Has it been over three weeks since I was last here? Hm. Time flies when you’re living in eternal spring, I guess.
It’s been glorious here the past month, which is to say it’s been very un-winter like. For the first February school vacation I can remember, we went hiking instead of sledding. And when the rain put a damper on our outdoor fun, I rolled up the carpet, cranked the music, and turned my house into a roller rink. In-line skates are always fun, but have you ever heard of a wave board? It’s a 2-wheeled skateboard, and riding one is the closest sensation to surfing that you can get on land. Speaking from experience, I would highly recommend elbow pads when riding.
With all this springy weather, my garlic has been up since right after I planted it. The Forsythias have been chomping at the bit, budding early, just about to burst. I’m helping a few branches along, by forcing them on my kitchen windowsill. These will be part of my display at the Boston Gift Show (which is less than two weeks away now! ohmgodIhavesomuchtodo).
Forcing Forsythias was a suggestion from Ella, who so kindly shared all her show/graphic design/styling insight with me. She suggested the yellow flowers would compliment the green in my signage and displays. She was right — they look great together.
She also suggested I make a pin of my logo. So I did. (It was one of those “why didn’t I think of that?” moments. Thank you, Ella!)
There has been so much preparation for this show. I made a wholesale catalog, which is now downloadable from my site (under “wholesale” the password is “elemental2012” if you’re interested in taking a peek. I still have more pieces to add to it, but I wanted to make it available for now).
I gathered some fresh new moss for the display bowls I use, and I gave my painted displays a new coat of glossy moss green. I know you’re thinking that’s a lot of green, but don’t worry, it looks nice when it’s balanced out with all my natural wood displays, too.
I must admit, I might have crossed the glossy-green-paint line when I painted that stool. Alex built it about 8 years ago and it had this gorgeous rustic finish. Shiny green has nothing on that time-worn feel. Before I had even finished the first coat I was already thinking about how I would strip the paint off, post-show of course.
Okay, back to my list of pre-show tasks I go. Since I may not be posting again until it’s done (late March), I have a few links to leave you with:
Speaking of gardens, I have the perfect spot on the back of my garage to do this.
Rhythm of the Home Spring edition is out.