Photo Friday – Birds Nest Fungi!

Birds Nest Fungi

It’s no secret that I have had a life long obsession with fungi.  I dig mold, lichen and Mushrooms! I am completely fascinated on all levels. So I was so excited when I found this Bird Nest Mushroom in Oklahoma last spring. I have always wanted to find this kind but they are so tiny! They are only about 1/4 inch in diameter.

We were out walking with the neighbor’s dog when she lead us down the street to a neighbor’s pond. I was looking for mushrooms but not that kind. It was fate, I dropped something and when I picked it up I noticed the Birds Nest Fungi right next to it! I took some home and experimented. I watered it everyday and it actually grew! It was fun!

birds nest fungi

The little “nests” or fruiting body holds the little “eggs” which are spore filled.  The nests are called “peridia” (“peridium” in the singular), they work like splash cups, raindrops fall into the nest, then the eggs (called “periodoles”) are thrown into the air, where they latch onto twigs, branches, leaves, and then continue to grow.


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Make/Decorate Cards with Scrap Paper

Making your own cards is such an awesome way to inspire someone, cheer someone up or simply let them know your thinking about them. Everyone loves to receive a card and if your like me you probably have tons of scraps somewhere.

What better way to use them up than to make cards!  I try not to throw anything I can use in a later project away, which means I am always looking for ways to use up old scraps of paper!  I made a bunch of inspirational cards last year, it was really fun, and it was a great way to use odd scraps.

Here are a few ideas to get those creative juices flowin’!

Digital Stamps, quotes and construction paper

Digital Stamps, quotes and construction paper

Scraps!

Scraps!

Buttons! Construction paper and stamps.

Buttons! Construction paper and stamps.

Felt, stamps, construction paper, foam paper.

Felt, stamps, construction paper, foam paper.

Digital Stamps and Quotes, construction paper, and stamps

Digital Stamps and Quotes, construction paper, and stamps

More Scraps Construction paper, embellishments, stickers, stamps

More Scraps Construction paper, embellishments, stickers, stamps

Add some inspiration, Its like sending a hug

Add some inspiration, Its like sending a hug

Fun with markers.. Go on.. go crazy with markers and stamps...it will make someone smile

Fun with markers.. Go on.. go crazy with markers and stamps…it will make someone smile

Vintage Wrapping Paper and construction paper scraps were used for this card..along with some stamps

Vintage Wrapping Paper and construction paper scraps were used for this card..along with some stamps

Do you like to make cards out of scraps? Or have you been inspired to make one? Leave a comment, pic, or drop a link I would love to check it out!