About this time of year I get a little anxious for some warmer weather. The snow is brown or gone. The trees are bare and it won’t change for a couple more weeks/months.
So I decided to go on a hunt for spring right within my own home. I didn’t “stage” anything for a photo shoot but just needed some in-the-moment reminders that spring is in the eye of the beholder. One of the first things I saw as I looked across the room was a plant that Dan and I have had since our wedding (in spite of my black thumb). I never met a shade of green I didn’t like, especially growing green.
Nearby was an arrangement of flowers (silk) that my daughter had done when we re-decorated together one weekend. She now lives far away and I’m grateful for the “fragrance” and beauty she left behind.
Last week I had put out the tea set when I put away the Valentine’s decor and just now realized that the tea cozy is such a floral print. Sister and I share a tea cozies that match. Wish she was here for a cup of tea right now.
I walked into the bedroom where I saw another colorful, floral treasure from our early marriage days (it was actually part of Dan’s hope chest). The pitcher and bowl set have been in every house we have lived in and it holds many treasured memories, as well as our loose change.
Right above the little walnut washstand hangs a picture of roses. Antique dealers call them yard-longs – guess why. I think the designer of those frames may have been married to a quilter as “yard-long frames” are an approximate translation/measurement.
On the dresser was an embroidered piece of linen with flowers and birds. It was done by my 84 year old quilting friend many years ago. She was clear on her instructions about “hiding the knots and quilt in a straight line”. She also had one of the most prolific flower gardens I know of.
Across the room is one of my all time favorite prints that hang in our home. Painted by the turn of the century artist Paul de Longpre, known for his exquisite flower paintings. You’ve probably noticed a theme in the art work I’ve shown.
I found spring is around me all winter long if I chose to find it, as is true of most of the blessings in life. So I think I’ll forget the gathering clouds outside–
–and go sew on a baby gift with BRIGHT fabrics and good music.
Hope your spring arrives for real in the very near future. Happy Hunting.