Ant Heap STUFF!

There’s been a bit of activity over at Antique Heap Blog, and also on Flickr.  I think she’s gone crazy with all the paperback books she’s strewing all over the web.  After all she is my alter ego, and one and the same as yours truly.

Vintage Romance Novel Illustration

Wow Anty Heap has a lot of passion!

Anyway, here are the links to the ROMANCE novels, along with all other categories of books and antiques.

THE FLICKR JEWELANT ALBUMS

ANTIQUE HEAP BLOG ROMANCE NOVELS

 

 

 

Jewelant Antique Postcards 57-64

A sixth pile of antique postcards . . . And that’s not ALL I’ll scan some more later on.

Antique Card – Lovelights Quit Your Foolin' Man and woman card with them in the middle framed by a lightbulb and a heart shape.

Antique Card – Lovelights Quit Your Foolin’ Man and woman card with them in the middle framed by a lightbulb and a heart shape.

Antique Travel Folding Postcard THE EIFFEL TOWER

Antique Travel Folding Postcard THE EIFFEL TOWER

Antique Travel Postcard Mississippi Edgewater Gulf Hotel 1937

Antique Travel Antique Travel Postcard Mississippi Edgewater Gulf Hotel 1937

Antique Travel Postcard Mississippi Buena Vista Motel 1937

Antique Travel Postcard Mississippi Buena Vista Motel 1937

Antique Travel Postcard Missouri Stevens College Administration Building Columbia 1938

Antique Travel Postcard Missouri Stevens College Administration Building Columbia 1938

Antique Travel Postcard Carlos Hotel Pensacola Florida 1935

Antique Travel Postcard Florida San Antique Travel Postcard Carlos Hotel Pensacola Florida 1935

Antique Travel Postcard Swimming Pool Bath House Syracuse NY 1939

Antique Travel Postcard Swimming Pool Bath House Syracuse NY 1939

Antique Travel Postcard Arkansas Hot Springs Mountain Drive 1914

Antique Travel Postcard Arkansas Hot Springs Mountain Drive 1914

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jewelant Antique Postcards 46-56

A fifth big bunch of antique postcards . . . They did a lot of travel art back then.

Antique Travel Postcard – Colorado Pikes Peak Trifold Vacation

Antique Travel Postcard – Colorado Pikes Peak Trifold Vacation This has multiple photos inside.

Antique Travel Postcard Mississippi Biloxi Historic Lighthouse 1941

Antique Travel Postcard Mississippi Biloxi Historic Lighthouse 1941

Antique Travel Postcard Hotel Markham Gulfport Mississippi 1942

Antique Travel Postcard Hotel Markham Gulfport Mississippi 1942

Antique Travel Postcard Mississippi Georgia Lookout Mountain Rock city gardens 1938

Antique Travel Postcard Mississippi Georgia Lookout Mountain Rock city gardens 1938

Antique Travel Postcard EastBeachRiverDriveSunset on the Mississippi River 1936-1940

Antique Travel Postcard EastBeachRiverDriveSunset on the Mississippi River 1936-1940

Antique Travel Postcard Holly Springs, MS Mississippi Synodical College in winter 1936-40

Antique Travel Postcard Holly Springs, MS Mississippi Synodical College in winter 1936-40

Antique Travel Postcard Tennessee Memphis Harahan Bridge 1938-1940

Antique Travel Postcard Tennessee Memphis Harahan Bridge 1938-1940

Antique Travel Postcard – Birch Trees And Canoe 1936 Publisher: Curteich Postmark: July 6,1936 Notes: Writing on back, one cent green stamp

Antique Travel Postcard – Birch Trees And Canoe 1936 Publisher: Curteich Postmark: July 6,1936 Notes: Writing on back, one cent green stamp

Antique Travel Postcard Peace River Florida A Scene near Arcadia Fla 1936

Antique Travel Postcard Peace River Florida A Scene near Arcadia Fla 1936

Antique Travel Postcard Florida New Smyrna Yacht Club

Antique Travel Postcard Florida New Smyrna Yacht Club

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jewelant Antique Postcards 35-45

A fourth batch of antique postcards . . .

Antique Travel Postcard California Venice California vacation beach trifold fold out one picture from

Antique Travel Postcard California Venice California vacation beach trifold fold out one picture from

Antique Postcard An alluring Scene Down South 1939

Antique Travel Postcard An alluring Scene Down South 1939

Antique Travel Postcard – Georgia Atlanta Georgia Druid Hill Golf Course 1931

Antique Travel Postcard Georgia Atlanta Georgia Druid Hill Golf Course 1931

Antique Travel Postcard South Carolina A walk in Middleton Gardens Charleston South Carolina 1942

Antique Travel Postcard South Carolina A walk in Middleton Gardens Charleston South Carolina 1942

Antique Travel Postcard – New Jersey Bathing Beach Looking South From Ocean Pier, Wildwood-By-The-Sea NJ 1942

Antique Travel Postcard New Jersey Bathing Beach Looking South From Ocean Pier, Wildwood-By-The-Sea NJ 1942

Antique Travel Postcard St Augustine Florida Hotel Ponce DeLeon 1943

Antique Travel Postcard St Augustine Florida Hotel Ponce DeLeon 1943

Antique Travel Postcard – Mississippi Vivid Azaleas along the Mississippi Gulf Coast

Antique Travel Postcard Mississippi Vivid Azaleas along the Mississippi Gulf Coast

Antique Travel Postcard – Wyoming Wind River Canyon Wyoming 1072 Highway through wind river canon on US 20 near thermopolis

Antique Travel Postcard Wyoming Wind River Canyon Wyoming 1072 Highway through wind river canon on US 20 near Thermopolis Wyoming

Antique Military Postcard King George era World War One Tanks 1916-1917

Antique Military Postcard King George era World War One Tanks 1916-1917

Antique Postcard Canada Parliament Buildings Ottowa Canada 1939

Antique Postcard Canada Parliament Buildings Ottowa Canada 1939

Antique Travel Postcard – Texas State Capitol Austin Texas 1939

Antique Travel Postcard – Texas State Capitol Austin Texas 1939

 

 

 

Jewelant Antique Postcards 24-34

A third batch of antique postcards . . .

Antique Postcard of texas state capitol austin tx 1939

Antique Scenic Postcard Texas state capitol Austin 1939

Antique Scenic Postcard louisiana fort pike and rigolets bridge new orleans 1939

Antique Scenic Postcard louisiana fort pike and rigolets bridge new orleans 1939

Antique Scenic Postcard louisiana new orleans huey p long bridge 1938

Antique Scenic Postcard louisiana new orleans huey p long bridge 1938

Antique Scenic Postcard colorado valley of dreams cave of the winds colorado springs 1937

Antique Scenic Postcard colorado valley of dreams cave of the winds colorado springs 1937

Antique Military Postcard alabama montgomery maxwell field 1941

Antique Military Postcard alabama montgomery maxwell field 1941

Antique Scenic Postcard mississippi gulf side bilioxi 1938

Antique Scenic Postcard mississippi gulf side bilioxi 1938

Antique PostcardTexasNight View, State of Texas Building, Texas Centennial Exposition, Dallas 1936

Antique PostcardTexasNight View, State of Texas Building, Texas Centennial Exposition, Dallas 1936

Antique Scenic Postcard mississippi pines along the mississippi gulf coast between-biloxi and gulfport 1937

Antique Scenic Postcard mississippi pines along the mississippi gulf coast between-biloxi and gulfport 1937

Antique Postcard tennessee memphis arial view business district 1941

Antique Postcard tennessee memphis arial view business district 1941

Antique Postcard colorado denver business buildings trifold

Antique Postcard colorado denver business buildings trifold

Antique Tri-Fold Folding Postcard colorado denver scenes along the moffat road outside view

Antique Tri-Fold Folding Postcard colorado denver scenes along the moffat road outside view

 

 

 

Jewelant Antique Postcards 15-24

A second batch of antique postcards . . .

