Thursday, March 31, 2011

Gettin' my craft on

All this rain and cold weather makes me want to create something so I set out to do just that on Monday. Here it is Thursday and I am finally getting back to finishing the projects. Above are some new coasters but they feel sort of fallish, so I think a trip to Michael's is in order to get a big spring-ish stamp. However I need to fill an order so that was the goal. Next came the wreaths. These guys have been on the brain for a few months, in fact they are a birthday present for my friend whose birthday is (this is embarrassing) New Year's Eve - not that it's embarrassing to have a birthday on New Year's Eve - no, what is embarrassing is that I am just now finishing the promised present - OI! So from flowers I dried this summer Lavender, globe amaranth, statice and some silk vines I made these:
and then today I turned it into this: Now I need to make a hanger for it and then deliver it ASAP!

So cute, I think I will have to make a few more, but they will have to wait for the next rainy day. And I have a few more ideas on the brain just waiting for T-I-M-E. And I have a banana bread in the oven so yup - got my craft on and it feels good!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

It was TIME... we jumped in the car with the dog and headed to the farm. I was filled with anticipation as I hadn't been back since November. I love to discover what is new each time we arrive. What would be in bloom? what did not survive the winter? what critters have trespassed and left behind their story? All these questions were soon answered when we arrived in Appomattox. The blooms were beautiful. The trees were still bare and the landscape was somewhat bleak but the trees that were budding stood out and drew attention. Apples, pears and various flowering bushes all had buds and even some blossoms. The jonquils bloomed along the edge of the woods, inviting you to walk beside and explore further.

The creek is always full in the winter and spring so we walked along and listened to the water as it meandered its way along the property lines. Evidence of critters was plentiful. Turkey feathers lay in our path along with distinct markings from deer. And obviously a family of mice had again made themselves at home in our trailer. I left them ample warning that next time I return they are history and the place will once again be mine.
My trusty camera came along, of course, and I was delighted to walk through the woods and finish my alphabet project. I am happy to say that I now have A-Z finished in photographs and fun projects ready in my craft room. I'll showcase some of them soon. All too soon darkness crept in on us, followed by a thunder storm, so once that settled we headed home, talking of plans for the garden and goals for projects on the property this summer. Another year has begun...