Thursday, March 6, 2014

Winter Blahs, "Aw, Get Over It!"

"I hate winter" has become my mantra...especially this winter. As you know, this is being said by someone who spent 15 years in Northern Wisconsin where we measured snow in feet rather than inches and who loves the silent sports like the Birkebeiner.  As I was bemoaning the snow and surfing the Web on one subzero morning, I came across this link which shows folks in Minnesota truly embracing the winter winds by snow kiting. Yes, that's flying kites on a winter's day. Simply the idea of kites makes you smile and what a way to get over the winter blahs.
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/snowkiters-get-a-lift-from-the-worst-of-winter

Made me realize that winter is merely a time to enjoy whatever life has given you. And here at the craft guild, we really do embrace winter. Winter is when we are the most productive, sitting around the fireplace at home or gathering with friends to plan or to produce whatever artistic expression we wish. On one such morning, our Daycrafters met with a flurry of show and tell in all venues. There was planning for the upcoming weavers' workshop, distributing the mammo pillow, and talk of spinning flax.  There were folks quilting, knitting, hemming weaving, beading and as any crafter can identify... "ripping out". We truly were excited just to be out and about with our peers.
As an sample from that morning...this quilter used leftover blocks from another project with significant creativity and improvising all the way to produce this interesting and electric quilt.  This cherry-blossom-looking quilt reminds us that spring is coming, the cherry blossoms, although a later this year....will bloom, will be beautiful and will be fragrant. Ah, SPRING.

So, have you started planning your gardens YET?

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