21 Mar 2013

seed pod butterflies









Mother nature with all her Autumnal winds and rain is handing us a silver platter covered in earthen toned minutiae. Our gathering basket is filled to overflowing and we haven't reached for paper or glitter for quite some time.  A large leaf our canvas, a feather - our brush. Our bath is dotted with many seed pod boats and vivid yellow pom poms grace our weathered table; their dusty pollen staining our hands as we explore the texture.

There is something about this time of year that makes me hone in on the wonders of the natural world.  Bijou's eyes are often down cast as she scans for wisps of this and that. Pockets are always Aladdin's caves come washing time as gum nuts and scruffy feathers have been squirrelled away like gleaming jewels.  I watch with interest as she refines her bowerbird qualities and chooses with more discretion now. Items are foraged, admired and perused and then often cast aside. Only those which capture her mind and her heart make their way into the basket.  Her eye for detail is sharpening.

In a world where technology is sporning almost virus like and engulfing our senses at every turn I am heartened that with a simple afternoon walk we can ground ourselves to this beautiful planet and it's awe inspiring ways. It is a chance to draw breath. A simple collection and primitive tools create keepsakes to feather our nest and envelope us in raw, natural beauty. 

Her pride is palpable. As is mine.

What beauties has nature handed to you lately?

Steph x

Joining in with these lovelies.

21 comments:

  1. absolutely brilliant! pockets full of treasures are at mine too...interesting bark...small twigs and feathers...oh to see their excitement over it is, as you say, something to proud of in this day when we are fighting a battle with so much technology! wishing you blissful days of crafting natural delights

    ps - love those wedding pics xx

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  2. They are so lovely. I absolutely agree - such a worthwhile tonic :) Kx

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  3. The butterfly garland looks beautiful. What a wonderful, simple idea x

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  4. so so so sweet! i love it! will be pinning immediately! xo

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  5. These are so wonderful. What a great idea xo

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  6. There's nothing quite like collecting the wonders of nature and squirelling them away for rainy days. These butterflies are delightful Steph. I love the image of them draped over your wedding photos - just beautiful. I so look forward to days of fossiking with Sage - I try, but at the moment everything still requires the "taste test"! x

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  7. What a beautiful project to share with your children, I used to like collecting gumnuts and those weird seed pods that fit over your fingers. The world is a magical place in Autumn!

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  8. You always have such creative ideas that are easy to do! I love that it is simple yet using nature. You've given me some great ideas for lil creative projects. Thanks natalie x

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  9. I don't think i've ever seen anything quite so beautiful! Except for our tiny gnomes!! They arrived today, I love them. I'm saving them for Easter. xx

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  10. I can almost smell your seed pods. How inspiring - I think a walk through the forest (with a basket) is in order.
    PS Your blog is lovely!

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  11. So beautiful Steph. Your words, your creativity, and that wondrous sense of connection x

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  12. Such a good idea - it looks so pretty! x

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  13. Love this. Anytime nature and art can come together, it is something of beauty!

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  14. Love these bugs what a wonderful.idea.

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  15. These are so very beautiful Steph. I think we might have to join in and make some during the Easter school holidays. They will be perfect for our studio space.
    Thank you for sharing. xxx

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  16. Such a delightful post, Steph. your babies are so lucky to have you as their mama. J x

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  17. How lovely, both the seed pod butterflies and the written piece to go with them. We don't have such a seed here, further reinforcing my favourite aspect of blog writing and reading ... the joy of seeing what goes on in far away lands.

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  18. this post is so beautifully written and resonates with me so much. autumn has a certain way of drawing our attention to nature. the seed pod butterflies are just gorgeous x

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  19. oh those are simply divine!!!!

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Your words brighten my day! Thank-you so much for joining me on my adventure. x