Friday 31 July 2015

Ladybugs Whimsy Design for July

This month I managed to wrangle someone else to model for me, even though it meant only just squeezing the July whimsy on to the blog by the end of the month!

For this month's theme, I chose ladybugs. When I was a young girl, I remember my mum receiving a package in the mail, labelled "live animals" that contained a large quantity of live ladybugs. They were released in our garden to tackle an aphid problem. I thought that was pretty cool.

Ladybugs are these tiny warriors, fighting for the cause of vegetables. A poster-child for Good Bugs.

Last spring, I was really excited to see a lot of ladybugs in my vegetable garden, because they are so cute, but then  I realised that of course they were there because of a large number of aphids. Darn.

No broad beans for me!

My little handmade ladybugs aren't going to defend you or your garden against aphids, but they do have the cute factor.

This whimsy is quite a "make do" kind of project, because I decided to work with the materials I had, resulting in me polka-dotting my own ribbon. I can't tell if that is lazy or the opposite!

My model is local musician Snez. She suggested that we take some photos with her playing guitar, but then we both forgot about it. Sleep deprivation will do that to you. The photoshoot afternoon was a bit of a hilarious experience in modelling for new mums and separation anxiety, but I'll tell you more about that with some future photos!

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  1. Fabulously lovely new whimsy! I'm a die hard ladybug/ladybird fan, so this one made me swoon instantly. How lovely that you're working with a new model. It's always so cool to see who one of your breathtaking creations will land on (the head of) next.

    I really like the shirt that she opted to wear here. I have a couple of vintage dresses with relatively similar patterns and in general am a huge fan of black and white patterns with a damask-y look to them (and indeed, the rug in my craft room in the basement is a big black and white damask patterned one).

    Thank you for sharing another of your sensational whimsies with us!

    Big hugs & joyful start of August wishes!
    ♥ Jessica

    1. I love working with new models too! So much fun and I like getting to see my hats on new heads too :)

      I hadn't really paid a lot of attention to the shirt, apart from matching the best clothes to the right hat during the shoot, but it is cool :) I like damask patterns too, in all sorts of colours. There are so many lovely whimsical damask-style designs on Spoonflower, and I fall for them every time.

  2. I squealed when I saw the ladybugs. I remember my mom taking me to the garden store to get some for our personal garden. I wanted to play with them, of course.

    Carla, TinyAngryCrafts

  3. Another wonderful whimsy dear! The ladybugs are such a cute idea! Perfect for spring coming up. :) ❤

    bonita of Lavender & Twill

    1. Thank you! My thoughts have certainly turned to gardening again recently, with Spring on the way. After this rather cold winter, I'm really looking forward to it!

  4. Lovely idea,everyone loves a ladybird!


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