out loud" it came across so much friendlier!
so i learned a new one today--oh is no longer just for ohio!!
KaperC
No. San Diego Co., CA
(Zone 10b)

March 20, 2009
3:28 PM

Post #6294861

Yes, context means a lot!
Gourd
Mesilla Park, NM

March 20, 2009
3:40 PM

Post #6294919

Yeah, I knew what a DH was and here comes someone that has an OH..lol

Makes you wonder why Greggs Shorthand wasn't this easy, I could sure have used it then. lol, roflotl...it sure would have saved me three years of shorthand in highschool.
Elfs_Garden
( Kris) Smiths, AL
(Zone 8a)

March 20, 2009
3:57 PM

Post #6294992

Hey everyone, has ya'll thought about a new challenge? I would love for someone to come up with one.. Maybe we can set it up for Sunday afternoon or evening?

Let me know!!

Well I better gat back to work drilling holes in plates for the garden.,,sigh,,,
Elfs_Garden
( Kris) Smiths, AL
(Zone 8a)

June 10, 2009
2:15 AM

Post #6666412

bump

Mud_Elf

Mud_Elf
Elfie @ Goodwater,, AL
(Zone 7b)

November 4, 2011
9:42 AM

Post #8876232

BUMP
denimangle
Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX
(Zone 8b)

November 4, 2011
6:35 PM

Post #8876939

stacks of 18" long cedar 4 x 4s saved from the dump
some here may already know ... :0

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biddy52
BROOKFIELD
Australia

May 14, 2012
6:04 PM

Post #9123993

Elfs_Garden wrote:I am curious as to the strangest thing everyone has ever found, bartered, beg, stole or even paid for. And how you changed it to become a funtional item for everyday use.
If you can show a pic of it before you altered it. We can guess at what possible uses the item could be used for.

I will start with the item in the pic below. Can anyone guess what I did with it? If you can I will make you a gift for your garden!! Happy guessing

Kris


I am too late for all of this, but loved the quiz and I love recycling things. The strangest thing I have ever done was buy a three bowled cement trough from a recycling centre and mosaic a theme on the front and sides. I turned it into a herb garden!
biddy52
BROOKFIELD
Australia

May 14, 2012
6:12 PM

Post #9124005

This is a three bowled cement laundry trough, which I bought from a recycling centre and mosaiced. A friend, a retired teacher loved the journey I travelled putting this together and wrote a children's story about it. I attended a Mosaic Symposium in Brisbane Oct 2010 and gave a presentation of "My Mosaic Journey" with a movie showing the trough from left to right, Louis Armstrong singing "A Wonderful World" in the background and me reading the story. It was well accepted and I felt very proud of what I had achieved. This being something that took me 6 months from start to finish and never having attempted anything like it before. I had only been doing mosaics a short time and had only mosaiced garden pots up until then. Sadly, I had to move last year and a dear mosaic friend bought it from me - she is enjoying it with herbs now.

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Mud_Elf

Mud_Elf
Elfie @ Goodwater,, AL
(Zone 7b)

May 14, 2012
6:16 PM

Post #9124015

Wow!!!!!!!!!! That is stunning!!!!!!!

Samigal

Samigal
(Pegi) Norwalk, CA
(Zone 10b)

May 14, 2012
6:51 PM

Post #9124069

Oh, that is so beautiful! Such a wonderful job, makes me a little green with envy.

purpbutfly

purpbutfly
(Cindy) Marysville, CA
(Zone 10a)

May 14, 2012
7:10 PM

Post #9124089

OOOhhhh niceeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

May 15, 2012
7:51 AM

Post #9124635

HI folks. I got curious and browsed the thread and just have to say, what beautiful art!!!

ifantail

ifantail
Englewood, FL

May 16, 2012
2:41 PM

Post #9126308

Love it, that takes real talent.
biddy52
BROOKFIELD
Australia

June 30, 2012
3:50 PM

Post #9187916

biddy52 wrote:This is a three bowled cement laundry trough, which I bought from a recycling centre and mosaiced. A friend, a retired teacher loved the journey I travelled putting this together and wrote a children's story about it. I attended a Mosaic Symposium in Brisbane Oct 2010 and gave a presentation of "My Mosaic Journey" with a movie showing the trough from left to right, Louis Armstrong singing "A Wonderful World" in the background and me reading the story. It was well accepted and I felt very proud of what I had achieved. This being something that took me 6 months from start to finish and never having attempted anything like it before. I had only been doing mosaics a short time and had only mosaiced garden pots up until then. Sadly, I had to move last year and a dear mosaic friend bought it from me - she is enjoying it with herbs now.


Thank you for all your kind words. Much appreciated!
biddy52
BROOKFIELD
Australia

June 30, 2012
3:57 PM

Post #9187926

I started mosaicing with a friend on a six week "how to mosaic" course. Then I realised I could pretty up all my old plant pots with broken crockery, wouldn't cost anything but my time and a bit of glue and grout. Of course, then you get hooked! I have found it a wonderful way of saving things from landfill, which is top of my list. This is a mosaic made from a fibreglass handbasin upcycled from my recycling centre. Broken vases, crockery and recycled tiles from a neighbours renovation. Then installed on the pipe fitting - which I put a garden stake inside for extra support. I am about to reinstall it at my new house as we moved last Nov. This time, I think I will add fibreglass to the pipe and mosaic that as well - we will see. I had just rendered with left over grout originally.

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purpbutfly

purpbutfly
(Cindy) Marysville, CA
(Zone 10a)

June 30, 2012
4:33 PM

Post #9187962

That is so awesome. I have an old dresser I am going to turn into a potting bench. I'm thinking of mosaicing the top of it. But first I need to come up with a design???? Back to the drawing board, lol.

Samigal

Samigal
(Pegi) Norwalk, CA
(Zone 10b)

June 30, 2012
4:57 PM

Post #9187979

I see all these great works of art and that makes me want to go out and gather my supplies together. I could kick myself for leaving a huge round table someone did some beautiful mosaic work on it behind when we moved here. It would have been perfect for my patio. I have regrets about leaving many things behind, but you just can't take it all with you. Thanks for sharing your pictures and beautiful work with us.
biddy52
BROOKFIELD
Australia

July 3, 2012
2:55 PM

Post #9191707

Samigal wrote:I see all these great works of art and that makes me want to go out and gather my supplies together. I could kick myself for leaving a huge round table someone did some beautiful mosaic work on it behind when we moved here. It would have been perfect for my patio. I have regrets about leaving many things behind, but you just can't take it all with you. Thanks for sharing your pictures and beautiful work with us.


Dear Cindy and Pegi,

It is horrible having to leave things behind that you love, but it happens to us all I guess. Can't keep it forever! I am a terrible hoarder and now that I mosaic as well, I see mosaics in everything and gather pottery wherever I go! LOL
biddy52
BROOKFIELD
Australia

July 3, 2012
2:58 PM

Post #9191710



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biddy52
BROOKFIELD
Australia

July 3, 2012
2:59 PM

Post #9191711

I can't throw anything out - here is another example. My daughter got this for her 21st! She turns 40 next March! I have been caring for it and every year or so dutifully sand and varnish with a marine varnish. Recently, I managed to get hold of some little terracotta tiles and so I decided to tile the "roof" - I think it looks rather nifty this way. What do you think? The plants are happy and the Wishing Well Pot Plant lives on!

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kobwebz
columbia, TN
(Zone 7a)

July 4, 2012
3:59 AM

Post #9192356

Beautiful job. I too saved everything, in my house for 30 years and now am planning to move half way across the country, OMG the things I have gotton rid of, truckloads. It feels good though as I know my kids won't have to sort through all my stuff when I kick off.
biddy52
BROOKFIELD
Australia

August 12, 2012
7:19 PM

Post #9239433

kobwebz wrote:Beautiful job. I too saved everything, in my house for 30 years and now am planning to move half way across the country, OMG the things I have gotton rid of, truckloads. It feels good though as I know my kids won't have to sort through all my stuff when I kick off.


Now that I am mosaicing, I don't throw anything, I can use it for "something??!!" I just bought a new handbag - the old one had too many holes in the lining LOL - and will cut up old bag as it has brass bits on it, I can see being useful for "something??!!". Di
denimangle
Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX
(Zone 8b)

August 13, 2012
5:33 AM

Post #9239711

So far Id say the bottoms of Beer bottles

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denisemb
Ocala, FL
(Zone 9a)

August 13, 2012
9:10 AM

Post #9239983

kobwebz wrote:Beautiful job. I too saved everything, in my house for 30 years and now am planning to move half way across the country, OMG the things I have gotton rid of, truckloads. It feels good though as I know my kids won't have to sort through all my stuff when I kick off.


A little too late for you, Kobwebz, but when we moved from MI to FL, I, too, had 30 years of "stuff". Hated throwing out all of my craft items (everything from yarn, fabric, craft paint, glass paint, beads, sequins, jewelry findings, etc,) that I put it on Freecycle. A girl scout troop leader was thrilled to take it & all my junk lived on, LOL.

