Many of you know we lost my brother very unexpectedly recently. It’s always so hard to grapple with the loss of a loved one in these circumstances.
My brother was an accomplished flint-knapper. He hand-made many arrowhead works of art. Of course he signed each and every one to differentiate between his perfection at his art and actual American Indian artifacts.
After his passing I wanted to make gifts for my parents from his beautiful work.
I wanted to make a very sentimental gift for my mother. Y’all know I always prefer to make my gifts homemade. But I’m not really the creative type. So I struggle mightily with being able to figure out the perfect gift.
But this time I think my gift was perfect. You see, my brother, an accomplished flintknapper, had recently passed away.
So I took arrowheads that my brother had flint-knapped years ago and arranged them into a cross collage for her. Come see how I was able to fashion this gift using only supplies I had at home.
The birds see the bright-red faux berries and decide to swoop in for a little snack. A few pecks of that rock hard ‘strawberry‘ and they decide you’re an awful gardener and move on, leaving future strawberries for your own harvest.
I already had the paint, I already had the rocks, but I didn’t have a small paintbrush. So I decided to make one on the fly.
All I needed was a tiny scrap piece of absorbent material & an ordinary clothespin.
This is my first year to plant strawberries, y’all! I’ve included them in my Edible Landscape this year. But how do you protect fresh, ripe garden strawberries from the birds?
I’ve been reading lamentations from other gardeners about the birds stealing those strawberries riiiiiight before harvest time!
Now I don’t remember where I saw this hint (so sorry to whomever opened my eyes to this hack) but this is brilliant. I read somewhere that someone was suggesting painting rocks to look like strawberries.
I’m pretty eco-conscious, shunning excessive or unnecessary trash wherever possible.
Even when RancherMan & I go out to eat, I bring a small lidded glass dish into the restaurant with me to hold my leftovers. That keeps me from having to accept their Styrofoam packaging.
But one of my self-imposed rules about my crunchiness is that I want to make it ‘un-weird‘ in public to keep RancherMan from feeling uncomfortable.
He assures me my eco ways don’t make him uncomfortable, but I still want to be considerate. And let’s face it, carrying a small casserole dish through a restaurant does not blend in with the atmosphere.
So I decided I needed a carrier that looked almost purse-like.