Wood pulp and wasp spit.

Before I could even get in my artden to make my annual, handmade, solstice cards and presents I had to tidy my tiny boxroom….so many materials and half finished ideas cluttering up the space.
Recently I have had a creative revelation practically everyday, the list grows and grows, and I experience this as a kind of pressure.
My original healing began when I committed to finishing every idea, in order, it was only then I began to see progress, rather than a disorganised pile of unfinished business….but here I was again…in overwhelm. Where to start?
I tried to begin something new, but this old wasp’s nest kept getting in the way.
It had been built inside an old, spare parts, mini on my husband’s garage premises. It and its inhabitants had been a constant source of worry and intrigue over the year. At one time, during the winds (and inhabited) it had fallen down from its holding on the roof of the cab. We had discussed removing it, but had decided just to leave it well alone until it had served its purpose….I had photographed the wasps on their autumnal feeding sprees in my beans and in doing that gained more respect for this much maligned wonder.
Then one day the empty nest simply blew to my door. Dry and empty and perfect.
I have no idea who or when another here had taken it out of the mini…but there it was, on the doorstep. And I had taken it up to my artden for future exploration.
There simply was no proper place for it until it was ‘processed’ properly…so I decided to begin with that instead.
The first step was unravelling, carefully all the paper. It felt like unwrapping a kind of present! So delicate and beautiful was the construction and subtle beauty in each piece. As an artist it was impossible not to see this as a magical material.

Soon I had a pile of beautiful wood pulp and wasp spit paper and an intricate ‘rose’ of wasp comb.

I ironed all the paper and became further inspired.

Decided to make a digital mandala from the photographs I took. And Lo! There was my solstice image. A wasp cell wreath….
Yule Blessings 2018 green with quote
I turned to the internet to fill out it’s meaning and try and understand why ‘wasp‘ had come so strongly into my consciousness this solstice, what relevance it might have to me at this time and I could not have been more surprised or delighted!


‘Wasp shows up when we are learning to bridge the duality of life and death, a life affirming transformation, or a personal healing crisis. She is serious, but teaches us to laugh at ourselves. When you face the big issues of life and death, worrying about anything less is truly laughable.’

‘It is time to allow yourself the notion that all things are possible!’

As often happens the muse took a hold of me and my little artden buzzed with the harmony of spontaneous creation.

I glued some of the ‘paper’ to a board and created several, tiny canvases….I am intending to experiment with different subtle effects on these, but really I find they stand alone as simply stunning. I covered a couple of blown out goose eggs that had been waiting for a purpose also, stunned by the warmth and hand held wonder of these curiosities. I got all my mandala cards printed and sat back and took in the work. Such a busy wee wasp!


all from a humble wasp's nestWasp paper egg

So all that remained was to send out my image and dream to the world which I did on Facebook…a couple of days late to WordPress, but here it is….wishing you all a constructive and wonder filled 2019 and a restorative winter.

Wasp nest mandala Yule Greeting 2018




  1. Kat Robertson

    Thank you for sharing! LOL! Always observe closely before listening…to anyone!! Found this in wordpress spam alongside with SO many very weird communications that I do not understand…..’dropping’ alot of shells! It was lovely to read this! A real person!


  2. Haywood Diiulio

    Today, I went to the beach front with my kids. I found a sea shell and gave it to my 4 year old daughter and said “You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear.” She placed the shell to her ear and screamed. There was a hermit crab inside and it pinched her ear. She never wants to go back! LoL I know this is entirely off topic but I had to tell someone!

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