Several years ago, Kevin built a wood rack from material leftovers in the backyard. Our neighbor had too much wood and shared it with us. and he had to built it in a hurry. A couple of years later, Kevin had to build a ½ cord wood rack in one evening. Because our wood guy called and said he’d be in the area the following morning, Kevin had to hammer and screw something together real quick. That ½ cord rack surprisingly lasted five years. But now, it needs to be replaced. Kevin build a new ¼ cord rack, which is much more stable and right next to the porch. And when it gets a little bit cooler, he will work on a new ½ cord wood rack by the fence. He did really good. I’m proud of him. And what I like about the new rack, it has a roof.
Kevin Built a new 1/4 cord wood rack over the weekend. The old rack had to make room for it.
The backside of the new 1/4 cord wood rack.
She doesn’t look so scary at all, does she? 😉
A farmer made a scarecrow
to frighten crows away.
And the scarecrow got so lonely
standing in that field all day,
he called a crow down from the blue sky
Please sit with me a while.
The crow said, I’m to scared of you.
The straw man gave a smile.
I’ve stood here in this cornfield.
For all my life, I’ve stood.
I’ve guarded corn from crows like you
just like a scarecrow should.
But as I stand, I watch you fly
and wonder what you see.
What is ist like to float through air?
Please sit and talk with me.
The crow sat on a pumpkin
and looked in Scarecrow’s face.
I’ve flown our whole world over,
but this is a special place.
From way up high I watch you
as your cornstalks sway and wave.
I’ve wanted so to meet you
for you look so wise and brave.
They chatted through the afternoon
sharing secrets of both sky and land.
And when old sun began to sink,
Crow flew to Scarecrow’s mitten hand.
I must fly now, but I’ll be back
to sing you songs from up above.
This tale is true. We must believe
in magic and unlikely love.
Author: Amy Ludwig VanDerwater
When you followed my blog in October for the last couple of years, you’ve probably noticed that I love, love Halloween. This year, we have to begin with the decoration early, because Kevin and I still have to put some hand-made items together.
Ooh, a creepy spider crawls down the web.
Multi-colored lights for this Halloween season
The first Halloween decoration and lights are up.
Today, we’ve started with screwing a trellis to the house soffit and the siding on the front porch. Once the trellis was sturdy, Kevin wrapped multi-colored Halloween light strings around it. Then it was my turn to decorate it with spider webs and glittery spiders. Now, Kevin just needs to look for Charlotte in the attic. And the first decoration will be perfect. But this has to wait until tomorrow.
Tinker Lantern by the garden fountain
Harvest Tinker after sunset
Last year, I made another Tinkerbell lantern. But I’ve never posted it, due to a lot of events. After the treatments, I completely forgot blogging about it. It sat on our dining table for over a year. And now, I finally have come around to capture some photos and post them. Better now, than never. 😉
This lantern I made with tissue paper, which I’ve glued on the outside of the jar. I’ve printed Tinkerbell, cut out the silhouette and glued it to the inside of the lantern. As a harvest decor, I’ve got one of these plastic berries from the Dollar Store and wrapped the wire around the top of the glass jar. For the girls, I use flameless, battery-operated flicker candles. Mainly Sara loves to sit the lanterns on top of her shelf next to the bed, and turn on the candles, before she goes to sleep. After the season, this will be a new addition, used as a night light. She already cleared a spot for it in her room.
Three years ago, when Sara was in Kindergarten, she had a little school project on Spring Break. We’ve helped her to make a Leprechaun trap and write a little story about, how she’s gonna trap it. The Irish gnome is approving, that this is a great trap for catching these little gold chasing boogers. Don’t forget to wear your lucky green, today. 🍀🌈🍀
Sara’s Leprechaun Trap, she made for a Kindergarten project in 2015.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
Over the years, I found some very cute and easy-DIY ideas on Pinterest. I’ve got the materials and took the time to do it myself. It is cheaper and fun to create. Not to forget to mention, not everyone has the same old Halloween decor in the yard, in a window, or on a shelf.
- Katelynn always wanted a Pet Ghost in a jar. So I made her one with a big cotton swab, phosphor colored spray, mini pom-pom, a glass jar, black paint, a print out I found on a website, and a flameless candle.
- The cat and the witch, I printed out on a regular 8″x11″ paper, went to my former company, and let it print out on a bigger scale. I glued them on black craft paper. This way, the light didn’t shine through. The rats I did the same way, without printing them on a bigger scale.
- The Mummy lantern is simply made from some medical gauze and googly eyes; the Jack-o-Lantern jar is painted, and decorated with a printout silhouette.
DIY Pet Ghost (2014)
Mummy & Pumpkin Lanterns (2014)
Halloween Window Silhouettes (2014)
Last Winter, Kevin and I have noticed that the new tiled floors make the house feel cooler. We talked about getting a few runners. When we spend a good Dollar on something, I want to last it for several years. And I need to like it. In the meantime, a DiY-carpet runner has to do the job keeping us warm. Kevin ordered a French Knitter, which arrived yesterday. Last night, I started with my little project. In the photos it shows the beginning of a round carpet for the front room. It keeps me busy, while I watch TV after the girls are in bed. The pictures show the blue much lighter. But it is actually called “pool”. Today, I added “mint” as a second color. I’ll keep you updated with this knitting project.
My new French Knitter (“Strickliesel” in German)
The beginning of a new knitting project