Sarah Hudock is the creative chicken genius behind Chicken Art. I first met Sarah almost four years ago when she donated beautiful chicken prints for Hug a Chicken Day. We were kindred chicken spirits from the beginning and I have just loved watching her grow to be one of the most talented chicken artists. Lucky us! Sarah designs and hand paints feather by feather these and many beautiful creations from her studio located in the Vermont countryside. Today I’ve got an amazing giveaway from Chicken Art just for you.
Even though we had a bit of snow last night, I have been very busy puttering around the yard with spring clean up and getting ready for the photo shoot with the book. My favorite spring flowers are pansies. They are so lovely, especially the ruffled variety in this pansy sphere on my front steps. I just adore the blooms and they are entirely edible. The chicken love them!
This past week the family and I took a small vacation to try and break up the cold weather and discover signs of spring. The day we left, there was almost a foot of freshly fallen snow on the ground! We had a great time in North Carolina. It was still chilly and a bit rainy but it wasn’t snowing. We went to the lovely Bog Garden in Greensboro, North Carolina. Signs of spring were everywhere. As we strolled along the boardwalk, we discovered the garden waking from its winter slumber. We even found one of the owls nesting in the garden again for the second year in a row.
I tend to keep things that most people would consider junk or recyclable. You never know when you can upcycle items into beautiful crafting creations. Some of my favorite items to keep are the glass jars and their lids from foods. Salsa jars are perfect! I remove the labels, wash them in the dishwasher, and set them aside for crafting projects, like these upcycled spring terrariums.
Snow and ice mounds are still among the gardens and the trees seem late with their buds. Spring seems to be taking an eternity to arrive, yet the spring time garden clean up is underway and I am prepping for a new coop for the girls. The chickens too seem happy that spring has finally teased us with a bright sunny day.
We have had so much rain over the past week that I was beginning to believe that we would never see the sun again. Yet, yesterday it was beautiful, sunny and not a cloud was in the sky. Despite the rain, spring is my absolute favorite season. The spring blooms are just making the yard smell heavenly. I love lilacs and lily of the valley.
The chickens are laying in full force too. I have so many eggs, that we joke that we are lacking places to put them. Do you think it is possible to become an egg hoarder? I think it is time to make some quiche for dinner.
Perhaps my mind is trying to tell me something. Life around Tilly’s Nest has been taking its sweet time to emerge from its winter slumber. The chickens are now laying eggs regularly everyday. The gardens are beginning to bloom. The spring peepers are croaking in the pond and gentle evening breezes blow through the window fragrances of life; hope.
These past few weeks I have spent many hours tending to the gardens. Connecting with delicate new fronds of ferns, dainty Lilies of the Valley blooms, and gently mulching around the tenderest of tiny stalks of Lavender. All these give me hope. Audrey Hepburn said it best, “To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.”