THE FERAL TURTLE

THE FERAL TURTLE

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

A Quaint Cobblestone Path


Read Part One Of The Cobblestone Path here.

Part one left us with plastic covering the path.  It sat for a week curing under perfect conditions.  Moist and not too hot.

Ta Da.


I filled the cracks in with some topsoil.  It looked okay but I remembered my mom telling me about a mixture, using buttermilk and moss to encourage new moss to grow.  Of course I headed to Google to find the recipe and happened upon good old Martha Stewart!
Martha's recipe here!
She used beer in her recipe, and with hubbys beer making hobby, I have an endless supply.  You know what they say, "If life gives you beer, make moss"....or maybe it was something to do with lemons, but regardless, I had beer on hand.


These are little pellets that you add water to, soak and they swell up and retain moisture.  I am told you can buy them at the dollar store for filling vases.  I bought mine at a liquidation store a few years ago.



Honestly, I didn't get this from a cow!





In the shade, and with a daily dose of water, there sits quietly, the turtle growing moss.
  After reading the recipe again and discovering that I was away the day I read
 "Mist regularly for two to three months", (which I kindly highlighted for you all,)  my impatience kicked in.   I picked up a couple of scotch moss plants, divided them up and plunked them in!


A fern thrown into the mix.  Hopefully it will spread and create a border along the path!






Moss Milkshake
"The moss milkshake, or fragmentation method of planting, takes a bit more patience. To create a moss milkshake, mix together pre-shredded moss, gel powder, and buttermilk powder or beer with a few cups of room temperature, non-chlorinated water in a pail. Keep in mind that this mixture is not a perfect science, and you should play with the ingredient amounts. Let stand for five to 10 minutes, and then smear the mixture over soil. Mist regularly for two to three months or until the moss fragments begin growing together. Fragments of the moss may turn tan, but don't give up: keep the moss moist until new growth appears."




  I am hopeful that it will spread into the cracks and fill in my little cobblestone path this season, but I am sure it will take a few years, so now I must
hurry up and wait :(

Cheers :)

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Monday, July 22, 2013

Feral Turtle Visits Hometalk!



Good day!
The creators of Hometalk recently contacted
 me to create a "Shower Curtain Board",
 similar to Pinterest Boards, but on STEROIDS! 
 I included many different projects using shower curtains, all found on Hometalk.


  Cristina from Remodelando la Casa first introduced me to this fabulous site!
Thanks Cristina :)

There are so many great projects, ideas, pictures, and 
 you can even ask other Hometalkers for advice!

Hope you check it out and while you are there, sign up for your own Hometalk account!  You can join in on discussions. create your own boards, or just check in on all the great projects happening around your virtual world.  Best of all......IT'S FREE.
Cheers!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

A Gaming Race Seat Built Mostly From Recycled Material!!

We are probably a little old for this kinda stuff; well at least that's what the staff at the computer store figures when we go in for parts.  They ask if it's for your kids, and we tell them that it's for us.
   Then they giggle, sometimes an outright laugh, and say, "Cool". 
Hubby's birthday is just around the corner and a certain racing wheel he's been eyeing up, came on sale.  I jumped all over that and "raced" to the store for the big purchase,  along with a new video card! 
  Then I "raced" home to give it to him early. 
 This is what he "raced" to do.....
He gathered a seat from an old car, and used an office divider stripped of all its dividing stuff, for the frame.

We shimmed the seat up with scrap lumber to a suitable height  This actually took a long time to get it just right.


An old bed frame was salvage for it's angle iron.

Hubby. being a bit of a fabricating man started cutting and grinding and fitting up his parts.

Then he started welding!  I offered to do this for him but he's a hands on kinda guy.  Plus I think he wants the seat to stay in an upright position when he sits on it.

All tacked up.

Fabbing up the steering wheel support.

Cutting wooden supports for the Wheel, Shifter, and Foot Pedals.

A trial fit before the final welding.

Final  welding....and wiping needed.

Paint goes on the supports.

Frame was sprayed with a gloss black.

I think Ferrari Red helps with speed.


Ready to go.  Just need the computer and screen.  BTW, this seat is adjustable!  Even I can reach the foot pedals.



Happy early early Birthday Hubby!  
Cheers to many races won!
Now I am off to get him something for his "birthday" day!