Tealmermaid's Wizzography

by tealmermaid

Here is everything you ever wanted to know about Tealmermaid.

So, you want to find out what the Mermaid is up to? Well, you're in the right place!

I am a disabled stay-at-home mom to two lovely daughters. When I am not trying to keep up with them, I like to write, do art, and research genealogy. I can frequently be found facedown in a pile of books on my latest subject of interest.

Pink flamingos -- taking over the world

We are "those neighbours" -- we really do have a pair of Featherstone Flamingos in the front yard. They are trying to repopulate lawns across America one lawn at a time.

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In which I write a lot abut various subjects of interest

A little about my family

My father's family is Creole. My several times great-grandfather was one of the first white settlers in what was then Spanish West Florida. In addition to his townhouse in the French Quarter, he once owned the whole of what is now St Tammany Parish. His house in the parish is now on Louisiana's historic homes register as the oldest building in the parish. He had a thing for native women, and his sons then intermingled with the local Creole population.

My mother's family is Polish. My mother's grandparents came to Chicago from what was then western Russia during the pre-World War I era, and never went back. The older relatives who are still with us tend to keep to a lot of the old customs.

Traditional family recipes and culture

An easy and delicious recipe for Polish-style stuffed cabbage rolls.
Learn about matryoshka, the traditional wooden nesting dolls from Russia.
When crawfish are in season from February through May, it is an excuse to have a crawfish boil party.

Some of my best friends are books

Books are good company when you can't get around on your own. Do you like to read, too?

Tips and ideas to promote literacy by celebrating Book Lovers Day.
A brief introduction to Bookcrossing -- a "catch and release" site to track books which are released into the wild.
Think outside the box when giving a gift to a bibliophile. Do they truly need another book for their collection?
Everyone has an overdue library book at some point. When it happens to you, what happens next?
Tips on the design and creation of a custom bookplate for the books in your personal home library.
Tips on the design and creation of a custom bookmark for the books in your personal home library.
Think outside the box when giving a gift to an aspiring writer. Do they truly need yet another notebook?

Old toys are the best toys

Call them retro toys, classic toys, or "the toys I had as a kid", these great toys are still in style today. What do they all have in common? They are timeless. If you loved it as a child, your children and grandchildren will love these toys. They are fun and will provide hours of entertainment for kids of all ages.

Do you remember having any of these classic toys?

While it's easy to just buy a sock monkey in whatever size you desire, it is fun for collectors like you to make your very own vintage style sock monkey from a kit or pattern.
What is the best way to store Legos? Explore different options for organizing a Lego collection in an efficient, easy to clean, and kid-friendly manner.
It can be interesting to collect traditional kokeshi. Learn about the different styles which are available.

Spooky ghost hunting tips

I am a big believer in the supernatural. The spirits of our ancestors are always watching over us.

Learn about the equipment needed for successful paranormal investigations.
If you suspect your house may be haunted, this checklist of possible haunting signs can help you to decide how best to handle your haunting.
Explore the legend of Resurrection Mary, the most famous ghost in the Chicago area.
Learn to make a voodoo doll to use as a focus for magical spells.

How does your garden grow?

Gardening is a big hobby of mine. I like growing cactus (especially those native to this area), and I also cultivate orchids. The Brassavola spp. are my favourite orchids.

Try this easy recipe for hummingbird food. Your little feathered friends will love it!
The use of marimo in ponds and aquariums can be beneficial to dealing with algae blooms and green water issues.
Easy guidelines for setting up a patio greenhouse in a small space.
An easy step by step guide to building a tub water garden with suitable plants and fish.
A care and feng shui symbolism guide for lucky bamboo plants.

Halloween costuming and treats

Halloween is quite the favourite holiday around here.

Vintage Christmas kitsch

I love kitschy junk, and nothing says 'kitsch' more than vintage Christmas. My favourite decorations are from the 1950s and 1960s, but I have a number of World War II and older pieces, with the oldest ones dating to the 1930s.

Are aluminum Christmas trees the ultimate in cool, or are they too kitsch to own?

Green living

It's easy being green once you get started.

It is not expensive to go green at home. If done properly, it can both save money and save the planet -- all at once!
Easy tips and tricks to go green in a modern office environment.
Tips and guidelines for the use of natural dyes in craft projects.
Easy tips and tricks to go green everyday. Do your part to go green!

Tiki and tropical goodies in the little grass shack

My home decor can best be described as "tiki" -- sort of Polynesian, sort of East Asian. If it starts looking like Trader Vic's blew up in my house, it's time to prune the collection back.

Need a quick frozen dessert for a hot day? Try this easy recipe for a frozen pineapple whip.
If you have never worn a sarong, learn several easy and fashionable sarong tying techniques.

Wizzley help

Follow these easy steps to create a personal Wizzography which neatly showcases either all your pages, or pages focusing on a theme.
A quick and easy guide to using Wizzley's "scheme" function to beautify your pages.

Miscellaneous articles

These get neglected a lot.

Explore the nutritious and medicinal benefits of eating honey.
Geocaching is a fun sport for everyone with one basic "goal": find the cache.
On Pi Day, math nerds everywhere celebrate the beauty of Pi's infinite progression of numbers.
A brief introduction to DeviantART: one of the largest artists' sites around.
Learn how to breed your own feeder crickets at home for fun and profit.
How to identify various models of vintage Elna sewing machines.
Feel a sudden urge to drive a Delorean? Come ride along to learn about the history of this classic car.

Milestone articles

My very first Wizzley article

Vintage stuff is so cool.

How to identify various models of vintage Elna sewing machines.

Article #25

Yep, it's the one you're looking at! This one was created because 25 articles here seemed like a good milestone to start keeping track of all the articles.

Here is everything you ever wanted to know about Tealmermaid.
Updated: 02/23/2017, tealmermaid
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