Airy Spirits ~ Textile Art

Continuing with my new hobby love ~ a little more Textile Art, only this time, something with wings.

During the lock-down, due to Covid 19/Coronavirus, my brain got busy and spoke to my fingers, which began conjuring up butterflies. Although textile butterflies aren’t the easiest thing I’ve ever made, they’re mighty enjoyable, and all so precious when I’ve finished them. They all seem to have their own personalities, and they make me smile for one reason or another.

The Nectar Collector

Each one I’ve made is in a different fabric, and this particular one, called: The Nectar Collector; was made from Vintage Embroidered Fabric, which I tea stained then added a little ink to give it a warm peachy effect to the fabric itself

Why is this butterfly called: The Nectar Collector? Ah, well that’s an easy one to answer….

Butterflies ‘eat’ nectar and do so by the use of their ‘tongue’ – they have a long, curled proboscis, which is like a soft drinking straw, which uncoils to sip liquid food, and then coils up again into a spiral when the butterfly isn’t feeding.

But … what happens to all the nectar which the butterflies can’t reach, or miss because they don’t notice it?

Well, *I’m reliably informed by the Fairies which live in Cobweb Wood*, that there are special butterflies whose job it is to go around foraging for all the left over nectar which can be found on flowers, and collect it in special bottles. They then take it back to ‘Nectar Central’, where each of the bottles of nectar are dated, stored on shelves and saved for use on days when it’s too cold to go out or too windy, too blustery or those rainy days when the weather isn’t suitable for delicate Butterfly wings.

*Once all this was explained to me* it totally made sense, as I’m sure it does to you too, now that I’ve explained it to you!

The underside of a Butterflys wings are just as important as the tops, but for a totally different reason. The underside of a butterfly wing is actually called ‘The Ventral Side’. This ventral (under) side is more often than not, used for camouflage so that it can avoid being dinner for some passing bird or frog.

And the importance of the Ventral Side of the wings was important to me too. After all … I don’t want some passing frog to eat the Nectar Collector! So it clearly states on the underside of it’s wings that this butterfly isn’t for chomping on – for this is a Cobwebs Butterfly!

The tops of butterfly wings are used for signalling to another butterfly that the butterfly rather likes them and would like to marry them. (*That’s how it was explained to me, anyhow*).

Before this particular butterfly takes flight and leaves me, when it’s found it’s forever home, there will be a very tiny button sewn to the underside – of a particular colour and shape, which will have a special meaning. An explanation of the meaning of that button, will be sent along with him, so that he can be treasured for the treasure he actually is.

Now before I sign off …

I want to say a HUGE THANK YOU – to all who replied and commented on my last post [<— clickable link] and who helped me – because I was near to being a big melted down mess on the floor, and BIG THANKS to those who gave me hints, tips and guidance on how to use the new block editor that WordPress have forced upon us.

As you can see, with your help, I have made a post! [a roar of cheers can be heard from all over the land].

I can’t say that I like the new editor, because I don’t. I REALLY don’t.

  • It has no spellcheck;
  • No ‘update’ button;
  • It won’t colour selected words in a paragraphbut simply colours all the words in that paragraph. (Unless you know a trick to that … and if you do, please share it with me);
  • It has pop up boxes which appear out of nowhere and block the view of what you want to seewhich I’m sure are meant to be helpful, when the time is right – but they’re a darn nuisance!;
  • Things are hidden behind unknown ‘terms’ and names;
  • Silly symbols which mean diddly squat to regular, not unintelligent users!;
  • Everything about it is so darn tiresome and seems to need an abundance of clicks to do the simplest thing
  • even changing the colour of the words isn’t the one click it used to be!

The new system is clunky, silly, old fashioned in many ways, behind the times and boringly, stupidly long winded.

It truthfully feels like the coding has been written by a junior member of staff instead of someone who knows what she/he is actually doing. It’s taken me a lot longer than I would normally have spent building a post – but . . . at least I now have a post, after lots of help from other WordPress users.

