I draw a lot of flowers for Snow & Graham, often they are based on a color or form found in nature, but sometimes they are entirely made up. That would be the case for Floral Garland, the featured design in the 2010 wall and desk calendars for April. As I was drawing it reminded me of clematis growing in a tangled braid, intricate illustrations of floral boughs and my fondness for jacquard ribbon.
I cannot resist jacquard ribbon and will admit to a box filled with a yard of this, a yard of that. I love vintage french varieties, you can find great ones at Les’ Bon Ribbon and at several Etsy shops like this one. Truth be told I never use these ribbons, with just a few feet of each one I find myself saving them up for some future perfect use.
One thing I am not holding back on is planting a clematis this spring. Since we have always rented I have resisted planting this winsome vine. But now that we own our little plot I am taking the plunge. I know it will take a few years to establish itself, but I look forward to watching the development and drawing inspiration from it, of course!
Do you collect something that you resist putting to good use? Or do you have any great gardening plans this spring? Leave a comment here with your answer and you will enter for a chance to win our April giveaway. We will post the winner next Wednesday, April 7th and send out a collection of Floral Garland notecards.