Jan 30, 2012

The Moon


The full-orbed moon with unchanged ray 
   Mounts up the eastern sky, 
Not doomed to these short nights for aye, 
   But shining steadily.

She does not wane, but my fortune, 
   Which her rays do not bless, 
My wayward path declineth soon, 
   But she shines not the less.

And if she faintly glimmers here, 
   And paled is her light, 
Yet alway in her proper sphere 
   She's mistress of the night.
   
Henry David Thoreau  

The Chicken Chronicles- Mister & Chewbaca


 Two of our new layers this year turned out to be roosters...
    We call them Mister ( right) & Chewbaca ( left)....
Chewbaca got his name because he makes a noise that sounds exactly like Chewy does on the movie...

Mister,who is top "dog" in the rooster world, got his name because one day he tried to challenge me and I told him...Don't even try it Mister!!    

 They love to crow....all day....
and in stereo...

aren't they only suppose to crow at sunrise...
I guess the boys didn't get that memo...

& a lot of wing flapping...

 Mister watches over one of the ladies while 
she naps on the back step..

Having a snack of cracked corn with the girls..


 They love to help Daddy with the wood...

 Mister likes to strut his stuff....

& has to know what you are doing at all times...

 Chewbaca just likes to pose...

After doing some quick research when I found out we had two...I thought there was going to be trouble...but so far the boys seem to get along quite well... 

mmmmm...monster tracks!!!

Uh Oh... MOM!!! 
Come make the little dinosaurs go away!!!! 

So after a day of big adventures...
it is time to hit the hay!
Nite!!

Jan 27, 2012

DIY Friday!! "Vintage" Bobbins

I have certain ideas about what I see in my craft room...I want it to look a certain way,,,things that stir the creative juices.,..I am not one to use a lot of plastic boxes ...they are out of sight in a closet if I do use them...in my vision I want to see earthy elements like wooden boxes...antique canning jars full of beads & findings....pictures of art....crafts I have made....an old ladder covered with fabric pieces...so when I came across this idea it appealed to me.....making some vintage bobbins for lace, ribbon hemp anything that could be displayed creatively....



The original tutorial, posted below, calls for cardboard which is a great way to recycle it...but I had some scraps shingles that I had hanging around... so I got out my scroll saw and starting cutting...then I stained them with coffee and sprinkled coffee granules around and let them completely dry ...a good 36 hours...


I went further and added some French inspired pictures I got  from the Graphics Fairy which is a great place for things like this...I wanted to be able to hang them up when not in use and still look creative...


Then I added about three coats of Mod Podge but left it a little rough looking to add to that "vintage" look...

I love the way they came out & it is nice when they can be displayed to enhance the aesthetics of your creative space.. 
I will be making a few more of these in different sizes..

I thought these would also make great gift tags..... especially for the artist or seamstress in your life...
Here is the the original tutorial as well as template that I made but you can adjust it to any size you want



Enjoy!!

Jan 26, 2012

The Lion's Roar

 I always love it when someone shares some great folk music that they find & Thanks to Amanda over at Blue LeReve  for doing just that.....  This is a Swedish sister duo called First Aid Kit & I love their sound...
** make sure you turn off my player below**



Hope you enjoy it....

Jan 24, 2012

An Old Rocker ...

 This is a neat idea that my hubby came up with...
I wanted some hangers for my pots & pans...I was just going to use a piece of wood with some hooks I had...he said "wait I have an idea"....

 He took some old rocking chair rockers...

cut off the ends and put iron plates on..

then he made some hooks with a cross to go along 
with my Milagros Crosses I have in the kitchen...

I think they came out beautiful...
So the Old Rocker *wink* found a great way 
to re-purpose parts from an old rocker...

He also made me this iron handle 
as well as the top from reclaimed wood 
for my 30 gallon crock... 
Yeah... the Mr. is a keeper...

Jan 23, 2012

The Chinese New Year

The year of the Dragon begins today....


It is expected to bring the Four Blessings of the East....wealth, virtue, longevity & harmony. .

Deviant Art 

The Dragon is a symbol of wisdom and strength and is used in Feng Shui as an auspicious element in the East part of your home such as this flying dragon statue has a pearl in its claw..

So Happy Chinese New Year....may it bring a much needed wisdom & prosperity to our world...

Jan 22, 2012

The Singers of Woodstock...

I was watching "Woodstock : Now & Then" today...It seems the further out we get from Woodstock the more profound that event is becoming...part of it is because of the musicians...



 
only photo taken  by Barry Levine of the four of them together there..

















 

As they said it was a moment in time...  
Too bad we can't recapture that time & feeling right now...

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