Wednesday Wings from Bags of a Feather- Dragonflies

Another post in my series called Wednesday Wings from Bags of a Feather– this time featuring dragonflies!

Dragonflies are very interesting creatures, and I look forward to seeing them zip around the garden in the middle of the summer. Here are some fun facts from a site called dragonfly-site.com.

  • A bee flaps its wings about 300 times per second, but a dragonfly flaps its wings at only about 30 beats per second. (fact, dragonflies have two sets of wings so they don’t have to beat them as much to fly.)
  •  A dragonfly is a very strong and good flyer, and can fly at speeds of up to 36 miles per hour. (fact, but not all dragonflies are that fast – one was clocked at this speed in Australia)
  • Dragonflies are known as snake doctors because they can bring dead snakes back to life. (myth)
  • There were huge dinosaur dragonflies that lived 300 million years ago. (fact – the largest fossil found had a 2 ½ foot wingspan, and currently there are dragonflies in Costa Rica that measure 7 ½ inches across the wings.)

– See more at: http://www.dragonfly-site.com/dragonfly-facts.html#sthash.HPNqG2p2.dpuf

I really like dragonfly fabrics, and many of them have finely detailed designs with metallic accents. Here are a few of my favorites:

Until next time- think spring  and dragonflies!
–Wendy

What’s in YOUR Zipper Pouch ?- Part 8

This is one post in a series entitled “What’s In YOUR Zipper Pouch ?”- Part……..

Thought I would have some fun and offer some ideas of what you can put in a zipper pouch- some traditional, like jewelry, and some a little different (more to come on that.)

  1. Calculator, pen, and paper- sometimes you just need to write stuff down:

Calculator pen and paper in Lovebird pouch

 

2. Nail essentials- clippers, files, nail polish- everything you need for quick touch-ups on the go:

Nail stuff in Cardinal Nest Egg pouch

 

Lots more ideas to come- stay tuned!

–Wendy

Wednesday Wings from Bags of a Feather- Goldfinches!

Another installment in the Wednesday Wings from Bags of a Feather- Goldfinches!

They are some of my favorite birds, with their cheerful songs and joyful flight. A sure sign of spring is the sight of the males molting out their duller winter colors into the vibrant yellow summer plumage. During the transition, there are some interesting patches of dull and bright feathers.

Facts about goldfinches from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology:

  • Adult males in spring and early summer are bright yellow with black forehead, black wings with white markings, and white patches both above and beneath the tail. Adult females are duller yellow beneath, olive above. Winter birds are drab, unstreaked brown, with blackish wings and two pale wingbars.
  • Behavior

    These are active and acrobatic little finches that cling to weeds and seed socks, and sometimes mill about in large numbers at feeders or on the ground beneath them. Goldfinches fly with a bouncy, undulating pattern and often call in flight, drawing attention to themselves.

 

This is a picture of me holding a goldfinch that had crashed into a window and was a bit stunned. I picked it up until it was fully recovered and ready to fly away.

Goldfinch fabric can be hard to find, and is often included in fabric designs with mixed flocks of birds. Some of the goldfinch fabrics currently available in my online shops:

Birdseed Goldfinch fabric pouch

Goldfinch Cherry Blossom Print Anti-tarnish lined jewelry pouch

What’s in YOUR Zipper Pouch ?- Part 7

This is one post in a series entitled “What’s In YOUR Zipper Pouch ?”- Part……..

Thought I would have some fun and offer some ideas of what you can put in a zipper pouch- some traditional, like jewelry, and some a little different (more to come on that.)

1.  Something for the guys (for a change), or anyone- measuring tape, flashlight,   Swiss Army knife:

Swiss Army knife, flashlight, and Measuring tape in Owls of Wonder Pouch

 

2. Utensils, salt, pepper, napkins- for those times when you’re eating on the run:

Eating utensils, salt and pepper in Paris Butterfly pouch

 

Lots more ideas to come- stay tuned!

–Wendy

Wednesday Wings from Bags of a Feather- A Parliament of Owls!

One in a series called Wednesday Wings from Bags of a Feather. (This latest one is an updated version of a post originally posted in 2013.)

This week’s featured bird is the owl.

We live on the edge of 12,000 acres of undeveloped watershed property, and there are a lot of owls in the woods. We can hear them calling to each other on warm summer nights and winter afternoons, and if we are lucky, actually catch a glimpse of one once in a while.

