Planting Containers

Take Some Thyme to Dilly Dally in My Garden

Take Some Thyme to Dilly Dally in My Garden

Take Some Thyme to Dilly Dally in My Garden

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All my herbs planted in a small portable container. Make cute signs for your planters by painting extra large craft sticks and 1 paint stick in an assortment of bright colors.  Attach large craft sticks to paint stick with Waterproof Sticky Ass Glue .  Add a cute saying and spray design with Thompsons Water Seal Multi-Surface Waterproofer clear spray.

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Midwest Photography

Rose Gold Poster Collection

Rose Gold Poster Collection - A collection of digitally drawn leaves, twigs and branches.  Nature prints that have been kissed with a touch of rose gold.

Rose Gold Poster Collection

Nature prints kissed by gold!

About the Design

A collection of digitally drawn leaves, twigs, and branches.  Nature prints that have been kissed with a touch of rose gold.

The color scheme is a pastel purple and green/gray with rose gold accents.

Where You Can Purchase
The poster prints are listed in the Zazzle marketplace.

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Planting Containers

Just Humming Along Wagon

Just Humming Along Flower Garden Planter - Feeding garden stations on wheels are so it is easy to pull into the garage in cases of frost. Go ahead plant your flowers in early spring and wheel them in at night.

Just Humming Along Wagon

Repurpose an old wagon into a hummingbird fiesta.


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Paint the wagon a bright, vivid red coloring and add flowers that hummingbirds enjoy. Here are 10 flowers to plant.

Feeding garden stations on wheels are so it is easy to pull into the garage in cases of frost. Go ahead plant your flowers in early spring and wheel them in at night.

 

 

Artistic Collection

Gorgeous Sandy Beach Hideout Collection 

Gorgeous Sandy Beach Hideout Collection - three fine art artistic photography prints. This gorgeous sandy beach hideout collection was taken along the shores of New Smyrna, Florida.

 

Gorgeous Sandy Beach Hideout Collection 

Can’t think of a place I’d rather be at the present moment. Inside, warm and feeling some accomplishment adding an additional set to the art print collection. This gorgeous sandy beach hideout collection was taken along the shores of New Smyrna, Florida, it was a beautiful walk.

 

The three images were processed together and have my light signature texture.  Feel free to purchase one print or all three in the collection.

Designs are listed in my Smugmug &  Fine Art America store. Each will carry a different assortment of art choices. If you want to read more about the storefronts and ordering process, click here.

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Food Prep/ From My Kitchen Recipes/ Nikki Lynn Design - All Posts - Cook, Craft & Travel.

Pressure Cooker Blueberry Steel Cut Oats

Pressure Cooker Blueberry Steel Cut Oats - 15 minutes for a weeks worth of breakfast

Pressure Cooker Blueberry Steel Cut Oats

Man is it cold out.¬† The rain is bone chilling.¬† I don’t even want to be outdoors and that is saying a lot, coming from me.

I decided last week to go back to making all our meals ahead of time.¬† It saves me time, energy and money. Today, was the perfect time to start! I’m sharing one of my husband’s favorite morning breakfasts. Pressure cooker blueberry oats.

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Bird Recipes Crafts & Care/ Birds/ Gardening/ Nikki Lynn Design - All Posts - Cook, Craft & Travel.

Dried Fruit Medley Bird Food Recipe

Dried Fruit Medley Recipe





Dried Fruit Medley Bird Food Recipe

Want to feed some picky eaters that normally don’t always come to the feeder? Make up this dried fruit medley bird food recipe. ¬†Provide a separate tray of this speciality mix away from your main feeders to tempt some new guests.

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Corn Roast & Flavored Butter

Corn Roast & Flavored Butter

Corn Roast & Flavored Butter

Right now fresh ears of corn on the cob are plentiful in the grocery store and along roadside produce stands. The price is right, too. Under 25 cents a serving. ¬†Can’t beat that. ¬†Normally, that means we would be up for hosting a corn roast & flavored butter with drinks at our house. ¬†Due to scheduling this year, that might not happen.
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Michigan Travels/ Midwest Photography

Da Yoopers Tourist Trap

Da Yoopers Tourist Trap Michigan - Funny Roadside Stop
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Fish Pellets as Fertilizer

Fish Pellets as Fertilizer

Fish Pellets as Fertilizer

Whenever I can I like to use organic fertilizers. ¬†People ask me all the time how I grow such mammoth rhubarb plants and I always grin and I say I’m not sure. ¬†That grin should be a tell all – I do know, I’m just not telling. ¬†Until today. Fish pellets as fertilizer is the secret.

