Making it Fancy

 

I love birds, little animals and bugs. Since my winter garden has been crap, they right now are my temporary focus. My favorite thing to do is feed them so they come to me when I walk outside my house and open my arms like Snow White.

I bought a couple Dollar Tree store bird feeders and fancied those bitches up. The only negative is I put them on my porch to close to the door and the humming birds want to fight us every time we come home. I guess we interrupt there sucking of the sweet nectar. I can’t count the amount of times I’ve felt the tiny tip of a beak graze my face or a feather hit my actual eyeball.

I took regular feeders and fake flowers. I cut the flowers into pieces, so I could fit them around the hard-plastic yellow flowers attached to feeders.

 I glued everything down with hot glue.

This is nectar recipe I used:

https://www.dominosugar.com/baking-tips-how-tos/hummingbird-nectar-recipe

Domino® Sugar Hummingbird Nectar Recipe
1 cup tap water
¼ cup Domino® Granulated Pure Cane Sugar
To make your own mixture, bring tap water to a boil and stir in Domino® Granulated Pure Cane Sugar. Allow mixture to cool to room temperature before adding it to your feeder.
To yield larger portions, mix at the ratio of 1-part sugar to 4 parts water. The solution will keep in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

***I did not use Domino sugar. I used this brown looking organic one***

There’s another recipe using orange peels that gives it a great color I will be trying in the future.

I attached a go pro camera to the feeder direactly and got shitty footage. I attached again to the beam on the porch instead and perfect. The humming bird’s wings look almost translucent from moving so fast. I love there lil chirps!!!!!

 

 

D I fucking Y

How’s my winter garden? Horrible!!!!!! Compared to last year I guess. Also compared to summer when everything seems to grow with no end or burn to hell. I do have a tray of leaks a pile of random lettuce and radishes growing, that’s great but I want more. More I tell you. But since my garden is eh I’m going to do a diy. I did can food planters last year, they were amazing. So I will be redoing full detail 😊 yesss.

Your probably thinking isn’t that the same place you put dirt into your cans? Why yes, yes it is. Make sure you dust your multi-purpose area off or you’ll get paint and dirt every ware. I had to re dust a million x5 because dirt just kept magically appearing. Now for the steps to ensure a fantastic looking piece of up cycled cannery.

Step one: Naked your cans. No! find the cans your going to use from the pile you have stocked up for this purpose and make sure they are clean. Last year I half assed them thinking well I’m just going to put dirt in them anyway shouldn’t be to bad. Yes it was bad, I grew hair mold instead of spices. EW.

Step two: Now naked your cans and use a wire scrapper to get any left-over label and glue off

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Now I really love multicolor cans, this year I’m going to try and be more clean and precise. Last year I sprayed all willy nilly. This year I’m about those crisp ass lines, so I bought some painters tape.

side note: I will not be popping holes into the bottoms. I will layer with rocks. I don’t want the water draining through. If you want holes thin nail and a hammer will do 🙂

Step three: Do your first color coat. I am going to try and stick with just a few colors keep it garden chic like all these fancy pants magazines. But do what you want 😊. Wait a few hours until the paint is dry before you do painters tape. I’m impatient as hell I peeled bits of my base layer off not waiting long enough☹. (looks pretty dam cool still)

Step four: Next color. Make sure you put enough tape and press the edges down so the color doesn’t seep into the other color. As you can see I did not follow my own instructions.

 

I spray painted a few bugs to glue onto my cans. I thought it would be dam cute and it is.

I’m done with the cans they seem bland as hell and boring like a just water soup☹ Soooooo I’m going to ad stencils to some. I really do like my bug cans they are cute as fuck. But I need a pop of color in my soul. So back to spraying all willy nilly. I will still be doing crisp ass lines. I used painters tape and stencils to only use part of stencil or to only paint a certain color on part of the can ahhhhhhhhhhhh love it. I got the stencils at Michaels use your coupon I find them a bit pricy.

NEXT:

Some perler bead flowers to label your plants or make signs for the bastard cat shitting in your garden.

