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"Happiness always looks small when you hold it in your hands, but let it go, and at once you learn how big and precious it is."
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Showing posts with label frost. Show all posts
Showing posts with label frost. Show all posts

Monday, January 27, 2014

Patience, my dears...

We've had some gorgeous clear days and even more clear nights.
We had a friend come out from the city to stay a few days and 
we stayed up into the wee hours playing cribbage.
A few times during the course of the evening we stepped outside
and Derrek remarked that the sky looked like a planetarium!
The sky so black and the stars like fairy lights strung above us.
In the morning the van windows were painted frosty masterpieces...
 I don't know what phenomenon is at work to develop such intricate designs...
 ...but life's beautiful little  mysteries astound me over and over!
 Icy chrysanthemums etched in silvers and greys...
 Whirls of cloud shapes...
 ...the sun comes out to enhance the hues and add some sparkle...
 A little warmth from my mitten and I can create a tiny porthole to the sunrise!
 Meanwhile, inside the house I'm enjoying a dreamy summer bouquet...
 ...perks from working at a flower shop...
 ...leftovers from last week...
 ...still gorgeous for at least a few more days...
 ...summer will come before we know it...
 ...keep dreaming...
...in the grand scheme, it really is 'just around the corner'...


Sunday, November 3, 2013

Right on schedule...

Someone asked me about a week ago when I thought the first frost would be...
I said around Halloween and sure enough, this morning was a crisp and clear
November morning with the edges of my world rimmed in crystal white...
...and as if on schedule as well, came a fast and furious head cold.
So yesterday, Norene came over to the 'lab'
 (as I have affectionately renamed the studio)
and we got in some felting therapy.
She's been experimenting with making mittens and I've been wanting to try this
for a while so after a day of laying out wisps of roving and much working
the wool with warm soapy hands we both came away with a few nice pairs.
Mine were inspired by some flowery ones I had seen on etsy...
 Little rolls of silk tufts became my winter garden theme...
 Along with some curly welsh locks for added texture...
 A mix of dark purple and black gave them an eggplant colour for the background...
 ...and the inside is a soft, silk merino blend...
 This morning when I went to take Griff for his walk, I was happy they had dried overnight...
 First voyage out into the cold...
Not the best things to wear for taking photos but after taking them off to do so,
putting them back on keeps the fingers warm and toasty.
I love these sunny frosty mornings...
Catching the sun on frost before it warms it up and the sparkles disappear...
No more warm mornings with tea on the porch this year...
The depth of autumn has definitely arrived in glorious fashion.