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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

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Last weekend was spent knee deep in dirt and weeds and roots and water. Now that spring is here, we are working on our backyard, trying to create an outdoor haven to enjoy this summer. It felt as though our “Flourish” theme was manifesting itself in my neighborhood and I felt myself appreciating the smallest bit of color, the tiniest sprigs of bloom. I looked at our vacant backyard and imagined gems of flowers brightening my eyeline, vegetables ripe and ready to be picked, a myriad of eye-catching bedazzlement. I realized that I was imagining jewelry. That’s why we wear it, right? We adorn ourselves when we feel the flourish.

Folks, there was no other way to convey our next contributor to you than with their own words. “Sarah Austin created Fig Tree Jewelry & Accessories with one simple mission: to inspire sharing and happiness through beauty and great fashion design.” Fig Tree Jewelry is the flourish in the form of an accessory. I am obsessed with the Anna Labradorite and Gold Bangle and have convinced myself that my garden will succeed if I own this bracelet. Stranger things have happened.

Fig Tree Jewelry is giving away one pair of Claire Green Onyx Square Earrings to one lucky winner! To enter to win, please answer the following question no later than Wednesday, April 24th. Comments now closed…good luck!
Please visit Fig Tree Jewelry and tell us: What is your very first memory of the outdoors? Did you spend your childhood in a garden or at a playground, for example?
Start checking the winner’s box on Monday, April 29th, to see if you’ve won!
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  1. 1
    Juliet Farmer says:

    i remember playing in my backyard for hours when i was little. i could spend hours in the grass playing make believe.

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    heather f says:

    I grew up outside of Albuquerque New Mexico and my parents took me along for camping out in the dessert. I love the smell of the pinion pine trees and the wide open spaces to this day. now, I’m in Oregon and not quite so dry!

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    Jen says:

    i remember traveling all the way to the other side of my small town (10 minutes in a car as a child felt like eternity.) and visiting my great grandfather, Pop. his backyard filled with walnut and citrus trees. it was something magical.

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    Amy says:

    When you live in the South, you can’t run around barefooted in the grass – it’s crab grass, so it isn’t soft, plus the fire ants will bite you. I remember pulling up at my G & G’s in Minnesota and immediately leaping out of the car in my bare feet to run through the grass.

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    latanya says:

    I grew up in the country, so I enjoyed being out in the open space with brother and sister

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    Kate L. says:

    Some of my fondest childhood memories were spent playing with my older brother in our backyard. For us, being outdoors seemed to have endless possibilities. In my imagination, the grass became a rolling sea, our swing set a great sailing ship, and my brother a fearsome pirate captain.

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    Pumpernickel says:

    When I was very young my dad worked for a survival equipment company. He would take a very large inflatable raft (the kind you use at sea, I guess) and fill it with water to make a mini swimming pool in the back yard. Unintentional belly flops, popsicles, and mosquito bites…those are my first outdoor memories.

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    Liz K says:

    The smell of tomato plants always reminds me of my childhood, so I guess I spent a lot of time in our family garden. 🙂

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    Redding says:

    My siblings and I were always playing outside as a children.  We would build forts, play on the swings, pick wild blackberries behind our house, make up cheers, ride bikes and the list goes on.  In fact, I can remember many times our mother making us go outside because it was too pretty out to stay inside.  

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    Nikki says:

    Being four years old, planting a summer kitchen garden with my mother in our backyard.  I remember looking down at the dirt falling through the prongs of the claw handtool I was obsessed with at that age.  I can remember the smell of the warm tomato plants and how the sun felt on my arms and head.  I can still see me mom working, gloves on her hands, bandana tied like a kerchief over her hair, and myself at her knees in the turned up soil that my dad had worked over.  We had a box turtle, loose in the backyard, that my mom and I flown back from Texas in an open box in our laps that we had picked up on the side of the road while visiting my great-grandmother earlier that spring.  I remember playing with it while my mom weeded and watered the vegetables.

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    anne s. says:

    I think I can remember visiting Sea World, sitting in an arena and watching a killer whale leap out of the water.  My first outdoorsy memory is of visiting parks in Ohio.  🙂

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    Lydia says:

    We had a sandbox my dad built, in which we spent like all of our time…  We would often find dead frogs in there! (yuck!)