Antique Postcard B25 Bomber World War One 1942

Antique Postcard B25 Bomber World War One 1942

Antique Postcard Royal Canadian Mounted Police 1959

Antique Postcard Royal Canadian Mounted Police 1959

Antique Postcard Old Black Man down south 1942

Antique Postcard Old Black Man down south 1942

Antique Postcard oklahoma indian scout henryetta1941

Antique Postcard oklahoma indian scout henryetta 1941

Antique Postcard Hot Springs Arkansas Boy Riding Alligator

Antique Postcard Hot Springs Arkansas Boy Riding Alligator

Antique Postcard Girl Riding A Turtle Biloxie Mississippi 1936

Antique Postcard Girl Riding A Turtle Biloxie Mississippi 1936

Antique Postcard Emil Ritters Midgets 1930

Antique Postcard Emil Ritters Midgets 1930

Antique Art Postcard by Israels The Woman Knitting not dated

Antique Art Postcard by Israels The Girl Knitting.  not dated

Antique Postcard south carolina scene in magnolia gardensc Charleston SC 1942

Antique Postcard south carolina “scene in magnolia garden” Charleston SC 1942

Antique Postcard louisiana canal street by night new orleans Louisiana1939

Antique Postcard louisiana canal street by night new orleans Louisiana1939

 

 

 

Jewelant Antique Postcards 1-14

These antiques aren’t expensive at all.  And they don’t take up any more space than a photo.

Antique postcard "Dangerous Curves Ahead" 1941 World War Two Era

Antique postcard “Dangerous Curves Ahead” 1941 World War Two Era

Antique travel beach postcard 1941

Antique humorous travel beach postcard 1941

Antique postcard postmarked 1940 close to World War Two

Antique postcard postmarked 1940 close to World War Two

Antique Postcard "Window Shopping" postmarked 1940

Antique Postcard “Window Shopping” postmarked 1940

Antique postcard of goat butting a man

Antique postcard of goat butting a man

Antique postcard Nudist Colony 1939

Antique postcard Nudist Colony 1939

Antique World War Two Military Postcard 1942

Antique World War Two Military Postcard 1942

Antique Postcard Girl and Goat

Antique Postcard Girl and Goat

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Antique World War Two Military postcard

Antique Funny Outhouse Postcard Curteich cards

Antique Funny Outhouse Postcard Curteich cards

Antique funny cartoon postcard 1943

Antique funny cartoon postcard 1943

Have a Happy Easter Antique Postcard 1940

Have a Happy Easter Antique Postcard 1940

Antique World War Two Military Postcards Curtis Field Texas 1942

Antique World War Two Military Postcards Curtis Field Texas 1942

Antique Arkansas Hot Springs vacation postcard

Antique Arkansas Hot Springs vacation postcard Ethnographic

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Jewelant Antique Postcards

ATTENTION!  IMPORTANT NEWS!
The Jewelant.com and Antiqueheap.com websites are going to be going to be gone Mid February 2016, as a necessary budget cut.   BUT DON’T WORRY!  Jewelant and all the stuff that was here will be online at many other places, so Jewelant will not be gone after all.  I will be posting all that was there, plus more things at these links later this month and throughout the year. Here are most of my links.  And I’ll be posting, as always here on the blogs.

JEWELANT WORDPRESS
ANTIQUE HEAP WORDPRESS
JEWELANT YOUTUBE CHANNEL
JEWELANT AT FACEBOOK
YAHOO FLICKR PHOTOS
JEWELANT PINTEREST PINS
JEWELANT WEBSTORE
GOOGLE PLUS PAGE
GOOGLE WEB SEARCH JEWELANT
GOOGLE IMAGE SEARCH JEWELANT

And don’t forget you can contact me by email at any of those links. In the meantime, here’s some more stuff I’ll be posting:

Antique Military, Militaria

Antique Vinyl Records by Jewelant

Antique books,magazine,paperbacks

Jewlant's antique toys

Antique radio, ham, CB, and tubes

Vintage and Antique Jewelry

But that’s just a few of the things and categories.  I just have a lot of great junk!

 

Beautiful Southern Writing Instruments

Hand made slimline ball point penHand made slim line ball point pens with a Southern Tennessee Heritage. Made from many beautiful and unusual woods.  Boxelder, Cedar, Chestnut, Cherry, Fir, Poplar, Red Bud, Red Gum, Maple, Mahogany, Peach, Sassafras, Red Oak, White Oak, Canadian Oak, Light Walnut, Dark Walnut, Multicolored Walnut and various burls. These make fantastic presents for graduations, birthdays, awards, Christmas, or any other special occasion.  $18.99 each (all woods are the same price)  Order with a clear hardshell plastic gift box for $19.95 each

Oak Fork Burl slim line penOak Burl pen $18.99  Paypal buy now button

With clear gift box $19.95  Paypal buy now button

Handmade Oak slim line ball point penOak wood pen $18.99   Paypal buy now button

With clear gift box $19.95   Paypal buy now button

hand made cherry slim line ball point penCherry wood pen $18.99  Paypal buy now button

With clear gift box $19.95  Paypal buy now button

Handmade Curly Maple slim line ball point pen

Curly Maple wood pen $18.99  Paypal buy now button

With clear gift box $19.95  Paypal buy now button

Hand made oak slim line wood pen

Oak wood pen $18.99  Paypal buy now button

With clear gift box $19.95  Paypal buy now button

Hand made Aromatic Cedar slim line wood pen

Aromatic Cedar wood pen $18.99  Paypal buy now button

With clear gift box $19.95  Paypal buy now button

Hand made Mahogany slim line wood pen

Mahogany wood pen $18.99  Paypal buy now button

With clear gift box $19.95  Paypal buy now button

Hand made Aromatic Cedar slim line wood pen

Aromatic Cedar wood pen $18.99  Paypal buy now button

With clear gift box $19.95  Paypal buy now button

Hand made Oak Burl slim line wood pen

Oak Burl pen $18.99  Paypal buy now button

With clear gift box $19.95  Paypal buy now button

Hand made Walnut slim line wood pen

Walnut wood pen $18.99  Paypal buy now button

With clear gift box $19.95  Paypal buy now button

Hand made Aromatic Cedar slim line wood pen

Aromatic Cedar wood pen $18.99  Paypal buy now button

With clear gift box $19.95  Paypal buy now button

 Hand made Blonde Maple slim line wood pen

Blond Maple wood pen $18.99  Paypal buy now button

With clear gift box $19.95  Paypal buy now button

Hand made oak slim line pen

Oak wood pen $18.99  Paypal buy now button

With clear gift box $19.95  Paypal buy now button

Hand made Maple slim line wood pen

Maple wood pen $18.99  Paypal buy now button

With clear gift box $19.95  Paypal buy now button

Hand made Light Walnut slim line wood pen

Light Walnut wood pen $18.99  Paypal buy now button

With clear gift box $19.95  Paypal buy now button

Hand made dark walnut slim line pen

Dark Walnut wood pen $18.99  Paypal buy now button

With clear gift box $19.95  Paypal buy now button

WHAT THE CLEAR GIFT BOX LOOKS LIKEPlastic Pen case gift box


SOLID WOOD PEN CASES

Solid Wood Pen Case

Blond Maple wood single pen box $12.99  Paypal buy now button

Walnut wood single pen box $12.99  Paypal buy now button

Double Solild Wood Pen cases

 Double solid wood pen cases

Double Solid Wood pen case wih pens

Blond Maple Wood double pen box $14.99  Paypal buy now button

Walnut double pen box $14.99 Paypal buy now button

 

Lords Prayer on a Cowrie

Lords Prayer Sea Shell

The Lords Prayer carved on a Sea Shell

The Lords Prayer inscribed on an Cowrie Sea Shell in a way that is an eye catching and compelling.  Lords Prayer Sea Shell bottom and sides

It kind of draws you to examine it more closely.

