Tuesday, 30 June 2009

Tea on Tuesday ..... and a friendly moth!!

I'm actually posting my 'Tea on Tuesday' on the correct day for once! I've been sitting in the garden reading my Victoria Hislop novel with a cup of Redbush (or Rooibos) tea...... gorgeous with or without milk. (Can you see my blue pebble fountain in the background?)
Cheers Kimmie! I shall be over soon to see what you're up to.

Victoria Hislop wrote 'The Island'; one of my all time favourite books which I read by a pool in Crete with Spinalonga Island in my view. I wish I was reading this one in Grenada!
I hope its going to be as good as The Island- I'll let you know.
Yesterday evening we were sitting outside and spotted this moth on the wall....I looked it up on Google and apparently its a Poplar Hawk Moth. Its body was so chubby and furry..... it looked almost cuddly!
It sat very nicely for a photo on my hand......

......and on a leaf. What a cute face!!!!!

(Click for a close-up)
I altered an ATC woodblock today - just because I felt like it. The photo is from our family archives...the gel transfer didn't work quite as well as I'd hoped but I think its ok. All the usual layering took place; torn text, paper napkins, gesso, stencils etc.......

Here's the photo - please feel free to use if you want to.
Hope you're having a lovely day, wherever you are........

26 comments:

Lori Saul said...

I have so enjoyed viewing your beautiful blogs this morning- your ATC wood block is amazing! Thank you for your lovely comments and special attention to my Dragonfly entry- I look forward to participating in many more of your wonderful challenges!

Kimmie said...

Beautiful post today :)
My 7 yr old tells me (she saw your moth) that the large moths are endangered. You are quite lucky to have found such a very very cool one and even held it in your hand! Wow!
I love the altered block. The faded quality of the gel transfer is a very cool effect.
Happy Tuesday and thanks for joining us!

Janny said...

Gorgeous, great colours and the transfer, I like it that way;o)

~*~Magpie's Nest said...

ooo where to begin, what a wonderful post! Your little pet hawk moth looks like you felted him a little coat ;) Fab Photos!!!!
Your block is splendid the colors are WOW and I think it turned out perfectly, I know how it is when you have a little something different in mind. I need to make one for a local one for one swap soon! Some of the gals call the altered blocks ATBs (artists/altered trading blocks)
Your books sound like a wonderful getaway each time you open the pages!
Happy Tea Tuesday Linda ~ you made it extra fun!

Christen said...

Hi Linda, Christen here, I have participated in the ABAA a few times. So nice to have a cuppa with you, and the moth is really gorgeous!

LaY hOoN said...

Beautiful Block !!!
I love the faded images on the block.

pammyjo said...

I really think that this wood block piece is wonderful. Very beautiful. Thanks for the image, I think she might have to play with my witchys out in the studio. LOL :) Enjoy the rest of your week.

Julia said...

Hi Linda,
Thanks for your lovely comment on my scrap papers for Ro's workshop, I am getting excited now.
Wow!...I love your wood block. it's very beautiful...the transfer worked out as it was meant to, it is perfect as it is,and the flowers ..how did you do those?...
I haven't been able to do transfers as I like. I think its because I try to make them too perfect....xx

Nancy said...

Lovely tea :) and the table, the waterfall and handsome moth. It is very interesting! I love your wood block, the colours are wonderful.

Rosie said...

Lovely LOVELY wood block - it's all sort of faded and shabby chic!
Love
Rosie X

Shashi Nayagam said...

Your wooden block is beautiful.
He is a handsome looking moth. I think he knows that so he let you take his photos.

Sue said...

Hello Linda - glad to see you're back and I hope all is well ....
Clever you with the new look blog - it looks lovely. Keep cool .....

ooglebloops said...

Love your "chunky" - I think it turned out very well!! And your little moth visitor is precious!!!
Glad you joined us for tea yesterday!!!

Heather said...

Love the ATC woodblock and the photos of the moth are amazing. I have designated today 'Water Wednesday' as I've been so hot and found it almost too hot for tea - most unusual as I love tea.

sesga loves 1950s said...

Hi Linda

That Moth is like a small bird .
I went to Plas Tan y Bwlch the other day and they had been studying Moths there for the weekend they had found 131 different species it was a record amount .
Love the ATC block, Im glad you are getting some time to create .
Hope the book is good enjoy
Love from sesga xxx

Jacky said...

Just been catching up on the posts I missed while my computer has been out of action...lots of great eye candy.
The little ATC wood block is beautiful, very detailed and delicate. Loving this fabric work too (and thanks for little tutorial on how-to).
I envy you spending time in that lovely garden area...bit too chilly here to do that I'm afraid. Hear you have been having a heat wave in the UK!
Jacky xox

Heather said...

I'm back again! re the comment you left on my blog about selling my threads - I have sold similar ones in the past for £1 a skein. If I had been better organised this time I could do the same, but some have 8 threads, some 10 and so on. It's also difficult for people to tell exactly what colours are in them. I might put some on our sales table at the next exhibition.

Mar said...

your block turned out gorgeous
i don't know if i thought to say so in the previous posting
but
your patio/gardens are lovely
what a wonderful relaxing sipping tea spot!
and if a moth can be cute
i suppose he would be the one
:)

Mar said...

here ya go ms linda...
hop over to my blog
http://www.maryshunt.blogspot.com
and pick up your award!!
I am honored to have met and gotten to know you
:)

Lynn said...

First of all your atc block is absolutely gorgeous, so romantic looking with it's soft colors, and I love the piece on top :)
The book "The Island" makes me think of Su, she read it in Greece too, she travelled all over the world before her aneurysm, I am sure she would have loved to read this book set in Granada :)
And what an awesome photo of that moth, I don't think I have seen one so close up before.

Holly Loves Art said...

I love Roobios tea! I'ts one of my favorites. The little moth is actually kind of cute. I've never examined them that closely. The photo reminds me of some that I have of a Praying Mantis who became my close friend one evening long, long ago. I have some great 35m shots of that guy. He was so cool.

Your work is always breathtaking and makes me smile. I hope you're having a wonderful week.

Holly

Anne said...

Hi, Linda! I really like your chunky ATC! I think the gel transfer looks great ... gives a very ethereal quality to some of the layering!

By the way, I've nominated you for an award over on my blog. Hope you'll come on over and check it out! :-)

Vasudha.dilip said...

I liked this woodblock and want to make one myself....have u got some text where i can see how to make it....Its extraordinary....i loved your blog...

Please do visit mine at...
www.cherishingspaces.blogspot.com

Judy S. said...

Great new look, Linda. We are back home and slowly catching up. Hope you've had a nice summer thus far. Big hugs.

Dot said...

Hi Linda
Not sure how I missed this post! Your ATC wood block is gorgeous. And I am amazed at your photo's of the moth. He does look almost cuddly!
Dotx

*jean* said...

beautiful!!!