Today's post represents a bit of self-reflection on my part. Here in Montreal, and in most of Canada, it's still quite definitely winter. Today we got some gorgeous, fat, fluffy flakes that turned to heavy, wet snow on cars, stairs and sidewalks. It was so heavy I had to resort to brushing my car off with my hands, not the brush. And to top it off, while my son romped about in each and every snow bank and puddle between the daycare, the car, and the house and remained completely dry, I was soaked and had to change before any dinner could be thought of. That may have been due to some wishful thinking and poor clothing choices on my part, but really, when is spring going to come?
I read all the news and Storque articles on Etsy, and they're announcing that the spotlight for March will be on spring-like items, Easter, St. Patrick's Day, and March's birthstone - aquamarine. Those colors...they're happy colors. Me, I'm still thinking grey, grey and more grey...with a bit of winter white and the occasional muddy brown. Now, grey is a gorgeous color, as evidenced by the beautiful, soft notes of the treasury "Grey Skies" curated by my OhCanada teammate, SimplySundries. And it's one of my favorite colors...I have two boxes of grey beads for my jewelrymaking. But I don't think people see it as springlike, however close to reality it is for those of us in the north; so what to do?
My own past three pieces have been largely grey, and black and white, because I simply can't get past the influence that the weather has on me. How am I supposed to create in happy pastels and vibrant springtime hues? Last night I was determined to be more cheerful, and I forced myself to create something in color. What I came up with...something inspired by vacation, spring break, anywhere south of here...preferably the Carribbean, and the idea of relaxation and pampering. The colors? Blues, greens, and the iridescence of sparkling, sun-drenched water. I think my "Ocean Blue bracelet" accomplishes all of that, but I worry that I'm not going to be able to keep up this show of spring-i-ness amidst all the shovelling.
Where do you find your inspiration? What keeps you going?
On a happier note, many more treasuries have been curated by my team in the past few days, and I cannot be happier to be amongst such a friendly, supportive, and vibrant group. We should make the front page for our team spirit alone! Here's another beautiful treasury, "Canadians Love Etsy", curated by teammate Joanniel.
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