Wednesday, December 29, 2010

2010 NC Snow

 These were some of my favorites







To see more pictures I have opened my Facebook album of more snow pictures too. I still have more to come too!
My facebook.com photo album
Peace and Happy New Year

Saturday, December 11, 2010

I Love my Draft Dodger Snake

It's getting very cold and breezy these days.It made me think about the cute little Draft Dodger Doll , I have buried in a box somewhere? 
So I decided to look for some patterns for them .
Then I remembered the cool neck -tie snakes I used to help the kindergarten kids sew up. 
I have some cool silk ties I could not pass up from the thrift store ?They were 50 cent a piece !
hum I could try that? 
Any way I looked for the Doll patterns and found several ideas . Dolls , lambs , snakes and more. I will add a few places to check  out later . 
I think I am going to go make a snake .

I went and grabbed a tie and snipped the thread down to the tag of tie.
 
If you know me you know I try to reuse ,recycle and Upcycle what ever I can . So instead of using the loose quilting filler I have used in the past I used some foam packaging sheet I saved. 
Here a trick : I used a curtain rod ,wrapped the corner of the foam sheet ( about 4ft long 6 inches wide )  around end of the rod and shoved the foam though the other end. Held the foam tight at the tail and pulled the rod back out. 
The main thing is to stuff it with something that will be flexible but block air. I have read of folks using sand as filling too. 
Remember Most of my pics You can click to make larger if needed. 

Yes  for the record I know a snake has a forked tongue but I was trying to do this quick .   

You can cut off the tail of these for cheap small snake for window draft blockers too. 
Next to try a doll...
Let me know if You try this. Send me a picture and I will post it here too. Have fun !
Peace

Here is 1 for a rabbit 
draft-stopper-rabbit-pattern

here's the basic pattern on how to make the Draft Stoppers
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How to Make a Dachshund Draft Stopper

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Monday, November 22, 2010

Full Beaver Moon over NC and leaves

 Full Beaver Moon – November This was the time to set beaver traps before the swamps froze, to ensure a supply of warm winter furs. Another interpretation suggests that the name Full Beaver Moon comes from the fact that the beavers are now actively preparing for winter. It is sometimes also referred to as the Frosty Moon.





the leaves are falling , I have pressed a lot too. 



This is what I can do with the leaves I press!
More to come , Peace .

Saturday, November 6, 2010

My gold turtoise Beetle

Found a golden beetle that changed color instantly to red with spots ,weird?
i found out it is called gold turtoise Beetle
(Chariodotella bicolor, tribe Cassidini, sub-family Cassidinae),


a friend gave me the link to this picture , you can see the photographer in the reflection , WOW.
http://bugguide.net/node/view/10175/bgimage







My golden Beetle /gold turtoise  Beetle

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Eastern Great Egret (Ardea modesta)

I was on my morning walk yesterday with camera ready there is nearly always something to be seen in the woods and  there are 3 ponds and a gas pipe field so there is always something cool around. I am always looking for a shot of the big Gray Heron . Then I saw a shadow over head.
It was the Gray Heron chasing after a gorgeous Eastern Great Egret (Ardea modesta).





The heron lost him in the trees but I found him and got lots of shots. 
Then this morning I am out there and to my Big surprise looking across the pond there was a Coyote !
From Oct 2010 cool morning walk shots
 

I was blown away this is my first time seeing one here in NC.
To see these bigger just click a picture on the slideshow and it will take you to the picture album.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Do gargoyles have names ?

 Our new Gargoyle
Wonder if he will scare that darn rabbit off.
I hope to have more scattered around in the park and yard .

Do gargoyles have names ?
penny lane pansy / maybe an inch wide
We visited one of my favorite gardening store & nursery.
"Dale's Greenhouse" in Tramway/Sanford on US 1 & 15/501 at 2814 Jefferson Davis Hwy
They always have a get collection of flowers. Lots of seasonal decorations , statues ,pots , anything you could think of to make your yard beautiful . 
 The people there are always so Friendly ,smiling while they work and extra helpful (but not pushy) , informative too. What more could you ask for ? Oh I almost forgot they also have Dale's 2 ! With water features and a beautiful water garden
with pretty fish to reap ideas or just take a rest !.  
here's a gorgeous aloe plant at Dale's , I wonder how old it is ?

I had to take a picture of these trees growing with the building!
 I wish I had taken more pictures but I was too busy looking     and dreaming ,there is so much to see plants ,trees then I found my pansies a whole greenhouse full ...laaaa

I had a time trying to decide big or little this year?


I decided on both and every cool color I could find!

Two flats of 24 plants . Time to get busy planting. I so love to press these and here in NC they around most the winter and then up to May . I actually got over 1000 blooms pressed of this amount last year ! Now off to plant , come back soon to see the bulb bed I am planting and trimming it with some of these . Happy Fall , Peace 
here's Dale's link 


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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Golden Rod or Ragweed which to blame

  Poor Goldenrod gets blamed for allergies when it is really the Ragweed that is making You feel sneezy and stuffy . I learned a lot on this link , I had no idea there were so many types of Goldenrod here in North Carolina.
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 all pictures are from Flickr folks that shared their beautiful images to the world . You can see more of their pics by clicking an Image.

7225 Goldenrod on Virginia Worm Fence - Gettysburg
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This is Golden Rod notice the leaves . Much different than ragweed.
 


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Finding out this information is GREAT to me . I am always wanting to grab a bundle of Goldenrod and bring it home to press, but thought it caused allergies? 