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Explore Wisconsin/ Midwest Photography

Aztalan State Park

Aztalan State Park Jefferson County Wisconsin





Spent the weekend exploring some of Jefferson County, Wisconsin as I have for the past 3 years. ¬†My husband enjoys attending the Spyder Rendezvous in Johnson Creek and I selectively attend certain portions ¬†and catch up with friends from the event. ¬†The rest of the time, I am out exploring the area. Here is what I did…

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Printable Bathroom Wall Art

Wash Your Hands Print - Example of one of the free designs you can print out. My 12 year old son said the framed prints have been a huge hit with his friends. He stated that not a tween or teen has come out without giggling and repeating the sayings. I created four different sayings and frame them all for the downstairs bathroom.

Printable Bathroom Wall Art

I was looking for some cute framed sayings to add to my bathroom decor and I really didn’t like anything I came across in the stores. I decided to make my own printable bathroom wall art.

Then, I remembered that my daughter had given me some white, 8×10¬†frames for Christmas last year and I figured maybe I should just make something to print out to tie the distressed frames to.
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Selecting Garden Plant Bulbs

Selecting Garden Plant Bulbs

Selecting Garden Plant Bulbs

I’m a person that likes to see and hold my bulbs in my hand when selecting garden plant bulbs. So, ordering my bulbs from an online source is out of the question for me. But, sometimes, it happens that I have to order online. ¬†In that case I cross my fingers and hope I get good ones. ¬†After they arrive I still go over the 4 simple steps below. ¬†If they fail, the postmaster will get them back.
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Rodents/ Wisconsin Wildlife Photography

Chipmunk Itch He Can’t Scratch

Chipmunk Itch He Cant Scratch - Watched him chase his tail for a period of time and then finally, hop up on a wooden fence to grab his tail and chop down. You could see wildlife photography print

Chipmunk Itch He Can’t Scratch

A poor little guy has an itch he just couldn’t seem to get to.

 

(All my photography is fulfilled by a contracted company.  Read about this here. )

Watched him chase his tail for a period of time and then finally, hopped up on a wooden fence to grab his tail and chomped down.

 

You could see the instant relief in his eyes. Then he happily went on his way.

 

 

Shooting Wildlife? Extend Your Focus by 2X

Canon Extender 2x - Canon users can extend a lenses focal length by a factor of 2x. Compatible with Select EF fixed focal length L-series lenses 135mm and over, as well as the EF 70-200/2.8L, EF 70-200/2.8L IS, EF 70-200/4L, and EF 100-400/4.5-5.6L  Type your model number into the search to see if you can use it. If you can't afford to shell out the big bucks, this is the next best thing to being able to fill your frame with wildlife and still be a distance away.

Canon Users:

Canon users can extend a lenses focal length by a factor of 2x. Compatible with Select EF fixed focal length L-series lenses 135mm and over, as well as the EF 70-200/2.8L, EF 70-200/2.8L IS, EF 70-200/4L, and EF 100-400/4.5-5.6L  Type your model number into the search to see if you can use it.

If you can’t afford to shell out the big bucks, this is the next best thing to being able to fill your frame with wildlife and still be a distance away.

(Purchase on Amazon)

Bird Recipes Crafts & Care/ Birds/ Small Birds/ Wisconsin Wildlife Photography

Handfeeding Chickadees and Nuthatches

Handfeeding Chickadees and Nuthatches





Handfeeding Chickadees and Nuthatches

The calendar states it is spring in Wisconsin, so darn it, warm up already.  Instead, we have 34-degree weather, with tiny, snowflakes drifting down from the sky every once in awhile.  My teens are off for spring break and our family had decided between work schedules and additional commitments, we were staying home for spring break.  This is not our family, is it?

