Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Time To Celebrate July Is A Two Moon Month

The July 2015 Moon:

We celebrate two moons this month!

The first full moon is Wednesday July 1, 10:20 pm EST and is known as the “Buck Moon. The second moon of July is Friday July 31st 6:43 am EST and is known as the “Blue Moon”…other names for the July Moon are Ripe Corn Moon, Summer Moon, Ghost Moon, Crane Moon, Rose Moon, Mead Moon and Moon of Mid Summer.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle The Art of the Recycled VW Exterior

VW Exteriors: Talk about anything goes...anything is possible! 
The art and restoration of Vintage VW's-  Outside and In. So many cool ideas!

Vw dream cars with creative restorations that will make you smile on and off the road. 

Here are some unique recycle ideas for VW Exteriors, painted and otherwise,  that will make you wish you owned one! 

What can I say!  A Classic from Florida
Tye Dye to dye for!
Painted with Black board paint from Stacy Lynn.  Allows  others experience their VW.  Ever changing! 
Alla 60's a painted VW  with Flower Power
Another all original ...Many owners want it that way   
Alla "60's" Mid Century style...with accessories to match 

Love Boat Style

Alla "now" the graffiti look
The Geometric 

Another Chalkboard painted car--allowing creativity and interaction. Great fun for show cars 
Flower Power in the garden!   
Another remake...Alla "Monster Car"...the Monster Van 
Creative recycling,  making your own model   

2 in one...a Bug trailer upcycle, pulled by a matching van. Sweet!
Vrrrrrrooom....The VW Bike...Now that's inventive!  
Bring it in!  The Vw Pool Table 
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 © jag

Friday, June 12, 2015

The Art And Restoration Inside Vintage VW's

More Flower Power To You VW!The art and restoration of Vintage VW's- So many cool ideas!

Anyone who knows me, knows I love VW's and events that display them! Whether it's the  VW Transport Fest in Boston,  Busses and Balloons in New Mexico or The VDub Hippiefest in Tarpon Springs, one thing is apparent, and that is, that every one of these old VW's has been saved from a landfill.
At every old car show you see vehicles in every stage of transformation, from totally reconditioned to original shabby chic. 
I love that people have found and rescued many of them and very creatively given them a new life. 

Oh, and did I say, that the VW's are fun and make you smile?  Just think of Fillmore, the 1960 VW Bus, in the movie Cars. 
Vw owners are particularly creative with their restorations. Partly because it's a playful car and partly because the parts are often hard to come by, so they have to be!   Here are some unique upcycle ideas that will not only bring you back in time, but put a smile on your face.  You may even  find some of them useful.

VW Interiors: Fun or funky,  happy faces or peace symbols. upcycle or recycle,  anything goes.

Alla "Smileys" vintage happy faces ...what could be more cheerful!

Alla "50's" ... The checkerboard diner look ..from socks off to sock hops

Iphone holders were not a thing of the past...but we need them now.  A clever one.

Wine Case holders cut at an angle make great storage options.

Burlap coffee bags line doors...Mexican seat covers ..Juan Valdaez would love this!

Peace and  Love and Tie Dye ... a Hippie Dream come true.

Polka dot heaven ...how cute is this?

Clean and crisp ... a tailored look on these redone door panels.

The designer look ..rolled pillows and matching drapes on this Westfalia Weekender
 Table redo using bar coasters...why not try it with show stickers or travel decals!  

Clever much needed storage options customize  this camper 

Match it up with useful 50's and 60's collectables. Why buy new. 

Show off your personality and favorite colors.  Make it homey! 
VW Exteriors: Talk about anything goes...anything is possible! 

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 © jag

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Changing Seasons Are A Great Time For A Nature Journal

Journals can be a great learning experience all year long

Nature Journals can be a great learning experience all year long - Learn how to make one!
For links to these projects go to Planetpals Pinterest Nature Journal Board

What better learning experience is there than to document nature's splendor, with a nature diary! It's a great project for any age including kids!  Anyone can draw, write, record and photograph what they see.

Any season is a season for Journaling; 

Spring means outdoors for many who have cooped up all winter, like birds and bugs, trees and plants.   Summer is a time for thriving for many plants and animals, caring for their young, plants blooming and harvesting.  As well, Autumn harvests and the storing and shedding of animals and plants.  Winter is time for hibernation and wild weather patterns. Let's face it, all year long nature evolves, the skies not only change through the seasons, but change day and night, as do the tides. 

The changing seasons are a perfect time to think of Journaling.  

Journaling is a wonderful pastime and an educational hobby. With the changing season comes changes in nature. You can track the seasons of trees and flowers.  You can track nature's life cycles like that of a butterfly from and egg to a caterpillar to a full grown butterfly. You can watch animals come out of, or prepare and go into, hibernation.

