The prompt today is candy, which reminded me of this candy jar my mom put out every year when I was young. The snowman head and hat were Styrofoam, and the hat was festively glittered. We would carefully pop the head off the glass jar to reach in for a sweet treat. The scarf was a simple red ribbon glued together.
We also had a Santa version, and both were from the 1950s. Maybe Mom will comment below with a little more info about these cute jars. I love how these prompts bring back so many great memories. Does this invoke a good Christmas memory for you? If so, I hope you share it here!
A kaleidoscope is a visual instrument containing mirrors and loose pieces of colored glass or plastic inside at one end so that you see many different patterns when you turn the tube while looking in through an eyepiece at the other end. Thanks for that, Merriam-Webster dictionary. The kaleidoscope was invented in 1861 and was considered a form of entertainment. While there are many versions of kaleidoscopes ranging from a few dollars to thousands of dollars, this is a simple tube version meant for children.
It has been a long time since I have seen one of these cardboard tube kaleidoscopes and wonder if they would hold a child’s attention nowadays.
It can be calming to watch the colors and shapes magically morph as the end of the tube is turned, and the patterns are endless.
Here are a few of the fun nature treasures we found this year. Yes, that is a praying mantis in the middle, and I painted him because I had never seen one so tiny. He was gracefully crawling across my shirttail, and to put it in perspective, from the tip of his antenna to the back of his feet this little guy was a little smaller than my index fingernail (which is cut short). After observing him for a while, we put him in the tall grasses off the deck, but I sure hope the anole didn’t have him for a snack!
Anyhow, starting on the top left are some pieces of beach glass we found. Going clockwise is a cockle shell and a coquina shell. The bottom row is a small selection of the shark teeth we found throughout the week. Thanks for joining me today for this #NatureDoodlewash.
To today’s #DoodlewashDinner I am bringing some home brew made by my hubby and his friends. They have been home brewing for a number of years now and have made some great beers. The best one they ever brewed was a Russian Imperial Stout, and it even won an award at a local competition.
My beer appears to be an ale of some sort. Now all we need is a bowl of salty pretzels. Enjoy!