Fun In The Making Won Kreativ Blogger Award

I am honored to have received the Kreativ Blogger Award.

The Rules of Acceptance are:

1. Thank the blogger who presented you with the award.

Thank you so much Deb from

How sweet of you to include on your creative favorites list. I’m flattered.

2. Post a photo of the award. (see above)

3. Share 10 things about yourself your readers don’t know.

A. I’m from New England. (NH)

B. I love to rock climb. Mostly in a gym but occasionally on real rock.

C. I love flowers but don’t have a favorite. -Or rather I have many many favorites, Lilly of the valley, hydrangeas, lilacs…

D. I don’t have a  favorite color. Again -lots of great colors.

E. I don’t like white chocolate or blue cheese.

F. I like history.

G. I like vintage things.

H. I can use power tools but I will not use a chainsaw.

I.  I enjoy learning about and making historic costumes.

J. I love seasons. There are things to look forward to in each. Winter is my least favorite but there are things I like about it too.

4. Choose six people to present this award to.

In no particular order:

Blue Velvet Chair: recycle reuse relove

Shares neat projects from around the web as well as showcasing her own cool projects.

Reduce, Reuse, Upcycle

“The goal of Reduce, Reuse, Upcycle is to bring you the best upcycled crafts from all over the blogosphere.”

Look for inspiration here as well.


A way to connect with local folks to request or give away (free) stuff. Don’t just throw away: give away!

Crafting A Green World : the home for eco-friendly crafts

Great minds think alike. This site has similar content to my site but more. Check it out!

How can I recycle this?

Loads of ideas for reuse.

Green UpGrader

More “green” ideas can be found here.

It’s fun to be “green”! Have fun surfing.

Interesting Caterpillar Found: Curve-lined Owlet

I discovered this interesting caterpillar while doing yard work last summer. It was on a smilax plant (also called a greenbrier). I love the tendril-like projections on the curve-lined owlet (Phyprosopus callitrichoides). The neatest part is when they hold on with their anterior prolegs and dangle like a dead leaf. (see bottom photo)

Photo taken in June.

Photos taken one week later.

Japanese beetles In My Maryland Garden

Japanese beetles Popillia japonica are native to Japan. They skeletonize the leaves of many of the plants in my gardens. Even if you are not a gardener, surely you have seen them before. For, they are ubiquitous.

This is Japanese beetle damage on my edamame plants.

Japanese beetles are really quite cool looking. I love the metallic green of its head and thorax. I’d really like these beetles if they didn’t much so heavily on my apple tree (and so many other plants).

This picture shows relative size.

I combat them by hand picking them off in the mornings when they are slower moving. I then feed them to my chickens; that snatch them up. If I don’t get them off in the morning, then I capture them in a jar that I keep handy. (I do this because the beetles will often fly away before the chickens can gobble them down.)

Mating Japanese beetles.

Give Away: Cool Can Constellation Lantern

Deadline is March 12th 2012 (midnight)

To win this handmade lantern, all you have to do is comment on this post. Please limit yourself to one comment per e-mail address. (Click the comment button below the post title.)

This is one of the lanterns I made; it has the constellation Hercules on one side and Orion on the other. I came up with this idea after experimenting with luminaries made with patterns of holes that allow light to spill out. I thought that if I made them with constellations; my kids would want to learn them and they would have an easier time doing it. Plus they’re so neat. It’s working.

Good Luck!

Learn more about how I made this lantern here.

I’ll randomly pick a winner and send an e-mail on March 12th 2012. I’ll need the winner to respond and provide a name and address to be used for mailing purposes.

If you live in the United States, I’ll also pay for shipping. If not, you will need to cover the shipping cost.

I’ll carefully pack it up and send it right out to you. Expect a clean but reused box and packing materials (no surprise there).

Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs In My House In Maryland

Over the past few winters, I’ve been finding increasing numbers of stink bugs coming in my Maryland home. The stink bug that I see almost exclusively is the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB). This stink bug is not native to Maryland or even the US. It is native to China, Japan and surrounding countries. The BMSB (Halyomorpha halys) is an agricultural pest. Its exploding population is a threat to our food production which if numbers can’t be controlled, will make the price of many fruits and vegetables rise considerably.

Learn more about this invasive species here.

Know the difference between this non-native species and our native stink bugs.

Many of our native stink bugs look similar to the BMSB. To be sure you found a BMSB, look at the antennae and around the perimeter of their back:

The antennae have alternating dark and light bands and when looking from the top, you will see dark and light banding along the edges of the abdomen. See photos.