Thursday, 7 February 2008
The sum of all parts
I'm not sure how it started, I think it began a few weeks ago when I bought these old brooches at the car boot. They were so pretty and were the perfect antidote to the grey January morning when I found them. They offered the instant promise of what was just a little way ahead, the flowers, colours and smells of early spring.
The next day I gathered together a bundle of fabrics that captured the colours of early spring, the fresh green of the shoots and sprouting bulbs, the yellows of the daffodils and primroses which are just beginning to appear in my garden and the deeper pink of the pansies and violas that are in my window boxes.
Looking through my collection of old postcards I found the perfect picture to sum it all up, it captured the colours exactly and the jug was just delicious. A posy of cowslips and violets in a lovely polka dot green jug.
And then, as if by magic M came home with this bunch of flowers for me! Anemones, tulips and tete a tete narcissi. I wish you could smell them the scent is delicious and the colours perfect. I couldn't believe that the flowers reflected so well what I had been planning.
I've had fun with this and am pleased with the results (I think!). A bunch of ragballs that capture this time of year and the promise of what lies ahead. I've put some on my hall table and made some for etsy.
The ragballs come in a drawstring bag which I've made in a co-ordinating fabric, the vintage postcard and a handmade label with a vintage image of some primroses on one side and "spring" printed on the other.
But that's not all - I couldn't stop there.
I suddenly wanted the blossoms of spring trees, the forget me nots and the soft greens that we'll see in a few weeks time. So I made another batch in soft pinks, greens and pale blues.
Another matching bag, vintage postcard and label. It's great being able to trace a path back to the initial idea and see how the parts all come together and it's provided me with a reminder of all that is lurking just under the surface of my garden and the pleasure we'll hopefully be sharing in a few weeks time - fingers crossed!