I went over to dinner at my sister's house and it smelled lovely. I stood in her kitchen and inhaled the lovely aroma before inspecting the candle nearby (though the food smelled lovely too), pumpkin pie scent as it turned out. So on my next jaunt to Target I made a point to stop at the candle isle and deliberate. One candle? Two candles? Big small? And what will I set them on? I wanted a pretty candle holder, but decided I'd rather have two candles and make holders, than have one candle with a pre-made holder.
So I came home with my two lovely candles (and all the other things that willed their way into my cart) and began to search. Jars? Too small. Box of junk? Nothing. Finally after many trips to and fro around the house I remembered the saved-for-no-reason-but-I'm-sure-I-can-make-something tin cans. Sure enough one fit, and a near by saved jam jar's lid fit as well. Perfect.
For the lid I decided to simply spray paint it gold. I headed to the garage, ripped out another phone book page, and sprayed one side. (I came back in between working on the can to spray the other.)
The water chestnut can needed a little more work. First I used Goo Gone to remove the label residue, and then I gently hammered a pokey bit of metal. I tried to hammer holes in a pattern using a nail, but I only managed to get 2 holes in before realizing the metal was too soft. It was deforming instead of becoming beautiful. So I quickly moved on to plan B, tribal sharpie designs. I repeated the same columns of shapes in a pattern, but colored in different areas of the shapes for variety.
It only took me thirty minutes to sharpie the can, which was the most time consuming part of the project (besides hunting for recyclables).
What have you DIY-ed lately? Anything I can use glass bottles or jars for?
Waaaaaay back in April, we decided to get some chickens. We had a new big back yard, and it was already set up for chickens, we just needed to redo the chicken fencing. Since then my favorite thing has been just being with these cuties.
They were such cute little fluffballs. Looking back at these month and a half old photos I can't believe how tiny they look. The first few weeks we kept them in a box on our back porch, perfect for frequent visiting.
These pictures were taken only ten days after the first set. They only stayed tiny for those first two weeks and then we moved them out into their chicken coop, with their own section of the yard to explore. Here you can see bigger feathers coming in, but still plenty of baby fluff.
They each have their own personality. Buckbeak is the most comfortable around humans, Mufasa will jump on to people when she feels like it, and Arwen is most aloof, she nips our hands when she pecks food out of them.
I have bribed them all equally with treats to love me, and they do come greet me looking for corn, but each has their own comfort level. None of them like being picked up, but they'll let me pet them if I'm also feeding them treats.
This picture is only a week old. Their colors are more vibrant, but they are not even close to full size yet. I am so glad we decided to get them. They are so funny to watch, and they give me even more reason to hang out in my back yard. They are a fantastic addition to my life. One of my favorite adventures so far this year. Any of you have chickens? Or a favorite new adventure?
I'm Sara. I live in Portland, Oregon. I have chickens. I love coffee AND tea, I make stained glass pendants in my basement, and I love adventures and new ways to live. I have an Etsy store as well.
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