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!”
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.
Hanukkah begins on Sunday, December 6th, at sundown and is observed by the kindling of lights. The nine branch menorah has eight lights to represent the 8 days and one additional light, called a shamash (in the center) which will light the other candles. Other festivities included playing dreidel and making latkes, which is a favorite with my family…especially with homemade apple sauce!
This card, using Els Van de Burgt Studio Candles (#732) sets on top of my Garden Notes Poinsettia (#1090) with White Pine Boughs (#1091). Both are done in my technique to hand color with Copic Markers and/or shade with PanPastels Set 2/Bright Yellow Green Shade, then emboss using VersaMark and Ranger’s Super Fine Detail embossing powder in clear.