Miracles of Nature:
Creepy Crawlers

Linda Gibbs 2005

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I think we've all experienced some unusual weather this year. Here in California we've almost broken a 100 year record for rain - we're only lacking a few inches and since weather is so unpredictable - only time will tell. To me, the rain is a time of cleansing - nature preparing for spring. The wildflower seeds that have been dormant are refreshed and begin to come alive. Miracles of nature surround us everywhere - I hope you will all stop, look, listen and enjoy the beauty that comes alive in Spring.

What would our planet earth be like without bees, butterflies, ladybugs, dragonflies, praying mantis, and inch-worm, and all the others???? I enjoy teaching my students to incorporate "nature" into Victorian ribbon arts.

I encourage my students to "look" at actual flowers and notice the details in nature. Select ribbons and floss colors to incorporate into their projects. Here is a sunflower in my garden. I grow several types of sunflowers and actually take fresh cut flowers into class. We have actually even added a little green "inch-work" to the top of the colonial knots in the center of the sunflower.    
  Bees are always buzzing around flowers so I like to incorporate them in projects. A simple, easy way to do a bee is just take yellow embroidery floss (6 strands) and just go in and out fabric, round and round in the same place to build a fat, round little body, then take 2-3 strands of black embroidery floss and add stripes on his body. A colonial knot for his head. I use the iridescent ribbon for wings and just do a loop stitch. 

One day I told my students we were going to have a special guest the next week. I went out to the garden and gathered a little creature and put it in a small container. My students inquired about our "guest" and I said, Oh, yes - and took out the snail. Now, without having one to observe - how would you know what to use?? Even in a little snail (that many detest) there is beauty.

  What Are Little Boys Made Of? (Nursery Rhyme)
Author: Unknown

What are little boys made of?
Snips and snails,
And puppy dog tails,
That's what little boys are made of. 

Have you observed dragonflies? Now that's one little creature that I have tried to take pictures of. They have landed on pieces of wood (trellis or stakes) but they are almost transparent and I have not been successful in capturing a good picture.

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