Monday, January 26, 2015

Favorites Round-Up

Been quite awhile since I showcased some of my favorites from Etsy. Found some amazing things!:

How about this incredible altered book? See it at Belleiso

I love the scent of earl grey and lavender, and together, well, just perfect! Find it at Scodiolicreatives

I'm a big Alien fan and I just watched someone play through the Alien Isolation game. Get this terrifying facehugger throw from maryscrochetnmore here.

Gorgeous shadow puppets can be found at IsabellasArt

 This 3 1/2 ft tall hand carved creature is spectacular! See it at BlamoToys

The Catbus from My Neighbor Totoro is one of my all-time favorite characters! Here is a great piece of fan art---find this painting at nicolesloan

Speaking of Totoro---how about these adorable Totoro shoes? Hand cobbled by Keymandesign

Want. This. Now. NOW!  Find it here at Stout Tent

Friday, January 23, 2015

Swans and a Loss

For several years I have been driving past a pasture in the country where, every January, I would see a huge mass of white birds milling about. In 2013 I took pictures and wrote a post called The Great Swan Meet n Greet. Back in 2013 I didn't know what kind of birds they were, and my curiosity finally drove me to turn to a local naturalist who had a regular radio program called "John Cooney's Natural World". I emailed him about the birds and sent him the picture below, not really expecting him to get back to me---but he promptly did and explained that these birds are migrating tundra swans!

I was so happy that he wrote me back and told me about these birds, and now I look for them every January. Yesterday, I was driving out in that area again, anticipating that I would see them, and indeed, at milepost 1 (they always gather in the same pasture) there they were!! However, this time I had a bittersweet feeling seeing them because I found out that in late 2014 John Cooney passed away from cancer. I didn't know the man and, aside from that one email (and of course, listening to his shows) I had never had any other interactions with him. But he touched my life in a way that I will always remember and will always associate with these birds. In a way, I guess, a tiny part of him is in that pasture with the swans. So, thank you John Cooney :)

If you are interested in hearing some of his shows, they can be found here.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Project 365===6-12 Cats, Stones

Whew, I am already having problems staying on schedule with Project 365--but that is why I started this project, so here we go with days 6-12:

more heart stones for stamping  mossandroot

Scampers loves napping in the roasting pan. mmm, roast kitten!

my old man birdhouse

walnut shell candles mossandroot

grey skies

rain on a branch--but turned out kinda blurry

what happens when you try to take product photos with a cat in the room :)

As you can see, I am not going for perfection here. Its enough for me at this point to just try and get the photos up. Hopefully I will improve down the line :)
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