Acrylic on box canvas 20x20cm
I hope this warm March day finds you well! Im pleased to be able to share the finished painting ‘Daffodils and Bunting’ with you! After being inspired by Surfer Rosa, I painted in some cotton reels as the thought of the blackbird coming to find a spare strand of thread to line his nest was very appealing. Of course, I then sat wondering what the cotton reels might be sitting there for, all very well to have a couple of reels on the window sill and why not – but I felt a bit more visual interest was necessary and the idea of bunting popped into my head, and it seemed to bring the picture together! Do you agree? Im going to start putting some of my originals into my Folksy shop ~ ‘Little Blue Bird‘ ~ so you will be able to find this, and other paintings and prints available to buy there too!
This morning I awoke at 6am – I lay under the warmth of the duvet for a few minutes but realised that the light coming from behind the curtains was tempting me to get up. Im not usually up this early, and generally Im the sort that will turn over and go back to sleep for another hour until the soft thudding of Little Girl’s footsteps on the landing awaken us. But this morning, I felt compelled to be up before anyone else. I tiptoed downstairs, put on a pot of coffee and opened the backdoor…and thats when I realised what had happened.
Spring had arrived.
The picture above, is another view of our lovely ‘tops’ looking out again over to Derbyshire. It was slightly hazy at 8:30 this morning as we drove over to Mum’s to dispatch the Little One for a day of adventuring. Im very fond of that view, it’s one of my favourites and sometimes feels as if the whole, beautiful world is spread out before me.
You can see that Spring has arrived, Im waxing lyrical and Im all over the place in a skippy happy sort of fashion today! Which leads me to more skippy happy stuff, of the crochet kind.
Ive made some hearts!
I was inspired a few weeks back by a post on Attic 24’s blog, where she had designed and made the sweetest little hearts you ever did see. Now, I was quite smitten with them and searched the internet high and low for a pattern. But you know what its like, once you see something you like, you want that one – and none of the other patterns I found really did it for me. So, last night I spent a couple of hours working out my own pattern – Im nothing if not determined folks – and eventually, with a whole lot of tweaking and unravelling, came up with these, which I think look a bit like what I was after!
The next painting will feature a cat, and I hope to be able to share it with you soon.
I can’t say Goodbye this week without saying ‘Thank You’ to everyone who has visited my blog to take part in the Sunny Spring Giveaway! Ive been delighted to find wonderful comments from old friends and new ones, and because of this Im discovering some wonderful new blogs, so thanks to all of you for stopping by! There is still chance to enter the giveaway, as it doesn’t close until the 21st March – so if you would like to enter and haven’t already, then please leave a comment on this post to guarantee a place in the draw, which takes place on Monday the 22nd.
I’m looking forward to catching up with your blogs, its been a busy old week here one way or another so apologies for not being able to get to as many blogs as I would like (and believe me, I like nothing more than a good hour of peaceful blog browsing, with cup of tea and something sweet and nice alongside!).
Have a warm, sunny weekend – I’ll be posting again sometime on Monday so “Good Luck” to you, if you’re in the draw!
Julia x x x
The sun shone all day long however, and it was a day for discovering once again, how pretty dried seaweed can be, collections of fragile, tiny shells on the shoreline and admiring the simple beauty of sunlight on tide rippled sand.
Little Person, needless to say, enjoyed it immensley and there was much sand pie making and pitstops for games of football.
Thoroughly refreshed and reinvigorated after our bracing day out, we returned home. And the homeland is much cheerier now that there is a promise of spring on the horizon. Ah yes, the days are definately getting longer, and the other evening we had a glowing sunset as we travelled over the ‘tops’ to go and fetch our daughter from Nanny Mum’s house. (the ‘tops’ are a local name for the hills that rise up between the valleys here).
I love the old marker stones you get around our way too that serve as road signs. This one in the top right picture is showing the way to Brighthomlee, with a helpful etching of a finger in the stone to point you in the right direction!
The Sunny Spring Giveaway!!This giveaway is a little celebration of the impending arrival of Spring, and also my birthday which coincides beautifully with this occasion! If you would like to enter, all you need to do is leave me a comment in the ‘post a comment’ section at the end of this post. That’s it. It’s that easy. On March the 21st, which is the Spring Equinox, I shall draw a name from the hat and post the winner’s name the following day (I’d post it on the 21st but it’s my birthday so Im hoping to be whisked off somewhere marvellous and nowhere near a computer!! 😉
So, without anymore waffling, here is what you can win!
And there we have it my friends! All that remains is for you to leave me your comments – meanwhile, Im off to finish a certain painting that I started last week – thank you for all your excellent suggestions about that, I really was in a bit of a pickle with what that dear blackbird could have come to find, but Im now happy to tell you that, inspired by Surfer Rosa’s idea Im going to be adding a little cotton reel or ribbon to the scene!
I’ll be back again as usual next week (if not before)!
Til’ then – love to you,
Little things are what keep me afloat – like this jam jar of buttery yellow daffodils. I stopped at the lovely little florist/gift shop ‘Hacketts’ in nearby Penistone earlier this week and was rewarded with 3 generous bunches for just a couple of pounds. They have filled two jam jars in an abundant manner and are showing off all over the dining table and kitchen windowsill! But aren’t they glorious?
Another flowery thing to fill me with delight this week, was the sudden opening of these darling irises, which never cease to astonish me each year that they appear. I love their colours, the blue is quite stunning and such a gift after all that gloomy weather! We have been teased for several weeks by their juicy green buds that didn’t seem to do anything, until one day I happened to glance out of the window and ‘voila!’ there they were!!
But all will be resolved, I don’t doubt it – most likely over a cup of tea and a nice bit of cake. Oh yes, we’ve been at it again. Baking. This time: Chocolate brownies crammed full of walnuts and pecans…
And, Ive been doing a bit of painting myself! I finally found some time to make a start upon my next piece after a rather busy time of it doing lots of other things. Ive been heartily inspired by spring flowers of late and felt I must paint a picture which included a cheery jug of daffs – yet I also had a whim to do a bit of a coastal scene too…doodles and sketches followed and Ive set to work…would you like a peek? Its a work in progress with far to go as yet…but I don’t mind showing you how its looking…! Would you like to see it?
Oh, alright then, here you go!
Well! Another week has passed – (doesn’t the time go fast these days), and I want to let you know that next week, I will be officially announcing my Spring Giveaway! The reason behind all this, is that it is my own birthday on the first day of spring (21st March), and to celebrate I wanted to do a little givaway to coincide with my spring birthday celebrations! Hurrah!!
Im planning some lovely treats for you, so do make sure you stop by next week to find out more!
That’s all Im saying for now, Im going to do a little bit more work on my painting before I have to go and collect the child – toddlers and acrylic paints don’t go very well together you see 🙂
So I hope you have a delicious weekend, oh – and thank you to everyone who is stopping by to leave such nice comments – I want you to know that I read each one and really appreciate the time you take to pop in and read. Im endeavouring to visit all of your blogs in turn, and look forward to catching up with you soon!
Till next week…sending you a nice cup of chai tea, your favourite song, a spring walk and drifts of snowdrops to smile at!