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Monday, July 26, 2010

The Healing Waters...
In early 2009, I finally had the courage to end my twenty year marriage. 
I moved my two teenagers and tiny poodle into an apartment in Baltimore,
life was scary and exhilarating at the same time.  I set about creating a cheerful, soothing home. 
Each of the kids had their own room, which was very important to me,
however, I used the small section off the kitchen den (read no doors!) for my room.
Amidst the activities of the children and the stress of our new lives,
I realized I needed a place to be alone and be calm. 

Now, I have never been a gardener!! That is for Laur and Mom!!!
So, I regarded my little balcony with a wary eye!
Mom gave me a geranium to start with and lo and behold I actually kept it alive. 
I am not going to talk about the tomato fiasco!!

Somewhere along the way I picked up a fountain pump with
the idea of creating my own 'wall of water'!
After MANY consultations and tossed out sketches,
 (with Captain Butler, who is an Engineer, by the way!)
I decided to use found objects to hold the water. 
Since I spend all my free time at the Goodwill
looking at dishes I decided to look for vessels there.

Pictured below is my first purchase! 
A sponge painted bowl from Williams-Sonoma!!
$5.00!!!  Woo Hoo!  At this point I was thinking of a blue and white theme.
When I saw this little delft strawberry pot I thought the water
hose could run in through the high hole and
flow out the low ones.  That idea looked better on paper!!!
Next I found this gorgeous pink bowl!!
$3.50!! Yay! Blue and white went out the window!!
The actual balcony needs some painting...
the doors are all new...a project for another time!
As you can see I later found a very similar small pink bowl for $.50! Are you kidding!!?! 
The little filigree bird was half off at Michael's, coming in at $3.00ish. 
Still need to find a way the make hose less noticeable.
I inverted the strawberry pot under the tiny pink bowl. 
Next I found a pot with a scalloped edge so the pump could hide under it and
the plug and hose could come out from under it with no unevenness.
I set the whole thing on a white turkey platter!
Threw some glass stones around and turned it on!!!
Ahhhh!  Now I sit outside in the sun or shade and read
while the sound of water falling softly next to me
lulls me into a feeling of peace.

Please check out Susan at her Metamorphosis Monday Party
to see some other fun projects come to life!  Thank you for visiting!!
Love, Scarlet