Saturday, April 30, 2016

ATCs: Signs of Spring

"Signs of Spring" by Karen Downer.
Here in the northern hemisphere, the first official day of Spring—the vernal equinox—was March 20, 2016. Depending on where you live and the climate in your area, the signs that Spring has arrived can be varied.

The FiberAntics Artist Trading Card (ATC) theme for the April swap was "Signs of Spring." Once again, I was surprised and delighted to see the things the ATC artists regarded as signs that Spring had arrived in their part of the country.

As we bid Au Revoir to April and look onward into the month of May, what are the signs that you look for—or look forward to—that signify that Spring has arrived?

It's been said that whether or not the groundhog sees his shadow on Groundhog Day, February 2, predicts an early Spring or 6 more weeks of winter.
"Signs of Spring" by Diane Pineshi.
Oh, it's been a while since I've seen a bike with a banana seat! How about you?
"Signs of Spring? Seeing Bicycles out again." by Bonnie Stevens
The birds are singing...
"Twitter Messages" by Paula Fagerberg
and scavenging for twigs and string to pad their nests.
"Baby Blue Birds of Happiness" by Sharon Griffith
Do you prepare beds or a garden for flowers or vegetables?
"Signs of Spring" by Dawn Spagna.
Cathy has already made her first rhubarb pie of the season. No strawberries in her pie.
"Rhubarb Pie" by Cathy Dillon
Debbie looks forward to mild temperatures and picnics...
"Signs of Spring" for me means warm sunshine, picnics, butterflies and lady bugs.
by Debbie Joyner
... and days with a low pollen count (thank you very much!).
"Signs of Spring" by Marilyn League.
"Spring Blooms" by Veronica Hofman-Ortega
So now that you've seen to fronts of the cards, occasionally, there are interesting things on the backs of ATCs that tell another part of the story...
Left: Spring blooms.
Right: Apparently there are NO strawberries in this Rhubarb pie.
Left: A dragonfly accompanies the flowers on the front.
Right: This ATC artist has recycled a delivery box for her cards.

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