Thursday, May 26, 2011
I'm sure most of you are tired of my bug photos by now, but I am so fascinated by my spiny leaf insect, that I created a photo collage, showing the transformation so far, from the red/black ant-like newborn (top left) to the crinkly dried leaf at 6 weeks old (bottom right):
Thursday, May 05, 2011
I have a weakness for buying and painting wooden bird houses from Michaels Arts and Crafts Store. Unless I am actually painting with the kids (as I have done previously), most of my painting takes place after they are in bed for the night, so between 10pm and midnight. A little while back, I painted this little cutie (below) with the windmill. Then about two weeks ago, I bought this bigger one, and thought I would just give it a single coat of paint that night. But I ended up continuing to paint the flowers, a different flower on each side (click any image for a slighter larger view).
Yesterday I was shopping with the kids at Michaels, and surprised to find a whole lot of new bird houses. I picked up two more funky shaped houses. I promised myself I won't paint them both in one night. I need to pace myself, and enjoy.
I use simple craft acrylic paints (in the little plastic bottles), and when done, spray it with a clear varnish. They survive very well in the garden year round. At least the paints do. Look at the state of this roof, after only 1 year outside (this was not one I painted, I bought it already finished, but one day I will give it some real colour!):