Saturday, 5 January 2019

Nature Shadow Box

Happy New Year 2019 to all my dear blogland visitors and friends!


A little natural wonder to start the year...

I decorated this shadow box using scrapbook papers and natural findings including butterflies, feathers, dragon flies, leaves, insect eggs (they didn't hatch) a cicada and some tiny dry crabs and and sea urchins I picked up at the beach.










cicada


Before I put away my pink gumleaves from the previous post I couldn't resist one more play... such gorgeous tones and textures. I love the soft pink galah feathers I found on the ground with the leaves too.




These butterflies were found on the side of the road where I was walking one day, probably hit by a car - but not too damaged, so I brought them home.  I'm considering how to save them from being damaged.




The colours don't look so neutral close up!






Walking on our local beaches I often find sea urchin shells and black shark egg shells - usually in rocky areas.






Neil Gaiman's words express the wish I send you for 2019:  



 I'm joining Wen at Appleapricot for Simply Neutrals # 52, where others will be displaying lovely neutral colours for us to appreciate. Come over and see...










26 comments:

  1. Such such a beautiful post Jesse! And your newly created Nature shadow box is very special? I love each individual display - that collection of sea urchin shells looks really gorgeous! So much natural beauty of butterflies, dragon fly, cicada and pretty gum leaves!
    Thanks you so much for your recent messages Jesse ! We have been inundated with visitors staying so want to wish you a really wonderful New Year of health, joy, inner peace and creativity!
    Love and hugs,
    Suzy xox 🌾🌿🌹🌺🌷

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    1. Thanks, Suzy, those are certainly all one could wish for - health, joy, inner peace and creativity> Thank you. I hope 2019 brings you more dreams and more energy to reach them. enjoy this 'cooler?' weather while it lasts...
      Hugs,
      Jesse

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  2. Jesse, you never fail to inspire me! The colors of the sea urchin shells are so beautiful--all the different soft hues together. I love your posts so much. Lovely, lovely, lovely!

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    1. Hi Naomi, Thank you so much! That makes my day! I love the colours of the sea urchin shells too, so subtle, so mauvy greeny gorgeous, each unique.
      Jesse

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  3. Oh Jessse- such a wonderful postig! Simply adorable!
    Wishing you a very happy 2019!

    Big hugs, Susi

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    1. Thanks, Susi, Happy 2019 to you too.
      Hugs,
      Jesse

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  4. Jesse, what a collection of beauty captured in your shadow boxes. I wish we could find such lovely winged creatures, but it is very seldom .They look absolutely magic in their boxes.
    And wow , again- the leaves are amazing and the urchin shelves another little miracle to be able finding . You live in a nature paradise .
    Hugs from Dorthe xo

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    1. Hello Dorthe, you are right, it is a nature paradise here. So many creatures we find that I've never seen before. I love it here...but with air conditioning on when it's hot and humid!
      Hugs to you,
      Jesse XXX

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  5. Hi there Jesse,
    Wow, Do I love to visit here! : ) Wonderful post with a great collection of nature for your shadow box~ Thank you for sharing! The leaves, urchins and butterflies were amazing to look at~ Such beauty all around you friend~ Have a wonderful new year ahead! Hugs, karen o

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    1. Thanks, Karen. You are right - beauty is all around us. We are so lucky. Wishing you happy moments and beauty, too.
      Hugs,
      Jesse XX

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    2. Hello again Jesse! I just returned home from my business travels, and what do you think was waiting for me in the mail?
      Your beautiful gift for me! I am so very blessed by you! Thank you sooo much for all the sweet treasures of fabric and the beautiful card you created~
      I had cleared out some e-mails and perhaps I lost yours? because I don't see it- and I wanted to let you know (asap) I received the pkg - - so I am replying here at your blog : ) I hope to have a bit of time this week-end to start something with some of the amazing fabric pieces you included! THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart~ (If you can e-mail me I'd love to talk in detail about the fabrics~ I'm at alanotterbacher@gmail.com ) (If you don't have to publish this that would be fine by me : ) BIG thank you and hugs to you friend, Karen
      Here is

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    3. Thanks for your lovely message. I'm glad you enjoyed your surprise! I couldn't fit much in as I tried to keep postage down. I was weighing at the PO and had to decide what would fit to the last gram! They are just little bits of stuff I love to collect and use. I've emailed you and look forward to hearing from you and seeing what you do with it :) I love your style.
      Big hugs,
      Jesse XX

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  6. Hello dear Jesse, what a beautiful nature filled post you created! Your shadowbox is so interesting with the little creatures and other finds, beautifully combined with those gorgeous papers. My faves are the sea urchins, so beautiful! We don't have them here, nor do we have those gorgeous gum tree leaves. So it's a feast to see them here gathered by you! Big hugs and love xx

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    1. Dear Wen, Lovely to hear from you again. The sea urchins are amazing, aren't they. I love their colours and textures. Hugs to you,
      Jesse XX

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  7. A lovely post Jesse, I love how you have decorated your shadow box with nature´s finds. The sea urchin shells are fascinating colourwise, we never find them here on our north spanish coast. Happy New Year.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Sheryl. I went snorkelling yesterday at our favourite beach near here, and we saw hundreds of live sea urchins among the rocks. We call it our 'Valley of the sea Urchins'. You can even hear them clicking. Have a happy day,
      Jesse

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  8. Beautiful finds of nature Jesse and encapsulated beautifully for all to cherish for evermore. A can imagine your display is a real talking point. The sea urchins are a thing of beauty in themselves with their quintessential shape, an art form in themselves, I did not realise there was so many different colours to be found.
    A wonderful calming post Jesse wishing you a wonderful year ahead and forever Happy.
    Tracey x

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    1. Thanks, Tracey, you are right - nature is calming, isn't it? Have a happy day,
      Jesse X

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  9. So lovely to see all those amazing natural creatures up close and personal! The dragonflies are so stunning, as is that bee, and I love your delicate shadow boxes celebrating their beauty.
    Alison x

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    1. Thanks, Alison. Glad you enjoyed my nature box. Have a happy day!:)

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  10. Such an amazing make! The natural elements that you collected look wonderful displayed in the shadow box 😁. Happy weekend! J 😊 x

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    1. Hi Jo, Thank you! It was a fun project. Have a happy day,
      Jesse X

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  11. The sea urchins are SO beautiful, Jessie! Their soft tones and round shapes are very alluring. Love your photos of them.

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    1. Thanks, Naomi. Yes, their texture and tone is so intriguing. Nature is so artistic!

      Jesse

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Thank you so much for your friendly comments. It makes my day to have a response to my artworks.