Free January Calendar

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Tomorrow starts a brand new year!  I’m trying a new style of calendars for you this year – each one is going to feature a crepe paper wildflower!  I’ve just started making crepe paper flowers and wanted to make some of my favorite native woodland and wetland flowers.  I’m loving this new medium and hope that you will like the calendars that result!

Download the free desktop wallpaper calendar HERE – Enjoy!

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Paper May Apple

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Here is my next creation out of crepe paper!  May Apple is a spring flowering native here in Maine.  I planted a couple on the edge of our woods, hoping they would naturalize…not sure they’re happy there.  Wild flowers are so particular sometimes!  I just love those big beautiful leaves!  They always surprise me when they come up in the spring ; )

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Paper Trillium

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The next flower I made out of crepe paper is this red trillium – ‘wake robin’  – grows wild in the wooded, partly shaded gullies of this area.  It’s one of my favorite spring flowering natives and one I’d love to have naturalize in my shade garden!

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Overcoming *Winter Malady*

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I deal with seasonal effective disorder every year about this time.  It’s been weeks since I cleaned out the gardens for the season.  All the songbirds have long ago flown south.  It will be many more weeks until there are any seeds to plant.  My happy place (my gardens/door yard) is burried under snow.  There’s no green, no warm sunshine, no butterflies and bees visiting the garden flowers…

So, to combat the long winter days, I cultivate my houseplants, grow new plants, force bulbs, and take cuttings.  I continue to paint the flowers inside.  I plan and dream about all the gardening to be done as soon as spring arrives again.  I practice thankfulness – for the beauty of winter, the comforts of home, the love of family.  I drink SO much tea, read gardening books and wildflower field guides, eat chocolate, and cut paper snowflakes to hang in the windows ; )

What do you do to overcome the winter blues?  There’s a lot of hype about Hygge right now and when I read about it, it sounds like a great way to cope with winter.  Starting a puzzle, making cookies, reading a book, and enjoying the simple pleasures of life with your family and friends.

Printed!

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Guess What?!

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That’s my work you see on those pages!  My illustrations have been printed in the Shelter issue of the Daughters of Promise magazine!!!  So excited to be a part of this beautiful publication and looking forward to reading the other stories in here!  I made these four illustrations of animals and their homes to go with the article that Marjanita Geigley wrote, titled Cozy Creature Cottages.  The article features animals with unique home building skills: beavers, prarie dogs, weaver ants, spiders, catherdral termites, and sociable weaver birds.  At the end of the article there’s a blank page for the reader to try making their own nature journal page ; )  So much fun to see it all in print!

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(Back Cover)

You can check out their website HERE, or their instagram HERE ; )

Early Winter

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The first snows have come making everything white outside.  I’ve been enjoying my green, growing plants inside and brought home a few new ones: a paperwhite bulb, and helleborus from Trader Joe’s – they bring me joy every time I see them!  I turn to baking this time of year too and did a little illustration inspired by apple pie: cinnamon sticks, vanilla beans, and an old New England variety apple!

Sister Time!

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If it’s been a little quite here this month, it’s because my sister and nieces came out to visit from Oaklahoma for a few days!!!  We had such a great time ; )  I soaked up every moment and minute with them!

Paper Foxglove Template

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I’m missing my garden flowers…it’s going to be a long winter if I’m already missing my flowers and it hasn’t even properly snowed yet!  I tried making this stem of paper foxglove – this is just the practice run.  I’m working on a template to make more foxglove flowers ; )

Paper Flower Bouquet

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I’m missing the fresh-cut flowers that I bring in from the gardens all summer long!  Heading into the *desolate* days of winter can be a trying time for me – I yearn for the green and growing things!  Making this paper flower bouquet certainly brightened my day though!

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