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Sharing the cure for spring fever and celebrating flowery joys
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lovely friend. I hope this note finds you well.

Spring is officially here in my neck of the woods. Has it come for you, too? Are you noticing signs of it everywhere you go? Or maybe you're on the opposite side of the earth from me and the cool, crisp hints of autumn are bringing you relief from the heat of summer?
Here the robins are back, laughing and singing. I spotted the first tulip leaves inching out of the ground in the bed next to the house. The days are light longer and longer.

This shifting of the seasons is filled with joys. I try to make a point of slowing down, of paying attention, of noticing.


Although spring is officially here, winter might not be done with us. We'll probably have another snow or two. My poor east coast friends, winter does not want to let you go, does it?

I am trying to be patient, but I'm ready for inspiration that doesn't come from a book or a clay pot!

Can you tell I have a bit of spring fever?


I've been treating it with garden planning and floral books. 

Take two of these and call me in the morning:
  • Martha's Flowers by Martha Stewart and Kevin Sharkey is just as beautiful as you'd imagine it to be. There's gardening advice as well as a treasure trove of photos that will either soothe your spring fever or fan its flames (sorry about that!).
  • Color Me Floral is a step by step guide to creating gorgeous monochromatic flower arrangements. It's written by Kiana Underwood of Tulipina (if you have a copy of Botanica, you might remember that the feature following mine is on Tulipina). Oh the colors are so luscious!
As for monochromatic florals, I've been painting lots of blue roses lately. You might have noticed them on Instagram and my blog
 

Some of  my blue roses found their way into a new set of Joy Lists I created just for you. You can download your set here.

They're a lovely addition to your gratitude practice.

I think the roses are even lovelier tangled together in my newest fabric design:
I entered the design in Spoonflower's Monochrome Design Challenge. I'm delighted with how it turned out and I'd love to have your vote!

It hasn't even been printed yet and I'm already dreaming of what I'd like to sew with it.

What's new with you? How has the year been treating you so far? 

Do you feel in tune with your intentions, your goals, your dreams?


I truly want to know. There's so much we can learn from one another and when we come together the encouragement and support is powerful.
This year, inspired by a comment Debbie Lamey-MacDonald left on one of my Instagram Posts, I started a Dream Jar. Debbie was inspired by Ju De Paula of Blueberry Living & Co. who got the idea from Carrie Green of the Female Entrepreneur Association (don't you love the way inspiration flows and grows?).
  
The idea is simple. Write your dreams on scraps of paper. Put them in a jar. Pull the scraps out daily and meditate on them.
I haven't been doing it daily, but I recently spent some time reconnecting with each dream in the jar. One had already come true (I'm going to have an illustration in the 2019 Flow Magazine Calendar! Look for it later in the year).

The "magic" of the dream jar, I think, is simply the way it keeps you connected to your dreams. By spending time with them regularly there's no chance that you'll forget to work on making them come true.
 

Maybe you'd like to try a dream jar, too? Let me know how it goes! 

That's all for now. Thanks for being here. Keep shining.

Wishing you joy, always,
p.s. Today is my birthday. The past couple years I've had BIG birthday sales. I've found that sort of discount doesn't really work for me. Instead, as another gift for my sweet JoyLetter friends, I'll tuck a little surprise into every order placed today, March 22nd. I'll also take 10% off each order from now to the end of the month. Just use the code: BIRTHDAY on my website or on Etsy.
I have one more gift to share with 2 lucky readers. If you've never subscribed to Skillshare Premium and would like to give it a try (and access all of my classes), I have 2 year-long memberships to give away. Just reply to this message and one of them can be yours!

Here's to a joy-filled, creative year for us all!
Hi, I'm Anne Butera, the artist behind My Giant Strawberry.  Thank you for inviting me to your inbox!

You can purchase my art including original paintings, fine art prints, fabric and other products with my designs on my website and elsewhere on the web.
I'm completely self-taught and my experiences have fueled my passion not only for watercolor, but also for encouraging others to embrace their creativity and discover their joy. Looking to learn how to paint or find creative inspiration? I teach online. Come join me in class!
In addition to teaching, I love sharing inspiration on my blog. If you want to keep connected, I hope you'll join me there. And if you're on Instagram, let's connect there, too.
With gratitude.
--A
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