Sunday, May 19, 2013

The Mystery Thing Revealed: Alien Pod Tassel Necklace

For several days now, my readers have engaged in a ferocious round of Guess The Mystery Thing.  Tying to identify the secret ingredient in these interesting upcycled necklaces:

The mystery: these weird alien pod-things.

Think you know the answer?  Did anybody guess?  Read on to find out!

First, presenting Mich's Honor Roll Of Most Creative (Totally Wrong) Guesses:

Betsy: Automatic staple removers, the sleek new 2013 design.
Shannon: All of Barbie's melted down records made into a rock formation for her front yard (she's into upcycling). Or strange seed pods from a newly discovered fruit from a tropical island you travel to in your dreams.
Melissa: New-fangled floats for the toilet tank.
Mary:  A lemon juicer part? Or a floatation device for a very tiny pet.
Amy:  Barbie's venetian blind duster. Her blinds are fancy curlicues, not like our boring vertical ones. She simply attaches the duster to her pink pole, adds some Endust, and away she goes!
Anne P: Smurf barstools?
Lisa: Jenga pieces...from the future!
Dena: In your alien world, the beings connect their spatulate hands via these connectors and in so doing, become One.  Sort of like "two heads are better than one." With these, four heads are better than one...and they connect four friends...and they connect four friends...and so on...and so on...and so on...
Stacey: The top part of an ant bait.
Jinglesmom: The paddlewheel from a miniature steamboat.
Maria G: The Sentinels aka Squiddies from "The Matrix" movies.
Colliding Orbits:  Easy! The new flying-robot-attack-spaceships from Star Wars Episode VII...they bump into each other and crack lame jokes as they lay waste to entire civilizations

Ha!  Brilliant guesses all.  Note to Hollywood: I would like a big summer movie about omni-connected-spatulate-handed aliens, please.  Make sure Dena gets credit.

Okay, time to reveal the secret, whoohooo!

What do you guys think, was this an easy one?  If you said yes - go to the end of the line!  Nobody guessed it, although nearly all of you were certain you had.

Sorry, it's not furniture connectors.  Really!  It's not.


Are you sure?

Okay.  It's...this!

Corner spacers for an electric wire fence.

Wha...?  Yes, my dears, an electric fence.   Zzzzap!  The type that repels wildlife, such as coyotes, javelinas, mountain lions and bobcats.  (This particular one is on a mini ranch in the desert Southwest.)  I immediately saw the pendant potential of these cool objects, and harvested a couple just for you.

Which means - horrors!  There's a gap in the perimeter.  Hope the chupacabras don't take advantage.  They are out there.  Oh, yes, they are.

Hee hee, that was a pretty good one, eh?

Winners, winners! With no correct guesses, we have two winners chosen by congrats to squarefeet and Brieanne!  Woot!  Be sure to keep an eye out for my email, you two.

Thanks for playing, everyone!  See ya soon.



  1. Never would have guessed that one! Really cool. Hope you do a tutorial and let us to know where to get these corner spacers.

  2. I've worked ranches for four years and never seen those!

  3. Nolan, the grid is down we are vulnerable - we need those weapons...

    Oh - sorry - different story. ;)

  4. Sorry I didn't win (or have a clue), but I'm looking forward to being a big star in Hollywood! Don't worry... I won't forget you when I'm famous!

    1. I'll work on it in your honor. Could use the writing practice. (:

    2. Thanks! I won't forget you, either :-)

  5. Darn it!! Being a farm girl here...I should have known that! Sam says I would have if I helped him more with fencing! Chupacabra's....please keep them there!

  6. Boy, you DO keep us on our toes, don't you!!! Yep, the defenses are down, but I'm sure the fences are still intact.... great job in fooling us, yet again. You do keep us guessing. LOVE IT!!!!

  7. Of course I knew it all along, what else could it be?

  8. Wow, that is so cool. I will have to get one at the local farm store. I love it!!!!

  9. I thought for sure it was wire furniture connectors. Better luck next time.

  10. I spit my juice all over the monitor when I scrolled down to the real object! You find the most inventive uses for things no one even notices.