February 22, 2013

The Blessing of a Snowstorm

With twelve inches of snow falling softly and blanketing my world in fluffy white, my birdfeeders were busier than they have ever been.

This sweet Robin came to feed on snow covered seeds. I was fortunate enough to capture him with my smartphone. Robin's don't seem to migrate away from our area any longer.

My visitors were doves, titmice, chickadees, cardinals, bluejays, sparrows, wrens, finches, cowbird, starling, woodpecker, flicker, and a robin.

I cleared my feeders of snow covering throughout the day so the birds could find nourishment. It's our agreement. I supply the seeds, nuts and suet and the birds will allow me to marvel at their beauty. I feel that I am getting the best end of the agreement.

One of my favorite birds is the Flicker which are one of the most beautifully feathered birds with spots on their breast, a red V on the back of the neck and bright yellow on the underside of their tail. He came to enjoy the peanut suet feeder throughout the day.

While the bird's enjoyed the buffet I presented, I have been honing my stone setting skills.

The above stone is a variety of opal that I have had in my stash for quite some time that I had picked up at our local gem and mineral show.

What attracted me to these stones was the tree like shapes. It reminds me of silhouettes of trees in the snow.

I love large jewelry in general, primarily because I have long fingers and large rings just suit my hands.

So, the rings are coming along nicely and I would love to create special ring boxes for them similar to this vintage version below.

Commercial ring boxes never fit my large rings and their wide bands, so a custom box would be perfect for my rings. Something to add to my list of things to try.

For those in my neck of the woods, enjoy the blessing of being snowed in...snuggle in with a good book, sip your favorite tea, do a little knitting, watch your favorite feel good movie, put on a pot of hearty soup, make cookies, enjoy a yoga session, pet your furry friend, and breathe in bliss.

I am currently reading, The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morten. It's a delicious mystery of three generations of women. Without giving anything away, it has fantastic fairy tales interwoven within the novel, a lovely walled garden, takes place in Australia and England and will take your breath away.

Blessings to you - Julie


Kimberly said...

Your posts are like a sanctuary of calm on a blustery day. Thanks for inviting us to your world of beauty and creativity.

Riki Schumacher said...

Love the pics Julie! Glad you are keeping those birdies fed, they need it so much. Love your beautiful rings. Stay warm my friend. xo Riki

Rustique Gal said...

Julie, your rings are fabulous! I love that opal-especially the second one that looks like it had plants in it. Very pretty. The idea of custom boxes is intriguing too.
I had to stop feeding the birds, as they committed suicide on my windows. I hope to live in a place where I can feed them safely in the woods. Speaking of good books, I really enjoyed that one! I've been reading so many books since knee surgery, and just finished the Help. It is even better than the movie was. Enjoy!