Gift of Amaryllis

February 15th, 2021

Received an Amaryllis bulb for my birthday in November. Predicted the flower would open today, Valentine’s Day. Wanted to use it for a Valentine greeting.

Valentine Greeting

Looks a tad like a heart. If you squint a bit.
I embroidered the background for a piece. Didn’t quite work. Maybe someday it will find a home.

Sunday, Valentine’s Evening
Moved to a warmer and safer location overnight.
Amaryllis Sunday Night

Monday Early Morning
Moved the plant back to the warmest spot in the house.
Amaryllis Monday Morning

Can see the white Brugmansia flowers outside. The Brug is a Brazillian White that I grew from seed. We try to keep it to 6′, but currently is over 10′.
Amaryllis Monday Morning

Monday Nearly Noon

Amaryllis Monday Noon

Amaryllis Monday Noon

Amaryllis Monday Noon

Amaryllis Monday Noon

Sunday Afternoon, February 21

The weight of the three flowers is too heavy for the potting mix and pot. To the right is a bamboo stake in a pot of heavy rocks. When the fourth flower blooms, probably tomorrow, the weight of the flowers should be distributed a bit better. May not need support.

Amaryllis

There is bamboo yarn inside a handkerchief to support the plant. The handkerchief should protect it from being cut or damaged by the yarn.

Used the Instants Photo Editio‪n‬ app to make the Valentine greeting.


A Volunteer

February 10th, 2021

Pine

Pine

Pine

Pine

Pine


Casemaking Moth on Ceramic Vessel

February 9th, 2021

Last night I turned on the light over my work bench and found on oddity.

This little vessel has been hanging in my studio for decades. I fired the piece multiple times. Before the last firing, I bound it with wire and applied low fire lead glazes.

Casemaking moth on ceramic vessel

The oddity is a casemaking moth. What is it eating? Clearly not the glaze because typically the case that the casemaking moth construction will be the color of whatever it has eaten.

Casemaking moth on ceramic vessel

Recently looked through my stash of wood objects to use as an addition to a piece. The boxes were wrapped in plastic and stored in a wood bench. When I opened the drawer I found a green casemaking moth.

Green casemaking moth inside drawer

How did it even get inside? No clue.

Green casemaking moth inside drawer

I have cleaned my studio numerous times to remove the niches the moths like–undisturbed dark areas with fiber and plant material.

I have been forced to keep my stored completed work, work in progress and fiber materials in plastic. But, I can still find casemaking moths. It is frustrating, especially when I find that they have damaged something of value.

I use two methods for treating pieces and materials–place them in the freezer or someplace that becomes quite hot, like the trunk of a car.

The freezer shelf that is set aside for materials and work.
Freezer shelf for work and materials

Recently found a casemaking moth on a wool I-cord that had been an embellishment for a rooster lamp that has been sitting on the china cabinet for nearly 15 years.

Rooster lamp

He looks lost without it.

I washed the I-cord in warm soapy water. Gave it a rinse, popped it in a plastic bag, and placed it in the freezer.

Wet frozen I-cord


Hail

January 25th, 2021

I grew up in Ohio, lived in New Jersey, and attended grad school in Washington. All locations have seasons. I do miss seasons. The anticipation of change, the changes.

It doesn’t rain often on the California Central Coast. Excited to read that rain was in the forecast. But would it really rain?

I was a tad disappointed that today has been a perfectly sunny day. Has been windy enough to topple a potted Norfolk pine, but sunny. Where is the grey gloom associated with rainy days? Just when I was wondering when the rain would start, it began to hail!

Hail

While still sunny.


What is it?

January 25th, 2021

Balloon

Blowing up balloons is part of therapy for my lungs. Found the balloon in a corner of the studio.

Balloon


Sweet Essence of the Magnolia

January 22nd, 2021

Magnolia

Magnolia


Billbergia nutans

January 10th, 2021

Queen’s Tears
Bromeliads

Bromeliads

San Marcos Growers–Billbergia nutans

World of Succulents–Billbergia nutans


Gulf Fritillary Caterpillars

December 26th, 2020

The courtyard garden needs cleaning and clearing. The drought offers loads of dropped oak leaves and pine needles.

Passiflora and Pandorea vines growing on the trellises need some care.

Passiflora and Pandorea

When I started to clean and clear the dead bits and the dropped oak leaves and pine needles, I saw a Gulf Fritillary caterpillar.

Caterpillar

This morning I found another one.

Caterpillar

Late for them to be hanging around the garden. Good that there is plenty fo food for them.

If they make it through the chrysalis process, this is how the will emerge.

Gulf Fritillary Butterfly

The chrysalis of the Gulf Fritillary looks a bit like a dead leaf.

Gulf Fritillary Butterfly

Plan to put the cleaning on hold to give the caterpillars a chance of becoming butterflies.


Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas

December 25th, 2020

Dashiell Greeting
Dash, Happy Holidays

Elliot Greeting
Elliot, Merry Christmas


Photo Illusion

December 19th, 2020

I made some macrame ornament gifts for our niece who recently moved to New Zealand.

Macrame Gifts

I used yarn from her grandmother’s stash to make the tree. Even the large green bead was from her grandmother’s craft stash. Her grandmother died in 2011. I thought it would be a nice connection.

I documented the ornaments on a piece of canvas. When I shot detail images of the snowflake an odd thing happened.

Snowflake 1

This is the same image rotated 180º.

Snowflake 1