Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Depressed Tulips

Well the sun is wrestling with the clouds and for the most part today the clouds have won but the sunshine is not giving up.  We are seeing a bit now but for how long?…it has been a day that if you don’t like the weather, wait 5 minutes and it changes.  We have gone from a misty icy morning to sunshine, then more dark ominous clouds and a spit of rain to more sun and not too long ago a bit of hail.   The up side is, it is NOT snowing!

I have spent the past few rainy snowy days ensconced in my studio..


painting a bazillion signs (at least it feels like a bazillion).  Signs ordered for a rustic wedding, it is on a sizable property and they need directional signs along with others like Just Married, Tomfoolery Ahead (remember the Hydrangea tutorial) and the names of the bride and groom. 

I have also been painting some signs to put on my website to replace some that have been ordered and I have been fulfilling other special orders.  One painting table in my studio, I mostly base paint and put the varathane on the signs using this table..


This table is where I do the design and lettering…


Some of the signs for the website..



The trim on this Farm Fresh Eggs sign is a blue but it does not show up well in the photograph..


This one reminds me that summer will be here….eventually!


My last post I shared with you all the sad state of my poor downtrodden (maybe that should be snowtrodden) tulips.  This morning they were displaying how they felt about this late seasonal snow..


I think many residents of this small mountain town feel the same way.  We have had enough of old man winter…


Some tulips stubbornly stayed upright despite the weight placed upon them.  Many of my roses and a Japanese Maple lost a limb or two. 


My fritillaria do not seem to be able to handle it in the least. My one hope is when the sun shines they can perk up and reach for the sky once again.  They were just starting to bloom too.


Funny thing is, that though it looks and feels like winter it sounds like Spring.  The birds are still singing their sweet spring songs and each time I have to walk between the garage and my studio I can hear them serenading each other.  It is a constant reminder that we only have to endure so much of this and that warmer days will prevail and very soon! 

The fate of my broccoli is still undetermined…hmm, they are reputed to not minding a cold snap but they hadn’t bargained for this.


But now the snow has melted off and tomorrow is supposed to be sunny and mild. 


Things are already looking brighter.  I just have to trim up the broken limbs and branches, soon they well send out more and though most things are a month behind around here they will bloom and be all the sweeter for we will have been in anticipation. 


Actually all this lousy weather has been a blessing in disguise.  If it was warm and gloriously sunny out I would’ve preferred digging in the dirt to painting and I have a tight schedule with all these special order signs.  I would’ve resented being stuck indoors instead of enjoying painting them. 

I put on a movie or mini series on my laptop and listen to it as I paint away the day and am generally oblivious to what is going on outside, unless I have to trudge thru the rain to get to my garage to saw or sand a sign.

I hope all are well and you are enjoying your day, no matter the weather in your neck of the woods!

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  1. Still beautiful color. Winter will soon be done with. In Arizona the heat will be upon us before we know it.
    Have a great day.

  2. Oh Pamela Sweetie...
    What a beautiful share. I love seeing you work on your signs, and love that studio as well. What a precious place to gather.

    Love your gardens as well. The tulips are beautiful, and I know summer is coming. Hang in there a little bit longer. We are already experiencing it here in Arizona. Today was a beautiful 70ish day. Just gorgeous, and then the heat is coming back.

    Many hugs to you sweetie and much love, Sherry

  3. This weather is something isn't it? I feel like we live in Oregon on the west side of highway 5 instead of the foothills of the Sierras.
    But, hopefully, the earth is soaking up all this moisture and our summer fire threat will be lessened because of this late spring.
    I love your signs....they remind me of spring without all the rain.

  4. Very creative work and I love looking at your pretty blooms. Hope for a nice and sunny day. Have a nice day.


  5. Love your signs! What an amazing talent you have - thanks for sharing - we are battling snow and wind too - very ready for spring! Thanks for letting us take a peak - Paula from Idaho

  6. Those are just lovely. Love all your beautiful signs. You can tell you put a lot of love in them while making these. Thanks for sharing. I am your new follower. You can visit me at Make sure you leave a comment so I know you visited.

    Have a great day!

  7. This post reminded me - i need to order a sign for the coop through you! I'm still waiting to finish the "bones of the coop" - before i buy any more decor for up there! Thanks so much for linking up to Cottage Flora Thursday's! xoxo, tracie

  8. Your studio is wonderful! As for your everchanging weather, I can relate. We are having a cold spring and our snowy and cold winter seemed like it was never going to end.

  9. your signs are gorgeous (I love the seaside and fresh eggs A LOT!)

  10. I like your signs! As for the flowers in the snow.... how sad. But some pictures are stunning!

  11. first time coming by to your lovely blog.. though the tulips are kind of "sad" but nevertheless I m sure they will flourish in no time..

  12. Hi Pamela,

    I haven't been over to visit recently ... thank you so much for the tour of where you work. Sorry about your flowers. We are at 4300' in Central Oregon, but have only gotten trace amounts of snow over the past month, and none for a couple of weeks. I don't even try to get flowers for container gardens until mid-June around here.

    Take care ... I truly enjoyed your pictures!

    Kathy M.


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