some buzzin' buddies in our garden. it's so rewarding to give the birds n' bees a natural source of food/ habitat. i see bird fights all the time at the neighbors bird feeder, which BTW is attracting the elusive orange feral cat to their yard instead of mine. bright yellow finches visit our wildflower patch every day, nibbling on seedheads of dying back flowers.. so i leave half dying flowers for them and cut the others to rebloom for the insects. a happy balance.
indoors- this week i've battled a 2 day invasion of the ants in the kitchen. we had heavy storms which always makes them come indoors. but it was better than a flooded basement like my neighbor had. after a half dozen natural repellent attempts (vinegar, cinnamon, peppermint oil, bay leaves) i had to resort to the deadly black ant traps which worked in conjunction with the natural remedies. so sad to watch the hard working ants carrying away the poison, i always feel like a murderer! a good repellent is a wad of cotton with a few drops of peppermint essential oil/ orange and or lemon oil stuffed in the hole where the ants come in- smells nice too.
so finally after regaining control of my kitchen, i could get back to working on bears for abracadabra. the plan was to have them there before end of this month (oh, that's in 3 days!). so i'm doing what i caaaann! after that, it's all about Hugglets festival. i need to order business cards and supplies, and waiting on my passport. i can't believe it's only about a month away.
so i best be gettin' busy like a bee... xoxo
hope your summer is going wonderful.
- Wednesday, Clear HI 100°Illinois EPA has declared Wednesday an Air Pollution Action Day. Sunny, hazy, becoming intensely hot and humid. Southwest winds strengthen to 12 to 24 mph. Some 25+ mph gusts in the afternoon. Temps may reach 100 degrees at the city's official observation station for the first time in 6 years. Afternoon heat index reaches the dangerous 106 to 114 range. Fair at night, oppressively warm and humid.
kent rogowski's bears. these made me say "why didn't i think of this?!" it's too good. and i bet you are tempted as i am to turn a manufactured bear inside out... revealing all the innards never meant to be seen. check out rogowski's amazing puzzles too.
i'm heading out to apply for my passport for Hugglets. have a great weekend!
for those just tuning in: *the sock monkey update* is happening on my web site tomorrow, july 10 at 7pm central.
International friends, click here for time conversion.
*My Sock Monkey updates only happen a few times a year, so please note: rather than my usual noon time listing, I am doing a SUNDAY EVENING listing to try to accommodate everyone :) i've already got the sock monkey jitters!
well, a few years ago i stumbled upon a RARE supply of vintage "uncle sam sox" (i estimate circa 1950's). unused and still with the tags! i have not seen the likes of them since, nor anything ever written about them. so i will talk a little bit about these lovely socks here.
as you can see they are similar brown knit as the classic nelson socks, but white heeled. what yesteryear folks would do is applique felt lips or embroider a red smile (as i did here for my rockford mini monkey):
uncle sam sox are *fine hosiery*, rather than the industrious work sock like nelson. that means a thinner, finer weave yet very soft. it was a lot more challenging to stuff with rags (avoiding a crumpled, pointy looking surface) but i solved that with a secret technique :)
uncle sam sox and nelson socks are:
- made here in the USA.
- made of all cotton with a some nylon in heel + toe.
- make a darn fine monkey!
happy 4th! as promised here is my new bear "pinwheel". she's an *american stick bear* in hand tie dyed red/ blue mohair on gray cotton backing. i just love the way she turned out after trimming, plucking, and ageing... she was just a faceless fluff ball the other day (see previous post). pinwheel is available for immediate adoption on my web site today!
have a sparkling and safe 4th of july! xoxo