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Dragonfly Window Decor

Dragonfly Window Decor

Dragonfly Window Pane Stained GlassDragonfly inspired window decorations

Part of my series on Dragonfly Decor Ideas , this page features a selection of my favorite dragonfly window decor. Included are some stunning stained glass windows panels and shimmering sun catchers that are sure to catch your eye. I've tried to include a variety of styles and a range of prices to suit every budget - if the Tiffany-style dragonfly window panels are too much for you, you can always go for a similar look with peel and stick decals.

I've even included a few facts about dragonflies to entertain you. So...whether you want something spectacular or something simple, I'm sure there will be something here to suit you. I hope you enjoy my selection and that you will visit my other pages in this series.

Blue River Dragonfly/Butterfly Art Glass Vertical Window Panel

 Regal Art and Gift Sun Catcher, Dragonfly Design Toscano Dragonflies Dance Stained Glass Window Tiffany Style Stained Glass Dragonfly Night Light Joan Baker Designs SO256 Dragonfly with Lilies Art Glass Suncatcher, 4-1/2-Inch by 3-1/4-Inch

Dragonfly Stained Glass Windows

One excellent idea to enhance a dragonfly inspired decor is one of these delightful stained glass window panels. They fit over your existing window by hanging mounts and chains. The sunshine through the window will bring these panels to life.

 Botanical Red Dragonfly Stained Glass Suncatcher Makenier Vintage Tiffany Style Stained Art Glass Tiffany Dragonfly Trio Stained Glass Window Design Toscano Dragonfly Pond Stained Glass Window Dragonfly Flower Window Panel Wall Hanging Botanical Collage Glass Art Panel

The symbolism of dragonflies

Dragonflies have been around for millions of year - one fossil dates back over 300 million years so it is no wonder so many myths and legends have grown up around them. Many cultures hold the dragonfly in esteem and here are some of the symbolism surrounding them.

  • In some native American tradition, dragonflies were thought to hold the souls of the dead and a visit from one was a visit from an ancestor.
  • Dragonflies in many cultures symbolize change and purity. Change - because of the different stages a dragonfly goes through and purity because they are always associated with pure, fresh water. This may also be influenced by the way the iridescence which allows them to appear different colors, also highlights the aspect of change.
  • Many cultures believe the dragonfly stand for victory, power and prosperity. These little creatures live amazing lives - they are born and live under water for a couple of years before bursting to the surface, live to the max then die in only a few weeks
  • Because they fly and live for such a short time, the dragonfly epitomizes how to live in the present, in how to make the very best of the time you have.
  • For the Japanese, dragonflies symbolize good luck, peace and prosperity. Because the islands that make up Japan can be seen as being in the shape of a dragonfly, this is a particularly potent symbol for them.new light and joy
  • For those searching for meaning in their own life, dragonflies symbolizes the sense of self that comes with age and maturity.
  • The color of dragonflies appear to change as a result of reflecting and refracting light. Because of that they can appear to create an illusion so, when you hold the dragonfly as your symbol you show the world only what you want them to see. At the same time they allow you to see through illusions.

Hand painted dragonfly suncatchers - eye-catching dragonfly accent

 Dramatic Dragonfly Oval Suncatcher Skimmer Dragonfly Dragonfly with Lilies Flame Skimmer Orchid Collage Dragonfly Design Dragonfly Summer Rainbow Oval Suncatcher Botanical Butterfly Frog and Dragonfly Dragonfly and Grape Dragonfly Design Dragonfly and Tulips Dragonfly and Fuchsias Frog and Dragonfly Dragonfly Design Dragonflies and Water Lilies Dragonfly Floral

Dragonfly Meanings

The dragonfly is an insect with large eyes that are multifaceted, two sets of transparent wings, and a body that is elongated. They are similar in appearance to damselflies, with the main difference being that the dragonfly holds their wings perpendicular to their body. There are over 5,680 species of dragonflies in the world, and they have always evoked feelings of intrigue and different forms of symbolism in various cultures throughout the world.

