Thursday, October 29, 2009
Anyhoo, cute children aside, one of our moths has hatched out of it's cocoon. The word vulnerable comes to mind. I don't know what moths like, if I could supply it, I would. Their bodies are covered in velvet like hairs and those antenna, half feather, half leaf are so delicate beautiful.
This is another worms cocoon, formed against the side of its old shoe box home. It is a gross yellow colour, huh!
Its hard when renting to have a pet so these are as close as I am getting lately to being able to tend to something, it's a very sweet feeling to care for something with respect and patience.
I have the next Avid market this Friday night, so do come in for a chat if you are in the area.
I will be bringing in my usual stuff plus these new fun brooches I have begun to make.
They crack me up for some reason!
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
And as my kids seem to have allergies(coughing, runny noses,etc-I don't know what, but something is going on), this is part of my household solution of removing potential allergen's. So from now on I will happily make hot pack plushy's, but only to order, so flick me an email if you want one.
The good news about this stuffing change though is that all my plushys' now are baby-safe(no small choke hazards within) so under 3s can safely play with them, and they are much lighter and therefore cheaper to post, so hopefully these benefits will outweigh the costs( the neighbourhood crows and other birds are very happy eating the wheat seeds I have put out into our much raided compost. They must think I am very kind to them.) Anyway, enough of this stuff(ha!ha!)
I made a sad discovery this morning. A tiny little green tree frog, barely alive, looking very battered on my living room floor. We had a really long and intense thunderstorm here last night and he must have gotten caught up in it. I was lucky to have had this little fellow around my place and garden, but as he died I was so sorrowful. The poor little thing was so cute. Nothing can make you feel much more helpless than a sick frog...
Despite it's froggy-harming ways I do appreciate the lovely soaking rain, this morning the whole street seems cleaner and fresher since those awful dust storms coated everything in a orange, chalky film. My coffee, lemon and ice cream trees(all in pots) look lusher than they have...well, ever really. So I will breathe in that clear air and get on with my day,
Sunday, October 25, 2009
One afternoon recently I was playing with these food dyed blue pieces of paper, some old sheet music and a few tiny squares of origami paper and seeing what I could come up with.
I stained my finger tips blue with the mix of glue and dye, that's one extra thing I came up with. But I also made some sweet gift tags, so I will bring them along to Avid this Friday and if you buy something as a gift you might like one to go with it?
I have to finish them with a suitable message...or leave them blank? Hmmm.
Can it really be a year since the last valley fiesta? Last year I missed it, was unwell and yearned to go. Now, I'm fit as a fiddle, I was, I have to admit, half hearted about going...but I was very keen to see two artists...
Ah, Kev Carmody...I only managed to make it in time to hear one song, but no complaints from me as it was 'from little things, big things grow.' What a beautiful song and his words at the close of his set were, 'look after the children, no violence against women.' Good stuff.
Bertie Blackman performed at the other end of the event, late at night, a crush of people around, but her stories are very moving too. Of course a different style altogether, but maybe linked by how true to themselves, unique and absorbed with what they are doing as they perform?
It's a lovely feeling, very freeing to be 'lost' in that moment of creativity, I encourage anyone to give themselves permission to give art, music, dancing, anything like that a go,
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
But first here's my new friends who's carbon footprints are very small, yes?
As my boys and I are raising 4 baby silkworms I have been looking up information about them...and amongst the many sites I found this little gem, simple to read and non advertorial.
so if you have a need for a quiet little pet, have a peek, not everyone is a dog/cat person.
The sensation of their tiny feet gently gripping onto my skin is the most tender experience. They are so delicate. They eat a LOT of mulberry leaves though, I am restocking twice a day with only 4 mouths to feed so it matters to have tree nearby.
and reading this
which is informative and easy to read. Highly recommended!
And now for the longest post I think I will ever have....
A crash course of sorts- on redgums!Lets get in a submission this Friday!
The future of our fragile Red Gum wetlands is being decided in the next
few weeks! The NSW Natural Resources Commission has put out its first
report, and we have just three short weeks to make comments on it.
