Monday, April 6, 2015

Giveaway Win, An Owl Wall Mural, I am doing a Happy Dance!

Oh I won a Facebook giveaway, I am so excited as I adore Owls!
My Frstyfrolk Facebook Page

And DeCamp Studios on Facebook where I entered the giveaway!

I adore Owls and  always have and I will cherish this Wall Muriel of Owls Clings!

I like how the cute Owls  were arranged on Laura's page and will probably use that arrangement for my wall too.

DeCamp Studios on Etsy

When I entered the Giveaway I had no expectation of really winning it but you never know what will happen. I did follow her rules to Like her page which was a pleasure, comment and share, So enter "Giveaway's  you find anyway and maybe you will win too!

Laura had made an Etsy treasury" Beautiful Etsy Gifts "and included one of my frstyfrolk Vintage etsy shop Vintage buttons.

I always THANK treasury maker by making a favorite Items from their shop and I do the treasury they make.

I like the Pinterest Treasury Pin  link above to make Etsy Treasury larger and shows all of the items instead of just one if you click on Pin it" at the Treasury Site link. I just copy and paste the"http " address at the top of the Etsy Treasury page for the  treasury  pin

Enter the full URL of your Etsy Treasury:

  This is what  will see when you have pasted the link to the treasury pin, so use the New Treasury editor to select the largest size
Click here to Pin this Treasury:

Would you like to include more items, or edit the order in your Treasury Pin?
Try out our New Treasury Pin Editor!

 and then I select use the "New Treasury editor and select largest size which  will be shaded in gray and then click Pin it to several of my Pinterest boards.   

and then pin it and then after pinned, you will see link  "click here to make more Treasury" and 
clicking back to begin again. 

Click here
to make more
Treasury Pins.
Then you are back at beginning again.

I have now received my Owl Giveaway prize and Laura sent with it many alternate ways to display my owls with fabulous instructions!  I can't wait to get them up! 

Thanks again so very much Laura at "DeCamp Studios"  on Etsy! Shop with her, you will not be disappointed! 

Blessings to everyone, I hope you had a Blessed Easter! 


Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Easter Peeps Topiary from Country Woman Magazine April/May 2014

This picture caught my eye and I thought of my friend from my AOL Chat Host Days!

I shared this photo and the other Peeps Topiary  from Country Woman Magazine April/May 2014 on Facebook, Google, Twitter, and Tumbler, It is so darling and my friend Lois/Rosie?Peeps ~ AOL Chat Host !  I happened to be browsing the magazine while sitting on my front porch as I always do and I just had to share this Easter Peeps Idea!

I added it to my frstyfrolk  Pinterest Let's Party and Holidays Boards

Peeps Topiary Easter Craft with instructions

And Holiday Gallery from Country Woman Magazine, a great issue!

Love'n  It!
Smiles, Cyndi

Live Forest Moss Collecting Terrariums Fairy Gnome Hobbit Sprite Gardens

I love being in the forest and collecting moss that I sell in my ByLightOfMoon Etsy shop which has become a Nature and Supplies Shop more than when I first opened it 6 years ago. I just had my Sixth Anniversary with this shop!  It  has been a good and fun Six years!

I have learned so much since we moved to the forest! We retired and moved here 3 1/2 years ago and before that I lived in the city, I had always lived in a city.

At first I was selling crafting supplies separate from my Vintage Etsy shop "frstyfrolk Dragonfly Dreams" which was my shop for  Vintage in Good Condition " and my vintage supplies that I craft with was in my supplies ByLightOfMoon shop!

I took moss for granted when we lived in the city but now I can walk right out my front door and be in the forest where we used to drive for hours to vacation in the woods and camp, hike,and raft, in fact, our community is a tourist destination and motorcycles come here to ride the two lane curvy roads and folks have second vacation homes here.  We are two hours from any big city!

Here is the moss when I find in in the forest and I collected what the deer have kicked up and also some small amounts from a clump or loose moss I find just lying around. It can dry out but comes right back when watered, it is very resilient.

Here is how it looks after cleaned it as I went in the forest to get the pine needles and leaf collections off of it.

I don;t think my buyers realize how much is involved in collecting moss as I can't just go get it and put it in a bag. It does involve a lot of my time.   Time is what I have and not $$$ so I enjoy it but it helps to buy gas and groceries between paydays.  And, it does take a lot of time to process an order but I try very hard for 24-48 house shipping and always with tracking number sent to my buyers.

Sometimes I collect ferns also as was this order.

Here is was freezing weather last week and I had to bring it inside to work on it.

I have had a lot of fun forcing bulbs with the pussy willow I wrote about in and earlier post.
Not much room and I brought the white table holding the forced blooms downstairs from the attic craft room, this area looks to our back yard where I dream of sitting and reading a good book. On the table, I have pussy willow, hyacinth in  Two Purple's (Light and dark) and had two pinks in bloom that have faded. I will plant them outside. The far pink in Kalanchoe in a beautiful Fushia color.  The book table is holding the bulbs I was given and had pussy willow planted in them but they did not bloom like they do in just fresh water. And, the planter with the water globe is Swedish Ivy that was doing bad upstairs so I brought it down and it revived beautifully. It is cold in the attic but I still have my aloe and succulents, geraniums, and some other plants there, we will see if they survive the winter.

