Anna Rastorgueva: Inspirational Nature Journal Artist

Instagram is filled with galleries from amazing artists. One of my favorite galleries to peruse is the profile of Anna Rastorgueva. I do not read or speak Russian. Thankfully her art speaks for itself because it is truly spectacular. I’ve compiled a series of her images that are reminiscent of field journals.

Hummingbird by Anna Rastorgueva @anna.rastorgueva
Pinecone by Anna Rastorgueva @anna.rastorgueva
Herbarium by Anna Rastorgueva @anna.rastorgueva
Mushrooms by Anna Rastorgueva @anna.rastorgueva
Cowberry by Anna Rastorgueva @anna.rastorgueva
Lappish Dictionary by Anna Rastorgueva @anna.rastorgueva
Willow Ptarmigan by Anna Rastorgueva @anna.rastorgueva
Wild Birds by Anna Rastorgueva @anna.rastorgueva
Life Is Made For Good Journeys by Anna Rastorgueva @anna.rastorgueva
Thorns In A Greenhouse by Anna Rastorgueva @anna.rastorgueva
True Honey Bee by Anna Rastorgueva @anna.rastorgueva

Which one is your favorite?
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If you love the artwork, I encourage you to follow Anna Rastorgueva on Instagram. Leave her a comment to let her know you love her work. Give lots of ❤ and if you are so inclined, let her know you discovered her account from the blog of @pinecone_grove.


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Kids Butterfly House Workshop at The Home Depot

Emmett's first butterfly house

This past Saturday Emmett (my son), Grandpa (my dad), and I went The Home Depot’s Build A Butterfly House Workshop for kids. When we arrived there was already of line of kids and guardians in line, awaiting their kits and aprons. The employees running the workshop were very kind and helpful. They prepared an area for building and another for painting. With so many people they probably could have used more tables, but we still had a great time.


Building a Butterfly House at The Home Depot

To start off, Emmett read the instructions included in the kit to us. Glue was offered to keep the wood in place while nailing it together. We skipped the glue and just used the nails to hold it together and a screw for the lid. It worked very well. I mostly took pictures while Emmett built with his grandpa. When it was all put together we went to the paint area. Emmett chose a vibrant green he said would remind the butterflies of leaves. Then – with a little help from me – he proceeded to paint the inside because…

Painting the Butterfly House Green Inside and Out

“Butterflies like to have pretty colors inside too.”

I didn’t see any sign of a “certificate of achievement” or “a commemorative pin,” however, the site does say “while supplies last” so they may have already given out the ones they had before we arrived.

Overall, I think the workshop was great. If you’ve been debating on taking your child to one, I definitely say give it a go. Have you ever gone to one of The Home Depot workshops? What was your experience?

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