What do dragonflies represent? That depends upon what area of the world and what culture we are speaking about. Europeans consider the dragonfly to be sinister, while Romanian folklore pegs the insect as a former horse that became possessed by the devil. The Swedish lore suggests that dragonflies have the job of weighing the souls of humans, while the Welsh associate them with snakes.

On the brighter side where the dragonfly is not considered to be something evil or bad, the Japanese associate the insect with the seasons of summer and early autumn. They are also recognized as symbols of happiness, strength, and courage. What do dragonflies represent in China? The answer is prosperity, harmony, and good luck. Other more generalized symbolisms that the dragonfly represents are poise, power, maturity, depth of character, living life to the fullest, becoming self aware, and defeating illusions that were self created.With an insect that has inspired so many cultures to develop lore and symbolism pertaining to it, it's no wonder the dragonfly is often a popular theme for both jewelry and home decorating.

Many people like to bring dragonflies into their home decor. When used for this purpose, the dragonfly represents a peaceful environment that incorporates the beauty of nature along with the mystery of the dragonfly. Modern artists also like to use these insects as subjects for such works as posters and framed art work to display in the home. Dragonflies have also inspired many decorative motif designs that are used for home furnishings and fabric for home decorating.

Dragonflies are many times the subject of Art Nouveau designs in jewelry pieces. They are also a popular theme used in making Native American Zuni pottery pieces. Dragonflies are both beautiful and colorful, which makes them a great subject for jewelry. The wings of the insect are perfect for creating stunning pieces using colorful gemstones or shiny precious metals such as gold or silver. Many necklaces, pins, earrings, and hair accessories that feature dragonflies can be found.

Culture also comes into play in jewelry that features dragonflies. For example, a piece of dragonfly jewelry when given as a birthday gift in Japan means you wish that person happiness, strength, and courage. For Native Americans, dragonfly jewelry represents renewal after facing challenging times in life. Colored dragonfly jewelry, in most cultures, has the meaning of overcoming self made illusions. This is symbolic of how the color of the insect is dependant upon the way the light reflects off of it, symbolic of how humans sometimes see things the way the choose to. The jewelry also represents growth, maturity, and making the most out of life in the time that we have.

All of these meanings are sure to make wearing a piece of dragonfly jewelry, or incorporating a dragonfly theme into your home's decor mean something more than it did before learning about its symbolism.

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Dragonfly Floral Stained Glass Window

 Dragonflies Dance Stained Glass Window Tiffany Style Dragonfly Stained Glass Window "Dragonfly Pond" Stained Glass Window

Article publié pour la première fois le 09/10/2015

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Incredible Custom Stemware For Your Home

Incredible Custom Stemware For Your Home

Zazzle now offers new custom stemware that makes the perfect addition for the home. Now you can have wineglasses customized in both stemmed or stemless varieties. These glasses are not only great for creating a special set of glassware for the home, but also make great gifts. Gift ideas may include, but are not limited to, wedding gifts or for use at a wedding reception, birthday celebrations, graduation parties (for those over legal drinking age), anniversary parties, or as a great housewarming gift to celebrate getting a new home. The designs are etched using special sand carving techniques, which means the designs are actually part of the glass and won't wash off or wear off with repeated used. Here we take a look at some of the custom stemware options, with stemless varieties as well.

Skull and Bones Personalized Stemless Wine Glass

Glass shown picture is a stemless variety which can also be ordered as a stemmed wine glass. Features a skull and crossbones logo on the front with option for customizing the lettering. The example shown says "Shuchart's Pub," but would be great with any last name to make a cute, yet practical addition to the home bar glassware collection. Choose from eight engraving styles to make the glasses your own. Stemmed glass is 9 inches high with a 19 ounce capacity, while stemless version is 4.5 inches high with 17 ounce capacity. Glasses are dishwasher safe with etched design so that it won't wear off with use. Note the word "Pub" will not be automatically added to the glass, so please be specific when inserting words to be added. The skull and crossbones design is perfect for those with an edgy, yet classy taste. Can be ordered in quantities of one, two, or four glasses.

