January 2, 2014

A Gray Time of Year

A gray Nebraska winter day

Winter here in Nebraska can be cold and dreary.  Through the end of December, I have the holidays to keep me distracted, but after January 1... let's just say it's never been my favorite time of year.  I've often said I'd be happy if I could just fast forward through January and February.  And most of March.  

Given the new respect I have for life, I don't want to fast forward through any time I could possibly spend with friends and family.  So no more of that whiny talk!  Now that I have my attitude adjusted, I just have to figure out how to make peace with the next few weeks of winter.  I don't like the cold, but I don't think it's the temperature that gets me the most.  I think it's the overall lack of color!  See that photo up there?  That's my yard yesterday.  Shades of gray.

Well, okay then.  If that's what I have to work with:

Gray and white color palette

Hmmm...  it needs something, doesn't it.  So I'm going to pretend one of the elusive neighborhood cardinals has decided to visit my yard and add a bit of red to the mix:

Gray, white and red beads and cord - cardinal in the snow palette

Now that's better!  I'm calling it my Cardinal in the Snow palette.  The whites and grays make a really pretty neutral palette to make the red pop.

Micro macrame bracelet by Sherri Stokey of Knot Just Macrame

While I was trying to photograph this bracelet, my grandson decided my lap looked inviting.  

Gramma and Carter taking photos of jewelry

If there's anything that will take my mind off of dreary weather, it's this little guy.  And my beads!  So bring it on, Winter.  I'm ready for you!

Micro macrame bracelet in white, gray and red by Sherri Stokey


  1. OMG!! I thought I was the only one who sat on the floor to photograph jewelry☺ Carter is a cutie patootie and the bracelet is gorgeous ~~ as usual☺

    1. Yes, the only place I can get good natural light for photographs in the afternoon is the front glass door. So I sit on the floor there. SOMEDAY I want to have a craft room and I'm going to have a photo setup I can leave in place! *dreaming*

  2. First, I would like to ask how Nick is doing? Is he going to be able to go back to school? Carter is your helper. He is growing up so fast. I have said this before, but your composition of color amazes me. I wait to see what you come up with and always love it. I love this bracelet, as usual.

  3. Your grandson is adorable! Beautiful bracelet - I love the red added in! All of your creations are just gorgeous!

  4. I used to feel that way about January and February too till I realized that the days are now getting longer. So things are on the upswing. Red and black is one of my favorite color combos and it looks so good with your addition of grays and silvers. Aren't grandchildren wonderful?

  5. Bellisimos trabajos....son mi inspiraciĆ³n....gracias....Felicidades y saludos


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