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Halloween Tablescape with Lights

Welcome to the first day of Autumn Jubilee!  Halloween is coming, and I had a fun time creating this tablescape for it.  There is more than just mine here as well, be sure to check out the Halloween Tablescape blog hop at the end of the post.

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For my holiday table, I started with my black caldron set atop a quilted Halloween table topper. I had this garland, and I arranged it like the skulls were bubbling out of the caldron.

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I added the LTE Lights winding the lights around the garland. This is the control unit, and I put it inside the caldron with the sensor peeking out the top so the remote control could work. Yes, I said remote control, more on that in a minute.  I ran the power cord under the garland and under a charger to plug it in.

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In the daylight, the light string looks a bit like spider webs in the garland.  I fixed the cord that is showing before moving on with the centerpiece.

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I added two glittery word plaques, one says “Spooky”…

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and the other side says “Boo!”

Halloween Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

At one end of the tablescape centerpiece, I placed a black cat crouching over a jack-o-lantern.

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On the other end is a fun small jack-o-lantern with a happy face, a thrift store score.

Halloween Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

I put black napkins in pumpkin napkin rings, also from the thrif store last year.

Halloween Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

Then I got to the place settings. Here’s where I really had some fun, putting out my new Halloween plates I just got last week. I couldn’t resist them!! So cute, and each one is different.

Halloween Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

There was a set of four, and I placed them on top of my white stoneware, all on the black chargers.

Halloween Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

The plates are so shiny, I had to turn off the light over the table to get pictures, that is why they are a bit dark.

Halloween Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

Aren’t they just too cute?

Halloween Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

Now for the fun part, turn out the overhead lights, and grab the remote controller….

Halloween Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

then, light up the Even Lights set, and select the program you like.

Halloween Tablescape ~ From My Carolina Home

There are eight different program light effects, along with ten settings for solid-on lights from very dim to fairly bright. The orange buttons will make the lights flash either slowly, or quicker, or in a flicker-flash. The blue buttons on the right side of the controller will do a gradual up and down of the lights from dim to bright, selecting how fast that happens. There is no way to really describe this, so I made a video for you to see some of the settings. The video runs about a minute and a half and will show most of the settings so you can see the fun you can have.  Be patient at the beginning, the lights are actually getting a bit brighter and dimmer but the first setting is pretty subtle.

Now, wouldn’t that be fun for a Halloween party or a buffet table!!  LTE Lighting Even Lights

Final touches on the tablescape, I added water glasses to the place settings and black candles.

Halloween Tablescape ~ From My Carolina Home

And then took a few more pictures at night with the lights on, such fun!

Halloween Tablescape ~ From My Carolina Home

The black cat with a happy jack-o-lantern looks a bit more menacing now.

Halloween Tablescape ~ From My Carolina Home

Now for more fun!!

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Thanks once again to Chloe at Celebrate and Decorate for putting together a Halloween blog hop of tablescape ideas for everyone to enjoy!  You can visit each blog on their day for a new post with fun for Halloween.  Enjoy!!

Monday

Belle Blue Interiors
From My Carolina Home
Home is Where the Boat Is
My Kentucky Living

Tuesday

Rattlebridge Farm
Corner of Plaid and Paisley
Hey Fitzy

Wednesday

Life and Linda
Me and My Captain
The Painted Apron

Thursday

The Sweet Sensations
Dining Delight
Celebrate & Decorate

Friday

B. Lovely Events
A casa di Bianca
Supper Table Talk
Red Cottage Chronicles

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PS – If you missed yesterday’s rafflecopter entry with two prizes up for grabs, that drawing will be open until Thursday.
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Autumn Jubilee 2017

Are you ready for some fun?  Autumn is coming into pretty color this month, and I have been working on this year’s Autumn Jubilee for some time now.  This year will see a fantastic line up of fabulous prizes from my favorite stores and products, some new this year!  There will be a quilt along, a wool stitch along, sewing and crafting projects, tablescapes and decorating, so much to do this month.  Projects are quick and easy enough to complete this month, ready for use this season.

