Spring

Candlemas, Imbolc, Brigid's Day, Ground Hog Day, Mid-winter, Celebrate February 2nd.

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We have made it! The darkest days of winter are behind us!

The mid-way point between the winter solstice and spring equinox will be celebrated by many in the northern hemisphere tomorrow - on February 2nd.

This truly special day, known as Ground Hog Day, Candlemas, Imbolc, Brigid's Day or mid-winter has been marked with special celebrations and traditions since ancient times. At the end of the post you can find links that will enlighten you further as to the history and customs.

How to Weave a Heart Shaped Ornament

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Meg over at MegaCrafty has invited all of us to join her Crafty Christmas Tree Challenge and decorate your Christmas Tree with only handmade ornaments.

As if I needed more handmade ornaments! But I am joining in anyway! Can't help myself!

Painting In The Rain!

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This is fun! Kids will love it! You will love it!

Amy Grennell, inspired me! Check out her version of "Rain Painting" here on her blog - Amy Grennell!

Giveaway to Help You Get an Early Start on Christmas Gift Making

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I just think "A Leftover Christmas: one month at a time" is a totally great idea! Hatched by Kristin Roach, the driving force behind Craft Letfovers blog, it is a mini zine designed to help us all get an early start on making gifts for the Winter Holidays.

Like most of us, she admits to suffering through that "Christmas Crunch Time" every year. Hoping to spread her crafty gift making over the year, Kristin is publishing a new zine series, "A Leftover Christmas", and between January and December of this year, she is publishing a monthly mini zine featuring a how-to for making a hand made gift.

The first issue of Kristin's Christmas zine shared how to make bath salts, and issue two contained the instructions and pattern for the cutest little partridge silhouette ornament. Issue three is just now hot off the press and features how to stitch up dish cloths.

Diane has actually gifted me a year's subscription! And so far I love it! Love the idea! Love the projects!

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In fact, I am enjoying the series so much, I wrote Kristin and asked it I could giveaway a set of the first three issues. She suggested we give away two sets of issues one, two and three!

So there will be TWO winners drawn!

All you have to do to be a winner is to leave a comment on this post and let me know if you have started making Christmas gifts yet!

The giveaway will end at midnight PST on Saturday, May 28th. I am ending it a little early so that those readers who are not among the lucky winners can still pop over to Kristin's shop and order copies at 33% off - discount is in effect until May 31st.

The giveaway is open to everyone - worldwide!

You will no doubt notice that there are only three issues and it is now May! But you see, Kristin has been much busier than expected with the final production chores associated with her soon to be published new book! And she has moved her studio. I would say she has a good excuse, wouldn't you?

Good luck to all!

No More Complaining! It Be a Garden Here.

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Grab a cup of coffee or tea and come join me for an early morning walk in my garden.

Snowy white poppies just opened this morning!

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Silver Dollar and Bleeding Heart are at peak bloom.

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Breakfast berries coming soon! My sweetie's pickin' fingers are twitching already!

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The seedling children seem happy in the tomato beds.

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My beloved Shooting Star welcomes a new day.

Thank you for visiting and letting me share springtime in my garden.

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