New release of the day:
Saturday, August 17, 2013
I'm excited to announce some new necklaces I'll be releasing! One of my very talented friends created these hand blown glass vials for me. They turned out beautiful and I was excited to make some new pieces with them.
Wednesday, August 7, 2013
I'm excited to announce a giveaway that's going on over at the lovely Ladyface Blog. If you haven't visited her blog before, Becca is a wonderful lady with beautiful pictures and lots of creative ideas so you definitely should! One of her lucky readers will be receiving a Woodii terrarium necklace! So, head on over there and check it out. The giveaway ends August 14th.
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Hi! I've just added a few new items to the shop including earrings and vials with butterfly wings.
Wing Necklace $35 Sold
Wing Necklace $35 Sold
Nature Terrarium $16
Butterfly Feather Necklace
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
I was lucky enough to get out of Washington (a few weekends ago) for a bit and explore the Oregon coast! One of my favorite places to visit is Cape Kiwanda. There is a little trailor park with wild rabbits right next to the shore! I believe that the original family was not actually wild, but someone's unwanted pets. They have thrived at the park and continue to reproduce. Every time I go there are always lots of babies, but they are too shy to let anyone get close.
We also took the trail to Cape Lookout. It was an amazing and easy hike through the beautiful woods. I loved seeing all the mosses and lichens as well as spectacular view of the ocean.
Saturday, June 1, 2013
Here's a little update on what I've been reading lately. I picked these up over the past couple of weeks and so far I'm thoroughly enjoying them! Of course, I had to purchase another Any Stewart book titled, Wicked Bugs. It's just as amazing as the other two. The carnivorous plant field guide is very detailed and filled with gorgeous pictures and diagrams to identify and understand the various species. The Complete Houseplant Survival Manual has been extremely helpful! When I was flipping through it at the bookstore, I noticed that almost all of my houseplants were in it so I had to get it. Last but not least, I'm reading Gathering Moss, a history on moss. It's one of those books that doesn't initially catch the eye, but I sure am glad I picked it up and read an excerpt. After reading a couple paragraphs I was hooked and couldn't put it down.
1. Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses by Robin Wall Kimmerer. 2003
2. A Guide to Carnivorous Plants of the World by Gordon Cheers. 1992.
3. The Complete Houseplant Survival Manual by Barbara Pleasant. 2005
4. Wicked Bugs: The Louse That Conquered Napoleon's Army & Other Diabolical Insects by Amy Stewart. 2011.
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Today I though I would share with you my family of Marimo! Cladophora aegagropila, or marimo, are spherical shaped filament algae bits that thrive at the bottom of chilly lakes. The shape is cause by the current in the water, rolling them into a ball over time. The slow growing algae can be found in only a few lakes in Japan and Iceland. Marimo enjoy shade and cool water, similar to how life would have been in their natural environment. Their water needs to be changed about once a week, but other than that they are very simple pets!
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
As you may have noticed, I just finished updating my blog layout. I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out and I'm sure I will continue tweaking things until I get it all perfect. Let me know what you think! Today I wanted to share some of my favorite little collections of treasures in my house. I will admit that I love gathering tiny, fascinating objects and arranging them in small nooks and on little shelves. Some of the objects pictured here are porcupine quills, shell fossils, an air plant, dried flowers, snake ribs, a real starfish, baby marimo, and an illustration by Julianna Swaney.
I also love collecting matchboxes. These are two of my favorites. Also, two different species of tillandsia as well as a fittonia verschaffeltii (or nerve plant) in a glass bottle.
I recently purchased three new plants which I'm very exited about! The first one I haven't be able to identify yet, but I do believe it is a tropical plant. The lime green and pink plant is a solenostemon scutellarioides, which is part of the nettle family. Below is my carnivorous plant terrarium, still going strong. The last little guy is a vine called cissus tuberosa, part of the grape family. I didn't know anything about it when I picked it up at The Volunteer Park Conservatory's gift shop, but have since done some research and am excited to see it grow!
Monday, May 20, 2013
Today I worked on two new ideas I've had for a bit now. They are both related to the natural sciences. I wanted to recreate a Botanist's notebook with a specimen sample within one of the glass vials. So, I did some miniature sketches, collected soem lichen, and came up with this:
The other idea I had is a continuation of my fascination with the galaxy. I've made a galaxy orb as well as a Magellanic Cloud necklace in the past. So, I chose to represent a nebula this time. I also made some new terrarium earrings.
Sunday, May 19, 2013
My shop has been in need of a makeover for a while now and I've finally finished! While photographing my new bone necklaces I was inspired to re-photograph all the items in the shop using a new background from a page of my favorite notebook. The Rite in the Rain notebooks are field guides with waterproof pages. I'll be adding four new necklaces tomorrow!
Saturday, May 18, 2013
One of my all time favorite places in Seattle is The Conservatory. It's amazing how many different plants are able to thrive inside the gigantic greenhouse. There is a huge collection of plants from all over the world. Each room has a unique theme representing a different part of the globe: Palm House, Cactus House, Fern House, Bromeliad House. I particularly enjoyed their large collection of Tillandsia (part of the bromeliad family) and all of the succulents and cacti.
The Volunteer Park Conservatory is modeled after London's Crystal Palace and was built in 1912! It was designed by architects John Olmsted and Frederick Law Olmsted Jr. It such a pretty place to visit anytime of the year. It can really cheer you up in the winter or fall on a gloomy Seattle day. On my last visit, the sun was out and it was beautiful! I even picked up some unique plants in the gift shop.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
What I've been reading lately:
If you haven't read or browsed through the pages of one of Amy Stewart's books, I highly recommend that you get your hands on one of them. They are all very detailed and extremely fascinating. Her latest book, The Drunken Botanist is a particular favorite of mine. It discusses plants in relation to alcohol with history, drink recipes, illustrations, and more!
My carnivorous plant terrarium
I've also taken a keen interest in carnivorous plants over the past few months. They are known for being very difficult to maintain by gardeners and often aren't found in plant shops because of it. So far, with much attention, I've been able to properly care for my Venus Flytrap (Dionaea Muscipula) and Pitcher plant (Sarracenia). I recently visited an oddities shop in Pioneer Square called The Belfrey. They have tons of beautiful carnivorous plant terrariums in addition to many other interesting antiques. If you are ever in the Seattle area, it's definitely worth checking out. Here are some picture I snapped of their plant collection.
1. Drosera capensis 2. Sarracenia rubra hybrid 3. Sarracenia rubra hybrid 4. Drosera adelae
While attempting to identify the carnivorous plant species above, I came across this awesome chart. I can't find a source for it but it's been making its way around Tumblr for quite some time. If anyone knows where it comes from, please let me know.