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.
For me, Christmas carols are one of the best parts of the holidays. In fact, I’m listening to them on the radio now as I write this post; they have been playing for over two weeks before Thanksgiving! Several years ago, I came across a company that makes “music box” components and surprisingly, they have excellent tone quality. I’ve made several music boxes with my 3-dimensional flowers on them and I thought that this project would be a personal one I could give away.
The music box plays Deck the Halls, a Welsh melody that dates back to the sixteenth century. It’s a traditional yuletide carol and one I can remember singing in the choir when I was younger. To win this keepsake plus the Garden Notes Poinsettia and White Pine Pinecone & Bough dies, make a comment about your favorite carol and why it’s a memory. The winner will be chosen randomly at the end of the week.
Congratulations to the 3rd giveaway winner! MaryAnne H has won Graphic 45’s collection – ‘A Christmas Carol’, a sheet of Calendar Months (from Rosie’s Roadshow), a package of Elizabeth Craft Designs’ Soft Finish Cardstock (PSF102), my CountryScapes – Build a Snowman (1081) and CountryScapes – Clouds & Grass (1094) dies.
December is just a few weeks away and I knew it was time to do the calendar page to finish off the 2015 with some sparkle. Aluminum trees were a fad in the 60s and I remember my mother wanting to change out our usual evergreen for one. Money my grandfather had given her for Christmas was spent on this trend that would bring her years of pleasure.
Since Christmas was my mother’s favorite holiday, I wanted to honor her memory and create my own version of an aluminum tree with the help of Silver Metallic Shimmer Sheets (SS0211) and my Holiday Evergreen (#1093) die. I couldn’t replicate the “color wheel” that illuminated the colors on the branches, cut I could do the next best thing and trim them with Sticker Dots (#7018) in my favorite Red. A few presents, pots of Poinsettias and a bough of evergreens completes this cozy scene.
For the third week of “Joy of Giving,” the giveaway will include: Graphic 45’s collection~”A Christmas Carol,” a sheet of 2016 Calendar Months (from Rosie’s Roadshow), a package of Elizabeth Craft Designs Soft Finish 100lb cardstock (PSF102), my CountryScapes – Build A Snowman (1081) and CountryScapes – Clouds & Grass (1094) dies. Next month, we can start the new year with January’s calendar together.
To enter the giveaway…
Comment on this post: What is your favorite Christmas/holiday memory?
The winner will be announced on Saturday, November 21st.
My daughters and I loved doing ‘Spa Day’ – a day full of manicures, pedicures, facials, and neck massages. It was a special bonding time when we could talk about fashion and gossip, and most of all, laugh (especially when we had mud masks on!)
When Kelly was diagnosed with breast cancer, Spa Day became even more special. Her skin was showing the reactions to the powerful chemo drugs; both her sister and I longed to make her feel good about her appearance. After she passed, I learned of other friends diagnosed with this horrible diagnosis. In order to uphold my daughters’ and my tradition, I came up with “Spa in a Jar” to send them. I also sent the jars to my older daughter, sister, and a close friend; I wanted them to know I was thinking of them.
Keeping with my gift giving theme this month (and knowing how stressful the holidays are), I’d like to send this ‘Spa Jar’ to you. It’s filled with hand and foot creams, facial masks, therapy soak, etc. – a Spa in a Jar! I added a special tag, adorned with a Chrysanthemum and stamped with my ‘Seeds of Thought’ stamps. Both the Chrysanthemum die (1087) and stamp (RS008) will be included with this week’s giveaway. Simply follow the entry instructions below and you could be the winner!
Congratulations to the first winner of the November giveaways – Theresa Wright!!! Theresa has won 1 of the 4 mini flowers I used in the project, and of course the actual project itself – packaged with a Garden Notes – Poinsettia!
When I was growing up, one of the most profound things that I remember about my mother was her joy of giving. She did homemade gifts and baked goods for friends and family, but also gave her time unselfishly to help others. I’d like to think it’s in my genes too as I find great joy in giving as well.
November is my birthday month and I can’t think of anything I’d love better than giving presents to others. So, starting this week and the weeks to follow in my birthday month, I’ll be making projects that will be part of giveaways, so stay tuned on my blog and Facebook page for more details on how to enter each week.
This week I’ve done a Poinsettia, from CountryScapes – Backyard 4 (1079), on a glass cabochon. It’s sealed with Ice Resin, which gives the paper flower a porcelain-like finish. The poinsettia cabochon will come in a gift box with my Garden Notes Poinsettia (1090) on a slip-off band. Aren’t presents fun?!
For this week’s giveaway, I will be sending the lucky winner the Poinsettia cabochon from today’s post in a gift box that is decorated with my Garden Notes Poinsettia (1090) on a slip-off band. In addition, Elizabeth Craft Designs is also getting in on the ‘giving’ and you will receive a die to recreate a mini flower cabochon necklace of your own! You can choose from 1 of the 4 dies I’ve used to create the necklaces. In order to enter, comment on this post – ‘who you would give this gift to and why’. The winner will be announced on Saturday, November 7th.