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ravens on birdbath

Use Removable Inserts In BirdbathI have a lot of bird baths and most of them are made from cement and stone. They are very heavy and my biggest pet peeve about them is that they sit in the sun and they turn green with algae.

 

A garden bed with a waterfall of flowers.

Waterfall of FlowersI think this is probably one of my best masterpieces in my gardens. I use waterfalls or ponds and turn them into plants and flower beds.

 

A double dapple dachshund being held in a lap.

Stewie (Double Dapple Dachshund)Stewie is almost 2 and a Double Dapple Dachshund. I got him from my hairdresser. There were 2 in the litter. She kept one and I took Stewie.

 

bee on passion flower

Bees Love Passion FlowerThe beautiful passion flower is our Tennessee State Wildflower. We let it grow wild on our homestead in our garden to encourage the bees to come pollinate our plants. I harvest the leaves of the passion flower to make extract which helps promote restful sleep.

 

Muffin (Papillon/Shih Tzu/Poodle)Muffin (Papillon/Shih Tzu/Poodle) Photos. Muffin is a 3 months old. Her mom is Papillon and dad is a Shih Tzu/Poodle cross. Does that make her a PapShihPoo? LOL! We found our pet through the paper ads and got her Oct. 22, 2006.

 

Jewelry Made from Nespresso Coffee Cups - bracelets

Jewelry Made from Nespresso Coffee CupsI made this jewelry from empty Nespresso cups. Empty the cups. Rinse them out and let dry. Then process them into jewelry. You will find enough tutorials on the internet so do not throw that cup away anymore, but recycle them into nice jewelry.

 

Lexi Lou (Blue Fawn Pit) - closeup of dog's face, she is lying upside down

Lexi Lou (Blue Fawn Pit)We got her at the pound. Everyone was passing her up because she was very sick. She was missing most of her fur, scabbed up, and oozing from her infection. We nursed her back to health and from our labor of love she grew very attached to our family as we did her.

 

Aquilegia  (Columbine) - red and white flowers

Aquilegia (Columbine)I have always admired this flower, but for some reason, I have never grown it. There's something about its name I find very pleasant, Aquilegia. I even like its common name 'columbine'. And the lesser used common names 'Granny's Bonnet' and 'Granny's Nightcap' will do in a rush.

 

Growing Widow's Tears - purple flowers

Growing Widow's Tears (Spiderwort)I got a few cuttings from a coworker. They spread beautifully on the side of my house and come back every year.

 

A grey and white cat by some flowers.

Kylo (Cat)I found Kylo walking down my block I took him home to surprise my Son Isaiah. He was only one month old. We (me and my three sons) love him so much.

 

A recycled market bag made from plastic grocery bags.

Making Market Bags from Plastic BagsI make market bags from plastic store bags and colored trash bags. Here is a photo of a pink one I made. With most stores going with reusable bags now, I think people will enjoy these.

 

Binki-Boo (Chihuahua)  - fuzzy Chihuahua

Binki-Boo (Chihuahua)Binki can sniff out anything. If I bring home bags of shopping & there is a toy in there for her, that I haven't even told her about - she will immediately sit up (I call it Sitting Pretty) with her 2 front paws up, and do an excited whimper! It's as if she's saying, "Look Mummy! I'm sitting pretty! Can I have my toy now?" 

 

Peekaboo Annie - kitty in backpack

Peekaboo Annie (Domestic Shorthair)When my daughter comes home to visit she gets lots of love and attention from our cat Annie. This time when she prepared to go home she found Annie stowed away and waiting for her inside her backpack. We all laughed! We all just thought she was so adorable I had to share this!

 

Blue Beauty (Butterfly on Sedum flower) - brilliant blue butterfly on pink autumn sedum flower

Blue Beauty (Butterfly on Sedum Flower)Autumn sedum beckons the bees making it almost impossible to capture the perfect photo of the vibrant blue butterflies that flit from flower to flower. Hoping against hope I wouldn't get stung, I planted myself next to the blooms, shutter in hand, waiting for the perfect shot. Behold, this "Blue Beauty" stopped for a sip of nectar, and click, I captured a forever memory.

 

Backyard Hummingbirds - two birds at the feeder, one upside down

Backyard HummingbirdsWe call these two, the Bibs sisters, because they both have like a red bib on their necks, actually their throats, and it's adorable how they'll sit at a feeder together, and in this picture they'll even drink together from the same hanging feeder. They're female Anna's.