If you want to see Red Gums protected in world class National Parks
instead of being carted to Melbourne as cheap firewood, then we need you
to write a submission.'
These trees are such incredibly beautiful and life supporting living structures, as their branches fall their trunks form natural hollows which become homes to endangered birds and sugar gliders amongst other creatures.
'The River Red Gum forests of the Riverina are islands of iconic remnants in one of the most poorly reserved regions in the country. They line the major rivers of of the region, the Murray and Murrumbidgee and provide refuge habitats for hollow dependant species like the Barking Owl and the Squirrel Glider. The Central Murray Red Gums are listed under the Ramsar convention as internationally significant wetland; and are of vital cultural significance to indigenous Traditional Owners, who have never relinquished their sovereignty. And yet, there is just one tiny nature reserve along the NSW side of the Murray, and the forests are being patch clearfelled for low value products like firewood and railway sleepers. Help support the campaign to create large new national parks in the River Red Gums, with aboriginal ownership where sought by Traditional Owners.'
We've provided information below to make that as quick as possible for
you. Just make the key points below, add a note about your own feelings
on the issue, and keep it short and sweet. The closing date is 23rd
Points to Make in a Submission
The Regional Assessment of River Red Gums and Woodland Forests conducted
by the Natural resources Commission (NRC) is inadequate for the
- The NRC has not conducted a scientific assessment of the conservation values of River Red Gum forests in the study area.
- There is no consideration of the national reserve criteria or how they will be met.
- The impact of logging on ecosystems has not been considered.
- CSIRO findings that large protected areas are vital to the survival of species in a warming world have been ignored.
- Refugia, corridors and linking habitats in the region have not been identified
- The report fails to address the legal requirements of that EPBC Act 1999
ensure that they recommend:
1. Extensive new Red Gum National Parks because:
* Under the national reserve criteria Red Gum is a vulnerable ecosystem that needs a 60% reservation target
* Red Gum forests are vital refuges for plants and animals in a rapidly warming world
* National Parks are crucial to ecosystem resilience
2. Joint management of new National Parks because:
* Red Gum forests are living cultural landscapes that provide bush foods & medicines and contain many cultural sites
* Traditional Owners hold critical ecological knowledge and have cultural obligations to care for country
* Joint Management brings new employment opportunities for Aboriginal communities
3. Much improved environmental water flows to ensure the health of Red Gum into the future
4. A fair restructure package for individuals and businesses affected by the changes.Email to firstname.lastname@example.org
good wishes to all who work towards making things better,
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Gorgeous frocks, fantastic Scottish accents, funny moments and warm memories.
The wedding dress was stunning (and the bridesmaids too)and the shadows of the tulle skirts over the floorboards was striking as the day turned to night.
Caring for silkworms is a very rewarding experience for kids. It's an opportunity to demonstrate how to show respect and care for even the smallest of beings,it educates them about insects life cycles and also gives them an experience of seeing where silk fibre comes from. And also they are so cute and fuzzy and they need to be gently handled, which is lovely for boys too.
Happiness to all, big and small
Friday, October 16, 2009
I was home more than usual this week, so I worked on my house and organising it and also spent some time hand stitching which I rarely do anymore. I love using pale grey and green and this simple image was adapted from a Japanese book of embroidery designs. It's a small feature on a small hand bag, larger than clutch style, made out of a felted jumper and finished with a crochet beaded strap.
I am learning a new technique of beaded crochet and love the results here, made by combining felted crochet and recycled glass beads...
And I have been enjoying using this red and white polka dotted fabric. There is something so apple fresh and crisp about red and white polka dots?
My dear lovely sweet friend (who I met doing the business babe course) Lindylu, has collected some fabric from her mother and her own stocks for me....I was so excited to see some pink and white tiny scale polka dotted fabric amongst the wonderfully generous gifts. It's lovely to have the support of crafty-resourceful friends and I know we will continue to inspire and encourage each other.