Let me share with you the fabulous prizes that will be given away during this event.  First up, Connecting Threads provided a fat quarter bundle of their Autumn Lane line for me to use with the quilt along, and they will send one to a lucky winner too!  Just look at these gorgeous colors!  The quilt design is called Stars On Autumn Lane, and there will be two options for placement, more on that later.  (Psst – Autumn Lane Fat Quarter Samplers are on sale until 10/6 at 25% off, not an affiliate for CT).

Aurifil Threads is  also sponsoring the quilt along, and you can enter to win this fabulous Chestnut thread collection of 12 large spools!!  Plus, this prize is eligible to ship internationally, so anyone can win anywhere in the world.  The quilt along begins October 6th, and will continue with weekly steps on Fridays through October.

Backside Fabrics is offering a $25 gift certificate for you to order their wonderful wide backing fabric for your quilt.

Fat Quarter Shop will award three $25 gift certificates, another international available prize!  Full disclosure, all my Fat Quarter shop links are affiliate links, thank you for using them.  Did you know that FQS also has wool yardage?  See their six pages of wool fabrics, patterns and kits!

My favorite pair of scissors is Karen Kay Buckley’s Perfect Scissors with the microserrated edge that grabs fabric, and she is giving away a free pair for our wool stitch along – and you will get to choose the size you want!  These scissors are wonderful for cutting wool and fabric, you don’t have to be a wool stitcher to win.  The Fat Quarter Shop has the same ones as mine below, find them HERE.  The wool stitch along will be three Sunday posts, beginning in a week.

Moda fabrics will award 2 prizes, first is a fat eighth bundle of Thistle Farm, and another lucky winner will get 2 layer cakes of Harvest Hill and Thistle Farm.  I have a new sewing project for quick gifts and a head start on your holiday sewing.  Both Fat Quarter Shop and Connecting Threads carry Moda Fabrics.  Both Moda giveaways will be during the sew along, three weekly posts to construct a quick gift, perfect for holiday giving.  The Sew Along begins on Monday, October 9.

 

Olfa is sponsoring a giveaway of their wonderful Splash Rotary cutters with their Endurance blade.  This one is so much more comfortable to hold and use, I love mine.  (Olfa Splash at Fat Quarter Shop).  Don’t you love the new purple color?

We are going to make cards this month too!  Halloween and Thanksgiving will be here before you know it, so look for two card making posts.  And this year, I’ll be sponsoring the stamping post with two Stampin’ UP stamp set giveaways from my personal stock of brand new stamps.  Make cards with Autumn Jubilee twice this month.

 

And more prizes!!  Inspired LED Lighting is awarding 3 (yes three!!) LED Sewing Machine Lighting kits WITH the expansion kits to use on a second machine to three lucky winners!!  I won one of these kits in a drawing and cannot tell you how pleased I am with the extra light right where I need it. (Note – this is not a machine I have, the pic is from Inspired LED)

And one more!!  The Electric Quilt company is giving away a $25 gift certificate for any of their products.  They have some wonderful things for those who do not have the software, along with great block design add-ons for those who do have EQ software.  The Behind the Mouse blog is worth following, they often have giveaways of software packages, and interesting blogs to visit for free patterns.

Facebook users, yes I finally bit the bullet and created a Facebook page for the blog.  It will add my posts to your news feed, if you would like to follow that way.

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I have a group for the quilt along, sew along and stitch along too, so you can share your progress there.  The Autumn Jubilee Flickr group is still active as well, if you like sharing that way.

Because I have so many prizes to give away, I have at least one or more for every single post in October, so let’s start now!!  Enter using the Rafflecopter link below, you’ll have multiple ways to enter to win, the more you want to do the more entries you get.  Today we will start out with a Fat Quarter Shop Gift Certificate AND an Inspired LED Sewing Machine Light Kit with Expansion for two lucky winners!!  Entries will be open until Thursday October 5th, so enter now while you are thinking about it.  FQS will ship internationally, the Inspired LED will be a USA winner.

Rafflecopter Giveaway Autumn Jubilee Kickoff Click Here!!

Please note that comments during Autumn Jubilee usually explode, and I may not be able to answer each one personally as I usually do.  I hope you understand, and keep commenting.

So, what do you think?  Are you ready for Autumn Jubilee?