Lords Prayer Sea Shell top and side view

Carved Lords Prayer Sea Shell  $12.99  Paypal buy now button

North American B25 Bomber

I had this postcard and decided to find more information about it.

North American B25 Bomber antique postcard

North American B25 Bomber antique postcard at http://www.jewelant.com

From Wikipedia article North American B-25 Mitchell
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_American_B-25_Mitchell

The B-25 was named in honor of General Billy Mitchell, a pioneer of U.S. military aviation.

The B-25 was a descendant of the earlier XB-21 (North American-39) project of the mid-1930s. Experience gained in developing that aircraft was eventually used by North American in designing the B-25 (called the NA-40 by the company).

The majority of B-25s in American service were used in the Pacific. They fought on Papua New Guinea, in Burma and in the island hopping campaign in the central Pacific.

In Burma, the B-25 was often used to attack Japanese communication links, especially bridges in central Burma. It also helped supply the besieged troops at Imphal in 1944.

In the Pacific, the B-25 proved itself to be a very capable anti-shipping weapon, sinking many ships.

The first B-25s arrived in Egypt just in time to take part in the Battle of El Alamein. From there the aircraft took part in the rest of the campaign in North Africa, the invasion of Sicily and the advance up Italy.

The U.S. Eighth Air Force, based in Britain, concentrated on long-range raids over Germany and occupied Europe. During World War Two the British RAF received nearly 900 Mitchells, using them to replace Douglas Bostons, Lockheed Venturas and Vickers Wellington bombers.

Although the B-25 was originally designed to bomb from medium altitudes in level flight, it was used frequently in the Southwest Pacific theatre on treetop-level strafing and missions with parachute-retarded fragmentation bombs against Japanese airfields in New Guinea and the Philippines

The B-25 first gained fame as the bomber used in the 18 April 1942 Doolittle Raid, in which 16 B-25Bs led by Lieutenant Colonel Jimmy Doolittle attacked mainland Japan, four months after the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

The Royal Air Force (RAF) was an early customer for the B-25 via Lend-Lease. The RAF was the only force to use the B-25 on raids against Europe from bases in the United Kingdom, as the USAAF used the Martin B-26 Marauder and Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress for this purpose instead.

The Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) was an important user of the B-25 Mitchell,

The Australians got Mitchells by the spring of 1944.

During World War II, the Mitchell served in fairly large numbers with the Air Force of the Dutch government-in-exile

The U.S. supplied 862 B-25 (of B, D, G, and J types) aircraft to the Soviet Union under lend-lease during the Second World War via the Alaska–Siberia ALSIB ferry route.

Well over 100 B-25Cs and Ds were supplied to the Nationalist Chinese during the Second World War. In addition, a total of 131 B-25Js were supplied to China under Lend-Lease.

During the war, the Força Aérea Brasileira (FAB) received a few B-25s under Lend-Lease.

At least 21 Mitchell IIIs were issued by the Royal Air Force to No 342 Squadron, which was made up primarily of Free French aircrews.

At 9:40 on Saturday, 28 July 1945, a USAAF B-25D crashed in thick fog into the north side of the Empire State Building between the 79th and 80th floors.

There are more than one hundred surviving North American B-25 Mitchells scattered over the world, mainly in the United States. Most of them are on static display in museums, but about 45 are still airworthy.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_surviving_North_American_B-25_Mitchells
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SPECIFICATIONS
Crew: 6 (one pilot, one co-pilot, navigator/bombardier, turret gunner/engineer, radio operator/waist gunner, tail gunner)
Length: 52 ft 11 in (16.13 m)
Wingspan: 67 ft 7 in (20.60 m)
Height: 16 ft 4 in (4.98 m)
Wing area: 610 sq ft (56.7 m²)
Empty weight: 19,480 lb (8,855 kg)
Max. takeoff weight: 35,000 lb (15,910 kg)
Powerplant: 2 × Wright R-2600-92 Twin Cyclone 14-cylinder air-cooled radial engine, 1,700 hp (1,267 kW) each

Performance
Maximum speed: 272 mph (237 kn, 438 km/h) at 13,000 ft (3,960 m)
Cruise speed: 230 mph (200 knots, 370 km/h)
Range: 1,350 mi (1,174 nmi, 2,174 km)
Service ceiling: 24,200 ft (7,378 m)

Armament
Guns: 12–18 × .50 in (12.7 mm) machine guns and 75 mm (2.95 in) T13E1 cannon
Hardpoints: 2,000 lb (900 kg) ventral shackles to hold one external Mark 13 torpedo[35]
Rockets: racks for eight 5 in (127 mm) high velocity aircraft rockets (HVAR)
Bombs: 3,000 lb (1,360 kg) bombs
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List of aircraft of World War II
The List of aircraft of World War II includes all the aircraft used by those countries which were at war during World War II from the period between their joining the conflict and the conflict ending for them.  See this article at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_aircraft_of_World_War_II

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Note:  jewelant.com has this postcard, and if you like it, it is possible to order a print of it to hang on your wall.  The original was scanned in high resolution, and would make a fine addition to any military collection. Just email jewelant and inquire.

A family of bears

8 cute bear figurines

The bear family

Halloween and Christmas decorations for your shelf collection. Eight bears from my bear collection need a new home.  Here’s what they look like up close and personal.

hand painted composite fuzzy Halloween Bear with pumpkin body, top hat, and raven on his paw

Even birds like bears

witch bear figurine with hat,broom,and raven perching

Get that bug off my broom!

hand painted ceramic pumplin bear with pumpkin body

I need some anti acid pills.

composite halloween bear holding pumpkin with baby bear

Even a teddy bear needs a teddy bear

bear with pumplin body, hat, sack, and baby bear

I think I’m lost

Halloween Bear figurine with skeleton costume and lantern and hat

BOO!

hand painted composite christmas bear with bag and list

I’ve got a list and you’re on it.

hand painted composite fuzzy drummer bear figurine

I AM CELEBRATING CHRISTMAS!

They each measure from 2 1/2 inches to 3″ tall.

All eight bears for $18.00  #CER 52,56,72-76 Paypal buy now button

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Jewelant Jewelry page 4 – Earrings

Jewelant is at work to create some antique remade jewelry for you.  These were made from antique earrings with no backs, but two of them I made from scratch from antique swarovski crystals that came from very antique necklaces.  The crystal necklaces that didn’t have enough crystals left to restring, so I just tried my hand at making a few earring sets out of them.