 

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A Sheltering Place (Chinese Maple Tree) - beautiful photo looking up through the branches and red leaves of this magnificent old tree

A Sheltering Place (Chinese Maple Tree)After what seemed like weeks of non-stop April showers, we had a rare sunny day. My husband and I grabbed our face masks and went to visit an arboretum at a local college. The school was closed due to the virus restrictions, but the arboretum was open to visitors. As we passed a large and very old Chinese maple tree, I ducked under it's expansive network of low-hanging branches and looked up.

 

light purple iris

The Old Fashioned IrisMany of you will be familiar with this flower. In the last century it adorned many flower beds and front lawns. If it has a registered name, I don't know what it is. Most home growers knew the flower by it's very common name, 'Flags'.

 

Man Picking Okra

Garden: Giant OkraI think we have the tallest Okra in the South. My husband is picking it, because I am only 5 feet tall. I would need a ladder. And the stalks are like small trees!

 

Glass replaced with acrylic.

Chandelier MakeoverWe just moved into our house that we have been renting out for several years and I noticed a few things are outdated. I hated the 70's era chandelier over the dining room table because of the smoked glass.

 

Scenery: Burgh Historical Park (Southfield, MI)I try to go to Burgh Historical Park at least once a week to look at the flowers. Each week, something is starting to bloom. The park is located in Southfield, MI and it is the perfect place for a wedding or for just relaxing.

 

closeup of short hair white cat

Lucy (Toy Fox Terrier/Chihuahua Mix)I got Lucy in October of 2013. My friend's sister got Lucy as a puppy. About the time that Lucy turned 3 or 3 1/2 yrs old, she was put outside permanently, she lived on a ranch up in high desert country in Northern California, because she was a "little dog" and her owner's husband said he "hated little dogs".

 

Coco black and white Pomeranian on dog bed

Coco (Pomeranian)Coco is a 5 month old Pomeranian. I got Coco when she was 2 months old after my other puppy was stolen from our front yard. Her favorite thing is running as fast as she can and giving people kisses!

 

A garden rock pond with decorative frogs all around.

Frog Rock Garden PondMy Frog Rock Garden was an idea that came from renovating our front yard from a flower bed to a rock garden pond when we began collecting river rocks from my late sister's home in Arkansas. I collected ceramic and resin frogs to give the rock garden pond a whimsical look along with placing water pumps in two of the frogs to appear that the frogs were spitting into the pond.

 

Bottle For Inverting Bundt PanI just insert the neck of the bottle into the hole in the center of the pan, and invert it onto the stove or counter and leave it for about an hour to cool. Then carefully loosen the cake at the top edges and remove it to a serving plate.

 

An oriole looking through the window from outside.

Wildlife: Oriole Pecking at the WindowThis spring I put up a oriole feeder, with the hopes of attracting these beautiful birds. What a surprise we had, when they arrived. One came to the window, tweeting and pecking. Our feeder was not near the window.

 

Reuben (Dachshund) - black puppy on a green and white pillow

Reuben (Dachshund)Reuben came to me from a breeder in Pasco County. He was the last one left. We've been together since March 8! Reuben is a mischief maker extraordinaire. He is constantly running off with something to hoard in his crate. Something he shouldn't have.

 

A female mockingbird perched on a birdbath.

MockingbirdThis is a female mockingbird at the bird bath. They love grapes and cherries, and they also feed them to their babies. They chase all undesirables off the grounds, whether it's a cat, crow, or squirrel.

 

clawfoot bathtub pond

Bathtub Water PondI designed my own water pond. I had an old bathtub. The birds love it the water. It does not turn green. It's so relaxing to hear the waterfall.

 

KoolAid Jammer Purse

Koolaid Jammer PurseI got this idea from Thrifty Fun. My 11 year-old and I loved making it. Many kids in her school are interested in having one too. Great recycling too!

 

A small angel pin made from safety pins.

Safety Pin AngelThis is a safety pin doll my wife used to make and sell at craft shows. It is constructed with gold safety pins and acrylic beads.

 

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Siamese Cat

A Visiting Siamese Cat (Santa Barbara, CA)This Siamese suddenly showed up one day on our patio. What a beautiful animal. He was a new resident at our neighbors, and became a frequent visitor and loved to take his afternoon nap on our patio carpet.

 

Mandevilla Cuttings

Mandevilla CuttingsThis is Mandevilla cuttings being rooted. They root very easily and will root even in a glass of water. I prefer to take 3 to 4 inch firm pieces from the tips of stems and place them in a good rooting medium.

