Friday, August 7, 2009

I love my Loon stuff!

Slowly but surely, my log home is becoming a "loony bin." I'm trying not to overwhelm the decorating with only loon stuff. But then when I'm out and about - I hear the call of the Loon!


Here's a tapestry I recently picked up at the Call of the Wild Museum in Gaylord, MI.





Here are keys to the loony bin! Ha!





How about a cookie from my Loon cookie jar? By the way, I haven't put any cookies in here yet. Do you have any good cookie recipes you've come across recently?




This photo represents one of nature's miracles. Sometimes at the end of the summer, the Loons will have a social hour and gather on a host lake. It will usually only happen for 1 day. They will swim in synchronized circles - almost like a dance and dip their heads in the water, mimicing each other. The chances of seeing this are pretty rare. Which is why when I witnessed this a few years ago, it became one of the best nature experiences of my life. Have you ever had a moment like this?



In wilderness I sense the miracle of life, and behind it our scientific accomplishments fade to trivia. ~Charles A. Lindbergh, Life, 22 December 1967

37 comments:

Darla said...

You must frame some of your Loon photos and hang them in your cabin!!

itsJUSTme-wendy said...

Wow, I LOVE that tapestry wall hanging! That's beautiful!

Mom2-2goodboys said...

I think you should try this cracker candy recipe to fill your loon cookie jar. It's delicious!

http://mjsmblog.blogspot.com/2008/01/recipe-sharing.html

Rural Rambler said...

I have a "thing" for wall tapestry and I love your loon with the babies taking a ride! Your Loon things are darling! Adding things to a house to make it home and your own is always fun!

Star said...

It's great to follow a theme and why not loons? I like your cookie jar very much. As to making them? if I was you, I'd take a walk to Krogers. They have such a great range - maybe you can't get to Krogers from the hut. Are you very isolated?
Blessings, Star

New England Girl said...

All of your decorations are so adorable. :) I love the cookie jar! And the quote at the end is fantastic. Absolutely brilliant. :)

joated said...

One early June a few years ago I witnessed the competition between two male loons for a female on a large lake in northern Quebec.

What started as competing loon calls at opposite ends of the lake culminated in an in-and-out-round-about chase centered on the small islands in front of our fishing cabin as one male chased the other all over the otherwise still lake. For over half an hour we sat on the porch and watched these two loons run across the water's surface in huge figure eights that ranged half a mile to our left and another half mile to our right. All the while the female placidly continued to paddle about and occasionally dive for a fish in the waters between the islands directly in front of us.

It was one heck of an after dinner entertainment that had us all in stitches.

Amy said...

Love all the loon decor! I would fill the cookie jar with soft chocolate chip cookies :) I have never experienced a loon lake party, but would most certainly love too! You are one of the blessed ones:)

Tomatoe Creek Prims said...

Thanks for stopping by:0
I love your loons and I would have been thrilled to see the dancing that they do also love the quote!
Rondell♥

Constance said...

The Lindbergh quote is sure greatness! I will have to remember it for my scrapbooking our recent vacation to Yellowstone!

The tapestry looks perfect where you placed it!
Connie

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

Your new loon tapestry is perfect for your log home!
Hugs,
Penny

basketsnprims said...

They are all so cool, Shelley! Love the tapestry.
Have a great weekend.
hugs,
Pam

Carol said...

You have a wonderful collection of "Loony" items! The tapestry is my favorite.

Hugs,
Carol

Calming Scents said...

I think its all very fitting for your cabin and very beautiful.

I've never witnessed a call of nature like that but would sit in amazement if I was lucky enough to.

April said...

Definitely a loony bin...but, in a good way! Such cute things and that last picture is breathtaking! How fortunate for you to have been a part of such a rare happening!

Brandi said...

I love the Loon cookie jar! And I actually have two cookie recipes that my family love! You can get to both of them through my blog. The links are posted below.

Love all your new Loony items! Let me know if you try the cookies.

http://lolosblog-brandi.blogspot.com/2009/01/i-love-bad-weather-days.html

http://lolosblog-brandi.blogspot.com/2008/11/katie-cant-cook_17.html

JyLnC said...

My husband and I took a quick road trip last weekend into Southern Wisconsin and as we were driving...my dh pointed to a small lake and said, "Look at the Loons!"