Antique Pearl green tear drop earrings

Antique Pearl green tear drop earrings JEW 79

Paypal buy now buttonAntique pearl green teardrop earrings with gold toned french hooks.  Each measures 1 ½’long x 3/8”  #JEW 79  $10.00

Antique peach pearl drop earrings

Antique peach pearl drop earrings JEW 80

Paypal buy now buttonAntique peach pearl dangle earrings with gold toned cage encasement on gold toned french hooks.  Each measures 1 5/8”long x 3/8”  #JEW 80  $10.00

Antique silver filigree drop earrings

Antique silver filigree drop earrings JEW 81

Paypal buy now buttonAntique Silver metal filigreed earrings with silver toned french hooks.  Each measures 1 1 /2”long x 5/8”  #JEW 81  $12.00

Antique Carnelian turtle earrings

Carnelian turtle earrings JEW 82

Paypal buy now buttonAntique carnelian turtle earrings with gold french hooks. Each measures 1 5/8”long x 1/2”wide  #JEW 82  $24.00

Antique gold toned double heart earrings

Antique double heart earrings JEW 83

Paypal buy now buttonDouble gold toned heart dangle earrings with french hooks.  Measurement each 1” x ½”  #JEW 83  $8.00

Antique blue crystal and pearl earrings

Antique blue crystal earrings JEW 84

Paypal buy now buttonHand made sparkling antique blue swarovski crystal and pearl dangle earrings with silver french hooks.  Each measures 1 1/2”long x 1/4”  #JEW 84  $16.00

Handmade antique aurora borealis crystal earrings

Handmade antique aurora borealis crystals JEW 85

Paypal buy now buttonEarrings hand made from antique crystals.  Aurora borealis crystals and faux pearls on gold setting.  Each measures 2”long x 1/4”wide.  #JEW 85  $16.00

Aurora borealis flower earrings

Aurora borealis flower earrings JEW 77

Paypal buy now buttonAurora borealis pink rhinestone flower earrings with post backs. Each measures 1/2”  #JEW 77  $10.00

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NOTE:  If you are ordering more than one item, instead of clicking on the buy now button, contact me by email, because I can ship four items for the same shipping price.  I can just send the invoice by email.  When I figure the shopping cart option things will be much better.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hand painted figurines 3

Jewelant is painting more ceramics before Christmas 2014.

hand painted baby reindeer

Rudolph’s brother

Paypal buy now buttonSmall brown reindeer, green harness, Hand painted ceramic 1  4” long x 4”tall x 2”wide  #CER 40  $5.00

ceramic woven basket with flowers

Fresh for your table

Paypal buy now buttonLarge Pink woven basket with flowers inside, handpainted ceramic.  #CER 19  $16.00

hand painted Ceramic victorian doll

For doll collectors, or just yourself

Paypal buy now buttonFrilly lady doll with pink dress, lace, and gold necklace. Handpainted very tall about 16”  #CER 20  $28.00

hand painted wedding swan

You can put things inside of this swan such as candy or tiny favors

Paypal buy now buttonSwan container with sparkling flowers on neck, Handpainted ceramic  12”long x 8 1/4”tall x 6”wide  #CER 25  $24.00

hand painted ceramic elephant

Baby loves this elephant

Paypal buy now buttonStuffed elephant, Handpainted ceramic 8”long x 6 1/2”wide x 6 3/4”tall.  #CER 08  $24.00

hand painted ceramic container with lid

puffy basket with ruffled lid

Paypal buy now buttonGreen and white and sparkled sewing basket or container with quilting on top and ruffle edged lid, Hand painted ceramic  9”long x 6 1/2”wide x 4”tall  #CER 50  $22.00

large hand painted ceramic teddy bear

A large teddy for the baby room

Paypal buy now buttonLarge brown Stuffed bear, Hand painted ceramic  8 1/2”tall x 10 1/2”wide x 6 1/2”deep.  #CER 43  $22.00

home sweet home wall plaque

Home Sweet Home

Paypal buy now buttonHome Sweet Home ceramic wall hanging with bluebirds in a nest on front, Handpainted ceramic.  About 12” tall.  #CER 21  #12.00

Ceramic cherubs Christmas decoration

For your Christmas tree

Paypal buy now buttonCherub face, two girls, for Xmas decoration, Hand painted ceramic.  Measures about 2 ½” wide. #CER 69  $5.00

 

Hand painted figurines page 2

Gnome on a turtle hand painted

Gnome on a turtle

Gnome on a turtle hand painted figurine

Gnome on a turtle

Gnome leaping over turtle.  Completely handpainted and sealed for the outdoors.  He wants to go home with you.  You could hang your jewlery on him, or use him as a door prop.  9”tall x 5”wide x 7 1/2” deep.            #CER 18  $26.00  Paypal buy now button

Small hand painted ceramic lop earred rabbit figurine

Lop earred rabbit

Small white Lop earred rabbit, hand painted ceramic 4” x 3 1/2”  #CER 36  $8.00  Paypal buy now button

Ceramic hand painted Rabbit napkin holders

Rabbit napkin holder set ON SALE!!

Rabbit napkin holder set, Perfect for weddings and easter. Hand painted ceramic          3 1/2”long  x 3”tall x 1 1/2”wide.  #CER 38  $16.00 SALE (regular $24.00)  Paypal buy now button

Ceramic Santa with little girl and presents

Santa and friend

Santa with girl and sack of presents, Hand painted ceramic.  About 10″ tall.   Regularly $18.00      #CER 45  SALE PRICE $16.00    Paypal buy now button

 

One renegade chicken

Picture of chicken face

Renegade chicken. She’s SO idependent

I had recently started letting my chickens out of their pen to roam the yard.  I have a privacy fence, and after blocking the undersides of all the gates, not including hawks,  it was a pretty safe place for them to roam if I didn’t let the dog out of his pen.

So I let them out and watched to see where they hung out.  For the most part they stayed at the back of the property which is where thiere pen and nests are at.  They scratched everywhere, the compost pile was a favorite, as was under the flatbed and trailers in the backyard.  I introduced them to the winter garden which had nothing in it they could destroy.

They had a whole lotta chicken fun.  And I cut down on the feed bill quite a lot.  They got bugs, and grass, and seeds to eat all day long.  They got to roll in the dirt, flap their wings, run a good distance too.  But when I’d come out to take a head count, (I’ve got six hens), there was always one not with the flock that I would have to search for.

Today I went out to check on them and that renegade chicken was at it again, only this time I couldn’t seem to get her to come when I called, even though five of the hens were eating chopped apples and leftover spaghetti as a treat.  I came back out later, I heard what I thought was something from under one of the junk cars in the yard.  Worried that maybe a racoon or possum had started living in a trunk, I checked.

Nope . . . no chicken.   And I’m worried about her because she isn’t staying where I can find her.

I went around and looked under all the vehicles, the trailers, anywhere one might find a chicken hiding.  And low and behold, under the BACK side of a trailer, was this very silent chicken.  She wasn’t unhappy, or hurt.  She wasn’t laying an egg.  What she had done was to scratch out a hole in the dirt under the trailer and hunker her body into it.  She didn’t seem to be nesting.

What she was doing was to just plain take a spa dirt bath. She was happily contented to just wiggle around in the cold dirt and bathe in it.  I mean she was in total chicken heaven too.  Her eyes were glazed with this enjoyment I’ve not seen anywhere so intense.

And she seems to just be that type of personality, a chicken that is a renegade, independent “doesn’t need the flock” kind of gal.  But I think I need to mark her with a scarlet “R”.

Antique jewelry 3 heart necklaces

Some of the beautiful heart pendants I have fashioned.  I love hearts, it reminds me of my beau. who got me a gold heart ring.

gold heart locket necklace with chain

Gold ornate heart locket #JEW 66

Gold heart locket

Opens for a picture or a love note

Large heart locket  Necklace with raised gold carving on lid. Opens so that you may put a picture, or whatever fits inside to carry.  Measures 2 3/4” x 1 1/4”  chain measures 20”    #JEW 66  $22.00  Paypal buy now button

 

Antique enameled red heart necklace

Close up of #JEW 67

Antique enameled red heart necklace

Comes with double silk cord

Antique Enameled red heart necklace with yellow flowers and gold edge.  Has red silk cord double chain.  1 1/4” x 1 1/4”  chain16”  #JEW 31  $10.00  Paypal buy now button

Antique onyx heart pendant and silver chain

Onyx pendant and silver chain #JEW 68

Antique Onyx heart pendant on silver chain. Sophisticated and simple. Measures 3/4” x 7/8”  chain 17”  #JEW 68  $22.00  Paypal buy now button

NOTE:  You can order 1-4 items for the same shipping price, but to do this right now send me the item numbers and descriptions and I can invoice you through email.  Just contact me through the form below instead of clicking on the Buy Now buttons.

