DIY Insect Display

This case has been a long time in the making (note how the work surface changes inbetween? Yeah, it’s been a while…) but now it’s finished and I’m really happy how it turned out.

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(Life) Style Tips in March 2020

moars2020“If particular care and attention is not paid to the ladies, we are determined to foment a rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any laws in which we have no voice or representation.”
― Abigail Adams in a letter to John Adams, 1776

It’s Women’s History Month! Read up on our inspiring Foremothers from your favourite field – be it science, politics, art or entertainment. Incorporate small hints towards your favourite femmes in your looks like Suffragette-coloured accessories, Frida Kahlo-esque flower crowns or quotes by a female writer of your choice embroidered onto a scarf or handkerchief.

Celebrate Spring Equinox! Gather a circle of friends to greet spring or do it solitary, but breathe in the slowly warming air, bask in early rays of sunshine and drink ewe’s milk from a chalice to commemorate the return of life to nature.

It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.
Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

March is a good month to start a new craft, with all the welling-up of creative forces in nature. Let yourself be swept away by this spirit and start a creative journey of your own by taking up doll-making, whittling or etching, or just go out and sketch the changes around you.

Speaking of which, find the first flowers of spring and (carefully and in measure) take some of them home to decorate your place with. Instead of one centrepiece opt for several tiny vases with bushels of spring flowers to emulate the scattered blossoming outside within.

Her skirt was of the grass-green silk,
Her mantel of the velvet fine,
At ilka tett of her horse’s mane
Hung fifty silver bells and nine.
Francis James Child, Ballad No. 37: Thomas Rymer

Tie small bells to twigs for the spirits of spring to play with and to greet Spring herself. You can either choose a tree or bush or get an old, dead branch for your garden or balcony or even just affix it to your window sill. Willow and hazel branches are especially pretty.

… and here are last September’s tips for our friends in the Southern Hemisphere who are just on the brink of Autumn.

P.S.: Graphics used in the above collage are this calendar sheet (19th from top) and the first three of these cat heads from Graphics Fairy, this public domain image of Christabel Pankhurst and Annie Kennedy, the bow of this Emmeline Pankhurst portrait badge (Museum of London, also PD) and one of these Fuzzimo safety pins (third batch from top). While all these are free to use without credit I like sharing my sources so that others can use them, too.