"The crickets felt it was their duty to warn everybody that summertime cannot last for ever. Even on the most beautiful days in the whole year – the days when summer is changing into autumn – the crickets spread the rumor of sadness and change."
―E.B. White, Charlotte's Web
I've been reading this book by Madeline L'engle called the Irrational Season. It starts out about Christmas and the craziness of it all, but I feel like my irrational season has extended far beyond the holidays. I feel out of sync making short treks outside in the snow instead of spending hours upon hours outside until I get sunburnt without realizing it. I feel tired of cleaning the floor over and over and over again and long for outdoor picnics that the little birdies clean up the mess from. Speaking of the birdies, anyone missing birdsong lately? I can't wait until the birds are waking me in the morning instead of an alarm clock or pantry doors opening (if you want that story, just CLICK HERE :)
Anyway, the flowers won't be blooming anytime soon, so to bridge the gap between now and then, I was inspired by Miss Martha (and some large batches of tissue and crepe paper and floral supplies at the thrift store) to whip up a few paper flowers to get me through the season.
They are a little time intensive, but not labor intensive.
The spider mums are really simple and the roses take a bit more time.
Anyone interested in a tutorial or do y'all know how to make these?
Oh...the secret weapon in those buds on the roses are little plastic pacifiers. They were in a big bag of (again) thrift store notions and they are much easier to work with than little balls of cotton.
Yes, that vase is as cute as you think it is and I won't tell you what it cost...it would just make you jealous :) Let's just say it was from 1/2 price night at the Salvation Army :) :) :)
By the way, if you are interested in Madeline's book or Martha's book, you can find links to them by CLICKING HERE!
oh...and since I wrote this post it has warmed up considerably...I'm going outside to try to find some REAL plants :)