Repurposed antique jewelry 2

More Jewelry that I have crafted from antique pieces

antique gold tied bow necklace

JEW 29 Antique Bow necklace made from broken pin

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Antique Gold bow necklace  with chain.  Measures 1 3/4” x 2”  chain measures 24”  I made this necklace from a bow pin that had a completely broken pin back.  I could have replaced the pin back, but thought it looked nice as a pendant.  Chain may not be antique, but the pin is.    $24.00    #JEW 29

Antique Camellia flower necklace on gold chain with pearl

Camellia?  Or Rose?

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Antique gold tone Camellia necklace with one shining pearl in the very center. Measures 1 1/2” x 1 1/2”  chain measures 22”  $24.00  #JEW 30

Antique silver chandlier earrings

I replaced the clamp backs with french hooks on these

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Victorian chandlier earrings  Silver toned victorian chandelier earrings each with two silver dangles and two light blue beads.  French hook hangers. Measures 1” x 2” .  #JEW 31   $10.00

Antique peacock pendant

Peacock pendant #JEW 33

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Peacock pendant  Large Antique teardrop painted peacock pendant with gold chain.  Measures 2” x 1 1/4”  chain measures 28”.    #JEW 33   $24.00

 

NOTE: Shipping is $6.50 for 1-4 items.  But right now PayPal will not figure this correctly.  If you wish to buy more than one item, contact me with the form below and specify the catalogue number and description, and I will send you an invoice with the correct postage.

Hand Painted Ceramic figurines 1

I paint ceramic figurines with a lot of cuteness, beautifulness, and character.  You can give these to children, as wedding presents, birthday presents, and all occassions.  If you collect, I have Cherubs, bears, and all kinds of animals and dolls. Here’s a few of them I have for sale.  This page will be updated as I add more items. NOTE: I ship only within the U.S. presently.  I may change this later, but for now if you live outside the United States it’s not possible.

Large Hand painted ceramic brown squirrel

Got any NUTS?

Large hand painted ceramic brown squirrel

Measures 12”long x 8 1/4”tall x 8 1/4”wide  #CER 16

head detail of large ceramic squirrel

I SEE YOU!

Large brown squirrel with tail upraised and glistening eyes, Handpainted ceramic.  Measures 12”long x 8 1/4”tall x 8 1/4”wide.  Genuinely hand painted and ready to greet people at your door.  #CER 16  $26.00   Paypal buy now button

Large ceramic hand painted partridge rock chicken

Partridge Rock chicken #CER 04

Large ceramic hand painted partridge rock hen

I lay lots of fake eggs (not reallly)

Large colorful Partridge Rock breed hen statue.  Hand painted ceramic, Measures 14 1/2” tall x 6 1/2”wide x 13”long.   #CER 04 $28.00   Paypal buy now button

Large ceramic lamb with turquoise flowers

Large ceramic lamb with turquoise flowers #CER 01

Large White Lamb with black face and flowers around neck.  Hand painted ceramic.  Measures 12”long x 5” wide x 7 1/2” tall.    #CER 01a  $28.00  SOLD

Hand painted ceramic lambNOTE: #CER 01b Grey Faced Lamb SOLD.  I’ve sold the grey faced lamb also.  BUT, if someone happens to like this lamb and wants to buy one I can see if I can find another one to paint for you.  Just let me know.  I can paint it any color you might like even rainbow colored!  If you have a decorating or personalization you want I’m open to ideas always. Hand painted ceramic.  Measures 12”long x 5” wide x 7 1/2” tall

Large ceramic hand painted colt

We had a colt just this color. #CER 02

Large ceramic hand painted colt

Close up of colts eye. The real colt had eyes like this.

Hand painted ceramic baby colt lying down and looking to the side, Hand painted ceramic. Measures 15”long x 8” wide x 8 1/2” tall.   #CER 02  $28.00Paypal buy now button

Hand painted ceramic white duck preening feathers

White duck preening feathers #CER 59

Large white ceramic duck with head preening, highly detailed feathers and brown metallic eyes, handpainted ceramic 10”long x 7 1/2”wide x 6 3/4”tall                          #CER 59   Paypal buy now button$28.00

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Antique Jewelry repurposed page 1

Antique pin gold leaf

One of my Antique pins

I have a lot of ANTIQUE jewelry that is between 50 to 170 years old. Rhinestone, metallic, Mother of Pearl, Earrings, pins, pins that double as necklaces, bracelets, and it is all very very old.  It was owned by a relative and she put it in a trunk where it remained for about 30 years until her passing.  There was so much of it that no normal person could wear all of it unless they wore a piece each day for years.  Additionally, I also inherited antique buttons, military emblems and awards, and medallions of all kinds.

So I aked myself “Hey, you, if you wanted a nice piece of jewelry for yourself, what would you do with it?”  And me said that I’d just make something out of it.  So here I post for you some of the jewelry I made out of my antique parts.  I would wear them myself, but I don’t have ten or twenty bodies to wear it on.  It’s all very dressy and for sale.

I’ve also got many broken necklaces that are antique beads that someone strung on simple sewing thread, which rots in 75-100 years.  So if you bead a lot contact me for pictures of my beads. I might have some you’d like.  If you have a question as to the history of some of them just ask and I’ll post an article on it.

I also have superb unbroken antique jewelry all over the place, but I will be posting that elsewhere, probably on my website at www.jewelant.com

NOTE ON SHIPPING:  Currently I do not sell outside the United States, so shipping is for the U.S. only right now.  Later on I may change this, but for now that’s the deal.  If you wish to buy more than one item I can ship several small items for the same shipping price.  Over a certain weight or size the package size goes up and so does the shipping.

Antique Ornate silver cross with multi colored stones

Antique Ornate silver cross with multi colored stones

Large Silver toned metal cross necklace with five colored stones. 23’” silver tone chain. Measures about 3″ x 2′.  Late 1950’s to Early 1960’s  #JEW 02a  $16.00   Paypal buy now button

Antique enameled mauve and gold pendant with flowers

Antique enameled mauve and gold pendant with flowers

Antique Mauve enameled metal shell pendant full view

Antique enameled shell pendant full view

Antique Mauve enameled metal shell pendant and chain with gold edge, small yellow flower motif. Measures 1 ¼ x 1 1/2”, chain  23”  #JEW 03 $16.00             Paypal buy now button

Silver and green rhinestone pendant

Antique green rhinestone pendant with silver chain

antique silver necklace with green rhinestone pendant

Comes with decorative silver chain

Silver toned metal and green rhinestone pendant and necklace. Pendant measures 7/8” x 7/8”.  Silver toned chain 27” Late 1800’s to early 1900’s    #JEW 11  SOLD

I sold this one, but if you like green sparklies, I’ll list some of the other ones I have that are similar later this week.  I’ve also got a pin and earrings that are green rhinestones AND also are antique.

The Scaredy Cat beekeeper?

DO I HAVE BEEKEEPER PTSD?

After I recently got stung to pieces trying to capture a swarm in the wrong manner, all kinds of things went through my pea brain.  Kind of like a person that falls off or gets bucked off a horse, I was reluctant to do my normal bee routine. I was having trouble wanting to get back out there and tend to the remaining bees that I did have. Although I know that with my suit and gloves on, the chances of getting stung again were not really very likely.  And I always take great pains not to crush anyone.

