Earth Day giveaway

Tansy beetle bag for giveaway

Tansy beetle bag for giveaway

I’ve taken the beetle fabric I printed yesterday and created an envelope bag which I’m giving away to celebrate Earth Day on the 22nd April. I’ll put the details about how to enter at the end of this post.

Yesterday I wrote about creating the fabric print that’s featured on the bag and I’d like to tell you a bit more about the beetle that inspired the design. I first saw the iridescent green beetle by the River Ouse a few years ago. I took a couple of photos but didn’t think much of the bug until some time later when I decided to find out what it was. That’s when I found out about the Tansy beetle. The beetle is endangered and extremely rare in the United Kingdom, and it’s shell is so shiny that people say the Victorians used it as sequins.

Tansy beetle

Tansy beetle

It is an endangered species and in decline due to environment changes that effect it’s ecosystem. It is so scarce that the only place in the UK it is known to survive is along some of the River Ouse centered on the stretch that runs by my home in York.

So, this weekend when I was walking by the river and saw a Tansy beetle shining green and gold I was very glad that these beetles were still hanging on. This tenacious Tansy inspired me to create the design as a celebration of its survival. I thought using some of my organic fair trade cotton to create a giveaway for Earth day would be cool and a reminder to everyone about the reaches of the environment just outside our doors as well as across the whole planet.

The bag that I’m giving away is made from organic fair trade cotton and is printed with water based ink. 27 cm by 20 cm. The material is called santeen unbleached and was undyed until I added the pattern. It’s fastened with velcro at the top and although the fabric is sturdy it is probably best not to put anything too heavy in it. The beetles are each individual arranged in a unique pattern and printed in green with a touch of gold. I like to use these sort of bags when I’m shopping to separate smaller items, such as cotton reels, within my bigger bag. It could also be used to store a notebooks, as a kindle sleeve, a clutch bag or to keep an ipad in (although I haven’t check the size as I don’t own one). It’s unique and individually hand made and printed by myself.

To enter comment on this post and include the words “Tansy beetle”. The giveaway ends at midnight (00:00 GMT) on the 26th of April 2011 so only posts before then will be entered. I’ll contact the winner by email so make sure the email address you fill in when you comment is accurate. Only one entry per person and the winner will be chosen randomly from everyone who enters.


27 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Alasdair Stuart
    Apr 19, 2011 @ 18:35:40

    I love that photo:) Definition of the tenacious Tansy Beetle:)


  2. Clare Wall
    Apr 19, 2011 @ 20:26:08

    TBAG is the Tansy Beetle Action Group set up to try and conserve it.


  3. christy mitchell
    Apr 21, 2011 @ 14:58:06

    thank you for teaching us about the Tansy Beetle. What a great project for Earth Day. I love inspirations from nature.


  4. Angelie Oro
    Apr 21, 2011 @ 17:15:27

    Tansy Beetle is such a cute name, ive never heard of the word tansy before..


  5. Eve
    Apr 21, 2011 @ 17:32:19

    The Tansy Bettle is beautiful.. and so is the bag! Very nice giveaway!


  6. Paula
    Apr 21, 2011 @ 18:30:09

    cute little tansy beetles!


  7. domestic diva
    Apr 21, 2011 @ 19:02:24

    My little one would be excited about our using a tansy beetle bag. He loves beetles.


  8. Connie
    Apr 21, 2011 @ 19:07:38

    Hi! Great Photo! I have never heard of the Tansy Beetle before. Very interesting. Thank you for the giveaway! 🙂


  9. Sandy
    Apr 21, 2011 @ 20:39:06

    That is one sweet Tansy Beetle Bag!


  10. Sara T
    Apr 21, 2011 @ 20:57:05

    The Tansy Beetle has such pretty colors. Very cute bag!


  11. Cathey
    Apr 21, 2011 @ 20:59:48

    I never thought I would describe a beetle this way, but the Tansy Beetle is so pretty! It’s coloring is amazing! And that bag is amazing too!
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  12. lisa w.
    Apr 21, 2011 @ 22:28:24

    the Tansy beetle bag is so cute!!


  13. jessica edwards
    Apr 21, 2011 @ 23:13:58

    Ive never heard of a Tansy Beetle


  14. Angelica
    Apr 22, 2011 @ 00:38:39

    The tansy beetle bag is so unique, as well as the name!


  15. Julie b
    Apr 22, 2011 @ 01:12:37

    I would name and adore every single Tansy Beetle on this gorgeous bag! I’d carry my iPad in it and tell everyone how I got it!


  16. Erin G.
    Apr 22, 2011 @ 02:01:02

    I had never heard of the Tansy Beetle so I googled it and realized that there is a need for something like this … what an awesome giveaway … Good Luck to Everyone!!


  17. R.Mueller
    Apr 22, 2011 @ 04:14:11

    I discovered today that the Tansy Beetle feasts on mint! Interesting!


  18. Putdar
    Apr 22, 2011 @ 06:13:30

    The Victorians use Tansy beetle as sequin? Wow. I’d like to see it.


  19. Haylee
    Apr 22, 2011 @ 06:54:22

    The story about your inspiration of this project from the Tansy beetle is awesome. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this. Thanks for posting and creating!


  20. Kristen
    Apr 22, 2011 @ 13:47:51

    I would love the Tansy beetle bag!


  21. moe
    Apr 23, 2011 @ 02:08:16

    tansy beetle, sounds cuddly. (but seriously, what a lovely little thing! glad they’re still around.)


  22. Alexandra Andrei
    Apr 24, 2011 @ 14:15:25

    I’ve never ever heard about the Tansy beetle so far. Interesting discovery!


  23. SJ Molnar
    Apr 25, 2011 @ 10:14:33

    The common name for the tansy beetle is derived from the tansy plant on which tansy beetles often feed as both larvae and adults.


  24. Agata Knurowska
    Apr 25, 2011 @ 21:56:32

    I love Tansy beetle!


  25. Cassie
    Apr 25, 2011 @ 23:05:15

    It’s always the little ones, like that Tansy beetle that can become endagered so quickly without any of us really noticing. I’m never heard of this particular beetle, but very interesting and so neat that you were able to see them.


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