Skull and Bones Personalized Stemless Wine Glass

Personalized Monogram Wine Glass (Single)

This custom stemware glass offers the options of personalizing the monogram initial and name. Glasses are sold individually, so simply order as many as needed. Glass measures 8 inches tall and holds 11 ounces of liquid. These glasses would make a great wedding reception piece to place on the tables, displaying the newly married couples initial and last name. Makes a great wedding favor and item for guests to take home to remember the special day. Method of engraving used is sandblasting, which lasts much longer than laser etching.

Personalized Monogram Wine Glass (Single)

Family Crest Monogrammed Wine Glass

This glass may be ordered as either stemmed or stemless and comes with eight different options for engraving. Custom stemware may be ordered in quantities of one, two, or four. Choose your own monogram to be deeply etched into the glass using a special sand carving technique. Stemless version measures 4.5 inches high and holds 17 ounces, while stemmed version is 9 inches high with a 19 ounce capacity. Glasses are dishwasher safe. Custom stemware makes a great gift to present as a wedding gift, monogrammed with the couple's initial of their last name. Would also make a great anniversary present for a couple.

Family Crest Monogrammed Wine Glass

Best Mom Personalized Stemless Wine Glass

Treat mom to this awesome wine glass which can be ordered in either stemless or stemmed versions. Glass has an etched heart in the center that says "World's Best Mom," along with a banner underneath the heart where you can customize the name. (Seven other engraving styles are available, but the Best Mom style is the only one with the heart and this particular phrase.) Can be purchased in quantities of one, two, or four pieces. This makes the perfect Mother's Day gift, or perhaps a gift idea for mom's birthday. Unique design features carved out deep background panel that creates a beautiful 3D effect. Design is etched into glass and glasses are dishwasher safe. Stemmed glass is 9 inches high and holds 19 ounces, while stemless glass is 4.5 inches tall and holds 17 ounces.

Best Mom Personalized Stemless Wine Glass

Tropical Paradise Personalized Stemless Wine Glass

The design on this glass is a beautiful oval shaped with decorative border featuring a tropical palm tree. Banner running along base of oval has room for customizing with family name, like the example shown, "The Jameson's." Makes the perfect gift idea for those who love to travel or who are planning a tropical vacation, or for those who have a vacation home away from home. Can be ordered as either a 9 inch stemmed glass with 19 ounce capacity, or as a 4.5 inch tall stemless glass with 17 ounce capacity. Design is etched into these dishwasher safe glasses. May be ordered as a single glass, or in sets of two or four. (Seven other engraving design options are also available.)

Tropical Paradise Personalized Stemless Wine Glass

Elegant Script Monogrammed Wine Glass

Choose from the elegant script style or six other styles for monogramming custom stemware, including Winding Vines, Decorative Diamond, Majestic Circle, Typography, Modern, or Family Crest styles. Available in 4.5 inch stemless glass (17 ounces), or 9 inch stemmed glass (19 ounces). Glasses can be ordered individually, or in sets of either two or four glasses. Larger sets may be ordered and price per glass decreases the larger the quantity ordered. Glasses are etched using a unique sand carving technique and are dishwasher safe. This engraving style makes the perfect gift for a wedding or anniversary present.

Elegant Script Monogrammed Wine Glass

Irish Pride Personalized Stemless Wine Glass

This new Irish Heritage design allows you to have personalized barware and glassware right at home. Features a design with an ornate Celtic shamrock sand-carved in to the glass along with the family surname. Perfect gift for an Irish wedding or to give any friend or family member with an Irish heritage. Also makes the perfect glasses to serve guests during a St. Patrick's Day celebration. Can be ordered stemmed (9 inches tall, 19 ounce capacity) or stemless (4.5 inches tall with 17 ounce capacity) in quantities of one, two, or four glasses. Larger sets may also be ordered with price per glass decreasing with larger increments. Other engraved design options (which would not feature the Irish theme) include Skull and Bones, Ornate Damask, Diamond Border, Union Jack, Best Mom, Tropical Paradise, and Regal Crest designs.