I shaped petals out one by one since my perler bead stencils aren’t the ones I need for this project. They still came out well but needed extra work.

1: lay out pattern

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2: Iron and I know this sounds easy but I didn’t read the directions. I figured anyone with at least ¼ a brain could do this very easy step and then I ended up with perlers as flat as the earth is round. So press the stencil equal pressure not to long not to short depending on the heat of your iron.

3: cut out some fabric circles glue your petals on. You could also glue them onto a big button I don’t know why I didn’t think of that earlier.

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4: Melt a single perler end and glue to the end of a wooden BBQ skewer and there we go a perfect lil stem. Now glue that stem to the back of your flower.

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5: Get some paper, writing implement of your choice, scissors and tape. Write out your garden message, plant label, note to nosey neighbors, whatever de stresses your life and cut out. Press tape over front and back making it waterproof and cut out again. Glue on direactly or use a bit of garden twine and there you go. Beautiful flowers with dainty magical caring or blunt note ❤

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Hope you enjoy

Another side note:

I didn’t realize so much red paint was splattering on my arms from can painting. Later in day I saw what looked like a rash and web md it now I’m dying I have rubella. I have rashes from other countries noooooooo why me whhhyyyyyyy. Then I remembered my spray paint cap was faulty and it’s just paint I’m fine. But be careful web md will make you feel like you need to be quarantined instead of just hosed off.

Garden Dreams

I had this dream I was getting up from bed. Everything was white, the light in my house were so bright I could barely open my eyes and I walk out towards my front yard. Soon as I hit the front door everything comes into view. It’s all green and lush, I run to my cherry tomatoes plant on the side yard and its full of tiny even sized tomatoes. I’m so excited cutting them off with my garden scissors. I look down and I’m wearing this bright sun dress with huge yellow flowers and tons of butterflies are swarming my plants. I twirl around in my fantastic dress arms stretched, hands out and open, face smiling up towards the sky. The sun not even burning my eyes because of this dainty lil garden hat.

I wake up in real life to rain. My garage is flooded and my garden bucket with tools is floating in a puddle. My dogs decided this year there going to help me in the garden by digging holes where I don’t need them. But any effort made by them is appreciated. If only they could use tiny shovels. I have two inches of mud in my garage, so garden time is going to have to wait. I thought the weather man was lying as always when he said there would be a storm and to collect sand bags. This is what I get for not believing in you weather man. I take it back you’re not a liar.

 I put some motions lights up outside my house.  They don’t seem to work, there also to high up to even check regularly without fear of falling off the ladder into a gapping hole the earth has made because I left my hose on once again and let water run for hours. (I said I would remember to turn it off 12 hours later I did) 

Anyway………..

 I was reading a blog about using newspapers in a garden to keep away the weeds. I have been using them so far ok. I thought it was funny how their invasive plants are onion bulbs. I wish that what I had to deal with instead of these plants with self-defense mechanism of a stinging and prickliness. I cut my gutter today with my child’s help. It still won’t go up yet. It’s going to rain for a few days and I don’t want it to collect water. 

On a positive note

I love the smell of rain. I love collecting water for my plants and I even love these lil puddles. It reminds me of when I was little and I would take gold fish out the tank and watch them swim in the gutters to the storm drain.

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My cat big grey hunting in the yard

IMG_20170214_105846Thrift store finds

I don’t relax, I garden

I was thinking about my garden and my plants as I dig up weeds tossing dirt around. All their leaves and fruits are eaten! One plant has a tiny  disapointing rotten chili then I go on to my blog and write “My plants bring me joy! I love them! I loved them since they were seeds” as I come inside after flipping them off numerous times.

I Found out what the animal ruining my yard was just last week. It’s a racoon, yup. Him and his lil burglar face have been ruining my plants, biting tomatoes, harassing my bunny and stealing his food. How do I know it stole his food? well he had a piece of toast. That piece of toast ended up in the front yard where the lil coon ran to. I really do love raccoons, they are so freaking cute. I’m going to just put motion lights since he only visits at night to terrorize me. Hopefully this keeps him away (but how many times have I said lights will go up?) If not, I will have to trap and release him some ware else far far far away from the land of free vegetables and toast.