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    Rinny says:

    My first memory of the outdoors was when I was very little – my parents had an apartment in the city and there was a small garden behind the house we lived in. Our landlord kept the garden blooming with lots of flowers; she used to sit out there with me and we’d do little tea parties. I learned to walk in that garden with her.

    My childhood was spent outdoors – every summer my Nanna would send my cousins and I out in her huge backyard and only let us in if it rained or we needed the bathroom. We’d play croquet, wiffle ball, swim in the pool and make “hiking trails” in the woods behind her house. Those are my favorite memories – being outside. We didn’t have cell phones or tons of electronic toys to keep us busy. We had our imagination and everything the outdoors could give us.

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    Emma says:

    I spent my entire infancy and childhood outdoors, even the crisp winter afternoons when I was half a year old and got to take my afternoon nap outside in a pile of blankets and sheepskins. My first outdoor memory, however, is from the age of four: I am sitting on the edge of the back porch, looking out into the garden, and there are squirrels chasing each other up and down the trees. Three decades later I still recall the immense fascination with how those little animals could run head first both up and DOWN the trees.

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    sam says:

    My first memory of the outdoors is being out in the yard with my two older brothers – me on a blanket and my brothers running around playing because I did not like the grass and as a little one I always had a dress on : )  
    Love the color of these earrings!

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    Syd says:

    I decided my cabbage patch doll at the time wanted to be an outdoor explorer, so she and I went on far too many adventures through mud, dirt, grass, and pokey objects to be able to tell mom about it later. We were mostly successful…

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    Jessica says:

    This memory is a little random…

    We took a family vacation with all my extended family (aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents) to New Jersey once when I was very little. So little in fact that I only remember one thing from the trip: an impromptu bubble gum blowing contest held in the middle of the forest, post picnic. My mom, the most fabulous bubble gum bubble maker I’ve ever met, blew the biggest bubble. When it got as big as possible, temptation overtook me and I ran up and popped the bubble, covering her face and hair in gum. No one (not ever mu mom) could stop laughing. It was a fabulous day.

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    Kendra says:

    I can’t remember far back enough to think of a specific memory, but I know that it would definitely involve snow. I grew up in a place that has snow about 8 months of the year. I spent a lot of time in our yard which was adjacent to a forested area as well as a lot of time at sliding hills!

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    cindy says:

    When I was little, my brother and I spent every summer with my grandparents at their little house on the lake. I just remember sitting in the water all day long before I could swim just splashing around, looking at the little fish and getting pruney little fingers and toes. Those were the days…

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    Jackeline says:

    I was in summer child care all break and would love the trips we took to the community pool. I lived in Salem Mass and our pool had a huge print of a witch at the bottom of the pool and thought that it was really neat as a kid.

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    Lauren P says:

    As a little girl in 1980s Ohio, I spent my days playing outside with my sister catching frogs, picking buttercup flowers, and rolling down our neighbor’s grassy hill. My sister was braver than me so she also climbed trees. One day she climbed too high and yelled for me to get dad to help her down. I ran into the house screaming “Lindsey is going to die!” She was fine, but that officially became my first memory of the outdoors.

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    Jennifer says:

    I remember one Christmas morning when I was little – probably about 1980. It had been snowing for days, but had stopped. The snow was so pretty – fluffy and bright. But the thing I most remember is how WARM it was. It was one of those gorgeous winter days that was in the 50s (so it felt at the time). Warm enough to play outside with my new toys. It was so beautiful and has stayed with me for so long.

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    Lauren Guilbeau says:

    love the black stone bangle. My first memory of the outdoors was playing in my best friend’s yard. There was this tree that created a little enclosed area that I remember playing in for hours, pretending it was a little house, like we were castaways or something. one of my favorite memories growing up.

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    Katherine says:

    I think my very first outdoor memory is swinging on the swing sets in my own backyard and in my grandparents’ yard. But I also love remembering the earliest camping trips we went on as a family in north Georgia, and fishing with my dad in Alabama ponds. 

