Wednesday, August 3, 2011

The Great Outdoors

August already!! Where has the summer gone. I am not looking forward to winter. I think we are finally going to get a little cooler weather soon. Yesterday was just terrible. It was in the 90's with heat index, I think of 112ยบ. The humidity was so bad it seemed like it was hard to breath. I'm really trying to get my orders done. I worked on one all day today, should have it done tonight. Also made a turtle for a fundraiser we are going to next week. I used a pattern by Crows Roost Prims. I just love the way my turtle turned out. 

I don't know if any of you heard about a guy that goes up and down the Mississippi river cleaning up all the garbage that people throw in the river. His name is Chad Pregracke and he is from our area. He has been on the national news several times. He started cleaning up the river when he was just a kid and now it's this huge non profit organization.  Once a year they have a big barge party where they serve up a Fish Fry and Shrimp Boil Dinner along with live music and a art auction. So I'm donating my sea turtle. Should be lots of fun!

I had someone on facebook suggest I make a calendar with all my wonderful flower and bird photos. So I have that in the works right now. It's going to take me awhile to gather up and edit my pictures. So watch for my calendar sometime in the late fall. I'll post on here, where and how to buy it! I'm really excited!

So with that here are a few photos from this week that may be in my calendar!!!

New Guinea Impatiens

Swallowtail Butterfly on my Zinnia's


Mr. Bumble Bee loving the Zinnia's

Another shot of a Swallowtail.

Monarch Butterfly that I got a shot of on Sunday. It was flying around my milkweed plants laying eggs.

And then today I found this newly hatched monarch caterpillar while I was pulling weeds around my milkweed plants!!! I'm so excited! I could not believe how tiny he was. He was about a 1/2" long. I'm going to try to keep track of him. Can't decide if I should bring him in and watch him transform. My daughter did that one year in high school, for her science class and it was the most amazing thing to watch it turn in to a beautiful butterfly.

And here is a sweet hummer that I was able to get a shot of this morning!

That's all for now folks.


  1. I just love looking at all your pictures ~ just beautiful.
    My girlfriend always hunts for the monarch catapillars and puts them in a aquarium with a screen on top, she puts lots of milk weed inside so they can feed. When they turn into a butterfly she releases them, but gives them a name first.
    The kids really enjoy it.
    Thanks for sharing
    Prim Blessings

  2. Beautiful photos. It is killing me not having a camera,but I broke mine and have to wait at least another week for my new one.


  3. Your pic are just gorgeous! I am sure that the calendar will be a huge success! Hugs,Jen

  4. Your photographs are just beautiful...

  5. Great idea about the calendar! I really like the first (side view) pic of the swallowtail on the zinnia. But, my most favorite is of the White Throated Sparrow on your sidebar... he looks so cute and curious!

  6. you sewed the squares on the turtle's back so well!


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