Monday, December 27, 2010

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Turtles, from Residents to Art!

We always see turtles at our place during the warm months. We have two ponds, and one of our favorite residents are mud turtles.  It's fun to feed them a little turtle food.  Sitting by the lily pond, it doesn't take long before a few turtles swim over for a handout. Here is a mud turtle that went for a walk, and may have been looking for a place to lay some eggs.

This is the first snapping turtle I've seen at our pond. It's a fairly good-sized one, about 15" long.  It was just outside the edge of the pond and I ran to get my camera. Just a few shots and it quickly slipped back into the water. I wasn't going to argue with it!

I love turtles of all kinds and take inspiration from them. Here's my most recent Turtle Box. The turtle is hand drawn and woodburned (pyroengraved) on one of my own organically grown gourds.

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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Natural Selections for Gifts

These beautiful and yummy items were selected because they all contain or represent natural elements: bark, acorns, shell, stone, flax, leather, and organic ingredients.  Enjoy these and consider if there's someone in your life who would be the perfect match for one of them! Click on the captions to go to the item page.

Native American Style Bark Pouch, by PurpleToedGypsy
Acorns Colors of Fall Original Water Color, by TheJoyofColor

The Hiker- Wee Chunky Book- Handmade Blank Book, by WeeBindery
Abalone and Crystal Earrings- Peacock, by FuchsiaBloomStudio
Coffee Butter Sugar Scrub, by SweetSallysSoaps
Baked Apple Granola- All Natural- Preservative Free, by Nikid

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

"O" is for October

October is my favorite month! It means breezy cool days and beautiful fall leaf displays.  All creatures are preparing for the winter months ahead, and that includes us. These fall-abulous gifts reflect the season, and I've chosen to use them to spell out the great month of O-C-T-O-B-E-R !

"O" is for Owl and tree silhouette pillow, by Yellowbugboutique
"C" is for Cellphone Charm. Orange Hamsa, Polymer clay Handmade Accessories, by Efiwarsh
"T" is for Tiger Iron and Jewel-tone Crystal Necklace by Abacusbeadcreations

"B" is for Black long sleeves mini dress/tunic with beautiful golden metal belt, by Onor 

"E" is for Earrings - Copper Garden Stamped Circle Hoops Mixed Metal Accessory, by Lindenleafstudio
"R" is for Rust Stoneware Mug / Handmade Pottery Wheelthrown Clay, by Patspottery

   Visit these great shops for more gift giving ideas!

Egg Gourds as Home Decor

I've always been intrigued with the idea that gourds grow into so many interesting shapes.  One of my favorites are egg gourds, which I grow in my organic garden.  They can range from quite small, like Bantam eggs, to hen-sized or even goose-sized!  For me, it's not only the amazing shape that makes them appealing, but that they are a classic symbol of birth, life and renewal. 

These painted egg gourds make a versatile centerpiece that will fit with a variety of decorating styles. 

Display in a shallow glass or pottery dish or tray on a coffee or dining table, in a brandy snifter or in a basket mixed in with potpourri.  They are fun additions to wreaths and floral arrangements, or make into ornaments. For entertaining, nestle in a cloth napkin and add to place settings as elegant party favors.    How would you use them? 

Visit my Midnightcoiler shop for more gourd art, raw mini gourds and more. Looking for custom colors? Just contact me!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Introducing my Love Bird series of Bird houses and Feeders

My new "Love Bird" bird houses and feeders make thoughtful wedding gifts for your favorite newlywed love birds or a loving couple celebrating an anniversary. (Special love bird poem enclosure card for newlyweds or anniversary (specify) sent with order on request!)

These organically grown, bird friendly items will give the birds a place to nest in the summer, roost in the winter, or feed during any season.  They help our feathered friends and give the gift of viewing enjoyment to the kind providers. 

They are also great as housewarming or holiday gifts, and just about for any other occasion.  Want a custom color combination? Contact me and lets talk about it.  

 Visit my Midnightcoiler shop for birdhouses, feeders, baskets, and other handmade items "of the earth!"

Monday, September 6, 2010

End of Summer Bounty

Well, I admit, the summer garden is petering out about now, but we still had a few veggies to put together this sauteed melange of bell and banana peppers, red onions and grape tomatoes. They were added to the sauce that topped off a pasta dish. I love the addition of fresh veggies with pasta-- Delish!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Natural Selections

Nature is a main source of enjoyment and inspiration for me. When I'm exploring Etsy, I'm always on the lookout for sellers who use earthy materials or represent the natural world in their work. Here are some items that catch my eye, created by these talented Etsyans: Waterrose, AngelEllie, Bazketmakr, Leapinggazelle, Jennyhoople, Mymothersgarden, Artyecological Check out their shops for more beautiful things!

Hand Embroidered Cuff by Waterrose

Personalized Coasters by Angelellie

Rustic Cornucopia by Bazketmakr

Nautilus Shell Photography Print by Leapinggazelle

Dunes Necklace by Jennyhoople

Frog House Toad Abode by Mymothersgarden

Blue Hydrangea No 2 Fine Art Print by Artyecological

Monday, June 28, 2010

For the Birds, and More

Some of my best sellers are my birdhouses and feeders. I grow my own gourds using organic methods, so they are safe for the birds and you. My techniques and applications are skill and labor intensive- hand carving, painting, dying, and pyroengraving. A lot of attention is paid to detail, adding up to unique houses that are functional for the birds and beautiful in your garden or yard. They make artful and practical gifts for those who enjoy the birds! Here are some selections from what I currently have available, including my new butterfly house.

Golden Glow Birdhouse

Turquoise Treat Bird Feeder

Purple Palace Birdhouse

Plum Pretty Bird feeder

Butterfly House
View more houses and feeders here.

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