Category Archives: DIY

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 Mother’s Day!

Mother’s Day Hike at Forest School

Card (that is Dexie and I!) I am stylin in a sheer teal jumpsuit!!

Showing me around the school garden (which now has lots of raised beds; many with full cages around them to keep out pests)

She calls this the “Prickle tree”; the huge thorns look like deer antlers!

Homemade coaster!

And a crown!

She did all the sewing herself!

She said this design was supposed to be on the crown but she ran out of time

The pressure was on for the Spy’s Mother’s Day gift, right?! ahahah

Who doesn’t love cash? hahah

In other news, we have a new activity: hanging at the barn/horseback riding!

Leading Goose

Learning to use the curry comb

And the hoof pick

Boots/Hoofs

Rambo

Horsie Hug

Our friend/neighbor is the sweetest letting us tag along with her to the barn about once a week so she can learn all about horses!

Turning the horses out for the night

The planting and spring activities continue in the garden.

Eggplants are under the milk jugs

Red Celery

Pineapple (I like to just plant these for fun, have never been able to actually grow a pineapple!)

The white powdery stuff in the above photo is diatomaceous earth. I bought a big bag of it and am hoping it will cut down on the pests this year (especially squash bugs which are the worst!)

Diatomaceous earth (pronunciation: /ˌd.ətəˌmʃəs ˈɜːrθ/), also known as D.E., diatomite, or kieselgur/kieselguhr, is a naturally occurring, soft, siliceoussedimentary rock that is easily crumbled into a fine white to off-white powder. Diatomaceous earth consists of fossilized remains of diatoms, a type of hard-shelled algae. It is used as a filtration aid, mild abrasive in products including metal polishes and toothpaste, mechanical insecticide, absorbent for liquids, matting agent for coatings, reinforcing filler in plastics and rubber, anti-block in plastic films, porous support for chemical catalysts, cat litter, activator in blood clotting studies, a stabilizing component of dynamite, and a thermal insulator. Diatomite is used as an insecticide, due to its abrasive and physico-sorptive properties.[10] The fine powder absorbs lipids from the waxy outer layer of insects’ exoskeletons, causing them to dehydrate. Arthropods die as a result of the water pressure deficiency, based on Fick’s law of diffusion. (from Wikipedia)

Plus isn’t the word diatomaceous just great?! It should be an adjective and I may begin using it as such.

Red Bud sapling

Red Admiral Butterfly

We have seen TONS of butterflies; including monarchs which I’ve never seen this early in the season!

We’ve also been diligently watering the garden

Blackberries coming soon!

Check out the cool beads we made! I love FIMO/Sculpey clay!

Chicken Coop progress

Happy Mother’s Day!

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!