From the creative mind of Linda Silvestri…
Hubs and I are night owls, so it’s a challenge to get the bird seed out early enough for the birds and squirrels. Some mornings they will be lined up on the edge of the shop as if to say……”Wake up, sleepy heads! We’re hungry here!”
Wish I could take credit for the great picture of a baby squirrel. Alas, I could not find the photographer listed. The reason for such a sweet ball of fluff is that we have a fourth squirrel in our back yard. It’s a wee one and had such a hard time figuring out how to navigate the bird feeder. We were rooting for it, and now it takes from the feeder like a champ.
Two feeders and four squirrels make for fine entertainment. They do not easily take turns. The birds, however, are patient and fly between the feeders and the water fountain with such grace. Backyard beauties, all.
Click on link to see the difference seven years can make on Halloween night. We tried to pose in the same way. We took up much more of the sofa and Evy could not cry because she was too happy. So she cleverly put a finger to her eye.
Decking out the front yard for Halloween, my husband enjoys drawing some spooky balloons to hang from trees. He also let’s the grands join in and either take their balloons home or hang them from our trees. To make these, you’ll need:
- large white balloons
- permanent markers
- white large garbage bags
Blow up the balloon and tie a knot in the end . (Kiddos may need some assistance with this.)
Let your creativity lead you, but still keep an eye out for little ones who may not know the meaning of “permanent marker.”
My husband likes to draw a face or design on both sides of the balloon, since the balloons twist in the wind. Once the balloon is done, tie the string on the balloon knot.
Next comes the tricky part. With the scissors carefully slit one side of the large white trash bag. At the opposite end of the slit, cut a small hole for the string. Thread the string through the hole so the bag flows around the balloon. Remove bag’s drawstring.
Ribbon and a fake pumpkin….. yup. I like it. But it did not start that way. Sometimes I have this idea and I think, that will look great. Then I try it. Below is my first attempt.
Hummmm, this looked better in my head than it did in real life. So, I didn’t give up. I just took it apart and tried something else.
There’s a moral in there somewhere.