Month: April 2012

Awesome Recent Etsy Finds #4 : Clothing

Summer is coming up and this swimsuit is amazing. I have been wanting to make one for a long time – I already have awesome teal colored swimsuit material – but I’m a bit scared to mess it up while experimenting with the SS stitch to do stretchy stuff. Wish I could order one of these. This seller makes a lot of items I really like!
Swimsuit

Rawr! A fierce wolf? Awesome.
wolf tshirt

This shop feels so cohesive. Her style rocks! So many awesome things… this one looks so fun for around the 4th of July.
dress

Kaylim never ceases to amaze me.. this looks so hip, unique and comfortable. I’ve been following Kaylim for at least a year now. It’s really fun to see designers grow and become even better than they were not long ago!
dress

Funky! It makes me want to put on mud boots (like the model) and feed chickens in it. I think I will try my hand at making a ‘scrap dress’ soon. Inspired!
dress

I don’t find myself in shorts often at all, I much prefer skirts, but wow! These are worth a look. “Galaxy” stuff is really popular right now because I’ve seen it all over on boots and dresses too.
galaxy shorts

My style is it’s own animal I think.
In some posts-to-come I will open up my own closet..

A Cute Gift Given

Gift Boot

An old, worn black cowboy boot that I picked up at an antique store in southern Missouri earlier this year… With a baby sensitive plant / Mimosa Pudica planted inside!

Gift Plant In A Cowboy Boot

Gifted with a Happy Birthday announcement flag made with decorative paper and a bamboo skewer pushed down into the dirt, a matching envelope to the flag with a hand written letter, and a needle felted bee that I made and suspended at the top of a small wire which is barely visible so it looks like the bee is flying above the plant!

Gift Boot

EEee cute!!! Right?
I planted another sensitive plant in the other boot for myself 😉

DIY Oyster Mushroom Kit – Second Fruiting!

Almost 1 month ago I received a DIY oyster mushroom growing kit! I successfully harvested a big clump of mushrooms off of it on March 25th. Be sure to check out all of my posts about it here! After that initial fruiting I took the mushroom cake out of the plastic bag it was originally in and re-soaked it in a tub of water overnight. Then I set it in a bowl and misted it a few times a day on all sides. It took longer for it to start fruiting this time vs. the first time I opened it and started the fruiting process.

Oyster Mushrooms
Oyster Mushrooms

It was exciting to have it open on all sides because it allowed it to fruit from anywhere on the cake! It sprouted up spots on almost every side! I hung it with some string for a couple days but it simply dried out too much so I moved it to a large bowl, sometimes allowing it to soak in some water. It dries out way too much when its out of the plastic bag. I think having it in a big plastic tub with a good amount of humidity would be the way to go. I have had a lot of fun experimenting though!

Oyster Mushrooms
Oyster Mushrooms - 2nd Growth

I’m going to soak it again and try for more mushrooms after this fruiting is complete. Hopefully she keeps on producing! Do you think I’ll get more?

~~~ Update: After this fruiting, the cake really felt like it was starting to decompose and I was actually a bit tired of misting the thing so many times a day, ever day, for weeks, to get what mushrooms I did. It was an amazing experience and I recommend it to anybody who is interested!

A Visitor From The Outdoors

I found this moth inside today! He was clinging to the lace curtains next to the window above the kitchen sink.This is the 3rd one I have seen so far this spring.
Moth
Don’t you just love his big, hairy antennae? After some quick research (I looked up hairy antennae moth, lol) I found out this is a male Polyphemus Moth (Antheraea polyphemus)! Apparently females have much smaller antennae.
moth1
Carefully cupped in my hands, I carried him outside. I was lucky enough to capture such a nice photo of him in my hand before he picked up his big, dusty wings and fluttered off into the trees in the back yard.
Flying Moth
“Come back and visit anytime”, I said. I love visitors from the outdoors!