This little...well actually large rodent was not put off in the least by the fact that I put food, high above the ground, for the birds.
I watched in amazement as he clambered from bush to tree in order to get to the bird feeder. Ingenious! =0)
This got me to thinking.
I often find that inspiration comes in many guises. Take for example tin foil. Yes, that humble item that you use to wrap up leftover turkey. A few months ago I was sending out a modern duvet cover set with a bed I had made. The duvet cover, no matter how much I tried, looked as if it was floating above the bed instead of hanging naturally over the mattress. Ordinarily I would use a lot of embroidery pins to hold the cover into place so that it looked staged and realistic. Cue my Husband wrapping sandwiches for his lunch.
So I made a simple pocket out of fabric - cut a square of tin foil (which I had folded three times to give it strength) and a thin piece of padding, slightly smaller than the size of the pocket.
Once you place the foil and padding inside and sew the pocket up, the padding and foil stay in place.
Now I can fold and manipulate the duvet cover so that it hangs more realistically. It can be easily flattened into shape and then folded again depending on whether you want an untidy, ruffled bed or a nice smooth look.
My second smack of inspiration came to me as I was soaking in the bath. As is often the case, I tend to replicate things in miniature from around my own home. I decided to copy my electric scroll saw. I measured and re-sized, managed to make the pieces and it was the simplest of things that stumped me. My life-size scroll saw had a sticker on it. Now I'm all for saving money. I could have bought specialty paper, used a printer and made my own. But in my bathroom I found an array of sticky labels on the back of shampoo and aftershave bottles.
Well I better get back to work. No rest for the wicked ;0)
Have a great day