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The Hellebore is a solid evergreen plant that has flowered all winter in our little garden. When it freezes,  this unique plant pumps moisture from the flowers and stores it temporarily into the leaves and roots. The flowers will hanging than for a while but do not freeze. When the weather becomes better, the water will be  pumped back to the flowers and the “winter rose” will be quickly radiant. I have bought the plant in november for 32 euros. I found that not cheap but it is worth the price . Also next autumn the plant will give us again  some color in the winter garden!
Despite the bad weather I can see the first timid signs of spring popping up: willow catkins, snowdrops, crocuses, Easter flowers, blossoms. I love the changing of the seasons. Both winter and summer have nice days but I admit that at this time of the year, I am  always happy that the days are getting longer and temperatures more pleasant. Again eating outside, sitting in the garden, having a drink on a sunny terrace, ....

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Click on the following link  tanglepatterns.com  : You’ll see immediately where the inspiration for this pattern was found.

The colours yellow, green and blue dominate in the springtime and therefore I have made a few drawings in this fresh color palette. For the first example I took a preprinted Zentalatile. For the second example I just signed this Zendalatile on canvas. I’ ve used a black brushpen and ordinary colourpencils.

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On the 2nd tile I have put a few” dewdrops” . It seems like there are some raindrops fallen on the tile. It is not difficult  at all and will give your tile just that  extra touch. In this tutorial you can see how you can draw these dewdrops.

At home, especially when I am drawing, I prefer to wear  easy pants and a sweater, very comfortable but not really flattering. Therefore, and certainly after the winter, I like to choose something new for special occasions. Also in the new spring collection I see tangles popping up. I’m starting to see more and more patterns in all the things that surround us. Would that indicate an addiction? Maybe so, but I don’t mind, on the contrary, I find it funny!!! And be honest now, what do you guys think of this black/white linen summer blouse by Deerberg or this beautiful colored cardigan by Dunque from the new Waschbär catalogue of Waschbaer.De?  I can see  a clear Zentangleinspiration in these clothes!

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Now and then, time flies by so fast and there remains little about to cook. Still, good food is important, especially in the spring. Meal soups are easy to make and ideal, all you need is in there. It can be a full lunch and together with a thick slice of brown, bread with herb butter (cheese) taste good.

Here is an easy recipe of a winter variant on a minestrone soup (with rice and spinach)

for 4 persons: 200 gr spinach ( from the freezer is O.K), 1 carrot, 1 sprig of celery, 1 leek, 1 can snow peas or peas, 1 can of white beans, 2 tablespoons long-grain rice, 1 à 1.5 litres (vegetables) stock, 1 onion, 1 clove garlic 1 teaspoon oregano, oil, a few sundried tomatoes

Put all fresh vegetables into a casserole and simmer together in hot oil (except the sun dried tomatoes and spinach). Add rice, be aware that he does not stick to the pan. Simmer a few minutes and then add broth and cook for 15 minutes. At the end, add  the beans, peas or snow peas, oregano and spinach and let cook briefly. Each board can be decorated with strips of sun-dried tomatoes. You can add some Parmesan cheese, but it is not necessary for me.

 
February 29 was a leap day and additionally a Monday on which there came a new challenge  on the blog of the Diva. CZT Amy Broady gave us as mission: bring something shiny on your tile, a really nice command. To bring a little glamour in my drawing I used next to black, a white, silver and gold gelpen. I started with drawing a ribbon. That will give your tile immediately something special!. I have bought  the e-book (folds and ribbons) by Helen Williams. She explains  very well  how you can learn  to draw such ribbons. Helen ‘s way of drawing is beautiful, I like her work very much!

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