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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Three Blue Eggs

Found this little treasure in the pine tree in the front, and when Momma left to get some grub, (pun intended ;]) I got a few pictures.
(Don't mind the composition; the nest is way over my head, so I had my tripod fully extended, hazarded a guess at the optimal shutter speed & aperture up there in the dense foliage, set the camera on a timer, hoisted it up and hoped for the best.)

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Eastern Bluebird


Saw this pretty girl last night. Haven't seen (or heard, for that matter) the males as of yet, but hopefully I'll be seeing some of those guys, too.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Killdeer

There's a Killdeer nesting near our church parking lot.
I don't know how long they've been there, but this missus has got four eggs laid.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Easter Fun


Happy Easter, everyone!

Today we dyed eggs, and even though we didn't do many, we really enjoyed it. My sister was old enough this year to understand the concept of covering areas with wax from a clear crayon to keep the dye off that area, and dye the rest of the egg a darker color, so she was able to create some more creative ones this year. :)

(The eggs are blown out, so they can be kept from year to year.)

I made my eggs to look like birds eggs because I'd like to use them for a project, of which I'll hopefully do and post soon. :) I did five like this, and I can add more throughout the year because I mainly used acrylics.

They were all done with acrylics, with the exception of the blue one, which was done with Easter egg dye.

Tonight, I hid about 10 plastic eggs for Lizzy. The first one is out in the open by her glasses so she'll see it as soon as she wakes up, and each one has a little slip of paper inside with a hint that leads you to the next egg. For example, one says "A spoon full of _______ helps the medicine go down!" to lead her to the sugar bowl, where an egg awaits with another hint, until the last leads her to her Easter basket.


Hope everyone has a splendid Easter! =)

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

I usually love the snow...

but it feels wrong--to take down the Hummingbird feeder so it doesn't freeze.

-1 pound green beans
-2 cloves garlic, minced
-preferred amount of cherry tomatoes (in my case, none ;])
-a few tablespoons olive oil (just enough to wet everything)
-a sprinkling of ground black pepper

Mix. Enjoy.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Easter Pom-Pom Animals Tutorial

Materials:
fig. 1


-Scissors
-8 to 12 inches (more if your pom-poms are larger than mine were) of Button/Craft thread (regular thread should word fine, but since I have a little sister, I wanted something a little heavier ;]) in color matching your pom-pom (doesn't have to really match, just as long as it's not a contrasting color)
-Sewing needle
-Two pony-sized beads for the eyes
-Two pom-poms
For the chick:
-Orange felt cut into feet- and beak-shaped pieces, as shown in fig. 1 & fig. 2
For the bunny:
-One pony-sised bead for the nose
-Felt cut into ear- and feet- shaped pieces (fig. 2)
-About 4 inches of white thread for the whiskers
-A bit of fabric paint for the toes (optional)
For the frog:
-Felt cut into feet-shaped pieces (fig. 2)

fig. 2

Procedure:

1. Tie a big knot in one end of your thread after threading the needle. (fig. 3) You want to make sure it's not going to go through the pom-pom.

fig. 3

2. Thread both pom-poms with the needle straight through the center, like a kabob; you should be able to feel a tight mass in the center of your pom-pom with your needle. The pom-pom closer to the needle and farther from the knot is the head.
3. Go back down (around where you came out--you don't want to see this stitch) through the "mass" at the center the head, but turn to the side after going through the mass, so that you're on the side of the head, where your face is going to be.
4. In any order, attatch the eyes and beak (fig. 4) (for the chick) or nose (for the bunny) by beading on the piece and then going back through the center mass to secure it. It's easiest if you go straight through to the back of the head, and then turn and go straight through again to the front, and you can't see the stitches made in the back of the head at all. You also sew on your bunny's ears when you go to the back, (fig. 2) so you're essentially saving time. :)

fig. 4

5. After attaching everything but the feet, go straight down to the bottom of the bottom pom-pom, through the feet, and tie off. (fig. 5)

fig. 5

(For the bunny) Thread your needle with about 4 inches of white thread, and with ends even, pull halfway through the bunny's face, by the nose, and cut close to the needle without pulling all the way through, so that you have 2 ends on each side for whiskers. Trim to preferred size.

You may not have straight facial features--it takes a while to get used to working with the pom-poms. Just keep with it. :)








Thursday, April 2, 2009

Cute Pom-pom Animals for Easter

I took pictures for a tutorial today, but I'm tired, so I'll post the tutorial tomorrow. :)

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

A Feather

This feather has been sitting around since last summer, when we found it in the yard. I just assumed it was from the nearby-nesting Baltimore Orioles because, well, it's yellow and black. Just recently, though, I happened upon The Feather Atlas. I was just browsing through casually, out of curiousity, when I happened upon one particular black and yellow, exactly eleven centimeter tail feather--from a Yellow-Shafted Northern Flicker--which I have never seen.


So I guess I have less than 1/1000 of a lifer.


I was wayyy excited about this because that means there was a Flicker in our yard last year, and we've got plenty of ants (their preferred food) so hopefully he or she'll come back. I wish I had known then, so I could've scoured the neighborhood, but it's too late now. :P At least I know they were nearby. :)

Oh, and as a side note, in that top picture, you can see part of a super-cute project I did, which I'll post tomorrow, hopefully with a tutorial. :D