Visiting Birds

The other day early in the morning we had some bird visitors in the road in front of the house.

I grabbed the camera and I was able to get a few good shots before they spotted me.

The great white Egret stands tall amongst the weeds in the ditch. The white ibis including some brown juveniles flying all around. It was fun to watch them.

I  love mornings like this when the wildlife surrounds us and allows me to take its picture.

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DIY Vases

This project is super easy the drying time is what takes the longest.

Blow up a balloon put it in a bucket or something to hold it still.

Cut newspaper into squares dip those into Elmer’s Glue and water or Modge Podge.

Cover the entire balloon except at the area at the top where the tye is. Apply with two good coats of the paper making sure all the edges are down good. Let dry overnight. Rotate the balloon to get all sides.

Mix up plaster of Paris sort of thick and paint all over the balloon. Let dry and reapply let that dry overnight.

The next day pop the balloon and decide how big you want the opening and just cut it with some old scissors.

Mix up some plaster of Paris and add to the inside of the vase to make it waterproof. This will take a while to dry but in the meantime, you can paint the outside.

I used metallic acrylics because they come in so many great colors. Apply like you want them trying not to cover one area too much with one color unless your only doing one color.

The stuff in my vases was weeds and things I picked in the pasture and dried out. I sprayed with clear spray to help with the shedding.

This is a great project to do with kids and very inexpensive.

Supplies Needed:

Newspaper

Plaster of Paris

Modge Podge or Elmers Glue

Balloon

Paint

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Fall color

Our fall color is our cypress trees and I was able to get this picture the other day with nice skies.

This is our largest cypress. This tree stands about 15′ tall. It makes a mess when the leaves all fall off because it is right beside the pond.

The first clean up will be this weekend. I ordered us a mulcher/blower/vacuum with a bag to try out on this.

Enjoy the beauty of the great outdoors the skies, the trees and the breeze in the air.

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DIY coasters

I have been making coasters out of wood, concrete, and plaster.

My crafting or DIY is one way I can keep my mind active since I am getting older.

The plaster ones tend to get bumped and the paint chips off I have not figured out the solution to this yet.

The concrete ones are great and seem to have no issues.

The wooden ones my husband cut out of cedar fence pickets. Hobby Lobby sales a set of 4 for $3.99 and the pickets were $2.50 each we got about 12 coasters out of a picket.

I tied them with twine and they look so cute.

I start making these things and before I know it I have so many who knows what I will do them with all lol.

Maybe I will try and sale some stuff after I get plenty of them made.

I used metallic paints because I love them so much and they come in so many colors. As you can see I stenciled some, painted some, taped some for stripes and monogrammed some.

Who knows maybe I can sell some of these.

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