The topic for this week's Blog Roll is Signs of Spring, which is very appropriate! Many of us have had a warmer than usual winter and Spring is appearing even earlier than normal. In my own yard flowers like daffodils, hyacinths, and even tulips are poking through the soil about a month earlier than normal. The trees are getting buds already and the birds have started pairing off. You can find plenty of signs of Spring within the shops of the Smooshers guild members as well.
This beautiful red rose pendant from Amazing Designs reminds me of Gramma's rose bushes, which are getting their leaves already. Roses are always beautiful, and can be much tougher plants than one might think, in spite of their delicate appearance. Gramma's rose bushes have survived and bloomed for 50 years, sometimes in very difficult conditions.
I've even seen a few bees out already. Some people are scared of bees, but these wonderful insects are always welcome in my garden. Not only do they help pollinate my flowers and vegetables, but many varieties hunt the bad bugs that would harm my garden. This Bee and Honeycomb pendant with Spring Flowers from Artmakers Worlds is a wonderful representation of Spring!
This brooch from AverilPam reminds me of the trees and plants that still have some of Fall's dried brown leaves attached while Spring's bright green new leaves are growing alongside them. It makes for a beautiful contrast!
This pretty flower cane from Blue Morning Expressions makes me think of the tiny blue and purple violets that have started popping up in the yard. I love these tough little flowers that brighten up the lawn!
This flower pendant from Christina Kosinki Designs reminds me of my own flower gardens, with their mix of many different types of colorful flowers. I'm fond of variety in my artwork, as well as in my gardens ;-)
And these are just a few of the signs of Spring showing up in the shop of the Polymer Clay Smooshers guild members! For a closer look at any of these items, just click on the picture. And while you're there, be sure to browse the entire shop and see what other signs of Spring you can discover!
To read more about the Signs of Spring from other guild members check out these posts http://wyverndesigns.blogspot.com/2012/03/signs-of-spring.html, http://bmebluprint.blogspot.com/2012/03/buds-blossoms-and-baby-birds.html, http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/blog_post/SecondSisteratMoArkJewelry/7350/spring_has_sprung_in_the_ozarks, and http://kathryndesigns.blogspot.com/2012/03/signs-of-spring-polymer-clay-jewelry-by.html.
Thanks for sharing a taste of Spring with the Smooshers!