Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Botanicals, Bugs, and Butterflies

Today is Maria Sibylla Merian's 366th birthday.  Or, I suppose it would be if she were still alive.  I have to thank Google for bringing this to my attention, otherwise I never would have been the wiser.  Maria Merian is one of my all-time favorite artists.  She was an illustrator during the enlightenment era, and her work focuses mostly on plants and insects.  How fitting that I am currently working on some lovely little butterflies! I'm planning to make a little mobile out of them like this one.
Here's a progress pic...

They currently look a little too pastel-y for my taste, but I'm hoping that the black trim will change that.  I'm just not that into pastel colors.  Unfortunately I have a hard time finding mercerized cotton in more color variety from my local yarn shop.  These would be so beautiful in a rich jewel tone!  I suppose I should start ordering supplies online, but I really hate paying shipping charges.  
Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Hello Olivia, it is so good to meet you. I love finding new bloggers and getting in on the beginning of their blogging adventures. I have been blogging for just over a year and I have met the nicest people in blog-land. Please come visit and follow me back. I am your newest
    follower, Connie
    I am looking forward to seeing your finished butterfly mobile.

    1. Hi Connie! Thank you so much for stopping by and for the lovely comment. Your blogs look like lots of fun. I especially like Crafty Home Cottage and look forward to picking up some inspiration from your work.