Tuesday, June 15, 2010

DIY Origami Seed Starter Boxes

I love this idea of making something from nothing, don't you? Use your recycled newspaper to make a tray or cookie sheet full of origami seed starter boxes for your seeds. Click here for tutorial. Once the sprouts pop up you can plant the whole thing in the ground since the paper will decompose. Nice! Great project for children too. It's not too late in the year to plant seeds since there's plenty of time left in the growing season. It's a great winter project too for starting herb seeds for the windowsill or for gifts.



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Hollyhocks Are Such Country Flowers



Wish I had hollyhocks here at the cottage. I had them one year and they never came back. I still have some seeds. Maybe I'll try again. Google images.



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A Book Is A Present You Can Open Again and Again

This is the season for gifts, isn't it? Weddings, graduation, Father's Day, Housewarmings, etc. Why not give a book? Image credit: I scanned a greeting card designed by Mary Engelbreit.



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Monday, June 14, 2010

Bolingy Cottage Cornwall UK

I've never been to Cornwall either. You know I love this Cornwall Cottage.



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Beautiful Stone Church in New Zealand

Church at Lake Tekapo New Zealand
I've never been to New Zealand but this beautiful photograph makes me want to go Down Under. Two readers send the following information: "This church was built on the lake shore as a memorial to the pioneers of the MacKenzie Country, nearby stands a very touching memorial to the dogs who worked this country as well. A stunningly beautiful spot. Just beyond the church is a lake with a color you have to see to believe." Now I really want to go.



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World's Best Dollhouse

This early period Georgian Doll House with a Palladian influence is absolutely amazing, isn't it? It's certainly one a girl would never outgrow. She and her mother could play here and decorate in miniature forever. It really is an architectural masterpiece. I want one too.



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Sunday, June 13, 2010

Matisse's Studio

Matisse obviously liked to work in bed. I like that about him.



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Baby Bluebird Rescue Day 2

I think this is a different juvenile bluebird that flew the coop this morning.

He/she can't fly either.

Webster looks through the screen wondering, "When is this foolishness going to be over so I can go in the backyard again?"

"What should I do?" this young bluebird asks my mother. She's legally blind from macular degeneration and had to get very close to to see this little one. She'll be 90 in October and she's still going strong except for her eyesight. She doesn't dye her hair either...really! I think she's beautiful inside and out.

Where's the father bluebird when you need him? He should be here giving flight school lessons.



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Dogs In A Perfect World

Today would be the perfect day to adopt a dog [or a cat] to make your home complete.
Adopt A Shelter Dog



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Saturday, June 12, 2010

Life's Little Instruction Book | Volume II | Page 13


I think I'd change #557 from safety pins to big binder clips. They're such handy things, aren't they?



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High Tide Cottage

I'm calling this a high tide cottage because it looks as if it were built with whatever washed ashore. I like this little A-frame, don't you? Flickr



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Baby Bluebird Rescue At The Cottage





When I woke up this morning I looked outside my bedroom window and saw a blob that wasn't moving on the lawn near the Eastern Bluebird house. It looked like a baby bird and it was. The bluebird parents weren't at all upset and every once in a while they would fly down and shove something in its mouth. I was very concerned because it was almost time to let Webster out and this little bird clearly could not fly. I got my camera and a big stick. As I was shooting baby bluebird portraits the parents were dive bombing my head. Then I got my stick and tried to make this little one perch on it so I could put him back in the house. That did not work. So I picked him up and poked him back inside so he could tell his juvenile brothers and sisters about the outside world and the giant who helped him. I hope he stays inside until his little wings are stronger. All is well now. You know how much I love my bluebirds and I don't want to lose a single one. Here's hoping you have some excitement too this weekend. xo, Rosemary
My camera ~ Nikon D40 SLR
My lens ~ Nikon 18-200 zoom lens with VR
(Macro at any focal length)



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Friday, June 11, 2010

Yellow Poppies

I love poppies in any color. I just got finished using the shop vac on my balcony and then swabbing it down with soap and water with a little bleach. It looks and smells so nice and fresh, like summer field flowers.



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