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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Spring, I Wonder what I am Seeing?

http://www.almanac.com/content/predicting-winter-weather-woolly-bear-caterpillars

http://www.almanac.com/image/woolly-worm-almanac



I pasted this photo from the woolly bear caterpillar web-site but I have seen plenty here in our yard.

Do Woolly Bear Caterpillars Forecast Winter Weather?

According to legend, the wider that middle brown section is (i.e., the more brown segments there are), the milder the coming winter will be. Conversely, a narrow brown band is said to predict a harsh winter. But is it true?

My Photograph; spring is coming!


The last one I saw was mostly brown with short black ends so I suppose from this web-site - it will be spring before too long.

I did not know they over-winter and turn into butterflies

  • As moths go, the Isabella isn't much to look at compared with other species, but its immature larva, called the black-ended bear or the woolly bear (and, throughout the South, woolly worm) is one of the few caterpillars most people can identify.
  • This medium-size moth, with yellowish-orange and cream-colored wings spotted with black, is common from northern Mexico throughout the United States and across the southern third of Canada.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyrrharctia_isabella



Oh, I will have to watch for these! Very pretty indeed!

I found this one on my deck and I was nice to it and put it down under the cabin deck with the new ferns sprouting. It was very dry so I even sprinkled some water around for it.


Deep Poop I believe, does anyone know, I see this in the woods a lot when wandering?


While I am asking, I wonder what turns this wood log BLUE?


And, I found the flowers all over the ground under a big tree



I wondered what they were but I went back to find a tree leaf and YES!  I could not find the tree again! 

It was a huge tree with these all  over the ground and the flowers were Very, very high towards the sky. 

When I looked I thought it was an early dogwood flower after thinking it might be a sourwood too, but I think both ideas are wrong. 



But, I did see dogwoods in bloom after our rain last week and I took a photo of it, you can see a squirrels' nest in the background.

 and , beside my front porch photo of Dogwood in bloom



I saw the pink blooming tree at a house that is for sale yesterday and I wondered what it is too! 
It looks like Pink Tulips, but not like the Tulip Trees in our yard.

Maybe it is a Pink Magnolia, I asked on Hometalk where I can always find answers to any questions I ask and many new friends confirmed it.



I saw this growing on a log beside my front porch on the shady cool side that butts up against a rock wall, it is called a "Gray Urn Mushroom". I do not yet have it listed but I will soon. IT is the first mushroom I have seen in awhile and I found ore in the woods when I was collecting a moss order. It was raining this day and I tried to clean it on my covered porch in a tiny area. 


It takes more than just collecting moss in the woods, I bring it home and try to clean it as best I can. I never
take all I find in a certain area and usually get the moss the deer have kicked up that is already loose.
I use the forest leaves to pack it in and keep separated as best I can, also the lichen and British Soldier are under the leaves along with a tiny fern.



This is a wintergreen plant ( striped green leaves) sticking out of the turkey tub, but it had too much soil attached to send it for the shipping fees since the ferns were requested.



Well, Another busy day, I got my once a month paycheck overnight and I have errands... I am also cleaning my warehouse and trying to go though my clothing I have not worn to donate. I also am sorting though so many magazines I have saved (I know, I hoard them) I will try and list some on EBay and if old enough on Etsy also.  I am also going through my book collection, I Just have to part with some, I am just over whelmed with no storage space and do not foresee any more room.  I also have bins of fabrics and fabric pieces from de-constructed clothing I  intended to re-make into hand bags and mixed media collages. I have pockets, and collars, arms with cuffs, etc. Many have embroidery and interesting appeals to me on them.

Here is an apron I re-made for an exchange many years ago. It had a hole in the area I added the pocket too.


And, Oh! and also I have a bin of real  vintage aprons upstairs to list!


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Pine Tree Crosses for Easter are here, Fairy Crosses,Trillium, and Mushrooms !

https://www.etsy.com/listing/185632617/photograph-pine-tree-cross-crosses?ref=shop_home_active_2


My husband and I were in the forest searching for a tool left somewhere, We did not locate it but I will one day when I am back lurking around.

