Thursday, March 29, 2012

green in spring

I'm just in love with green!
The theme for this week's "Beauty is where you find it " challenge is "green" so I am delighted to join in. Do take a look at all the awesome photos that have been linked - such a loveliness of all kinds of green!


My mom and I were at the garden center last week and we came home with dozens of spring plants. I'll post about the pretty flowers another day :). Too bad she's already back home, but the flowers & plants will remind me of her every day! We also discovered two amazing mint plants: strawberry mint and chocolate mint. It's incredible but the leaves really are fragrant of strawberries and chocolate! I hope they thrive in my herb garden.
These fellows love to munch on green, too!

This is my favorite photo capturing green so far this spring. Join in the challenge, if you want!

xoxo
Karen

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

spring's natural palette of soft colors and textures

Lately I've been finding that the neutral tones of spring are so graceful, quiet, and delicately full of the promise of new life. As cheerful as they are, the bright primroses, pansies and tulips in our garden seem almost unreal compared to what nature is offering right now. I went out on a walk with my camera this week and found a limited palette of four colors: various shades of white, soft browns, little bits of fresh yellow-green and a pure sky-blue. I have also noticed a loveliness in the variety of spring textures.

The first stop on my walk was to visit these 4-week old lambs who I've been watching grow up quickly. Wooly white and brown on these sweet babes - don't you just adore their dear little faces?


 The very first blossoms are all white in a landscape that is still barren:
 
 More mama sheep patiently waiting....
Fuzzy things exploding before a clear blue sky
 
masses of poetry in the tree branches
new green life in the forest
and a scattering of anemone nemorosa  - little white roses - on the forest floor
 
I think of antique linen
sweet embroidery from days past
(which inspired me to make this bag simple and sweet)
stacks of fading gray baskets, white winter wool for lingering cool evenings, the first fresh and glossy garlic-y chives and herbs appearing in the garden....
the softness of a much loved and shabby vintage family bunny (which reminds me of one of my all-time favorite children's stories - maybe one of yours too?)
"And so time went on, and the little Rabbit was very happy - so happy that he never noticed how his beautiful velveteen fur was getting shabbier and shabbier, and his tail was coming unsewn, and all the pink rubbed off his nose where the Boy had kissed him."
 (from "The Velveteen Rabbit" by Margery Williams)

Many happy spring wishes to you today! 
xoxo 
Karen




Thursday, March 8, 2012

snippets of spring

Little bits of spring  -
or in German  -
"Frühlingsschnipsel"
(I sincerely do love the German language, really!)
Snippets of spring are the first bright (nearly shocking!) splashes of color like these pretty primroses.

See many more gorgeous images for "snippets of spring" here!

Speaking of languages and new beginnings....I decided to take an Italian for beginners class. For no real reasons but just for fun, for the challenge, for the love of beautiful things. I love sitting with my kids while they do their homework and having my OWN homework to do! I am a very keen student right now, thirsting for new knowledge....just like the pretty spring blooms yearn for sunshine and buzzing winged friends.

Ciao!
xoxo
Karen

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Flopsy, Mopsy and Cotton-tail

Do you know Peter Rabbit's sisters? Perhaps you have memories of someone lovingly reading you Beatrix Potter's tales, or you've read them yourself to your children, or both? In my case, both. I think it was my grandmother who read me these tales. I remember even as an older child absolutely adoring the illustrations of all the Potter books - even into my teens year I still thought she was "cool" (because at that age I was the kind of girl who put maps of England on my bedroom walls  - next to the British rock bands of course!).
My children are a bit too old now but they each had their favorite tale. My daughter used to really giggle at the story of the two naughty mice in the doll house and my sons had much compassion for Peter and his narrow garden escape from Mr. McGregor.

I was able to get this one small length of gorgeous bunny print and have created three artsy little spring or Easter bags. They were so fun to make! At first the print just looks romantic and lovely but at second glance you notice all the rabbits! I think Flopsy, Mopsy and Cottontail are just the perfect names for them.


But sort of like a character from a Potter book who gets into mischief, just as I was about to list these in my shop this morning two things happened: I spilled green tea on the back of Mopsy which made a lovely stain all the way through the lining...and our phone and internet died. I think that actually saved me from listing my ruined purse. So no longer a trio, but a super sweet nonetheless.
 
I guess Mopsy will hang in my studio as a reminder to self to not drink tea near my creations!

Happy Days to you! 
xoxo
Karen
PS Has anyone seen the Miss Potter movie?