Friday, April 30, 2010

Did you know?

 I have super sensitive hearing.. especially out of my right ear. 

 I have super sensitive sense of smell... I can always detect farts.. early.

I love being barefoot, but I think I have ugly feet!

 I am nocturnal. I sometimes go to bed at 6 am and don't wake up until 2 pm. It's true Mom. I'm sorry.

I normally eat one meal a day, sometimes two. It's not that I starve myself.. I just don't get hungry often.. or I forget. Sorry again Mom!

When I paint I mix the paint on my hand. 
When I'm done painting my left hand is completely covered in paint. 

Even though I'm nocturnal I get super depressed when I don't see the sun. 

 I always have to bring a water bottle/cup of water with me to bed. When I was growing up I would always end up with 10-15 cups down in my room.  I would hear my mom ask, "Where have all our cups gone to?" I would sneak all the cups into the dishwasher like a cup stealing ninja. 
She knew it was me.

I'm a messy person.

I love cemeteries. 

 I love trees!
 I used to talk to trees when I was little. 
I still talk to trees and house plants.. it's good for them, look it up.)

 I daydream a lot. 
Especially when I hear "stock talk" 
(Stock Market Stuff)
I hate math.

I love making silly faces.
Especially with my best pal Mowgli.

I love the color of mustard! 

I love to celebrate! 
Each and every holiday. 
Every occasion.
sometimes just because! 

I have sleep paralysis and I HATE it.
I love old movies. Silent films are my favorite! 

 I can't sleep without my puppy, he can't sleep without me.

I love playing around and feeling like a kid.

I just love a good adventure.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

How To: Bonsai

I have had a few people ask how I "made" this bonsai tree.
Mostly my mom. 
I'm terrible with words. I just can't explain things right.
I'm a visual person.
Here is a How To with pictures.
Wish me luck.

How To Style A Bonsai Tree From A Juniper Bush

You will need: 
Gardening gloves (optional)
I didn't use any gloves. The pain was minimal.
I just used scissors
Juniper bush
I used a Japanese Garden Juniper. 
When picking your plant look for a healthy juniper with a single stem.
(You might get pricked a little when examining)
A New Pot
Make sure it is big enough to hold your juniper

Got everything?

Plants that experience sudden change may go into shock. 
This plant is about to change homes and get a huge hair cut. 
(That's enough to put anyone in shock)
 It may be best to spread this process out over a few days.
Junipers are very forgiving and hardy. I did mine both in one day and they are doing fine.

Step One:
Replant your tree.
Most of you probably now how to do this. In case you don't.. 
Make sure the soil you are using is moist, you can add water to it. 
To remove the plant, slip your hand over the pot and hold the plant's stem, then turn the pot upside down. Remove about one-third of the soil. Put a few inches of potting soil in the bottom of the new pot. Put the plant into the pot. Fill in around the roots with soil.
It's fun to be messy!

Step Two:
Locate the trunk of your tree. There should be a solitary stem. Using your trimmers clean up that stump area. Remove any branches or leaves from it. You will start to see the structure of the juniper bush, from the trunk you will see bigger branches, begin to clean those up too.
This picture is just terrible. So sorry.
Step 3:
Choose which side you would like to be the front. The front should have one main branch. Choose a few other branches to be in your tree. Junipers tend to grow with beautiful curves and slants, those make the best bonsai trees. From the front of your tree you should be able to see a lot of the trunk but still have branches at the back to give depth. You can remove branches to achieve this.

(Those little sticks coming from the trunk can be removed later)

Step 4:
Snip off the little branches and foliage. You want this to look like a tree and not a shrub. Gaps between foliage is desirable. Use pictures of trees or real trees as a reference for how leaves grow. 
Keep snipping until you are satisfied with your tree. 
There you have it.
This project cost me 7.00 (I already had the pot)
There is a mini tree hidden under shrubbery. Who knew!?

Give your new tree plenty or water, sunlight and love.
Regrowth will start to appear every few days, just trim your tree down to size.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Exploration of Arkansas No. 1

 I can't not post tons of pictures from my first exploration.
Included in these pictures are sneak peeks
of things that will be added to my shop over the next week.
Hooray for being settled in! 
Hooray for exploring! 

Arkansas is full of beautiful things, like trees, swamps, moss and flowers. 
It is also full of creepy, crawly, poisonous things that got me so frightened, I screamed and alerted the entire mountain of my presence.
My throat still hurts from that scream.
And my abs hurt from laughing at myself.
Is this a copperhead? I almost stepped on it... It was a baby.
Yuck. Gross. Ew!
Okay, enough of that.
Seconds before my snake encounter.
I will be posting that skirt on Etsy!
(well, the duplicate I made.. I liked it too much and wanted one for myself) 
I know what you are thinking...
"Doesn't this girl ever get sick of pictures of moss and trees?"
No, no I do not.
But I do know how to explore other places...
Next time.. I'm going in that house!

You know that feeling.. when you feel like you are falling in love? 
But you kinda don't want to because you are not supposed to fall in love?
I shouldn't be falling in love with Arkansas. 

But I just might be. 

If you wish to advance into the infinite, explore the finite in all directions. 
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe 

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Game Of Tag

I've been tagged by Dori The Giant  I'm supposed to post the 6th picture I've ever posted on this blog.

I know it's crooked.. This is not my favorite piece of art. This was made over 5 years ago back in art class. Wow. 
I tag:
Town Mouse In The Country 
Violet Bella
Love Erica
The Fowlers Live Here

PS I've been feeling much better lately and making stuff like crazy. I can't wait to show you.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Tree Hugger

I'm a silly tree loving girl.
I've loved trees since I was little.
I talked to them.
I hugged them.
I climbed them.
I would sit in the apricot tree out back and eat apricots alllll day long.

I still love trees. They are spectacular and beautiful.

Trees don't die of old age. They are killed by insects, disease of by people
Giant Sequoias are regarded as the oldest trees and have been known to live 4,000 to 5,000 years.
The tallest tree in the country is a Coast Redwood growing in 
northern California's Redwood National Park.
It is 369 feet tall and over 2000 years old.
Knocking on wood for good luck came from primitive tree worshipers, they believed that knocking on trees would summon protective spirits that lived in trees.
 Some trees can communicate with each other. When willows are attacked by caterpillars or other insects they emit a chemical that alerts other willows nearby. The neighboring trees will pump more tannin into their leaves making their leaves difficult for the insects to digest.
One tree can absorb as much carbon in a year as a car produces while driving 26,000 miles.
Over the course its life, a single tree can absorb one ton of carbon dioxide.
Amazing huh?
I plan on living in a tree someday. 
Mark my words.
It will happen.
The average tree in an urban/city area has a life expectancy of only 8 years.
There are about 20,000 tree species in the world. 
The United States has one of the largest tree treasuries second only to India.
I'll stop boring you with tree facts now.
I just love this planet and all it's beautiful trees.
Pssst.. Happy Earth Day!