Monday, July 26, 2010

Bottles, Buttons and a Eastern Hognose Snake

I have had quite a day!  I received a call from our local County Judge-Exec’s office.  They were asking local artist to contribute to a basket that is headed to our State Fair.  We discussed what I would like to contribute.  We decided on one of my decorative soldered bottles.  I have been lazy and had no inventory here, so I had to get busy.  I created two, so they could pick which one they wanted.
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I had another phone call,  a friend asking if she could bring me some sewing supplies that had been her mother’s.  Of course I was overjoyed, that’s like someone asking, if I would like a piece of cake!!!  She brought a large old sewing basket full of buttons, hem tape and other notions.  I had so much fun going through the basket.  The hem tape was from the 60’s and 70’s mostly and the colors were great.  Such beautiful muted pinks and blues.  There was one brown moiré ribbon, that almost made me swoon.  I really do get too emotional over sewing supplies don’t I.
Now for the real excitement, the snake!  Snakes give me the creeps.  I was being a good blogger and was outside taking pictures of my bottles.  My 2 dogs were outside with me, along with my DH.  You have met Rufus (the dog) on a previous post.  In the past few days Rufus has killed 2 baby rabbits and 2 baby birds.  When he started growling, I thought he had his eye on another  rabbit.  I turned around to tell him, “No!” when, I saw the snake. There I was barefoot, (it is Kentucky you know), trying to keep Rufus away from the snake. I was grabbing the bottles, the camera and trying to get us all in the house.  My husband is against killing a snake.  He says, “good snakes are good to have around, they keep the bad snakes away”.  I am of the theory the only good snake is a dead one
(I once went out the back door and was surprised by a huge snake laying on the lounge chair.  I not only killed that snake, I killed the lounge chair with it.)
Getting back to the snake tonight, my DH grabbed a shovel and was going to coax the snake to be on his way.  Well, this snake wasn’t going anywhere and it struck at my DH.  I then shouted, “Kill it! It’s mean!”.  The snake then struck again!  So, my hero then decided, it had to go and killed it.   I had recently purchased a book on Kentucky snakes, I brought it out so we could make an identification.  It was an Eastern Hognose Snake.  Notice I said, was.  Now it fits my definition of a good snake.  Good and Dead!
I think I will wear my shoes the next time I go outside.
Love to all,


Dina said...

Love the soldered bottles. How do you make those? I have never seen anything here like it. Good thing you had Rufus to attert you to the snake. Sad for the bunnies and the birdies though.

The Polka Dot Closet said...

First, i hate snakes and the only good snake is a dead one! I am in Orlando and we have a lot of poisonous ones also. your bottles are beautiful! Congrats on your state fair submission. And finally Thank you for stopping by and sharing in my publishing joy!
Your little token thank you will be in the mail tomorrow!


sjmcdowell said...

Wow Debbie what a day you have had dear girl!!!
I do not like snakes either and I think I would probably scream, run, and faint if I saw one in my yard!!!
Thank you for coming to visit me earlier on my blog...funny I was thinking of you when I checked for any new comments and there you were!!

Take care and wear your shoes outside ok??

Oh yes and what fun to have your friend bring some sewing notions that her Mom had for you to pick through...I would swoon too!!

Love, Light and Laughter,


Magpie's Mumblings said...

Oh my - glad you have a good guard dog! I don't mind snakes but I don't want them in my yard! I like your soldered bottles - are those prisms?

mya said...

I've only seen the hognose in pictures and that is closer than I choose to be. Apparently they will strike out but not bite (so says the book). It is my husband that acts quickly to exterminate snakes (that does not mean that I am fond of them.
The bottles are strikenly (word?) beautiful.
That is a wonderful compliment to be asked to participate with the basket representing your county.

Marie Lost Bird Studio said...

Hi Debbie,
quite a day you had.Your bottles are awesome.
Have a great day.

Blissfull ATC swap said...

Okay Debbie I am not moving to Kentucky then... Snake in the back yard oh my! I feel the heart beating as i think about it... and my boys would have a fit , we had a wrasp fly in the other day and the boys and dogs all ran up stairs. Although Byron the youngest did say that he would like a snake for a pet... "Over my dead body" I said. And your bottle are wonderful... and I need friends who bring over such nice gifts. luckly you... Hugs Wendy

Linda Robinson said...

I just love your bottles, When ever I take a trip to California I seem them in little shops there and I just love them.. They are real expensive there. It is so cool you can make them.

I would have had a heart attack if I would have seen a snack. I am with you.. the only good snake is a dead snake.

Hugs, Linda

sissie said...

I love your decorative bottles. It would be hard to pick just one.
I don't like snakes either. Glad it's gone.


Lynn said...

Your bottles are gorgeous Debbie :)

Sorry you had the snake to deal with I would be terrified.

sjmcdowell said...

Hi Debbie,

Just so you know I used an "Ivory Soap" box for my Sea Shell box! :D



Anne - Fiona and Twig said...

Your bottles look fantastic!

Scary day!!!

Jillayne said...

The bottles are terrific, but the snake? Not so much. Yikes, that must have been nasty. We have no snakes around here and I think I'm glad of that. Good for you though to be asked to participate in the County's contribution to the State Fair. That's a great honour and I am so happy for you!

Michelle Palmer said...

...quiver...quiver... you're so brave! When we were on our southern journey I was careful to stay on paths because of snakes & spiders! We have seen grass snakes, corn snakes... ewie, quiver!
So thrilled for you and also the sewing basket... how fun~

Thank you for your sweet comment, too~
You made my day :)

DeeDee said...

Yep that would freak me out..and good thing Rufus didn't want to be a hero on this day...Whew!

and you are making me so jealous with these beautiful bottles..I got to try me one of those..that glass knob top is incredily inventive in my book...Love it...
thanks for sharing all the fun things that you do....

agypsyangel said...

I just found your blog. Your bottles are so neat, so my style of things. I love the battle of the snake story.

Gaby Bee said...

I love coming here to see what you are creating. Your bottles are gorgeous!

I agree with Linda, I too would have had a heart attack if I would have seen a snake. I'm glad we don't have snakes in Germany!

Have a wonderful day!
Gaby xo

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Wow Debbie, those bottles are pretty amazing. I'm sure glad I stopped by today (a bit late, but you know how busy things can get) to see these before they went off to the State Fair. And aren't you just the luckiest to have a friend who gifts you with nearly vintage goodies. I'm so impressed.

I got a good laugh reading the only good snake is a dead snake. What a harrowing experience. It sure made a good story, though!

Cindy Adkins said...

Oh my gosh, Deb,
You're braver than me! lol Since you are on Blogger, you just add the button as a Gadget....when you go there, you add it as a picture and just put my blog address in the spot that says http:
So it's

Make sure there's not 2 http's! (I've done that before!)

Cindy Adkins said...

Oh Deb,
I'm so glad it worked--It took me so long to do it, I was just hoping it was right--I was keeping my fingers crossed that it was! lol

Dorthe said...

Dear Debbie, love your bottles,they are great .
but realy not the snake--oh my I would have been terryfied, but snakes are also not common
in Denmark, you was right to kill it,--and please wear shoes outside, dear.

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