Making The Most Of Winter's End

Is it my imagination or is there finally a break in the holidays? The rush of crafts & gifts & parties has subsided, and wintery skies linger, making this the perfect time of year to settle in to work on satisfying- and perhaps long-neglected- projects...

Alicia Paulsen of Posie Gets Cozy is the inspiration behind my new attitude to February and March. A few days ago, she wrote a lovely post about the ambitious and beautiful recipe card project she has thrown herself into. She's trying to embrace the last months of winter, describing her new attitude as "Do Things In Winter You Don't Do In Summer", "Take Advantage of February (Which Is Sort of Like Extra January)", and other gems. Seeing the incredible projects that woman is always cheerfully, hilariously, and brilliantly tackling motivates me like nothing else, so I'm determined to take this lesson to heart.

In addition the usual winter holidays, November, December, and January also contain at least 6 birthdays amongst my loved ones (including my own), so by the time February comes around I am ready to catch my breath. The only projects I've gotten done since autumn have been gift-related, so I'm particularly excited to hunker down and frame my new birthday art, print photos, work on my cake decorating skills, beg my friend for gumpaste flower lessons, maybe even organize my recipes, too. Come summer, I'll be far to busy basking in the sun and making paletas to do any of those things. How you deal with the lingering days of winter? Any exciting projects in the works?

(Image: Nikki McClure 2012 Calendar from Art Star Philly)