Monday, September 30, 2013

Uh-Oh

You may remember the little spider I had been trying to photograph for a couple of weeks with no luck, until I finally snapped this:



I've been trying to find out what sort of spider she is, but I need another shot of her. I went out yesterday to take another picture, and caught her this time while she was upside-down:



Now everything makes sense (how small she is, her skittishness, how fast she moves, building her web on our wooden bench swing) as the two red triangles on the underside of her abdomen indicate she's some species of widow spider.



Since her bite can kill, and I have twin toddlers living next door to us, she absolutely has to go. But I'm glad I took the time to investigate her species, because now I'll recognize any siblings or cousins she might have who try to move in.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Table Elegance

Friday, September 27, 2013

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Mirror Mirror

Monday, September 23, 2013

White Orchids

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Orange Koi

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Can't Stop Texting

Friday, September 20, 2013

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Stitched Burnout Velvet

On another side of the quilting design front, I tried something new with some patches of white burnout velvet that I stitched into an experimental crazy quilt bag. Once I had everything pieced I embellished the voids around the velvet with holographic Sulky thread in scatter stitch. Here's the velvet with violet Sulky:



Close-up:



And gold Sulky:



Close-up (sorry it's a bit blurry):



You have to keep the stitches pretty small and random, but the effect is really pretty.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Guardian

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Crazy Pink Tote

The front and back of my latest experimental crazy quilt tote:



I selected shades of pink for the tote (including the very bright hot pink floral) as color anti-aversion therapy, and to challenge myself to work it into something I felt was beautiful.

Here are some detail shots:





I think it was mostly a success. What I learned from this exercise is that while I may never love hot pink I don't have to avoid it. This tote also convinced me to try another, subtler version with some other colors and prints for more balance:



This second pink tote came out so well that I'll be giving it away over at my Disenchanted & Co. blog tomorrow with some other goodies, so if you'd like a chance to win it, stop by.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Sky Sailor

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Friday, September 13, 2013

People Watcher

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Down by the Sea

At the beach in August; beautiful waves:



Also nice to see the handsome fellows riding them:



But I was not the only one watching them:

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Cuddling



Taken in the outer courtyard of our favorite tea room back in August.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Monday, September 9, 2013

Tea Time

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Okay, One More Spider

I've been trying to get a pic of this little lady for weeks; she always skitters away when I draw near and moves so fast all I end up with is a blur. She's also about the size of a housefly. But I finally got her by sneaking up from behind:

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Not a Spider, Promise



I saw this moth on the porch screen at the end of August but was only able to snap this one shot before it flew away. Why was it so special, and why did that frustrate me? I wanted to snap a second shot with my fingers beside it because the moth's wing span was bigger than my hand!

Update:

We found what I think could be the same moth on the driveway last night:



He was flopping about, unable to fly and I'm guessing at the end of his life cycle, so we carefully moved him to a nearby shrub bed where he would be protected from our cars, feet and various predators:



Such a beautiful bug.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Abandoned Webs

With all the rain we've been having our resident orb weavers have been abandoning their webs more often than usual (the usual is that they spin them at sunset and then break them down before dawn.) This means I have to be extra careful when walking the pups first thing in the morning, or one of us walks into one of these:





Thursday, September 5, 2013

Oak Tree Orb Weaver (Yes, Even More Spiders)

To show you the difference made by the awesome power of a great zoom feature, here are some other shots of the orb weaver living in my oak tree:



This was taken at normal range, no zoom. Now here's what I got when I zoomed in:





I love my camera. :)

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

More Spinners

Found in the backyard, all on the same sultry August evening: