Update to Nemacladus tenuis Hook Pattern Design

By |2021-01-13T19:18:17-08:00January 13th, 2021|Categories: Botanical Identification, Flower Design, Stories|

We aren’t botanists, but we strive for botanical accuracy in our flower designs. It’s a tricky business when you’re dealing with slightly obscure flowers. So imagine our delight/horror/gratitude when a customer DM’d us about an inaccuracy in one of our designs! [Gasp!] This lovely customer said she loved the Nemacladus tenuis Hook Pattern Design, but the flowers were oriented incorrectly. When I responded thanking her for her keen observation, she said her master’s thesis paper was on Nemacladus. On her committee was Nancy Morin, author of Flora of North America North of Mexico and THE expert on Nemacladus. Well, you don’t hear that every day!! Even Tom Chester’s page on Nemacladus features pictures taken by Nancy Morin.[1]Tom Chester: Nemacladus O…M…G…!

Anyway, the N. tenuis flowers in our design are oriented in the same way as our Nemacladus rubescens design[2]TLB Nemacladus rubescens design, i.e., with the “wing” petals pointing down. According to our customer, the flower is resupinate[3]Resupination (or, as Jepson describes it inverted[4]Nemacladus tenuis, Jepson). Essentially, the flower is upside down. She writes:

N. tenuis used to be considered a variant of N. rubescens, and is closely related.I n the past, determinations were made based on dried material… They didn’t know about the resupination, or inverted trait. This trait seems to have some phylogenetic importance, but has evolved numerous times in the genus.

I don’t understand what that all means, but it IS exciting. lol. Who knew botany could be so riveting? For all those non-botany fanatics out there, the Flora of North America is an on-going series of publications covering, uh, flowers north of Mexico. It started three decades ago and isn’t yet complete! I’m still waiting for Flora of North America, volume 18 because that’s the one with Nemacladus[5]Flora of North America website, volume guide

What this means for us is two things: 1) we now have a friend for life, and 2) we need to update the design to reflect the resupination of N. tenuis’s flowers. 🙃

You can find Nemacladus on apparel and decor in our Lazy Beetle Etsy shop!

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Yoga Sutra २.३५ अहिंसाप्रतिष्ठायां तत्सन्निधौ वैरत्यागः (Prabhavananda & Isherwood)

By |2021-03-20T02:10:01-08:00December 23rd, 2020|Categories: Stories|Tags: , , |

२.३५ अहिंसाप्रतिष्ठायां तत्सन्निधौ वैरत्यागः

35. When a man becomes steadfast in his abstention from harming others, then all living creatures will cease to feel enmity in his presence.

We are accustomed to use the word “harmless” in a rather derogatory sense; it has become almost synonymous with “ineffectual.” Yet the perfected harmlessness of the saint is by no means ineffectual; it is a positive psychological force of tremendous power. When a man has truly and entirely renounced violence in his own thoughts and in his dealings with others, he begins to create an atmosphere around himself within which violence and enmity must cease to exist because they find no reciprocation. Animals, too, are sensitive to such an atmosphere. Wild beasts may be temporarily cowed with whips, but they can only be rendered harmless by the power of genuine harmlessness, as every good trainer knows. A lady who was accustomed to handle deadly snakes used to explain: You see, they know I won’t hurt them.”

“The test of ahimsa (harmlessness) is absence of jealousy,” said Swami Vivekananda. “The so-called great men of the world may all be seen to become jealous of each other for a small name, for a little fame, and for a few bits of gold. So long as this jealousy exists in a heart, it is far away from the perfection of ahimsa.”

REFERENCES:

Isherwood, C., & Prabhavananda, S. (1969). How to Know God: The Yoga Aphorisms of Patanjali. Mentor.

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Interested in ahimsa on a t-shirt? Check out our Etsy shop link here!

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How to Use Cricut Iron-on Foil

By |2020-12-04T21:54:38-08:00December 4th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

  1. Make a mirror image of design
  2. To unlock the design map in Cricut Designer, manually move the design to where you want it to cut from the mat after you click on “Make It.” (It’s easier if you use a bounding box in whole integers, e.g., 3”x3” even if the design itself is 2.75”x2.75”.)
  3. For material, select “Foil Iron-on”
  4. Use the Standard Grip mat
  5. Load the foil SHINY side DOWN
  6. After cutting, weed design
  7. Pre-heat shirt

 

From the Cricut website.

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The Path of Ahiṃsā, and ‘Harm Less’

By |2020-12-30T23:39:44-08:00August 1st, 2020|Categories: Language, Stories|Tags: , , , , , , , |

We made a design for Ahiṃsā (अहिंसा) in the Devanagari Script (देवनागरी), and then we put the design on a shirt. A simple two color print with a graffiti-based style. So? What’s the story, morning glory?

What is Ahiṃsā (अहिंसा)?

Ahiṃsā (अहिंसा), is the Sanskrit word for ‘non-violence’. The word is specific to Sanskrit, one of the underpinning languages for the philosophies of Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism. It is a word composed of a prefix ‘a’ (अ) and a roothiṁs’ (हिंस्) (as described by the rules of Sanskrit grammar).

The word Ahimsa—sometimes spelled Ahinsa[2][16]—is derived from the Sanskrit root hiṃs, meaning to strike; hiṃsā is injury or harm, while a-hiṃsā, its opposite, is non-harming or nonviolence.[2][17]

~wikipedia

Being familiar with the basics: language, etymology, the actual location in canonical texts, are simple ways to set the stage for study. Bringing these practices into a practical routine is a subtle way of transforming habits for the better and making everybody’s Kali Yuga (कलियुग) a little gentler… Onward and upward!

Where is the word Ahimsa (अहिंसा) used in Hinduism?

In Hinduism, Ahiṃsā (अहिंसा), can be found in the Vedas (Rigveda: ऋग्वेदः), Yajurveda,: यजुर्वेदः) and in the Upanishads (Chāndogya Upaniṣad: छान्दोग्योपनिषद्, Sandilya Upanishad: शाण्डिल्य उपनिषत्). It is also featured in the Mahabharata and documents concerning Yoga (one of the six orthodox schools of Hinduism), specifically the Yoga Sutras (2.30-35) and the Hatha Yoga Pradipika(1.16).

अहिंसा
Ahiṃsā (अहिंसा), in Devanagri (देवनागरी)script.

Where is the word Ahimsa (अहिंसा) used in Buddhism?

The Buddhist ‘Five Precepts‘ from the Dhammika Sutta has non-harm listed as the first of five guidelines. For the laymen of Buddhism, non-harm is a guideline. However, for monks and nuns, transgressing against the rule of non-violence may result in severe punishment… It is also a frequent subject in the Buddha’s discourses and stories. Since Buddhism has a range of languages representing the canon of work, it’s worthwhile to mention that the cognate of ahimsa in Pali is ‘avihiṃsā‘. It is also noteworthy that in Buddhist thought, the concept of non-harm extends to economics and trade (Anguttara Nikaya V177).

These five trades, O monks, should not be taken up by a lay follower: trading with weapons, trading in living beings, trading in meat, trading in intoxicants, trading in poison.

Anguttara Nikaya V.177, Translated by Martine Batchelor[115]

Up next? Jainism… The folks that went straight edge on non-violence… enjoy!

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Newsprint, Newsprint—Read All About It!

By |2020-08-06T15:49:17-08:00May 18th, 2020|Categories: Citations, Review|Tags: , , |

Newsprint paper is a great choice for artists that sketch/draw/practice daily. For one, it’s readily available. Second, it’s comparatively inexpensive. Currently, G uses the 18×24 Strathmore Newsprint pad. It’s pretty standard newsprint. Which made us think, what other kinds of newsprint are there? And what makes newsprint, newsprint?

Newsprint, as the name implies, is most commonly used to print newspapers. It’s a low-cost, thin, and non-archival quality paper. It’s popular amongst artist because it is quite versatile…and did I mention inexpensive? Some artists prefer the tactile feel and convenience of a newsprint pad to say kraft paper rolls.

As I was looking for even more economical options for newsprint (even if it’s inexpensive, if you blow through two pages a day, it adds up…), I found myself slightly lost. Our current Strathmore newsprint pad is the “rough surface,” which has a slight tooth, or texture. There’s a smooth version as well. I suppose it all boils down to preference for your dry media.

So… to do this all scientific like, we’ll need to test the Strathmore newsprint pad, smooth surface as well as some other brands. And, pad vs loose leaf sheets. Here are some options that I’m interested in testing:

I will update this post, or create new posts, once we try these!

 

 

 

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“Floret & The Sepals” presented by Encelia farinosa Anatomy

By |2020-08-06T15:49:17-08:00April 23rd, 2020|Categories: A Perfumed Garden, Botanical Identification|Tags: , , , , |

If I asked you to describe Encelia farinosa anatomy, where would you start? [Waiting for a response…] Ah! Compound flowers you say? That’s indeed a good starting point. So, what is a compound flower and what is the opposite of a compound flower?

