Sunday, September 21, 2014

End of Summer Saturday Markets, Don't Miss Them!

 I love Indiana Saturday markets where Amish and Mennonite proprietors are as plentiful as the goods they sell.  

My son, his wife, and their two adorable little boys, live in this fabulous state.  I get to visit their Saturday market often.  

Seriously, it's hard to believe you can still get watermelon this late in the season.  Yum!  I'll take two!  

Pumpkins are also being sold.  It's nearly October.  Maybe I better look at one for the grandboys.

I found a whole table full of pumpkins!  That $4.00 one looks just perfect.

Looking at pumpkins makes me hungry.  I'm thinking pumpkin bars, pumpkin pie . . . . . . . or even just a nice sweet roll to fill me up.  Food abounds at these things.  

Oh, yeah, that's what I'm talking about.   

Or, I could follow the example of my two little grandsons, and buy myself a delicious chocolate chip cookie.  You see, this is why I really love Saturday market.  It's the vendors selling food that I go for.   That, and the flowers.  

Ooooh,  Love these!


I hope you're inspired to visit your market, no matter how late in the season.  There's always something for someone.  And, well, it's nice to support your local economy too.  I'll be heading home to Washington state before long.  I know we'll have apples and pies and jams coming out in late harvest markets.  I can't wait!  

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Easiest Bird Feeder Project Ever!

All you need is an empty paper towel roll, a stick, some peanut butter and bird seed.  

Scissors are needed for an adult to make two small holes for the perch.  

And then it's time to spread the peanut butter on.

Bird seed is next.  . . . .. . . hmmmmmm.

Better speed up the process.  

Rolling the seed on is even faster.  

Time to add the perch. 

Check out the finished project.

 Use a pipe cleaner for hanging. 

Let's find a tree!

Better check it out one more time.

Thanks for the help, Aunt Rachel.

Oh, it's ready for the birds!  Yay!  

Friday, September 19, 2014

Outtakes (and a few favorites) From The Photo Shoot Yesterday Morning.

It was early, it was chilly, and there were two of them (one of which was not buying into the whole "photo shoot" idea yet).  

This is not going to be easy, but then that's the way it is when you photograph toddlers.  It's up to the photographer (and her assistant Rachel) to make it fun, so here we go.  

Four year old Ezekiel is totally enamoured with the "bug lites".

He's also enamoured with the stick teepee, because I mean, you know, how cool is that for a kid?  

Okay, sensing a pattern here . . . . . . . I'm going to have to get creative.  

Awwww . . . . . at least they are both turned in my direction now, albiet not thrilled to be sitting with each other.  

We're starting to get somewhere now.  

Give them the "bug lites" to hold!  It helps a little.  Still not quite there.  Maybe just a little too serious.  

But then . . . . . . . .   Drum roll please . . . . . . 

MY FAVORITE . . . . . 

This is what we call;  "The Money Shot"!  It's the one that my entire photo session goal was centered around.  This is the shot the mama loves, it's the keeper of the whole bunch, and it is Adorable!!!

Photo session over.   

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Bug Lights: Best Project Ever!!!

Ezekiel, 4 years old, and Nehemiah, 2, show off the cute "bug lights" they made with Grandma.

 A teepee made with sticks, collected from the woods, is just perfect for hanging our home crafted "bug lights".

Ezekiel enters the woods with his new companions in a jar.  And then he hangs the jar on a knot on a stick in the teepee tent.

Do you want to make "Bug Lights" at home?  Here's How.  

Supplies and Instructions:

So simple, you just let the kids paint some green grass on the bottom half of the jars, and let it dry.  They can add whatever they like to the inside, along with one or two battery operated tea lights.  With an adult using the wire cutters, shape wired twine around the neck of the jar, making a little loop for hanging.  

The finished project.  Whimsical, Magical, and Fun.  Need I say more?   

Monday, July 21, 2014

Oregon Coast Scenes: Part 2

Pacific City, Oregon.  It's a few miles off hwy 101 along the Oregon coast,  but worth the visit.

This almost looks like a scene plucked from the coast of Maine, but it's not.  This rocky path to a New England style home is at Proposal Rock on the Oregon Coast.  

Restaurant and store grace the entrance to Proposal Rock just north of Lincoln City on the Oregon Coast.  

Proposal Rock is a great beach for walkers.

On hwy 101 there are plenty of pull-outs for viewing the coastline.  At this pull out north of Lincoln City I photographed a young woman playing the guitar.  

I drove through the rocks just before the viewpoint.  It was my last stop along the coast before heading home.  

Sunday, July 20, 2014