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Monday, December 15, 2014

Gardening, Terrariums, Nature Findings, Christmas Holiday Ideas and Nature's Wonders!!


I am always playing around with my moss and made this wicker terrarium, it drains from the bottom so I put it on a plate to water it.




I found this  crazy tree knot, it looks like a bird with hippie hair, do you think?

These paw prints were in the frost on our back deck, we DO have TWO Golden Retrievers.



I also started collecting more ferns that I find in the forest, these are North Carolina Nantahala Forest Fresh Collected and I plant them in my moss gardens, I find so many I thought I might try selling them on Etsy as others might like to do the same thing. I also use them in my mini terrariums fairy gardens and they are sent in a sandwich bag full of Good Ol' Mother Earth they grow in. I potted them just for the photo shoot and now they are in my gardens.  It has been to freezing here in fact 21 outside right now, Brrrr, and I have a moss order to collect today. 
They do OK as far as I am seeing now.



I also have  many hydrangeas in all colors I collected last summer and the brown lacy ones, I painted white to add to a wreath and can also be used as a bowl filler.  They could be painted any color and stuck in the Christmas tree for an all white theme. But, I have them in a blue mason jar right now. 





This sits so pretty on my porch I don't know if I will get anything made but it is beautiful to look at.

My Mother made me the quilt hanging behind it.  She made me several Christmas Quilt wall hangings over the years and I have no wall space, maybe I should hang from the ceilings! ( LOL) 

I am using different ones for my backdrops right now. 
One morning when I got up and was turning my attention to cleaning up the porch which I am still going with my garden pots, I turned one over, it was the kind that held 6 pots ( black plastic) and these are what I saw. Don't they look like "Ice Crosses" even with the leaves. Nature can be so beautiful! 




While I had the paint out for the hydrangeas, I thought of also painting some tree fallen  pods for bowl fillers or wreath making. 
 I am just always
 collecting and get more than I need! 
I painted them red, gold, white, and left natural. I wore red paint on my arm for a few days, LOL and also saw specks on my glasses in my new 10X mirror. (brow plucking)



I think I will Glitter them also!




I saw this Fairy Garden Link on Facebook and it has a lot of neat ideas for making one with nature found objects!
You might want to read it! I just wanted to share it with you as I LOVE fairy gardens and much of Etsy my moss sales at"ByLightOfMoon" are for just that! 

This article is very informative for accessories!

http://www.greenviewfertilizer.com/articles/how-to-create-fairy-garden

 


Thanks to the Graphics Fairy for this  Clip Art free Download!

These are images I love in a  book  I have!




Happy Holidays!
Blessings, Cyndi

Friday, October 31, 2014

The Friday Flea Market!



I am participating in the "Friday Flea Market"  in which  New Links are posted every Friday! Be sure to check out the Great Finds! Choose some wonderful Gifts!


Also, Like the Facebook page"   https://www.facebook.com/TheFridayFlea
for updates every week !

Make it a Memory! 
Smiles, Cyndi


Friday, October 17, 2014

Fall Collecting in the Forest! Nature's Beauties!



 I added a link a the top of my Page for Interweave which I found from a favorite magazine, Cloth, Paper, Scissors!  It features all kinds of Crafting and Art Resources! It is the Interweave Link which will take you to so many fun places, check it out! You will fall in love too! Save 30% Off at Interweave with Offer Code SPOOKY30 I have not blogged much this summer, but it rained the other day  I stayed inside most of the day,  I am sure my husband liked it better on summer days when I was outside many times past his dinner call!  I cleaned and vacuumed and was in his way all day!


I have stayed busy planting and building gardens, moss, flowers, and wildflower (roadside finds) which I said I was not going to do this year BUT, it happened...

I could not drive my car the beginning of summer, in May I wreaked our car and my husband banned me from driving because Our car insurance rate will  be raised yet again due to me. Two accidents in last two years, which really is a bit much for me... But, eventually I wore him down and said I would pay the increased premium if he would let me go back to my wanderings.... ( he got tired of waiting in the car for me while cutting roadside finds and lots of times he would not even stop which led to some bittersweet words from me....

My gardens have kept me busy and fall collecting season has been fabulous! The acorns are falling on  my head in my backyard! A Banner Year for them!

