I don’t know why, but I think the long, cold winter has me longing for spring. Today is the first day of the week that the sun is shining, and there is not a cloud in the sky. While there is still a touch of frost on the grass, I find myself being grateful for each day that passes with no snow.
It may seem funny to be thinking like that in April, but for most people this year has been particularly brutal. I personally love the snow, but I think that even I have had my fill and am longing for the days when I can get in my car and head to the beach. I once again made a vow to myself to try to get there more often, and I will try to think of some creative work that I can do while sitting on a blanket in the sand and enjoying the sunshine. It has been way too long.
I accomplished quite a bit yesterday. I had a large amount of paperwork and office work to do in the morning, but then in the afternoon I was able to do some scrolling and painting. Since my experiment with the Decoupage kitties worked out so well, I wanted to develop a nice pattern to expand on the idea.
My longing for spring has once again turned me to flowers and bunnies. Over the weekend I stripped my ‘all season tree’ of its polar bears, penguins, icicles and snowflakes and put them away until next year. I was feeling the seemingly endless winter getting to me and I thought that even though I couldn’t control what happened to me outside, I would brighten things up inside.
However, I wanted something new for my tree and with my ‘discovery’ of these new papers, I have been leaning toward some light and romantic floral patterns, as I showed in yesterday’s post. Although the garland that I have on the tree now consists of very brightly colored beads, and after making these, I may need to change it to something softer and more of a pastel for now. I can always bring the brights back in summer.
I am still stuck on the ‘bunny’ theme, as not only does it represent the upcoming Easter season, but also the approaching spring and summer. Maybe I just have bunnies on the brain, but they seem to be a recurring theme in my mind these days – so why not?
I planned, set up and cut a bunch of bunnies and papers out on the scroll saw. I then painted and decoupaged about half of them before it got late. Here is a picture of the results:
They are coming out wonderful, and I hope to finish the others today.
But those of you who know me know that I am not going to finish with them there. I have some cool ideas for embellishing them that will make them look even better.
I wanted some fabric flowers for their necks, but I didn’t see anything I liked locally. So I pulled on some of my embroidery supplies and I decided to make some custom flowers myself. I think they look pretty cool:
I used some pretty organza ribbon that I had and some glass beads for the center. I then anchored the petals with some tiny little French knots.
Yes – it took a little time and yes, I am crazy but it was really fun and relaxing to do and I think they will look fabulous on the bunnies, as well as unique.
I may wind up heading to Yarmouth today to get those tires put on my car. I don’t want to jinx the weather, but hopefully we are done with the ice and cold for now at least and I will be able to get my freedom back. I am also going to scout for some supplies for some other ideas I have, so it could be a fun (albeit expensive) day.
I still hear of snow and ice falling in many areas. I don’t remember the last time we had so much here in Nova Scotia. It definitely has been a tough go of it for many and I promise I won’t say how much I love snow for the rest of the season.
Here it is already the end of the week. For those of you who inquired, Richard seems to be doing much better. Our biggest challenge is to get him to eat the new food on a regular basis. Hopefully it will help his digestive system and keep him feeling well.
I wish you all a great weekend. I hope that spring finds its way to your area as well. Even if it doesn’t, you can still make your own ‘spring’ inside by decorating with some lovely bright things. Surely they will warm your hearts.
Have a great Friday!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"