Sunday, March 29, 2009

Pussy Willows!

Thought since I said I saw them and they are such a welcome harbinger of spring I should produce a picture. This is a willow I bought a couple of years ago and it's got the most beautiful pussy toes on it. They are perfect in every way. Kitten soft, grey little pods that will eventually burst into yellow catkins to announce the sprouting of new leaves. It certainly seems like it will be a vigorous shrub so I'll cut it back almost to the ground and encourage more shoots for next year. I'm hoping this will be a good willow for basket weaving.
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Thursday, March 26, 2009

It's the little things

Start small and work towards the big things. Whether it's a weaving project or a whole new direction in life, it's that first little step that gets the whole thing underway. Pal Janet at High Fibre Diet inspired this post. It got a boost from Laura who sent her the poster. It's the age old debate about going BIG and where to start. I'm on the "plant a small seed" side. Maybe that's the gardener in me? Janet planted a seed this week and it sprouted a couple of new bloggers already. More signs of spring I'd say!

Monday, March 23, 2009

It's melting!

Just a little one but it's my new home for weaving and twigging. Managed to open the door a tiny bit to get inside. Nice and dry after a winter of steady snow/rain events.
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Sunday, March 22, 2009

Walk in the woods

Still lots of snow in the woods despite sunny days. The moss hanging off all of the old spruce looked neat today with the sun getting low and shining through it.
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Friday, March 20, 2009

Thinking of Spring

The spring equinox has arrived on our doorstep. Yeah! Found pussy willows already. Yeah again! Lots of birds at the feeders and expect to see those little bits of bright yellow starting to appear on the Goldfinches. The sun is feeling warm on your face........ when you find a spot out of the wind.
I've been visiting my favorite daily blogs like poppytalk , craftzine, and desire to inspire to gather decorating inspiration for my upcoming studio space. Trying hard to keep in mind that it needs room for tangled reed and tools but looking forwrd to creating displays and shifting gears whenever an idea strikes. Of course right now it's those beautiful spring greens and thoughts of robins egg blue that appeal to me. Will try to use a background color that will shift easily with the seasons so I can go from beach to fall harvest and then rich holiday displays. Settled on putting Benjamin Moores 'dill pickle' somehwere. That inspiration came from Canadian Home and Country feb/march 09 issue.
Happily, I'm seeing a mix of twigs, antlers and bold colors in both relaxed country or modern decor. Can't wait to start the renos and get to work on a rustic twig arbor to welcome folks to the studio. Picture is last years garden. Only three more months until those lilies in the background bloom!