It snowed again…

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I had wonderful intentions of responding to Keturah’s post about spring with one of my own. I would have showed you the ranunculus I’m growing, and my tray of succulents, and maybe the jar of sprouts, or the nice package of seeds I bought a few weeks ago. Instead I’m posting pictures of snow. Yesterday someone was moaning about the predicted snow. Another person said, “Oh, but just think of the nice dusting of snow that will be on the crocuses.” I don’t always like sincere optimism.

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But she was right. Our class planted 800 bulbs last fall as a class gift. Now we’re proudly watching the little ones come up. The crocuses started on the bank a few weeks ago.9820

Just last week I found a bunch of glories of the snow. They bravely opened up regardless of the blanket of cold wet snow.

9804Here are two of the many tiny snowmen that appeared on the sidewalks this winter and spring. These two are obviously morning people. The mere thought of evening makes their hearts melt like water. (To quote Joshua in KJV 🙂 )

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Watercolor Calligraphy

Watercolor calligraphy. Sounds intriguing. But what is it? I recently purchased the book Modern Calligraphy by Molly Suber Thorpe. This book is a fantastic introduction to modern calligraphy and inspiring for those of us who have dabbled in calligraphy a bit already.

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When I first saw watercolor calligraphy in her book, I was interested but not convinced. I wasn’t sure that it was really my style. I tend to go for simple, understated art and it looked like the writing, though beautiful, was a touch on the gaudy side. But thanks to the encouragement of a few friends I decided I had to try it anyhow.

SONY DSCIt’s a lot of fun! Yes, it is more challenging than ink from an inkwell. But the delightful variety that just happens makes it worthwhile. Besides, learning a new skill will help fight off Alzheimers, right? 🙂 The thing that gives me the most difficulty is that I can’t tap my nib against the inkwell because I’m loading the nib with a brush. This left me with lots of ink blots at first. But I’m learning.

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You really can do this with the cheapest set available at Walmart. You know those Crayola sets you had when you were five. Yes, it will work. The blending happens when you add a new color to the nib before the old color is gone. So in one paper you might have ten different shades even though you only used three colors!

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I chose these colors to show the fresh green of spring. Yes, spring is coming. Even in rainy Guys Mills where we see more rain on sunshine than sun on rain.

May calendar: :free printable

Want to add a bit of spring to your desktop? Here is a free calendar printable to help you do just that! Feel free to download this and print it for personal use. I hope you enjoy it!

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 I’d love to hear from you if you’ve been using these calendars. 🙂