The daffodils in my yard are shooting up and on the verge of bursting open.
Spring is such an exciting time! It seems there is something new to see every day. Bright yellow daffodils will soon be the star of the show in our front yard leading the way for the forsythia and maple tree buds and leaves and the grass turning green.
Charlie is enjoying napping in the warm sunshine on the deck or in the grass instead of curling up in bed.
The birds are singing and the turkeys are gobbling.
What could be more enchanting and welcoming than the beginning of Spring?
Besides the turning of leaves in Autumn….
or the first snowfall in Winter….
or the first bare feet in the grass in Summer?
In honor of the daffodils, I painted this very loose and dreamy watercolor I call, “Essence of Daffodils.”
I was chatting with a friend at work last week that said she doesn’t like Brussels Sprouts, but said she wondered how they would be raw in a coleslaw like salad. She commented that she likes cabbage in coleslaw, but not cooked cabbage.
It got me thinking….. I am a Brussels sprout fan…. adore them roasted…. but I, too, wondered how they would be shredded and served raw in a slaw-type salad.
These little bunnies are from a recent trip to Hobby Lobby.
And I love this Springy green wreath I also found in Anne’s shop at Berry Vine Gifts. It replaced the cotton stem wreath I had here for Winter.
And what do you think of this fun little stack of books I made? I’ve been seeing them on Instagram on a few feeds I follow, and it turns out I had everything needed to make them myself. In fact, I might be making more to sell at Berry Vine Gifts and through our McKinneyX2Designs Etsy shop. So many possibilities of quotes and personalized messages can be made. For my first try, I did my favorite life message, “Cherish the Moments.”
I LOVE this quote by Roald Dahl, and it sparked my enthusiasm to paint boldly and brightly and enthusiastically in watercolor recently.
“Listening to my father during those early years, I began to realize how important it was to be an enthusiast in life. He taught me that if you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it full speed ahead. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it and above all become passionate about it. Lukewarm is no good. Hot is no good, either. White hot and passionate is the only thing to be.”
Roald Dahl, My Uncle Oswald
I feel a bit out of practice as I’ve been doing other projects lately, but it was fun to splash watercolor again.
My daughter-in-law, Colleen and I are enthusiastically embracing a new project, which I’ll update you on as we go, but we are expanding our McKinneyX2Designs space at the local gift shop where we display our products, Berry Vine Gifts in Bradford Woods.
For today, however, I hope you will consider this quote, and enthusiastically embrace whatever YOU are passionate about!
Charlie’s Irish Blessing: A St. Patrick’s Day Special.
May the road be cleared of snow and ice so we can go for walks. May the wind be full of wonderful scents to savor and sniff and smell. May the sun shine warm upon my fur for taking afternoon naps. May the rain fall softly everywhere else, except in my yard when I need to go potty. And, until we meet again, may you hold lots of tasty treats in the palm of your hand to share.
Woofs & Wags, Charlie
PS A very happy birthday to my brother, Nick. May you feel 29 forever (and always remember to bring me treats and scratch my belly)!
Charlie is an adopted dog with brown eyes and a white-tipped tail who brings joy and laughter to his family and friends. Charlie is a gifted writer, raving food critic, cat, chipmunk, and donut lover, and exceptionally photogenic model. Some of his best friends are Mike the UPS Man, Cliff the Mailman, and ANYONE who delivers pizza to the house. If you would like to read more guest posts by Charlie, simply type “Charlie” into the Search box at the top right hand corner of this link: thecreativelifeinbetween.com. If you would enjoy a companion like Charlie, please consider pet adoption.
When I saw this idea on Pinterest, I knew I had to create some of these.
A few simple ingredients and two minutes in the oven make for a winner of a special holiday treat.
I had a bag of Rolos left over from Christmas, and I knew I could pull some green M&M’s out of the jar I keep full most all the time. I had some pretzel sticks, but didn’t have mini pretzels, so that is all I had to buy. The ones I picked up at Fresh Thyme were Gluten Free and made from rice flour, so a bit lighter color, but completely delish!
Here is the super simple “recipe.” Do you have some friends or loved ones you’d like to share them with?
Preheat oven to 250 degrees F. Lay pretzels out in the shape of shamrocks on parchment paper lined baking sheet or stone. Place a Rolo where all three pretzels meet. Bake for 2 minutes for Rolo to soften. Remove from oven, and press M&M in center of Rolo. Cool completely and/or place in freezer to chill.