Well we finally got some snow last week and it was really nice to feel like winter for a while. Just a couple weeks prior, it was 70 degrees and I was fighting with the boys about wearing coats. The snow didn't last long because it quickly turned to rain and became a slushy mess, but for about 5 hours we had a beautiful snowstorm and about 5 inches of snow to play in. While walking and playing in the snowstorm, I made special note to look out for inspiring sites. The beautiful way the bare trees look covered in snow. Their branches really stood out to me against all the white. The red holy berries covered in a blanket of snow. The birds hunkered down on the electrical wires huddled together and also covered in snow. The mass of snowflakes falling all around. The foot prints we all made in the snow. The different sizes and shapes of the icicles. Inspirations was everywhere. Even though the snow storm didn't last, it left a lasting impression on me and I decided to create a treasury list in it's memory in hopes of inspiring others who may not have experienced "winter" in their neck of the woods.
The look of the stark winter trees has inspired some of my recent pieces too. I created a basic winter tree design and called it "Hibernation" and "Winter's Sleep". The names came from me thinking of the trees as sleeping through the winter. The series includes earrings, cufflinks, a pendant and a magnet set.
I think a lot of us are guilty of not paying attention to the season we are in (at least those of us who still have seasons). In winter we are always longing for spring and summer. In summer we can't wait for the fall cool down and in Fall we look forward to snow and winter. We should probably take a little time to enjoy the season we are in and what it has to offer instead of always looking ahead and wishing for something else. Take a little time this week to appreciate winter, or whatever season you are currently in. Celebrate it's unique qualities. Think about both what you love about it and what you don't like about it. Make note of the foliage and clothing changes. (I know I can't wait till the first day that I have to wear my winter coat and gloves.) Think about the activities that you do in that season. I will be thinking about winter today and hoping for the snow that is forecast for this afternoon.
If it snows where you are, make sure to take some time to catch a snowflake on your tongue, catch a few in your glove to see what they look like before they melt, have a snowball fight, make a snowman or a snow sculpture, lay down and make a snow angel and snap a few pics of winter, so that they can inspire you during any season!