Samigal

Samigal
(Pegi) Norwalk, CA
(Zone 10b)

August 19, 2012
11:45 AM

Post #9246679

I kept most of my craft stuff when we moved, hoping to someday use it all up. Well, here it is 12 years later and I've hardly used any of my treasures. My imagination is pretty much shot, but thanks to DG's "clients" I'm back into new things. Guess it is time to get rid of the old and begin the new.
biddy52
BROOKFIELD
Australia

August 21, 2012
3:20 PM

Post #9249293

Samigal wrote:I kept most of my craft stuff when we moved, hoping to someday use it all up. Well, here it is 12 years later and I've hardly used any of my treasures. My imagination is pretty much shot, but thanks to DG's "clients" I'm back into new things. Guess it is time to get rid of the old and begin the new.


I hope you get inspired to create with your treasures! I thought I would be doing it every day now I am almost retired. However, I find the body dictates the order of things. Some days are diamonds, some days are stones - today I am hoping to finish a mosaic for a friend - pray for diamonds!
LouC
Desoto, TX
(Zone 8a)

August 21, 2012
4:45 PM

Post #9249399

Biddy, been retired for almost 6 years. My "sewing studio" even scares the 5 year great grand daughter. I keep everything else fairly organized but...that is a terrible downfall. Soon be 71 and it is obvious.
biddy52
BROOKFIELD
Australia

August 26, 2012
3:23 PM

Post #9254584

LouC wrote:Biddy, been retired for almost 6 years. My "sewing studio" even scares the 5 year great grand daughter. I keep everything else fairly organized but...that is a terrible downfall. Soon be 71 and it is obvious.


Enjoy your creativity while you can. I also love gardening, taking tip cuttings and seeing them evolve! I would be very happy left to my own devices 24/7.

Samigal

Samigal
(Pegi) Norwalk, CA
(Zone 10b)

August 26, 2012
4:45 PM

Post #9254654

I would be happy left to my own devices 24/7 too. My mother used to say she would like to find a place with no one around, just her and her sewing machine. Well, I'd like to find that place too, but with all my craft stuff around. Just wonder how long I would last. LOL
LouC
Desoto, TX
(Zone 8a)

August 26, 2012
5:24 PM

Post #9254688

I have created a monster in my flower garden. This Spring it was beyond beautiful. As the summer has worn on with multiple days over 100 degrees...not quite as great. Without the yard crew that has been with us some 15 years I could not keep it up at all. They have even noticed that I don't do the detailing that I have in the past. As you say, comes a time when the ole bod dictates your activities. DH is having knee replacement on Tuesday and we have been busy rearranging anything that might cause him problems when he is recovering. I had 4 fusions in my spine in 2008 and we did a lot of safety bars, etc. then.

As to remaking something, this early Spring while it was still tolerable here in Texas I painted all of the old rusty things I had collected forever and strewn everywhere very, very bright colors. Sprayed all the metal trellises red, yellow, orange, lilac, bright blue, anything that would make them stand out. I love it! Having been an "antique (junktique) dealer in years past I know you are never supposed to alter anything less you deter from its value. Well, at my ripe old age, who cares. My kids will have a quickie garage sale and it will go for pennies anyway. Might as well enjoy it while I can.
Jan23
Salem Cnty, NJ
(Zone 7b)

August 26, 2012
5:28 PM

Post #9254694

Well said!! Had to laugh at the quickie garage sale thought.
biddy52
BROOKFIELD
Australia

August 27, 2012
5:08 PM

Post #9256172

LouC wrote:I have created a monster in my flower garden. This Spring it was beyond beautiful. As the summer has worn on with multiple days over 100 degrees...not quite as great. Without the yard crew that has been with us some 15 years I could not keep it up at all. They have even noticed that I don't do the detailing that I have in the past. As you say, comes a time when the ole bod dictates your activities. DH is having knee replacement on Tuesday and we have been busy rearranging anything that might cause him problems when he is recovering. I had 4 fusions in my spine in 2008 and we did a lot of safety bars, etc. then.

As to remaking something, this early Spring while it was still tolerable here in Texas I painted all of the old rusty things I had collected forever and strewn everywhere very, very bright colors. Sprayed all the metal trellises red, yellow, orange, lilac, bright blue, anything that would make them stand out. I love it! Having been an "antique (junktique) dealer in years past I know you are never supposed to alter anything less you deter from its value. Well, at my ripe old age, who cares. My kids will have a quickie garage sale and it will go for pennies anyway. Might as well enjoy it while I can.


I think all this activity requires a photo, don't you? Love to see what you achieved. I hope you can relieve your pain and discomfort! I also wish our spring would arrive here in Melb, Vic, Aus, as the winter has been too long!
LouC
Desoto, TX
(Zone 8a)

August 27, 2012
5:44 PM

Post #9256251

Biddy, we will have to be at the hospital by 5:30 AM tomorrow so pictures will have to wait. Spent all day getting things sterilized in the house as the powers that be have warned heavily about infection following knee surgery. When I am stressed I clean like a son of a gun. Like if I can't control the situation, I can certainly control this dirt...even if it is for only a few hours.

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