Posts tagged ‘Butterflies’

August 4, 2012

Chives

After several years living in my back yard, the chives decided to bloom this year…

Chive Flowers

What pretty little white flowers.  The bees and butterflies like them.  So does this spider…

Chive Spider

 

I’m not sure how long I will be able to share them with the garden insects.  It turns out the flowers are edible :) Yum!

December 14, 2011

Painted Glass Ornaments

OrnamentsAfter having a wonderful birthday filled with warm wishes from friends and family; it’s now time to put up Christmas decorations.  This year I’ve seen lots of pictures of friends homes and their lovely trees.  Not to mention the trees in the stores and especially our town bank.  So perfectly designed from the garland to the bows on the gifts under the tree.

My tree is not the most modern or coordinated in the world.  It’s a mix up of ornaments that DH and I feel brings back memories of our childhood.  There are also some homemade ornaments made in the past by me or Di.  So when we pull them out of their box and play music in the background, for a couple of hours we are transported to good times in the past and at the same time we create more good memories in the present time for the future.  It’s good to have a Charlie Brown Christmas tree.

For this project you will need:

* Clear glass ornaments with removable tops

* Paper cups

* Rubbing alcohol

* Pearl or glitter acrylic paint (I used Plaid Folk Art paints)

* Enamel acrylic paint (I used Plaid Folk Art enamel paints)

* Paint brushes

Instructions:

1. Remove cap and pour about a tablespoon of pearl or glitter paint inside of the ornament.  Slowly swirl the ornament until all of the inside surface is covered with paint.  Turn the ornament upside down into the paper cup and let the excess drip (I usually leave it for a week just to be sure).

2. Rub the outside of the glass with rubbing alcohol to remove oils and residue from handling.  Paint your chosen design with the enamel paint on the outside of the ornament. I’m sure stencils would work well also.  Let the ornament air dry for a couple of days.  It takes 21 days for it to dry to a permanent finish but if you’re sure no one will touch the ornaments while hanging on the tree, you should be able to display them 1 week after painting the outside.

So here is my question for you: With all the sights and sounds of the holiday season at home and in the community; which ones bring back memories of your childhood?

Linking to Transformation ThursdayEverybody’s Creative Endeavor and Inspiration Friday.

November 2, 2011

Cosmos

Cosmos Flowers

Florida’s weather is at it again.  Saturday’s forecast was for showers all day but for some crazy reason, the sun decided to make a surprise visit in the afternoon.  I was thrilled.  Our kitten Niza is full of energy like a 12-year-old and was literally bouncing off the walls.  Rainy days are an unfair punishment to her and she definitely makes us aware of her boredom by running around the house and playing with “no,no” objects.

So we were both thrilled to go outside even for a couple of hours until the next shower looming over Tampa would arrive at our yard.  Yes, I had to rearrange my chores for the day but I got a chance to harvest some flowers.  This time I got enough for 3 vases!  I also shot some amazing photos.  I’m so happy with this annual bed and its instant gratification.  I’m convinced I need to make another one.

Just in case you missed it, the post on how to make your own annual flower bed is here.

Linking to Transformation Thursday and Inspiration Friday.

October 26, 2011

Zinnias

ZinniasAll the work put in to the annual flower garden last summer has paid off.  This is the 1st bouquet of flowers.  The sunflowers and cosmos should be blooming anytime soon and  I had enough flowers today to share with my neighbor.  This is a very easy project to do:

Matrials List

2 boards 10′ x 1″ x 6″

2 boards  3′ x 1″ x 6″

1 packet of seed each of : Sunflowers, Zinnias, Cosmos, Celosia, Snapdragon

3 Cu Ft Bale of Peat Moss (it expands to 6 Cu Ft)

6 Cu Ft Coarse Vermiculite

1 Bag each of Black Kow, Black Hen & Black Velvet (mushroom compost)

Hoe

Hammer and nails

Tarp

Old newspapers and cardboard

Instructions:

  1. Nail boards together to make a raise bed.  Place the bed in an area where there will be at least  5-6 hours of sun.  Cover the ground inside of the bed with the newspapers and cardboard.
  2. Spread tarp out next to the bed.  Dump peat moss, vermiculite and 3 bags of compost and mix well with the hoe.  Fill the bed with this mixture (Square Foot Gardening Mels Mix)
  3. Plant seeds following packet directions.  Water.
  4. Check the bed every day and make sure the soil is moist so the seeds can germinate.

Do not skimp on the soil ingredients.  I have been using this soil recipe for years and I always get great results.  I’m pretty sure I’ll add another flower bed next year but I’m undecided if I should plant more annuals or start a perennial bed.  If you had to pick 5 favorite flowers, what would they be?

Transformation Thursday

July 22, 2011

Smiles

Yoki has good reason to smile….
Yoki

His favorite visitors are back…
.Shy visitor