Sunday, February 27, 2011

Mosaic Monday: I ♥ Hyacinths



This was one of those weeks when I couldn't think of a single thing to post here. That is when colorful papers and full-to-bursting archives come in handy. :)

The hyacinths are from last Easter. I remember that they perfumed the entire house. And I think they are a particularly beautiful color. But then, at the end of February, almost any flower color looks good. :)

We do actually have a few snowdrops up in the garden now, but they need some sunny weather to open up. Maybe later in the week... :)

The tea cups with violets belonged to my mother. They are among my favorites -- so very delicate, and they remind me of a spring morning. (Can you tell I'm longing for spring?)

And the bookmark was handmade by my friend, Toni Anne. She is an incredible artist and crafter, and a constant source of inspiration to me. The purple papers, in case you are interested, are available from Florabella Collection. You can make up these mosaics in Photoshop. If there are enough people interested in learning how to make them, I might post a tutorial. Let me know... :)

Now let's have some mosaic fun! Here are the instructions:
1. Publish your Mosaic Monday post.
2. Once it is published, click on the title of the post. This will lead you to the static link for your post. The static link is the page with only that post on it. Copy the url from your browser at the top of the page.
3. Paste the url into the appropriate inlinkz box in this post.
4. Type your name in the appropriate inlinkz box in this post.
5. Click on "Enter."
6. Please link back to this Mosaic Monday post so that your readers can find other wonderful mosaics.
That's all there is to it! It's always a good idea to then check and see if your link is working. If you have any questions, feel free to email me: mrcarroll(at)optonline

And a quick reminder: if you would like to join Mosaic Monday but don't know quite where to start, there is a tutorial on mosaic-making on my sidebar. Just scroll down, and click on the small blue mosaic.



52 comments:

  1. I love the hyacinth's as well! Gorgeous shots, Mary! Have a great week!

    ReplyDelete
  2. I am so ready for spring as well Mary! I love these colors and especially those teacups. Gorgeous! Have a great week! Thanks for hosting.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Dear Mary, your photos are always gorgeous but something about this lovely lavender color makes this series such a joy to view!

    ReplyDelete
  4. Nothing, but nothing says 'spring' like the scent of hyacinths. I hope mine will have survived the snow!

    ReplyDelete
  5. Beautiful photos as we have come to expect from you Mary! Such lovely shots of the hyacinth and that precious teacup, but I do love the shot of the wonderful bookmark ... that is quite lovely!

    ReplyDelete
  6. Love hyacinths too - just don't have any in my garden. Lovely shots as always!

    Carolina Mts

    ReplyDelete
  7. Flowers make the most beautiful mosaics! I love the lavender colors, too! I don't have photoshop but I've wanted to get it! I use Picasa! ♥

    ReplyDelete
  8. Beautiful photos Mary, Hyacinths and also little muscari are favourites of mine.

    ReplyDelete
  9. Beautiful - such a harbinger of what's to come!

    ReplyDelete
  10. So beautiful...I can almost smell them!

    ReplyDelete
  11. I am not a big purple liker except when it comes to flowers. This mosaic really speaks to me. I just love the colors and textures.

    ReplyDelete
  12. I'm happy you pulled these out of your archives. Hyacinths are obviously a favorite for me. ;-)
    Lovely images, Mary. Thanks for hosting. ~ Sarah @ Hyacinths For The Soul

    ReplyDelete
  13. I see several local stores are selling bulb plants right now that people can sit in their windowsills because like you said, "at the end of February, almost any flower color looks good."
    Right now I have grape hyacinths blooming (outside) and that's good enough for me! :)

    ReplyDelete
  14. What gorgeous pictures!!! I could just stare at them forever. They are so pretty you can almost smell them. Thanks for hosting and sharing.
    Cindy

    ReplyDelete
  15. This truly is lovely! Oh, the anticipation of spring! Cathy

    ReplyDelete
  16. Really beautiful, and I would love the tutorial!

    Kat :)

    ReplyDelete
  17. Gorgeous technique! Beautiful images.
    Yvonne

    ReplyDelete
  18. They are beautiful~ I wish I could smell them. Carla

    ReplyDelete
  19. Just beautiful. I instantly thought of Sarah at HYACINTHS FOR THE SOUL. :))

    ReplyDelete
  20. Oh! I am in awe of you Photoshop queen!

    m ^..^

    ReplyDelete
  21. The hyacinths are so pretty, and I bet they smelled wonderful! Thanks for hosting again this week.
    Have a great week.