But I had never in 5 years of owning bees gotten to really enjoying them.  I did not enjoy the fact that they really didn’t like my presence, and could act really hateful at the wrong moves.  Adding to the fact was that I had changed my bees from Russians, to two different other breeds.  One of these breeds was Italians, which did not seem to be very touchy.  The other breed was a mutt breed called “survivor bees” who seemed calm, but with no warning would explode into a rage.  I had never had any bees that temperamental.

My Russians would always head butt me before actually stinging, so I had some kind of warning.  But they were very swarmy, so I changed types last year.

Anyway, after the attack I was leery of bees, not terrified, but reluctant.  I knew I needed to tend to them, but I found all and any kind of excuse to put it off.  However, I did consider the idea at the last that aside from that reluctance, those survivor bees did seem to be a tad screwy.  And since I didn’t actually see them leave the hive in a swarm, I entertained the idea that possibly these were not my bees, but a feral bunch from somewhere else.  OR “Africanized bees”?????

 Bee guarding entrance to hive.

The culprits. Bee guarding entrance to hive.

But none of that explained that one hive in the back that was super touchy.

I thought possibly if I requeened all the screwy hives . . . And I also thought about selling all the darned bees, because what good is it having them if you don’t maintain them?  I didn’t mind having a few hives (2 or three), but six was a maintenance thing if you didn’t really love it.

Hey, here I am posting umpteen articles on how to take care of bees, and I didn’t even feel comfortable around them enough to want to keep them any more.  I opologize profusely.  But it is the trooooooooth.  I can stand sitting in a chair in front of the hive without fear at all.  But I put on that bee suit, and I know the bees will like me up until the point that I remove some frames.  Then they just lose it.  I keep going, but they are pissed and I do not enjoy them being pissed at me.  I guess I just want my animals to like me because I take so much care taking care of them.

Finger stung by bee

Finger sting

It’s not as if I’m terrified, or in fear of my life or anything.  I know that it isn’t personal. I know the bees don’t hate me personally, or even all people personally.

Bee stung eye

My eye . . . swollen up

I think I need a beekeeper shrink . . .
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But now for my other reaction

I got up the morning after writing the above article.  I was not even awake, with bleary eyes, cricked neck, and another thought coming into my not yet awake mind.  Here I am spending my hard earned money on beehives, frames, beetle traps, time out of my life, etc.  So I resolved to look at this in the opposite way for once.

    • They cost me over $100 each. x6 = $600
    • Their hives cost about $150 each. x6 = $900
    • The beetle traps cost at least half that each. x6 = $300
    • The extra supers cost a certain amount.
    • Extra excluders cost a certain amount.
    • Powdered sugar for shaking, and miscellaneous equipment probably cost at least $100
    • A SMALL spinner for spinning frames of honey cost $120.
    • Maintenance averages 2 weeks a year. That equals 5-6 months out of my life. Which is equal to a large vacation.
    • I worry over the parasites that attack them.
    • I have to go out in the cold and make sure they don’t freeze to death or starve.
    • I have to go out in a hot bee suit and sweat over them while they try to kill me.
    • Bee stings make me itch and dig my skin off for at least a week.

And the bad possiblities . . .

    • They are in MY backyard.
    • They are bought and paid for by me.
    • They are taken care of with time out of my valuable life.
    • I only ask for PART of their food, which is extra they won’t use.
    • They live at my discretion.
    • The beetles would get them if I didn’t do something about it each year.
    • They could have gone to someone that bangs on their hive.
    • They could have gone to someone that likes to smash bees.
    • They could have gone to someone that puts poison in their hives.
    • They would just act like bees and die a like a bee if I didn’t take care of them.

So, who cares if the bees actually LIKE me?

The perks used to be getting to watch bees and observe their many ups and downs.  And HONEY, the main thing that is not replaceable by getting it at the grocery store in the same manner.  The honey is storable for very long periods of time, tastes great, make great gifts and can be sold.  You can actually stockpile it, put it in your coffee, tea, cook with it, etc.

Well, they are insects.  And in their little pea brains I probably should not expect any more than that.  And I’m sure I wouldn’t get a heck of a lot of money if I sold them.  And that would also mean having some inspector running around my yard telling me what I already knew in the first place, which is that I have a few small hive beetles. Yeek.

So, I’m back to square one.  I need to get out there today and fix those hives so they’ll survive some more and see if they have any extra honey after swarming all over the place.  Anyone have one of these epiphanies?

Hiding under the blanket

Do you ever feel this way?

hiding under a blanket

I ain’t coming out

This was taken this winter when the pipes froze up in the house.  I had to get under there and fix them, and this is how I felt.  Anyone else have a day (week) like that?

BEE ATTACK! Holy Moley, aaaaarrgh!

Darn it, I neglected to get to the hives early enough this spring, and had two of them swarm in the last week (which I did capture because they stopped low enough on branches I could reach)  Those two safely put in boxes, I had intended on doing all the hives today. Today did not wait for me.

Bee swarm in a tree

The box, the tree, the bees

I have 6 stings, two on my head (the worst ones), and various other parts, and a big headache.  I knew when I got up this morning that I really just needed to drink coffee and fool with the blog.  Now I’m fooling with the blog after the fact. Two Benadryl tablets and Denvers Sting Stopper are helping a little. (update 1 hour later a lot)

I went out with my coffee to look at the hives, just look. Oops, another one was in the process of making a swarm tornado around their hive.  This, I must note, was one of my peaceful hives of bees, very mild natured.

Onward with the story . . .

I thought, to myself, “Dangit, I can’t do anything about it now, I’ll just have to wait for them to light somewhere and then I’ll get them if they’re low enough.”  I then went back into the house.  I hate worrying about something that I can’t control anyway, and I wanted my coffee.  I wasn’t even awake quite yet.

My hub, who is vigilant about these things kept going outside and checking.  He finally came back inside and informed me that they had lit in a tree, OVER THE SHED.  THE TALL SHED.  THE SLIPPERY METAL ROOFED SHED.  I went to look and sure enough they were on a tree branch above the roof.  I estimated if I stood on the peak of the roof and reached up they would still be two feet over my hand.

NOW the theme song to JAWS starts to play in my head.

Bee Swarm at Jewelant

This is how high

My husband, always good with ideas, starts telling me how to do it.  And I’m-a-thinkin’ that I don’t want to do it.  But I get ready to do it anyway.  I prepare a hive bottom, with all the fixin’s but get a cardboard box to take up to the roof at his suggestion.  I am not strong enough to carry a wood box up there. He holds the ladder and I go up with the box and no suit. I repeat, I did this with no suit (stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid)

I needed something to pull the branch down so I could shake the bees into the box, so he got me a hoe to do it with.  Little by little, step by step I slid myself on my hip to the peak of the roof.  Now the JAWS music is getting louder.  It is really slippery, but I am trying to position the box and I can’t get a bead on whether it’s right under the bees.

I shakily stand up and put the hoe over the end of the branch.  I look at the box.  I give it a big, sharp, SHAKE!

All of a sudden the bees fell into part of the box.  Only 1/16th of them fell into the box, the rest fell beside the box. Dang, the box was out of position.

And suddenly I was in a tornado of really angry bees and they were attacking all of my UN-suited body!  Boom! Just like that I was trying to get off that roof, the slippery roof.  I tumbled over and slid almost off the edge, grabbing the top of the ladder, which was not close to me, and tipping it out of alignment with the roof.  My husband, who was at the bottom quickly grabbed the ladder and dragged both it and me back into position as I scrambled down it unceremoniously (did I spell that right?)  Oh, who cares about spelling, I’m traumatized.

