Spring is a marvellous time, blooming with new life and the air full of floral perfumes.
No matter how cold it was, or even snowy, my dear mother was immediately full of optimism and conviction that Spring was just around the corner, the moment the precious Snow Drop flowers showed their simple but exquisite blooms. She loved Easter , spring-time garden cleaning and planting, especially large patches of Shasta Daisies and lettuce. She worked hard at attracting rabbits to our garden, much to the chagrin of our grumpy neighbours.
Our mother was talented and prolific Doll Artist. She gave my siblings, her grandchildren, and myself a deep love and appreciation for all the beauty around us, outside in indoors. Each one of us who survive here without her, have mixed feelings about this time of year, this April 2nd being the 10th anniversary of her death. April 11th was her Birthday.
She made this Moth Fairy for my birthday 16 years ago.
My daughter and I had the wonderful gift of having spent many years living with her, learning her techniques in doll-making, sewing, beading, painting, knitting, reading and so much more. Not long after her grandmother died, my daughter made this beautiful rabbit bracelet for me with Japanese seed beads, the brilliant spirit of my Mum is always present in her creations.
My mother and I made dolls, fairies, mermaids and fantasy figures which we sold in Craft and Art shops in Quebec and Ontario. My mother worked full-time on her art, unlike me, and had a huge following of collectors for her work. I made one each of these rabbits for her and for my daughter 20 years ago. I thought it would look sweet with this seasonal Pandora bracelet .
Here are two more Springtime Pandora bracelets which are assembled for this blog with love for my mother and for my daughter. Our Easter traditions remain in our hearts, but we have new ways of celebrating Spring and Easter, fun and happiness tinged with sadness and loss. Today we went bead and crystal shopping together, as we often do, and had a great outing.
The first one has a focal Troll bead, (bought today), surrounded by two Pandora opalescent spacers, two Essence “Wisdom” beads on an Essence bracelet.
This last photo is bursting with love for all my current favourite Pandora beads and bracelets. Happy springtime! We saw our first rabbit in the garden three weeks ago!