Tuesday, September 10, 2013

The Birth of Spring brings New Inspiration!

It is barely the beginning of Spring here on the
far south coast of Australia
where I live

and already there is so much flowering
in our old world rambling garden

like these amazing Magnolias
and Hellebores
(belonging to the rose family)

these ones are white

and these ones are a deep plum
but we also have a pretty green/pink combination.

Before very long this King Protea will be in full bloom also.
The flower itself is the size of a small dinner plate!

Last Spring these baby birds "Willy Wagtails" 

hatched outside my studio up in a climbing rose
"Lorraine Lee"

soon to become fledglings
and this year I see
both the female and male

have returned to

check out a similar position along the climber
to prepare a nest once again!

And in the distance I can see the Crab Apple beginning
to reveal its fullness of blossoms and
I remember the sound of the bees surrounding it
last season was almost deafening.

Perhaps all this new growth has spurred me on to create

these cards from what nature

has left on the ground to be used!

How could one not feel blessed to have so much natural
beauty surrounding me here so I just thought you
might like to share it with me!

Linking this post to Patti and Paula at Ivy and Elephants
Becky at Blissful Whites Wednesday


Thank you always for your kindness in commenting
and I welcome all of my new followers
Have a really inspiring and creative week!

xox Suzy


  1. Lovely Suzy, Happy Spring!
    Hugs Marilou

  2. As we are Falling into Autumn you are Blossoming into Spring with gorgeous flowers and birds. Your nature inspired cards are stunning. Creative Inspiration is Bliss Dear...

  3. Hello my dear Suzy, Your garden looks so springlike with the magnolias and hellebores. The birds are such cuties. It's wonderful that the couple returned to build a nest again in your tree. With all that beauty in your garden, it's no wonder you got inspired to create those most beautiful cards.
    Have a wonderful week, sweetie!
    Big hugs and love,

  4. Oh Suzy
    Your beautiful garden is just bursting with Spring - I miss having a magnolia tree - sadly I haven't got room for one in this garden!

    The winter roses make a beautiful carpet both in the garden and under the trees - they have such delicate blooms in beautiful murky colours.

    I've been waiting for this Springtime post from you and I'm not disappointed.

    Much love and hugs
    Shane xox

    How lovely your willy wagtails have returned - more babies to look out for to.

  5. You truly are blessed, both by the beauty that surrounds you and by your amazing talents. The photos are stunning and the beautiful pieces you created are out of this world gorgeous!!

  6. Your cards are beautiful and incorporate such lovely colours.
    Love the Protea ... wish we had them here.
    M x

  7. Suzy your garden looks wonderful. Enjoy the springtime :)
    Hugs Alexandra

  8. Hi Suzi
    What a beautiful post today! For you Spring is back!
    I love your Hellébores, specially the purple ones, and I'm very happy your birds are back. it's so marvelous to see newborn babies in nest.
    You've a beautiful garden, good for create!
    Hugs and kisses

  9. Dear Suzy - so much beauty - waw!! And your cards are so fantastic!!!
    Here it is soon fall but we have had a lovely summer.

  10. Dear Suzy,
    your garden looks so very beautiful and your photos are so stunning! Love the birdies! Also your gorgeous cards!! :)
    Big hugs, Viola

  11. oh suzy, today is a lovely post. your photo's are perfectly capturing the glory of the season. that card, just jumped from my computer screen, i need to make one just like it.... i spied the doily in the corner....

  12. Wow Suzy, what great photos. Your cards are so unique and beautiful. You live in a beautiful place.

  13. Just beautiful! The birds almost look fake, the colors are wonderful and love your collage. Thanks for sharing. Di@Cottage-wishes

  14. Dear Suzy ~ What a lovely post. All of that beauty surrounding you is definitely inspiring and your cards are wonderful.


  15. Your garden is beautiful and lucky you to have that bird's eye view - literally! I love what you did with natures "findings".

  16. Thank you for sharing your beautiful spring photos (here it is fall) and cards! I love hellebore's and have a pink and green one. I would also love to have a plum one too. Enjoy your sprin!

  17. Mother Nature is displaying all her beautiful glories for all to see in your delicious garden.
    Dear Suzy, such an incredible source of inspiration is there for you on a daily basis, I am in awe of it all and also those cute birds.
    Your stunning collage is a beautiful reflection of what you see outside your windows.

