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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

About moths, butterflies and bleeding hearts ~ A short April catch up post

 Welcome back to Boxwood Cottage dear blogging friends and readers to a short (at least for me - only 10 photos today) April catch up post about soldered moths and butterflies in my studio as well as the Spring awakening (finally) of my boxwood garden.

 I was so very inspired by a class called "The dead bug society" that my idol Sally Jean Alexander 
( she always has the best ideas and imagination and I would have loved to be there in person and take her class and learn some of her tricks and techniques - oh well hopefully one day) currently gave in San Diego, that I just had to give it a try and see if I could make it and so I figured out on how to solder my own insects. I also loved how they put them under glass in old books and here are my first results. Above and below is my first soldered moth in a very old book found at one of my flea market excursions in which I cut a deep window and then I soldered a thin glass pane under the book cover . It can also be displayed standing like in the picture below. 
So what do you think, did I do my idol SJ justice?

 Apart from the moth I also tried my first soldered butterfly (see below) and I'm so glad that I learned to free hand cut my own glass instead of just buying pre cut glasses in online shops because there are so many more possibilities since then :)

Well that's it from the studio for now and I hope to share some more creations with you in May. 

I hadn't had the luck yet in April to catch a beautiful butterfly with my camera outside in my garden although I saw some of them swirling around already but nevertheless I'd like to take you outside for a short stroll:

 It has finally warmed up here and Spring has really sprung after what seemed to be the longest and coldest Winter ever to us, especially March was so cold and frosty that nature is way back in our garden and I couldn't help but buying some Spring flowers to bring in some more color and delight.
The bleeding heart is one of my many favorite Spring flowers so I had to have a white and a pink one. In the flowers beds they just came out and aren't blooming yet but these beauties from the nursery are already in full bloom and aren't they gorgeous? The spanish lavender in the shot below is another nursery purchase. I have to buy one or two of these beauties new every year because they aren't frost resisting here in Northern Germany.

 The magnolia bush has just started to open its white starry flowers and all the bushes and trees are beginning to show a hint of fresh green. I took a birds eye view shot from my roof top studio window to share with you and you can see all the greens sprouting in my flower bed under the white rose arc. Especially the tulips and alliums all have buds to burst open very soon and I can't wait to welcome them back again!

 It's so wonderful to be able to enjoy the garden and the warmth of the Spring sun again and since I'm off work for the whole month of May (yay) I'll be doing just it as best as I possibly can :)

 May is my favorite garden month of the year and so I hope to share many more garden delights during this wonderful month with you my dear friends and readers very soon.

 I'm going to leave you now with another shot of these pure white bleeding hearts:

And wish you all a very happy "May Day" and a great start into the wonderful month of May!
Hope to see you around soon!


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