Things you can record in a Journal:

Learn to look for patterns in nature such as heart shaped leaves, camouflage or repetitive patterns. Find nests and cocoons, take photos of changing leaves, sprouting flowers and new blossoming plants. Watch gardens grow and the changing seaside.  Learn what different species eat, which ones are endangered,  and learn about the food chain. Collect different kinds of natural species or their parts such as shells or barks from trees. Or simply find the beauty in any natural thing!

Here is a list of additional ideas for a Seasonal Journal:
  • Color in Nature
  • Art in Nature
  • Anatomy and Architecture
  • Planted Seedlings
  • Budding and Blooming Flowers
  • Budding and Blooming Trees
  • Birds and Nests
  • Bugs and Insects
  • Cacoons and Bee Hives
  • Hybernation and Habitats
  • Otters and Damns
  • Breeding and Birth
  • Sky and Clouds
  • Changing Leaves
  • Collecting bark, leaves, insects or shells
  • More 
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How to document in your Journal:
  • Draw
  • Paint
  • Photograph
  • Write Stories
  • Write Poems
  • Write Haiku
  • Describe Objects
  • Color Match
  • Collect specimens
  • Save seeds
  • Collect images from magazines
  • Decorate

How to make a Scrapbook:
  • Buy a notebook or scrapbook
  • Use any kind of paper
  • Use paper 
  • Use cloth
  • Recycle papers, scraps and bags
  • Recycle cardboard

See many more ideas and download helpers here:

Be a Planetpal!  Come up with some natural ideas and recycle ideas you can use in your journal and share it with us!

Friday, June 5, 2015

It's World Environment Day!

Did you know that WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY was established in 1972 by the general assembly of the UN? It's not Earth Day but still we should take notice.

To Learn more about World Environment Day, what it is, why it started , who started it and more,  go here.

To learn lots about your world see Planetpals.com the best place to learn how to have Healthy Planet and be Healthy People.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Happy Camper Guide

For many people camping is not just a place to stay but an experience!

Happy Camper Guide! Everything you need to know to camp in your RV, Tent or Campervan. What to bring, what to do, how to do it.

There is nothing better than communing with nature. Waking up to smell the coffee and the scent of the ocean, the trees or admiring the vast landscape.  Wherever you camp it can bring you closer to the great outdoors.

Of course, whether you camp in a tent, camper van, yurt or RV, there are special memories to be made, particularly if you are sharing them with friends, family or loved ones.

Here is our simple guide to making those camping moments a little more special, fun and comfortable:

Know Before You Go!
  • Check the weather.  
  • Check checklists
  • Bring directions or GPS
  • Don't forget emergency Supplies
Decorate.  Make it yours.

Camp Set Up:
  • Pitch your tent on level ground
  • Separate eating and sleeping areas
  • Designate a wet area for water and clean up
  • Designate a trash area.  Keep food off the ground!
  • Designate a Pet Place
  • Keep things you need often handy!
  • Accessorize with camping furniture, shelters, sports equipment, camper kitchen
  • Decorate. Make it yours. Yes, you heard us.  A great project for the kids!  Find flowers for the table, put up a flag or sign, make a menu, make it happy.
Happy CampFire

Campfire Building:
How to make a Campfire

Campfire Activities:
  • Cooking. Why not let the kids cook! Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner
  • Dutch Oven Cooking is a campers favorite
  • Hot coffee, Hot cocoa
  • With Smores!  Try new recipes!
  • Campfire songs and campfire stories
  • Camp cocktails.  Doesn't have to be liquor to be fun!
  • Start a tradition!

Outdoor Activities:
Play a game or make one
  • Bike
  • Swim
  • Nature walk
  • Natural scavenger hunt
  • Invent a game
  • Play a game or board game
  • Read 
  • Write in a nature journal.

Bed Time:
  • Have pajamas and toiletries in an easily available spot. 
  • Prepare individual bed/bath kit for each person with: PJ's/ towel / soap / toothbrush / toothpaste etc
  • Have flashlights readily accessible
  • Night time story 

What you need and why

See our camping boards on Pinterest:

Happy Camping! Wherever you go.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Happy June Full Moon Pals!

The June Moon:

Tuesday, June 2, 12:19 p.m. EDT. The Full Moon of June is known as the “Mead Moon,” “Strawberry Moon,” “Rose Moon,” or “Thunder Moon.” It rises around sunset and sets around sunrise; this is the only night in the month when the moon is in the sky all night long. The rest of the month, the moon spends at least some time in the daytime sky. 

See the names for every month

Learn more about the Full Moon Names,  Moon Phases and Moon Facts at Planetpals!