Saturday, September 17, 2011

Make your own Fall Corn Husk Wreath

This is a little something that kept me busy today. I saw this idea on one of my favorite blogs, from Suzanne of Chickens in the Road Blog.

My wreath turned out looking a little different then hers. I made mine basically the same way as my twig wreath that I made a year ago.

Here are the things you need to get started.

Dried corn husks
heavy gauge wire or a wire coat hanger

First you have to have dried corn husks. About a month ago after eating sweet corn, I saved the husks and dried them outside in the sun. That took a couple of weeks. This wreath was made with a dozen ears of corn husks. It probably could have used a few more husks, but that was all I had. This wreath is around 14" wide.

Gather up a few husks at a time and wrap your twinge around them a couple of times, pulling really tight. I tried to overlap the bottom end of the husks to cover up the tied section of the husk before that one.

Just keep overlaping as you go.


I just tied some rusty wire on the back and hung on my back door.

 I found this single black oil sunflower growing in my big pot that I have my prickly pear cactus growing in the other day. Those pesky chipmunks must have buried some seeds in there from my birdfeeders. They are always doing this in my potted plants. 

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

2012 New Nature Photo Calendar is Here!!!

For the last month I've been working on creating a calendar with all my nature photos. And I received my copy in the mail today, and have to say I'm very happy with the company that made it for me!! In the photo below is a shot I took of October which is my favortie of all the months.

If you would like to purchase a copy for yourself, just click on the grey colored link button at the top of my right hand colum that says, Buy Now Lulu <----Click here. The cost is $15.00 plus $3.99 shipping. Once you order it you will receive it in the mail within 4 or 5 working days.

Im getting ready for the Early Work Mercantile update for tonight!!! So be sure to stop back later at Early Work Mercantile to see what I have new for sale!!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Fall is Creeping Closer

Wow...Here it is September already. I'm a little sad. I'm never ready for the cold weather. Still working on orders and Halloween goodies! I finished up my bat garland banner yesterday and listed it in my etsy shop last night. I don't know about you but I think bats are so cute!

And I've also been working on little barn wood Halloween wall hangings. This is a newer one that I listed last week.

I'm still keeping busy with raising my Monarchs. I let my 3rd one go on Saturday. But he didn't make it. It emerged on Saturday morning. I tried to let it go early afternoon but he didn't seem ready to fly away because he flew into the side of the house. So I put him back in his jar and thought I would wait till later. Well... later it started raining pretty hard and it didn't let up before it got dark so I put him outside under one of my hosta's out of the rain. That was a bad idea. The next morning I checked and all that was left of him was one wing. Some little critter got him for sure.

Monarch #3

I have Monarch #4 in the chrysalis stage right now. It should be coming out in a few days. I also have a two eggs that will be hatching into caterpillars within the next couple of days.

This is just a shot I took riding in the car other day. I love clouds!

Ok...well that's about it for now folks. Need to get back to the old sewing machine.