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May Day basket - repurposed ice cream container

Yay for May!  May Day was always one of my favorite spring days.  We came home from school and quickly created baskets using paper cups and pipe cleaners, filled them with candy and snuck over to leave them for our neighbor friends.  I woke up this morning and made a ‘basket’ for my nephew, complete with two of his favorite things – dandelions and fruit snacks.  Too bad this only occurs once a year, or I might have hope for ridding my yard of the weeds.

dandelions

Speaking of dandelions… have you ever tried dandelion wine?  About ten years ago, after reading a newspaper article, I decided to make some.  I let the weeds blossom until the yard was thick with them (my landlord at the time, not so thrilled), then picked hundreds and meticulously cut off the yellow petals (the green parts are too bitter to include) while my roommates teased me.  I added honey and some other fruits and let it hang out in a dark spot for a long while.  After bottling, it looked beautiful – crystal clear with a slight golden hue.  Then came tasting time… it smelled like bananas covered in brown sugar.  Yum, right?  Well, smell can be deceiving.  My wine tasted something akin to ‘band-aid smell’.  Something somewhere didn’t go quite right, but it packed a punch and my friends were more than happy to chug it down.  I’m happy to say that my subsequent attempt at wine (apple) went much better.

Back from that tangent…. all it takes to make this kid smile is handful of dandelions!

May Day basket - repurposed ice cream container

What are some of your favorite spring childhood memories?  
Happy May Day!

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Green Velvet, acrylic painting by Heather M. Roberts

I promised bread in my last post… and that’s this weekend’s mission – but in the meantime, I couldn’t help but share a new painting in honor of the first official day of spring!

Lots of cool minty greens in this piece.  Painted in super thin layers on a lightly textured wood panel, giving it an amazing velvet like finish that makes you want to reach out and touch it in the biggest way.  Can’t wait to have prints made.

Green Velvet, acrylic painting by Heather M. Roberts

Happy Friday!

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'Slow Growth', 6x6 acrylic botanical painting by Heather M. Roberts

For some reason, WordPress is not letting me re-blog this entry from my art site (heathermroberts.com).  I won’t be posting each painting on this blog (aside from a few favorites), so please visit the other page if you’d like to see them each day.

Where’d painting number 3 go?  Hmmm, let’s not talk about that. :)  It may make a reappearance at a later date if I can salvage it.

Today’s painting is botanical and a bit more abstract than the others… a colorful take on a hosta bud.  It’s a reminder: take time to enjoy the simple things – beauty can be found everywhere if you look closely.

'Slow Growth', 6x6 acrylic botanical painting by Heather M. Roberts

Slow Growth, 6×6 acrylic painting – available for purchase on Etsy

Happy Thursday!

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Spring has finally shown itself!  Hello, happy colors and delicate blossoms!

violets in the grass

yellow tree blossom

sunlight tree blossoms

What’s your favorite spring-thing?

As a side note, over the next few months I will be focusing on my return to work and making sure my pup can spend what time he has left, peacefully.  I am grateful for much, but also slightly overwhelmed at the moment.  So, for the time being , this blog will be limited to photography – which is where I find my ‘happy and simple’.  I hope you’ll stick around to enjoy the view!

Where do you find your ‘happy and simple’?

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