I keep seeing these cute lil rain gutter gardens, I want one, I NEED one. last time I went to Lowes I had the most awful experience with shithole customer service, yes, I’m talking about you Lowes in Gilroy, fuck you! 8 employees siting on their assholes in the garden section not one of them could do what their paid to do and lower fking bricks down. I waited 40 fking minutes and now I know why serial killers exist. They go to stores like this trying to relieve their stress, working in a garden, building bird houses etc. Only to have assholes like that make them wait around, and feel ridiculously unimportant because you know making money for the company you work for is sooo down the list of shit you should be doing ugh. So I went to Home Depot. Someone helped me within 1 fucking minute, 1 I wish I could capitalize a number one. I can’t so I will bold it 1 (take notes Lowes). I got a 10-foot piece of gutter and two sets of end caps and some hook things 4 of them for under thirty dollars. I want to cut it in half and do five feet each. I haven’t really chosen a cite yet, so this might change and I might have to pick more caps and hooks up will see. So far on task and mood is great. Things will get done. I will not drop kick my to-do list this week.

Surprise pea plant

Forgot I planted peas out of ten seeds only one to sprout.

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Tomato’s in the green house living still. Everyone outside shrived to raisins

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Spider in the greenhouse taking care of the nasty winged bugs.

 

 

In real time

I bet your wondering. Yvette ……with all these garden mishaps, why or why do you still garden? and simply I can put it as the sun comes up and I feel the need, the need to create and grow and make this world a more beautiful and fruitful place. Just kidding.

It’s because I pretty much feel like I’m a mermaid but a woodland fairy as well therefore I will make this green thumb catch a spark and work this year. fucking work thumb. Also because I want “TO CATCH” (in a net or other trap) the person who robbed my garden on camera. So garden = catching thief, also using the new seeds I bought. Hopefully cross your fingers. I’ve decided to put up motion lights to deter the night time menace. I’ve made numerous upgrades which I will lead us through now…..or later I have plans on plans on plans on paper and in my brain. We will get to everything together

My greenhouse isn’t taking this cold, wet, hot weather very well. I guess weather in general. I can see tons of lil holes. I did buy a new cover I’m just waiting for the mail to deliver it to me.

I find myself complaining about my winter garden often. It’s not even winter yet. I had to google when winter was. I just assumed because I freeze to death every night and every dam house has Christmas lights up, it must be winter. I was getting ready for the change in season and some asshole decided to help me out by falling over my fence into my huge tomato bushes barely missing my purple tomatillo plant. Now I’m down three bushes. They fell on top of tons of plastic forks I put in the dirt to keep the cats away. I hope they forked there eye out. I didn’t even take a picture of that area it looked like a “real garden” you know the garden you imagine in your head when you plant your seeds. My imaginary garden waters and weeds itself but this raised bed was as close to my idea as possible.  I’m getting ready for my winter garden so super beyond excited but also sick of my shovel and my hose and this tree blocking all my dam sun light.

List of things to do:

Recover my green house

Reclaim yard from the leaf menace

All else can wait.

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The tomato’s I was able to salavage from my smushed plants.

Tiny left over carrot from last years bunch and some gross bugs with big bodies and tiny plant stomping legs.

 

Burned to the root

My two beautiful tomato plants have been trampled, they were both over four feet tall. Something walked all over them and broke them in half. I don’t know what it is, my traps have caught nothing. I’ve been spraying mint every ware its suppose to make mice, rodents and raccoons disappear. My only thought now is that a group of garden gnomes must come alive at night and make the long commute from the house three blocks away to jump my fence, ransack my yard and dump cat shit every ware.

