Forever spring in a bud-vase with @apetalunfolds
t's funny how we talk about putting a spring in your step. It's so true that as spring approaches we can shrug off winter's heavy coat, swap boots for trainers and suddenly we feel so much lighter. The days are longer, the birds sing more (or at least they are waking me up earlier!), the lambs frolick in the fields. It's such a happy time of year.
I love noticing all the little details, and there seems to be a collective rejoice at the bulbs pushing through and the first signs of blossom.
In Japan, the arrival of the blossom season reaches epic proportions as it heralds the beginning of Spring, and there are regular news updates on the bud stages. The bloom lasts 1-2 weeks before the 'sakura snow' effect starts and they float down gently from the trees. In Japanese culture, the cherry blossom flowers are seen as a symbol of the transient nature of life. But would it be nice to capture their beauty forever?
You've probably realised the petals pictured are paper ones. This 'forever' paper blossom from Sue @apetalunfolds really deceives the eye with its intricacy; I never thought it would be possible for something made out of paper to resemble nature so closely.
I'm really excited to be collaborating with Sue this month for a little photo challenge on Instagram in the #createinspring gallery, (which coincidentally exploded overnight; evidently people feel very happy about Spring's arrival).
To take part in our competition to win 'forever spring in a vase', 3 beautiful strands of blossom in one of my new mint green porcelain bud vases, you need to be following both Sue and myself and show us how spring is influencing your makes and styling over on Instagram, using the tag #createinspring. We really want to know what a spring palette means for your creativity. I'll show you how I'm incorporating spring into my ceramics later, but first, let me tell you some more about Sue and her fabulous skills.