It was still dark when I first awoke today. As I was going through my morning emails, I heard the sound of the plow going by on the road. Once again it had snowed.
We were supposed to get 10cm of additional snow on Saturday evening, but that never really materialized. We got some snow here and there, but it didnt' really stick much, as the warmer temperatures are trying to work their way here, but keep being pushed back by the unrelenting cold winter air that isn't quite ready to give in to spring.
But eventually it will. Sometimes it just takes longer than others. It was only last year when we were scheduled to be in New York the last week of March, and we were unable to go because travel was halted by a storm that left over a foot of snow on the ground and driving was out of the question for all of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. It seems that lately the warm air doesn't arrive until sometime in April, and I have learned to be patient. I look forward to seeing the green grass and full trees and being able to sit on our little deck with Pancakes to have my lunch in the sun.
Pancakes is anxious, too. The other day it was sunny and calm and I let him out there for just a bit. The wind kicked up though and soon he scuttled back inside with me. (He isn't fond of wind.) I plan to plant him a little patch of 'cat grass' this year from seeds that I got from a friend. He will like that.
It is nice to look forward to the warmer days. I try not to rush though, as before we know it another year will pass. I am fighting myself as to whether I should just start now on designing my Halloween and Christmas patterns and skip the spring and summer ones altogether. Some of my wholesalers are already calling out for autumn and Halloween things, and Christmas items can't be far behind. I have so many ideas that I am excited about that I may just jump ahead and get an early start. We will see.
I took the weekend to do lots of odds and ends that I have been meaning to do, but have been too busy. I find that I like those days and the break away from 'work' not only refreshes me, but inspires me as well.
I finished up the hand quilting on my "A Perfect World" design and took some final photos of the entire project. That was no small task, as the 17 panels each have about 4-5 elements that I wanted to show. I am in the process of creating an album and perhaps a slide show of the entire project for you all to see. I am very proud of it. I will be showing it later on this week here in the blog.
I also did some things like clean and repair my winter coat (a few buttons were loose), sort through my supplies and (once again) re-organize my cabinets. You may have noticed that re-organization is a never ending, ongoing thing with me. But that is how I like it. It has to be in order to keep our place neat and functional. I like it that way.
One big thing I did was to re-decorate my little 'all season tree'. While I love the polar theme, I thought it was time for me to do something that would be a little more spring like. After all, even if there are flurries floating around outside, it doesn't mean that we can't have it bright and cheerful inside. I think it is just what I needed.
Besides, I couldn't wait to use my new tree topper that was given to me by my good friend Susan Anderson (Suzy Q I call her) of Anderson's General Store. I met Susan through some of my painting Facebook groups and we have become good friends. She was kind enough to surprise me with this adorable piece over the winter and I knew I would love it for my Spring and Easter tree. :)
It is adorable, Isn't it? I also had this bunny that Suzy made that I purchased last year:
It really brightens things up and makes me smile!
I decorated the tree using some assorted colors of bright beaded garland. I felt it went perfectly with the beautiful iridescent glass eggs that I found on Ebay over the winter. To complement them, I used the Decoupage Bunny Silhouette ornaments that I created last year. You can use any digital or scrap book paper to easily make these cute bunnies:
After I did the decoupage, I glued on some silk ribbon flowers to their neck. I had hand made the flowers myself and they make a beautiful accent. Don't you think?
I also loved how the pretty pastel colors looked with the deep colored eggs and garland. I think they went together perfectly.
I also had to add this goofy little chick that I found at Pier 1 last year. He just makes me smile!
Overall, it sure is beautiful!
It really does a lot to lift my mood and brighten up the place. I was sad that I broke one of the egg ornaments when putting it on the tree. It slipped off the branch as I was hanging it. But at least I had thought ahead and purchased four sets of five ornaments. One less wouldn't make a huge difference.
It was nice to wake up to such a bright little tree. Even though as I write there are flakes falling, I know that within a couple of weeks it will all be finished and summer will be well on its way.
These next few days I have to dedicate to paperwork. As tax time approaches, I need to finish up tallying up things and get them turned in. It is just part of the busienss. In the mean time, I will try to have other interesting things to talk about, and I will be showing the final photos of my A Perfect World embroidery sampler. I am really proud of it.
I hope you all have a wonderful week. If you are still getting snow, just know that eventually the spring will arrive.
I wish you all a wonderful week ahead!
Happy Monday! :)
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"