I got this idea last winter. To make a seasonal mug with stampings that embody what the season means to me, an interpretation of how I experience the transitions of the year. Each season change is really felt when you live in the country, we are constantly preparing for the coming season. Winters are always hard and Spring is surprisingly more beautiful each year. Summers are spent working in the garden and Fall flies by with all of the harvesting/canning/and making.
Spring is one of those seasons that you grow to enjoy as you get older. With each year I am more in awe of what mother nature has up her sleeve. The crisp mornings and the first twinklings of green are so hopeful after a cold dark winter. Our hill comes alive and the leaves pop overnight it seems. The anticipation of Spring last longer than the actual time it takes to come full bloom. We are now in the thick of it and it is glorious, sunshine, blue skies and green as far as the eye can see.
This is my Limited Edition Spring mug!! I've crafted 6 of these to offer in my May Flowers Shop Drop happening here on Saturday May 26th at 11am est. Make sure to also sign up for my newsletter to get secret coupon codes. Each texture was created by a finding on our early spring walks. I stamped the item into clay, then the little stamp would get bisqued or once fired making it hard. All the mugs were thrown on the wheel, after hardening a bit I arranged the stamps to create a little scene. I really like how this batch came out!! The yellow and aqua were chosen because of their bright spring like qualities. Its like having a piece of spring captured forever in stone. Each season is different than the next and that's why these are limited, one of a kind, one of a time. They are truly a special offering and I'm so excited to see what next season has to offer.
Yarrow Leaf: We live in the middle of an old hayfield! Yarrow grows wild throughout, I've always loved the smell of the white flowers. This little leaf was picked when the plant was just starting to pop up. I love how it looks like a little tree.
Flower Buds: I took little buds that hadn't opened yet off a tree. I pressed arranged them in a pattern, pressing them into the clay. They weren't open yet but their buds created a flower looking stamp.
Grapevine: Our house was built right up from an old winery that my in laws ran for almost 20 years. The wine making has ceased but the grapes are still kicking! There are 2 acres of grapes still tended, I always love when they first start to pop. This tendril was taking from last years fruiting wood.
Honey comb: Bees are so important!! We have had 2 hives, both died unfortunately. It was so enjoyable watching them, I would say "there's one of our girls!" whenever we would see them in the garden. This stamp was made from a piece of comb from one of our hives.
Sun: It wouldn't be spring without it. Winter in Ohio is typically very very gray, we can't wait to get that sun shining again!
Stars: At night, when I look up its all I see. I love listening to the spring peepers right as the sun is going down, once its completely gone the stars start to sing.
Thank you for reading and I hope you join me right here for my MAY FLOWERS shop drop 5/26 at 11am est. And as a special thanks for visiting my first blog post in a while I'll give $10 off your order!! Use code ONTHELIST at checkout.