The Gift of Winter

In a cocoon of soft knits, fleece, cozy slippers, and generous soft lighting, it is easy to dream about spring. We are in January and still have quite a few, long months left. We are given the gift of Winter. For most of us who live where winter holds on a little too long, it forces us to slow down, and savor down time.

The sun is still setting beyond the trees a bit too soon for my taste. Snow sneaks in after midnight even though it isn’t supposed to. I enjoy visiting the local floral and gift shops in town. The scent of flowers is intoxicating and the wax melt pot can certainly transport your senses to another season. Here is my new favorite. I happened upon this while shopping. It truly smells like a garden with it’s highly fragrant floral scent.

Another place to look for spring inspiration is in vintage illustration. Winter is the perfect time to restore and create new botanical illustrations. I have added a Free Graphics tab at the top of the page. Once you click on the page, you can download the images I have shared. Use them for your own projects or art.

Here is one of my favorites. I believe it is from the late 1800’s-early 1900’s. The Calandrinia is a beautiful flower for rock gardens. I thought this specific one would look gorgeous on invitations, cards, botanical paper, and as a piece of framed art. Right click on the image to save to your device or visit the Free Graphics page.

I hope you are wrapped up cozy and dreaming of Spring!

Much love,

Lisa

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Sugar Plums Dancing

 

The Sugar Plum Fairy has arrived. I am ready for the days to be filled with the magic of  the season sprinkled with aspirations and dreams of the New Year. Having a warm feeling in my home inspires me to create. Its amazing what the soft light does for the heart and soul. The sugar plums are officially dancing in my head.

There is new art at PenPaperandPetalsStudio.com please stop by for a visit. I hope everyone has a wonderful and magical week preparing for the ones they love. Celebrate the joy!

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Happy Holidays!

With much love,

Lisa