Sometimes the very best souvenirs are the ones you snap in a photograph, scoop out of the sand, or pick up off a hiking trail. I’m not talking about trash; I’m talking about the sand your kids bring home in plastic bottles from the beach, the smooth piece of driftwood you found at the lake, or –as in my case–the five, rounded stones you pulled out of a dried up riverbed while hiking in the deserts of Utah. You and I promised ourselves we would do something with them, and we always want to take something home with us to remember our vacations. Why not combine the answers to these problems? Two birds with one (or five) stones? Let’s turn those rock souvenirs into a super usable and simple-to-make rock cairn door stop.
When it comes to pumpkins nowadays, I am all about eating them in as many forms as possible and less about finding elaborate ways to decorate them. Is that an old lady thing to say? Carving one is way at the bottom of my fall bucket list this year. Super messy. Then it rots. And I don’t even get to eat it when I’m done. Blah. But I do have some pumpkins that I must do something with—something that doesn’t involve glue, glitter, paint, or carving—something like getting them all gussied up to be the most dapper, dressed up pumpkins you’ve ever seen!
What happens when you peruse Anthropologie’s website and watch too much “Fixer Upper”? You want everything to be copper, but you can’t afford to buy the copper stuff. So, you gather up junk and paint it with copper spray paint. That’s what. And sometimes, it ceases to look like junk when you’re finished; truly, it could have come off the shelf at Anthropologie with a price tag of $50. Thankfully, though, the masterpiece to which I’m referring— this copper-dipped bamboo succulent planter— rang in at about $7, making my penny-wise little heart very happy!
Hello and happy Friday! Even though it’s like midway through fall, my brain is still in first-days-of-fall-mode. Mississippi feels like a hot West Virginia summer right now (sunny and 75!), annnnnnd I hope it stays that way till we go home for Christmas. 😉
So, in between incorporating pumpkin into my diet in as many ways as possible, I have also been working on a fun fall craft: hand drawn moths! Even though I usually see the real versions of these lovelies during the summertime, I tend to think more about moths during the fall around Halloween, but not in good ways (thanks, Virginia Woolf and Mothman). Today I am on a mission to shed some positive light on moths because they deserve better, and–let’s face it–butterflies get way too much attention.
My first encounter with big moths came when I was about 7 years old. Mom and dad had a bug zapper that we would sometimes turn on and watch during summer nights. We never really had bug problems in West Virginia like Deep Southerners do with all their biting insects, so I think we had it just for entertainment. We were quite the country bumpkins. 😉