Friday, 1 March 2013

Rain, rain, go away...

It's raining, it's pouring, the little dog's snoring...  Oh, to be a little dog sleeping on a pile of cushions on this miserable, wet and rather scary windy day. Not that I want to be sleeping - I'd rather be outside in the garden looking at the Naked Ladies. The Amaryllis belladonna is a favourite of mine. They just magically appear as a stem from the ground and a few days later produce these stunning flowers. This one had 19 buds on the single head!
Eddie found a new friend in the garden last week, chomping on a grape leaf. This is Hippotion celerio, a Hawk Moth caterpillar found world wide. This fellow delighted Eddie - as he moved the caterpillar to a safer place it reared up its head and enlarged the two scary pretend eyes on the back of its head. We were eating outside and the Magpies were watching with interest for any dropped scraps, and they would have made short work of our caterpillar, hence the move to a safer place.
May I show you something a bit creepy? It's not the actual animal that's creepy (at least I think they are okay) but it's what they do that you may not want to know about. They are Gordian Worms, harmless to humans, about 30cm/12", and they come out in the rain. So don't click on the link if you are having breakfast or are the least bit queasy about nature red in tooth and claw. There are two in this photo and look like thin spaghetti, only moving. Gosh, I love nature.
Why we still have any invertebrates in our garden is beyond me when we have these busy girls rummaging around, never leaving a leaf or stone unturned. Aren't they gorgeous?
Now for something completely different. I've been asked what I learned in Keith Lo Bue's Waxed Linen Sailor workshop. I learned a lot but I only finished one piece. Several others are started, just waiting for me to act on them. This is a piece of very old bone which I covered in waxed linen thread in one of the patterns Keith taught us. I used my waxed book  binding thread which has a very satisfying tension and really stays put. And I love the pattern.
I recently bought a bundle of silver plated napkin rings - 10c each at Spotlight! I have no idea how I will use them, they may be too cheap and nasty for hacking up or hammering but I sent a couple up to Barry Smith in Maleny Qld in the hope that he could use them. Nice patinas.
Barry is making wonderful jewellery from recycled silver, brass and copper, and I have recently bought a fabulous Peace Book Pendant from him. I love it so much I can't bear to take it off. Look at Barry's work here. And here are just a few of Barry's items that I am treasuring. (Hoarding!)
For far too long I have been in a not-very-creative state of mind. I certainly haven't made a book for yonks, which is so out of character that I wondered if I would ever be able to make one again. Now I'm not about to tell you that I have had a sudden burst of creativity but I suddenly have the desire to create. I feel I should bottle this feeling while I can. I think seeing this introductory video about Jody Alexander has inspired me. I love her books and her use of paper.  Here is more about her.

And here are the school girls going off on the school bus. So brave, full of confidence. And the little girl is SO little. But just bursting to learn...
The last word is DeMengian. Yesterday I read this post from Michael De Meng, and I felt it applied to all of us who are artists, who love art, who wish to support arts and crafts. It's long but it's relevant, especially in NSW where art teaching is facing horrendous cuts. Michael gives some ideas about how to support art and he also lists people and places of importance to him in his artistic life.

I hope you got past the Gordian Worms.

My Peace Book Pendant made by Barry is inscribed "Peace is every step" which I think will be my mantra from now on, and that is my wish for you.

20 comments:

  1. My goodness, what a post. Full of so many wonderous things. Our naked ladies have been and gone - but like you, I love them.
    I love that you are in creative mode again. As an appreciator, I keep an eye of so many of you creative souls and I love what you do and what you show me - not only you own work, but other magic as well.
    Thank you.

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    1. Dear EC, thank you for your encouragement always. I think any Naked Lady that still bravely flowered has been beaten to a pulp over the last two days of rain. When I venture out (and if it wasn't for the chooks I'd stay inside) the grass is growing madly, the weeds are surging and my garden looks as bereft and bedraggled as the chooks. Still, it could be worse...