I almost fell down that ladder while being stung multiple times by a tornado of really pissed bees.  I mean REALLY.
But I made it down the ladder.  He also got stung because they followed me down that ladder and all the way to the house.  My forehead, wrist, cheek, legs, ankles, I dunno where all else. The JAWS music has stopped.  I done been TACKKED!

Attacked by swarming bees which most people will tell you are not stingy. On the other hand, it’s a toss up who attacked who first.  I’m sure my approach was the first blow. So maybe the reality is that I attacked them and they just defended themselves.

So, after my HUB, told me that I should have done it a different way.  I should have, and that’s for sure.  He did try to tell me when I was climbing up the ladder another way, but I was shaky and not about to stop. The bees are back on the branch, and he is right now trying to tell me how I can do it.

Personally, I’m having second thoughts about bees, but that’s in the heat of the moment because I wrote this just 30 minutes after the incident.  He’s talking about finishing the job, and I’m telling him I would rather talk about it after breakfast.  He’s so positive and up about things. And very brave for staying and grabbing the ladder instead of running off to keep from being himself stung.

(He does love me . . . I THINK)  Just hit me, just slap me for goodness sake. I’m way too old for this shit. My head hurts.

 

Jewelant is adding some POLLS to posts!

Jewelant.com artwork for header

Jewlant.com new header

I am adding POLLS to some of my pages.  I guess I’m late to figuring out how to use some WordPress things, but here are some of them for you to do if you haven’t seen them:

 

 

 

 

Beehives in cold winter winds

Although I live in one of the not so arctic areas of the US, but THIS winter had a few extreme cold snaps, and I improvised a wind break for the beehives.  I was mostly worried about the wind, as these are first year hives.

Beehives with coverings

Beehive wind and rain protection. The hive setup.

The winds were deeply chilling, and I got out my old sheets, couch covers, and bundled up to go and cover them before night came.  It was vurrrry windy (30 MPH), and I took sheets of solid foam insulation to cover the sides on the bottoms because I have  ventilated bottom boards.

Beehive with covering for winter

Beehive number ONE (the Italians) with wind and rain protection

Then I covered the entire hive, including the front entrance clear to the ground floor with couch covers and sheets.  My aim was not to completely seal the hive, but to break the wind.

Beehive with covering for winter 3

Beehive number 3 with winter protection from wind and rain

When days come that it isn’t really badly cold, I just lift the front to expose the entrance so the bees can get out and do their “business”, whatever that might be.

NOTE:  the things on the top of the hives are scavenged from an old hot tub cover, and are foam covered with Naugahide upolstery material.  They are waterproof, and can be used for shade if needed, or rain and snow.  I’ve had them for several years and they also come in handy to set things on top of when I’m tending hives any time of the year.  You just don’t put your smoker up there.

Small Hive Beetle Sweeper

Last year when we had our huge beetle infestation my husband, overwhelmed at the mess, said he was “tired of squishing beetles” and invented me a BEETLE SWEEPER!  This year with my new bees, I have been using it every few weeks in my beehives, clear up to when the bees are left alone in the fall for the winter.  It works really good.

Photo of Sweeper used to suck up small hive beetles

Brand and power of sweeper

He took a small, low powered sweeper, and cut the end off of a transmission fluid funnel like this one:

Photo of transmission fluid funnel

Transmission fluid funnel used to make nozzle

He then inserted it into the tip of the hose and secured it with electrical tape wound really tightly.

Photo of nozzle on small hive beetle sweeper

Nozzle with cut off end taped inside of it

And this is the result:

Photo of Finished small hive beetle sweeper

Finished small hive beetle sweeper

I just lift the top lid of the bee hive and lay it down quickly so that the beetles that might be in the lid do not scatter or fly off.  And you have to be VERY careful to avoid the bees because it will suck them up too.  And you can’t release the bees without releasing the beetles, so they are gone.  But you’ll get the hang of it after sucking up a few bees.  You will learn to gauge just how close you can come without commiting a bad thing.

Photo of beekeeper using a small hive beetle sweeper

Me using the hive beetle sweeper on my own hives

I have found that if I do this on a regular basis, after a while lifting the lid and examining shows only a few beetles. I think it’s having a good effect on the population.  Keep in mind, I also have bottom oil traps too.

QUEEN BEE ESCAPES !!

I finally got the third hive installed yesterday, but not without a wierd problem.  I had everything in place to put the last bee package into the last hive, and brushed the bees off of the queen cage.  Normally, you pull out the cork in the candy end, and there is still the candy plugging the end of the queen cage.  Then you insert this cage between a couple of frames and during the course of a few days the queen eats herself out and goes into the hive.

Problem is, I took the cork out, and there WAS no candy in it.  The queen crawled out, and FLEW!!  My-O-My was I upset.  I partially covered the top of the hive in case she wasn’t in there and wanted to come back, and made a frantic phone call to the people I ordered the bees from.  Worry, worry, worry.

bee hives on a deck

My bee hive setup.

They told me that they had run out of regular queen cages, and this one was called a “California cage”.  No candy in this one.  The way I was supposed to put the queen in was to take the cork out and immediately put my thumb over the opening to prevent her from escaping.  Then I was to push the cage into the front of the hive and let her crawl into the hive.  Gee, I would have never figured that one out.

Anyways . . . he said that I should observe for three days, and listen to see if they were keeping a low hum instead of an upset hum.  If not he’s see about getting me another queen.  Okay, now I know what to do here.  That did help, and I calmed down.

Now you know how that one goes . . .

YOGA CAT IN VACATION RETREAT

White cat in a basket

Yowie is resting from his exhausting yoga career. He is sure he cannot be found by his many fans.

YOGA CAT LIKES HIS UNDERWEAR

Cat with underwear on his head

Yoga cat likes his underwear

Hive Beetle fresh opinions. New spring hives. WolfCreek and Georgia Bees 2013

new bee hive

First new hive, Italian bees, all stragglers vacating the box after dumping.

WHY I PICKED THE BEE BREEDS I DID
I said previously that all my bees didn’t make it because of the beetles, and that I’d be ordering bees to start fresh with this winter, and I did, but in a totally unexpected way.  THIS time I decided I was going to try some new kinds of bees instead of my normal Russians.  I always loved Russians, but then I’d never had any other kind.  And although I didn’t worry about Varroa Mites, they were not immune to beetles, and they were very, very SWARMY.  Sometimes even though I did the early checks, giving more room, checkerboarding techniques, etc, they might even swarm several times per hive.  Sometimes they would swarm late in the season.  And when they got too many beetles they were out of there!

So I explored some of the others, researching and running all over the internet getting opinions.  I thought hmmmm. . .  CARNIOLANS.  But couldn’t find anyone close to get pure forms of.  Then I thought VSH resistant types.  But ultimately, I ordered some Italians from Georgia Bee, because I was just plain curious.

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Georgia Bees (Italians) on the front porch of their castle!

Then I found another breed that wasn’t even a breed.  They were from Wolf Creek Apiary, and were called survivor bees, a combination of feral, Russian, Carniolan, Italian.  In other words tough like a mutt dog!  In addition, they were purported to never have been raised with pesticides, and also were raised on small cell foundation.  They said they were gentle, productive, bug resistant, etc.  I was really attracted to that.  And here is the reason why:

I do not have an isolated bee yard, and in fact my Russians weren’t originally pure bred.  And I have not requeened by ordering a queen yet, so they basically breed with whatever is running around out there anyway.  I just end up with mutt bees in the end, because my queens breed wherever they want.  I may do the requeening, but without killing any of the original queens, as for instance if I just do a split.  But I figured I’d just get some tried and tested mutts from somewhere that at least knew the traits their bees had.

