No winter lasts forever

“Is the spring coming?" he said. "What is it like?"...

"It is the sun shining on the rain and the rain falling on the sunshine...” 

Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden

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While we may not be dancing among newly blooming flowers just yet, spring really is right around the corner! It is, I promise!

Jeff and I spent much of the winter cozied up in front of the fireplace, dreaming up wonderfully romantic, sweet, beautiful projects for our outdoor studio, wanting to create unforgettable moments for you. Okay, it was me. I spent the winter dreaming up ideas and driving Jeff crazy as I added project after project to our spring "to do" list. Ha! 

Thankfully, Jeff is a wonderfully patient man who entertains my ideas and brings calm to my little bit of crazy. So, in addition to preparing for the garden, ordering new fruit trees for the orchard, a few ornamentals for the front yard and beautiful willow shrubs for the side of the house, we planned and sketched two sweet special projects for our outdoor studio. 

We are so excited (Jeff is too, I promise!) to build a rustic oversized rope swing in the orchard! I can't wait to cut wildflowers fresh from the field and wrap them around the rope, creating a cascade of pure sweetness!

Our next project is to create a landmark highlighting the opening of the orchard and the studio. Jeff sketched a gorgeous Asian inspired 12 foot gate. I can not wait to see this come to life!

And because I can sometimes be a little impatient, I was so inspired by our plans that I couldn't wait to begin but it was too cold and wet to begin building so - in the meantime I created these precious, simple but elegant flower hoops you see pictured here.  They are so fun and will look gorgeous hanging from the trees! I can't wait to share everything we have planned with you! Stay tuned. There is so much more to come!

Kelly DeGraff

JK DeGraff Photography, 10410 Old Indian Head Road, Upper Marlboro, MD, 20772

By Day:  Senior executive with experience in establishing and managing national programs, to include executive, legislative, and operational issues at all levels of government. I have over fifteen years of Federal, Non-profit and Private sector professional experience in the fields of program collaboration, partnerships and emergency management.

Specialties: Strategic and operational planning, negotiation, writing, contract management, communications, government liaison, assessments and evaluation, curricula design and execution, training, and highly skilled in developing networks and building alliances.

 

By Night: wife, mum, creative, photographer, lover of life, a Christian women who loves the LGBQT community, supports Black Lives Matter, and social justice for all.