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  2. my goodness - it seems the rain got your blog growing! and what a treasure trove of things you've given us (minus that creepy looking wormy thing of course....) I'll be chewing on this all for a bit (again - not meaning the creepy wormy thing.....) xxxx

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    1. Hi Ronnie, I hope I can keep up the blog growing. Sorry about the creepy wormy thing - but isn't nature grand? Grandly creepy, perhaps...

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  3. oh goodie, lovely to see what you got up to in Keith's class & good to hear some bookworks are brewing, look forward to seeing what falls out of your hands next Carol!

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    1. I hope something eventuates, Mo, it's been such a long time. I get a lot of inspiration from you and indeed, all my readers. I do appreciate you all. And I love your crows.

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  4. Would you look at the hair on that little boy! What a wonderful colour! And the little girls look so cute waiting for the bus.

    I love the piece with the bone and thread, and I'm delighted that you feel the urge to create again. The impulse can be evasive and life can definitely step in and intrude, but it looks as if it has been in the lovliest ways, in your case. Have fun with it all Carol!

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    1. Amanda, yes, I've still got the creative urge, must try to hang on to it. I should take photos of my studio to give myself some before and hopefully after encouragement. And red hair is fabulous, isn't it? Eddie's Grandpa and an aunt are blessed with the russet tresses.

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  5. Carol, I know what it is to lose interest in creative work. Finally, it seems, you not only have to admit to yourself, but to others, that the light's gone out. Doing that, though, admitting defeat, allows for new discovery. I'm glad you're back at it, and I love your waxed linen thread bone and the potential you see in the crummy Spotlight napkin rings.
    NOT blogging about what we're doing sometimes gives us the chance to get back to what we love doing. Reporting it is secondary, if more glamorous!

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    1. Faisal, we've both had that pause, and I hope come back refreshed. I hope I'm back at it. And I hope that sooner rather than later I can show you what I've done with the 10c napkin rings. Waiting for inspiration right now.

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  6. Lovely bone stocking picture! I rather like those worms, I feel sure I've seen something like that before but I can't remember where.
    The girls are indeed gorgeous. In fact all the pictures are great : )

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    1. Mig! I love that you like my worms! We must be worm soul mates... I'm pleased you liked my photos though I can never come up with the thrill of your river boats.

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  7. Nothing better on a cold rainy day than to curl up with my dog in a big pile and drift through the day.

    Ah, but the worms. Mild "ewww" reaction, but they are fascinating creatures! Thanks for the link. i'll be skipping breakfast now! :-)

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    1. Daisyfae, aren't dogs the most comforting of friends? Peggy is certainly drifting through these rainy days. Yes, I know worms, especially such as these, have a definite 'ewww' factor and I appreciate your courage in clicking on the link.

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  8. Sorry...I started to comment then had to race out and deal with more rain...and so it goes!
    Bella Donnas don't like my climate, but I recall a fabulous clump of them behind the stables, years ago.
    I'm glad you're getting back into the arty zone. And blogging-it's always nice to "recognise' mutual friends around the blogs.

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    1. Dinahmow, you are certainly one of those blogging friends! And we've met which makes things even better. I hope I'm getting into the arty zone, though after all the rain the garden will take a bit of time as the weeds are rife and there are downed branches everywhere. Even in so-called retirement there are not enough hours on the day.

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  9. Shudder .... I followed your link to read about the Gordian creepies and then settled at the Jody Alexander link and thoroughly enjoyed it (and pinned it to my video board). Good luck with your book brewing.I love the brewing stage of the creative process when ideas pop up and my heart begins to race at the thought of creating something new.

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    1. AP, sorry about the Gordians, I am constantly risking sending all my readers away with my fascination for the creepy side of life.
      If I could create with anything of the brilliance you bring to your art then I'd be very happy.

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  10. C- you may not post often but when you do you just stream heaps into it. Great to hear that you did a course on using some of your collection for creations. Thanks for the shout-out - it is good to see your hoard and that the Peace Book pendant is still a favourite - not a bade thing to carry a little peace around. Creative trough are tough - I tend to do something familiar just for myself. Go well. B

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    1. B - Since Peace is Every Step arrived I don't think a day has passed when I haven't worn it. Thank you for sharing your great talents...

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