Monday, May 02, 2016

Maker Monday - more from the growing Fairy garden #maker #garden #fairy

The water wheel turns due to the solar pump.  The frog is holding the solar panel that provides the power.  The plants are slowly spreading, so the bare spots shouldn't be bare for too long.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Feline Friday #catsontheweb #catsarefunny

We have 4 cats.  I have one food bowl for each.  The little fish one (the cute one) is ALWAYS the last one they eat out of... ALWAYS.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Georgia Renaissance Festival - a wonderful day of fun @usfg @syngethedragon

I was given tickets to attend the festival, all opinions are my own.

Every year my family and I do our best to make it out to the Georgia Renaissance Festival.  We were able to get out there this past weekend.  We discovered there are several new shows, but ended up sticking with our 'regulars'.  We first started watching Barely Balanced a few years ago, while my daughter's hair was still long.  We always seemed to manage to get to the festival right as this show was starting.  My daughter would get her hair braided while my husband and son (and I) would watch this show.

We always make a point of seeing the Tortuga Twins as well.  The first show of the day is family and kid friendly (still hilarious), which is what we usually see.  My kids are big enough now, though, that they're asking to go to the festival later in the day so that they can see the more naughty version.  So whether we get to go back to the festival to see them this year or whether it waits until next year I don't know.

We always go to see the Birds of Prey show as well.  Always fascinating and educational.  The bird on the left is a Harris Hawk, the one on the right is a Eurasian Eagle Owl.  Both with distinct personalities.

Then there's the food.  I had the gyro, my kids had chicken ceasar calzones, hubs had steak on a stake.  All were great meals.  We heard about a wonderful desert from one of the vendors at the festival and my daughter and I had to check it out....

Death by Chocolate... chocolate brownie (with nuts), chocolate ice cream, chocolate syrup and chocolate whip cream.  Very sweet.

As we were wandering, I caught the last bit of another show.  I'm not familiar with them, so I can't say who they were, but the ending was impressive.

You can't tell from the photo, but the stairs she's standing on are knives with blade edge up.  Of course, there are always the wandering characters.  This was one we encountered as we were leaving.

We spent a good 5-6 hours out there and still didn't see everything.  We did do a good bit of browsing (not as much money to spend this time around) and enjoyed seeing the items offered for sale.  Both kids found leather armor they wanted as well as weapons to go with it.  I came home with this..

My precious... (replica of Sting, not the ring.. the ring I've had..)

Every weekend and Memorial Day, April 16 thru June 5, 2016 The 31st Annual Georgia Renaissance Festival is a family-friendly event, and a different kind of theme park. Inside this 32-acre recreation of a 16th Century English Village you'll find hundreds of costumed characters, the Queen and her Court, endless circus-style entertainment on 10 stages, shopping in over 130 artisan shoppes, food fit for Royalty, games and rides for kids of all ages, and the spectacular Jousting Knights on horseback. Patrons are invited to wear costumes and join in the fun too. It's a whole lotta' fun, and a little bit of History, every weekend and Memorial Day, April 16 thru June 5, 2016.

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Monday, April 25, 2016

Maker Monday -so this happened #ladybug #golfball

With all the painting I was doing for my daughter's prop, this got done too.  Spare golf balls found around the house.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Pike Nurseries Ladybug Weekend @PikeNurseries @BravePrAtl #PikeLadybugs #PikeLadybugLaunch

I was invited to attend an event at the Pike Nurseries in Toco Hills.  It was a wonderful informative session all about ladybugs.  Part of it was what plants/flowers attract ladybugs (and other beneficial insects) to your garden.  These include Red Geranium, Coleus, White Cosmos, Purple fountain grass, Sunflowers, Dill, Fennel, Purple Basil and many others.  These were a couple of planters that incorporated some of these plants that are premade at Pike.

They are also selling packs of ladybugs for you to release into your garden.  Best time to release them is at dusk.  You can keep them in your refrigerator until you're ready to release.  They slow down and "hibernate" when it's cool, making it easier to keep them.  At dusk, they start getting ready for night and settle in.  When released, they will likely be thirsty, so water the plants around the area you plan to release them slightly.  Then, release them at dusk around the bases of your plants.  You can leave the container out to make sure all ladybugs are out.

We did a release of ladybugs into the Pike flowers.  This is opening the container which had hundreds of little ladybugs.

I had ladybugs on my hands, so this is my attempt at getting them into the plant base.

Pike Nurseries is having a ladybug weekend this Saturday and Sunday (April 23 & 24).  The garden center is giving away a free 150-count packet of ladybugs per purchase, while supplies last.  You can find informational sheets on creating a ladybug friendly garden, coloring sheets, and cool ladybug facts on the Pike Nurseries web site.  You can also get information on how to win a $100 Pike gift card.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Maker Monday - cosplay props #spear #worbla

Not the best work ever, but not bad either.  The spear head is a foam core with worbla over it.  It didn't bond to the foam like I'd expected, so it's not as good a shape as I'd hoped for.  The black/gold portion is foam board (like you'd use for projects) with worbla on top. That came out better.

The circle portion is styrofoam from Michael's/Hobby Lobby that I cored and shaped.  The stripes are string.  The triangle on top is foam board with duck tape.

It's big.  It will be interesting getting it into the car for Momocon and may even have to ride on top.  But, daughter is happy she now has the spear to go with her character.  (Don't ask me who it is, I have no idea.)