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Catching up on Books and a Studio Book Sale

Scoring big again at the library sale, I came home with a stack of books.  I swore I was only going to get what was on my list, but naturally found a bit more.  I’ve started working my way through these interesting books and want to share some with you.  Amazon affiliate links are provided for the reviewed books for your convenience, thanks for clicking!

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First, though, I needed to finish off the novel I was reading, The House on Tradd Street by Karen White.  This was a fun read, about a real estate agent who specializes in selling old houses inherits one from an unexpected source.  The problem is she sees ghosts, so old houses are something she’d rather sell than live in.  Enter a charming but pushy guy who wants to do some research in the house, and another one with a hidden agenda, both bringing up problems from her past.  There is a mystery to be solved, but Melanie isn’t sure she wants to do that.  The ghosts, however, have plans of their own.  Overall an easy reading, well written novel that won’t require a lot of concentration.  The mystery isn’t that hard to figure out, but it is delightful anyway.  The House on Tradd Street

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Next, The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen, one of my all time favorite writers who sets her novels in North Carolina, with just a touch of magic.  This book starts out with a quirky situation, Josey finds a friend in her closet, and the reason she is there becomes clearer at the end.  Secrets and habits combine to make the life of Josey miserable, and only when she gives herself permission to be herself does she find her true happiness.  In the process, surprising twists and turns in the story add humor.   As in all of Allen’s books, there is just a touch of magic, this time with books that appear to another character, Chloe, when she needs guidance and the books want to be read.  Sometimes the books can be quite persistent, and this added humor in unexpected scenes.  I couldn’t put it down, and finished it in just two mornings of reading. The Sugar Queen

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One of the books I got in the book score at the library sale is Cook’s Country Best Lost Suppers.  I’ve been a fan of Christopher Kimball for a lot of years.  He is the founder of Cook Illustrated, the magazine where they roast 100 chickens to find the one best way to cook it.  For every recipe, they make it dozens of times, refining the recipe every time until it is perfect.  He started America’s Test Kitchen and Cook’s Country shows for PBS.  If you get Netflix, be sure to watch his Fannie’s Last Supper show, a fascinating look at a dinner party from the 1800s, prepared the way Fannie Farmer may have made it before food processors and instant reading digital thermometers.  He also has a new show on PBS called Milk Street, which has a new focus of bringing international recipes and techniques to the modern home kitchen.  But, back to the book at hand, The Best Lost Suppers book is a collection of classic American recipes made better.  They took recipes from readers like Chicken Pot Pie, Baked Beans, Pot Roast, Meatloaf, Chicken Tetrazzini, plus many more, and updated the ingredients and preparation to make the dishes even better.  Each recipe contains notes from the Test Kitchen on method of preparation, use of spices, reduction of fat, and more.  Notes like these are interesting to read, and invaluable to a cook like me that likes to develop my own recipes. Cook’s Country Best Lost Suppers

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Omelette and a Glass of Wine is a collection of essays from Elizabeth David, one of the pioneers of food writing.  I’ve written about her before (here), and I greatly admire her.  This book is one that you can ‘snack read’, a friends description for books that can be read in little five or ten minute sittings.  Most of the articles were written for The Spectator magazine in the 1940s to the 1960s.  Her writing is timeless, however, as good food with quality ingredients will always be welcome.  She writes about recipes, and restaurants, vegetables and cheese, whiskey in the kitchen, and her mentor in food writing from the 1870s among many other topics.  This is one of those books every true foodie should have. An Omelette and a Glass of Wine

The Fat Quarter Shop has some great quilting books on sale right now too, click on Book Sale.  Thank you to everyone that has used my link to make their FQS purchases.  Although I haven’t yet reached the threshold for a payment, I’m making progress.  Thank you for using my links!

And lastly, I have cleaned out my bookshelves and have these books for sale directly from my studio. I have quilting books…

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sewing books…

Book Sale at From My Carolina Home

Gooseberry Patch books…

Book Sale at From My Carolina Home

and holiday books with all kinds of subjects from sewn projects to tablescapes and recipes.

Book Sale at From My Carolina Home

Here’s a pdf of the entire list, subject to prior sale, first come first served.  All books $5 each or 5/$20 plus media mail shipping.  To order, send me an email with your choices and your zip code for shipping calculation, full info in the download – Book Sale 2017a

What are you reading now?


