Tuesday, May 11, 2010

New Birth

Aside from the allergies, I love this time of year.  I love that daylight is longer and that I drive to work when the sun is coming up.  I like sunrises almost better than sunsets.  Probably because they are just as beautiful but have the added bonus of being a beginning to something.  I love this time of year because everything is new and has a fresh smell to it.  My only wish is that I could take in that whiff and not sneeze up a storm!  Usually, I do it anyway and deal with the sneezing because it's so worth it to take in that glorious new floral, grass cutting, tree blooming smell in the air! 

My favorite flower blooms this time of year.  The tulip!  I love tulips.  They are so pretty and, for the first time in my life, I made it to the Skagit County Tulip Festival.  Yep.  I've lived in this area just about all my life (with the exception of my overseas living) and I have never been to this festival - which is kind of sad because it's in my backyard!  But isn't that how it usually goes?  If you actually live in the place these large events are, most of the people there are the tourists and not so much the locals?  Well, I'm glad I went and now I will have to go every year.  To see my favorite flower in such abundance and in beautiful rows.... ahhhh... twas good!

(Supplies used are below)

Did you know that the tulip symbolizes new birth, elegance and grace?  How perfect for my favorite flower to mean those things!  My childhood was not an easy one.  Being assaulted as a child and then having to grow up figuring out how to handle that was rough.  Bad choices when it came to friends, parties and such.  There is a lot that I wish I could change and, for interesting reasons, I wouldn't want to change.  It's because of all those experiences that have made me who I am today.  And I, like the tulip, have new birth! And... I'd like to think some elegance.  Now grace?  Maybe not when it comes to actually walking (giggle) but I think I have grace.  I'm polite (most of the time) and I'm elegant (in a feisty way).  *wink*

Supplies:  Paper, ribbon, chipboard letters: American Crafts (Dear Lizzy), Cardstock: Bazzill Basics, Bling: Kaisercraft, Flowers: Prima Marketing, tickets and tag: Creative Imaginations, Tools: border punch: Fiskars, die cut machine: Silhouette SD


Kat said...

that is a super cute and fun layout...i just adore everything about it!

Clair said...

Melissa, as always I salute your honesty, wisdom and - yes - grace. Tulips are my most favourite of flowers and your layout is amazing. I love the colour combinations and concept that you've used.

Glad to see that I'm not the only one who feels like a whole new person as soon as the sun comes out x

Mo said...

Melissa...I've never been! I love your layout and that photo is just GORGEOUS! Yes, tulips are a beautiful sight to see! I love them too!

Linda Beeson said...

This brings back great memories because we went to a tulip festival in Oregon a couple years ago and it was amazing! LOVE your layout, love the circle shape.