After weeks of blaming my neighbors’ orange cat for shitting on my plants and wishing nothing but herpes upon them and then realizing its my own cat I’ve come to my next conclusion. It’s the fucking both of them. I’ve seen them both doing it they must be taking turns ruining my life. This weather has been crap 95 today 104 tomorrow then it rained wtf? is it fall or are we still in summer.

My back-yard garden was the biggest casualty of the earths ever changing mind. All my spices burnt to hell, everything in the green house wilted! Even with all the water I poured before class, after class, before work, all day flooding them with water. I was keeping them hydrated like they were Olympic sprinters

My side yard garden doing amazingly, I can’t say I’m not growing porn star quality cucumbers because it’s pretty dam clear I am ;). It’s going so dam good on the side I’m going to plant more there. I just need to build this dam fence to keep the people sized garden thieves out. 

I had to buy a litter scoop and scoop my dirt. Some asshole tossed a pile of rocks into my garden. Where the hell do you get random rocks around here? The river is over ten miles away.

I didn’t realize how hard it is to put up chicken wire. The internet makes things look to dam easy. I did a pretty horrible job. It doesn’t look like any cats or dogs will make it in so it has met its purpose to keep the fur monsters out of the future cite of my veggies. Now how to keep the gnomes out ha. Will see.

My small bounty

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Never ending amount of uninvited guests.

I didn’t know snails could eat so much.

Pretty sure the rabbit got out and ate the cucumbers.

 

Garden dreams crushed

You can tell someone has been river dancing all over my dirt. My cover blew off into the wind and out into the world. Ugg flip flops and sprinkling plants with water doesn’t mix. My feet look like I’m a hobbit minus the hair. Just dirty feet gross.

I’m behind on my garden life between the animals eating all my plants, my cat shitting and ripping out all my fucking seedlings. Not to mention the people robbing me of my organic goods then eating them in my yard. I visited my garden to find all my cumbers gone, roughly around 10. I start cleaning and notice a huge hole in my bushes ware someone has been siting and eating fucking snacks and drinking a crisp 40 oz. Corona. All their trash is there. In the piles of trash are lil cucumber tops, this asshole whoever it is had been sitting in a bush eating my cucumbers ugh. This is why bob wire fences should be allowed in city limits.

 I have a full family of cucumber plants that have grown with no problems. So I’m building another fucking fence to keep people out. I went to water my separate bed and my giant ass scallop squash was gone. It was the size of a hippo’s ass already! I didn’t even get a pic. It was actually the size of a dinner plate but tell me have you ever seen a scallop squash that big? No,.. no I didn’t think so. The gem of my garden is gone. (these are the front yard squash not the back yard eaten by animal squash)

I have aphids all over remaining squash. Aphids are like the herpes of the garden world. This is why no butterflies have visited me. There probably all siting at a fucking Starbucks on a purple flower bush gossiping…” let’s not go to her garden, she has aphids ugh disgusting bitch”. I search my yard for lady bugs to take care of this problem naturally and found only one. I put it on the squash flower it promptly flew away, even miss lady bug was disgusted. So I went to my alternative and sprayed my bushes with soap and water. I don’t know if its working yet but I see tons of beetles running away so crossing my finger toes and lighting up my virgin Mary candle.

I pulled out the rest of my carrots. Luckily whoever has been molesting my garden has not noticed or realized he/she was stealing from a rainbow carrot gold mine. While pulling I see this lil pile of dirt in lil clumpies, a gopher is in my garden. I don’t see a full hole just the dug-up earth which kind of is a help as I am getting ready for the winter garden. I pulled up a few carrots beautiful orange and purples. I fucking love pulling up carrots omg! its amazing the way the earth clinging to the carrot smells it cannot be described with real words it’s just fucking fantastic. I pulled them up and up them away into my lil basket one carrot 2 carrot 3 6 8 9 and a fucking half. Yes, I said half the gopher is eating my carrots from underground. Leaving me with nubby ass little carrots. Ugg if it’s not people its insects if not insects its lil furry animals ruining my garden dream.

The nubby carrots and animal eaten squash then the full carrots 🙂

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The bunny butt eating radish that refused to form into lil bulbs