Friday, 25 October 2013

New Work on Etsy

I have had a thorough stock up of items available to buy in my Etsy Shop! Please go and have a look and tell me what you think please : )

Here is a taster for you.....

Modern Pottery Bowl Botanical Flowers Floral Ceramic Art Trinket Jewelry Ring Soap Dish Ideal Gift

I haven't got round to adding any news items on Folksy (not sure if I will before Christmas but here's hoping) so if you're used to using Folksy go on over and try Etsy instead. Particularly for your Christmas shopping (if you're doing that yet- is it too soon, I dunno?) as the selection of handmade and vintage goodness is unbelievable!

Here are just some of the shops I love over on the dark side - go on take a peek.......

Dastardly Daphne

Lorelei Fine Art Print

Caryn Drexl

P.S. 2 - FREE SHIPPING - Print Still Life Dead Bug Blue Green Beetle Pink Rose Fabric Spots Feathers Creepy Surreal Soft Nature

River Luna

Fox Illustration Painting - Watercolor Art - 11x14 Large Archival Print - Little Fox Leo by Marisa Redondo

Foxtail Creek Studio

Pincushion Felted Mushrooms in Heather Brown Nature Scene Desk Home Decor Wool Sculpture Made To Order

Rocky Top Print Shop

Maine Seascape, Landscape, Nature Wall Decor, Maine Coast, Ocean, Sea, Sunset, Coastal Beach Decor, Peaceful Art Print, 5x7 8x10 11x14 16x20


Miniature elf's baskets ,set of three, kitchen decor

Art de Limaginaire

Print of ART NOUVEAU Ad for Carriage Dealers for Philadelphia Exposition 1902---Alphonse Mucha --Featured in 10 Treasury Lists

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Hairy Crawlies

As Autumn seems to be drawing in upon us I can't seem to quite let go of Summer yet and all the wonders it showed me. For this was my first Summer being able to enjoy my very own garden and it really has been magical.

With growing plants I have tried whenever possible to plant with wildlife and insects in mind and the amount of interesting caterpillars we have had in the garden has been wonderful! The majority of these I have never seen or maybe not noticed before and to think these fascinating creatures were happy to choose our garden as a place of residence, to seek shelter, eat yummy food and ultimately evolve into the amazing butterflies and moths they will become is truly heart warming.

We found a few of these little guys

Photo: Gary J Sibio
 Ruby Tiger Moth (I think)?

The garden was positively taken over my this lot! I had to be strict and only allow them the night scented stocks in the end....which they seemed very happy with surprisingly.

Large White Butterfly

Although you can barely see it , this was ID-ed as a Orange Tip Butterfly lava. Apparently you don't see them too often as they are cannibalistic and eat all the other Orange Tip caterpillars around!!

Can you spot it?

We saw a surprising number of these

Knot Grass Moth 

Which I thought were hilarious until I cam across this guy


Vapourer Moth 

Love him with his BA like hair tuffs!

Photo: Tristram Brelstaff

This is a Grey Dagger Moth Caterpillar which I spotted happily munching on a hawthorn.

You know how I love Hummingbirds right? They are so exquisite I often use them in my work. Well the biggest best-est surprise I had was a visit from a Hummingbird Hawkmoth!

It just fluttered by me on to the Verbena bonariensis, over on to the next patch of the stuff and off it went. 

Just flew away...

In case you've never seen one - this is what they look like