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Homeschool Project: DIY Solar Eclipse Viewer

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“Flying by the seat of my pants!”  That’s how my dearly departed Mom always described me.  But, I prefer to say that, even though I push a LOT of things off ’til last minute, I still manage to make things happen according to plan.

Making my little home-schooler’s #Solar Eclipse Viewing Mask, was no different.  It was totally laaaast minute!  And I have my fabulous hubby Nico to thank for it.  He was on a mission this morning –combing the island– to find solar eclipse glasses or welding glasses, but had no luck.  Said items were sold out everywhere.

But alas…!  He didn’t give up, as we are not prone to do around here at #MermaidMansion.  Instead, he found a welding supply and bought two #9 welding lenses…so they would total more than the minimum of 14 in-order to be safe.  On a wing and a Prayer, he brought the lenses home, and he and Nixi DIY’ed her super safe Solar Eclipse Viewing Mask.

I hope this helps you and your little scientists fashion a viewer, so you too can experience this once-in-a-lifetime (or century) event.



Author: gypsyvinrose

Just a Vagabond who chooses not to fit into societal measures. I strive to live a simple life, below my means....somewhere out there, preferably Off the Grid. My choice of lifestyle and the way my family and I live has often labeled us 'Gypsies', which in-part was the inspiration behind Gypsy Vin Rose -- my artist' name. I write, compose, and perform all original songs about mine and my family's experiences out there on the in to Wanderlust. Hear my newest works at When I'm not writing new songs, I write books -- women's fiction, children's name it! My last released book was Monday...Super-Fun Day; which teaches the days of the week to young readers. It was my first (and most rewarding) effort at illustrating in watercolors, and my debut children's picture book. I am currently working on my second women's fiction novel, as well as another children's book. Order copies of my written works at, Barnes & Noble, or where ever quality books are sold. Follow links from my author page at At this writing, I am between the restoration of my antique sailing vessel, Mystic Mermaid; a 68 Morgan 30, and the ongoing upkeep and restoration of my hip gypsy bus. I invite you to join me as I strive to learn from my failures as well as my successes. After all...the journey is always the best part. May you find your path in life, as I always seek to do. Blessings and .V.. (Peace) Gypsy

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