 

pink azalea plant

Garden: AzaleasWhen we moved into our house last fall, we had no idea that the huge overgrown bushes along the driveway, were this beautiful in the spring. I'm so glad we decided to wait to trim them, until we saw them for a full season.

 

Toilet paper holder built to resemble an outhouse.

Craft: "Outhouse" Tissue HolderI built this toilet paper holder for my daughter's birthday. I think it is just great.

 

white dog

Jedi (Poodle Bichon Cross)Jedi is our best friend! He is half Poodle and half Bischon. Jedi is smart, playful, well behaved, and a cuddly bud. Poodles and Bischons do not shed.

 

Gardening: Dianthas, Hostas and Asiatic Lilies

Gardening: Dianthas, Hostas and Asiatic LiliesAsiatic lilies and Dianthas (Sweet William) grow great next to each other. Hostas also make an excellent background.

 

House Finch Courtship - male feeding female

House Finch CourtshipThe first picture with the orange colored bird and the other, are called a house finches, and the "orange'ish" male is feeding the female, which at first I thought how cute it was to see a mommy bird feeding her baby.

 

Reddish brown and white Cocker.

Shae - Cocker Spaniel (Rescue)I adopted her from a Cocker Spaniel rescue shelter when she was one year old. She loves to run and to chase balls.

 

A cat in front of a television screen showing wild birds.

Koneko Watching Birds (Grey Tabby)Koneko's rescue story has been shared before. As a kitten she was living feral in a shed near two busy roads. My son captured her, brought her home, and worked hard on taming her.

 

A purple rhododendron in front of a green house.

Purple Rhododendron (Hillsboro, OR)Here is the purple rhododendron that grows right outside my front door. I haven't ever seen so many blooms at once. I bought it at the farmer's market many years ago because of the beautiful flowers, which are a deeper and more electric color than the light purple rhodies you normally see.

 

Hippie (Mini Wirehaired Dachshund)

Hippie (Mini Wirehaired Dachshund)Hippie is 4 years old and a mini Wirehaired Dachshund. I picked Hippie as a gift for my husband from a wonderful family from Stone Valley.

 

Mishka (Cat) in profile

Mishka (Cat)Well, I'll start off by saying this isn't exactly my cat. She's a stray, but I've come to love her so much that I treat her as if she was my own. I have no clue what her name is, so I've named her Mishka. Mishka in Indian meaning "Gift of Love."

 

Dry Your Own Celery Leaves

Dry Your Own Celery LeavesWhen celery is real cheap, I buy several bunches to use when the price goes too high or I need some and don't have any fresh. After washing the celery and letting it dry, I remove all the leaves. I put them, whole, on baking sheets lined with paper towels.

 

moonflower vine growing up a tree

Moonflower Vine In TreesI was thinking an alternative title for this piece might be: Can You Bottle This Stuff? I believe it's essence would make an interesting perfume. It would have to be 'cleaned up' a bit, though. It is nice and heady, but muddled.

 

Creeping PhloxI just wanted to send in a photo of my creeping phlox in full bloom in the spring. Every several years, they grow out onto the sidewalk. I cut them off with a pruner and take the excess and plant them in an area we have in the back of our lot in order to start new plants (We refer to it as the nursery).

 

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Toyo-Mikado (Japanese Spitz)Sun and smile, in a Norwegian garden. After a hard day . . nice and dry!

 

Purple morning glory growing up a sunflower.

Morning Glory Growing on SunflowerAlthough many people find morning glories annoying, I think they are beautiful. I love the way the deep purple blooms stand out against the dark green leaves of the brilliant yellow sunflower that is supporting the morning glory vine.

 

A hanging chair swing outside.

Taking a BreakSomeone had the idea of putting this swing in the perfect spot for sitting and enjoying a beautiful view of nature. While hiking around the remote area of our bed and breakfast last summer, we came upon this serene and peaceful spot.

 

Ipomoea alba

Moonflower vs Moonflower VineThe Datura has several common names. It is often called 'Angel Trumpet' or Devil's Trumpet'. Other common names are 'Jimson Weed' and Loco Weed. It was only after researching that I discovered the Datura has yet another common name, that being 'Moonflower'.

 

Bucky (Shetland Sheepdog/Staffordshire Terrier)

Bucky (Shetland Sheepdog/Staffordshire Terrier)We found our sweet bundle of joy at a shelter in December of 2014. He loves to play, go for walks, and be held. He's about 34 pounds, but continues to be a lovable lap dog.

 

Bear (Rottweiler/Great Pyrenees Cross) - large black dog with a young child

Bear (Rottweiler/Great Pyrenees Cross)I found him on PetFinder, he was in a shelter about 50 miles from us. As soon as I saw his picture I knew I wanted him. He was 2 months old at the time.

