Artwork in its new home

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For the last about 15 years I have been enjoying the creative pastime of painting and drawing.  Over the years I have sold many pieces and with the exception of a  doctor’s office, where I helped install the work I seldom get to see it in it’s new environment.

The second photo is of a piece I sold at Interiors of Edmonds and the new owner was kind enough to share a photo of it hanging in her lovely home.  All artists should be so lucky to see where their work finds a home.

Thank you for sharing.

www.dianakingsley.net

Artwork in its new home

How does your day begin?

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Everyday in my home I wake up to a variation of this view.  It took a long time in life to get to the place where I wake up and can’t wait to see the view of the morning.  I kept buying and selling and then building and selling to make a profit on each so I could move to somewhere with a better view. I am in the smallest home, other than my first in Del Mar, California and I love the view the best!

Many do not understand this obsession, but living in the Pacific Northwest we have this incredible opportunity to live our lives with amazing views or using a word I heard for the first time “Fablioso” views. If you don’t live where you love the view you wake up to, then perhaps it is time to think about moving?

That is where I came in to help you find just the right view.  As an artist and a professional (ASID & IIDA) interior designer (Yes I passed the two day test) and having worked to earn a PhD in Business Marketing, I can do a great job for you!

Think of me when you think of Real Estate. Join me on one of my Facebook pages:

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How does your day begin?

Another SOLD Postcard

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Whenever I sell a home, the client receives a hand drawn pen and ink with a watercolor wash that I draw just for them.  It is framed and cards are made to match the drawing.  They are also welcome to use the drawing in any way to share with family and friends.

If you or any of your family or friends are looking to buy or sell in the Poulsbo, Kingston or Bainbridge Island, I have lived in the area for 25 years and know the areas well.  I love making the transaction a smooth and positive experience.

Hope to hear from you.

www.dianakingsley.net

 

 

Another SOLD Postcard

How to get rid of Tent Caterpillars – Article by Ann Lovejoy

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Kitsap County has been hit hard by tent caterpillars in recent years, and the infestation is increasing. If these pesky critters ravaged your garden, eradicating them in the moth stage will reduce their presence next year.

Tent caterpillar moths emerge several weeks after the caterpillars cocoon. They are large (about 2 inches across) moths with brownish, cinnamon or rusty red wings. Sprayed on host foliage, Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis) is the treatment of choice for caterpillars. However, since tent caterpillars don’t eat during their brief moth stage, Bt is not an effective treatment for the moths. Though the moths live for about three days, they often hatch out in flushes. Where tiny young caterpillars were still actively feeding while husky 2-inchers were looking for nesting spots, moths may appear for several weeks.

To lure the moths to their doom, replace porch and outdoor lights with yellow bulbs. (Yellow light is especially attractive to moths, though ordinary lights work fairly well, too.) Place wide bowls of water under the lights, adding a little vegetable oil. This makes a film that coats moth wings and smothers moths quickly when they follow the light’s reflections into the water. Where the moth invasion is heavy, fill large buckets (or a kid’s wading pool) with water and a little oil, then float tea light candles at dusk as the moths arrive.

For future protection, encourage bats and swallows (which eat night flying moths in large quantities) to move in by installing swallow houses and bat houses. Russell Link’s wonderful book, “Landscaping With Wildlife In The Pacific Northwest,” offers placement tips and do-it-yourself patterns for both.

Tent caterpillar moths begin laying eggs immediately. To take advantage of them in that inert stage, we can call on almost-invisible parasitic wasps to defend our plants. Many nurseries sell Trichogramma wasps, tiny, pin-sized creatures that don’t sting people. Instead, they lay their own eggs in the host eggs of the tent caterpillars. When the wasp eggs hatch, the tent caterpillar eggs are destroyed as the baby wasps eat their way out. To get the most bang for your buck, place wasp egg cards in trees that were heavily infested by the caterpillars, since these will generally have the most egg cases. Each card contains about 12,000 wasps, enough to cover an area of about 2,500 square feet.

Another line of protection comes from horticultural oils (including dormant oils, sun oils, and superfine oils), which can smother tent caterpillar egg cases. Spray the oil on defoliated trees and shrubs as soon as you notice fresh egg sacs this summer, and repeat next winter when trees are naturally bare. This summer, hand pick any visible egg cases as soon as you notice them (they look like Styrofoam). Egg cases can be crushed, burned, or added to active worm bins or municipal garden waste containers.

Don’t just toss egg cases down on the ground, or the caterpillars may find plenty to eat when they hatch next spring. Although they prefer to eat foliage of fruit trees, roses, alders and cottonwoods, emerging tent caterpillars can subsist on grass and perennial foliage just fine. Don’t put egg cases in your own compost either, unless it gets hot enough to bake those little eggs. Tent caterpillar moth eggs are tough: one year, I put some in a plastic zip bag for show-and-tell garden talks and by spring, voracious baby caterpillars were eating their way out of the bag.

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How to get rid of Tent Caterpillars – Article by Ann Lovejoy

One more T-Shirt Dress

Paisly T-shirtThe bright flowers captured my attention and rather than just put one, I left them connected and added a two and brought them down to the waist.  These projects are fast and fun and since my granddaughter now has more than she needs, maybe I should start selling them?  Etsy, Farmers Market or Ebay?  What do you think, or maybe a local store?

One more T-Shirt Dress

New use of Planes Head

IMG_5688 IMG_5687They make a rather odd model for my hats, but they seem to fit and you can see what they look like.  Brown & Green Dots Brown & Green Dot Detail IMG_5561Thought I would add the dresses that the hats are for.   I put off making them, but they were much easier than AI ever thought they would be.  Trying to think how to make a business with this.   One that actually makes money.  Any ideas?  Maybe I will make some and put them on Etsy  and see what happens.  I do have an Art Show next month, so would be painting.  I can do that with the bandaid decorating my hand from  my slash earlier or should I say my encounter with the rotary cutter.  I do now acknowledge that they are quite sharp.

New use of Planes Head

Cupcakes for Holly

Cupcakes for HollyHolly is five and when I saw this fabric, thought it could make another “fast & Furious” T-shirt dress.  I buy the T-0shirts at Walmart for under $5.00 and the fabric where ever I can find it.  This fabric is from Walmart and it took about a yard at $3.00 a yard, so here is a way to make a really fun little dress for literally pennies.  I am going to start making sun hats to match the dresses.  I made a couple yesterday to match dresses I made in the past and they were so easy, I thought I would make more.  Maybe I should try to think of a way to market these, so I actually make a little money.  For now I am just having a great time sewing again after not for over 40 years.

Cupcakes for Holly