The promise of warmer weather this week is making me a little giddy. But I probably shouldn't have stopped wearing the knee-his just yet. It was a little cold at the bus stop this morning. But isn't it lovely, these little tastes of spring that are starting to appear? Buds on branches, birds chirping away, the few brave flowers that won't wait until after Mother's Day (apparently here in Wisconsin you aren't supposed to put the plants out until then - which implies the potential of an overnight frost anytime before mid-May... yep, spring comes slowly here). Still there's a rumor of almost 70 degrees later this week so that should help things green up a little bit more.
Unfortunately we are no green thumbs here at Anthology, but we'll do our part to bring color and spring back to your days. There are plenty of supplies to help the process along and we've filled the craft table with a fun assortment of new arrivals from our travels in January. One thing that was particularly fun at the Craft & Hobby Association trade show was the way people displayed their products. A lot of booths made fun garlands with an assortment of papers, flowers, tags. It was a nice step out of the box of traditional garlands that are all the same shape/size/substance.
We've got kits to get you started, but the fun thing is that you can simply use the mini clothespins and attach your own photos and travel mementos and notes to a ribbon. I like them for displaying recently received notes and postcards, as well as to feature an ever-changing exhibit of photographs. But it is also interesting to add an assortment of textures and colors. The starter kit includes ribbon and clothespins, fabric scraps, floral papers, paper flowers, chipboard shapes of butterflies and birds and flowers, punched paper shapes, as well as other doodads for embellishment. Using a mix of gluing, threading, sewing and clothespins, you can create a fun garland to decorate your home or office. You can buy the kits and sit at our table to make your garland (costs an additional $5 to use our glue, scissors, sparkling watercolors, glitter, etc) or simply take the ingredients home with you. Looks like the weekend might be rainy so this could be a fun indoor activity to bring spring to the house (so much more fun than spring cleaning!). I've only just gotten started on mine - the kit includes 3 yards of ribbon so there's lots of room to add all sorts of goodies.