Saturday, April 4, 2015

Easter Egg Art

Easter, as most of you know, is tomorrow.  Which means many of us (or at least our kids) decorated or dyed Easter eggs today.  I have been doing that for more years than I care to admit.  I have been doing it with children for over 3 decades now!  Since my youngest "chick" is in high school, we still have egg coloring to do.  This year was a little different though.  Yesterday while shopping at Walmart, I came across plain foam eggs in assorted colors--blue, pink, yellow, green and white.  I bought one for Ali Rose--she picked pink and a white one for my older son Eric who has been staying with us.  He is the photographer of our bird posts.  Eric is also quite artistic and always has been.  While I didn't think to take a photo of the plain eggs, here is the end result of Eric's efforts with a foam egg, Sharpies and talent:

Pretty good, eh?  I think this one is a keeper!
Ali designed her egg to look almost like yarn--lots of colors here!
So this year, if you get a chance to go shopping the day or two after Easter, you might want to pick up a few of these foam eggs for next year.  Next year we might even try decoupage with these eggs.  I like to send my kids off to adulthood with a few holiday decorations from their childhood or keepsakes from our family.
Have a wonderful, blessed Easter!

Spring Time Nails

One of our favorite things to do is our nails.  Ever since Ali and I were little my Mom has done our nails.  Now that I'm out of the house, it's my turn to learn and be creative.  As Spring has arrived, I found it necessary to do bright colors and to, of course, add flowers!

I chose to use pink, green (almost the color of a dark emerald), orange, and white.  You will also want clear polish to give it that top coat to help it last longer and a dotting tool to dot your nails.  If you don't have a dotting tool, you can use a sewing pin and insert into the eraser of a pencil.
After you have chosen your colors, paint your nails as you always do, making one of your fingers the accent nail (the nail that is a different color.)  To make the flowers, you will take the polish you want to use as well as the white polish and put it on some paper or a plate or whatever works for you.  Take the big end of the dotting tool or grab your sewing pin tool, dab it in the white polish and center it on your nail and put the dot!  That simple.  Repeat the same thing with the color you want your flower to be and do five dots around the white dot.  It's the same process for the dots I put going off the flower, only the dots are smaller.  You should get something like this:
Have fun!

Remember our post earlier in the week?  A mother 
bird had found my spring wreath I had placed near the front door.
She apparently felt it would be a safe and cozy place to build her
nest and raise some babies.  Here is the wreath with the nest:
You can probably see the petite egg that she had already laid there.
She has since laid 2 more in there as well.  
Busy lady, she  is.

My son snapped these photos of her when she flew into our trees for a break 
or to search for food.  Her job is to protect those eggs and bring them to life
so I am sure that is a hunger-causing activity.

She isn't very big herself and we hope she is warm as the nights are still
plenty cool.  We can hear her each morning singing away, little chirps and notes
floating into our home.  Such sweet sounds.  Such a happy mama bird.  Praying
things go well for her and her little ones.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Baby on the way

 A new development in our wreath nest-an egg was found in the nest today.
The mother bird flew off today and that gave us the opportunity to take a peek.
She flew back not long afterwards and was snuggled on top of the nest at dusk.
Stay tuned for future updates.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Springtime Renewal

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Springtime is officially here and in Nevada, it feels and looks like it, too.  Just last week I placed this wreath with it's many pastel colors out next to my front door (I bought it at Target on clearance and it just seems cheery enough for early spring).

This past Friday, as I was walking into my home, I looked over and thought I saw some debris that had become caught in my wreath.  However, there had been no winds blowing so I didn't think that was a possibility.

Upon closer inspection, I noticed it was a bird's nest.  Right next to the front door!  I suspected my son, who is a great lover of all things nature, might have found this on the lawn, a former home now displaced.  He denied knowing about it and as he and my husband inspected the nest, my husband noted the nest had been constructed into the wreath.  It was then my son recalled seeing a fleeting shadow, small like a bird's, dart past the front window several times last week.
I haven't found any eggs yet nor seen our little avian guest but one thing is for sure--if our front entryway becomes temporary home to a family,  a sign will be placed on our door:
It is the least I can do.
Enjoy your springtime!

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