I didn't choose this week's inspiration as much as it chose me this time. It seems for some reason moths keep popping up all around me. I sold one of my Moth to a Flame Pendants last week, and as I was packing it up decided that it would look great in a palette of browns and creams, so of course I had to make one right away. I love how it turned out. I think it celebrates the more subtle coloring of moths. Unlike butterflies, moth's don't always shout their existence to the world. They are more content to blend in with their surroundings. I think that may be one of the reasons they fascinate me.
Well after making the pendant, I jumped on Etsy and went to the treasury to see what was poppin and low and behold the little magic box was there. I was so unprepared, but the moth was fresh in my mind so I went with it. I started thinking about moth's and their deadly attraction to light and so Fatal Attraction was the perfect title. I had at first intended to include lamps/lightbulbs and moths, but after I found my first Entry, JohnWGolden.etsy.com's print, The Enamored Moths, I knew I wanted just one light bulb with the moth items surrounding it. here is the list for a little inspiration:
After making the treasury list, the boys and I went to the park for a little outdoor fun, and we found this amazing hummingbird moth sipping nectar from a thistle and I was able to snap a pic.
So since the universe was telling me to take a closer look at moths, I thought I would do the same for you. Tonight after dark, turn on one of your outside lights and see what it attracts (beware of the lurking mosquitoes). Take a look at the subtle colors, shading, patterns and camouflage of the moth. Make note of their fuzzy bodies, ever moving antennae and the shape of their wings when open and closed. Check out this "How to Start Mothing" PDF from mothscount.org for information about attracting moth's to your yard, or here to learn which flowers attract moths. If you can't find any moth's of your own, check out a Moth reference book or field guide from your library or purchase one from your local book store and explore Here's one to share with your kids, A Luna Moth's Life by John Himmelman. You can even incorporate moths and their wings as art. Like these works by some Etsy artists (click the photo to see more work by the artist):
Remember, if you are inspired to create something from one of the Be Inspired features, please send a picture and description to my e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org and I may feature you on my blog. The piece must be inspired by the Be Inspired post and cannot be an item created prior to the posting. If your Be Inspired piece is featured, I will send you a free pendant from my Etsy shop (I will choose the pendant and it will be a surprise).
I will leave you with this inspirational photo I found on Flickr by theinfonaut .