Jun 28, 2010

Recycle or Reuse



Old iron lamp stand that was given to me...lampshade covered in vintage lace pieces... just need to wire it up now...





Top of a bird cage with chains added and you have a plant hanger.....






Old grain scoops makes a great wall accent...or can be used to hold towels, magazines or a number of things...
More ideas later....

Jun 26, 2010

HOMEGROWN REVOLUTION - Radical Change Taking Root


Square foot gardening - http://thegreenertruth.com



I found this YouTube video on the Homegrown revolution that is just amazing...This is the kind of revolution that we need to aspire too. Think of the impact on this country if most Americans did this... Enjoy!!


Jun 25, 2010

Surf On Pensacola Beach Boiling Like Acid

This is a video of Pensacola Beach....It gives a perspective that we really haven't been shown in mainstream media....Now imagine this all through the Gulf of mexico then heading out into the Atlantic...This is not just about what is happening in New Orleans..it is also Mississippi,Alabama,Florida and all of us....

The repercussions have just not hit the rest of the country and the world..yet..when it does people may wake up but I believe it is already too late...Am I being a naysayer...maybe...but also a realist....

Destroying our environment, ridiculing people such as environmentalists,or making ongoing jokes of environmental issues, such as irresponsible morons like Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh, are despicable. We are reaching a point of no return. This is also not the job of one man...it has to be a global effort now.. a human collective...to clean up our environment ....Whether that is possible will remain to be seen...

In the meantime, take the time to stop and smell the roses...they may not be around much longer....much in the way the beautiful white beaches of Pensacola will never be the same.....



Jun 21, 2010

Wood Carving Newbie

A few years ago my father gave me his wood carving tools. I put them away hoping for a time when I could try my hand at it...Well the time has come...my husband had some planks from the wood mill he had years ago. He had one piece that was small so I thought that would be a good piece to try...

I found that not only is it fun but very relaxing. It requires your complete attention...all outside interferences and problems have to be left by the wayside...the more I do this the more I find those problems are left behind...permanently......for me it is very therapeutic and a way to express myself artistically in another genre...








My hubby took the wood and rounded the edges and hollowed out the center to create a concave effect. Then I drew my design on it.










I then began working the outline of the design and scraping the outer edges.











Though it was very rough I was pleased with my first attempt. The rough look actually goes well with my style of decor.














My mistake with this piece came when I tried to stain it...the wood was so old that it was too porous and soaked up the stain before I could wipe off the excess..I had only wanted a light stain on it. So I sanded it back down as best I could. I then applied black beeswax to it and achieve the look I wanted.







Even though the carving area is darker...I liked the look. It has an ancient,well worn look to it. I have it in my living room and seems to fit in with the Bohemian look I am going for.












It has now become a home for the iron scorpion my husband made for me ( my astrological sign)...It seems symbolic of the way we work together in our lives...combining our artistic ideas in life.








I have started my next project and am posting a sneak preview.I will post the final results and pictures of what this is going to be when I have finished...so stay tuned!!!
Peace :)

Jun 20, 2010

Happy Father's Day



(Dad and I at the Worthley pond camp)



I want to wish my Dad, my husband Steve and my brother Steve a very wonderful Father's Day.
They are intelligent, hardworking men, and generous to a fault.... sometimes to their detriment but it is what makes them such wonderful people. It is an honor to have them in my life....It has helped shape the person I am today....

Thanks you from the bottom of my heart. I love you all very much....

Jun 13, 2010

Mama Snapping Turtle




A couple of weeks ago, a Mama Snapping Turtle made her way up our driveway. My husband came in to get me because he knew I would want to get pictures...he knows me well.

At first we thought she was heading for our little pond but she stopped in front of the big rock in my future rose garden. As she started digging we realized she was going to lay eggs. We were very excited to be able to witness this event. She dug her hole so we left her alone. I took some pictures doing so as quietly as possible and she didn't seem to mind my presence. We felt honored and surprised that she would choose this spot where there is usually so much traffic. One of my friends told me that that she knew I would look out for her babies...which I will...


I had Steve stand near her so that you could see how big she is..

.. She is digging her birthing pit...

laying the eggs

If you look closely , that little white orb is an egg.
I have no idea how many she laid but in doing a little research they normally lay between 20-40 eggs. Due to high loss from predators it usually takes 3000-6000 eggs for a Mama turtle to replace herself. maybe these eggs will have a much better chance with me watching over them.
The eggs have been laid and it is time to return to the pond.








Enjoy this wonderful example of nature's continuing cycles. Hopefully I will be around when the babies hatch, if I am I will post an update on them...


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