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Thursday, September 30, 2010

The Transformations


It's been awhile since I've blogged and I miss being here and seeing what everyone is up to.........but just been a busy-busy Summer and now that Autumn is here it seems to prove the same!!! My husband has been creating a lot of wooden wares to sell but I begged and pleaded with him to PLEASE make us a new computer cupboard to make our kitchen area look much better and keep my favorite PRIMITIVE continuity throughout the homestead. He created a beautiful cupboard that when closed is well.......BEAUTIFUL!!!
Here is a before photo of the computer mess-I am almost ashamed to post it:
 Pretty Ugly-Right???
Admit it!!!

 The carpenter hard at work!!!

 All it needs is paint and distressing!!!

 Sanding and distressing after the paint has dried.

 Opened up still kind of ugly (talking about the inside stuff) but much better than before!!!

 Ta Da!!!.............so much better
Love it!!!


We also had some other transformations in our life. My son Ryan decided to help some Monarch Butterflies get their start. Here are some photos of their awesome transformation process or metamorphosis!!!
Hungry caterpillars eating their favorite milkweed leaves.
They are eating and pooping machines!!!


Here they are in their beautiful jade green chrysalis. Can you see the shiny gold ring on the chrysalis in the fore front and the shiny gold spots? 
"Chrysalis" means 'object of gold. This is actually how the Monarch got their name.  American colonists noticed this adornment, which looked like the crown of a king.  I have read that nobody knows the function of  these gold spots???
They are beautiful!
I feel bad because I didn't snap a photo of the caterpillar hanging  in it's pre-chrysalis "J" shape before turning into the jade green chrysalis.


Here is a photo of the chrysalis before the butterfly emerges. The chrysalis turns clear and you can see the Monarch Butterfly squeezed inside. No wonder it wants to come out. And then suddenly................


A Monarch is Born!!!
See the jade green chrysalis in the background and the clear empty ones that have already hatched out their beautiful butterflies!!!


Ryan says.......
"Time to fly South beautiful butterfly and continue your life cycle!!!"


Hope I didn't bore you???
Wishing you an Awesome Autumn!!!

6 comments:

Loafer Mountain Primitives said...

Wow Paula!
He did a fantastic job!
Love the color too....
I just finished building a dry sink, I just need to paint it now.
The butterfly project looks cool!
I noticed you have kitties too! I've been banned from having anymore till I get help with my Skippy Issues......
He has a birthday this weekend....Hmmm maybe he needs his own kitty?
Tisha

Paula-Pieces from the Past said...

Thanks Tisha-I think he did a great job too. Would love to see your dry sink. I have an old antique dry sink that I just love!!!

I think Skippy may need his own kitty!!! lol Always room for one more???

Hugs♥

A Primitive Homestead said...

The butterfly is beautiful. I am amazed with your new cupboard. I just love it & the prim color. I have been wanting a cupboard built around my frig to hide it & this design without the shelves would be perfect. Lucky you! Enjoy your amazing cupboard. You should do a tutorial on the cupboard.

Paula-Pieces from the Past said...

Thanks Lara
I do love it and picked out the color and was hoping it would work with it being such a big cupboard.
My husband would have to do the tutorial though!!! Fridge cupboard would be a great idea........

Misi said...

Oh my goodness your computer cupboard is absolutely beautiful. i love the design *Primtastic Teamwork! Thanks for sharing

~Bliss

Paula-Pieces from the Past said...

Thanks Misi

I haven't yet shown my husband the dishwasher cover but love your husband's design. My husband makes covers for different small appliances such as coffeemakers, toasters and stove (noodle board)covers. He just took up woodworking less than a year ago.

Thanks for stopping by
Paula

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