Monday, March 15, 2010

Spring is Coming!!!

I am in the midst of Spring Break right now, and it's exactly what the doctor ordered. I got to sleep in today, I've been reacquainting myself with my craft supplies, and I'm getting to spend some much-needed time with my blog. Maybe all these factors have contributed to my super-happy mood, but if I recall correctly, I get like this every year around this time. I just can't hold back the giddiness as the weather starts becoming more friendly and signs of springtime surround me.

I've really been enjoying my new neighborhood. My husband and I bought our first home in a charming, old-fashioned part of town. I've been going on long walks to explore my new setting any chance I get. When I remember to bring my camera along, I document the little things that make me happy along the way, most of which have to do with the coming of spring.

I've noticed that the wildflowers and weeds are beginning to wake up.

The skies are getting warmer.

In the backyard, my succulents are more than ready to start a new season. They started poking their heads through the dirt over a month ago, and now they're going crazy.

I've also discovered that our new house has daffodils growing in the yard.

I can't even describe how happy this makes me, but I'll try. My childhood home had an abundance of daffodils, and they brought me joy every single year with their sunny petals blooming far before the other flowers dared to open up. I literally squealed like a small child when I spotted these in the grass alongside our house.

In celebration of spring, I have started working with a new medium. Well, it's not really new because I've been fascinated with plants for as long as I can remember. It runs in the family. But I decided to take it to a new level and combine my love for plants with my desire to create. I ended up with five new terrariums that I am completely in love with. All of the glass vessels are either vintage, recycled, reclaimed, repurposed, rewhatever. You catch my drift- I didn't buy them new.

They're all foggy in these pictures because 1.) I had just watered them and 2.) I was committing a major terrarium no-no by exposing them to direct sunlight. The best place to store a terrarium is not right next to a window, but within a few feet of one. So I quickly completed my little photoshoot and returned my creations to their home on top of the bookshelf in my kitchen.

I've become a bit more garden-oriented with my polymer clay work too. I've been making all kinds of garden stakes- mushrooms, snails, glow in the dark fireflies, etc. So I would like to thank spring for inspiring me this year, just when I needed it the most.

What are you inspired by right now?


Pili said...

Nice! Lovely looking terrariums!
And I'm super glad that you're getting a well deserved rest with the spring break AND that you are actually getting signs of spring already!

And I'm really glad to hear from you, I was missing reading your blog posts!!

Have a great week, Holly!

Melissa said...

I'm so jealous that everyone's already on spring break... mine isn't until April. Have a great week!

JUST ME said...

I wish I lived in your house!!

Heather said...

happy spring break!!!! Isn't it the most fun!?!
The terrariums look so neat! I am a big fan of moss :) hope this break inspires more creations!

Christie Cottage said...

Spring refreshes us as well as all the outdoors!

Anonymous said...

gah! you are making me crazy with no pictures of this new house of yours! but I honestly haven't posted many of ours either, and we just celebrated our two year anniversary here last week. ha!

thank you for the kind words on my blog too.

how's teaching going?

apparentlyjessy said...

I am very impressed with your terrariums. I think I might have to try making one this year, they are just so beautiful!
Love the photos, the sunset one is really stunning.
Glad you are able to get a bit of rest and some time to create now, hope to see more posts from you soon!

Audrey said...

We have spring break at the end of the month! After 2 weeks of fog- the sun came out today!! WOOHOO!! I can hardly wait to plant my garden and flower boxes :)

Rose said...

Hi Holly, Its nice to hear from you with this happy spring vibe :)
Daffodils are always so lovely in the garden. When we get our own place I plan to have loads of flowers including bulbs!
Your terrariums look so great! those little mushrooms you make would look great in there.


Raven :) said...


I am so happy to see you blogging again! I really miss reading your blog. I know how busy you have been with your job though. Hee hee

I love daffodils too! We have a lot growing by our house. I’ve been meaning to get some pictures of them…

By the way, whoever takes your pictures is a very good Photographer! :)

Hope all is well with you!

Brigid said...

I'm jazzed about spring, too! I go from so unbearable around Christmas to a happy little lady when it starts to warm up.

I'm loving the terrariums! Do you think they would do well in an office with no windows (but lots of artificial light)? If so, I would love to buy one from you if you could part with one. My office needs prettifying.

Margie said...

Very good pics! I too love to garden, it is so tranquil for me. The feeling of the dirt in my hands and finger nails (I don't wear gloves)! My grandma always had irises everywhere, so I have followed her footsteps with those. They're always the first to bloom around here:) and they don't last very long:( The older I get, the better I get at gardening! Have a good rest of your Spring Break ~ Margie

cabin + cub said...

oh i love the terrariums.. they are so cute! and how fun they have a new happy home.

ps. i am so happy that spring is just around the corner too.... hooray for sunshine and blossoming flowers and trees!

Brian Burke said...

Glad to hear you're enjoying the new hood, home, and garden. I love new yard discoveries like daffodils too. Our giant tulip tree made it past the frost and is now in full purply-pink bloom, so that's the latest thrill here.

Holly Hall said...

The terrariums are lovely!

I've been bitten by the gardening bug this year, big time. I've been breaking my back tearing out old, long neglected flower beds in my yard in preparation to plant some veggies and flowers of my own. They sat untended for so long, dozens of saplings had taken up residence, so now I'm struggling to hack out all the roots. It's really frustrating!

Ink Obsession Designs said...

Wow!! I can't believe things are already coming up like that for you! We have a few irises that are starting to sprout up, but that is about it. I so love this time of year! :)

Katrinshine said...

I am very impressed with your terrariums!!

Stay Tuned said...

Yay! enjoy your spring break.... and "spring" at your new house. You're just the cutest! laura XO

devonrose said...

Hi pretty lady!

Devon and I have missed you! Hope you and your hubby are having a wondeful Spring Break in your lovely old/new home (can't wait till we get one) I LOVE old should post some pics:)Love your terrariums! Your post reminds me to get some plants for our room, or at least some fresh flowers!
Have a great weekend!

Kristin said...

Sounds like you live in a lovely neighborhood!

Rheea said...

I miss you buddy!!! Love to hear from you again (thank god we still have facebook). Hee.

These are beautiful.. love the sky! Why don't we get such colorful skies here? I'm jealous! And well, you're into terrariums now eh. Good to hear you sounding all happy and excited. Life as a wife must be good. ;)

Have a wonderful weekend my dear~


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Kristin said...

Wow. Your succulents are beautiful!