Happy Snow Day! This is the gazallionth snow day in Maryland this winter. I am ready for spring just like everyone else, and I hope this is the last Hoorah! for Old Man Winter. I thought I’d show you how Crafters Build a Snowman.
All week, they have been calling for “significant snow” in my area. That’s meteorology speak for “it’s winter, and we think it’s going to do something but have no idea what.” Since we are in the mid-atlantic area, we are often sandwiched between the cold air that gets lots of snow and the warmer above freezing air that turns the precip to rain.
This time, we were in the 4-8″ category after two days of rain and a 50 degree day. Since my husband is at work today, my son and I take turns shoveling the walk. It’s a short sidewalk, and if someone does it every hour, it doesn’t take long. After sitting at the dining room table, rubberstamping, it was my turn to shovel. I really don’t mind it when the wind isn’t blowing.
After shoveling, I decided to make a snowman…..errr…..snowgirl. All of the other times that it has snowed this winter, it was either at night or the temps were in the teens or single digits with blizzard conditions. Those are no conditions to build a snowman! There really wasn’t much snow on the ground. You could see the grass, but it was a good packing snow. With the lack of snow, I knew my snowgirl would be small.
I managed to put together two small snowballs. I had a grape vine chair that was the perfect size for her. Usually when you build a snowman, it is people sized, so you use coal or stones for the face. However, this little gal is less than a foot tall. I went rummaging through supplies in my craft room. My first thought was rhinestones for eyes, but the only ones I had were too small or they were clear. I pulled out my embellishment case that is loaded with buttons, eyelets, brads, charms, and miscellaneous doodads. I had black brads that were perfect, but that’s B-O-R-I-N-G!!
Since I’m hoping that this is the last opportunity to build a snowman for awhile, I opted for orange flower brads for eyes and purple brads for a mouth and nose. I pulled out my fiber scrap basket and found three great purple fibers. Two are eyelash fibers and one has a bit of glitter in it. PERFECT! She really needs a hat, but I don’t have one small enough……….well actually I do, but it’s red and doesn’t match her scarf.
I put the chair in a large flower pot of rosemary. It was perfect and Penelope (you have to name your snowman!) could greet me every day when I come home until she melts. The snowfall really picked up and less than an hour later, when I went outside Penelope was covered in snow and couldn’t see. I moved her onto my porch until it stops. I think she’s lonely. Next time I go out to shovel, I might build her boyfriend Pete.
I’m really ready to play in the dirt and plant pansies and potatoes, but for today I will enjoy crafting while it snows and be distracted by the birds fighting over the feeder with a blanket of white behind them.
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