Monday, June 29, 2015

New Long and Lean

I had a good size special order to fire over the weekend and managed to add some new pieces for my website too.

Winding Road

These Long and Lean pieces are very popular, it's fun to try to find new textures that will work on them. Not easy when they are so long.

Double Spiral

Colorful Peacock Feather

Tribal Diamonds


Sunday, June 28, 2015

Violet-Green Swallow - Day 10-11 Wild Bird Wednesday

Video from day 10 as seen through the nest camera.
Lots of feathers and quite a bit of preening going on.
They are growing so fast!

I decided to get in to the nest one last time and I'm sure it will be the last time, not that I've done it.
The nest bowl inside, has collapsed so when I opened the side  of the box there they were!
They were chirping at first and then when they realized it wasn't mom or dad they hushed.
I figured the safest thing was to take a picture from the side and close it up quickly so I wouldn't take a chance of one tumbling out.

Lots of open eyes!!!

Violet-Green Swallow babies hatched on 6/17/15.
Approximate fledge time 7/11/15 give or take a day or so on either side.


Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Violet-Green Swallow - Day 7

Day 7 - Hatched 061715

I quickly got in to the nest to take a picture while the parents were out,
I was in and out in about 30 seconds.
It looks like their eyes are just in the process of starting to open.
What little cuties!!
As usual the parents returned as soon as we moved away.

Video taken with a Camera inside the nest.


Monday, June 22, 2015

Violet-Green Swallow Days 4 and 5

The continuing saga of my Violet-Green Swallow Family!
Babies hatched on 6/17/15,
here is video from day 4 and day 5.

I took a quick peak in the nest over the weekend and took this picture. 
Extremely difficult to get a picture from inside the nest box, the camera wants to focus on the feathers.

The videos are taken from a camera inside the nest box and we have it wired to a tv inside my house.
When I get in to the nest box itself it's only for a very short time, less than a minute.


Friday, June 19, 2015

We're All Ears :: June Reveal

Ombre Sea Urchin
These are the Earrings I created for the Earring Everyday We're All Ears Challenge.

Some of my favorite Sea Urchin Beads by StoneDesignsbySheila, I have quite a few in my stash and they are absolutely amazing. I added some Copper Sea Urchin with Pink and Purple Ombre and Little Sea Urchin Bead caps topped with Czech Glass Beads.
These earrings have SOLD!


Thursday, June 18, 2015

Violet-Green Swallow babies - day 2

This is the start of day 2 for these little Violet-Green Swallow Hatchlings!
They are hungry as usual!

Below is a video from yesterday afternoon, you can clearly see 5 little mouths open up when mom chirps at them! Confirming that all 5 eggs hatched and mom has cleaned most of the egg shells out of the nest box.
Taken from a Nest Camera connected to a TV screen inside my house.


Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Violet-Green Swallow Babies!!

These little babies didn't mess around, last night there was no *Pipping going on that I could see. All the eggs looked fully intact. This morning, we have babies!
Than moments later I was lucky enough to catch mom feeding.

What a wonderful adventure and I'm so excited to share it with you!
Check back often, I'm going to attempt to have something to share everyday so we can all watch the progress as these babies grow every day!
gerund or present participle: pipping
  1. (of a young bird) crack (the shell of the egg) when hatching.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Pip Watch Starts Today

Tomorrow will be day 15 since the eggs were laid which is the average incubation time for Violet-Green Swallows so it's possible some of them could start hatching today.

I got in to the nest yesterday when mom was gone and took some pictures, it's very difficult to get a decent picture in that small space.

Watch this space, I hope to have lots of new video of tiny little babies soon!


Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Violet-Green Swallow Eggs!

Yes we have eggs!!! Five eggs now in my Violet-Green Swallow nest!

5 beautiful eggs, laid May 27-28 2015
That means they should hatch around June 17th.

Mama checking out the camera!

Dad showing off his beautiful Violet Backside!

He let me get about 10 feet from him, not bothered by people much at all.

Next week I might have video of the little ones breaking out of their shell.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Cotton Candy

I have 2 new pair of earrings to share with you today!

Cotton Candy
The focal point of both earrings are amazing Lampwork Beads by Andrea Guarino-Slemmons.
Above I used a pair of my Copper Paisley Headpins and a Czech Glass Bead.


In this pair I used Gorgeous Lampwork Headpins by UgliBeads and a little bit of Sari Silk,
I'd have a difficult time choosing a favorite!
Both pair are listed in my Etsy Shop.