Posts tagged ‘wildlife’

August 3, 2013

Susan O’Byrne

 

 

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July 29, 2013

Shauna Richardson

Crochet animals by Shauna Richardson.

July 22, 2013

Annie Hutchinson – The Little Wren House Factory

March 28, 2013

Giveaway Time: New Hedgehog Tote Bag!

This week we introduced our new Hedgehog design to our range of cotton tote bags, and now you have the chance to nab one of these beauties for yourself! To enter the chance to win a lovely Hedgehog Cotton Tote Bag, head over to our facebook page and click the “like” button on the post about the giveaway and “like” our facebook page – the lucky winner will be announced next Monday 1st April!hedgehog tote bag

In my old house we used to have hedgehogs in the garden, but in the house I live in now we have badgers instead. There is a badger set on the edge of the garden. It sits the other side of a wooden fence in the part we leave to be wild. The ground is sloped and there is a little stream at the bottom, and during the spring bluebells bloom in the shade off the trees; I think all gardens should have a little nature patch, and ours is gradually growing stronger. When we moved in, our lovely neighbours told us about the badgers and we made a hole in the fence for them to come through and explore. It wasn’t long before they started digging little muddy holes in the lawn, but we didn’t mind that because it was lovely to hear them frolicking at night. There have been many times when I’ve been sewing into the early hours, with the patio door open for some fresh air, and I’ve heard the badgers playing in the grass.bedge cotton tote bag

Whilst I love the badger family and the midnight entertainment they provide, I do miss the hedgehogs; there is something undeniably adorable about them, and it was not uncommon to see one or two snuffling in the grass in the evening.  Which is why when I was drawing my Badger illustration, I was compelled to also draw a Hedgehog illustration too. I’ve added these designs to my range of tote bags, and I am working on adapting them for pocket mirrors, badges, lavender bags and zipper pouches in my etsy shop too.

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Don’t forget to enter for your chance to win one of our Hedgehog totes here!

January 29, 2013

Ivy and Graves

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A beautifully mysterious ivy covered workshop that joins onto the graveyard. Just oozes olde time charm.

 

 

(I would also like to state that I really don’t hang out in graveyards as much as this blog suggests. It’s just that every time I pass graveyards I seem to have a camera with me, and there just happens to be some great photo opportunities. Honestly.)

December 11, 2012

Susan Horth Jewellery and Sculptures

One of my favourite makers recently is Susan Horth, who constructs exquisite animal and insect sculptures and jewellery pieces from woven wire and bead jewels. Each piece is stunningly detailed and surprisingly life-like. They seem so precious and intricate that time can easily slip away whilst you gaze at them. I am particularly fond of the little bee and lizard brooches.

November 28, 2012

Ducks

 

November 21, 2012

Squirrel

 

October 30, 2012

Bugs

 

Last month the weather was surprisingly sunny for September. Whilst I was hanging the washing out to dry in the garden, I spotted this little guy. Since I was just about to head out on a bike adventure my camera was close to had, to I had time to take a few shots before he took off. Now the weather seems to have firmly decided that it is winter, and most of the things I photograph seem to be soggy leaves and overcast skies; I am most definitely looking forward to when it becomes cold and dry and delightfully crispy.

April 24, 2012

Bumble Bee Tote Bag

Spring almost certainly seems to her here this month, inducing some intermittent and refreshing April showers. I was sitting on my sofa last week, enjoying the pleasant sunshine streaming in through the open garden door, whilst I had a little tea break with a friend, when the biggest bumble bee I have ever seen flew through the window. My friend is terrified of bees, although she doesn’t know why, but I think there’s something wonderfully adorable about them. The bee flew around the room, landing on a few of my brightly coloured trinkets, and then went on its way leaving me with an idea for a new tote bag design for Mystic Moose.

Our conversation moved on to the sign I had see the other day on the bus into town, stating that my town was the first Bee Guardian Town. I love the phrase Bee Guardian, and I’m thinking of volunteering for the project – mostly it seems to involve caring for bees and guiding walks of bee-flourishing areas, which sounds lovely!

Having finished my new tote bag design, I have another bee-related one in the making, so keep an eye out in my etsy shop.

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