 

Kona (Yorkie Chihuahua Mix)  - brown and tan puppy in a blanket

Kona (Yorkie Chihuahua Mix)My husband and I had been talking about having a puppy for a while, but we never had the courage to get one. So I've been dog sitting a few times because I was home full time. The week of our first year anniversary I asked my husband if we could go look at a puppy I found on Craigslist.

 

Rascal (Maine Coon Mix)

Rascal (Maine Coon Mix)I rescued him from a shelter. He does not know he is so large.

 

A shelf for extra bathroom and cleaning storage, next to the water heater.

Add Extra Storage Next To Water HeaterWith a small apartment and a bathroom you literally have to close the door before you sit down, I needed more space. I decided to revamp the whole "hot water heater room".

 

Abby (Terra-Poo) - black terrier mix's chin resting on a piece of plywood

Abby (Terra-Poo)She was 6 months old when I got her at a dog shelter. Her owner couldn't provide enough attention to her, and surrendered her to a shelter.

 

Ceiling Fan Facelift - one side is the old fan blades, the other is the painted version.

Ceiling Fan FaceliftMy family is currently working on a house to get it ready for sale. We have gone room to room cleaning and doing updates as we go. We had a ceiling fan in one room that was totally out of place.

 

A small dog in a stroller.

In Memory of Vodka (Bichon Frise/Chihuahua)She was born in my house from her mother who I also had. <3

 

A German Shepard licking his lips.

Bear (German Shepard) and Clara (Burmese)Bear I adopted, Clara from a breeder

 

A small dog sitting on grass and leaves.

Nita (Terrier Mix)I got her right before Christmas. I placed an ad on Craigslist wanting a scruffy terrier. A wonderful lady replied and brought her to me. She's perfect!

 

A tabby cat sitting on a lap.

Pixel (Cat)We adopted Pixel, along with his brother from a no kill sanctuary after my previous kitty passed. My grief was so strong, I ended up going home with 2 kitty babies.

 

A dog sitting on the grass.

Delylah Rose (Cane Corso)My cousin breeds them, so we got Delylah from him 2 weeks ago.

 

A waterfall in the woods.

Bear Creek Falls (PA)I live in the Poconos, where nature provides so many wonderful displays of beauty. This waterfall is so accessible, it's only steps off the road. It is so refreshing in the summer to stand near it and feel the mist.

 

A pitbull puppy.

Gotti (Pitbull)I bought him 5 months ago off of Offer Up.

 

Two young kids in the garden.

Creating Something and Watching It GrowIt all started with a seed, in a damp paper towel, inside of a ziplock bag. That was the start of my family's very first garden. The beauty in this is not about how big the garden is or how big and full the plants can get. It's about creating something of your own with things as simple as a handful of seeds, and watering them as they grow into an actual garden.

 

A painted butterfly artwork.

Butterfly ArtworkI painted board black, painted grass. Dollar Tree butterflies glued on doubled for 3D effect.

 

Purple and pink tulips in a bicycle basket decoration.

Tulip DecorationBicycle and tulips purchased separately last year after spring at great discounts.

 

A dog looking at the camera.

Tucker (Chinese Crested)Tucker is not a dog I ever thought I would own. But he is the best pet 

 

A small black dog wearing a yellow diaper.

TrixieBelle (Chiweenie)I got my furbaby when she was 6 weeks old. I found her on Facebook. I saw her picture and fell in love. She was born on my birthday so we share a bond like no other.

 

A deer eating a snowy tree.

Snowy Snack (Deer)This photo was taken in my yard. The wooded community I live in is also home to a large population of deer. They make their rounds thru the community looking for good things to snack on.

 

A small black dog.

Mike (Shorkie)My Mikee came from a rescue shelter. What a surprise, he is a Shorkie and the love of my life!

 

A dog looking up at the camera.

Rollin Eugene (Catahoula)He was five weeks old and he was in a box with his two sisters! He was the best even then!

 

A brown dog in the back seat of a car.

Lacy (Labradoodle)This is Lacy. She is our Labradoodle, about 7 years old here. She's going on 8 years old now. Loves car rides, just to go anywhere with our girls. This was taken by our youngest daughter.

 

A dog and a cat cuddling.

Gunner (Boxer) and Em (Cat)Gunner is 8, Em is 1. They are a boxer and a domestic tabby.

 

A dog chewing on a person's foot.

Sebastian (Chihuahua)"I prefer my bone, but this will do for now." This is Sebastian and my husband's foot. Sebastian was a Facebook rescue in 2018. He's a feisty chihuahua. Always wanting attention and doing whatever it takes to get it. Including chewing on dad's foot. LOL

 

A tree with yellow leaves in fall.

Webcam: Beautiful Fall ViewDo you want to see something beautiful? Look at this webcam.

 

Elmer

Elmer (Cat)Found in wood pile.

 

A small brown dog curled up.

Charliebrown (Dog)My nephew gave her to me 6 years ago.

 

A picture of sunset in Maine.

Sunset (Ogunquit, Maine)This was a picture of the sunset behind my hotel in Ogunquit, Maine. Gorgeous place to vacation. This is on the Eastcoast of Maine. York Beach, Wells Beach, Kennebunkport, and many more wonderful places to visit. If you like lobster, THIS is the place to go. I have been going to this area for 40 years. It's my home away from home.

 

A beach in Maine.

Ogunquit Beach (Maine)My vacation just two weeks ago. The most beautiful beach.

 

Two turtles playing in the water.

Playing TurtlesA local park has a lot of turtles, and we love to watch them.

 

The sun setting over water.

The Sun and The WaterSummer night around 7 pm

 

A bouquet of Texas bluebells in a vase.

Texas BluebellsHere are photos of a few Texas Bluebells, a wildflower that grows every year in our front yard. Please know that I do NOT pick them, but this one had broken off, so I brought it inside. I want to let as many of them go to seed as possible.

 

A deer in the woods.

Beautiful View (Deer)We just moved to a community that is nestled in the woods. The deer live here with us, they are part of the community. We have a large bay window in the living room, and this was my view when I glanced out the other day.

 

A dog sitting on its hind legs, looking out the window.

Peppy (Mini Poodle)Peppy belonged to a relative who passed away 6 years ago. We didn't hesitate to adopt Peppy, because he is a pup with personality!

 

A dog on a leash in a grassy area.

Bruce (Staffordshire)He's a big baby and loves attention! He loves kids or anyone who shows him attention!! He's very smart to be so young. He's never pooped in the house! He caught on to being house broken in one week and learned basic commands around that same time. Any one who meets him absolutely falls in love with him! But just so you know, he is a ladies' man.

 

Rose bushes behind a small white picket fence.

Pretty RosesThis is my first time planting roses bushes and I've been pleasantly surprised at how well they are doing. What are some helpful tips to help keep them looking good?

 

A dog wearing a life vest on a dock.

Kimchee (Collie Mix)5 3/4 years ago. Adopted from City Dog rescue in Washington, DC

 

A Siamese cat in the garden.

BambooWe rescued Bamboo in May 2020. She was brought to the shelter when she was pregnant and we got her after she was done feeding her litter and they were old enough to be adopted out.

 

A beautiful scene from Jiuzhaigou, China.

Beautiful Scene in JiuzhaigouI have been in Jiuzhaigou in 2019. It's very beautiful, just like my dream scene.

 

A dog sitting on a carpeted floor.

Buddy (Boxer)We rescued him from an abusive home, the guy beat him, punched him, kicked him, starved him. Honestly I don't know how he made it as long as he did but I'm sure glad he did. He's our BIG BABY, acts like a kid constantly and just so loving and caring despite what he's been through, He truly is an amazing dog/son!

 

A small black and white dog on a brick floor.

Cady (Mixed Breed)We adopted her as a surprise for my mom after our dog, Jacky passed away. We got her when she was about 11 months old in late 2018.

 

A small dog in an Adidas jacket.

MedelianMedelian likes throwing his My Little Pony figures around, kicking and biting bouncy house balls and during warm months frolicking, frolicking on our 1.25 acres walking around with his friendly wildlife animals that do not fear him.

 

A bunch of weeds with white flowers.

Wedding Weed BouquetI was walking home one day in a not so nice area, when suddenly I came across this beautiful weed. It reminded me of a wedding bouquet. It was definitely a surprise worth admiring and taking a picture of. Beauty can pop up in unexpected places ! :)

 

A bunch of orange flowers growing near lattice.

A Weed or Not a Weed?As I was going around our backyard pulling weeds, I found these beautiful orange flowers growing through the lattice that surrounds our air conditioner. We never planted them, so I wondered how they sprung up there. Then I noticed the leaves on this "flower" and they looked exactly like the leaves of the weeds I had been pulling up.

 

A peach blossom on a branch.

Peach BlossomThe peach blossom is one of the most beautiful to appear in early spring.

 

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