Compound / Composite Flower

A compound or composite flower (aka pseudanthium) looks like a simple flower, but is comprised of a cluster of flowers (known as florets). These florets group together to form a single flower-like structure. Think of sunflowers and daisies. Like Encelia farinosa, they belong to the family Asteraceae.

One of the distinguishing characteristics of Asteraceae is the capitulum. The capitulum, or flower head, includes ray florets (outside) and disc florets (inside). Accordingly, the outer “petals” are actually individual flowers (ray flowers) containing their own stamens and/or pistils. Though, in the case of Encelia farinosa, the ray florets are…sterile. And the center of the compound flower is a cluster of disc flowers, each of which produce their own seeds. Depending on the compound flower, you could have hundreds or even thousands of individual flowers! (That’s from Wikipedia, I can’t think of a compound flower with thousands of individual flowers…maybe certain sunflowers?!)

Encelia farinosa Anatomy Blog for Pinterest

Phenology

But to accurately depict Encelia farinosa anatomy, you gotta look at its phenology. Part of phenology is looking at the different stages of the flowers. The nice thing about Encelia farinosa is that you can see most, if not all, the various stages of ray floret and disk floret development in a single plant. While I haven’t found a document differentiating the various stages of Encelia farinosa disk florets, I found a study on Senecio vulgaris. In the study, the authors break down the capitulum development into eight stages. Eight stages!

As you can see, understanding flower anatomy is a huge part of flower design construction. Even if our design looks modern and somewhat abstract, we strive for botanical accuracy. The Encelia farinosa design saw many, many revisions. From defining the spiral of the disk florets to the number of stages depicted in the design. But that’s for another article…

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WHO put the Handrub in Bop, Shebop, Shebop

By |2020-08-06T15:49:17-08:00April 5th, 2020|Categories: How to, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , |

To alleviate the global shortage of hand sanitizers, the World Health Organization (WHO) created guidelines and formulations for handrubs (WHO handrub). So, we’re producing our own! And what better starting point, than with the WHO recommended handrub formulation.

The WHO’s forumulation is for 10-liter batches and is volume-based. We adapted the WHO handrub formula for small batch testing using corresponding weight measurements.

If we establish a good base formula for handrubs, it paves the way for the addition of other ingredients. For example: emollients, humectants, and essential oils. We can also make larger batches.

Interested in making your own hand sanitizer? Try the WHO recommended formula. (And yes, we tested the final concentration with our alcoholmeter!)

TLB_WHOHandrub_Formulation

 

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Trigger Point Therapy Resources

By |2020-08-14T16:35:26-08:00March 30th, 2020|Categories: Anatomy, Selfcare, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |

Myofascial pain syndrome is a chronic pain disorder. In this condition, pressure on sensitive points in your muscles (trigger points) causes pain in the muscle and sometimes in seemingly unrelated parts of your body. This is called referred pain.

This syndrome typically occurs after a muscle has been contracted repetitively. This can be caused by repetitive motions used in jobs or hobbies or by stress-related muscle tension.

While nearly everyone has experienced muscle tension pain, the discomfort associated with myofascial pain syndrome persists or worsens. Treatment options include physical therapy and trigger point injections. Pain medications and relaxation techniques also can help.

~ MayoClinic

Links:

  1. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/myofascial-pain-syndrome/symptoms-causes/syc-20375444
  2. https://www.painscience.com/tutorials/trigger-points.php
  3. http://www.triggerpoints.net/
  4. https://triggerpointcharts.com/
  5. https://www.aafp.org/afp/2002/0215/p653.html
  6. https://www.physio-pedia.com/Trigger_Points
  7. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3683329/
  8. https://www.healthline.com/health/fibromyalgia/fibromyalgia-tender-points#massage-therapy
  9. https://qmagnets.com/trigger-point-locator-2/
  10. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myofascial_trigger_point
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Saraswati Aim Bija Mantra Hard Enamel Pin

By |2020-08-06T15:49:18-08:00December 7th, 2019|Categories: Etsy, Saraswatī|Tags: , , , , |

Presenting the Saraswati Aim enamel pin! Because our Saraswati Aim ( ऐँ ) bija mantra collection wouldn’t be complete without an enamel pin…

Aim Enamel Pin (close up)

Simple and unadorned, like Saraswati herself.

Available in our Etsy shop with either a magnetic or butterfly clutch back.

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