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Saving Tomato Seeds

It’s time to save seeds from all those wonderful tomatoes coming out of the garden.  I remember my grandmother’s little seed packets that she made herself using paper envelopes and the seeds from her garden.  I remember using them to plant, but I don’t remember her drying the seeds in the fall, so I wasn’t sure how she did it.  I’ve been working on the tomato pie recipe and almost have it right, but not quite yet. In the process of making those pies, I decided to save some tomato seeds, and I need to show this before we get to the pies in case you want to save yours too.  These tomatoes came from my garden, all except the large yellow one.

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Tomato seeds are embedded in tomato jelly, and I found an easy way to get them clean by doing an internet search.  I really do not know if my gran did it this way or not, but it worked very well, so here is how I did it.  First, I gathered my tomatoes, and labeled three vintage mason jars with the three different varieties.   Start by cutting the tomatoes in half along the middle horizontally.

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Scoop the seeds and jelly into the jar, getting as much out as you can.

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Now, add some water to the jar, not a lot, about the same amount as the seeds and jelly. Roughly double the volume.

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Here is the Cherokee Purple seeded with its jar of seeds and water.  There was a bit more I went back to get.  The idea is to remove a lot of the moisture from the tomatoes as it makes the pies soggy.

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Then I did several red heirlooms.

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I like yellow tomatoes too, this one came from the store. By saving its seeds, I might have some in my garden next year.

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Now, let them sit on the counter and ferment for several days. I left mine for a week, shaking the jars several times over the week. A week later, there is a definite separation between the pulp and the water.

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Now, dump the seeds into a fine mesh strainer and rinse under running water.

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The jelly will rinse off easily.

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Then spread the seeds out on a paper towel and allow them to dry. I wrote the variety on the towel and prepared a little plastic bag to hold them with a bit of paper labeled with the name. Each variety got its own paper towel for drying.  Those seeds look identical, so you have to take care in labeling and keeping them straight with more than one variety.

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I let the seeds dry for a least a day, and put them in the little bags. I stored them with my other seeds in the basement, cool and dry. I hope that they grow next year, will see!!  The second harvest gave me more red heirlooms and a medium size Cherokee purple.

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I made the first pie, and didn’t like the results, too soupy and the crust wasn’t done right.

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Second try, I prebaked the shell which helped a lot.  But it still wasn’t right.

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It looks good, and it tasted good, not soupy, but the ratio of topping to tomatoes was off.

Tomato Pie at From My Carolina Home

So, yet another to be made.  More Cherokee Purples from the garden, along with some basic red slicers locally grown from the store.

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And I’ll save more seeds just to be increase the odds that I get viable ones.

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Have you ever saved seeds?

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Museum of Natural Science North Carolina

There was so much to see at the Museum of Natural Science in Raleigh, that I had to go to two posts.  Today will concentrate on the North Carolina specific exhibits.  Like the history section moving from earliest prehistory to more recent history, the North Carolina ecosystem exhibits moved across the state from the mountains to the sea.

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The Western area is called the Mountain Cove Forest.  The Highlands area has the distinction of having the most rainfall of any area in the east, with an average of 80 inches a year.

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Full size dioramas depict the key features of the region. Mountains, forests, natural flora and fauna were represented. The forests of western North Carolina are thought to be among the oldest in the US, and North Carolina has the most peaks east of the Mississippi at 43 taller than 6000 ft, and many more under 6000 like ours.

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Waterfalls and birds seen from the balcony above the Mountain Cove diorama.

Museum of Natural Science Raleigh at From My Carolina Home

Our region also has Mount Mitchell, the highest peak in the east, and Whitewater Falls, the tallest waterfall in the east.

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The Piedmont area of forests and plains was represented with additional dioramas.

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Between the Piedmont and the Mountain cove forests, there are more species of fungi in NC than any other state.  Animals found in the areas are part of the scenes, like the fox seen here.

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The Coastal region of NC contains the New River, in a quirky twist of naming, as it is thought to be the oldest river in eastern North America. The coastal region also has the oldest trees known in eastern North America, a stand of Bald Cypress dated at 1700 years old!

