Sunday, June 4, 2017

DIY Bee Hotel

I've been searching for a great diy tutorial that I could do and share with all my blogging friends. I found one that means a great deal to me. I'm all about saving the Bee's and Butterflies.

 Each year I raise Monarch butterflies. Now I'm going to give a try and help the bee's a little more, besides having lots of flowers for them to love.

 Did you know that the bee's are now are dealing with something called CCD or Colony Collapse Disorder? It's when the worker bee's leave their hive and the queen, to fend for themselves. In the last five years the bee population has been slashed in half. So this means fewer pollinators for fruits and vegetables, which means limited crop yields. In turn, driving up the demand and food prices for all. 

So how about helping out these wonderful insects that help put food on the table for us!

I found this tutorial on another blog at 2Paws Designs

 Here is how I made my Bee House. This is for solitary bee's not honey bee's.



Supplies List
  • Brown Wrapping Paper or Paper bag
  • utility knife
  • scissors
  • 8 oz. plastic bottle
  • twine
  • ruler 
  • pencil
Rinse out your drink bottle and dry. Cut the top off with utility knife or scissors.



I had a roll of brown wrapping paper so I used that instead of brown paper bags which I did not have.

I cut stripes of paper that were about 5.5" long. I rolled onto a pencil a couple times around to make a tube.

 
I had a little help from my cat Bonsai! hehe You know how cats love to help!

When I had the bottle filled up, poked a couple holes with scissor point and threaded the twine through. Hung mine in one of my burning bushes. Will see what happens!!


 I finally have all my flowers planted in my yard. Did not plant as many in pots this year as I usually do. Saving a little money this year as we are doing a huge remodel right now on our kitchen and bath. The demo is finished. And the electrical, plumbing and dry wall is up. Just waiting now on cabinets, counters, tub and toilet to come in. 

So here are a couple pretty flowers from my yard!



Can't believe how well my Clematis is doing this year! I never have this much luck with them! Must be the very rainy spring we had.

 

And my fav flower, Gerbera Daisy!

Thinking of new sewing projects! So stay tuned!

Peace and Love to All!
 

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Happy Wednesday!

Hello, my blogger friends! We have been having the most gorgeous weather lately! I just love these sunny days!  

Did a bit of yard work this morning. The weeds were taking over my Hosta plants like crazy!


 
 I managed to fill a 5-gallon bucket to the top! 


 Time now for a break and to share with you what I have been working on lately!




I love making this Crow! He is available in my Etsy Shop now! Rock River Stitches 


And this Primitive Folk Art Bird is something new! Also available in my shop along with a pattern to create your own!





I'm so happy that Spring, almost Summer is here now! 

Peace and Love to all!

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Will I Survive a Remodel!?

This Tuesday is Demo day for our kitchen! I'm a little uneasy. My whole kitchen will be gutted on this 75-year-old home. It is in dire need of everything! We are keeping the stove and refrigerator. So I think I will be cooking all meals in the basement in a microwave and on an electric skillet. Should be very interesting to wash dishes! Not sure where that is going to happen? Will be an adventure, as my husband says. We are also doing the bathroom. Eeks! Eating out a lot is in our future.

The style of my kitchen will basically be Farmhouse. So I've printed up a few of my photos for part of the decor. I am also selling these framed photos in my Etsy shop! Frames are made from repurposed wood. Very rustic!






I will be getting back to my sewing. I have a couple of my Primitive Napping Kitty Pincushions almost finished.

Here is the Pattern I sell if you are interested in creating one for yourself!




Oh and almost forgot to tell you have this sweet Primitive Angel Kitty available in my Etsy Shop. Rock River Stitches  



Pattern is available for this sweet kitty in my Etsy!

Peace and Love to All!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Thursday's New Offerings!

Hello and welcome on this fine Thursday! I have to make a quick post for a couple new goodies that are now in my Etsy!



And a new design! Sweet Sheep Make Do!




And he is available in my Etsy Shop at Rock River Stitches
Thanks for stopping by!
Peace and Love to All!

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Happy first day Spring Pattern Sale!!

Been some time since I've run a pattern sale. So what better time to have one, with the first day of Spring coming up on Monday! Sale runs now through Monday!
Directions are in the listing on how to buy one get one free.   



 Also check out my New Runaway Bunny Make Do!



And a couple more punch needle hearts. Had to take a break from making these. I think I over did it with the constant punching. Was using muscles in my upper back that I never use before. Chiro adjustment helped that. 

We are seeing signs of spring in our yard! yippee! 

This was a couple weeks ago



  And this was early this past week! It's all melted now. Only received 4" of snow from the big snow maker that just went through. Hope it's the last until November!

 This is a sure sign of Spring! American Goldfinch is getting his yellow feathers!

Ok folks that it for now!

Until next time!

Peace and Love to All!

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Spring Like Weather

We have been having the most beautiful weather for a week now! Plenty of sun and 70 degree temps! I love it! Even walked a mile yesterday.

I have a few new goodies in my Etsy Shop at Rock River Stitches 



Just recently started doing Punch Needle! I absolutely love it!


These two heart wall hangings are made with my own original pattern. And they are available to purchase in my etsy shop! Rock River Stitches 

 I do have plans for a couple more of these hearts soon! 

I also had a request for a bunny doll from a pattern I made several years ago. So made up one for the order and another to the public. 

Here she is

I had forgotten how fun this gal was to make. I have a pattern available for her at Pattern Mart (look under my name Rock River Stitches) and my etsy shop.



Carolina Wren

Such a sweet bird! 

Peace and Love to All  
 

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Happy February!

We made it through January! Yay! And I guess the ground hog saw his shadow. So 6 more weeks of winter. I can't complain to much about winter this year. Hardly been winter like. 

Speaking of weather...I've got my mind on Spring! I have a new Easter Rabbit design and pattern to share with you all! This guy is available in my Etsy Shop now! Rock River Stitches




This bunny stands at 12" tall and holds his prize winning carrot from his garden. 


Here are a few bird photos I've captured lately when I'm not sewing.

 Blue Jay


Red - Breasted Nuthatch

Such a tiny cute bird. And fast too!

I'm starting to miss my hummingbirds. They will be back in about 3 months! 

If you love hummingbirds like I do, you have to check out this web cam in California. Rosie has 2 newly hatched chicks that keep her busy. Here is the link Rosie Hummingbird Cam





I believe the babies are about 2 weeks old. They are starting to get their feathers as you can see.  

Don't forget to check out my etsy shop! I need to get working on some new projects for my shop! Have a wonderful evening!

Peace and Love to All :) 
 

Monday, January 9, 2017

Happy Monday!

Happy Monday! Trying to be positive on this grey cold January day. I'm always so relived when the calendar hits Jan. 31st. Seems that month goes on forever doesn't it? Probably because we are snuggled in our homes more this time of the year.

Anyway.... looks like it's been awhile since my last post! Time to post what has been going on!

I am now back to sewing after a break from all the Christmas creating. Time for some Valentine's and Spring!

 Primitive Folk Art Valentine Keyhole Heart Wall Hanging


 Primitive Folk Art Black Cat Angel

These are my latest creations now available in my Etsy Shop!




Saw this guy up in the backyard tree this morning. He was just finishing up his breakfast. He's a Cooper's Hawk. I've been seeing him a lot this winter around my bird feeders. I guess he has to eat too in these awful cold days. 

Sorry to make this so short. Need to work on some spring orders!

Peace and Love to all!