My sincere thanks to you all – for without you, I truthfully would have thrown the towel in and given up. Bless each and every one of you.

Thank you so much for coming today and sharing a coffee and some time with me, while I introduced you to the Nectar Collector – who is the first of my Airy Spirits. I love seeing you here, and love chatting with you all. So please feel welcome to leave a comment. It doesn’t have to be a huge comment, just say hello – because it’s always so nice to know who I’m chatting with.

And …. before I sign off, there HAS to be some Monday jokes:-

Q:- Where are average things manufactured?

A:- The satisfactory.

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Q:- What does Charles Dickens keep in his spice rack?

A:- The best of thymes, the worst of thymes.

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Q:- What do you call an apology written in dots and dashes?

A:- Re-Morse code.

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Q:- What do you call a rooster staring at a pile of lettuce?

A:- A chicken sees a salad.

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Just before I sign off … although I’ve been commenting on blogs over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been told by various bloggers that they’ve found my comments in their spam folders – so … please check your spam folders, as a comment or two might just be hiding there.

Have a wonderful Monday, and a truly blessed week. Sending love and squidges through the ether to you ….

* the ASTERISK * marked * statements [above] may or may not be entirely, exactly d’ twufe, d’ whole twufe and nuffin but d’ twufe. But I’m absolutely certain dere is some sort of twufe.

Friday Factoids

While the  ‘Things I’ve Learned This Week’ post is off on its Summer Holibobs,  I thought we could do something different on a Friday.

So … in this new ‘Summer Season’ of Friday posts, I thought we could do perhaps something different every week, but still just as enjoyable as the ‘Things I’ve Learned This Week’ posts.

So this week …  we’re going to cover:

FACTOIDS  for a FRIDAY in June

Before we move forward…  for anyone who may not have met that word (Factoids) before:

Factoids  =  a brief or trivial item of news or information.

So … now you’re edumacation is complete and you know what a factoid is…  here for your entertainment are a few Friday Factoids!

Do you know the names of the three wise monkeys?
They are: Mizaru (See no evil),
Mikazaru (Hear no evil),
and Mazaru (Speak no evil).

Three wise

The first city in the world to have a population of more than one million  was London.

The reason firehouses have circular stairways is from the days of yore when the engines were pulled by horses.  The horses were stabled on the ground floor and figured out how to walk up straight staircases.

Lightning strikes men about seven times more often than it does women.

The Earth’s continents all start and end with the same letter.

The word “lethologica” describes the state of not being able to remember the word you want.

Lethologica

A crocodile cannot stick its tongue out.

The word enchant comes from the Latin ‘incantare’, meaning to sing or chant magical words or sounds.

The Kiwi,  national bird of New Zealand,  can’t fly, lives in a hole in the ground, is almost blind and lays only one egg each year. Yet it has survived for 70 million years.

Kiwi

Redheads require more anesthesia to ‘go under’ than other hair colours do.  (Yes, it’s true.  I checked it out.  Apparently Redheads need approximately 20 percent more anesthesia).

The Bible,  the world’s best-selling book,  is also the world’s most shoplifted book.

The length from your wrist to your elbow is the same as the length of your foot.

There are four types of marriage:

  1. Monogamy is one wife, one husband.
  2. Polygyny is one husband, several wives. 
  3. Polyandry is one wife, several husbands. 
  4. Group marriage is by far the rarest and has never been the prevailing form of marriage in any known society.

And finally . . .

Did you know:-
That spotted bananas are sweeter, with a sugar content of more than 20%, compared with 3% in a green banana…. and the riper a banana gets, the sweeter it gets… the sugar content increases as it ripens.

And…
Carrots have zero fat content.

And not only that, but….
Watermelons are 97% water;   lettuce 97% water;   tomatoes 95% water;   carrots 90% water;   and bread 30% water.

I know a lot of  ‘carp’, don’t I.  lol. 

Wishing you a fabulous Friday.  Thank you so much for coming and having a Friday coffee with me.

May you take your smile with you wherever you go today.  And wherever you may go…  may your God go with you.

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