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Black Alien Squid

Posted in cute, dolls, gardening, handmade, plush critters, projects with tags , , on August 18, 2011 by darcyarts

This morning was spent cleaning up my harvested catnip.

I started a series of Black Alien Squid catnip toys early this year and haven’t got back to them yet. Here are a few photos. I need to be schooled on how to shoot black! Frank is taking a digital photo class. He will be able to teach me.

The little strips of stripes are amusing.

Can I rock that adornment? Later.

The squid on the left in the group photos looks a little guilty.

What did you do?

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Critters What Linger

Posted in food, gardening, nature with tags , , , , , on August 6, 2011 by darcyarts

They are still here, turning beigy-brown and having moved onto the bamboo sticks for cover.

There are two. they have changed so much I do not recognize them from the pair – large and small — I first spotted in the garden.

These grasshoppers seem to have limited themselves to the sunflowers. The face of the small sunflower was partially nibbled when the pair of invaders were growing.

The face of the big sunflower remains unmarred. It seems only a matter of time. The second grasshopper hangs out inside an inverted plastic cup I’ve used to corral the bamboo stakes in one planter box.

On closer inspection (the head is facing downward) I think I see some gnawed parts.

Dang you, grasshoppers! I’m going to have to chocolate coat yur butts

They have nibbled up three or four sunflower leaves and also dotted the down-turned head with waste material. Nice.

The busy little bee/fly creatures haven’t been back to the sunflower face. At least not that I’ve noticed.

The big black bumble bee has taken his fill of the catnip blossoms. I guess the sweet fresh pollen days have waned.

The fruits of the garden are readying.