Irish Pride Personalized Stemless Wine Glass

Article publié pour la première fois le 01/06/2015

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Nightmare Before Christmas Decor and Gifts

Nightmare Before Christmas Decor and Gifts

Nightmare Before Christmas Halloween Town Lagoon Sculpture with Lights and Music by Hawthorne Village

Featured: Nightmare Before Christmas Halloween Town Lagoon Sculpture with Lights and Music by Hawthorne Village

If you're a fan of Jack Skellington, Sally, and the other characters from the 1993 Tim Burton classic film, The Nightmare Before Christmas, you'll be happy to know that there are a variety of unique gift giving ideas that feature this movie theme. From jewelry to household holiday decor, there is certainly something for everyone on your list. Here we take a look at some of the Nightmare Before Christmas gifts available.

Nightmare Before Christmas Halloween Town Lagoon Sculpture with Lights and Music by Hawthorne Village

This great collectible display features several handcrafted buildings from Halloween Town that have a cool black light effect. This item is available from Hawthorne Village and includes separate issues that include both building, figurine, and accessories. As you build your collection issue by issue, you will end up with figurines of Jack Skellington, Zero, Dr. Finklestein, the Mayor and his car, Sally, and the illuminating black light fixtures that make your town stand out from other collectible villages. Village buildings include Jack's house, Dr. Finklestein's Lab, and more. This is a great gift for anyone who collects villages. Makes a great decoration for both Halloween and Christmas. The pieces in this set are suitable for ages fourteen and over.

Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas Custom Hoodie

Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas Custom Hoodie For the female Nightmare Before Christmas fan on your gift giving list, this cotton blend custom hoodie makes the perfect gift. Front designs features the yellow full moon with the Jack Skellington character standing against it. Front zipper also features a Jack Skellington metallic zipper pull. Back of jacket features a colorful design of all of Halloween Town and its characters. Jacket has a soft jersey lined hood, knit cuffs and hem, side seam pockets, and conventional collar. Sizes are available from small to 3X large. Jacket is hand washable. This is a great gift for both Nightmare Before Christmas fans and is also a practical gift for keeping warm and fashionable on chilly days and evenings.

Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas Quilted Handbag

"Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas" Quilted Handbag This quilted handbag features a colorful image of the characters from The Nightmare Before Christmas movie, including Shock, Barrel, Lock, Jack Skellington, Zero, Oogie Boogie, and an image of Jack and Sally silhouetted against Spiral Hill. This is the perfect gift for female fans of the movie of all ages, making both a fashion statement and providing a useful handbag, all the while boasting their love of their favorite movie. Handbag is made from high quality soft twill fabric and measures 11 inches wide by 10 and 1/2 inches high. Strap measure 60 inches long and can be adjusted for a proper fit. This crossbody bag also has a metallic Jack Skellington charm hanging from the zipper. Imagine the delight when a true fan opens this attractive bag on Christmas morning!

Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas Anniversary Set

Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas Anniversary Set This is s limited edition piece of 1,993 pieces total. One sculpture in this set features Jack Skellington on his sleigh with his skeleteam of reindeer with Zero flying in the lead. The other sculpture features Cemetery Hill with music, and lights that shows a silhouette of Jack in his sleigh flying over Christmas Town. This piece is the perfect addition for anyone who has the black light village Nightmare Before Christmas set, or for anyone who likes to collect and display villages during the holidays. Jack in his Sandy Claws suit driving his green sleigh will bring a touch of whimsy to your holiday decor and makes a great fan collectible piece. Each sculpture is handcrafted from artist's resin and is then meticulously hand painted for accuracy to details. This limited edition is part of the 20th anniversary pieces celebrating twenty years of The Nightmare Before Christmas.

