Spring is the season following winter and for most people it is welcomed after dealing with the months of cold weather and snow. The Spring Equinox came this year on Sunday, March 20th and even though it was a bit chilly here in the South, this season also brings up for me, ideas of rebirth, rejuvenation, and renewal.
Our trees are flowering–Red Bud and Dogwood are my favorites, but also the Forsythia and Daffodils speckle the landscape with golden yellows that warm my heart. My project today is a Robin’s nest encircled with the flowers of the season–some of my favorites. With the help of Joset Designs smallest Easter Egg die, I created Robin’s eggs in the nest…a sure sign of Spring for me.
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.
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.
On Thursday, I leave for CHA (Craft & Hobby Association) annual trade show in Anaheim, California. I have five new Garden Notes (including this Daffodil #1139), seven new CountryScapes, including a new category I’ve called Garden Edges and three new stamps from Seeds of Thought. If you follow Susan’s Garden Club on FaceBook, you’ve seen some of the new dies.
I thought since it’s so chilly here (we’ve gone from 75-degrees at Christmas to 37-degrees today!), I’d give you something to look forward to–Spring. When I get back, I promise you new projects with these flowers, as well as, combining them with some of my others to create beautiful bouquets. Stay Warm, y’all!