Thursday, November 19, 2009

Where is My Camera?

Well now, wouldn't you know that just as I got this little blog put together, I would right away misplace my camera. Its a pretty fancy model but didn't come equipped to answer when called like my cell phone when it wanders. I think there's a thingy you can get to do that. Gotta look into that as soon as it appears. Meanwhile, we'll have to live with some posts without photos or maybe I'll post about things I've done in the past.

News: CROW'S ADVENTURE: We have a large fish tank in the kitchen under some windows. The Craze of Crows live in those windows, perched on the sill just above the fish tank. While the top was open for cleaning the tank a few days ago, one of those crows leaped down into the tank. I didn't even notice for a while because crows like these may not be good swimmers but they do float on the top of the water, meandering about amid the aquarium plants. Margaret and Robert, the tank's primary residents, ignored their new neighbor. When it was finally found, that poor crow was thoroughly soaked. Good news is: A good drying out and she's back in the window good as new and bragging about her adventure in the Fish Tank Spa.
Here's a photo of Margaret and Robert. They spent the summer months in the backyard pond but have now moved back indoors and will be house fish for the winter.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Smithsonian Roses

My blog header looked miserably barren so I tore into an old Smithsonian magazine and came up with these wrinkled roses. Here's how I made them: Find (or steal from your dentist's office) a magazine with colorful pages. My red roses were formerly a full page photo of tomatoes. The yellow one was a desert scene. Tear off a strip about 6-7 inches long and 3-4 inches wide. Use a pencil to help roll the strip beginning with the longest edge. Remove pencil and fold the strip round and round so it resembles the inner part of a rose. Put a little bit of glue to keep it in placed. Now tear more pieces from the page. Try to tear them into petal shaped bits. Glue them in place around the rolled up center. Add a leaf torn from a green photo. Fun, huh? Hard to stop making these.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

A Craze of Crows

Thanks to inspiration from Kelli Perkins, I crawled out of my normal box and discovered the wonderful world of crows. No ordinary crows, these. They're all dressed up in un-crowly outfits. What fun - and what a glorious mess I made dragging out fabrics, beads, paint, yarn, thread, and more. I do wish the shiny beads showed better in the pictures. I'll make more when my arthritic thumb recovers from all that hand stitching. But what's a little ouch when you're having fun! Here's the link to see Kelli's originals at herblogspot