Thursday, February 3, 2011

Colors for a gray day

The skies are gray, the grass is brown, the trees are bare. It is 25 degrees here in San Antonio and they're predicting snow. I know that 75% of you are scoffing, saying "That's nothing!" but for a city that freaks out when it rains, snow is like a natural disaster. We might get an inch tonight and they are talking about closing the schools tomorrow. Seriously.

When I'm not writing, I'm teaching jewelry-making classes at JoAnn Craft Stores. While most of the curriculum comes from headquarters, I have to come up with a new "Trend" class every two months. It can be something I have particular interest or skill in, or it can be seasonal. San Antonio celebrates Fiesta in April, with a big parade for Battle of the Flowers. It's a time for pinatas, food, and color. People decorate their houses and themselves with paper flowers.

So for March and April, I'm running a class on Fiesta Flowers. Usually, my designs are more understated. But Fiesta calls for hot, vibrant colors and large, flamboyant decoration, so this is what I made as the sample:

I know it is a bit gaudy showy, but today, when I am desperate for some color, it is making me all kinds of happy. I have some of the extra flowers I've made decorating my desk now.

If it is gray where you are, grab a pretty scarf to wrap around your neck, or make some cupcakes with sprinkles. Find some color to make you all kinds of happy. Stay warm, stay safe, and have a cozy weekend.


  1. It's been 100-103 for the past 5 days here in Sydney. Today is supposed to be a cool 90 lol. But no matter the weather, flowers are always a wonderful pick-me-up. I love them. In any form.

  2. Colors have such an impact on our moods. I know exactly how you feel!

  3. Ooh... I really feel sorry for you guys up north. Here where I am, things are so colorful that my eyes hurt.


  4. So fun :) And great writing! Keep it up :)

    Sarah Allen
    (my creative writing blog)