More Nightmare Before Christmas Home Decor Gifts

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Article publié pour la première fois le 18/11/2014

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Unique Steel and Wood Maps for Home Decor

Unique Steel and Wood Maps for Home Decor

Decorative Steel Wall Map

If you are looking for something interesting and a bit out of the ordinary to add to your home's wall decor, consider using unique steel and wood maps. The wood brings somewhat of a natural and outdoor element into the home, while the steel provides a more contemporary look. Choose whichever fits in with your decorating style or take a chance on trying something new.

Custom Wood Map

Choose a wood map in any of the states within the United States to add to your wall decor. These maps are cut in the shape of the specified state from a rustic looking piece of wood. A heart can be added to a particular location within the chosen state. Choice of heart in a whole or distressed look, or you can order with no heart. (Be sure to select desired heart option when ordering.) Each map is created from local milled pine wood from Maine. The artist does a hand painted , water based stain over a dark stained wood and hand distresses the item. It is finished with a hand rubbed finishing paste for preservation. Each state map has the approximate dimensions of 10 inches by 10 inches and is around 1.5 inches deep. Includes hanging hardware. Would look great in a den or family room or perhaps above a fireplace mantel.

10x10 Distressed Wood Pennsylvania Map10x10 Distressed Wood Pennsylvania Map

Woodcut Maps

This map can be made to represent Chicago, IL or nine other locations including San Francisco, CA, New York, NY, Seattle, WA, Boston/Cambridge, MA, Paris, France, Hawaii, Minneapolis/St.Paul, MN, Washington DC, and Los Angeles, CA. Product can be customized by choosing from twelve wood colors to represent landscapes, twelve wood options to represent parks, twelve wood options to represent roads, twelve to represent parks, and twelve to represent water. Frames choices include light, medium, auburn, and dark, or no frame. Looks great on any wall decor and adds a unique focal point to any room. Makes a great addition to any room where the family gathers.

Chicago, IL by Woodcut MapsChicago, IL by Woodcut Maps

Natural Birch Plywood Beer Cap Map of USA

This is a custom made, laser cup map of the USA made from one quarter inch birch plywood. Map measures approximately 24 inches by 15 inches. Securely holds 94 of your favorite beer caps. Comes pre-drilled and ready to hang. This would make a terrific addition to your home wall decor, especially when displayed in a bar area. Makes for a lively conversation piece while enjoying a brew with your buddies. Available in either natural or dark walnut stained finish.

Natural Birch Plywood Beer Cap Map of USANatural Birch Plywood Beer Cap Map of USA

5" X 7" Stainless Steel Cut Maps

Each map is cut from a single piece of 5 inch by 7 inch stainless steel and comes ready to display is a classic black frame. There are 66 locations to choose from, including Atlanta, Amsterdam, Baltimore, Cleveland, Denver, Edmonton, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, and more. These maps have a unique look that fits in well with almost any home decor. Display the location of your choice, perhaps the state you live in, the place you honeymoon, or a place you plan to someday visit while on vacation. Would look great in a home library or study, den, or family room.

55" X 7" Stainless Steel Cut Washington D.C. Map

Custom Wooden Wedding Guestbook

This is a very unique wood map that wedding guests sign with a felt pen instead of using a traditional paper guest book. Choose from any state in the United States. The state will measure approximately 24 inches and is around one half inch in depth. Depending upon your chosen state, either metal "O" rings or sawtooth hangers will come with the product for easy hanging. A wooden heart is placed over the area of your choice (most likely the place you will marry or reside)with the hear customized with the couple's initials and wedding date.This is a handmade item consisting of wood, paint, and the artistry of Grace Graffiti. Choose the custom text for the first and second initials to be included on the heart, and choose the custom date. Choose heart color from 43 color options, and select text color from among 47 choices. Select your state and pick from 43 color options for the wood, then choose the location for the heart to be placed. This will make a fabulous wedding keepsake that you will proudly display in your home and treasure for years to come. Use as wall decor in a prominent place in the home for all to see, in a living room or above a fireplace mantel. Makes a great focal point and conversation piece.

