Friday, April 24, 2009

Merry Go Round - Spring

It's time for another ride on the merry-go-round! Jump on and join a group of 11 artists/crafts-women as they link around the world and tell you a little about their lives in art and craft.

This month's question that myself and 10 other women will answer is "Spring". Now - I know that's not a question - but the idea is that we each post about spring in our own way and what it means to us - so there could be a wide variety of interpretations - which we thought (hoped!) would be interesting.

Spring to me nowadays always seems to bring my attention to our vineyard. Since November, the vineyard has just been this area of land with, what looks like, dead sticks! But in spring - all that changes. We get bud break and the whole property around our home changes.

As I wrote on one of our wine labels "the first frog chorus of the year heralds bud break in the vineyard" - and true enough, when those frogs start a-singing, the vines at the top of vineyard start showing signs of life!

Part of the vineyard is on a slope and so the vines at the very top are always quite a bit a head of the vines on the flat. It's lovely to see those perfect tiny leaves unfurl all around us. That dark color of the vine trunks now gets broken up with such a vibrant green.

And if you know me - you know that my favourite color is lime green - so Spring is a wonderful season for me - as I'm surrounded by all things lime green! Those buds, the leaves, .......

Coinciding with the bud break is also the flowering of the first California poppies. They are such a wonderful orange ....and orange is the color of happiness and laughter - so add that to my green buds and I am one happy person!!!

Hope you like the vineyard photos. These new delicate leaves are also what I use to make my leaf pendants as shown below. I love adding a tiny bit of resin to give them that green to make me and others happy!! This one I actually ended up making into a key ring for my dad as he commented on how much he loved it.....

Please take time to look at what "spring" means to the other wonderful artists on our merry go round. Here are our links. We are from all around the world so there are big time differences so if someone's post isn't up yet - come back later!

Happy spring to you all.

Fabienne at Easterya
Jenny at Jenny Karlsson design
Nikki at Beaded Zen
Wendren at Wren
Sara at Sara's Texture Crafts
Charlotte at Fancy Picnic
Lily at Lily Pang Art
Marian at Florcita
Agathe at Le Bar du Vent
Andreanna at Glamasaurus
Ruth at Birdland Creations

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