Colley Complex offers garden ornament class

Published 11:00 pm Wednesday, August 22, 2012

If thrift stores had revolving doors, many of them would be spinning like pinwheels.

A new class at the Colley Senior Complex has been scheduled to help people create yard ornaments out of old dishes. Classes will begin Sept. 11.

A new craze has hit the country and thrift stores are the beneficiaries. At least until people stop “pawning off’ grandma’s old dinner plates, clunky tea glasses, odd bowls and bulky platters.

Somebody somewhere had the idea of combing old or extra or odd glassware into garden ornaments.

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Anyone with an eye for design or color can stack glassware in such a way as to create a work of art – a garden ornament.

“These garden ornaments are easy and inexpensive ways to make art,” said Janet Motes, Colley Senior Complex director. “And, they are great ways to recycle. Garden ornaments are a lot of fun to make and, with a little know how, anybody can make one.”

The Colley Senior Complex is offering a garden ornaments class that will begin on Sept. 11 at the Colley Annex on Elm Street.

“The class will be taught by Roselyn Baugh and we’ll have an organizational meeting at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 28 at the annex,” Motes said. “That meeting will be for the purpose of letting the participants know what to bring to class so when the class begins everyone will be ready to go.”

And, they probably will “go” on a treasure hunt to local thrift stores.

“Some of the those who take the class might want to bring ‘treasures’ from home while others might want to go treasure hunting,” Motes said. “Even those who want to create garden ornaments using their own glassware might find ‘accent’ pieces on the hunt or glassware for a second or third ornament.

“This will be an especially fun class because everybody will be successful with their creations.”

Once completed, the ornaments will be eye-catching additions to garden areas, make great gifts or, perhaps, they might be too pretty for the garden.

“Some of the ornaments will find a permanent place in the home,” Motes said. “Especially those that have sentimental value.”

For more information about the garden ornaments class, call the Complex at 808-8500.