If you are an animal lover, you will want to read “Beastly Brains” by Nancy Castaldo. This new nonfiction book explores animal emotions, empathy, communication, problem solving, self-awareness and more. As a cat lover, I was interested in the author’s “Afterword on Cats” where she mentions the village of Liege which trained postal cats to deliver the mail!
Her hobbies include reading, exploring, and watching the latest Disney movie with a big bucket of popcorn. Her most favorite activity is learning about science and experimenting with ideas.
Edna’s latest area of interest is gardening. She loves the smell of flowers and enjoys eating lots of different fruits and vegetables- except for Lima beans! She would really like to have her own garden, but she’s not very good at keeping even a cactus alive!
Lately, she has been reading about a different way of growing plants called, hydroponics. Hydroponics is a way of growing plants without soil. How can this be? Edna always thought that soil was needed to make plants grow! Technically plants need soil for its nutrients and as support system for its roots to hang on to. SO…if you put the nutrients that the plant needs right into the water and if you have something to support the plant and its roots, the plant won’t need the soil. It’s very scientific and Edna needs to do some more research.
New Year’s Day is just around the corner. Here is a great way to record all of the good things that will happen to you in 2017. All you need for this idea is an empty jar and scraps of paper. This January, write down all of the good things (big and small) that happen throughout the year. On New Year’s Eve, empty the jar and read through all the happy memories of 2017! Have fun decorating your jar and using colored sheets of scrap paper to add some flair!
This week on Pinterest vs Reality: Those string ornaments made from string wrapped around a balloon and held together with glue. That description alone makes this DIY sound so easy. The more I saw these on Pinterest, the more I had wanted to make one!
Here’s how to make one for yourself! My own notes will be in blue.
Blow up a balloon to the size you want your ornament to be. The shape of your balloon is very important! When the glue dries, your string will look like your balloon. I used old water balloons, so they turned out egg shaped.
Fill a dish or bowl with equal parts glue and water. Place the string in the glue mixture. A lot of tutorials would include corn starch, but I didn’t have corn starch, so I found a tutorial that didn’t need it. Also, a bowl works better than a dish. What I used was small and shallow so I made a mess. A bowl would also help keep the string in the glue.
Wrap the string around the balloon, making sure the string always has glue on it. Don’t be afraid to use a lot of string and to wrap it randomly. The more the better. Also make sure ALL the string has glue on it, or the pieces that aren’t gluey won’t stay well.
Hang your ornament to dry. It’s best to leave it overnight.
When your string has dried, carefully poke the balloon away from the string, without popping it. This helps to make sure the string and glue separate from the balloon.
Pop and remove balloon. This part is kind of tricky. Be careful not to disturb your ornament. It’s best to use a pair of scissors to pull it out.
I made some ornaments with yarn and some with twine. The twine was definitely easier to use and if you dye the glue with a few drops of food coloring, it will dye your string too! I’d say this is a “Pin” that works! What do you think?
To find on Pinterest, try searching “DIY string ornament.” Or watch the pinned video here.
This week on Pinterest vs Reality: Paper skeleton hands!
Halloween is such a fun time to decorate for!
I found this pin for a paper skeleton hand and the picture made it look so easy, I had to try it.
The steps are pretty simple:
1) On a piece of paper, trace your hand with your fingers slightly apart.
2) Cut out hand.
3) Bend fingers where your joints would be (the spots where your fingers bend)
4) Pinch between the joints (as seen in picture).
My hand turned out just as good as the one on Pinterest, don’t you think?