Custom Washington State Wooden Wedding GuestbookCustom Washington State Wooden Wedding Guestbook

Steel & Wood Maps for Decor

Article publié pour la première fois le 10/02/2016

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What Pantone Color are You?

What Pantone Color are You?

The 2015 Pantone Color of the Year is Marsala and Pantone has a range of colors to complement and contrast with it for fall and winter shown in the image below.

2015 Pantone Fall Colors

2015 Pantone Fall Colors

Not everyone wants to use these colors in their home. Color schemes often set the mood of the entire house, a single room or an office, but many people have trouble deciding where to start. Here is a great way to figure out what your favorite color scheme is. Take this quiz to see what Pantone color you are!

Article publié pour la première fois le 14/02/2015

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John Louis Home Standard Closet Shelving System Review

John Louis Home Standard Closet Shelving System Review

John Louis Standard Closet Organizer SystemMy older daughter is a high school senior, and therefore, my husband and I are helping her choose a college. In the process of getting her ready for college, we have realized that we have a house full of items that we no longer need, and not only that, but we are supremely disorganized.

Our house is so disorganized, that I have decided to systematically go through every closet, shelf, and cupboard and reorganize them. We are just doing a little at a time, but have already donated a lot of children's clothing and games to Goodwill.  Hopefully, they will go to people who will really use them.

Our closets are a big problem. They are stuffed with old clothes, purses, hats, and outdoor wear that is so hard to find that we have forgotten that we own some of it. So I have been looking into some closet organizing systems.

One of the best that I have seen so far is the John Louis Home Standard Closet Shelving System which is sold on Amazon.  Now I will tell you right off that this is a very nice closet organizing system, so it is a bit pricey, but if you wait for a sale, either on Amazon or on another great site, ClosetOrganizerSource, you can get a really good deal.  ClosetOrganizerSource sells only closet organizer systems, and they have a very wide range in price and styles of what is available both in the John Louis Closet Shelving System and other brands.

Because we live in an older home, we need to always make allowances for odd shaped rooms, and that includes closets.  One of the things that I really love about the John Louis Home Standard Closet Shelving System is that the system really has a lot of options, add ons, and configurations that will fit in our odd shaped closet spaces.  Some of our closets are narrow and deep, while others are shallow and long.  It makes it easy to lose our lesser used clothing inside these closets.  We even have one closet that has an opening to the attic, so we always have to be able to get to that door in the wall of the closet.

I am an artist so how things look always affects how I feel about them.  This closet organizer and shelving system is really beautiful.  I like the mahogany color the best, and it looks really good in a closet which is usually just painted white.  It also makes everything in the closet look better to have them hanging and shelved on a wood setting instead of just being piled up on wire racks.  The wood finish and hardware appeals to both men and women, so you don't have to worry about your spouse not liking it.

The John Louis Home Standard Closet Shelving System is meant to be very customizable so it will fit into most closet spaces that you will have.  Even in an older home like mine, it works very well.  Newer homes seem to have more regular shaped rooms, not really sure why that is.

For any do it yourselfer, this closet organizer is a snap to put together.  If you have a friend to help you, it is even easier.  You just need some basic tools like a power drill, hammer, and hand saw, and you will be able to assemble it like a dream.  The instructions that come with the John Louis Home Standard Closet Shelving System are superb, but you will have to assemble it, and configure it to fit your closet space, and anchor it to the walls.  Once this is done, it will hold a lot of weight, and various sized items.

Again, if you are a do it yourselfer, and can put it together yourself, you can save a lot of money on building yourself a beautiful home closet.  The cost is very reasonable for what you get, and it will last for a long time.  If you are a member of Amazon Prime, shipping is free, and you can also get free shipping from ClosetOrganizerSource as long as you meet their free shipping criteria.  Paying for shipping is important to consider though because the boxed organizer weighs approximately 65 lbs.

