I'm just a wee bit behind but here is last weeks TAST challenge stitch: the Algerian Eye Stitch. I found this a very nice stitch to learn and use and can see that it is packed full of potential for future creative stitching projects. I have another atc to make soon and I should incorporate this stitch into it somehow.
My mom was picking sand cherries to make into syrup and juice when she called me to come with my camera to take a picture of this gorgeous caterpillar that she found. We looked it up later in a couple of insects books we have plus we looked it up on-line as well and it is a hawk moth or sphinx moth caterpillar.
He was huge and absolutely beautiful and velvety soft. I had seen one before in our yard but it had been a couple of years.
He was so striking looking with the purplish bands and horn on the posterior end.
He's certainly welcome to a few sand cherry leaves and I hope he doesn't become a tasty treat for a hungry bird.