Category: society of dabblers
In which I learn to needle felt
Back in spring of this year (when everyone else seemed to be learning to make sourdough), I decided to give a different hobby a try– needle felting! Why? Why not! Honestly, needle felting is something I’ve known about for a while and has been relegated to the “someday I want to try that” mental bucket,…
Natural History Art: Terrarium Sculpture!
What’s a terrarium sculpture? I’m probably the only person who calls it this, but I can’t think of a better description for what it is: a glass container with a sculpture inside made of natural (or naturalistic) items.
Natural History Art: Beetle Spreading!
Last winter, I got very interested in how arthropod mounts, so I asked for a beetle spreading kit for Christmas, and last week I was finally able to try it out!
Travelogue: Anza Borrego Superbloom 2019
Thanks to all of the rain we’ve had in southern California over the last few months, this spring we are being treated to that spectacle of nature, a desert superbloom! Two weeks ago while J was on leave, we took a day trip out to Anza Borrego State Park in the eastern part of the…
Carlsbad Flower Fields: for your flower photo fix!
There’s something really cool about standing in the middle of acres and acres of flowers, the color spreading around you in the springtime air, and the scent of them floating on the breeze. Confession: I was really excited to go see the hillsides covered in poppies this year with the superbloom. The traffic backlog was…
Easter Weekend at the Chicago Botanic Garden
This will mostly be a photo post, because I think there is plenty to see and I couldn’t add that much to what already exists. This weekend we went to the Chicago Botanic Garden to see the early spring blooms.The garden is free, though there is a per-car fee to park, except for military, which…
Tiny Things and Fairy Wings
On Monday we got a surprise snowing here in Chicago. At first when I was up at 4:30 with J to bid him goodbye for the day (and goodnight because I certainly don’t actually get up that early) I was irritated. Then when I got up for the day finally I wasn’t sure how I…
Feeling artsy: dragons and owls
I was going to do a wrap-up of my week, but I really didn’t do much this week that would make a post (that I haven’t already written, anyway), so here. Have a dragon postcard. The postcard came from a scrapbooking store and I drew the dragon myself. I haven’t really drawn anything much in…
Hiking in Blue Sky: aka The Lake is a Lie
Maybe instead I should say the lake was not what we expected. At any rate, the other day, J and I broke out my (until then) unused Hikes of Southern California book and picked one that was relatively close to home. It was in the eastern part of the county, at a place called Blue Sky…
Easter Weekend in Balboa Park
Easter weekend was beautiful in San Diego. J and I didn’t “do” anything in particular this year, but we did spend some time walking through the Balboa Park, including the rose garden, which is in full bloom this time of year. I found a new feature on my little point and shoot that will make…