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Monarch Butterfly Birthday March 4, 2013

Filed under: God's Beautiful Creation,Photography — Holly Jackson @ 9:05 pm
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I almost felt like a new grandma seeing her first grandchild being born. Well maybe not quite but it was pretty exiting. The was my second chrysalis that had formed. The first chrysalis has hung for about 5 months and I think it is a goner.  I have researched so many websites about monarch butterflies just trying to figure out what is normal for it’s life cycle.

This is the first chryslis from the caterpillar I adopted from a plant at work.

Dried up chrysalis :-(

Dried up chrysalis 😦

I watched it every day and when the caterpillar began to form the J shape I was ecstatic! After I  found out through my research (along with my Mom and Aunt doing their own research) that butterflies can make a type of “antifreeze” making it easier to survive the cold nights, I felt there might be hope for my first chrysalis after all;  however I wondered why it was taking so long for it to emerge after its’ green shell transformed to a clear shell. The longer it hung on the plant the drier it started to look. It was about 2 1/2 months that it lingered until it finally got a crack on the outer casing. This didn’t look good for the guy. It seemed to dry up inside. January brought  some pretty cold nights in Ojai so it must have taken its toll.

but when another caterpillar begun his own transformation on the plant, I turned my my attention to it.

And…….the other one looked like this:

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Despite the aphids taking up residence with the chrysalis, one day it happened and I couldn’t believe it. It changed to a see-through shell (pic above) and i could see its delicate wings through the casing. I thought surely it will be hatching soon.

130304003It did it did! So Amazing!

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Friends to the Finish March 1, 2013

Filed under: Cards,Ojai — Holly Jackson @ 7:35 am
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Krafting Kimmie Friend's to the Finish

Krafting Kimmie Friend’s to the Finish

Top photo was taken in the sun & bottom photo in the shade. I was at the my favorite neighborhood coffee shop Coffee Connection when these were taken so I used the backdrops that were available.  I just love this coffee shop. The staff are so friendly and the owners are awesome!

I am entering this card into this: Kraftin’ Kimmie Challenge: Fussy Cutting

I cut the runners arm up to about the elbow so that I could put it on top of the  ribbon to look like she was crossing the finish line at the end of her race! The sign post was glittered up using my favorite glitter from Sparkle and Sprinkle.

Have a great day!

–Holly