I smiled and thought of you!

Tricia said...

no, i've never experienced a scene like that, but, oh, how i wish i could!
Your loony bin is shaping up, for sure, but I love love love your last photo! IT'S GORGEOUS!

Just a little something from Judy said...

You have introduced me to a world of Loons. I know this sounds hard to believe, but I never heard anything about Loons before I started visiting this blog. Now, if and when I see anything to do with them, I always think of you. You certainly have a nice collection of these beautiful birds. Think how much I am learning from this fascinating nature blog. Thank you for sharing.

smallpines said...

We just got some really neat carved loons in at the store in the neighborhood - I was just thinking how I need to get one. Love loon stuff! You have some beautiful things!

grammy said...

Love your Looney stuff (o: Yes my moments like that seem to be about nature... well and my Grandkids (o:

The Retired One said...

I have been to the Call of the Wild..its a pretty great place..the tapestry is wonderful and looks terrific where you put it...
I LOVE, LOVE that last photo...beautiful in the mist.

Ginger said...

You are too funny, Shelley, with your loony bin comments. I love your sense of humor and your posts about nature. Neat tapestry!!!

John Poole said...

Hi Shelley. Love all your "looney" stuff, especially the tapestry. It's interesting how when one manages to find stuff centered on some favorite motif, how very hard it is not to acquire more and more. And then you begin to worry that you might be going a little over the top! But its all very nice. Thanks for posting! ~John

Leedra said...

Love your loon decor, especially the tapestry.

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JyLnC said...

Shelley, I wrote about my wildlife experience on my blog today. Thanks for the inspiration!

Kath ~★The Olde Weeping Cedar ★~ said...

Oh wow, that photo is awesome, Shelley!

Love all your loons, that tapestry is so pretty!

Have a great weekend :)
Hugs, Kath

Judy said...

Oh Shelley, I love the tapestry. You are so lucky to have found it.

Cedar ... said...

LOVE that tapestry!

This Country Girl said...

Hi Shelley,

I have learned more about loons by reading your blog! Thank you! They are so beautiful and that last pic is gorgeous! Love all your loon stuff...it fits you and your log hom perfectly!

Have a great day!
Tammy

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Shell, Love that loon tapestry... AND the cookie jar and key holder are amazing.... As Darla said, you need to frame some of your loon photos and hang them up also.

The experience you had at the Log Home training was amazing, wasn't it???? Such perfect logs.

Have a great week--and hug Greg, Marvin and Scout for me.
Love you,
Bets

Beautiful Creation said...

Very beautiful. You are very blessed to have such a wonderful place filled with items you enjoy.

Dixxe's Doodles said...

Love the loons! Do you like to sew? IF you ever want to try some southwest fabrics Check out Hancock Fabrics, some of my design collection is there and NOW on sale..

http://www.hancockfabrics.com/The-Herd-Horses-Multi-Cotton-Fabric-Southwest-Prints_stcVVproductId49763762VVcatId539070VVviewprod.htm

and this panel for making pillows
http://www.hancockfabrics.com/Thunder-Mesa-Red-Cotton-Panel-Fabric-Novelty-Panels_stcVVproductId49763766VVcatId539096VVviewprod.htm

and this one too:

http://www.hancockfabrics.com/Proud-Warriors-Red-Cotton-Panel-Fabric-Novelty-Panels_stcVVproductId49763765VVcatId539096VVviewprod.htm

I think you can order it online!
I should add loons to my list of Designs to make!

Jane In The Jungle said...

Girl you know I love your Loon stuff!! That tapestry is beautiful!! But the picture is my fave!!

Catherine Holman said...

I love your loony bin! While visiting in New Hampshire, Maine, and upstate New York a few years ago, my best memories were the loons and their magically call.
Hugs,
Cathie

Powell River Books said...

I love loons. Sometimes we get them in Hole in the Wall. It's fun to watch them dive and try to guess where they will reappear. They sure can travel far under water. When we were sitting in camp near Halifax we heard loons calling on the lake next to our camp. It was such a wonderful sound. To me, the call of a loon means I'm home in Canada, even when Canada wasn't my permanent home. - Margy

Charli and me said...

I think your Loon decor is just beautiful. You have made me fall in love with these beautiful little birds. Thank you for all of the moments you share with us.