There's an oak tree that shades our driveway, and I park my car under this tree.
And these two sweet little white wing doves that roost in this tree rain down a rather alarming quantity of poop onto my car all night long every night.
I believe there might be some kind of dove poop parties where they invite thousands of other doves to their roost to poop on my car, because despite the fact that I believe it's the same mated pair that has been here for years, the sheer quantity and coverage area of the dove poop leads me to believe there are co-conspirators. Or that my doves need to change their diets.
I may or may not have heard quiet little dove giggles from time to time when I come out in the morning to be greeted by my poop covered car. It felt like they were mocking me, while I was cursing under my breath and trying to find a tiny clean spot on my door handle so that I could get in for my daily trip to the car wash.
It was out of control. I had to do something, and it's generally frowned up, even in dove season, to blast the little buggers out of the trees in your front yard in a quiet suburban neighborhood.
Besides - I really like them and the sweet little sounds they make, even though I realize those sounds are probably elaborate poop-mapping conversations that would rival the planning that took place in Churchill's war room.
Doves are not all that bright, after all, and they scare easily.
So up Hootie goes onto a branch near the roosting branch and SHAZAM! Not one more poop has been directed at my poor car since Hootie has been on the job.
Hootie - the avian patron saint of white car owners, I thank you for your service!
So - to my neighbors who may now be the proud owners of two homeless poopy doves - #sorrynotsorry.
Victory is sweet.
You know what else is sweet?
The Embellished Ornament Bundle.
I was working on my newest online class with this bundle (the class is available now, by the way - click here for deets) and I sat down and cut out all the shapes from the dies just to brainstorm with. I cut them out of various types of papers, and then I saw some scraps on my desk that looked enticing.
One was a Brusho experiment piece I did while practicing for the upcoming Watercolor For Cardmakers class from Online Card Classes. The first one was AMAZING and I'm really excited to be a guest in the next one.
I was playing around with Brusho, and trying to get different intensities and textures, so I burned through a lot of watercolor paper, and one piece in the pile looked like it would make a pretty ornament. It had sort of a marbled look and mostly cool colors I thought would be fun on a holiday card.
So into the Big Shot it went. And out came....
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Isn't that fun? I just love the crispy cleanness of it all.
Clean like my car.
I have to say - those Christmas Greetings Thinlits cut like a dream and pop right the heck out of those dies. I love them so much.
I love them almost as much as I love Hootie.
But not nearly as much as I love all of you.
I hope you're having a good weekend - craft it up!
OH - PS - if you are coming to the On Stage Live event in Dallas in November - plan to be there that Friday before - we will be having a one day mini-retreat with fun classes, prizes, goodie bags, swaps - tons of fun! Registration for that will open next week.