My Mom grabbed this lamp shade a few months ago at our recycling center. She knew I was in need of one , little boys are rough on lamp shades. I've been through a lamp shade with each of my grandsons , they love to pull , tug and spin them.
I like the shade , but it just didn't go with my decor. So I decided to alter it with some techniques I use to make altered books. I grabbed the gesso and gave it a couple of coats to cover the ivy.
I used the toilet paper technique. I started with a cream color , spread the paint on a paper plate , then you take a piece of toilet tissue and start dabbing away. Let it dry a bit and add more colors if you like. The tissue leaves little bits of tissue which gives it a wonderful textured look.
It looks so much better in my living room , the ivy doesn't scream " look at me " when you walk into the room (LOL). Sorry for the terrible pics , I think it's time to recharge my batteries or maybe it's actually time to buy some new ones.
The other night I was sitting at the computer when I heard Buddy growling , hissing and spitting. I thought he and MoJo were having a spat , so I went into the living room to separate them. But upon closer inspection I saw that we had a visitor on the front porch and they were fighting through the window (LOL). I slowly back away and grabbed the camera , the pics are blurry , guess they were moving as I took it. I don't know who the orange cat belongs to , but he's mighty handsome. Of course Buddy didn't think so (LOL).
Last week was a busy one , the week started out with Dh and I cleaning out the dark and dingy basement. I got things organized down there and cleaned out a lot stuff.
On Tuesday Dh made the rows for the garlic and I planted 2 rows on Wednesday. Now I need to get it mulched.
The guinea keets are doing well , they graduated to the chicken coop a couple of weeks ago and have adjusted well. They're starting to get their dots and they're skittish little things , they always huddle up in a corner when I feed and water or try to take a photo (LOL).
I gathered some bark from the shag bark hickory trees the other day when I took the goats for a hike. I've been wanting to try to make some shag bark hickory syrup.
I made a couple of pints on Friday as a test run. I wanted to taste it and see if we liked it before making anymore. I used dark brown sugar that I had on hand when I made this batch , it tasted like molasses when I tasted it the first time. But , after it sit for a couple of days I can taste the hint of it's nutty flavor. I plan to make it a little different next time , I will infuse more bark and add light brown sugar.
a garden/suncatcher totem. I was planning to make one a few months ago , but gardening kept me busy and I never got around to it.
I love how it looks and plan to make a few more over the winter months. I started this one week ago yesterday , it takes awhile to make because you have to glue each piece together and let it dry , then glue it to the next piece of glass. The silicone needs 24 hours to dry before moving it.
Nana took us for a hike Sunday evening , the woodland floor was covered
with yummy yellow leaves.
The ferns were lush and green , but not very tasty.
We did a little climbing and jumping as we were trying to get down to the creek.
The creek was mostly dry , but made for an interesting trail.
We did find a small hole of water , it didn't look to refreshing though.
When we got back from our hike , the chickens and guineas were having a garden party.
We decided to crash the party , the guinea weren't to happy with us , they started to leave ................
but the buggy appetizers changed their minds.
The chickens enjoyed a dust bathe in the sun.
I found a low hanging limb along the edge of the garden , those sweet gum leaves tasted um , um ........ good !
There was a sweet gum ball hanging from the branch , I tried to knock it off with my horns. Nana said it look like I was trying to bust a pinata , whatever that is. Sorry the picture is blurry , I was moving around to much.
It was a fun day , hope there's another party soon !