Monday, April 09, 2018

Fence Art and Sky Hearts

We've been getting ready for our long journey south for my mom's memorial. So much to do, photographs to gather for the poster memory board we're going to put together. It's heart tugging in every way.

Here is something we've been working on for distraction. Roger and I started on this project back in mid March. We have a lot of old fence boards that he thought would make a lovely dragonfly for the fence art project. I thought so too. So he cut the boards and laid them out. As soon as I saw it I wondered about adding some of the flat marbles we've found in the yard and around the house here. We think they're from the bottom of vases of flowers, and mostly get discarded at the end of the flower splendors. So we gathered them and tried this:
After Roger cut the wood, and we laid the marbles on it to see how it would look, I thought I should google around about mosaic and wood. That's when we learned that it's not a good idea at all for outside art because wood expands and contracts in the weather. All those marbles will fall right off. We tested it with a piece of wood and some other pieces of marble, two kinds of very strong glue. And guess what? After all the rainy weather, the marbles do fall right off. So, we may just make this for someplace inside the house. It really was fun to put it together. I could see us trying other projects in the future.
In the mean time Roger did make a heart and a peace sign from a barrel metal hoop. We're starting to really like adding stuff to the fence.

Sometimes the clouds will lift our spirits with shapes like this.

If you keep looking up you can see heart signs and be reassured by the beauty of our skies. Life goes on and there are miles and miles of travel ahead.



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  1. Sorry to hear that your dragonfly lost its marbles. There's always something to lift the spirits if you look hard enough, though some days you have to look really hard.

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    1. John-- You made me laugh out loud, and that truly made my morning. Thank you! We actually didn't glue these marble down yet, we were waiting for the test. Ah well!

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  2. I wish I could see the world through your eyes!

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    1. paullamb-- Some days are better than others for seeing through my eyes.

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  3. Nice bug! Safe travels to you.

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  4. Love the idea of using those marbles on wood, and then painting too! It's lovely.

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    1. Barbara-- I have a feeling that whole new world is opening up with marbles and wood!

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  5. Beautiful. Your fence art dragonfly and the sky hearts lift my spirit. You are in my thoughts as you prepare for your journey in honor of your mother.

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    1. am-- I'm so glad the art and sky lifted your spirits. Thank you for your kind thoughts.

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  6. A big part of getting back to the new reality, glad to see you are at it Roger and Robin, it is beautiful.

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  7. Great dragonfly! Will be spirit-lifting inside too. And oh my, hearts in the sky. Another message from heaven perhaps. Kim in PA

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    1. Kim S-- It's fun trying to find our more creative sides. Adding beauty to the world.

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  8. I love the dragonfly!

    The hearts in the sky -- I'm always amazed what you see up there.

    Bon voyage to the south. Hope it goes well.

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    1. Tara-- So glad you like that dragonfly. It has potential! Thank you for your kind words.

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  9. Love your dragon fly and think he should be inside anyway. Roger is quite creative.
    Have a safe trip and remember all the smiles and warmth your Mom brought.

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    1. Patti-- I think the dragonfly will probably hang inside. It's going to be pretty cool. Thank you!

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  10. Thankfully you would not let that beautiful dragonfly lose its marbles. It's bad enough that some people lose theirs.
    You make me look up at clouds again and again!

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    1. Sabine-- We haven't glued those marble down yet. We ran our tests first. Now we'll figure out how to proceed. Glad you like looking at clouds!

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  11. Not everyone sees hearts in the sky. I think someone is sending you love. And comfort.

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    1. 37paddington-- I'm always so happy when I run outside to take a look up and find something like this. Yes, I think someone is sending love, and comfort.

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  12. I love the things people do to their yards, the personal touches. And, of course, homemade is folk art at its best. As for the memorial photo board - I am happy to hear you will be doing that. I find that particular family ritual to be healing. And filled with love.

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    1. Colette-- We love having this project. Now when we look around, we're struck by the potential of so many discarded things. We've got a lot of old photos packed in the car, and my sister has the photos of the past 30 years. It's going to be quite a project.

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  13. I do see those hearts, very clearly! And I love the dragonfly with the marbles. I'm glad you're going ahead with the marbles and keeping him inside, rather than not using them and putting him on the fence.

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    1. Steve-- Isn't it cool to look up and see hearts. I hope everyone finds them in their skies from time to time. I love the dark one. I've photographed many heart shaped clouds, but never a dark one like that. I think we'll figure out how to attach the dragonfly to the wall, and go looking for other fence projects.

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  14. Last Thursday I had an email telling me my uncle had passed away. Unfortunately I could not make the funeral so I had to be content with sending flowers. Your Dragon fly made me smile & had now given me the encouragement to try making one myself. You could try sticking them on with clear silicon sealant, That what I used on my sunflowers and the centres are still hanging in there. You could also try drilling dimples in the wood to stick the glass in or put paint in. Have a safe jorney

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    1. Bill-- That silicon sealant idea sounds very interesting. I think we'll give that a try when we get home from our journey. Thank your that. So sorry to hear about your uncle.

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  15. I was thinking about some way you could get the marbles to stick. Construction adhesive is very sticky, and made to stick to wood, although it's not very pretty. You could also try either putting a small nail or screw, not quite driven home, as something for the adhesive to stick to. Whatever you do, it looks great now.

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    1. Mark- We're going to try a few things and let it sit out in the crazy coastal weather. If something works, we're going to do a happy dance!

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