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Save Money on Groceries

How to Save Money on Groceries

Time to tighten the budget. ¬†How to save money on groceries. I know how to do it. But truthfully, sometimes I find it to be WORK. Just as much work as a fulltime job. ¬†Taking the time to plan out EVERYTHING is a pain. I’m not one who likes to sit down and take two hours out of my week to pre-plan before shopping. Checking store ads, price comparing, cutting and organizing coupons; ugh! I did all that back in the 90’s. Refunding and couponing was a large part of our household back then. ¬†Both are more than acceptable ways to save money. ¬†I just do not have the time and commitment for it today.
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Explore Wisconsin/ Midwest Photography/ Midwest Travel Locations/ Old Building Photography/ Vintage Flair

St Coletta Jefferson Wisconsin

One thing I absolutely love about traveling is that it provides me with a constant source of education. ¬†Over the weekend, I attended The 4th Annual Spyder Rendezvous¬†in Johnson Creek, Wisconsin with my husband. ¬†Heavy rain prevented me from riding with the group on Friday. ¬†I admit it, I’m a wimp and my dry car provided a comfortable alternative for the day’s travels. I spent some time exploring¬†St Coletta Jefferson Wisconsin.

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Midwest Photography

Vintage Americana Photography

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Vintage Americana Photography

Healthy obsession. ¬†That’s what I call it. ¬†Albums that are chock full of vintage Americana photography prints that I sell. Antiques, old collectables and vintage finds with fabulous little details depicting life that has past us by. You can view and/or purchase out of my SMUGMUG Portfolio¬†HERE

 

 

 

Birds, Feathered Facts, Garden Videos, Small Birds

What the Red Tailed Hawk Looks and Sounds Like Video

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Red Tailed Hawk in Garden

Red Tailed Hawk

You can find red-tailed hawks in every eco-system there is.  This raptor will hunt down voles, mice, rabbits, birds, snakes, and squirrels. You can find them sitting high in trees and on telephone poles watching for motion on edges of fields.  Once the hawk spots its prey it will swoop down and pick it up.

It is common to see red-tailed hawks visit a backyard because of the selection of feeding birds available.

 

If you would like to get a good feel for what the red-tailed hawk looks and sounds like, by watching the short 20-second video.

From My Kitchen Recipes

Camping Recipes

Camping Recipes

It’s that’s time of year, time to get out the camping gear and become one with nature.¬† Here are a few of our families favorite camping recipes.¬† They are easy to prepare and¬†a breeze¬†to clean up after.¬† Just my style.
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Midwest Photography, Wisconsin Wildlife Photography

Eastern American Toad Thrilling Video

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The Eastern American Toad thrilling video - the thrilling sound can last for up to 30 seconds at a time.  The video contains one image of the toad and the audio sound.

The Eastern American Toad thrilling video – (thrilling) is the sound they make. The thrilling sound can last for up to 30 seconds at a time and you normally hear them in May in Wisconsin.

Currently, this is what the little pond down the street from me sounds like. The video contains one image of the toad so you know what critter to look for and the audio sound Рso you too, can identify the thrilling sound the Eastern American Toad makes.

PS – Yes, the name of the sound they make is called thrilling ūüôā

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Garden Pests/ Insects/ Wisconsin Wildlife Photography

Black Swallowtail Butterfly

Black Swallowtail Butterfly

Black Swallowtail Butterfly Print


Black Swallowtail butterfly is common in Wisconsin.

The butterfly commonly feeds on many different members of the parsley family, including parsley, carrots, dill, and parsnip. It may also feed on Common Rue.

Feeding on members of the parsley family could make this butterfly a pest for avid herb raisers if you would see heavy butterfly travel.  Although, they are not normally an issue.

The best time to look for them is from June 1 – August 1. Higher numbers are always seen during July.

Additional Categories:
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Beneficial Garden Insect Category

Wisconsin Insects Category
Artistic Collection of Prints
Gardening Picture Home Page

Other Mammels/ Wisconsin Wildlife Photography

Nose to Nose With a Raccoon

Nose to Nose With a Raccoon

Oh my gosh! How darn cute is he?
(Picture shared on Instagram)

Nose to Nose With a Raccoon


I was out laying down in the woods, dressed in brown and green clothing and covered in leaves, hoping, waiting and praying to lure in the fanning male turkeys but I received a
 little surprise.  I looked over to see two little eyes staring at me.
  

I could almost hear him say, “Hey lady!¬† Occupied!”¬†¬†

 

Guess you will have to wait on turkey photos. Yep! Got ’em too. It was a good day!!

