Saturday, 6 February 2016

Hibernations and Signs of Spring

These common snails have found a nice place to hibernate in Colinton Dell

while the orange ladybirds are still huddling together in their fence posts

Meanwhile all around there are signs of Spring, from these snowdrops

and these hazel catkins

 if you look carefully in the photo below, you can also see the tiny red female flowers
We were also happy to see the earth star fungi are still out, this one shows the star structure very well

Friday, 5 February 2016


With Valentine's Day approaching, The Climate Coalition (made up of several UK charities, including Oxfam and the Woodland Trust, are once again campaigning to #showthelove for all that we love that might be destroyed by climate change.

Part of the campaign is to make and wear green hearts to raise awareness. I still wear the heart sent to me last year by World Wildlife Fund, it was made by Annette in Guildford, who loves 'the planet'. It's now permanently pinned to my coat....

If you want inspiration to make your own green heart to wear, then you can see a whole selection that people have made in this gallery. And if you're in Hertfordshire, you may want to join the Woodland Trust in their "Show the Love Craft Session" at Heartwood Forest on 13 February.

The Climate Coalition have also produced this little film for Valentine's Day to help spread the message that the world is worth loving and protecting.

The Climate Coalition is the UK’s largest group of people dedicated to action on climate change and limiting its impact on the world’s poorest communities.

For The Love Of... is the Climate Coalition's campaign to protect the things we love from being impacted by climate change. Climate change potentially could change everything we know, from the food we can grow, the wildlife around us and the very shape of the land we live on. 

As ever, red text contains hyperlinks that take you to other webpages where you can find out more.

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Jewellery and Treasury

I've been making lots of earrings recently, they're easy to make and there's lots of inspiring materials in the 'broken jewellery bags' I buy for making crafts. Plus they sell reasonably well in the Crafty Green Poet Etsy shop. This is the latest pair I've made - using flat circular beads from a bracelet and black beads from my stash. Plus of course brand new nickel free silver earring hooks.

dangle earrings, brown, olive green and black beaded dangle earrings, ecofriendly

These earrings are now in my Etsy shop, you can see them here.


I'm delighted that recently three of the items from the Crafty Green Poet Etsy shop have been featured in four separate treasuries. (For those of you unfamiliar with Etsy, a Terasury is a slection of items made by various Etsy sellers, often on a particular theme).

This chopstick bag featured in this Treasury and these earrings featured in this Treasury, while this bracelet featured in this Treasury and these earrings featured in this Treasury!

Meanwhile I put together a new Treasury myself. As my new Etsy shop, Crafty Green Magpie sells supplies, I'm planning to put together a number of Treasuries featuring crafts that use the types of supplies I sell! First up is "All Buttoned up in Blue!" which features crafts by UK sellers that all incorporate buttons and all are mostly blue in colour. 

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Look at the clouds!

I heard yesterday that nacreous clouds had been seen above Edinburgh and was disappointed that I'd missed them.

However, I was delighted to see them back again early this morning! Here are some of the photos I took from our living room window, aren't these beautiful clouds?

Nacreous clouds (or mother of pearl clouds) form in the winter polar stratosphere at altitudes of 10 - 20 miles. They are most likely to be seen at twilight. They are believed to contribute to ozone depletion due to the chemical reactions they support.

You can read more about nacreous clouds on the Weather Channel here

Monday, 1 February 2016

Crafty Green Magpie

As many readers of this blog will know, I have a Crafty Green Poet shop on Etsy, where I sell items which I've made by hand using refashioned and repurposed materials. I used to also sell a few vintage items and supplies there too (the beer bottle tops proved to be immensely popular!).

I recently decided that I would separate out the vintage and supplies and set up a new shop. This means that Crafty Green Poet on Etsy now purely focuses on hand-made items.

The new shop is called Crafty Green Magpie, so there is a clear connection in the names of the two shops. Also magpies like to collect things and are pretty crafty birds, plus they have flashes of green in their plumage!

So far there are only a few items in the shop ( including buttons, a vintage map of Germany and of course beer bottle tops!).

I aim to add plenty more items in the near future, including bringing over the vintage and supplies that were once listed in the Crafty Green Poet shop.

Saturday, 30 January 2016

Dinosaurs and other fossils

A great recent TV programme was David Attenborough's meeting with the recently discovered giant dinosaur Titanosaurus, which saw the ever youthful 90 year old meet the largest land animal that has ever lived.

It was amazing to see the dinosaur bones been excavated from the earth then light-weight copies being made so that whole skeleton could be recreated. Brilliant TV and if you're in the UK you still have a few days left to catch up with it here on the i-player, if you didn't see it at the time!

The programme reminded me of when I worked at the Edinburgh Science Festival one year on a fake dinosaur dig. When each group of children had dug up the bones of the fake dinosaur (which we then had to rebury once they left, so the next group could excavate them!) they then made fake ammonites to keep. All of us who worked on the dig also made some ammonites, these are mine

plaster of paris ammonite, fake fossil

 These are now in the Crafty Green Poet Etsy shop, you can see them here.

Edited to add: and there's also a dinosaur themed listing in my new Crafty Green Magpie Etsy shop (which sells vintage and supplies) - you can view it here

The dinosaurs are extinct now, but they live on in their near relatives the birds. And today, if you're in the UK, you can take part in the RSPB's Big Garden Birdwatch to spend an hour counting the birds in your garden. If it's too cold to do this outside, make a cup of tea and watch through the window!