The Project: Design Elements

I’m making progress on my shadow box project that I wrote about yesterday.  Since it’s about my trip to New Orleans, I wanted it to have that New Orleans/Mardis Gras feel.  Since I’ve been thinking about it, I knew I wanted the Harlequin pattern.  Yesterday I added that to a basic white matte.  But something just didn’t look right.  I’d intended to spray paint the frame (currently white) a glossy black to contrast with the rest of the white matte.  After the Harlequin pattern was done, I decided to reverse that.

So I painted the rest of the matte black.  I like the look and can’t wait for it to dry to start assembling.

It’s interesting, one of the things I said I wanted to do (More or Less) was to create more.

So far, so good.

Feed the birds, tuppence a bag

“Pssst…that big guy just filled up the feeders again.”


I love having bird feeders in the back yard.  But I confess to not being as good at filling them up in the winter, when of course I should be more diligent.  So, today I motivated myself to get out there and fill the feeders.  It was a good thing to do.

I hadn’t been back inside more than 20 minutes when I noticed a flurry of activity on the feeders.  At one point there were at least a dozen birds flying in and out checking out the menu.  It was like the Baptists had just arrived at the Sunday Golden Corral buffet.

Such a simple thing, and such an easy way to enjoy the beauty of creation. 

And, the suet might just be enough to keep that pesky woodpecker from pounding on the vinyl siding in the mornings.

Mary Poppins sang about feeding the birds for tuppence a bag.  I think it’s more expensive than that now.  Then again, I don’t really know what a tuppence is. 

Come feed the little birds, show them you care
And you’ll be glad if you do.
Their young ones are hungry,
Their nests are so bare;
All it takes is tuppence from you.”
Feed the birds, tuppence a bag,
Tuppence, tuppence, tuppence a bag.