We did see the early signs of spring with the Pine Tree Crosses that bloom before Easter. They are just beautiful and a sign that it will come if we just wait.

I took a photo and put int in my Etsy shop with my other Photography of country findings!

Here is my Photography section of my shop, I Have so many more photos to add, it just takes time.

https://www.etsy.com/shop/ByLightOfMoon?section_id=12946490&ref=shopsection_leftnav_8

I also added a photo of the Fairy Crosses I have found, I  Have a jar full that I have sifted through and
Love them. Some are large, small, tiny , and eeny meeny but they are there.



All of the stone here are so enchanting to me, they really shine when wet!

When in the woods yesterday I saw many Trillium shoots sprouting up in the forest and last year I took this photo in my yard.


They will look like this before too long!

I have not seen many mushrooms this year yet, we have been dry although  it is raining today! I saw the "Gray Urn" Mushroom on a log beside my house and then also when I went  to the forest for an order of moss.



These are just a few of my findings lately!

Thanks for dropping by!
Smiles, Cyndi




Sunday, March 30, 2014

Easter Makings!

What have I been doing lately? I suppose a little of everything. I cannot keep my thoughts and sensations on one thing, I am scattered, sometimes I feel like the fractures trees I see around me in the forest.  The winds blows them and down they come or the fragile branches and limbs break off.
Then they grow the algae I find and love to collect. I collect everything!

My needs have changed from city life and scrapbook papers and fabrics for mixed media to the real nature forest finds.I love a lit candle and gardening without gloves. Feeling Mother Nature is in my soul.

 I love having it around me, I live in the forest but I still have it close to me when I collect it.  I guess I thought it would go away when I went to find an acorn one day and that year and also this we have had very few acorns, due to a wet spring.  Bad excuse, I know!

Yesterday it was not my plan but I walked a forest road and found the nature curly glass I love and I thought why not use it in Easter Baskets? It is so much more beautiful than the store bought plastic stuff I see. Myself and the birds use it for nesting materials. The striated colors are not to be beat. Just awesome! Look closely around you at your Lilliputian world and see what you can find.




Make something out of the non-everyday, think outside the box and color outside the lines!
Here is what I did yesterday when I put my thoughts to the table setting.














I started making the Easter Baskets and then as I was adding details I thought of the nests I had been making only in miniature for pussy willow catkins or even marbles. So, yes, I made one. then two, etc.

That is the way it goes! 

My cat "Lily" is even watching me in this photo, she is one the banister! Play I spy! 



Have a wonderful week and PLAY! 

Smiles, Cyndi

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

My Photographs added to Etsy and Facebook, and finding Pussy Willow Branches!





















I have been working on my photography and getting some more photos listed, they are starting to sell for which I am very happy to share them, I find such beauty in common things around me.

I also have been finding some more pussy willow branches in bloom this year.  The first collection was the same as what I collected last year. I got it  and sprayed preservative on it as I did last year it has lasted so well, I still have some that is perfect but I sold all I wanted to sell last year so I went back for some more later after the first collection and WOW, how they had changed. The blooms are larger and the blooms are not just white buds  which are still available but also a yellow - orange curled bud with small hairs on them, They are the largest I have ever seen and some are on the tree tops and so beautiful.

I found a tree that had been cut down so they were easy to collect and I got some branches to plant and also to share with my neighbor. He brought me some forsythia yesterday to plants, he has trained his plants in two heart shapes and they were beautiful last year!

Here are some pictures:









And, photos of the first collections:







I have them for sale in my ByLightOfMoon Etsy shop in small and large bunches according to the length of the stems. Some are short for a small flat rate box and other are long branches for a bouquet.

You could make a wedding boutonniere or bouquet arrangement with a pin or add your fresh cut pussy willow in a vase for a fresh rustic natural nature theme wedding, tea party, soiree, or pretty table setting.

 Make hair accessories for Easter or curiosity boxes of nature items.
They would look nice with a fern stem on your table decor or use the branches in your country decor. Put them in with potpourri mix for a beautiful encore to the bowl.


Thanks for looking and I appreciate a comment if possible.
Smiles, Cyndi