When it comes to assembling the John Louis Home Standard Closet Shelving System, you should allow at least two hours and possibly up to ten hours.  You can modify the system any way you like, including buying optional extra shelves, and some people construct jewelry chests and other modifications out of extra pieces.  Depending on your skill level, it will take longer to assemble, and the more you need to customize it, the longer it will take.

Some important things to note about the John Louis Home Standard Closet Shelving System, and installation:

  • Make sure to measure your closet well before you start.

  • If you have a walk in closet or very large closet, you will need two systems.

  • If you do not have any do it yourself skills or carpentry skills, you will need help setting this up.  It is not for complete newbies.  It takes measuring, making specifically placed holes, sawing, and constructing.

  • You may ding the wood when building but it comes with a wood touch up kit.

  • You will have to make several holes in your walls, but your closet organizer will be very sturdy because of that.

  • Using a level while installing this closet organizer is recommended to make everything line up evenly.

Another great thing about this closet organizer is the company that stands behind it, John Louis.  They have an excellent customer service department, and will replace any bad hardware, and answer questions that you have.

If you are looking for a way to expand your storage space in your closet, the John Louis Home Standard Closet Shelving System, will give you quite a bit of extra storage space due to the shelving, and hanging space that it creates.  This will neaten up your home even more than you expected because you can store things that you didn't have room to put in your closets before.  There is also some room for error with this system because the brackets have some "wiggle" room for adjustment.

Learn more about the product specifications for the John Louis Home Standard Closet Shelving System here.

Article publié pour la première fois le 19/01/2011

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Buy a Cast Iron Garden Sundial for Your Garden

Buy a Cast Iron Garden Sundial for Your Garden

A Cast Iron Sundial Makes a Statement

When planning a garden, we always have to think about when the various annuals and perennials will bloom, placement of the various flowers and shrubs, and where to place walkways and resting places in a garden. One of the most beautiful pieces that can highlight your garden plan is the placement of a cast iron sundial in a central location.

A cast iron sundial can be just a sundial which is beautiful in itself, but it can also include a bird bath to attract birds and other animals to watch. Sundials can be a garden's center, to draw people there to sit and meditate peacefully on the beauty of nature.

Cast iron sundials are meant to withstand weather's harshness year round, and can be purchased in many styles and finishes. A sundial for your garden is an investment, because your sundial will last many years bringing pleasure to all who see it.

Cast Iron Esschert Zodiac Sundial

Esschert Cast Iron SundialThis Esschert Cast Iron Sundial costs $39.95 plus shipping.  It is 11 x 11 x 14 inches in size, and is both functional and decorative.  The sundial has symbols of the zodiac imprinted in the cast iron, and will add style to your garden.

Esschert is a make of all kinds of outdoor products for home and garden.

Dragonfly Sundials

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Turtle Sundial

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Bird Bath/Bird Feeder Sundials

An outdoor cast iron sundial can be a combination bird bath or bird feeder as well as a sundial.  Sundials in the traditional sense keep time via the movement of the sun either on a hourly, daily, or monthly basis.

If you want to attract birds to your garden, then a bird bath or bird feeder type of sundial is what you should look for.  Many of the bird bath or bird feeder sundials have animal motifs or plant motifs to blend in more with the garden and have a fantasy appeal.

Animals are often picture or sculpted on sundials especially garden animals, birds, butterflies, turtles, rabbits, and squirrels.

Iron Sundial Pedestal

Rome B26 Pillar Sundial Pedestal, Cast Iron with Antique Painted Finish, 24-Inch
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Rome Industries Flowerbed Sundial Pedestal Base Base Rome Black Iron Powder
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Rome Sundial Pedestal - Cast Iron with Antique Painted Model B19
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Outdoor Pedestal Sundial Cast Iron Aluminum Garden Vintage Sun Dial Clock Bronze
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Butterfly Iron Sundial

Solid Brass Butterfly Sundial with Hardware - Rustic Outdoor Lawn Garden Decor
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Rome 2318 Butterfly Sundial, Solid Antique Brass, 8.5-Inch Diameter
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Rome 2318 Butterfly Sundial, Solid Antique Brass, 8.5-Inch Diameter
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Armillary Sundials

For a more traditional antique looking cast iron sundial, you can choose an armillary sundial.  Generally, you will have to buy the pedestal separately from the actual sundial itself which gives you some selection as to the height of the sundial or whether you would like the sundial to perch on a table or shelf instead of the traditional pedestal.

