Category Archives: Design

Mid-October 2017

Look at this ultimate October tomato!

Fall festival fun!

Hair chalk

“Golden retriever please”

Touchdown!

They do such a good job taking care of the animals each day

And I haven’t mentioned it but we are getting lots of eggs (2-4 a day!) from our four chickens (for the past month or more). The Spy asked “Have you even taken a picture of our eggs?”  Me, “No, not yet.” The Spy, (looking shocked) “Whats wrong with you??!!!” Hahahah so I guess an egg and chicken photo shoot needs to go on the to-do list! hA!

Sneak preview

Cotton!

Cotton

Late blooming echinacea (a volunteer)

Bugs helping to make this zinnea look sufficiently creepy for October!

October nook

The most recent art show at my school’s art gallery was very photogenic and (I think) very October. Paper sculptures by Jiangmei Wu:

Love these! From the artists statement: 

I grew up in China in the Seventies when resources were extremely scarce. Most of the Chinese children at that time didn’t have toys – we played with simple things we made with our hands.  We played games with shuttlecocks made of feathers and bottle caps, slingshots made of rubber bands and wooden sticks, and of course, airplanes and balloons made of paper. Indeed, we made all sorts of objects from paper: balls, baskets, dollhouses, bird figurines, and other objects. Paper was a common commodity, but it was not abundant and cheap during that time. We would fold and make objects using all kinds of paper from old newspapers, old magazines and used notebooks. Since I was a child, I have always been fascinated by the art and the science of the folding paper. Paper folding seems to always start from a simple geometric pattern and then it evolves into a complex piece of art through the hands of an artist/designer. (source)

I love the possibilities of paper. Indeed, I once did a little blog series entitled “The possibilities of paper.” where I waxed poetic on plain white paper as my favorite inspiration for a quick/simple creative activity. (Click here to learn how to make a seven sided star, snowflakes and a scroll (one of my most popular posts!) 

Happy Friday! Hope you are all enjoying October in your neck of the woods!

Mid-May in Spy Garden

Monarch Caterpillar

Monarchs are my favorite!

This makes me want to add more milkweed to the garden!

One more shot!

Toad- love the iridescent green eye lid!

This Christmas decoration has become a permanent fixture in our landscaping! It is so large to store in the basement and somehow it just fits in all seasons, right?!

Woo! The cotton is popping up!

Bolting kohlrabi

Garden view with Dexie

Love-in-a-mist (Nigella)

The end of the year festivities at Forest school included a project culmination; the kids planned and cooked a meal entirely outdoors for the parents. After the delicious meal we had:

S’mores!

Mmm!

Forest School teacher scooping up homemade ice cream (also made by the pre-K kids)

Inside, a movie played of all their practice-cooking rounds!

Their semester-long project was a great success. Construction also continues at Forest school and I wanted to share a shot of these cool signs they added to the construction fences:

Such a nice idea and adds a cool element to the construction-vibe!

In other construction news, we are nearly done with the chicken coop!

Hahah just kidding, that is part of the school addition

Behold…

The Coop…

d’eggtat.

Coop d’eggtat

Greatest chicken coop name ever, right?! Quite apropos as the chickens (well, at least the building the coop part) has usurped our lives! Plus we love a good revolution, are are always generally dissatisfied by the status quo AND are all quite rebellious in nature. So the name is just perfect!

We are still working on the signage (this one is by the Spy)

There will also be an “Eggsit” sign on the inside of the door. HAHAHAHAHAhaha

More pictures to come of the coop details once it is totally finished (still need to build the run). The chickens are loving their new home and I am just thrilled to have them out of the house!

We have also taken more trips to the barn to visit our friend’s horses…

Check out my friend’s awesome Great Dane!

He is the coolest!

Giving Dexie a run for her money in the good looks department, right?!

Like a pro!

Blink

Love, love, love!!!

Happy Monday! Hope your week is off to a good start!

Happy Easter 2017!

Happy Easter!

After church, the kids made out well in the egg hunt.

Which was good since I didn’t make Easter baskets this year. Instead opting for a big surprise…

We visited a farm…

Hey! Wrong holiday!

That’s more like it!!!

And we are now the proud owners of seven baby chicks!

“Specky”

Specky is a Speckled Sussex. She reminds me of a hawk but we couldn’t think of any hawk-ish names.

“Cleo”

Cleo is Black Lace Silver Wyandotte. We also have Goldie, a Red Sexlink, two Salmon Faverolles (Leslie and Peep) and two Austrolorps (April and Buffy). I am loving all of these unique names of chicken breeds!! The Spy mandated a “Chicken Naming Lockdown” Hahahah and we weren’t allowed to do anything until we named them all; ha!

Here’s their setup while they are little and Smoochie will be building the coop ASAP!

We’ve moved the seedlings outside to harden off (they were where the chicks now are). And in other garden news…

We finally figured out what kind of trees these are:

Bradford Pear: the non-native trash tree of St. Louis. In fact, in a quick search I found a very entertaining and informative post (the writer’s annual “Bashing of the Bradford”!) that called them “evil”, “despicable” and asserted that it is “negligent” to plant them. I’m convinced and they will be going bye-bye. We would like to replace them with fruit trees (someone gave them to us and we thought they were fruit trees). Pretty white flowers yes, but…

If you want to save the world, cut down your Bradford pear trees.

Ha! Back to the chicks…

GAaaaahhh they are so cute!

The kids were just slightly excited about all of this!

In keeping with the chicken theme, we also decorated eggs this year (which for some reason we have rarely done).

And it’s Easter so of course we can’t forget our bunnies!

Hahahha

No bunnies were harmed in the making of this photo…

Or this one! Ha! She just likes to chase them. They don’t seem to mind too much.

Dogwood

Happy Easter to you all!! Thanks for visiting!