What’s left of my garden after the storm and some storm damage in my area.

Hurricane Florence is now well gone away, thank goodness. But the after affects are still being felt here and everywhere else it parked itself on. The wind blew all my pots over except the one with the spinach and the two small ones which I had moved to in front of the front door for some protection from the wind. 20180923_184024 (2)Of the two small pots, only the vinca is still doing well. The other one had a lettuce leaf basil which the winds kind of shredded to pieces and it died. 20180923_184007 (2)The habanero pepper had most of its leaves blown off, but it is growing all new leaves now. 20180923_183957 (2)The jalapeno pepper was looking somewhat okay until it died yesterday. 20180923_183921 (2)Of the two zinnia plants I had, this one, though pretty battered, is still hanging in there and is making new buds. The other zinnia got shredded by the wind and died yesterday.20180923_184034 (2)The dragon cayenne lost a lot of leaves but is still hanging on and is still making peppers. The havasu pepper got ripped to pieces by the winds and died.20180923_183908The malabar spinach stayed upright through the whole storm, it’s right in front of the front door and the building gave it some protection from the worst of the winds. And you can see back behind the spinach, my bluebird house also made it through the storm okay.20180923_184054 (2)My husband was like, “Oh no, the poor lemongrass!”.  I went out and looked at it and had to show him pictures of how it looked before the storm. It actually looks better now than it did before the bad weather.20180923_184121 (2)In this picture, above, is what used to be a very nice maple tree that I could see from my driveway. It lost three-fourths of it branches and since I took this picture, has been cut down. 20180923_184212 (2)This is a tree at the other end of my building.20180923_184304 (2)This is the tree that the bluebird house is attached to, that limb hanging down is huge and is on the back of the tree where hopefully, it can’t damage the bird house when it comes down or is cut down. So, we were very lucky, a lot of people lost everything they had when their houses flooded from all the rain or had their roofs ripped off by the winds. Our wind caused roof leak is very minor compared to what other people are going through. So, I’m getting the now empty pots ready for violas. I’m adding tea leaves and fruit and vegetable peels to add organic matter and fluffing up the dirt. Just waiting for Lowes and Home Depot to get some new plant shipments in. So, all things considered, my plants could have done without having a hurricane go through, just saying. But you know, stuff happens. So, happy planting!

Crocheted some during Hurricane Florence

Well, I survived the hurricane though I wouldn’t recommend riding out a slow moving (2 mph) level two storm to the faint of heart. It kept sounding like our siding was peeling off, or our roof was getting ready to fly off, or that our windows were about to be blown in. Or that any second one of the trees in our yard might crush our apartment or our car. And we had water pouring down out of our living room light fixture, fortunately I moved the zomkins before they got soaked and stuck an empty ice chest under the leak to catch the water. We were without power for a week and it was miserable hot and humid. So, it was too humid to papier-mache’, too humid to paint rocks, nothing would dry because of the humidity. So, I’ve been working on a crocheted scarf while it was daylight so I could see what I was doing.20180922_201305 (2)The variegated yarn is: 302 Kaleidoscope from Red Heart. It is a worsted-weight acrylic so the humidity didn’t affect it. The other yarn is: 0002 Black, Luster Sheen also from Red Heart and is a sport-weight acrylic and both yarns worked together (held together) as one yarn. I used a Boye size N/15-10.00 MM aluminum crochet and I’m working this in single crochet in the back-loop so the fabric made won’t be ultra stiff. It is twenty-three stitches across with one turning chain to start each new row. This was basically something to focus on so I wouldn’t totally freak out over all the alarming sounds our apartment was making during the storm and something to do while waiting for the electricity to come back on. At the very least I will have an interesting looking scarf when I finish it, that I can wear this winter and hopefully I’ll have enough yarn to make a matching hat.

And before the storm actually got here I gave Baby Boo some teeth, worked on the other zomkin’s eyes and started a spider.20180922_201430 (2)So, I haven’t been totally sitting on my hands before, during or after the storm. When the apartment dries out a little more from the humidity I will get seriously back to work on the zomkins, the spider and the squirrel. I hope everyone who chose to ride out the storm is okay and that their houses are okay or fixable. And to the ones who evacuated I hope you get home soon and that your belongings are okay and/or fixable. And I hope everyone gets their power back on soon. Crafting in one form or another is very good for steadying your nerves while going through rough times, I can’t recommend it enough, it is very soothing and takes your mind off what you are going through. So I hope you all are doing well and have a great rest of your weekend. Happy crafting!

Smiley’s got teeth! Zomkin update!

20180905_073525 (2)I need to touch them up just a little bit, go over them with tissue paper and glue to strengthen them a little more. The “teeth” are pieces of foam-core board that I taped in place with masking tape and then used tissue to papier-mache’ them into position. But he is now just about ready for the gesso and then a prime coat of white to get him ready for embellishing. His eyes, sitting in the fore-ground, are just about ready for the gesso also. So, Smiley is coming along pretty well, even though he is kind of icky looking right now. The paint I’m going to put on him will spiffy him up.

There is a controversy going on on Pinterest about copyright infringement and giving people credit for their pins, so I’ll show here where I got the inspiration for my zomkins.4fc940c8a97674db92bc8be7c9dc0085 (2)

This, above, is a “pinned” picture from Heather Sellers Art Glass. This is where I got the idea for Smiley’s eyes and teeth.3d363818fce7e1c2ca5a2d69d1f8de8e

This, above is a “pinned” picture from Musely, called Create A Zombie Pumpkin. This is where I got the idea for using ping-pong balls for the eyes of the zomkins.1470287630-wdy100114halloweenpumpkin-007And this guy, also a “pin”, is from 50+ Creative Pumpkin Carving Ideas for Halloween from Womansday.com. This is the article that I got the idea for refurbishing my plastic and foam pumpkins from. I read the article and thought why not decorate artificial pumpkins like the real ones. So there you go, credits given where credits were due. So when I get more done on Smiley and the other zomkins, I’ll post more pictures and when they are all done I’ll do a bit of a tutorial on what all I did to them. So, stay tuned, so to speak, for further developments. Halloween is coming soon! Happy crafting!