Monday, February 14, 2011

FOR THE LOVE OF BIRDS, BURLAP, AND BLOOMS...

Whats not to love about blissful birds song, rough nubby burlap, and beautiful blooms? I hope you won't mind if I send you skittering across blog land today to visit a couple of friends with some wonderful things to share. With the sunshine beaming brightly today and the snow melting off my thoughts have turned to spring. I long to see the plump robins clad in their red vests return. I am anticipating the first of the wild violets to appear on the hillside. I cannot wait to awaken in the predawn morning to the sound of bird song.
(Photo Source used with permission Life @ Ruff Haven)

If you are like me and would like to have a touch of spring before it gets here why not get your craft on with a wonderful bird inspired crafting session hosted by Marianne of Life at Ruff Haven. Marianne recently posted two wonderful tutorials, one doing a reverse bird image application to a journal (More Fun With Varnish) and the other of adding the image to the textural surface of burlap (A Little Word About A Bird On Burlap). Both of these mixed-media techniques could be added to a variety of projects to enhance your artwork. Marianne was so gracious to let me use images of her artwork. Thank you, Marianne, for the wonderful inspiration! I hope you too will enjoy visiting her.
Just in case you have not heard, there is going to be a wonderful celebration of spring at a brand new art event hosted by none other than Karla of Karla's Cottage! The event is called Bird Song and will be held at the infamous cottage/studio of Karla on the weekend of April 30 - May 1, 2011. Ask me am I dying to go to this intimate gathering of friends, artists, and teachers...YES! Ask me if I am swooning over the beautiful projects...YES! Ask me if I am participating...YES!, but only in a small way as a sponsor for the event.
I want to attend in person so badly, it is within easy driving distance and so affordable too, but things keep cropping up to deter my being there so I thought if I could not be there in person I could be there in spirit through promotion and sponsorship of the event. I began working on some bird and bloom themed tags and supply kits to send to Karla for all the students and teachers plus I will add a piece of artwork for the raffle. I can't think of a better way to sing in spring than to usher it in with the creative energy that is sure to be served up at Bird Song!Last but not least, I wanted to wish each and everyone of you a beauty filled love fest kind of day this Valentine's Day! I'll be spending my day with the bride to be picking up a newly dyed pair of blue shoes and having a fitting done on the wedding gown, looking for supplies to make invitations, buying more coffee filters for some serious wedding fluff, and meeting with the maid of honor to look at brides maids dresses. I am ever so hopeful for a quite evening of snuggling on the sofa with my Handy Hubby to round out the day.

Here is a sweet scented, pale pink and green tinted, blush of spring rose just for you, my Valentine friends...
Happy Valentine's Day!

13 comments:

daysease said...

See that? this day started off a bit roughly, and in my efforts to distract my mind with a bit of beauty, I am confronted with the loveliest of bringing-on-spring bounty. Each project is lovely as can be. Thank you for sharing.

Whimsey Creations said...

Hope your snuggle comes true. Happy Valentine's Day to you.

Dorthe said...

Dear Sandy,
what a bussy-and beautifull life,- full of wonderfull preparations for the wedding- and then you acomplish being a sponsor for karlas class,too--uuhh you are a fantastic lady.
I wish you a lovely,cosy evening on your couch :)
Hugs,Dorthe

Amanda said...

Happy Valentine's Day to you too! Thank you for sharing such pretty projects and lovely pink roses with us! Enjoy your cuddle time tonight! I'll be curled up on the sofa with my hubby this evening..watching American Pickers on tv. Can't think of anywhere I'd rather be on a rainy Valentine's eve!
Best Wishes and Blessings,
Amanda

Dianne said...

Happy Valentines Day!

Kasia said...

Dear Sandy,
Thank you so much for the wonderful blog post! The pictures and flower are not only inspirational but also very creative. I too, cant wait for spring, although I love winter! The birdies are the best, as you know Im crazy for them! Have a wonderful Valentines day! hugs.

Nook & Cranny said...

Sandy,
Thanks for the rose and the post, it is so beautiful.
Michele

Kelly said...

Very pretty post.

Happy Valentine's Day!


:)


Kelly

Diane said...

Sandy, your sponsorship will make this gathering even more special! And what you're showing as your offering...oh my!!!

I'm wishing I could go too. But it's not in the cards. I hope everyone has a blast!

Hugs,
Diane

Mary said...

I will sooooo miss meeting you at Karla's - I'll be there on Saturday night and can't wait to meet so many blog friends. I wish you could be there!

karlascottage.typepad.com said...

Oh what pretty birdies!! Thanks for sponsoring, its wonderful to have your goodies coming. I wish you were coming.

I have spot held for you for a bit longer just in case....

Charlene said...

Sandy, Thank you for the sweet words about my LOVE Story. Yes, it has been some up & downs in those 40 years but, I wouldn't change a thing. Are you having fun now with the Mother of the Bride roll? Now that the adjustment is settling in... I hope so. I adore the little flowers you put on those beautiful tags (love the tags too). I don't think I will make it to that event but, it sure looks likes fun. Enjoy the sunshine. I am ready for spring too (NOT the heat of summer though). HUGS!
Charlene

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

I will never tire of beautiful blooms and birds!

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