    ReplyDelete
  22. I love hyacinths too! They are such beautiful photo `s. `Thanks for sharing!
    Have a nice week! I love Mondays ...
    Best wishes,
    Markus

    ReplyDelete
  23. These are breathtakingly beautiful shots, Mary. They embrace the best of purple - so rich and layered.

    ReplyDelete
  24. Gorgeous!
    Happy Mosaic Monday.
    Regards.
    " Regina "

    ReplyDelete
  25. I could almost smell those lovely hyacinths, Mary! I love the black background that makes the flowers pop! Your Mom's teacups are beautiful. Sorry I am late in linking up --I'm traveling again! :)
    ♥ Pat

    ReplyDelete
  26. I love hyacinths..they're so stout and brave.
    Not afraid to show their beauty through the snow and slush of the winter..
    Thanks for Mosaic Monday.

    ReplyDelete
  27. Such a lovely shade of lavender! Thank you for sharing your talent! Wishing you a grand day! CAthy

    ReplyDelete
  28. Mary,
    Lovely mosaics. I love hyacinths! I would appreciate any tutorial about photoshop. Thank you for hosting this favorite event.

    Carol

    ReplyDelete
  29. Beautiful, dreamy colours in your pictures...

    ReplyDelete
  30. The colors in these photos are amazing Mary!

    ReplyDelete
  31. Mary, this is a beautiful bunch of Mosaic's! Hyacinths are wonderful, they share such an inspiring fragrance....wish that I could smell them right now.

    ReplyDelete
  32. Amazing mosaic's. I loved every bit of your work on the blog, the colors, theme, music are just awesome. I will be back to check out more inspirations from you.... !

    ReplyDelete
  33. Very sweet, Mary; your photos look great in the montages with the patterned papers.

    ReplyDelete
  34. Mary I love your colored papers intertwined with your amazing photos. I worked hours last week trying to figure out how you do that! I hate asking an artist how to do something (obviously there's talent involved!) Thank you so much for hosting mosaic Monday, it's given me some purpose this past year!! I would love a tutorial, and thanks again!!

    ReplyDelete
  35. Gorgeous, Mary! The purple/lavender papers really bring out the beautiful colors of the hyacinths. I bet they smelled so good, too. I love hyacinths. I'm dying for some spring here. It is blowing up a gale right now. Here's hoping that you get some warm spring breezes soon!

    ReplyDelete
  36. Beautifully hyacynths, Mary! And once again, lovely photos....

    ReplyDelete
  37. Lovely shots! I'm longing for Spring, too.

    ReplyDelete
  38. Hello! I'm linking up for the first time! Thanks for hosting this and for sharing you lovely hyacinth pictures!

    ReplyDelete
  39. I am very happy!!!!:)))))))))))))

    ReplyDelete
  40. Love these lovely lilac hues in your photos!!! Soft and romantic...
    Have a beautiful week and thanks again for hosting Mosaic Monday!!!

    ReplyDelete
  41. Spring flowers are such a delight. Your photos are stunning. I can't wait for spring!!
    Lynn
    www.cottageandcreek.com

    ReplyDelete
  42. We finally had enough snow melt in the borders that today I could see a few shoots peeping up! I think it is snowdrops and possibly tiny early daffodils. So exciting!

    Your hyacinth is gorgeous, and I love the old violet tea cups. As always -- awed.
    Cass

    ReplyDelete
  43. Oh Mary how wonderful to see the hyacinth in your mosaic. The lavender colour was just right with it. V

    ReplyDelete
  44. Such good taste reflected in your mosaic...just lovely! Reminiscent of bygone days when tea and a good book to read were the priority in a lady's life!
    Rosie

    ReplyDelete
  45. Lovely flower, the hyacinth. But the book marker really caught my eye. Both are lovely.
    Hi Mary. I hope all is well with you...Spring is nearly here...

    ReplyDelete
  46. thankyou again for the opportunity to participate in Mosaic Monday and to see your beautiful work and the work of others.
    I know all of you in the northern hemisphere are looking forward to spring, while where I am in the south we have had a long dry summer and are looking forward to autumn rain!
    Take care and have a wonderful week.

    ReplyDelete
  47. Just exquisite... I can almost smell that heavenly scent!

    ReplyDelete
  48. I just love hyacinths. They let us know Spring is just around the corner.

    ReplyDelete
  49. The tutorial would be great. I'd like to know how you got that little heart in your title...very cute.

    ReplyDelete
  50. I am always enamored with your glorious photography.

    Nancy

    ReplyDelete

Thank you so much for taking the time to read and comment. I love to hear what you have to say!