The bulb contains the food that produces the blooms of many of our Spring flowers. So, I had this idea to pay tribute to it on a tag that would be a lovely addition to a gift you might give for the Easter Season or just to say “Welcome Spring!”
“And then my heart with pleasure fills,
and dances with the Daffodils.”
My daffodils have been poking up for some time now and it won’t be much longer before my garden is in color again. I love looking forward to this time, just as I did when I was growing up. The field in front of my grandparent’s home was filled with these naturalized blooms that we picked. There are so many varieties with contrasting single or double coronas , but the large yellow Daffodils are still my favorite.
As card makers, we are able to capture a memory that will last; my card today does just that. Three years ago, my husband and I moved cross-country from the Pacific Northwest to North Carolina to be closer to our family after we had lost our youngest daughter to breast cancer. When my dear friend, Els (van de Burgt) found out, she told me of this song by Darius Rucker entitled Wagon Wheel. “A must to listen to!”
I’m not a cold weather person, but I do appreciate winter as a time to rest and regroup. I’ve put the garden “to bed,” mulching and dead-heading all the perennials, made notes in my journal as to what plants did well or were moved to another location, and break out my knitting and quilting projects!
“Winter is the time for comfort, for
good food and warmth, for the touch
of a friendly hand and for a talk beside
the fire; it is the time for home.”
My scene today reflects the sweetness of Winter; the smiling snowman built by your children, the critters changing to a wise old owl and a very sly fox, and in a good sense of humor, the sign changing to read “Gone South!”
Autumn is a wonderful season to watch unfold. I love the crispness in the air, the glorious colors of the leaves, and the harvest.
bears a plentiful
Each year, our family has always looked forward to apple picking; a tradition that both my daughters extended with their families. This past fall, I went to visit my sister in the Shenandoah Valley and we went apple picking. When I came home with my apples, I had enough for 18 jars of Apple Butter to enjoy through the winter!
As my scene progresses into this season, you can see I’ve focused on the harvest. The leaves on the trees are turning a bit and there are bushel baskets and a wheel barrow full of apples.
Summer comes early to the South; we have a tremendously long growing season, but also put up with a lot of humidity. One of my favorite quotes comes from Albert Camus–
“In the depths of winter
I finally learned
that there was within me
an invincible summer.”
Today’s project shows the changes coming to my scene. Apples are forming, the Blue Birds are visiting, and two of our cats, Harper and Clara, are hiding among the terra cotta pots of red Geraniums and Shasta Daisies in hopes of “playing” with the birds.
In the King James version of the Bible, there is a passage from Ecclesiastes 3 ~
“There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity
under the heavens…”
I used this verse as my inspiration to create an unique visual of what it means to me. I chose my CountryScapes Apple Tree as the focal point of depicting the four seasons. Today, I’m starting with Spring, but each day this week I’ll do a different season and on Friday I will show you the finish project I’ve done with a lovely Give-Away. If you post a comment on any of the following days, you will be entered.
I love Spring! New life, new beginnings, and especially for those who experience long, cold winters, a welcome sign that warm weather is on its way. I’m seeing signs here in my yard; Robins, daffodils popping up, and even some flowering trees in bloom. Yep, there are always sure to be more springs!
Today’s project is somewhat whimsical with Violets (Pansies) in an egg, but, for me, it’s also memorable. One Easter, my Dad gave my mother a “sugared egg” with a lovely bouquet inside and I couldn’t resist replicating this starting with Joset Designs Easter Egg done in Silk Microfine Glitter (not sugar:-D) and my Garden Notes Pansy. I encompassed the egg with my Round Grapevine Wreath, Leafy Branches, White Lilacs, and some colorful branches, covered with Plum Crazy Prills. The bouquet is set on Graphic 45’s “Children’s Hour” collection and ECD’s Soft Finish Duo Cardstock in Dusky Lavender and could easily stay as a card or the recipient could frame it in a shadow box for a true keepsake.
On February 5th, our granddaughter Emersyn (Emmie for short) will turn four years old. She joined our family in April 2013 and we have been the luckiest family to have this sweet, sassy, funny, and full of joy child in our lives.
Last Halloween, she was “Ariel” from The Little Mermaid and said to me, “Mimi, I want to be a mermaid when I grow up!” Well, who doesn’t? Was it by coincidence–I think not–that Graphic 45 came out with a collection called Voyage Beneath the Sea at CHA in January for the project today. Instead of a card, this music box, which plays “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star,” will certainly surprise my little mermaid in the making!
A Tussie-Mussie, or nosegay as it’s commonly known, became popular during the reign of Queen Victoria (1837-1901). These small bouquets were a popular fashion accessory, as well as, a symbolism from the language of flowers; a way to send a message to the recipient.
I chose Red Roses (for Love), Pansies (for Think of Me) and Baby’s Breath (for Everlasting Love) to display in my “posy holder” created with Els van de Burgt Studio’s Fitted Frames 5/Lace Circles. As a final touch, I added Suzanne Cannon’s Calligraphic Elements/Heart for a “ribbon” on the holder.
I’m invigorated with new ideas after CHA and thought I’d start it off with a beautiful card to inspire you as well. Valentine’s Day is less than a month away and this would be a perfect project to convey your feelings to that special someone, but it would also be a loving gesture for a birthday, wedding or anniversary card.
In addition to new dies with Elizabeth Craft Designs, they have launched two new lines of paper. The wonderful Soft Finish in a 100 lb. weight is a duo paper with white on the inside for us professional card makers and Premium Palette, an 85 lb. weight in colors that will melt your heart (it did mine!) I know it will be a few more weeks before it’s available to the public, but I couldn’t help myself by sharing this exciting news and showing you how perfectly perfect it is. The Premium Palette comes in both 12-inch x 12-inch or 8 1/2-inch x 11-inch.