This barred owl was a regular visitor a couple of years ago, and would perch above the bird feeders and observe the activity below. I never saw it chase any birds, but did watch a fascinating chase of a red squirrel through the woods. I think the squirrel manged to escape!

Barred Owl visitor

Owl Facts From Wikipedia:

 

Owls are a group of birds that belong to the order Strigiformes, constituting 200 extant bird of prey species. Most are solitary and nocturnal, with some exceptions (e.g., the Northern Hawk Owl). Owls hunt mostly small mammals, insects, and other birds, although a few species specialize in hunting fish. They are found in all regions of the Earth except Antarctica, most of Greenland and some remote islands. Though owls are typically solitary, the literary collective noun for a group of owls is a parliament. Owls are characterized by their small beaks and wide faces, and are divided into two families: the typical owls, Strigidae; and the barn-owls, Tytonidae.

Most owls share an innate ability to fly almost silently and also more slowly in comparison to other birds of prey. Most owls live a mainly nocturnal lifestyle and being able to fly without making any noise gives them a strong advantage over their prey that are listening for any sign of noise in the dark night.”

Yawning Owl

Yawning Owl

Owl fabric creations from Bags of a Feather:

Enchanted Owls Zipper Pouch

Autumn Metallic Owls zipper pouch

Whoos There Owls zipper pouch

Owls of Wonder zipper pouch

Owls of Wonder zipper pouch

Personal Sewing Projects- Place Mats and Potholders

Once in a while, I sew up something for myself (very rarely), or for the house (more likely). This time it was some new potholders, as my old ones were getting very grungy. These are interlined with one layer of Insul-bright and one layer of cotton quilt batting, which keeps your hands from getting burned and are lightweight and completely washable.

New potholders

New potholders

I also sewed up a couple of reversible place mats, with some colorful new lovebird fabric on one side, and tiny scarlet macaws on the other side.

New place mats- lovebird side

New place mats- lovebird and macaw sides

It was fun to sew something other than a zipper pouch. Maybe I will try a new project next time- who knows?

—Wendy

 

New Cardinal Fabric Preview

OK, I admit it- I am unable to stop buying new fabrics! I keep telling myself that here are worse vices in life besides buying fabric, and then the whopping credit card bill arrives…..

Cardinal fabric is one of my favorites, and there seems to be a lot of great new cardinal fabrics out there. As a result, I go through tons of red lining fabrics and red zippers.

Here are a couple of new ones on the way:

Nest Eggs Summer Cardinals by Timeless Treasures

Birch Perch Summer Cardinals by Timeless Treasures

 

Stay tuned- there is more to come!

–Wendy

New Dragonfly Fabric Preview

A little advance look at some new fabrics coming this way- soon to be added to my online shops!

This hot pink Sundrenched Dragonfly fabric has been out of stock for months, so I was very happy to see that it is available again:

Hot Pink Sundrenched Dragonflies by Kanvas

I have this beautiful Kaleidoscope Dragonfly fabric in blue, aqua, and gold metallic, and just couldn’t resist the orchid and gold version of the same design:

Dance of the Dragonfly Orchid and gold- by Kanvas

And not to forget my love of blues, greens, teals and metallics, a new Dance of the Dragonfly fabric:

Dance of the Dragonfly by Kanvas

 

Looking forward to receiving these new fabrics and sewing up some new things!

–Wendy

New Smartphone Pouches

Lovebird Smartphone pouch

It is always nice to add new products  to the Bags of Feather offerings. These new Smartphone pouches came about as a result of a local consignment shop that had requests for a smaller pouch for customer’s phones. The standard 7″ by 5″ size was too big, and people wanted something that fit their phones better. Voila!

I received some beautiful lovebird fabric for Christmas that was imported from England, and made up a prototype Smartphone bag. Here is a quick rundown of the features and comparisons between the new bags and the standard 7″ by 5″ size bag:

Standard bag                                                    Smartphone bag

7″ by 5″                                                                6.25″ by 4″ (fits a phone 5″ by 2.5″ and smaller)

cord zipper pull                                                   no zipper pull

2 layers of  fleece/ 2 layers interfacing            4 layers of fleece (for a plush, softer feel)

Regular and Smartphone pouch size comparison

For now, I will be offering a selected group of Smartphone pouches on my IndieMe wholesale page only. The fabrics used in these bags has to be a fairly small pattern or design to work well.

I’m also looking into adding more new products, and suggestions are always welcome!

–Wendy