I can't complain about the cold and snow, because I live in Sacramento, California, which has pretty nice weather, actually. It has a Mediterranean climate, rainy in the winter (no snow), hot and dry in the summer, and spectacular in the spring. Seriously, in the spring, virtually everything blooms here. Having moved to Sac (as we say) from Colorado, I wasn't used to that. Colorado has its own stunning beauty, but here everything grows fast, gets large, and blooms--all sorts of flowers, bushes, and even trees, from huge magnolia trees to ornamental trees that fill the skies with beautiful blooms of red, fuchsia, baby pink, or purple.
And spring comes early here. Our first flowers usually start peeking out of their beds in mid-February, maybe a crocus or a dwarf iris. The warm weather usually follows along gradually, getting a little warmer each week. This year, however, California had heavy rains caused by "atmospheric rivers" that parked themselves over the state, causing floods and mudslides. We were happy to have the rain because California was in a five-year drought, but these heavy rains caused real problems. The cold, heavy rain lasted for almost two months, with only a few short breaks of blue skies and sunshine here and there. We were starting to really feel the lack of sun!
Anyway, since it's been such a cold, wet winter, I decided to make these golden-sun, grass-green, and blue-sky earrings using Cathleen Zaring's beautiful enameled copper earring charms and a pair of lovely green
|These "Bringer of Spring" earrings are available here.|
lampwork discs by Terry Turner. It's only recently started to warm up here, and I'm really feeling the quiet arrival of spring, with its fresh energy.
Who knows--maybe my earrings will help move things along a bit. After all, the Spring Equinox is only about ten days away! ;)