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This is a Megatooth shark’s jaw bones with teeth, the ancestor of the modern Great White.

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Real aquariums contain native fish and corals.  The blue whale bones from yesterday’s post were above this area.

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Underground North Carolina was a neat exhibit, with a rocky entrance dimly lit with display cases to give visitors the feeling of being inside a cave.

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North Carolina is the only state where all four major gemstones have been found – emeralds, diamonds, rubies and sapphires.

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The largest emerald found in North America was found in North Carolina. Emeralds are beryl stones colored by chromium.

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More gems found underground in North Carolina.  Lots of amethysts are found here.

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Interactive exhibits invite the visitor to turn the displays for more information on North Carolina ecology.

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On the floor was a map of North Carolina created in marble and granite, showing the prevalence of each across the state.

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Then in the Natural Treasures exhibit, glass cases depict the rich diversity of flora and fauna in our state.  Here is the state bird, the cardinal, on our state flower, the dogwood.

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We spent the entire day there, and still didn’t see all there was to see.  The museum is free to the public, and well worth the visit if you are in the area.

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Museum of Natural Science in Raleigh

On a recent trip to Raleigh over a weekend, DH and I spent an entire Sunday at the Museum of Natural Science downtown.  Sunday was a great day to go, parking was easy, traffic was low, and the cafe was open before the Museum so we could have lunch before the visit. Two multi-story buildings connected by a sky bridge contain more than you can see in a day.  The world globe was three stories tall!

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Starting off on the first floor coming out from the Daily Planet Cafe, the first thing you see is the giant Right whale skeleton. There was so much to learn about whale migration, the study of their life habits, and how this study contributes to the efforts to make our impact on them less dire. This whale was one that researchers had been following, and she died from massive trauma to her head, indicating she was struck by a ship. The researchers had documented her dozens of times and the loss felt personal to them.

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Especially sad was that she was pregnant at the time of her death, the fetal skeleton seen in the exhibit in the position it would be in her body.  It takes almost a year for gestation and females only bear one calf every three years.  There are only a few hundred Right whales left in the world, so figuring out how not to kill them is important.  Their migration courses and our shipping lanes follow the same ocean routes. By analyzing data on whale migration routes, shipping lanes and ship speed, it was found that ship speed makes a difference. Slowing the ships down successfully dropped the collision death rate with Right whales to zero the next year!

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It was interesting to see a T Rex skeleton, although this one is a replica.  This would have been a juvenile in size. In studying the bones, scientists have changed their view of how it walked. Where they used to believe that the dinosaur dragged its tail, they now believe that it held the tail high like a bird, balancing the front in a more forward leaning posture.  Did you know that scientists now think that most dinosaurs had feathers, or quill like coverings rather than scales?  A find in 2016 of a dinosaur tail covered in feathers and preserved in amber confirmed the theory.

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It is generally believed that our modern birds evolved from dinosaurs, interesting!!

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There is a working laboratory for fossil study right there on the premises, and you can watch them working during the week.

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Also in that area, an exhibit of skulls with cards telling the observer the type and relative age, both human and ape.

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This strange exhibit caught my attention as it depicts the relative size differences between several bacteria and viruses. It was one of many interactive exhibits dealing with physical biology of humans.

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Overhead was a huge depiction of DNA, with many exhibits to read and see. One thing that made it so interesting was the level of writing, not too simple, not too complex, just drew you in with interesting facts presented in a compelling way.

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Then, the exhibits moved into space, with fascinating exhibits of galactic study, so much to learn!!  Fascinating exhibits on radio waves in space, water on distant moons, the character of light coming across our galaxy, billions of stars with orbiting planets, it just boggles the mind.

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This is also a working laboratory, studying the moon, asteroids and meteors.

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Walking across the sky bridge, we crossed over to the second building. We hadn’t seen everything in the first one, yet, but I wanted to be sure to see the T Rex skull they had so we went to look for it. The sky bridge was on the third floor, and we could see the upper part of the globe there.  Walking across the bridge, you went forward in time from the earliest prehistoric time to more recent recorded history.