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    Tiffany says:

    It’s difficult to recall the very FIRST memory spent outside. My family had several animals on our property including rabbits, geese, chickens, a goat, pet pigeons, dogs, cats and turkey or two. My favorite memories involve all of the fuzzy babies that arrived in the spring. Who wants to waste time indoors when you have several little animal friends to visit that day!?

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    Michelle Elizabeth says:

    My first vivid memory of being outside is of me and my brothers and sister all playing in a huge dirt pile of the side of our house, watching daddy long leg spiders crawl around. My mother has a very green thumb, so we were constantly outside in the garden. Thankfully my parents invested in a big back yard for us to play in.

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    kelly l. says:

    I remember playing make-believe in my backyard for hours on end. I was an adventurer exploring the American West! 

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    Briana Dee says:

    My first outdoor memory is being outside in the sun on my grandma’s patio.  It sounds boring- but then again, I think I must have been about a year old!  It is my first memory, actually!

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    Deborah A says:

    I grew up on a 20 acre acreage so I spent a lot of time outside as a child.   Snowmobiling, tobogganing in the winter.   Motorbiking, tetherball, biking, horseback riding, ATVing, baseball, swinging on swings, etc.   I loved them all but as an adult I love to be on a playground and be able to swing on the swings even if people give me odd looks – a kid at heart is what I am.

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    Monica P says:

    I remember getting “married” to my best friend when I was about 4 years old. We would make rings out of small flowers. We had a lot of fun!

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    Sparrow says:

    Behind our first home, my parents built a make-shift sandbox that ended up being more of a mud box. I spent hours making “cakes” for my mother in that box, my blonde dandelion-wreathed pig-tails shining in the sun, collecting potato bugs and lady bugs for my companions. I still love the outdoors and I let my two wild boys run amok outside, getting dirty and playing to their hearts content. That’s why humans invented the bath.

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    jenn says:

    My first childhood memory was swinging on the swings on bright sunny days. 

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    msilba says:

    my first memory of the outdoors was playing in the backyard with my sister.  We would spend all afternoon on the swingset and just running around.  Those memories make me smile often and make me remember how lucky I am to have an amazing sister in my life:)

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    Rosy says:

    When I was a child I used to spend the afternoon after school in the garden with my grandma, I used to play while she was reading or crocheting… I remember the sun and the warm weather and the birds singing and my cats sleeping… Pure happiness!!

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    For our summer holidays (which in India are from April-May) I remember being taken to my grandmother’s house in a little village in South India. There we spent lazy, hot days under the shade of palm trees, reading or sleeping, running around rice fields, looking at cows, having our fill of luscious mangoes, coconuts dripping with sweet milk, the fragrance of ripe jackfruit overpowering the house. Those were good days.

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    Rachel S says:

    My first memory of being outdoors is riding around on my Dad’s shoulders at Disneyland.  It is such a happy memory; sunshine, the magic of Disney and being out with my family; perfection.

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    Christie says:

    i grew up in the philippines and we owned a very large fishing pond. i remember the first night sleeping on the wooden house on stilts in the middle of the water. we had to take boat to get there and back. i was maybe 4 years old but i remember the night sky, the sound of crickets and the smell of fish very distinctly 🙂

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    Prickly Pinecone says:

    My first memory of outdoors was going for walks In a local park with my  dad. Wish that was still possible.

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    Lisa says:

    My first memory of the outdoors is lying on a quilt with my dad in our backyard. Apparently, it was one of the best ways to get me to take a nap.

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    Tiffany A. says:

    I remember my parents taking me to the park by our apartments. This park was made of all wood and all kinds of tunnels and levels to climb through. I when my parents would take me to the park and push me on the swings and just spend time with me! I always want to go back to where I grew up just to visit this park and to remember the time I had with my parents!

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    Rachel says:

    Most of my memories involved me climbing our gorgeous apple tree.  For my sisters and I,  It was our castle, hiding place, jungle gym, and the site of most of our adventures.   We were little monkeys climbing everywhere.  I loved looking up through the branches and leaves, with the sun trickling through.  It was as beautiful as stained glass.  It was wonderful. 

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