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Hello Spring

hello spring
cherry blossoms + margaret atwood
It was no coincidence that we went away in December, headed to warmer climes and came back right at the start of spring. Goodness do I love this time of year! And this week is the one I feel is most beautiful in my little corner of the world, for the pink trees are in full bloom. Nothing can get me down during cherry blossom season.

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I spent this past weekend in Germany at the lovely Crop on the Rhine, where we attached many a Jenni Bowlin butterfly to many a layout! And we started on a long-term project that I look forward to sharing with you later. An idea that has me excited! And my sincerest thanks to Barbara and Heike who put on such a lovely event, plus Andrea and Andrea’s husband for their kindly volunteered help and chauffeur service!

And I also taught a workshop as part of True Scrap, an online scrapbooking convention. My session was all about getting the most from your stash, and it was great to chat with everyone, even though my session ended up being in the middle of the night my time. Totally worth staying up! If you are interested in True Scrap but couldn’t make it at the weekend, you can sign up any time and have access to the recordings of all the classes and workshops, so you can take your time and make it work for you. All the details are here.

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I think I am finally getting back to reality in our post-travel world. Hilariously, after nearly four months of only having a carry-on bag, I walked straight past the baggage claim in Germany, only to be nearly out the door when I remembered I had two big suitcases filled with scrapping materials! Traveling lightly is definitely easier, but not really possible for a crafting weekend. I knew when we were on the road that I would come home and want to streamline some things, after getting used to existing with just the basics. I’ve been spring cleaning and my crafting space was first in line, and although I’m not quite finished, I’m already loving the clarity of the space with much of the clutter stripped away. Except when I say ‘much of the clutter’, really… there is still a lot of stuff. Funny how that works.

I have a new online scrapbooking class that starts next Monday – I’ll share concrete details about that tomorrow! And there’s a new sketch. And spring? It’s also making me want to make stuff.

Spring, you are amazing.

xlovesx

PS: I just realised, this is my 1000th blog post since I moved my blog to shimelle.com. How sweet.

12 April 2011



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13 Comments for Hello Spring

  1. Nora Latip Says:

    Hi Shimelle! Congrats on the 1000th post!! I love spring too! And spring cleaning stash is always good although sometimes I seem to keep finding new stuff among all the regular stuff LOL did I make sense? Anyways happy spring to us here in the UK! Weather is finally making sense! If it feels like doing so that is!

  2. Connie M Says:

    super cool Shimelle!! Love your blog~

  3. glee Says:

    1,000 blogs! sweet. love to read what you’re up to.

  4. Terri Torrez Says:

    Awesome presentation at True Scrap. I watched the video half a dozen times. But, more importantly, I cut up an entire BasicGrey collection. It was a favorite but would you believe its discontinued now; tells you how long I’ve been saving it. So far I’ve made 2 dbl-page layouts and 3 single and I’m still going. Thanks for the inspiration.

  5. Sabine Says:

    I really loved your classes in Germany. You inspired me to step out of my personal box and try new stuff. Thanks so much. I hope that it is possible to take more classes with you!

  6. Keri-An Says:

    I love the cherry blossoms too!! They always make me smile when they pop out in Melbourne, it’s like one day boring tree and the next an explosion of pink!

    Sadly I haven’t yet found any in Stockholm, but the Gerbera’s are out in the supermarket, which is almost as good… Now just to find some sunshine!

  7. Madeline Says:

    It sure is a wonderful time of year Shimelle, enjoy it.
    Congrats on the 1000th post

  8. Tammy Says:

    Congrats on post 1000! That is amazing. :) Looking forward to the next blogging class!

  9. Alison Says:

    Congrats on your 100th post Shimelle! I love blossom time too- ours is in February here(Spain) so it’s well over
    Alison xx

  10. Julie Jeavons Says:

    Happy Millenium Post!
    Hey – that’s just given me inspiration for my final Glee Club mini challenge at Soul Scrappers.
    Thanks for all your sketches and inspiration – I’ve just had another featured LO based on one of your weekly sketches.

  11. caroline Says:

    congrats on the 1000 blogposts. We too have lots of blossom on the trees just now in Turkey.
    caroline

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