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I used to get it and Press it outside ...
Now that I know it is not like Ragweed I can bring more home to press !





There are 2 main types of ragweed in NC .their leaves and appearance look very different .
Ambrosia artemisiifolia elatior COMMON RAGWEED
this is the short ragweed notice the leaves below.

Ambrosia artemisiifolia elatior COMMON RAGWEED
notice the purple stems

Ambrosia trifida GIANT RAGWEED
this is the Giant Ragweed it can get huge .


Ambrosia trifida GIANT RAGWEED
this is Giant ragweed close up of leaves


for more pictures and information try these links too.

great images here for short Ambrosia+artemisiifolia
 
Short Ragweed - Ambrosia artemisiifolia
http://www.bio.utulsa.edu/~leveties/short-ragweeds.html
good images here for giant 
http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=AMTR

Giant Ragweed - Ambrosia trifida
http://www.bio.utulsa.edu/~leveties/trifida.html

Till next time , wishing You Peace and an allergy free fall 

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Japanese Red Maples from Seed


these are beautiful trees and I truly love to press the leaves and make art with them . So I am going to try to grow some. Here is instructions I found on how I am going to try it. 
Growing Japanese Red Maples from Seed



1. Store your seeds in a cool dry place until you are read to start stratifying them. A paper bag or envelope stored in your garage is fine.

2. Select the date you would like to plant your seedlings outside. This should be after the danger of frost has past in the spring.

2. Count backwards 90 days from your planting date. Example With a planting date of may 15th, February 15th would be the day you want to start stratifying your seeds.

3. Stratifying is the process of tricking the seeds into thinking that they have gone through a natural cold, damp period outside. Break the wing off your seeds, and soak them in warm to hot water overnight. Use hot tap water, put the seeds in the water, then just let the water cool to room temperature with the seeds soaking in the water for 24 hours.

4. Next place the seeds in a plastic freezer bag in damp sand, peat, vermiculite, whatever you happen to have on hand. Any of these things will work. The medium you use should be damp, not soaking wet. Poke a few holes in the bag. Place the bag in your refrigerator. Do not put the bag too far back in your fridge where the seeds might freeze, you don’t want it quite that cold.

5. The bag should remain in the fridge for 90 days. Or until the seeds start to sprout. Check the bag once a week after 60 days or so. Once sprouting begins you can pick the sprouted seeds from the bag and plant them in a flat of well drained potting soil. Make sure the soil is well drained. If you’re not sure, mix in some perlite before planting. When you water the soil you want the water to run through the soil quickly.

6. When planting the sprouted seeds in the flat just barely cover the seed and the sprouted root with soil.

7. Water thoroughly after planting, but allow the soil to dry almost completely before watering again. It’s important that the soil temperature stay as close to 70 degrees F. as possible, that’s why you allow the soil to dry before watering again. A lamp shining on the flat will help to warm the soil.

8. If after 90 days your seeds are not sprouting in the bag, just sow them in a flat and treat as described in step 6.

I hope to have a bunch of trees to blog about later :>}

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Doing a Rain Dance of Joy and Catching Up




 I am so excited we are finally getting rain . It started Sunday night and has slowly continued all day Monday through early this morning. 
We have had record breaking heat with over 6 weeks of no rain.
Catching Up... We have been very busy around here lately. 
 Thursday started out lots of Fun . I went to Pittsboro 
and helped Rebekah with the Kids Day at Chatham Marketplace . It was a blast .
We both were having so much fun neither of us remembered to take one picture?
 
Then that evening we found out  after 2 weeks of the run around that we can not get
an electric pole to my shed as we were told before ?This info cost $$ for nothing??
(screaming ) So now we have to rethink everything. 
 
  I started digging a hole Friday  
Digging Pictures, Images and Photos
 I was so mad  that morning so I went and dug a hole to use that energy. 
 Pretending I was digging it for the people who make Stupid laws. 
Not all laws are stupid but some are. 
It started out as a 3 foot hole and just grew. By Friday it was 5 x 10 and a foot deep. 
 
 On Sat , after fighting with this machine for hours off and on. 
computer Pictures, Images and Photos
I decided to go back to the hole. I dug it out a little more removing years of roots. 
digging Pictures, Images and Photos
 just joking this is not my hole !! 
I did not think to take a picture at the time ,lol.
before

                                                                 
Then we added a 28"x48"window to my shed back wall. This meant taking down half 
of the siding too. along with framing and all. Then we had to put it all back up again. 
 
Sunday morning waiting for the rain we are supposed to have after over a 5 or more weeks 
without  a drop ... I planted some pretty things . 
Now I add 20 gallons of good soil with it . Then some light purple bee balm plants
 started by seed heads in a pot of dirt. 
3 large Kale 1  white, 2 purple, 1 apricot Yarrow , 1 large peach sedum , 
3 silver miller plants . 
 I finished planting 1/2 before the internet guy came. Then went out to finish 
the planting . 
It was throwing a mist of rain at me as I was watering my finished project! Laaa 
finished

We ate lunch .Then hung insulation in half of the shed. Which my sweetheart had
wired the day before too. I'll have lots of plugs !! We were so sore from 
hanging the insulation up. Next is over head.
We took a break Monday to enjoy the rain and get rested for the next round. 
It is so good to see the earth refreshed with the rain the air is less dusty.
 Well today we almost finished the insulation , next we start throwing up walls.
I am so sore I can hardly move my arms to type . 
We are  getting in shape ,if it don't kill us first. 
Have a great week and thanks for stopping by.