Iron Armillary Sundial

12" Metal Cast Iron Armillary Celestial Sphere Sundial Sun Dial Garden Decor
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Brand New Large 24" Iron Arrow Armillary Sphere
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Wrought Iron Rustic Arrow Armillary Sundial Sphere Sculpture Globe Garden Home D
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10” Iron Armillary Sphere/Sundial Rustic Antique Garden Patio Yard Deck Decor
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Unique Sundials

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Garden Sundial

Hall China Covered Casserole Dish Blue Garden - Sundial Lid - Cobalt Blue - 2068
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Hall China Cobalt Blue Flower Garden Sundial Covered Casserole
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Vintage Beswick Garden Sundial Biscuit Barrel Tea Caddy Canister Art Deco 1930s
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Decorative Dragonfly Sundial Lawn Garden Plaque Green Decor Cast Iron 9.75"
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Other Sundial Choices

Sundials can be made of any metal that will not rust, and therefore you can also find sundials made from aluminum, bronze, copper, and brass.  Copper is the most expensive, and therefore less available.  Aluminum is the least durable metal, and more lightweight.  It is cheaper but not the best choice.

If you are going to leave your sundial out all summer or all year, then you need to make sure to find a heavy durable metal sundial meant to be outside all year.  Part of your decision can be based on how the metal oxidizes in the outdoors over time.

Some sundials are painted, but I do not think that painted sundials are a good choice because you will have to continue painting them as the paint wears off.  The metals on their own will develop a beautiful patina in the outdoor garden.

Sun Moon Sundial

Sun and Moon Sundial - Copper Verdi - Fully-Functional
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Rust Free Recycled Aluminum Copper Verdigris Sun and Moon Sundial Garden Art
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Whitehall Products Garden Sundial Decor Outdoor Yard Copper Verdigris Sun Moon
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Whitehall Products Sun and Moon Sundial, Copper Verdi 1273
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Whimsical Sundials

Sundials can be plain and simple, or they can be whimsical.  The most whimsical have butterflies, and fairy creatures on them, and these are especially suitable if you are creating a fairy garden.  Whimsical sundials appeal to children because it is fun to find the various creatures in the garden.  You can also find matching garden statues to go with your cast iron sundial.

There are also funny sundials or hobbyist sundials.  One of my favorites is the golfer sundial below.  This a favorite of many golfers both men and women, and makes a great gift for Father's Day.

If you are more traditional, the armillary sundial or calendar sundials are a better choice.  Watching the sun move across the sundial is a very peaceful occupation for any garden visitor.

A sundial should be a central point in your garden, so browse the choices available and choose the one that best fits your garden plan, and your budget.

Sun Clocks

Halloween SUNDIAL WITH COMPASS ~ NAUTICAL VINTAGE SUN CLOCK REPLICA WATCH.
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Halloween MANUAL VINTAGE SUN CLOCK SUNDIAL COMPASS MAGNETIC NEEDLE PATH FINDER C
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Halloween Sundial Compass ~ SUN-DIAL CLOCK WITH COMPASS ~ SANDIAL MAGNET COMPASS
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Antique China precious wood sundial compass sun dial clock
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Golfer Sundial

Putter Boy Pinehurst Country Club - Sundial Statue 1970's 6" Golfer
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Whitehall Golfer Sundial Rust-Proof Aluminum - 3 Color Choices - Holiday Special
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Sundial- WHITEHALL GOLFER - French Bronze
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GOLFER SUN DIAL on PUTTING GREEN PINEHURST RESORT GOLF COURSE NC. VTG POSTCARD
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Article publié pour la première fois le 29/04/2012

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