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If you enjoy non-fiction, here’s a book on the legal fight over the T Rex skeleton found in 1990 in South Dakota called Sue.  Found by a paleontologist, fought over between factions of the Native American Sioux Tribe, universities, corporate interests, museums, scientists and the federal government, Sue was the subject of a legal battle then an international auction. One of the placards talked about this, and I have seen a television show on it.  The book looks really interesting, reading a bit on the preview at Amazon, (Affiliate link) it might make a fun gift for the budding scientist, legal thriller fan or the history buff.

Tyrannosaurus Sue: The Extraordinary Saga of Largest, Most Fought Over T. Rex Ever Found

Another huge exhibit in this building was on the seas, and the Blue Whale. This is the view of the smaller skeleton from above on the third floor.

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And the same skeleton from the second floor.

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Trying to give you the sense of the huge scale of these bones, here’s the view of the larger one from the first floor, with the smaller one seen behind it. It was interesting to read that the darker color on the skull portion is due to it still having the oil in the bone. Once considered valuable, the Blue whale was almost hunted to extinction for its oil.

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An atrium contained a battle scene of dinosaurs, with a huge brontosaurus.

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and a large Acrocanthosaurus skeleton.  The placard next to it says, “don’t call it a TRex”.

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This skeleton is very rare, the only one of its kind this complete on display in the world.  Due to the continued deterioration of the bones from to exposure to air, most of it has been replaced with casts on the display, with the bones taken to controlled storage.  The mounted skull is a cast, with the real one under glass below.  Its skull looks a lot like the T Rex, but it lived 45 million years before T Rex.  Originally the skull was found flattened, but painstaking restoration included taking the bones apart and reassembling them in the proper place and took a year to complete.

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Overhead, flying pterosaurs circle on a rotating arm.

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When we found the next exhibit on fossils, I thought we were close.

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Here’s the T Rex skull, I think it is a cast replica.  I never did figure out how the paleontologists tell the difference between T Rex and Acro.

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As is usual, I took more pictures than is reasonable to show. Tomorrow I’ll show you more of the museum, dedicated to North Carolina’s ecosystem and history. It was fascinating too!

Do you have a wonderful science museum near you?

 

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Stamping Cards in September

My card making for September focused on supportive messages for a couple of friends having some health challenges.  This seemed like a good time to participate in a card challenge at Just For Fun Stamps. The challenge for September was to take their design sketch and make a card using it as inspiration. Yellow cardstock looked nice with the purple striped paper, and I had some purple washi tape too.

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So I got out some supplies, and began by stamping a tall motif on a light lavendar paper. This is actually three different stamps that go together to make one basket full of flowers. I used three different colors of ink, and stamped the flowers several times to create a full bouquet.

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I glued the striped piece down in the position suggested by the sketch, and added washi tape to make the horizontal bars.

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The basket of flowers was added, and I couldn’t resist adding the little bee too. The sentiment is in the bottom right corner.  This card is my entry into the challenge.

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I had one more message of support to do, and used my pickup truck again.  This is a favorite one because of the sentiment that goes with it. I pulled some blue cardstock, and some of the blue handmade paper that I got from a blogger friend on Etsy. I plan to make some of my own now that the weather has cooled off.

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“Thought you could use a little pickup” works on so many cards!

September Cards at From My Carolina Home

I used up the last of the gold washi tape, and placed the homemade paper across the bottom.  Aren’t those dogs in the truck bed cute!

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Did you know that I create cards with your message inside? See my Etsy store listing for custom cards. I create a card, then put a printed sentiment on the inside that is your personal message, and it can be sent directly to your recipient. I need a lead time of five days for creating and mail time. Or I can send the card and an envelope to you for presentation.

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Mother's Day Card | From My Carolina Home

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I have put some stamp sets in my Etsy store too, if you are interested in adding to your collection at a really low price for brand new retired sets.  Stampin’ UP! Stamp Sets.

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Fat Quarter Shop's Notion of the Month Sale

One last reminder, the Fat Quarter Shop is raising money for Hurricane Harvey relief with a special pattern called Healing Hearts. Click on Fat Quarter Shop , hover over patterns/books and then click on the banner for Healing Hearts. While you are there, check out the Flash Sale and the Precuts bargains to help you make your quilt.