Monday, February 16, 2009

spring whispers

We're getting there! February has reached it's midpoint. Our long Northeastern winter is losing it's grip. I know there are many more inches of snow left to fall and lots more days of bundling up, but I feel spring whispering. During a thaw last week, I even smelled the first hints of spring. The rich aroma of wet earth and damp grass enveloped me as I pushed my daughter on the swings for the first time in so long. The scent of my lavender love-letter pillows also reminded me of warmer days, and I decided I needed a little sachet filled with summer. Sometimes little things can make me so unbelievably happy. I'm going to make more in the next couple of days. Many more!

This week will be filled with playing and making... not much blogging. It's winter break and I will be focusing on my family during the day. In the evenings I will be readying buckets and more for my next shop update... coming very soon. Although I might have to peek in once or twice (because I'll miss you all!), I won't be here in full swing until February 23rd. Hope you have a beautiful week!

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24 comments:

  1. I think we have had the exact same experience this past week. The tiny patches of green grass and moss being revealed, the swelling of the buds on the trees, the frenzied activity of the returning mating pair of cardinals in the front yard and the multitude of geese and ducks returning to our local ponds.

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  2. What a nice description! It is so true, spring comes first as something new in the air, smells that the cold and the snow blanket away in winter.

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  3. It's winter break over here too ... so I think I'll be quieter than usual too. Your lavender sachets are divine, sweetie ! Gotta love lavender ! Enjoy your little ones & your always creative craftiness !! xoxoxo lots of hugs !

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  4. Enjoy the time spent with your family! I can't wait for another shop update!

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  5. Real time is so good!
    I was wondering, do you grow your own lavendar too?

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  6. Thanks everyone! Julie~ I do grow lavender... two varieties. I didn't harvest enough this year, so I've headed of to our co-op for more. I'm going plant several more for next year.

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  7. Enjoy the holidays with your family. Love the lavender pillows.
    Take care.
    Nickyx

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  8. Enjoy that time with your family!!!! And that bit spring too.

    Jess

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  9. enjoy the moments with family and art..I have yellow in my space ELK

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  10. We're having our coldest wettest part of this winter here in Central California, but buds are swelling on the apricot tree, and daffodils have poked their little noses out of the ground--you're right, spring is coming!

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  11. I have made so many lavender wheat bags over this winter! (You know the ones - 1 1/2 mins in microwave)Family members cut and dried much lavender at the end of summer, and I sewed them into all sorts of coverings. A big favourite was a wool tweed cat's face with a backing of pale blue bobbly chenille. They sold so quickly I forgot to get a photo! I still love mine to warm the bed up at night.

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  12. I spent an hour outside yesterday (in the great northeast!) walking around the property, listening to new bird sounds and noticing that weeds stay green even in winter. I agree that it is "whispering!"

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  13. Your lavender sachet is so beautiful... I love the stitching and the fabric combination.

    Enjoy your week! I hope it brings more bits of spring your way!

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  14. Happy Winter Break - enjoy those bits of spring and time with your family! Not only the signs of spring outside, but I can feel little buds of green stirring within myself as well. I love lavender sachets and yours are delightful - reminding me that I need to add lavender to my garden planning.

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  15. I love your description of the whispering. I'm looking forward to hearing autumn whisper.

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  16. Yay for the bounty of spring! :) I hope you have a wonderful week Maya!!

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  17. Oh I can hear it too... the little sachets are very sweet. I see you have a label - did you make those? Or did you buy them? I want to make/buy labels either woven or printed. Not sure where to begin.

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  18. You're so right! It ìs out there! Even here in the far north of Italy we are starting to feel the new season coming!

    And I wish i still had some lavender, but I used it all... 'guess I'll just have to wait! :)

    Best (spicy) wishes,
    K.
    PilliPilli Handmade

    PS. just so you know: I've added yout to the blogroll on my blog!

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  19. I just found your blog and fell in love with it right away! You are awesome! I will be coming back.

    Jenya

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  20. oh, I can just imagine that smell. You've made a homesick Vermonter, currently living in Hong Kong, even homesick-er. Not that I haven't felt rather smug a time or two this winter, as I pull on a t-shirt and listen to "Eye on the Sky" (online) give reports of yet more snow. But oh, that first smell of spring, of mud and dirt and hope and sun ...

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