Spring traditions range from the ridiculous to the sublime, from balancing an egg on its end to the scrubbing and purging of spring cleaning. I, for one, will forever associate the smell of mothballs with grandma's annual spring purge. But here's a take on moth balls you may not have considered. Fiber artist Claire Moynihan embroiders insects and other critters on felted balls, then pins and mounts them for display like the naturalists of old.

Claire Moynihan: Garden Snail Bug Ball

Garden Snail Bug Ball by Claire Moynihan; Photo: P. Wilkins

Claire Moynihan: Southern Hawker Ball

Southern Hawker Ball by Claire Moynihan; Photo: P. Wilkins

Claire Moynihan: Bug Balls x 3

Bug Balls x 3 by Claire Moynihan; Photo by P. Wilkins

Visit Claire Moynihan's online portfolio for a more complete look at her work.

And for the record, I balanced this egg on the counter yesterday, just to prove that the equinox has nothing to do with it! Happy spring, people!

Balanced Spring Egg on Equinox Eve... so there!

Balanced Spring Egg on Equinox Eve... so there!