It has been a glorious day here in Melbourne...the sun has been shining, and there is a definite feel of Spring in the air.
I went to the local hardware for a few things this morning and the car park was full...the good weather had brought people out all wanting to start working on their homes and outdoor projects on such a lovely day.
If you have been reading my blog you will know I have signed up for my second Bead Soup Blog Hop organised by Lori.
This year there are over 360 people involved!
One of the lovely aspects of joining in to an event like this, is that you 'meet' people all over the world and come across some wonderful blogs and unique ideas.
One blog I have come across just recently is birchbarkbeads blog. Mary makes unique one of a kind beads using bark from the Silver Birch tree.
Seeing her beads made me take a closer look at my own Silver Birch tree in my garden. ( LOL no.....not to even THINK about making beads.....just to give it a little more appreciation!)
This is the Silver Birch in my garden
I love the gnarly, knotty bits, contrasted with the white bark.
My Silver Birch tree is the largest tree in my back yard and I absolutely love it, It is about 24 years old.
The last two Summers have been particularly dry and we have had very strict water restrictions...so far I have managed to keep my tree going...many others around our area did succumb to the drought.... they really are not a tree that dislikes lack of water!
Here are some of Mary's beads.
Beads made by Mary at Birchbark beads
More lovely beads...I love their variations of colour.
You can find them on her etsy store.
( I tried to buy some...but I think our quarantine laws don't allow for shipping to Australia...Sob!)
This post really IS about I Heart Macro, so if you want to join in the fun, click on the I Heart Macro logo to take you to our host Lori and her site at Studio Waterstone.