Another neat thing I have found in my area I live in is pink streaked sand. It just fascinated me when I found it as it was under the grey mica sand I collect for my potting soil and terrariums.  It reminds me of sherbet ice cream!

It is just amazing isn't it?  Just lovely! A great find!

I had fun sharing my collections with you.  I am also building my wall with extra and a different kind of moss I find to cover the rock and try to look a little nicer!

We also have the bear return for a visit last week, she got into my finch feeder and took off with her one end of it. It was a green plastic globe at each end with the finch feeder inside, she also took the suet from two suet holders, usually she takes all of it but, we have repaired them from her earlier visits and I suppose they came apart easily and all she took was the suet, thanks goodness! I am so glad she did not bother or nice wood feeders. We got two lighthouses for Christmas and have a log cabin feeder up also. She already has destroyed one, I never found anything but the roof before.

Off to get to my day! I have another moss order., thank goodness!
Smiles, Cyndi

Monday, March 2, 2015

Old Beam Flashlight turned into Potting Soil Shovel Diggers ~ Re-Cycle Up-cycle Re-Use Books and Magazines

Old Beam Flashlight turned into Potting Soil Shovel Diggers ~ Re-Cycle Up-cycle Re-Use

I was over-joyed yesterday when my husband gave me a second old broken flash beam light! I just took off the screws and had two pieces that I use for digging out of the very large bag the products I use to make potting soil.
I make my own soil since we have a lot of clay here by using sphagnum peat moss , sand, and Good Ol' Mother Earth, topsoil, sometimes potting soil.  I add bone meal to this and this re-cycled Up-cycled Shovel Digger helps me to collect my sphagnum peat soil and from the large bag it comes in. Same thing with vermiculite if I use it and I collect sand for mixing as filler. It makes my potting soil much less compact for my gardening.  
Just an idea I saw in this Old Flashlight Beam ready for the trash!

BTW, the background for these photos are SNOW! 

We had 4-6 inches of snow last week on top of the 4 inches we already had on the ground, crunch , crunch and now mush, mush:

Our cabin

Emma and Bailey our Golden Retrievers, running as hard as they can and playing, Emma just celebrated here 7th Birthday and Bailey is 5 years old

All tired out and resting for a moment


Our neighborhood creek

The Indian Marker Tree
Dog Paw Print

 Emma went for a swim in the pond

Back at the cabin

My Succulent planter on the bridge to the porch

And after I took the snow off, it is as perky and green as ever! The British Soldier are thriving and looking good. 

This one across from the other I put leaves on top of the Succulents here and have not completely got them out yet, I pull on the leaf until it comes loose by itself.

OK, I got more leaves off here. 

I treated myself to these items on a Valentine Day sale
I adore the owl card and just could not resist, The jello mold might be useful in crafting, and the Love to the Moon and Back is just me! I love it! 

I have also been cleaning out my warehouse to make more room and going through my crafting room in the attic to actually make room for crafting and moving out some STUFF or JUNK as my family calls it. I have boxes and bookcases full of Books and Magazines I have saved over the years and it is time to let them go to someone else, But, I love looking through them (like I have time) but, they make me smile and refresh my mind which I call " Mental Floss" 

When I laid them out, I was enchanted by them, can I let  them go? 
I will be listing in my "frstyfrolk Etsy Vintage store and Ebay listings"  ,the newer ones not yet vintage unless they can be supplies for crafting, great scrapbook pictures and my hand cut punches in many designs. 
Now, the Gnome nook I just got and it was handy, I will not be selling it anytime soon.  That is my thing, fairies, hobbits, gnomes, elves, sprites, and living in the forest I encounter little presents they leave for me to find with my forest finds and trinkets.  I look for moss and forest finds right out my front door and you can see in the  neighborhood from the winter pictures. 

They give me wonderful ideas to embellish my crafting projects when I need to get busy doing instead of always trying to focus on moving things around that is hard to me to let go! 
I have to let go in 2015! 

Keep watching for new listings in both of my Etsy shops and Ebay frstyfrolk for my listings as I can take photographs and please if there is ANY kind of theme you wish to have magazines to use, please message me and I am sure I probably have a stash unlisted that we can work on together.
 Here are some examples I can think of; many are in my warehouse
 Wood Work and Handyman 
Home Decor( My Love)
Country Living
Architecture Digest
House Beautiful
Traditional Home 
Martha Stewart Living
Old House Living
Log Home Living
Mother Earth
Coastal Living
Travel of all kinds
Travel and Leisure
National Geographic Traveler
Condé Nast Traveler
Tour Books
National Geographic
Lots of Maps
Vanity Fair
Saturday Evening Post
Western Horseman
Southern Living
Crafting Books and Magazines
Cross-stitch Patterns

Blessings, Cyndi