We’ve had such a hot, dry summer with heat wave after heat wave. I don’t love hot weather, so I was very happy when we had a nice cloudy day recently with a good rain. Unfortunately, it’s been so dry that the rain didn’t make much of a difference to the water table, and we really could do with several days in a row of a steady, soaking rain…but at least we had that small reprieve. And when it had finished raining and the clouds had passed, there were millions of diamonds left behind frosting each and every petal.
Well, I vanished there for a little bit…but I have been busy while I’ve been gone! I rediscovered some of my watercolour pieces from a couple of years ago that I never completed or developed and decided that now was a good time to finish them up.
I’ve also been taking new product photos for my shop and have slowly been adding and updating the pieces in both my Poshmark and Artyologist Shops.
These two originals are now available here or here. They come with an 8×10 white mat, so they are ready to pop into a frame. I think that the straw hat illustration would be perfect for a dressing room/area or a little girls’ room!
A simple “Hello” card for any occasion. And I liked the hearts from my Valentine collection, and thought that a thank-you card would be another nice option.
The straw hat also makes a cute little “thinking of you” card. And finally these retro white sunglasses! I painted this for a “summer” prompt on Instagram a few years ago, and thought it would be a perfect “congratulations” card. I can see this one being good for a graduation or maybe even a wedding.
That’s all for today. I hope to be back with some more new posts, but we’ve had such a heat wave lately, and now smoke from the forest fires, so it makes taking photos rather difficult, unfortunately. I hope you have been enjoying your summer and that you have a great weekend!
I hope you will forgive this blog turning into a diary of all of the photos of flowers I’ve seen lately. I haven’t been feeling well the past week so wasn’t able to finish a different post I had planned, so here are some Spring blossoms to cheer you on this Wednesday!
I wish you could smell them, they are so delightful, and this is such a lovely time of year, isn’t it?
Do you have blooming trees where you live? What are your favourite Spring flowers?
It’s finally starting to green up out there. Every day new little plants are pushing their way up out of the soil and leaves are unfurling from the trees. Tiny little flowers are blooming in the sunshine, and of course once the greenhouses opened we were treated to the lush full flowers of the bedding plants!
L: peony coming up out of the soil. R: sedums and hens and chicks
Spring arrives this weekend, and with it the hope of sunny days, warm weather and flowers…well eventually. We’ve still got quite a wait before anything green starts to grow, and it’s all looking a bit cardboard brown out there now while the snowdrifts recede, but that doesn’t even matter because deep down inside, we still know that it’s Spring!
This photo set is one that I took a few years ago but then never ended up posting…but that’s OK, because they are the perfect cheerful photos to post now for the arrival of spring!
I have been thinking lately about having a proper tea party. Even though I drink tea all the time, there is something different about “afternoon tea”, isn’t there? It’s just nice to sometimes go about setting the table, pulling out your favourite floral teacup, brewing up a pot, and serving it with a special treat. I think that this weekend is the perfect time to have one in celebration of the arrival of Spring!
Do you have any special plans to welcome the arrival of Spring? Do you like to have afternoon tea parties?