Arts & Crafts

I’m Building A Peacock

Last Christmas, I gave my Dad a kit to build a wooden peacock.  I got it for him at the Dollar Store, and I thought it would keep him busy.  Yesterday, I noticed it was still sitting on their cupboard, so I repossessed it, and decided to build it myself.

Last evening, I opened it up, and got cracking.

Here’s the stack of wood pieces with the label, the wood sheets after I punched out all the parts, and the bowl of parts (which I have already started painting), including the googly eyes.

Now I can’t wait to finish it.  Such a simple project, but it’s kind of exciting just the same!

Thanks for stopping by!

Industriousness

I have been busy lately.  Between the traveling, working, and everything else going on, I haven’t had time to ‘blog!

Rich and I went to southern California for a family gathering.  Rich hadn’t seen his sisters in several years, and Rich’s dad is not doing too well health-wise, so it was a good thing we went.  It was nice to see everyone.  Rich and I had a good time visiting, eating tacos y burritos, and just being away from Moab for a while.  Chris was in school, so he wasn’t able to come with us.  It was kind of a bummer, but I think he enjoys visiting my parents when we are gone.  Here are some photos from the family gathering:

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I got out all our polymer clay and paints recently, and cluttered our kitchen table with them.  For some reason, amid all the other things going on, I have been in the mood to make stuff.  I have a number of gourds sitting around, awaiting inspiration.  My recent project, though, has been to paint a pelican skull I found on a beach.  I have been looking at it (sitting atop my clothes dryer) for several years now, trying to make time for it.  I finally found time, and it is now almost finished.  I need to find a nice piece of wood to mount it when it is done, so I can hang it and admire it.  I wish I had taken ‘before’ photos, but I didn’t.  I have a few ‘in progress’ photos, though…

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It’s harvest time in my garden right now.  My garden was incredibly sad this year.  My sage plants are the only things that actually really produced anything this season.  I did get lots of tomatoes out of my patio tomato bush, but technically that’s in a pot, not in the garden.  I got one (that’s right, ONE) jalapeño chile.  My thyme looks very sad, and hasn’t really done anything since last year.  I didn’t get a single gourd, and got only one cucumber.  The sage plants, though…they have been producers.  Here is one of about 5 pans like this that I have harvested so far – and there is much, MUCH more.

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Moab’s fall tourist season is starting again.  Town is getting a little busier now, and I am working more.  The extra hours and money are nice, but as with every year – I look forward to the end of the season.

Speaking of industry – I can’t think of too many things MORE industrious than these paper wasps.  They have been busy all summer creating or gluing or regurgitating or whatever it is they do to produce their own brand of paper.  This wasp nest is located just above my garden.  They dive-bomb me every day when I water.  As for the size of the nest…a regulation basketball would fit nicely inside.

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Thanks for visiting, and for bearing with me in this slight lapse in blogging.

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