Dandelion Seeds

The neighbors are kind enough to not maintain their yard. I was finally able to get a nice fluffy dandelion seed head within steps of my yard to photograph without having to crawl around in the middle of their yard to get the shot. I love their lack of motivation from a photography standpoint. Hubby really does not appreciate it at all when looking at it from a yard maintenance perspective, though.

Besides crawling around trying to get some fun shots, I spent the day yesterday making some more masks. I now have all the pieces cut and ready to go for 35 masks. This included getting all the iron on additions along the sides (2 pieces for each mask) done as well. All I have left to do is sew them together.

I plan to get as many of these done today as I can, but I don’t have all the elastic I need to finish them. I have it on order and it should be here in the next day or so. BTW… good luck finding any for a reasonable price right now. Sheesh!

I might consider doing more if there is a demand, but as of today, my hand is killing me from all the cutting. Not just the fabric, but all the tiny little iron ons had to be cut, one of which was on the more detailed side. At least the sewing part of this won’t murder those already abused joints. It will be my back instead after having been bent over all day.

Once these are all done, they are getting gifted. One person has already asked to buy one (before I knew for sure I was going to do these), but I’ve decided that I’m not taking any money for them. It is something I really wanted to do and I like the idea of working on a project like this. The overall amount of money I will have spent when it is all said and done is negligible because close to half of these are done with scrap material I already had on hand. Besides, the group these are going to will be interacting with BG on a regular basis soon, so this just means I’m going a little above and beyond in my effort to keep my kid safe and healthy in addition to all the other people it would help.

Today’s goal is to get all of BG’s finished first. I have 4 that she has designed with fabric and print. I also need to make a final decision on what I’m doing for elastic options on the ones I’m giving away. The way I’ve modified these for BG (oh, the wire cup thingy I spent hours on the other day ended up not working well for her and we are going with the same design I made for Hubby and I, go figure!) may not work as well for everyone. I have to figure out what would be the most versatile for the most people and go from there.

All that to say I’m probably going to be busy for the next several days.

 

Golden Threads

I honestly have no clue what this is, but it sort of looks like a stunning, massive golden threaded dandelion seed head. I loved the feathery look of this and I didn’t see another one the entire trip.

Golden Threads of Seeds
Golden Threads of Seeds
Golden Threads of Seeds
Golden Threads of Seeds

This was well worth taking the time to swap out my lenses so I could get the details from a macro shot.

Golden Threads of Seeds
Golden Threads of Seeds

Detritus Of A Daisy

Because apparently uploading so many images yesterday wasn’t enough photography for me, I had to take 100+ more images when I was done. All because I saw my Gerbera going to seed.

Gerbera Daisy Going To Seed
Gerbera Daisy Going To Seed

I’ve seen it do this before, but it had been so long since this bloomed, I’d forgotten it behaves similar to a dandelion, with the little seeds being surrounded by fuzzy spikes.

Gerbera Daisy Seed
Gerbera Daisy Seed

It is interesting how many of these seeds stayed attached to the petal. I wonder if that helps it fly or hinders it? I’d think the weight of the petal would make that hard. Not all stayed attached, so it more than likely just hadn’t broken away yet.

Gerbera Daisy Going To Seed
Gerbera Daisy Going To Seed

Every tiny movement knocked more of the seeds and petals off. I’d taken this outside to get better light and I lost so many of them. When I’d gotten all the shots I wanted of what was left, I didn’t want to drop them all over the place on the way back in, so I knocked it against the railing. Nearly everything fell off and flew away. Only a few determined stragglers hung on to make it back inside.