Wednesday, March 23, 2011


Here are a few more bowling balls that I turned into "Lady Bugs". These were painted with a coat of primer, two coats of red spray paint, and black accents with acrylic paint. I then gave these little bugs two coats of clear sealer, and as easy as that.....I have lady bugs.


Sunday, March 20, 2011


I don't know when it started but I have always loved all the beautiful and might I add, expensive, garden art. When I go to a craft show I'm always drawn to the home crafted benches, the paintings on old shovels, the old metals that some genius was able to salvage and turn into a giant bird or grasshopper.   I could be called the garden art hoarder if I could just afford it.

But a few weeks ago I attended the Midwest Herb and Garden show in Mt. Vernon, IL and found some garden art I could actually make and afford.  I took pictures, talked to the artist and couldn't wait to get home and get started.

The next day I got right to work;  first on my list was to find a used bowling ball.  Actually I already had purchased 2 of them at my local Goodwill Store.  I was going to spray paint them and sit them in my yard for gazing balls.   But after I saw these beauties at the show, I knew I could do more.

I brought them in from my garage and washed them in soap and water.  I then spray painted them with silver paint.  (I didn't know that I should have put a coat of primer on them first).

After the paint dried I went to work gluing flat marbles all over the surface.  I used E6000 glue on one, then learned that clear silicone works better.  We'll see....if the marbles fall off I'll just put them back on, but so far, so good.

My next bowling ball I began to learn that I could make patterns out of the marbles.  I really love the way these marbles glisten in the sun.  I love the fact that these won't break, like the 3 other ones I've owned.  Okay!  I'm hooked!  I have already been given 13 more bowling balls and oh, the possibilities are endless.

So if you're driving down the road one day and see all of these gazing balls and  excess garden art, stop in if you like.  I just might be interested in selling a few!


Saturday, March 12, 2011

Simple Soups

                                                       LEFT OVERS SOUP - DELICIOUS!
Soups are one of my favorite things to make because they usually don't take a lot of work, they taste good, and they are nutricious.  Around Thanksgiving, Dale, my oldest son, told me about a soup that used the turkey carcass, and all your leftovers.  To be honest, I couldn't imagine it tasting good, but he assured me it was delicious.

 A few weeks ago I roasted a cornish hen, with dressing.  I had chicken gravy and vegetables.  The next day I had about 1/2 of the chicken leftover with the rest of the fixings.  I thought, "I will try the soup Dale told me about", so I put the chicken pieces into broth, added the dressing, the gravy, some carrots, and some other leftover vegetables I had in the fridge.  I had a few thin noodles that I also threw into the pot.

The outcome:  DELICIOUS!  This is a way to use what ever you have in your fridge to turn it into soup.  I also think the sage in the dressing really added to flavor.

Do you have some easy, quick and tasty recipes you would like to share with me?  I would love to hear from you.

Grandma B