Thursday, January 31, 2013

What to do with all those old T - shirts?

I think we all have some old T shirts in the back of a drawer that we don't quite want to discard but we don't want to wear anymore. I made mine into a carry all bag. I just cut the neck out right below the seam, and cut just above the arm seam (so the seam is still there). I measured 8" up and cut an even number of strips and tied the front ones to the back ones to close up the bottom of the bag. If you are making this out of a child's shirt you won't want to cut the tassels so long. I realized as I was tying the tassels that if I tied the tassels to each other  as I went around instead of to the back tassel it would make a summer tank top. Now I need to look for some old beads to decorate the tassels up a bit. I got the idea from here:

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Spiderweb photo series

We've had some cold frosty weather for a couple of weeks and I looked outside one day and saw this awesome web, each morning it looked a little more frosty. 
Thought I'd share the pictures - 

I thought the last one was the best. If you click on it to enlarge it you can see the lacey web follows along the top of the stake in a delicate pattern.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Camano Island

Last weekend we went for a drive to explore Camano Island, just west of Stanwood, Wa. We haven't gone there more than a couple times and decided to drive the perimeter roads of the Island. Here's a link to some of the parks on the Island - I wasn't going to blog about our drive, but then we began to see some interesting art?and some great parks.
You could even pull the engine cord
reminds me a bit of E.T.
  The above art? pieces were in Hutchinson county park, there was a nice short loop trail through the ferns and forest. After our walk we got in the car and saw this awesome driveway entrance gate. I don't know what the little building is, but I'd like to think it's for the kids to wait in for their school bus in bad weather.

 Somebody apparently likes bottles and driftwood "together" -

We explored Camano Island state park as well and I'd really like to camp there sometime, it has some really nice private sites.

There is a beach, picnic, boat launch area in the state park -

Then just down the road was Cama Beach state park, it's now a state park that used to be a fishing resort. They have some nice beach cabins to stay in.

It's been foggy here the last few days and I thought this scene looked interesting.

More interesting art? - 

We had driven almost completely around the island and then we saw these -

We were wondering where on earth you could get chickens that big and then we turned a corner a few miles down the road and saw a novelty shop that sells these -

All the chickens a person could want! 
Such a fun and interesting area to drive around.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Short eared Owls

Skagit Flats is teeming with Short eared Owls.
Little did we know, we have been birders for years and never knew this. We either never saw them or they are more common now than in the past. We have seen them several times this year. They aren't nocturnal like other owls, and can be seen flying around most of the fields along the dikes & irrigation ditches in Skagit county.
Such cuties!

and of course Mt. Baker in the distance