Wednesday, January 3, 2018

...and so a New Year begins by...

10 of us braved single digits temperature for a 3.5 mile hike! Took about and hour and half. A great way to start 2018!
I haven't been tatting too much, but I have been crochet, getting ready for my granddaughter's 3rd birthday party. The theme is 'Ice Cream'. are a few things I am working on.
This is drawstring purse for the 'Birthday Girl'.
These cones will be a 'banner' by crocheting together with a chain and hang on the wall as a backdrop. They will given to the children or mom and use as a face scrubber or bath cloth.
Last item to pass out are these little bitty goodie bags.
I have one more item that I have been working on but I won't post until after her birthday.  *smile*
Happy New Year friends!

Friday, December 29, 2017

More hiking, more tatting.

14 hikers in 20 degree weather....the best hike ever. Here begins a 10 mile hike....

Just a few of us...the others are behind us.
This is looking up 209 ft. at a very dry 'Hemmed In Hollows Falls'.
Lunch at Granny Herderson's Cabin.
Now to hike the iconic Goat Trail, For this one we needed to hike downhill...not so easy. Very rocky and my feet were not happy!
Here we are, at the Goat Trail looking down (550 ft.) at the Buffalo National River below.
This was the trickiest part. Very little ledge and having to climb between tree limbs. Going around was not bad because you went around a corner. But for me coming back through, I was a bit nervous because I could see NOTHING but open space below. Easy does it on this part!
What an amazing hike. One to scratch off my bucket list!
Now for some tatting, my last Ice Drops. The one on the left is in gold thread and beads. Pattern on the left was adapted from Tatted Snowflakes Collections by Jon
Yusoff. Circle of Crowns.                                                      
 The green one is called Christmas Wreath by Samantha Melnychuk adapted into an Ice Drop.
Happy New Year's everyone. May good health and happiness come your way for 2018.

Monday, December 4, 2017

More hiking and tatting...


                    44 hikes at Lake Leatherwood, near Eureka Springs, AR.

Beautiful weather for both hikes. Life is good when you're outdoors and on a trail.
                 Now for some tatting...with seed beads and bugles.

A 'arkars' Ice Drop below.
That's all for now. Stay tune for more hiking and tatting! *smile*

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Hiking and Tatting

This was on a hike on White Rock Mountain in Arkansas at the beginning of the month. A bit foggy but beautiful none the less. An 8 mile hard hike.

The following week we hiked Roaring Springs State Park, in Missouri.

I'm in the white jacket, looking to see if the cave is really not a 'Wine Bar'.
Did hear that this is good place for trout fishing.

Now for some tatting of  Ice Drops!  This pattern is called 'Birthday'

It has quarter inch bugles and seed beads. A 'new to me' project!

This one has half inch bugles and more seed beads. Different.


Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Madam Butterfly and her friend, Ms Bumble Bee!

Here we are at the last Farmer's Market of the season. Not only was I handing out milkweed seeds for others to plant we were representing North West Arkansas Master Naturalists.

Now that 'Madam Butterfly' has made her stop in Arkansas, to Monarch Waystation #16918 it's now time for 'her' to make the long journey to Mexico.

 What a wonderful fall migration this has been. *smile*


Friday, November 3, 2017

Keeping on my mission to save the Monarchs!

              Prepping milkweed seeds to plant
As the Asclepias Incarnata- Swamp Milkweed for Monarch Butterflies pods would open I would place them in a bag for later...

                   Now to remove lots of silk 'fluff'

      I don't mind. I just sit outdoors and do my

Now to bag the seeds and add instructions on how to plant. 'Madam Butterfly' will pass these out Sunday at our local Farmer's Market, last one of the season.

All done and ready to hand out, asking people to PLANT for the MONARCHS.

Bagged and ready to go!

Sunday, October 8, 2017

All good things must come to and end. *smile*

Aug. 19 - Oct. 3, 2017 Fall Miagration Monarch season has come to an end. I was blessed to have reared and released 28 females and 23 males giving me a total of 51 amazing butterflies. (over 4 times more then my first time last fall) These 51 are referred to as the 'Super Generation', living 10 times longer then their 'parents', to be able to fly south and winter in Mexico. I would like to give a big thanks to each and every one of you who has given me such great support. With that, I leave you with this little video…/watch-the-birth-of-super-monarch-…
Here is #51, a healthy male. Godspeed little one...                                     

                      One more thing, please

      Until next season, so long from  #16918

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

9-29-2017 Nothing like a good paddle.... clear the mind! 6 of us out on a somewhat windy day. As always it was nice to get out on one of the 6 lakes in our town.

Meanwhile, in the Hut, one is soon to enclose. Look at those beautiful wings!

I'm attempting to get step-by-step pics of the process...
The chrysalis has just opened.
Staring to emerge.

There, its out!

Only one set of wings are visible and very wrinkled.

Now you see both sets of wings.
Here you can also see HIS proboscis. (The little curled up drinking straw).
All this takes less then 4-5 minutes. At this point, his wings will dry, then in 4 hours are so he will be ready for release. 

One this day, 6 enclosed and released bringing the total to 48.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Morning Coffee in the Hut 9-19-2017

For days, each morning I sat with my morning coffee and my journal. The activity really kept me busy for hours and hours. Here you can see all the pots of milkweed. I had to switch them out every so often. The cats were all eating so much. But I had MORE then plenty this year.

 At this point I had 2 crystals'  
in #1 cage and 2 chrysalis in another cage. (From indoors, now in the Hut. I did not want to mix ones from indoors with the ones for the garden). From the garden: 9 in chrysalis and 8 caterpillars. Total of 17, not counting the ones from indoors.
So you can see, things were a little busy.
Each day, I would do a 'head count'. Not all the time I came up with the same amount of cats. Drove me nuts. For a couple of days I guessed I had just missed counted. 
For safety due to some windy days, I added bricks to each end of the Hut.

Well I'll be darn! I had found my 'run away'. I was not miscounting after all! Silly cat. THIS was NOT the best please for him. To hide, yes but needed to be moved as soon as it was safe to do so. IF he enclosed there, his wings would not spread out and dry properly. Not good. I do let nature take its course but often I do help Mother Nature! So far 36 were released and headed towards Mexico.