Sunday, March 28, 2010

New, Green and still Chilly

I took a walk around my yard this week, and found signs of the season changing. Living in the midwest, it seems like winter will never end sometimes. Just when you're feeling like you'll never know what warmth feels like again, you start to notice things coming up. Just look what I found in my backyard.

They are coming up, even surrounded by the old and dead plants of last year.
They all look like they are trying so hard!
Buds on some bushes, and full-blown flowers in a corner by the front of the house.
A little tree will soon be covered in white flowers.
And then there's the proof that squirrels are out, searching and digging for those pesky little acorns. Where did I put that nut?
See what I came out to find one morning in my backyard??? What a mess!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Season's Changing

The weather is hanging in there, and in our back yard, hints of green are starting to pop up out of the ground.

Now, this little colage should have gone in last week's post (The Spring Itch), but I couldn't help but share it. Tis the season for wearing flowers!

So, good-bye snow, and hello to spring!

{again, from Anthropologie}

Sunday, March 14, 2010

The Spring Itch

Spring is near. I can just feel it. And after so many months of snow, ice, sleet, and wind...well, just thinking about spring makes me giddy!

So, once the weather starts to give us those first days when walking out without gloves doesn't mean frostbite, my eyes start to turn toward bright colors and all things spring.

One of the fashion trends that I love and you'll have to pry out of my dead hands is wearing flowers. Not just for luao's anymore, I say! I've started putting them in my hair, on my clothes, on my purse, and even hanging them from my ears!

from sweeteverything on Etsy

Not only do I put flowers in my hair, but I sometimes pack an extra flower and give it to a friend for a night out. Floral peer pressure!
{I'm on the right}

Even less than likely friends will put flowers in their hair; just long enough for me to snap a picture! These two wore matching flowers for about one mintue.
{see the little black flowers?}

I love clothing that include flowers - be it patterns or textures. This comes from the "Just Rosy" collection at Anthropologie.

Or, if you aren't ready to really commit that much, you can always pin a flower onto something basic. This little guy is living on a teal purse of mine right now.

Then, of course, there's the flowery jewelry that I love to make! I've shared my flowery necklaces in a previous post, Finally Finished.  But here's a couple of pairs of earrings that I've made with flowers on my mind.

So, I hope you each find a way to bring a little sunshine and spring into your wardrobes. Not only does it make you feel a bit more cheery, but you're probably brightening the days of those who pass by and see you.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Living out of a Suitcase

I've had a full week, with absolutely no time to myself! I was out of town all week for a work conference and had a lot of fun in Chicago. Went shopping, saw a show at Second City, lovely dinners out, more shopping...

I noticed some fashion trends while going into all the amazing shops that the big cities have to offer. One thing that struck me was the size of earrings. They are huge right now! I even bought myself two pair of earrings, which always makes me feel a little silly. I should just try to make a pair, right? But, sometimes I just want something NOW. Have you ever done something like that?

Yesterday I went to a Flower and Garden show at Navy Pier. There were some amazing displays with plants, flowers, paths, stones and waterfalls.  If you're in the Chicago area, you should check it out.

Of course, I managed to walk out as the proud owner of a case and a half of wine! There was a company, PRP International, with a booth at the show. I guess it's safe to assume that people walking around at a flower and garden show are going to want a drink, eventually. So, after tasting quite a few varieties of wine, I was hooked. My husband and I picked our favorites and put an order in.
We'll see how that goes. I'm finally back home now, coming back to the real world after living out of a suitcase for the last few days. I'm looking forward to getting back to a normal week!