31 May, 2013

Turning my hand back to jewellery making - branch slice and resin photo pendants - Nature Jewelry

The very first craft I regularly practiced as an adult, was jewellery making.
I find creating wearable art, very rewarding.
However, it has hovered on the outskirts while I have been turning my hands to other creative endeavours.
Inspired by the gorgeous spiralled branch slices below, 
I recently began again to think of jewellery making.  
Wearing small pieces of nature.

'Spiral tree branch slice wooden pendant - unsealed'
...see the bark...
'tree branch slice wooden pendant - sealed'
Having seen the gorgeous resin feature pendants around, 
I realised I could also incorporate some of my 
photographs of the nature around me.

'Palm tree bark (heart) wooden round resin pendant'
'White toadstool wooden round resin pendant'
'Moss on bark wooden round resin pendant'
'Red mini toadstool mushroom wooden round resin pendant'
 These have each been adhered to a wooden coin-shaped base.

And below. The two combined. 
Photographs on a tree branch slice. 
Makes for a chunkier pendant.
'Palm tree bark (heart) branch slice resin necklace'
'Moss on bark branch slice resin necklace'
'Red mini toadstool mushroom, branch slice resin necklace'
 All available for you too.
While stocks last.
In my etsy shop.

29 May, 2013

Building a bush shelter - outdoor cubby space - with my children

Our children have always been Nature Boys.
Together we've found a thousand uses for fallen sticks.
Much of their time is spent Outdoors.

Now that they are getting older (5&7), my eldest has a very keen focus on wanting to be - in his own words - a Wild Man
To him that means living, eating, entirely existing - outdoors.
On Saturdays we normally head to the markets, 
perhaps visit someone or take the bikes for a ride. 
However this weekend, he felt that we should forego any of this and stay home.
Stay home and Build a Shelter.

And we did.

Collecting strong sticks. 
The longer and sturdier, the better.

 We ascertained first, what we could use as supports for our shelter, 
that was already naturally occurring around us.
There were many already established young sapling trees, growing in a corner under a very large tree. They made a natural round clearing with a simple frame surrounding it. 
We began placing our thicker sticks in between and against these small trees.

 Then fitted thinner stick branches in between these.

 Securing them as required, using torn strips of palm leaves.

 The basic frame. Teepee style roof. 
You can see how perfect this spot is. 
The natural round clearing, covered with decaying fallen leaves, 
made for a soft floor - that wasn't dirty either.
Ideal when they opt to take picnic meals in here.

*Apologies for the quality of these last 3 photos, 
taken with my phone just before dusk*

 We have many random palms growing throughout our garden. Self-seeded. 
So I didn't mind stripping the fronds off of these for securing knots between branches and banana palm leaves for a water proof roof.
The walls were made from whole fallen palm leaves - large and heavy - dragged to the shelter from our garden too.

 It is now Autumn and the temperature drops quickly as the sun begins to descend.
So we left the shelter to complete work on, another day. 

Mr Turtle likes to climb quite high. Jump between branches. And basically test out his 'climbing skills' (& sometimes his Mama's nerves). 
Yes, we have often thought perhaps he is part-monkey.

This is the tree the bush shelter has been built under. It is a fantastic climbing tree and now has a 'cubby' being built under it. 
Yet another reason to enjoy this space. 

26 May, 2013

Sing me a Rainbow... SUNDAYS: 26-May-2013

Sundays mean many things, to many people.
To me, this is the day to 
Slow down
Spend time with family, 
and to Smile.
Rainbows in all their forms, 
always brighten my day & lift my heart. 
I hope you love them too.
Thanksgiving Square Cathedral in Dallas, Texas
Source: Shawn O'Connell, photographer

Rainbow Raindrops
Source: Poppins Mosaics and Crafts, flickr

Spiral light wheel Chakra disc
Source: lightcurves, etsy

> Please leave a link to your own Rainbow 
in the comments, 
 for others to Seek and enjoy.<

Feel free to include this image
in your own post that you're linking to.

23 May, 2013

Embroidered trees. The Hand-stitching of Francine Leclercq

I have recently discovered the hand-work of Francine Leclercq
I will let her embroidery speak for itself.
You can find out more, via 
Francine's website: au fil du leman or her blog of the same name
(they are in French)

(My apologies for poor image size. 
However I love this piece so much and really wanted to include it)

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