Seriously, is it really spring? I live in the "Banana Belt" of Spokane and have thankfully missed the snow showers this week but I am still ankle deep in hail most days. I've been sitting at the window patiently waiting for the tiniest ray of sun so I can get started on my yardwork. I have a 1/2 acre to rake, shovel, prune, and plant and this 30 degree weather is killing me! Can I go outside already.... please?
As if I wasn't excited enough, just look what I got yesterday. Since we met in art school I've always helped my friend Keshia stretch her canvas. Yesterday she not only showed up with 3 yards of canvas and 18 boxes to stretch them over, but she came bearing gifts. A friend of her family recently passed after a battle with cancer and she left everything in her greenhouse to Keshia and her mom. This gift was passed along to me and yesterday I inherited a 12 x 16 x7 inch box packed full of seeds! After I plant my own garden, I have enough to landscape the rest of my block!
You may not know this, but the gardening muscle has to be properly stretched before engaging in wildflower warfare on your neighborhood. So, I began a strict training program yesterday, starting with a moss terrarium. I found this little vintage pyrex coffee pot at the thrift store and it was beggin to be made into a planter... really, I heard it. This adorable terrarium will sit on my computer desk to help bring the outside in. Now all I need are ceramic mushrooms to go inside.
And, while I had gardening on the brain, I've decided to put all those book "guts" to good use and I'm expirimenting with templates to make paper flowers. I made this rose yesterday out of sheet music and just finished dying paper to make a calla lily bouquet for my team's Easter Challenge. You might possibly see these in my shop in the near future.