It’s that time again…..for another one of these posts (and LOOK! I was honored with being their featured link from last week’s post! Thanks Hillary!). This was a fun one, and pretty easy this round because I had a lot of pictures left over from last week’s “Nature Walk” and this week’s topic is an offshoot of last week’s!
Spring is full of new life and new beginnings. On your nature walk last week where did you see signs of new life? What new beginnings are evident in your life at this time?
This set of pictures actually come from the beginning of my walk on our property before I got to the woods….
This silly cat, Trinket, was sleeping in the kindling box on the porch…..and not the swan planter my dad made for us with towels in it (we had geraniums in it a few years back and then when they got thrown out one winter….the cats took it as a bed)…
Okay, so the gratuitous cute cat picture is taken care of…now onto the subject at hand. New life? well it was more like “dormant” life coming back to life. Which IS much like what is happening in my life right now….. My book which I excitedly shared about MANY MANY Months ago is a go again right after Spring Quilt Market and I am very happy about that! These next few weeks, I have 4 total quilts to make and finish for three different companies, and then it is on to the BOOK! I can’t tell you how disappointed I was that my DayJob transition took so long and so much time away from this life. It is really difficult being the main breadwinner and working at building a creative business. You may have noticed here….I just DON’T get to do the things that I want because I have to make sure that all of our other needs are being met.
And I am not complaining….really….It is just hard, and the last year and a half has been particularly hard…..but things are really looking good now, and I am ready for that dormant life in me to come back again! I am VERY HAPPY about that!! And now on to the photos!
These blossoms are from the wild plums that grow along the bank of our winter wetlands. Always the first fruit trees to bloom on our little piece of heavenly earth.
In the grass by the front part of the driveway, these little grape hyacinths faithfully come up every year….I thought they were lost, but apparently they come up a little later than I had remembered!
And this quince was here when we bought the place, I am pretty sure it is over 50 years old at least…..It is IMPOSSIBLE to get rid of and Really needs a deep pruning this year….Not sure when I am going to do that when I want to be sewing so much more this year.
Close up of the forsythia from my sister-in-law’s old place. It’s been here at least 17 years now. Love the color that it brings to end the brown/grey Pacific Northwest winter. I think it is pretty late too, come to think of it. Kinda like my creative life lately……hmmmm…..
This white flower is some “weed” tree that has grown up in the lilac hedge at the front of our place. It has such pretty flowers, I am just going to let it grow. I love how God throws his own gardening in onto mine…..okay, well not all weeds get to stay…..but this one does….. 🙂
And the best is for last….the Lilac hedge is getting ready again to intoxicate me with its smells and color. These lilacs all come from suckers that I took off the original settler’s lilac here. The mother plant is still here too, and she is at LEAST 90 years old. I do have a couple hybrid lilacs that I bought and put in with the rest, and there are a few rugosa roses as well, that add color later in the year, but it is mostly lovely, lavender lilacs……..
This spring is especially a hopeful one for me. I am hoping and working towards a much better and brighter one than 2011 or 2012 combined…
And for my quilty friends which is most of you reading I know, I have some posts already prepped to share some of this Revival Quilting life of mine!! So they are coming soon to a monitor near you….
Scott, I really enjoy reading “your story”. In a household full of artist types, I so understand the need to create vs the need to pay bills. ugg! I’m wishing you great success in all your creative endeavors. On another note, I’m jealous of those gorgeous spring blooms you photographed. I shoveled 12″ of snow off the driveway today! Nothing like springtime in Colorado. : )
Such beauty surrounds you! Thank you for the tour and for your sweet honesty. I get it.