welder, baker and bottle tree maker..

Glass ‘bottle trees’ According to Wikipedia, orginated in Northern Africa during a period when superstitious people believed that a genii or imp could be captured in a glass bottle. Legend had it that empty glass bottles placed outside the home could “capture” roving (usually evil) spirits at night, and the spirit would be destroyed the next day in the sunshine. African slaves took this practice to Europe and North America.”

Although intrigued by the history behind the bottle tree, I found most of the bottle tree designs to be very stifled. I spent some time and created bottle trees of my own that actually would follow the rhythmic growth patterns of trees.

On Monday I  installed several trees in my front garden bed in and among the fall color. I hope you can stop by on Saturday to enjoy the art and flowers!

some call me snow white

The day this little bugger climbed into my hand I decided there might be some validity to that nickname. Obviously searching for his hole, I tried to push him closer to the home that I have seen many chipmunks pop in and out of over the past few years. I nudged and nudged but each time he would either jump back into my hand or run up my pant leg. Quite contented in my hand, I sat there and talked to him for about an hour while I pet his sweet little head. He napped as the horribly vicious Mosquitoes bit me! Worth every single bite though..