The weekend flew by quickly, and today I am thankful I don’t have a full-time job to rush off to Monday morning. I have a completed project to share with you but first I wanted to talk about deer.
The deer finally found my spaghetti squash, they had quite a meal Friday night. Saturday morning I took measures to keep them out. I found three suggestions, all safe for not only my plants but also for the deer. The first was to put dog hair around the garden, the second was to hang something shiny in the area and the third was to hang a plastic bag which would make movement and noise that deer don’t like. I decided to use all three, overkill? Maybe, but I didn’t want to experiment with one after another to see which would work.
Using a fallen tree branch, a found plastic bag, and an old CD (no sensitive material saved on it) I devised my deterrent.
It’s been two days and this seems to be working just fine. Concerned about the bag I tied it tightly on the branch and have kept an eye on it.
In other deer related news, my son and his wife are still enjoying the deer that visit their home daily. Yet, they are dismayed by plans to cull the herds in their area because of frequent complaints to local government. The first concern seems to be the number of vehicular accidents which are increasing in recent years, but local government is quick to add that residents are complaining in large numbers about deer wandering into their yards. We aren’t talking about a dangerous animal here, deer are only known to be dangerous when cornered, but aren’t humans also unpredictable when cornered and fearful? There is no talk about Lyme disease or illness in the deer population, instead the only concern is for human control and wants.
What’s the solution? Drive slower and watch for the deer, turkeys and other wildlife that shares the land with you. As for private yards, maybe we could stop thinking of our property as something we own, instead stop and think of them as areas we nurture for all creatures who share the earth.
Here is my favorite picture my daughter-in-law shared this week from her back yard. These are my granddaughter’s outside toys which includes her pool.
How do you feel about the wildlife that shares space with you?
My phone book wreath didn’t hold up, the sun heated the hot glue enough it melted allowing pieces to fall off. Lesson learned, don’t use the hot glue gun when the finished item will be in direct sunlight. After finishing the vanity I had a metal piece that had surrounded the mirror, it was bent and not going to work on the finished mirror. I thought it would make a nice wreath. Using some of the fabric I found at the thrift shop I put this together Saturday. I’d like to put something in the center, until I spot something this is how it will stay.
Saturday morning I also stopped at the thrift shop, I badly needed some new summer clothes. Poor planning resulted in all my pants and a couple of my nicest tops having paint splattered on them. I picked up 3 pairs of pants and 5 tops, total cost $2. My kind of shopping spree.
And now for my finished project. I found this cheap pressed board stand in the trash when the college students left. I wanted to give it a brightness to disguise how it began.Here’s how I found it.
Fake wood veneer, plastic wheels..not my favorite look. I chose Confident Yellow by Sherwin Williams. Yellow tinting has come a long way from the days it took 8 coats to get proper coverage, but this still took 2 coats of primer and 4 coats of paint to cover.
I didn’t like the brass and black plastic wheels but if I removed them I couldn’t think of how I would use them, instead I used the leftover metallic silver spray paint from the vanity to disguise them.
I will store some of my craft supplies and books on the shelves.
I don’t like to have everything on display. When my daughter-in-law called me to share that she found fabric she thought I’d like at a yard sale for $1.50, she also informed me that while she thought of me when she spotted it, she would like something made for her with it. She asked if I could make her a set of cloth napkins, yes another household giving up paper products! I loved the fabric and knew it was exactly what I needed on this shelf. I need to find a tension rod, I added a pocket for a rod but for now I used a few thumb tacks to hold the fabric in place.
Four cloth napkins and a curtain for $1.50 is pretty good.
I’ve been asked where I put things in my apartment with adding a futon. What left my home can be seen in this picture.
The enamel ware table which belonged to my grandmother has been sent to my son’s house to be used as a crafting table, the desktop computer has been passed on for parts, and the black ottoman was used for craft storage is now in my eldest son’s home. The loveseat is now sitting where the table was and the futon now fills the spot across from this view.
When the above picture was taken I had seating for 3. Overnight guests would sleep either on the loveseat or my bed, while I took a night on the loveseat. The storage ottoman was an extra seat. Any extra guests could be found sitting on my bed. The changes I made now gives seating for 4 on the futon, 2 on the loveseat, and 1 in the fuzzy chair, a total of 7, plus sleeping for 3 on the furniture.
How was your weekend?