Monday, April 15, 2019

Go native - go wild!

I'm embarrassed to say that for the majority of my life spent gardening I did not focus on what I was putting in my garden or as to how it effected the environment. I am guilty of buying hybrid-plants, using pesticides and avoiding just about all insects as much as humanly possible. In the last 5 years I have begun buying and planting native plants as much as possible and I stopped using pesticides. Having a pollinator garden may not be as showy as a cultivated garden but I have learned to appreciate the sound of the bees, to pull weeds by hand and to proudly explain to every person who strolls by my garden the names of all the native plants and hopefully make a convert along the way.
***full confession...I'm still not fond of bugs, but I don't kill them any more, unless they are in the house and then all bets are off...just saying, I'm far from perfect! lol ***

One way as artists to recycle is by taking our art supplies and looking way outside the box to find other ways to use something that you might not normally think of. The flowers and the bees all came from a rather Christmas theme die but you wouldn't know it if I didn't tell you! The flowers, stems and circle shapes are easy to pick out of the set but can you 
guess what the bees are made from? 
(the pine for the body, circle for the head and the wings are the tips of the flower stems)

Arnold Grummer medium pour hand mold 
Arnold Grummer Design it Yourself Spiral notebook 
Stampendous Build a Wreath Cutting Die Set
Stampendous mica
Rubbermoon stamps
StencilGirl Tea Cup stencil

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Anne Marie Fowler said...

Love this! Such cute bees!

Jean said...

This is so cute! Love how creative you were in suing your supplies! I am also not a fan of bugs:)

Pam said...

You are so very creative Sandee! I love those cute little bees!
I too am not a fan of bugs, well the scary ones. I love ladybugs, fireflies, dragonflies, butterflies and bees you know, the cute ones. I do not use any pesticides on my deck garden and mt veggies, flowers and berries do just fine, well except for the tomato thieving squirrel!
I hope you are well, it's been so long since I have seen a post from you.

Salnclts said...

I love all the spring colors and the tea cup used for a pot!

Shari Czerwinski said...

Love the paper, colors and texture!

StampendousGraphics said...

This is super cute, Sandee! Thank you for sharing with Stampendous products. What a great Earth Day Celebration!

Amy Martin said...

Adorable!!! Loving your creative design!!

Jeanne Beam said...

Great art project! Love the homemade paper.
Thanks so much for sharing...

Lori Lien said...

Oh this is cute without being cutesie. Love the design.

Bunny said...

Very creative. I'll have a cuppa.

I'm with you on the bugs inside. No..........a really hard stare Paddington Bear no. [Bunny]``

Mary Holshouser said...

Bees are kind of on the endangered list.
Too much poisons being sprayed.
Love the darling face on your bee.
The hearts in her cheeks show she
doesn't mean to sting - just don't
get in my way! Love the
cover. thanks for sharing

Lynne Forsythe said...

Sandy....I just LOVE your bees! Just FABULOUS! <3

Steph Ackerman said...

Super, super cute Sandee. Love the bees.

FeM said...

Your creation is awesome. I love the bees.

terrie said...

What fun you had decorating the front of your pad and the bees are adorable...
Well done and tfs

Cindy Groh said...

Very Cute. The teacup paper is perfect.

karenajo said...

Love your creativity for making the bees and your card is lovely!

Janis said...

I don't do crawlies!!! Ugh...hate bugs....but I have come to a peaceful coexistence with many of them through natural gardening. I love attracting birds to my property for their voracious appetites for bugs. I am even willing to let them eat my cherries if they will stick around for the bugs. :) I also still put out wasp traps, but not until the population builds in the summer. I find wasps are my best attack strategists against mosquitoes and aphids! My free-range backyard chickens are my ticks-into-eggs experts...also grasshoppers-into-eggs! What's not to love about that???
Enough about bugs....

Your project is super-cute! Very clever making bees out of pinecones!!! Thanks for sharing.
<3 J

jwoolbright at gmail dot com

Teresa said...

Very pretty and fun, love the little bees.

Nancy said...

Oh, Sandee! That's just fantastic! I love your page! I really like the way you used the Build a Wreath Die! That's so creative! :o)

Michele K. Henderson said...

I LOVE this idea, and the idea of an earth Day Blog Hop! Those bees are the cutest! Happy Earth Day!
Michele H.

Sue D said...

So cute. I like how you made the bees.

sharon g said...

How cute the bees are. I like their smiling faces.

Michele Emerson-Roberts said...

Clever girl! Love to see things used in unusual ways. Great job!

Denise Bryant said...

Sweet project! Love the bees!

Kalea Wavedancer said...

Super cute! Love the tea cup as the pot replacement!!

Katie said...

This is lovely

Joyce Erb said...

Good use of your supplies, great paper

Tammy said...

This is so cute and fresh! I love it!

Lynda Shoup said...

Sandee, I love the way you see possibility in everything. I would never have thought to make bees from those different elements. Love seeing your stencils in this piece and the paper for the teacup is especially enticing.