  18. My dear Suzy,-
    Oh my goodness, your garden is already so filled with beauty and adorable flowers.
    And how wonderful that your Willy Wagtails are returning this year, to bless you and Jeff with a new nest full of beautiful eggs and later birds !!
    Dearest friend, your cards are stunning,- I love the leaves you have used, they are looking so beautiful there with all your amazing laces and the feathers and wool.
    As alwayes you are doing magic with your many components from your garden and your studio!!
    Sending you good morning hugs and kisses, and wisches for a beautiful new day.
    Love you my friend.
    xoxo Dorthe

  19. Great cards Suzy and garden. Love the magnolia - I bought a baby one this year but something has been eating it.

  20. Your garden is delightful Suzy as are your gorgeous cards. We have an amazing number of daffodils this year, such a brilliant reminder that it's spring at last.

  21. Were just going into Autumn Suzy so it seems funny looking at your spring blooms....lovely birds from last year :)

  22. And at the end of the day, I still have your beautiful images showcasing the beauty and eternal return of spring... Which my soul really needs, dear Suzy, as we are heading right into fall and the cold and rainy season is waiting on the threshold. I love your fabric card in which you incorporated findings from your surroundings. How funny, I myself have done a little exploration with fallen leaves...
    I wish you and your beloved ones a merry spring season full of optimism and hope!
    Hugs, Manu

  23. Your lovely little birds remind me a lot of our tree swallows...don`t know if you have them where you are. How I wish we were coming into spring here - instead we`re heading into the most dreaded of seasons (in my mind). I absolutely hate winter and would quite happily hibernate the whole time. Oh - and beautiful nature creations, btw.

  24. As much as I get tired of winter and summer at the end of each season, I would never want to live anywhere without the change of season. For me, the nudge of spring and the yawn of fall are worth every moment of sizzle and freeze. Lovely photos!!

  25. Gorgeous and beautiful!!! Spring is rebirth isn't it? How truly amazing our seasons are reversed, giving us all a look at spring in advance!

    xo Rhonda

  26. Oh Suzy, I think you must live in paradise, I have never seen such wondrous and beautiful things! My heart is beating faster just looking at your photos, especially the birds, oh, the gorgeous birds! But the flowers, the hellebores..., I can't decide, if I lived there I would be overwhelmed! Life is Grand!

  27. Suzy, the nature cards are so fantastic, love them.
    Spring is such a wonderful time of year, hope you will be enjoying everything single thing about it.
    Thanks for sharing.

  28. Wie wunderschön, Suzy,
    deine Fotos sind so herrlich anzuschauen.
    So eine schöne Natur.
    Die Vögel, Blumen und Pflanzen...

    Bei uns fängt allmählich der Herbst an.
    Seid zwei Tagen ist Monsun, und die Sonne erscheint nur kurz.
    Der Winter ist immer so lange :-(

    Sei umarmt und gedrückt von Sophie

  29. What a beautiful home you have Suzy, surrounded by such natural beauty with lots of inspiration. I particularly like hellebores, especially the plum coloured one. The cards you have created from the natural pieces are just stunning. I love Springtime because it means summer is not far behind! Jayne x

  30. What a beautiful garden! Lucky you. I love your cards. My family gets a laugh at all the things I collect in nature.

  31. Suzy

    I just love seeing pictures from your garden especially the ones that are different then ours in America. Enjoy your spring as we here go into Fall.


  32. I know exactly what you mean, blessings abound!

  33. Happy Spring, my dear Suzy. Your Garden looks so beautiful and the cards you created are just stunning.Have a wonderful weekend and I will be in touch soon.
    Sending big hugs and love,

  34. Your garden is gorgeous, Suzy! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a sweet comment :) Lovely to meet a fellow Aussie blogger :) Hugs from Brisbane♥ ~Pernilla

  35. Happy Spring Suzy! Your garden is so full of promise already. I hear in your post how much you love it all.
    I loved seeing the birdies!
    Your nature inspired cards are glorious! Oh my!

  36. YOur cards are amazing and your gardens and bird shots are sublime!! i do hope your birds chose a spot for their nest where you can watch and take photos!!
    Big Hugs!!


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