Thursday, July 29, 2010

Feline Music Critic

I had to laugh the first time I put this music on - Jazzy stood up on her hind legs like a meerkat and seemed mesmerized! Of course she wouldn't do a repeat performance, but this video showed her doing something funny. If I'd known what I was going to see just before the video ran out, I would have zoomed in!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Caterpillar To Chrysalis

Last week, Aunt C brought over a milkweed plant with 3 caterpillars in an open-sided box. The "baby" caterpillar was hiding in the leaves, but the two larger ones - probably 2 inches long - were clearly visible and, according to Aunt C, ready to transform very soon.

Sure enough, within a day, caterpillar #1 attached itself to the top of the box and hung in a "J".

When I got home from work the next day, caterpillar #2 was missing! It had crawled out of the box! Luckily I found it close by, but already attached to the underside of a page of junk mail. I didn't dare disturb it, so I carefully cut out the piece of paper it was stuck to, and taped it inside the box. I later learned from reading that the caterpillar will leave the milkweed and crawl 30-40 feet away when it's ready to pupate.

My photos may be a bit fuzzy due to low lighting. I didn't know if a camera flash would upset the natural process. But the chrysalis, or cocoon, is still pretty distinctive. Caterpillar #2 is also a chrysalis now (more photos soon), but the baby caterpillar is gone. Although it had plenty of milkweed to eat and didn't seem big enough to start its cocoon, it disappeared from the box.

The entire caterpillar-to-butterfly metamorphosis takes only 9-14 days. You can read more here:

http://www.monarch-butterfly.com/

Summer Wedding Cards

My card-making usually drops off in the summer, due to the heat and no A/C in my studio, but I managed to make two wedding cards for a co-worker to buy.
The one above has a stamped and embossed greeting on vellum underneath metal hardware. The coordinating cardstocks are by DCWV

Card #2 was made with the an embossing corner punch used in opposite corners of 9 squares of textured cardstock. The ribbon was threaded through a plastic, jeweled buckle embellishment.

The greeting was made with a sticker over vellum over cardstock, cut to size and attached over the ribbon.

Tuesdays Around Town - North Loop Art

I've been working in the North Loop for over a year now, and I'm still discovering its interesting nooks and crannies.
On a recent day, I walked through this building to my favorite sandwich place instead of walking outside in the heat. This art installation is fairly new and really brightens up the vintage office building.

And it's always nice to have some good graphic images to inspire me.


Wednesday, July 07, 2010

The Fantome

Thirty-three years ago this summer I was aboard this beautiful sailing ship for a week of cruising in the Bahamas. Today, while randomly clicking around the internet, I discovered that the company, Windjammer Barefoot Cruises went out of business in 2007 after 60 years in operation. More amazingly, the ship pictured here, the one I had been on, SANK with 31 crew members on board in 1998!! The story can be read below: