Saturday, May 31, 2014

A Wonderful Reason to Help Pets For Vets

  Sometimes rescue dogs are rescued from abusive homes. The story below is about such a rescue. The rescued became a rescuer!
  This is what makes this non profit organization so wonderful.
   Please help! These veterans need you help. Emotional Injuries are just as bad and maybe worse than physical injuries. And if  you are a pet owner, you know how love and devotion you pet gives you. No questions asked.
  If you don't need a hand knitted item from my studio, then go to Pets for Vets and donate directly to them.You can even donate using your paypal account. Be sure and put the hyphens in the address to reach the right organization.


A True Story copied from Pets for Vets website.

Alex served in the Army from 1989 to 1992 and was stationed in Germany when the Berlin wall came down. He suffered a spinal cord injury after falling from a four-story roof, which left him a partial quadriplegic. Alex has been hoping to receive a dog to keep him company when he is home alone. He also hopes that he will be able to give back to the VA Long Beach by training his dog to become a therapy dog.
It took awhile to find the perfect match for Alex. We found Roxy at Smashface Rescue and learned about her harrowing tale. Kyle of Smashface Rescue received a tip from the nieces of a man who was abusing his dogs. Kyle was able to secure Roxy and her seven puppies and remove them from the property. Roxy suffered major internal damage from all of the abuse she endured, including a ruptured spleen. After recovering, from her injuries she was ready for her “forever” home.
Alex and RoxyPets for Vets worked with Roxy to increase her confidence around people. She was also desensitized to a wheel chair and taught to walk next to it. Roxy’s favorite behavior was learning to take peanut butter from a long handled spoon so that her new Dad would be able to feed her too. She was quick to pick up basic obedience and not to bolt out of doors.
The moment Alex met Roxy for the first time, he was speechless. She sat on his lap to be cuddled and taken for a ride around the house. Roxy had finally found her family.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Inchie Magnets for Your Refrigerator or Bulletin Board

These cute inchies were just added to my Artfire Studio. Please take a look.

A just a reminder: Have a look at the scarves and hats that I make for a very good cause. PETS for VETS. This wonderful group match rescue pups with Vets. in need of a companion. All of you that have a pet in your life knows how much love and support they give you. All monies go to Pets for Vets. Only part of your money that does not what is needed for postage. I donate my time and all materials. I know it is summer and these are not needed right now, but winter will be back. The companion for a Vet is needed now.


Thursday, May 29, 2014

New Pictures of Tillandsia in Stages of Blush

It has been two weeks since I took pictures of these two plants. Have a look, can you see the changes in the blush.

Picture taken on 5/15

Picture taken 5/29

Picture taken on 5/15 
Picture taken on 5/29  

Well, I don't know! When I looked at them today they looked like they were getting redder. It is hard getting pictures showing the changes. What do you think?


Sunday, May 18, 2014

Part 2 on using Air Plants to decorate your reception tables and to give your guests, a thank you for coming, gift.

This shows how to loosely wrap wire. you can use florist wire or jewelry wire.
Since Air plants  do not have stems, you will have to make them.        

Add a stem. This one is a dowel rod cut to length.

Simple look with Air Plant wired to a stiff florist wire.


Fill the vase with pretty pebbles. These came from Walmart, but I have since found them much cheaper at Dollar Tree. 

Use a variety of Air Plants to increase the pizzazz

Raffia looks really nice.

Use a spray of silk flowers or real if you prefer.

A simple look with ribbon to match your colors.
For an informal look - jars of all shapes and sizes.

I know all of you will come up with more exciting and better ideas than I have added. Add your pictures and comments. Enjoy sharing your ideas with other brides.



Saturday, May 3, 2014

New Idea for Your Wedding Reception

I LOVE this centerpiece idea! But without the place mat underneath.
Picture these bottles and vases with beautiful green Air Plants. Since air plants do not have stems, you will need to add them. This is easily done with florist picks or wire. Then each guest will be able to take home a beautiful and unusual reminder of your special day.

Don't have all the bottles and jars? Find them at flea markets and stores. My favorite store is Dollar Tree where you won't spend over a dollar for each vase.

In a few days I will post pictures on how to wire your air plants.  Keep looking!


Friday, May 2, 2014

What Tillandsia Book Would You Recomend?


I have been looking for books on Tillandsia, I did not find much. On Amazon, I found a new book that looks promising for $25.00list. Unfortunately, it doesn't come out until October.

 Paul Isley, the top expert in Tillandsia, has a beautiful book that sells for $82.00. If you have only one or maybe a few Tillandsia, you may not want to pay that much for a book

 Jody James has written a small digital book named Air Plants Care and Design. I bought this book when I first decided I wanted to learn more about Air Plants. It is a Kindle Digital book and sells for 2.99. Good price, but it just touches on general care, and designs. Does have some nice pictures.

I am looking for ideas on what you would like to see in a book. Are you new to Air Plants? A hobbyist? Or an expert? What book(s) would you recommend?