After coming back down south yesterday from spring break, I was delightfully surprised at all the wisteria in bloom. It came a week earlier than last year, but then the south has been enjoying wonderful weather in the last few weeks.
I supplied the vase and my roommate picked the purple clusters.
In the life of a musician, there can be semesters where midterms stretch into two weeks, with an orchestra concert thrown in the mix. Such as been my life. Not to mention that college in general is an never ending cycle of reading, papers, memorizing, practicing, listening, sleeping, etc, etc. :) This weekend there is a small chance of being able to catch my breath, and maybe, just maybe I'll get to venture out and take a hike in some hills and woods not to far from here.
We've been having such lovely weather here lately, and spring has just arrived here in SC. How do I know? Just yesterday I noticed a thin layer of yellow dust coating my car. Thankfully spring pollen has never bothered me (only wild grasses in the month of June back home; odd, I know) and clusters of yellow are budding in the neighbor's yards with a patch or two of lily-of-the-valley here and there. Down the lane there is a redbud tree that is just starting to bloom.
In the last day or so I've been itching to be in the dirt again, dig up the hardened soil, and water the signs of green life. Or gather nosegays from my rose gardens. To confess, I'll be adding another rose bush somewhere in one of the gardens back home. My favorite source for English roses had a recent sale which was to hard to resist, so I'm having a plant being shipped here for me to look after until I can get it in the ground. While most college students go to the malls to buy clothes or shoes, this odd person splurges on a rose bush. ::winks::
The fall semester came and went. The start of Christmas break found a friend and I taking a road trip back home with lots of music (Can you believe I never heard the music from Phantom of the Opera? I got choked up, I won't lie...), philosophical discussions, coffee stops, and sneaking in pictures as we traveled along the beautiful highways.
Christmas Break. It was wonderful. It was a time of...
my persian cats snuggling up to my face,
lazy mornings on the couch bathed in sunshine,
laughter, stories, and movies,
Christmas books, and candles,
late night sister talks,
going on two brother-sister dates,
shopping at all of my favorite thrift stores and antique stores,
lots of rest,
caroling with good friends,
family gathering around the kitchen with steaming mugs of tea or coffee,
having someone pour encouragement and prayer into your life (and then buying you a scarf and a matching necklace & earring set and saying, "When you wear these, remember I'm praying for you),
and much more could be said about the break. It was wonderful. But then it came time to leave and make the same trek back to school. This time driving solo, but it was good to spend that time in solitude, prayer, and thanksgiving.
The semester is only 1 1/2 weeks underway, and we have already been blessed with a three day weekend. Snow and ice came two nights ago, so classes were canceled yesterday, much to everyone's delight! This morning we woke up with a little bit more snow and a magical-looking world. I slipped into my moccasin shoes and took a couple pictures from our back porch.
My roommate and I have been making use of our extra time for rest, making a mess of the kitchen (she made pumpkin cinnamon rolls this morning, which we enjoyed over piping-hot mugs of coffee), and homework or practice.
Perhaps with being so busy with college, I have to say that I never miss sewing but then yesterday some kinda of wave went over me and I was longing for a sewing machine, soft fabrics, and paper patterns. :) If I'm not writing in vain, (though I can't blame anyone for deserting a blog that used to consistently appear with with posts, but then die away once school became a higher priority) what are some sewing projects that you all are working on this winter?
Before you know it winter will have come and gone, too. Growing up and even now, I've loved the winter (but then maybe only because my favorite season follows it) and whether it's the earth seasons or seasons of life, I want to learn to savor each one for what it is.
I close with a good quote I read on a blog a while back:
"The color of springtime is
in the flowers; the color of winter is in the imagination." - Terri Guillemets
"November is the pearl-grey month, the changeling between warm crimson October and cold white December; the month when the leaves fall in slow drifting whirls and the shapes of the trees are revealed. When the earth imperceptibly wakes and stretches her bare limbs and displays her stubborn unconquerable strength before she settles uneasily into winter. November is secret and silent." --Alison Uttley
November–the month of crimson sunsets, parting birds, deep, sad hymns of the
sea, passionate wind-songs in the pines. Anne roamed through the pineland alleys
in the park, and, as she said, let that great sweeping wind blow the fogs out
of her soul." --L.M. Montgomery
Where has summer gone to? It seems like it was only a couple of weeks ago that I was putting my garden in, or going outside every two days to weed after the heavy spring rains. Was it actually 6 days a week that I worked in three different towns? And I'm truly going into my 4th year of college? How has all of this taken place? and so fast?
Time has a way of slipping by in slow, circular intervals at times and at other times, rushing by so abruptly that it takes your breath away...
It was great fun to ride the Ferris Wheel at our local county fair this summer after a long space between childhood and adulthood.
And now to wrap this post up, I will be closing my etsy shop for the next several months since I really don't wish to bring all the items with me along with packaging supplies. My mom doesn't need to have me calling her up with "can you send this out to…" while I'm away, either. As much as I hate to actually close it temporarily, I can't think of a better solution.
So to lesson the blow, I'm offering free shipping all day today and part of early tomorrow morning in order to make any last minute runs to the Post Office before they close for the weekend. Just use code SHIPFREE while checking out when purchasing stateside. The shop will be officially closed tomorrow since I leave for school this weekend.
Well, I should be completely honest by saying that the terrarium was bought empty for a couple dollars at a favorite local thrift shop. Pictures of them on pinterest or plants displayed at fun stores like Anthopologie have peaked my interest in tiny little living plants.
Having no clue where to start, I took the glass container to a
greenhouse that sells an amazing selection of houseplants and asked the
master gardener there for ideas. She gave me the layered soil for free and I
only had to buy the little "plugs" for it.
It's a good thing my college roommate like houseplants.
It's hard to believe how fast the summer has been flying by. Part of the reason for the rate of speed at which it feels is most likely largely due to working so much. Tomorrow will close out my work week at nearly 50 hours of work. Though I'm around a constant supply of caffeine, my days mainly consist of sleep and being a barista. If there is any spare time it's usually squeezing in violin lessons between work and naps, or spending a few moments in my gardens. Oh the quiet and much-need havens they've become this summer!
With working so much I haven't been in the sewing room as much as I had originally planned for the summer, but that's okay. I think I should be able to eventually finish the 1930s frock I started, sew up another 1940s Gracie apron, and sew some Tasha Tudor styled-aprons before I head back for school in a few weeks.
If you only follow my blog and not my etsy shop, I'll make a quick note to mention that I eventually found time to list the rest of my historical stash online. The 1914 white dress is in my etsy shop here and then my Edwardian shoes had to be listed on ebay.