October 23, 2011

Photography This Weekend in Upstate NY

I love fall.... Red, Yellow and Blue....
 No enhancement here... this is the actual photo I took....
Nature's first green is gold....
 More blues....
Awesome splash caputre...
Flipped upside down...
Anyone know what these berries are?  The stem is sooo pink!

October 22, 2011

How to Make a Halloween Spider Nest Decoration

Halloween and spookiness.

Welcome to our haunted house.

My favorite part of our Halloween decor this year is the spider nest.  It is pretty gross.  I mean to buy more little spiders to attach all over it. 

In order to make this project, you will need:

1 balloon
1 spool of cotton twine
1 bottle of Elmer's Glue

That's it!

In order to make this project, I would suggest you find a place where you can tie your balloon up.  I used the chandelier over my table.  You will also need to prepare the surface under the balloon with some newspaper because you will have drippy glue everywhere.

Pour the glue into a large bowl.  Unravel some of your cotton twine and put one end of it into the glue.  I started with 2 foot sections of twine without cutting it.  Start at the top of the balloon and stick the sticky, gluey, messy twine on to the balloon.  Wrap and wrap and wrap and then unravel more twine into the glue, coating the twine as you go.  Wrap in all different directions.  When you have lots of twine on the balloon, leave it to dry.  After about a day, you can pop your balloon and you will have an awesome spider nest. 
I attached a long piece of twine to the top parts of the nest to create a hanger that attaches from one side to the other.  This helped the nest to hang and get even smaller on top and wider on the bottom. 

Attach lots of little spiders (I just intertwined their legs with the string) and you've got a spider nest for Halloween. 

Have fun spooking!

October 20, 2011

Cool photo

I took this macro photo this summer and just came across it.  Thought you might like to see.  How cool is this little guy???  I also had some other creatures in my yard that I don't think I've posted so check them out below!

Another shoot my friend and I went on involved a walk down some railroad tracks early in the morning. It was a very foggy morning.  The steam was rising off of the river and everything was covered with dew.

We met this guy on the track with his owner.  He had no dew on him.  Such an odd looking pup!

  This is the actual pre-production picture...
 This score board is at the track where we walk in the morning.  You can sort of see the fog in front of the trees.

The horses are on the track....  This horsey swing is at the playground near the tracks.
 This is the actual picture with no processing.  Cool track marks!

This bee was on my friend's sweatshirt. Great photo op!

October 16, 2011

Alice In Wonderland Cookies

My little son is in the school play, Alice in Wonderland Jr. so today I made some fun Alice cookies for his castmates.  After they dry, I will wrap them in cellophane bags and put a topper on them.  I think they turned out fairly cute, don't you?  The Queen one is not my design.  I copied it from a cookie I saw online... only theirs had the orange hair from the movie.  Since our queen has dark hair, mine had to have dark hair.

October 13, 2011

A Trip in Photos

 This past weekend, I drove to my parents' house in PA.  It is about a 6 hour drive and I went to visit with my parents, of course, but I also went to see my new baby niece and my great nephew.  Here are a few pictures of things we saw along the way or while we were there.  Thought you might enjoy seeing the pretty fall scenery in upstate NY and NW PA.

This is a round barn in Greene, NY.

We were lucky enough to see this guy on our way home!

Another round barn.  They fascinate me.
Autumn Color...

Ruins in Austin, PA
A pretty kitty
The leaves fell from around this giant wasps nest in my back yard.  Love it!

The geese flying south
Fall falling...

My baby niece.  So tiny!  She was a premie and is two weeks old in this photo

My great nephew.   All of two months old!
Under the haystack fast asleep... Ok... on top of the haystack.  :-)

Happy Fall!
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