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Artistic Collection

Springs Radiance Collection

Springs Radiance Collection

Springs Radiance Collection

 

The fresh green leaf growth, new found bird life in the open fields and gentle motion of the bright, yellow grass blowing in the breeze are all signs of springs radiant dance.

It really is the sweet simple things in life that one can learn to appreciate in this springs radiance collection.


Prints That Make Up This Set

 

‚óė¬†Springs Radiance Birdhouse
Some of the birds have started to occupy birdhouses in the fields. The fresh green leaves and radiance of the field grass make this field inviting.

‚óė¬†Springs Radiance Robin
A robin snacking on the freshly opened sumacs. The bright radiance of spring colors is all around.

‚óė¬†Springs Radiance Rustic Fence
The fields are aglow with the bright green and yellow renewal of spring. After a hard winter, there is no better place to stand for to take in the radiance of promise for the new season.

As Displayed

I customize the images and designs in my Smugmug Storefront.  This design was created by arranging (3) 20×20 square float mounted metal prints. You are free to print anything in my albums on a variety of mediums Рbuy one print or all of them.

Buy Photo ‚Äď>This Photo ‚Äď>Wall Art ‚Äď>Metal ‚Äď>20√ó20 square ‚Äď>Move box on the photo to the desired location

Springs Radiance Collection

Garden Pests/ Gardening/ Insects/ Wisconsin Wildlife Photography

Banded Woollybear Caterpillar

Banded Woollybear Caterpillar

Banded Woollybear Caterpillar Print


The banded woollybear caterpillar Рmoth can be found nearly everywhere in Wisconsin. It feeds on low growing plants but is not a pest to garden and farm crops.

The caterpillar will, however, eat a little of your herbs.  Nothing much to really call it a pest, but it should be noted to rehome them if you find them hanging around your herb plants.

The caterpillar is generally found during the autumn months and doesn’t sting or bite when picked up. However, the little bristle hairs can get under your skin and cause irritation.

Some people once thought that the thickness of different bands of the bristle hair would tell how hard or cold the winter was going to be.¬† Turns out, that is an old wives’ tale.

The caterpillar turns into the Isabella Tiger Moth.

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Gardening/ Gardening Tips

Newspaper Barrier Prevents Weeds

Newspaper Barrier Prevents Weeds

Did you know that a newspaper barrier prevents weeds in your flower garden?  It is true!  It helps cut down on weeding. 

General Guidelines:

‚ÄĘ Use only the black and white printed sections, no sales inserts
‚ÄĘ Spread out at least 5 pages at a time
‚ÄĘ Cover the newspaper with mulch

Additional Info:
‚ÄĘ The newspaper will break down and become part of the soil
‚ÄĘ You can easily cut a hole to add additional plants

Why It Works:
As a general rule, plants need to grow towards the light.  The newspaper will block out the sun. You will already have cut holes for your regular plants and mulched around them.   It will not stop weeds completely, but it sure helps!

Midwest Photography

Bring Scout He Said

Bring Scout He Said - Lab Playing in the Muddy Water

Today is one day that my husband looks forward to, picking up the Spyder from the hunting grounds shed.  I was driving with him to the grounds and driving back his truck, bring Scout he said so you have someone to ride back with.  Oh, that was an excellent idea!

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Birds, Feathered Facts, Feathered Friends Backyard Guests, Garden Videos, Gardening, Small Birds

Ovenbird Warbler Video

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Ovenbird Warbler Video





A short 15-second video that shows a picture of the ovenbird warbler and has the audio to hear what the bird sounds like.

✔¬†Feel free to share the video


What the Ovenbird Looks Like:

They have olive-brown upperparts and white underparts heavily streaked with black; the flanks have an olive hue. A white ring surrounds the eyes, and a black stripe runs below the cheek. They have a line of orange feathers with olive-green tips running along the top of their head, bordered on each side with blackish-brown. The orange feathers can be erected to form a small crest.

Additional Warbler Posts:

Warblers in Wisconsin
Video of Yellow Warbler Feeding Young
Gotta Catch ’em All

Photography

Sunset Over the Bay of Green Bay

Sunset Over the Bay of Green Bay

Sunset Over the Bay of Green Bay

Ready for a visual vacation?  Figured a few of us might need a break from looking at the traditional white snow piling up outside our front door. We need a little color in our lives!  Your visual vacation is a sunset over the bay of Green Bay, Wisconsin.

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