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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 Family who chooses not to fit into societal measures. We strive to live a simple life, below our means....somewhere out there, preferably Off the Grid. Our lifestyle and the way we live has often labeled us 'Gypsies', which in-part was the inspiration behind Gypsy Vin Rose --our folk and gypsy-soul vocal duo. My husband Nico and I write, compose, and perform all original songs about our experiences out there on the in to Wanderlust. Hear us at When we're not writing new songs, I write books -- women's fiction, children's name it! My latest work is Monday...Super-Fun Day; which teaches the days of the week to young readers. It is my first (and most rewarding) effort at illustrating in watercolors, and my debut children's picture book. On Sale Now! Order your copy at, Barnes & Noble, or where ever quality books are sold. Follow links from my author page at At this writing, we are winding-down on the renovation and remodeling of our once-trashed-out vintage travel trailer we rescued from a deer lease, which is now our lovely island bungalow 'Mermaid Mansion'. It has been an on-going saga since day-one, but a learning experience none-the-less. We invite you to step into our lives as we try to learn from our failures as well as our successes. After all...the journey is always the best part. May you find your path in life, as we are always seeking to do. Blessings and .V.. (Peace) GVR

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