We dodged it this time. Friday night’s snowstorm hit those north of us but left us with just a little dusting - enough to make the black icebergs in the street look pretty again. No plowing or shoveling necessary this time. Whew!
Here’s what I love about our four seasons here. Just when you think you’ve had enough you see hope for the next on the horizon. These are my daffodils popping up after our record breaking soak of 54 inches of snow this past winter. There will be work ahead, trimming perennials, thinning clumps of hostas etc. but I am looking forward to it. Must get some outlets installed on my deck for a sizeable fan before the Tiger Mosquitos arrive!
Meanwhile, yesterday my sister, her sister-in-law, and I drove to Baltimore for the American Crafts Council Show, the biggest and best craft show in the country. Talk about eye candy! I wandered and took mental notes and spent too much (but didn’t feel too bad, after all one needs to support the artists!) and was happy to see that the hat booths were particularly busy. Marie Galvin was very busy indeed. There appears to be a recycling trend going on with old sweaters - lots of cute dresses, skirts and tops made of cut up old sweaters. Goodwill here I come! I also lusted after a gorgeous powder blue suede and grey fur jacket but at $2,600 thought I’d better pass it up. (Drat! Forgot to take my camera.) Another jacket needle felted in my favorite Fall colors lives in my head for future reference. (I’m going to a yarn and wool show next weekend in Vienna.)
There was also a guy making the most amusing shelves out of old books (he says he has 5,000 in his house!) but his prices were a bit too rich for my wallet.
My copper frog impulse buy by Andy Brinkley Studio is a garden ornament I plan to use as a planter. I will place a tiny Thyme plant in his gaping mouth. The handmade glass Hibiscus Bowl above is by Hudson Beach Glass in Philadelphia and will be put to work at my next dinner party.