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Sunday, January 20, 2013

No Winter Whining!

Finding Color in Winter.  This is the idea behind the latest blog I stumbled upon The Colors of My Garden blog.  A dear friend, I met through blogging, shared with me that this idea that was created by a few bloggers....finding color in the snow.

Granted, I could go out in the cold and wander, however, it would be a challenge to find color.  Everything is pretty much brown.  We live in the cold....freezing cold.  It was 17 degrees today!  There is very little color.  Yes, I could go to a car lot or sledding hill to find color.  The sledding hill a tad questionable since we have only about an inch of snow on the ground.

I challenged myself to come up with ideas how I find color in the winter.  This is what came to mind:
I create my own color! 
Top left:  I buy pretty flowers for my house to brighten a gray day;
Top middle: We usually take a trip down to Florida and enjoy the color of the sky and the water.
Top right:   I craft....these are some felt hearts I am working of for valentines day.
Middle row left :  vintage postcards.  I am sorting through hundreds of vintage postcards and listing them on ebay.
Middle row:  Pink and blue....nothing more colorful than fresh flowers in lovely Florida. 
Middle right:  There is color right in our backyard.  The  white snow and the green of the pines.  It can be lovely, especially after a fresh snowfall.
Bottom left:  Ahhh..... the beaches of Florida.
Middle:  Pretty fabric - I sew and the colors and textures of beautiful fabric can be intoxicating.
Bottom right:  Buttons...vintage buttons.  I have every color imaginable.  These are my valentine mixes.  I have been gathering buttons and listing them on ebay.

So, there you have it.  I seek color in various ways when I am not able to step outside and readily see it during the winter months.  I also find color in cooking and baking.  Chocolate's a color, right!

If you are new to visiting my blog, I thank you and hope to see you again.  If you are already a follower, take a gander over to Heather's blog and see what others have come up with to cure their winter whining.


  1. Barb, you have caught the essence of finding color in winter. It’s in your heart. Welcome, my friend, to the first of many No Winter Whining celebrations.

  2. Absolutely delightful Barb... so happy you could join us in this, the first of our winter fun events... looking so forward to seeing more of your wonderful ideas for brightening up those sometimes "so blue" winters. Cheers~

  3. Very nice Barbie, great collage of color! Now I will try . . .

  4. Hi Barb. Your mosaic is really pretty and brings a lot of colour into winter. I like the handbag and hearts you have crafted. I am visiting from No Winter Whining. Blessings, Pamela

  5. Very nice pictures! Yes, chocolate is a color now that I think about it!

  6. Hi barb, Great post! Love the photo mosaic . There is beauty in every season, I even love the gray skies and stark landscapes of winter...and the pop of red as a cardinal lands nearby. No winter whining here.;-). Love, Penny

  7. Hello Barb, Lovely photo Mosaic. I especially like your felt Hearts. Your stitching is great. It is very very cold here today, No Whining, but I reckon sunny and warmth would feel most wonderful. LOL Hugs Judy