GEORGIA BEES
April 14th I when to the post office, got my bees, and went home to install the Italians from Georgia Bees.  Golden in color, and very gentle.  Not so much after they took posession of the hive, but that is normal for any bee I think.  But definitely not stingy.  NOTE: For some reason the queen didn’t have any “attendants” in her cage with her.  Possibly an oversight, but she didn’t have any girlfriends inside with her to take care of her.  Just all the strange bees in the whole cage outside HER cage.

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From Wolf Creek. So gentle I installed without gloves or suit or smoke.

WOLF CREEK APIARY
April 20th we went to meet Ruth Seaborn and her husband of Wolf Creek Apiary from up around Nashville, and met her in the parking lot in Memphis.  They were delivering a large batch of bees to some beekeepers around Arkansas, and she said I could save shipping if I just met her and she’d bring my one little package of their bees.  We called it an outing, and took off for a day of getting bees!

They had brought many many cages of bees for a bee club also, and one woman came just to pick up some queens she had ordered.  I asked a lot of questions, and Ruth is the greatest.  You can tell they care a lot for the bees they raise.  Her husband calls them “his girls”.  (so do I)  She also brought some of the essential oils I ordered which were Peppermint, and Lemongrass oils, which can make the bees attracted to the food, and I guess much else.  I figured I could use them for anything, not just bees.

I was so impressed with how healthy the bees looked that I remembered that I wished I had ordered two boxes instead of one, and she said I could order another one right then and THERE.  Very nice, I sure did so, because I didn’t want to wait until next year.  Now that is handy.  Normally by this time of year (April), nobody HAS any bees to order.

SPRING HIVE BEETLE OBSERVATION
Hey, I had my FREEMAN BEETLE TRAP, the oil pan one under the first hive I installed in April.  We had, last year, sprayed nematodes, sterilized all equipment, and I was hoping that they all died from not having a hive to overwinter in.  Well, I think they lived somewhere around that I missed, because I find it hard to believe that 15 beetles came with a box of bees.  But my Freeman Beetle trap caught that many and I killed just two.  One in the hive lid, and the other scampering on the deck by the bee hive.  I BELIEVE THESE BEETLES HATCHED AND CAME OUT OF THE SOIL OF MY YARD, not the bees I ordered, but I can’t proove it.  If that’s true, then the nematodes either didn’t kill them all last year, or they overwintered somewhere else.  I couldn’t afford to nematode my whole yard.

THE FREEMAN BEETLE TRAP FROM LAST YEAR
I can say that this a really GREAT beetle catcher/killer.  It differs from the regular under the hive oil pan trap, in that the screened bottom goes all the way to the edge, and there are no ledges for the beetles to hang out on.  The bees can then just herd and push them off through the screen as they enter the trap.  But I advise continuing to check the lid of the hive and crushing or vacuuming those so that they don’t reproduce.

I’ll keep you all posted on what happens with them.

Yoga Cat asks for his bath

cat in bathtub

Yoga cat is dirty . . .

Yowie hangs out here in the bathtub. If he can’t get me to give him a bath,then he diddles in the water while I take one myself.

Small hive beetle update September

Waaaalllll . . . I’ve been out of contact for a bit.  Still have my last hive but it’s got very few bees.  I got my Freeman Beetle trap, and in these few months have changed it out several times, recycling the oil after straining out the bits.  The hive collected hundreds of beetles that flew back to lay eggs.

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Small hive beetles initially trapped by the Freeman trap

This is what it looked like once a week for several times.  These were NOT beetles that were in the hive, but those that entered after I sanitized it and reduced its size.

Small hive beetles collected from Freeman trap

Small hive beetles strained from oil for a head count

I now open the hive periodically and dust with powdered sugar to roust the bees into chasing beetles, which consequently drop off into the oil trying to get away from them.

And, after feeding the bees on the front of the hive, which instigated robbing from (I don’t know where they came from, since I only have one hive), I put a spacer on the top, and fed them from zip lock bags with holes in them.  This, and reducing the front entrance down to two bees width, solved the robbing, and, I suspect being able to defend against more beetles!

BIG NOTE HERE, and the main reason I am reposting is that I found out, through feeding squeezed out wax remains, and from examining the oil dead beetles something very interesting.  LOOK HERE

Small hive beetle size comparison

The SMALLER of the three dead beetles is a BABY

When I compared what was in the oil, I found that many of the beetles were smaller, lighter, and would be impossible to even see if you were looking for a regular sized hive beetle.  The same goes for the larvae.  The larvae vary in size just as much, and can hide in cracks you could stick a razor blade into.  So y’all keep an eye out and bring your magnifier to the hives, because you wouldn’t even see these babies!  I know I didn’t, and it made me regret that I left two of the original frames in the last hive.

ON A GOOD NOTE  I think my remaining bees have made about three queen cells.  But the remaining bees would only fill one honey super, period.  I don’t think they will survive the winter if not fed religiously.  I definitely am going to have to order a couple of packages of bees in a month or so for next years starting over . . .  Just call my last hive an experiment, because that’s what it’s been.

ANOTHER NOTE  They say that small hive beetle can’t survive a cold winter without the bees to keep them warm, as they live within the bee cluster.  So if my last hive dies, maybe the beetles will die too?

AN ORPHAN IN THE BUSHES

My job was to trim shrubs behind a commercial building that day.  I arrived at daybreak, the sun was barely up and the night lights were still lit.  I took my first pictures of the day to record what the foliage looked like before I began to trim.

I got all my tools, the wheelbarrow, the bags, and started up the walk.  Soon I saw there was somebody keeping me company . . .

Kitten Yowie first meeting

I soon saw there was somebody keeping me company

The streak of white color dissapeared behind one of the rose bushes up against the building and I realized that it was a kitten. I got down on my knees to peer under the bush he was hiding in and stretched out my hand and called him.

He was a wild baby kitty, but not totally.  (Somebody had been feeding him at lunchtime.)  I ran back to the car and got part of my sandwich (the meat part), and ran back to feed him.  He ate it all, even a french fry.

Orphan kitty scared

He watched with suspicious curiosity

I started walking around to see what needed to be done to the flower beds.  The kitten watched all this with suspicious curiosity. Getting food every few minutes had him soon following me around asking for more.

Orphan kitty was friendly

He soon started following me around

I wasn’t surprised.  He had no Mommy anywhere that I could see.  I found out later a mother cat had been seen carrying him across the parking lot and dropped him off there never to return.  He was an ORPHAN BABY KITTYKAT.

Orphan kitty starved

He was starving …

He was starving, and looked better than he was because he was a long haired kitten, and the fur disguised the ribbyness of his tiny little body.

Orphan kitty purrson of importance

I could tell he was a Purrson of importance

But his personality told me he was a purrson of importance, sooo. . .    He came home in a cardboard box when I left the job two days later.

Orphan kitty first meeting with big cat

My other cat was not so sure about this newcomer

My other cat was not so sure about this newcomer.  He hissed a lot, and spit a lot, and cussed a lot.  Then he just left the room disgusted.

Orphan kitty in cage

I put him in a cage for his own safety

I put him in another room in a cage so that the big guy wouldn’t eat him.  A time out was needed before it was discovered that he was really a friend and not an intruder.

Orphan kitty making friends with big cat

At first, curiosity at a distance

He was allowed out only under supervision and then recaged at night.  More and more freedom as he was accepted.  At first it was just curiosity from a safe distance.  But in the end, after a few weeks, they became more and more friends . . .

Orphan kitty accepted at last

In the end they became friends

After a week of the big cat being pounced on, and the little cat getting smashed on, and a bunch of spats, there was a truce.  But in the end they got their act together and became companionable friends.

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