Mama Diaries

Friday, January 17, 2014

Guest Blogger and The Vampire Butterfly Feeder

Before I begin my story, I'd like to invite you to hop over to Bikers for Children's Books where I am a guest today.

Now here's the story:

My nine-year-old son likes to make things.  So I got him some wood, nails, and a hammer.  I like to make things, too.  So I got myself some wood, nails and a hammer.  But I'm not so good at making things.  I don't know why.  I'm the daughter of carpenter, so I should be very good at using a hammer and nails.

Anyway, we went out to the garage and started creating.  My son randomly hammered nails into wood and created a very interesting contraption. 

"What is that?" I asked.

"A cup-holder, desk, teddy bear chair," he answered.

Oh.

I not-so-randomly decided to construct a butterfly feeder.  I gathered the wood and the little itty bitty nails.  And some glue.  I thought it might be wise to glue the wood before nailing it, just to make it stronger.  Except I ended up with more glue on my fingers than on the wood.  Somehow I manage to concoct a butterfly feeder with the glue.  Then it was time to nail it together.  I took the little itty bitty nails and the big old hammer and gave it a whack.  Except I nailed my fingers.    

I muttered a few choice words and tried again.  This time, the nail bent.  I muttered a few more choice words and pulled the thing out. 

"Mama, you really need to be careful!"

"Yes, sir," I said, and continued hammering my fingers and breaking nails.

Finally, the creation was complete.

"What do you think?" I asked, holding it up with my mutilated fingers.

"It looks good.  But I'm not sure the blood streaks you added will attract butterflies."

Hmm.  No, unless they're vampire butterflies!



(In case you want to see our creations, here they are.  And no, I did not take a close-up of the blood streaks on the side!) 



31 comments:

  1. That is precisely why I use screws and a drill!

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  2. I stay away from tools. My fingers thank me. LOL

    Have a good weekend!

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    1. Maybe I should stay away from tools! Hope you have a great weekend, too!

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  3. Great creations! Love Bubba's multi-tasking masterpiece!

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  4. Blood, sweat, and tears...you suffered for your creation!

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  5. Well nice of you to feed the vampire butterflies at least

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  6. That's better than I could do. I can't hammer a nail straight to save my life.

    Love,
    Janie

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  7. Sorry about the fingers. : ( Will you both be painting your wood work items? I remember hearing something about a vampire moth so maybe there are vampire butterflies?

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    1. Nope. Not painting them. Those are the finished products. It might be interesting to see if there are vampire butterflies.

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  8. Just checked out your interview over at Bikers for Children's Books! :)

    And heh, that whole thing about "vampire butterflies" reminds me of a nightmare I had when I was a kid...

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    1. Thanks for stopping over there. Vampire butterflies are extremely terrifying! ;0)

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  9. there are such things as butterfly feeders?

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    1. Yes. You put bananas or orange inside of them, and supposedly the butterflies will come.

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  10. Wonderful post, though sorry about the fingers.

    Yvonne.

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    1. I wasn't too thrilled about the fingers!

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  11. Hopefully your fingers stop feeding the vampire butterflies soon

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    1. It's not good to have vampire butterflies sucking on your fingers!

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  12. Yikes! Gotta watch out for those vampire butterflies. Graceful fluttering but deadly! Heh.

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  13. LOL Now this sounds like how I would make a butterfly feeder. Maybe we can catch vampire butterflies together. :)

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  14. That guy -- he cracks me up. Weren't there carnivorous butterflies in that old '60's show The Invaders?

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    1. I don't know. I've never seen that show. Now I'm keeping my eye out for them. ;0)

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  15. Ouch! Lovely project for you and your son though. I try to stay away from hammer and nails whenever possible. :)

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