Winter in our Snowbelt, was not so so bad for a change. Temperatures were relatively mild and the white stuff that typically blankets the landscape in deep fluffiness, arrived late and was kept to a minimum throughout the season. It was, in terms of a usual Canadian winter, pretty English-like. A little damp and grey, but passable.
And yet, I am eager for the colours and life of spring. To open the windows and let the fresh air chase away the staleness of a house locked away from the elements for months wakes me from hibernation.
Though spring's official start date is still a few days away, this past weekend, my wardrobe saw a little freshening with some purchases that inspired me to begin the switch over from winter to spring attire. I'm so ready to break out of the cocoon of dreary black, browns and greys, and festoon myself in vibrant blues and soft pastels.
Socks were relegated to the back of the drawer weeks ago, and I'm eager to slip on nothing more than a pair of sandals. Or better yet, to feel the textured softness of blades of grass between my toes and under my bare feet.
Soon I will begin the work of hanging washed bedding and curtains in the fresh air, of reviving the wood trim with an oil sponge bath, and of scrubbing away the detritus of dust and dirt from cupboards, walls and floors.
In between all of this I will keep my eyes open for the signs outdoors heralding spring's arrival. I have already woken to the robin's song and yesterday finally caught a glimpse of one strutting across the yard in the rain.
Gardens too are coming alive. Snowdrops have pushed through, to be followed soon by daffodils and tulips. The trees will be budding before we know it, and spring blossoms will be blooming on young leafy branches.
Slowly, flora and fauna will come out of hiding and the season of rebirth will be at its best.
So as thoughts and signs shift and point towards spring, here are some wonderful tutorials to get you ready:
Create a Textured Snail Illustration in Photoshop
Create a Fairytale Green Beanstalk Landscape
Create an Abstract Floral Explosion in Photoshop
Add Sunlight Through Trees With Photoshop
Create a Spring Banner in Illustrator
A Nature-Inspired Photo Manipulation in Photoshop
Create a Flowerpot in Photoshop
Create a Cute Spring Chick in Illustrator
Create an Organic Spring Lettering Illustration
Cool Flower Text Effect in Photoshop
Create a Grass Text Effect
An Enchanted Forest Fantasy
A Fantasy Spring Text Effect
Nature-Inpsired Illustration from a Photo
Add a Colourful Spring Look to Your Photos Using Photoshop