spring in maine color inspiration

Color Inspiration Thursday {66}

I have been on the hunt for signs of spring, but the frozen ground is not yet giving us much ease. It was a fairly sunny day early this week and looked quite warm, so the kids and I headed outdoors to do a serious search for real signs of spring. Instead, what do we get? Snow! Within 20 minutes the sun dipped behind a cloud, the temperature dropped, and it began snowing! So much for spring! This week’s color inspiration palettes are from photos I took during that snowy search. It’s as close as we can get to spring just yet. Color palettes are made using Play Crafts’ Palette Builder 2.1 and my photographs, and of course the matching solids and Aurifil threads are an added bonus!

snowy lichen color paletteCorresponding solids from left to right:
Bella Lead, Kona Coffee, Kona Moss, Bella Etchings Slate, Kona Pewter, Kona White

Corresponding Aurifil thread from left to right:
1246 – Grey
1130 – V Dk Bark
2905 – Army Green
2900 – Lt Khaki Green
2606 – Mist
2800 – Mint Ice

There may not be much bright color out in nature these days, but there’s always texture. I love the texture of this lichen-laden tree branch! The mix of bark, lichen, moss, and snow creates a great variety of visual texture. The earth tones ring out strongly in this one, too.

daffodil sprouts color paletteCorresponding solids from left to right:
Bella Platinum, Kona Pewter, Bella Chocolate, Kona Espresso, Kona Avocado, Bella Avocado

Corresponding Aurifil thread from left to right:
2612 – Arctic Sky
5004 – Grey Smoke

1140 – Bark
1285 – Med Bark
4173 – Dk Olive
2910 – Med Olive

This is as close as we’re getting to spring colors so far here in Maine. These little daffodil sprouts are trying their hardest to push up through the frozen ground, standing strong despite snow and ice, and waiting patiently. I know that it won’t be long before these little sprouts reach with earnest and the flowers begin to appear. Once spring hits, I know it will begin a cascade of flowers that will snowball quickly (how about that for punny irony—snowballing spring flower blooms!). I can’t wait!

finn snow baby
Finn on Monday

Update: Maine spring weather is as fickle as ever. Yesterday it was nearly 60 degrees and we all played outside without coats!

Maddie and Finn Spring
(L) Maddie, Finn, and Abadee Abadoo, one of our chickens, yesterday (Wednesday). (R) Our first taste of bare feet weather!

Spring is upon us (at least at the moment)!

5 thoughts on “Color Inspiration Thursday {66}”

  1. Here in Indiana, I noticed my first pokes of spring green coming through! Love it! Your kids are adorable and the chicken, too! I love your color inspirations!

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  2. Finn is a true Mainer–practicing his crawl on snowy ground and thoroughly enjoying it. Nothing like cuddling a friendly chicken to say Spring!

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  3. I do have a few bulbs poking up but they don’t progress – the snow comes along and makes them retreat. Or at least give second thoughts to emerging. No tulips because the dear gobble them before they even have a chance to bloom… Love the photos of the kids and the chicken.

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  4. Great pictures again this week, Kitty! Spring is slowly coming to Newfoundland too. No bulbs coming up anywhere yet, but we can see bare ground at the edge of the driveway, so that’s a start! It’s actually earlier than most years because the winter was unusually mild, and I’m still very much ready for the flowers to bloom.

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