Saturday, August 28, 2010
exploring and stitching...
recent post and pics from resurrectionfern and lilfishstudios have me daydreaming about fungi and walks in the forest. i decided it was high time i got out in the woods myself, as life seemed to have me forgetting that recently. so today i headed to nymph falls park for a little hike. i was in search of mushrooms, but i quickly determined a few showers here and there had not been enough to bring forth the fungi in abundance, not just yet anyway. it's been a hot, dry summer on the whole, but soon enough we will be overrun with mushrooms. but anyway, there were still a few to be found, not to mention some other prizes if you kept your eyes open (see that big frog in the centre square?).
i brought my basket with me with a few stitching supplies, so that i could sit by the roaring water and work on some rocks i have been playing around with. after playing with large animals, i decided to try the very small, and i've been stitching barnacles. the first one is probably headed for a friend who is (just today!) moving to calgary, far away from the ocean, and might need a little west coast reminder so she comes back once in awhile. but i'm enjoying them, so i am making a few more, which will for sale soon. yes, i have decided to go ahead with a shop on etsy. details are still in the works and i will let you know as soon as things are up and running. we are going away for the first week of september, so i think it's easiest to wait till i return before diving into things.
i made another little guy too. my version of a steller sea lion, a big bull with a ruff of thick fur around his neck. these guys get up to 1100kg, aptly referred to as the "grizzlies of the sea", but this one here is a bit less threatening, don't you think?
with all these little creatures i am making, i'm trying to stick to animals that can be found on or around my island home for now. my mind is buzzing with ideas; there are so many to choose from - elk, bears, seals, eagles, deer, herons, just to name a few. and that is just the big ones; the barnacles have me thinking about mussels and other shellfish, seastars and many tide pool wonders. this could keep me occupied for awhile. i think next i'd like to get a bit more feline - there's only one big cat on vancouver island, can you figure out what it is?