I am finding so many acorn with no tops which is amazing to me, where are the tops? Maybe they are so heavy on the trees they fall and tops stay. I don't know but both are all around me in my backyard especially, The yard is just covered with both and I cannot help but keep picking them up. They find their way into crevices and leaf bunches, our yard slopes and catches many things, fun to look around.

I even have been finding with I cannot resist collecting is these tiny  little eanny meany acorns, I find their little eyes looking at me in the leaves, They would make great table scatter I tell myself. So yes, I pick them up!

Meanwhile, here is what I have been doing! 
I remember a couple of occasions when I went looking for an acorn and another time a pine cone. They were just not to be found, it was too late for the pine cones, they were under pine straw and rotting and wrong time of year acorns. Some years we just have not had many but THIS has been a BANNER Year for them! They are falling all around me outside in my yard and hitting our car even. 

SO, Collect them when you can!



I  have been collecting the acorn tops for awhile now, they started falling in my back yard a while back so I have a fabulous supply! 


 I had some drying when the rains came and the nuts started sprouting so I feed them to the squirrels but they are separating now and I am collecting them separate and putting acorns the street as I don't want them in my gardens sprouting! I sure don't need pine trees in my gardens.

 I started collecting the acorn tops when I thought of the Gnome Hat Factory for my Etsy store.  As you know fairies, gnomes, hobbits, elves, any kind of  forest creatures who love to hide is what I LOVE! I say to myself I find the magical trinkets they leave for me to discover! Also some buyers are using them to felt acorns with and other ideas.


Also, we have had several days of rain and one a humdinger with  high winds and hard rains and now the pine cones are everywhere, so YES! I go get them! All kinds of trees are in the forest and so many types to find. Long, short, little, fat, they are all around me. They are all a lot to clean and remove pine straw debris but I am working on it





I am now finding all sizes of pine cones and I collect them all. I use them for mixed media projects like the new fireplace starters I am working on. even the eany meany ones will be neat table scatter and in my potpourri I am working on.  Some can be barely seen and are not open.

 I have been drying flowers all summer long for my potpourri mixes and I have a beautiful supply of Dried Hydrangea now too, Beautiful colors in blue, pine, brown lace, white lace, and greens. I have dried flower petals of all kinds.











Some of the small pine cones I am using in my New Fireplace Starters I am just starting to make. Of course, they are all different as I use forest findings to make them. They will be nice for campfires and  fireplaces, etc.  I put inside them items I thought would be neat to see or colorful but the wax dried white instead of clear so next time maybe I will add a scent to them for color since you cannot see inside the fireplaces starters. I did decorate the tops with woodland findings and they will be in my Etsy shop too!

With our hard rains down came the leaves too. I was sweeping our porch and moved my concrete bunny that holds a couple of pine cones that never open. I had added a couple that were on the porch just to clear the way and look what I found. Do you see the tiny mushrooms growing inside the pine cone?



I hope you have enjoyed my days in the woods! 
Smiles, Cyndi


Thursday, September 18, 2014

Hometalk Board on Water Fountains and Features in your Garden!

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I made this Board on" Hometalk" which I adore this site, I can always find an answer to a question I have asked; especially plants ID and I have shown some handmade I have done.

This board has links to every item so just click on the photos to see more information useful on it. 
\Many tell you Instructions on DIY  How to Make, Cost and Time involved. 

You can also search for boards that interest you, ask a ? or Post an Interesting Idea other may love to see, Get ideas, Pin them to Pinterest, Facebook promote and  more!
My Profiles Page is, ByLightOfMoon" here where you can see my likes and clips!
And here is my fProfile for "Cyndi Neumann"  as I have two pages, I don;t know why I have two, it would be easier to keep everything in one place, but when I pin items I also have two Pinterest Boards on my side bar you can see them.


If you see a board of ideas you are interested in you can " Follow That Board" too and when new things are added, you are right there to take advantage of seeing them.

Say " Fall Decor" is a Hot Topic and here is the link in Blue, then you can find the boards you want to see more of them, make a board for yourself and WOW, what fabulous ideas! 

I  hope you enjoy this board I made and I hope you join Hometalk and if you already have or do join, please leave in my comment section your profile link and I will follow you and search around your boards for ideas that you love! 
I Love Comments! 




Smiles, Cyndi