Random Beauty: Tiny Feather

Random Beauty

Somehow this feels like the perfect thing for the beginning of October, even though I spotted it in out driveway a few weeks ago: a teeny, tiny perfect feather.

Tiny Feather Closeup

On the basis of color and shape, I’m guessing a baby turkey. We’ve had a gaggle of five hanging around on and off with their mother and an aunt.

I just love nature – it creates such amazing things!

Turtle Sneeze

Bits in Spaaace!

After a 6-day headache, I could use something cheerful today. Lo, and the world delivered. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you, via the Internet, a turtle sneeze video:

turtle sneeze! via toll lion

If you had asked me, I wouldn’t have expected turtles to have the need to sneeze, nor it to be cute. Boy, was I wrong.

Day made. 🙂

Found via Good Stuff Happened Today.

P.S. For my U.S. readers: I hope your July 4th is exactly as fun and relaxing as you’d wish!

Online Finds: Cute and Awesome Fox Slipper-Socks

Arts & Crafts, Inspiration

These fox slipper-socks are so cute and awesome – complete with a white “tail” tip!

Ravelry Divine Debris Meredith_Fox_Slippers_945x1000_medium2

Amber at Divine Debris; via Ravelry.

Pattern and photos by Amber at Divine Debris; via Ravelry.

Is it finally time for me to dig up my crochet hook? (It’s probably been **cough cough** 25 years or more at this point… Actually, only(!) five or so. 🙂 Anyway.) I have some greyish blue yarn stashed away that might make a great silver fox variant.

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Signs of Spring

My Spaces

The weather’s turned from end-of-winter to definitely-spring, with flowers in full bloom and leaf buds either out or starting to emerge, in about a week flat. There are other signs of spring, too:

Bumblebee on Window Screen

A bumblebee visited us the other day. And I went out barefoot!

April First Time Bare Toes

I usually get cold very easily, so this is indeed a minor miracle at this point in April. 🙂

Discoveries: Embroidered Forest Animals on Hand Dyed Fabric

Arts & Crafts, Design & Designers, Fabrics & Materials

Illustrator Chloe Giordano sells cards and prints of embroidered bunnies and other animals on Etsy. And they’re amazing! Below are just of my favorites: a winter mountain hare and a sleeping fawn:

Chloe Giordano Winter Mountain Hare Print

Winter Mountain Hare Print. Chloe Giordano.

Chloe Giordano Sleeping Fawn Greetings Card

Sleeping Fawn Greetings Card. Chloe Giordano.

Clearly a lot of work went into the embroideries. I also love the hand dyed fabrics she uses as the background – the colors are gorgeous. It looks like Giordano uses regular sewing thread to create her intricate designs. Not the most obvious choice, but it makes a lot of sense now that I think about it. The thread is sure to be durable for one thing.

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Egged by an Invisible Hand

My Spaces

I’ve heard of people being shat by birds, but this I haven’t heard of before: I was egged. And inside the egg was a bird embryo.

All of a sudden while weeding, an egg fell on me. I don’t think the egg came from a tree: there was only one very young tree nearby, not fully in leaf yet so I was able to check for any nests in it. There were none. My guess is a bird of prey grabbed the egg and dropped it to open it, and instead it landed on my shoulder.

Shoulder Egged

The egg was really tiny, about half an inch / 1.5 cm or so. I scooped the amazing little embryo on a rock to take a photo.

Tiny Bird Embryo

You can see the eyes, the beak, and tiny little legs. (Or wings?) Poor little thing.

It was pretty surreal. But I still love living in the woods, even with unexpected egg attacks.