It took us until 3:30 in the afternoon, but a carpenter friend and I finally accomplished one of my goals!  The ceiling in the studio is UP.

It needs paint, it needs trim, it is NOT finished, but I’m celebrating that it is UP!

He put them up differently than I had planned, so where I “thought” we would cut off the osb to fit, I didn’t paint, hence the checkerboard-ish look to them!


(Pay no mind to the pile of junk on the bed)

Honestly, from here on out… besides moving in a large cabinet… everything left to do is all cosmetic.  Yes, the trim and paint needs finished, the boards around the big window installed, shelves need hung, crafts sorted and organized, windows can use tubes of caulk, and maps mod-podged onto doors… but as a “rough” finish, I’d say I’m there!  I’m not declaring it DONE… but it’s about as close as you can get!



Any more questions for a Q&A?  I’m about late enough to use it for a May Q&A… but we’ll see how things go!  You have a question, I can tell you an answer!

The Ultimate Pysanky Post

I taught another evening of pysanky class… since most of the people were at my last class, I changed it up a bit, and decided to do a free hand vine design.  Each successive layer was simply a darker shade of a color, created by leaving it in the dye for longer periods of time.

I was disappointed in the absorption of some of the dye… my egg refused to take the dye very well!  That’s why I teach a vinegar wash might help… and I didn’t follow my own advice!  Mine is the blue/grey one, fourth from the left.


I have a much nicer one ready for wax removal, but I’ll save it for Sunday!

For those of you interested in my past posts of pysanky (say that 10 times fast!), here are a few links.  For more, simply go to the search box on the right and type in “pysanky”.

Pysanky 2013 – A slide show showing the different colored steps.

Pysanky- General Tips – It’s just that… a few basic tips to get you started, plus a replay of my “The Easter Egg” video.

Pysanky – Monochrome – Basically the class I taught tonight!

Pysanky – Nontraditional – Ideas outside the box, or line, or triangle…

Eggs Pysanky 101 – My first “online class”!

Pysanky Continued – My first “online class” part two!

Pysanky Continued 2 – My first “online class” part three!

Kicked to Grass

We interrupt this beekeeping/crafting/traveling/whateverthedailyproject blog to bring you:

Life: Back on the Ranch!

As the last of the calves are being born, it’s time to kick some of the older ones, and their mothers, out on green grass.  The few nice days we’ve had, have started the grass growing… and in this pasture, there’s also plenty of leftover feed from last year.

First, we sort out the pairs…

sorting pairs

The back up crew keeps a close eye on activities.

back up crewThe crew.

crewJob complete!

Daniel and Boomerand for my friend, J., I couldn’t resist! ;-)

white calf****

Somehow, it is already the 15th… and I haven’t even asked for questions for a Q&A!  I have a couple of questions I can answer here… one on bees, one on the current controversy about Cliven Bundy in Nevada.  If you have any more, post ‘em in the comment section, and I’ll answer them soon!

Pop Can Heater

I don’t know how I stumble across these things… but I’ve found a couple of great ideas that I thought I’d try on my Bee Barn.  It seems to be cool in there, with no direct sun, the bees aren’t as active as they were in my open shed I had them in, so I was looking for a way to heat the Bee Barn.

Enter Pop Can Heater.  Google it, and you’ll find quite a few videos explaining how to make them.  I was going to use it in my chicken coop, but there’s electricity there, and it was just easier to give them a heat lamp!  The Bee Barn has no electricity.

Here’s the process.

pop can heaterI kept it as simple as possible.  I figured if it worked, I could improve upon it later, but I just wanted to see if it worked first!  I used some leftover rigid insulation I had, pop (and possibly even beer!) cans were spray painted black.  I simply used duct tape to hold it together.

pop can heaterAt the bottom for a cold intake, I used a mandarin orange can with both ends open.  I cut a hole in the insulation, so the cooler air could come into the pop can area and be heated.

pop can heaterI simply left a gap at the top for the hot air to escape through.  I was going to eat more mandarin oranges, but since I measured wrong created this gap, I left it as it was!  Old window glass fit pretty good.  The top piece I tried to cut, but I REALLY STINK at cutting glass… so the nice curve on top was just a mistake pretty design.  I taped the glass in place as well.

Now to the Bee Barn!

pop can heaterOh, cool!  or HOT…

BUT!  That angle isn’t on purpose.  Installing it at an angle would improve on its efficiency, but, no… Carol Measured Wrong.  Good grief.  It didn’t really fit side to side either as I didn’t take into account that the door couldn’t swing entirely open.  Poop.

I debated.  I agonized.  I was going to install my water bottle light… and then, I just cancelled that idea as well.  What I need is windows.  Windows to let in light and heat, and if I want to, I’ll put in some cans of rocks to absorb the daytime heat and release it during the night.

Though it was easy to build and it did work (I could feel the heat escaping through the top gap), it just isn’t going to work in this situation.  I would have been tempted to get a little solar fan to blow the hot air out in the future… and though it would add to its weight, I wondered about having sand or gravel to prolong the heat exchange… oh, well.

I’d encourage YOU to investigate this Pop Can Heater and the Water Bottle Light too… They’re good ideas, and they just might work for you!