I cannot believe we are already in May! Usually by now, the tulips have bloomed (or are in their final stages), the sweet scent of lilacs is permeating the air... just in time for Mother's Day.
Not this year! This winter has been the longest one yet (for me, anyway)... 7 months of wearing coats is about 4 months too long! As I get older, each Minnesota winter feels longer and longer.
We had temp in the 30's yesterday, and snow twice this week - what the heck?!?
The weather experts have "promised" real Spring temperatures next week... in the 60's. I'm not holding my breath on that one.
Okay, enough complaining.... on to the fun stuff!
Crafting, creating and receiving beautiful art from my Blogworld friends keeps the winter "blahs" at bay.
These are some of the lovelies that have changed hands recently:
"APRIL SHOWERS BRING MAY FLOWERS"
ATC Swap hosted by the Altered Paper Group.
Paper dresses swap, also created for the Altered Paper Group.
My inspiration for these mini dresses was three special events in a girl's life:
I was even able to find vintage cards from my collection that matched my theme!
I felt like a little girl again, playing with paperdolls.
Miniature Tophats Swap, set of 3
These little darlings were a bit of a challenge due to their size and having to manipulate the paper just right.... I went to town embellishing with laces, mini millinery, netting, feathers, even a tiny little pink bird!
I have a few more fun projects on my desk right now... hoping to finish them up today, but it looks like we might have a bit of sunshine today (and temps above 60 degrees), so the garden might take priority....
(the kids-and staff-getting ready for Spring Break next week),
getting ready for our own trip to Europe,
and still fighting the flu/cold that won't quit,
I managed to finish a few projects this week...
and a bit of Spring organizing.
Taking my extensive little collection of Limoges and dainty china out of storage, washing, and finding a place to display takes a few days.
This year, I also decided to "wallpaper" the back of the 1970's built-in cabinet in my dining room. I have been meaning to paint it for year, but somehow haven't taken the plunge.... so when I ran across this shabby chic roses wallpaper at an estate sale (although I don't think it's very old), I knew instantly what I wanted to use it for.
Since I don't have room to display all my little pieces, I take turns rotating them.
It brings me joy to look at their dainty little flowers whenever I pass through our dining room... the instantly brighten up a gloomy day.
iIwas a week of fairies.... finished my fairy tags for the swap being hosted by JoAnne. They are all packed up and ready to mail! Yay!
The baby image is from my collection of vintage photographs...
She got her fairy wings and graced the tags with her presence...although each one is a little different.
My desk is covered with mounds of lace, ribbons, millinery....
I've been busy making custom-ordered cufflets for a Spring wedding...
The vintage-inspired wedding colors are soft blue and ivory.
The bridesmaids will be wearing cufflets (the one above is only about 1/3 finished...lots of hand embellishments to add) and carrying a bouquet of soft blue lilacs. Doesn't it sound beautiful?
Another work-in-process is this paper crown for a dear and very patient lady. I participated in a crown swap a while back and, due to health and some personal things going on in my life at that time, I was unable to finish her crown.
The base is paper, but I've added my signature fabric ruffles, lots of tulle and vintage millinery in yellows and ivories.