Well, it's that time of year again. Time for the Ann Arbor Teddy Bear show in Michigan! I'm very excited to be participating in this show again, it is always lots of fun to be there to meet collectors in person. I hope that those of you who live nearby can come and visit all the bears that will be there. It is worth the trip! The show is this Sunday, November 2. For a preview of participating artists and directions to the show you can click the picture below.
I am excited to be participating in the Bear Hugs 4 U online show that starts tomorrow! The show opens at noon EST. I hope you can visit all of the bears that will be available. I will have 10 brand new bears and friends made especially for this show, including "Christopher" below.
So today's post is a little out of the ordinary for me, but I thought this was worth sharing. I don't know about the rest of you, but I have had a really bad time with fruit flies this year! I'm talking BAD! I've had fruit flies before, but nothing like this, it was out of control! Even though I was keeping all of my fruits and veggies in the fridge, I was still seeing them. So, of course, the first thing I did was head on over to Pinterest, because I practically live over there, ha!
Rather than go out and buy some expensive chemical, I wanted to find something that was DIY, preferably with natural products that I already had around the house. I have cats, so I didn't want anything that would hurt them should they stick their curious little noses in it. This is what I found, a super simple little concoction that I whipped right up and it works! I will add the link here to the actual post so you can go check it out if you like. Fruit Fly trap
All you need to do is grab an empty water bottle out of your recycle bin and fill it about half way with apple cider vinegar. Add a little bit of honey and a tiny bit of dish soap. That's it! Then you just leave it on your kitchen counter, or wherever you are having the most trouble with the fruit flies. You will start to see the little buggers floating around in there in no time. Just save your cap and when it gets full, just put the cap back on and throw the whole bottle away. Easy Peasy!
Below is a picture of what my bottle looked like after it sat on the counter for a while. It's horrible! Disgusting isn't a strong enough word! This thing caught so many fruit flies! See all of those little black things floating around, yep, gross! I told you they were bad.
Actually this bottle sat on my counter doing its thing for about a week and a half before I replaced it with a fresh bottle. I'm the queen of set it and forget it, lol! why? Because that's how I roll ;o)
So hopefully I haven't completely grossed you out and scared you away from ever visiting my blog again! I hope this helps someone out there as much as it helped me. Is anyone else having a huge problem with fruit flies this year or are they all just coming to my house?
I've been very busy over here! I'm getting ready for two bear shows this weekend. The first one is the Bright Star "Fall Stars" online show which starts on Friday and ends Monday (Sept. 5 - 8). I will also be attending the Valparaiso Doll and Bear Show here in Indiana at the Expo Center. Both shows should be lots of fun!
This is "Augustine". She will be available during the "Fall Stars" online show, along with nine other show exclusive bears and friends. Plus I will have many more available at the Valparaiso show if you are in the area.
Wow! I have really neglected the blog, haven't I?! Where have I been you might be wondering? (or maybe not, LOL!) I've been here for the most part, working on bears and other things. So much to do and so little time! Let's see...we took a vacation at the beginning of April, we finished up homeschool for the summer at the beginning of June, I am preparing for the upcoming homeschool year (8th grade, Yikes!!), not to mention getting ready for several bear shows coming up . Busy, busy! The first of the shows is actually this weekend, July 11 - 13. If you would like to take a look at the preview page, you can see that here.