Saturday, January 21, 2012

Wonderful weaves!

Recycle Knitting

One of the projects we did over winter break was some knitting! Thanks to Claudine Niski for sending us hoops and getting us "hooked"!

This was the large hoop using two large bags from Goodwill and a black garbage bag. I made the hook and knot from braiding some left over bags.

This small bag was made from a black garbage bag, the blue bag your newspaper comes in and some clear produce bags. The strap was made from black bag strips fused with an iron. The cool button was from our button box!
This hat was not made of plastic, but I used the leftover yarn from another project. I used a knit 2/pearl 2 pattern. The flower on the hat was made from yellow telephone book plastic bags, leftover black garbage bag, a white and a brown grocery bag.
This cool clutch was make from 5 grocery bags, alternating colors. I lined it with some scrap cotton.  It makes me think of a casual day at the beach!

I made this acorn satchel using three plastic Target bags, two yellow bags and three tan shopping bags. I tied it off with a dark blue ribbon that has some light wire in it, and finished it with some fun pins!

The small bag and flower can easily be done in a couple hours.  Larger bags take about 4 hours and the hat took about 6 hours.  I made all of these using a knitting loom.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Eco fun winter outings

What do you want to do today?

That is the question that can drive some people nuts, especially when they have no idea as to what they want to do.

We were looking for some family events to that turned out to be great ways to learn about our local area!

The Royal Gorge
We live an hour from this beautiful ravine called the Royal Gorge. They have a little theme park there that is open in the summer months. You can ride on the carousel and eat funnel cake. But not in the winter! In the winter, the only thing open is the beauty of the gorge with very few distractions.

Taken from the sky train that spans across the gorge.

On the other side of the gorge there is a little petting zoo and pens where you can see live elk and bison.

The walk across the bridge is also breathtaking and not too strenuous...even Mom did it!

Cave of the Winds
Another great place to see that was about 30 minutes away is the Cave of the Winds.
Here you can see some small stalactites and stalagmites, cave coral and other rock formations. It is not a huge cave, but a great place for your beginner spelunkers. They also offer a lantern tour for those who really love small, dark places.
The cave is well lit with spot lights that enhance the natural beauty.

The cave has been dug out over the years and stairs and handrails were added. Because of this the dry air from outside has entered the cave so the formations will no longer grow. One of the workers wanted this line of a poem inscribed on the walls in compensation for his many years of work excavating the cave.

Fun at home
Sometimes you can find fun right in your own yard! We moved here in June so this is our first Colorado winter. The unique dry, powder like snow is great for making snow angels and snowmen. You can even create eat your own snow cones with the fresh fallen snow!

Monday, January 9, 2012

New Year! New Green ideas!

Happy New Year! It's so exciting to start a new year. I love looking back through pictures to see what we did and then make plans for the coming year.

It made me realize that I have so much to blog about, but have not set aside the time to do it, so now I can spend the month of January hitting some of the missed news from 2011. :)

The best way to recap, in my opinion, is to start backward from today. So my my first recap topic is on our lovable furry friends, our dogs! Yes, I said dogs! We now have 2, Lucy the schnauzer and Aspen the terrier-poodle.

Aspen joined us Christmas eve. We adopted him from the Humane Society . They have from the outside, one of the best facilities I have ever seen. It is very family friendly and you can tell their goal is to get animals into good homes. The process was very easy. They have a great website that they keep very up to date. You can browse the animals that are currently there and see a short bio on them. Then when you go you can ask to visit with the animal. Once you decide you are ready to adopt, they have one form you fill out and they load your information into the computer. Then you can leave that day with the animal!

Aspen has been a joy, but he did experience Kennel Cough. We had to get antibiotics for Aspen, and we caught it quickly enough that Lucy did not pick it up. Aspen is on Science Diet. That is what the vet was feeding him and so we bought a bag to continue his diet during the transition. Lucy eats Blue for senior dogs which we can get at PetsMart. I really like the mix of vegetables and minerals included with the rice. Another good brand is Innova. For a 10 year old, she has a lot of energy and she is not plump like some dogs her age. (Well she did gain 2 pounds over the holidays because she got some extra dog treats. Her favorite snack is usually a piece of carrot!)

Lucy had her own issues with her on-going battle with gum disease. She has had issues since the day I adopted her. At this visit she had 19 teeth pulled. (She already had 8 pulled previously when we lived in Mississippi.) I'm happy to report she is recovering well, and the tooth loss has not effected her appetite. :)

Dogs are great, and if you can, please consider getting them from a rescue or the humane society. Those animals need a home and the cost to you is very small compared to buying one at a store or a breeder. You will find that a mixed breeds from the pound can have a great disposition and make a great life long companion!

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