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Photo Friday theme- Mother Nature

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-April
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Hi! I’m always really excited this time of year when I start to see things (finally!)begin to grow. It’s a definite sign that our long and cold winter is loosening its grips in our area. (I’m really jealous of those folks in California who have been posting spring blossom pictures on flickr for the past month…)

I noticed that my parents neighbors tulips and daffodils were beginning to grow and that made me really happy. Soooo happy, in fact, that when I arrived back home, I planned out when I was going back to the Botanic Garden to begin my annual stalking of the tulips and other spring blooms (next weekend!) and I shopped for Spring Green related items on etsy. These are my fabulous Spring Green inspired finds– I hope you enjoy!

Green Tea Bunny - Hand Knit Organic Cotton Toy Rabbit
Green Tea Bunny – Hand Knit Organic Cotton Toy Rabbit
isn’t that bunny the cutest thing ever?

Wednesday Inspiration- Spring Green

1. lime green baby chick

2. Handmade Vitrail Light Green Crystal Octagon Briolette Drop Sterling Silver Earrings

3. Sock Weight Superwash Merino Wool Yarn, Hand Dyed – Moss Tonal

4. Colorful Decorator Suzani Pillow

5. 2 For 1 Sale – Little Hooves – 8 x 10 Archival Fine Art Print

6. Asian Pear Lip Balm

7. Six Felted Acorns – Lemon and Lime – Natural and Eco Friendly.

8. knit toddler earflap hat and photo prop, size 18 months to 4T, fern green with stripes

9. A Kiss of Spring

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Hope you have a wonderful day!
-April
http://www.creativeapples.etsy.com

OMG! I think it’s really happening. I think spring may finally be starting to arrive in the Chicago-land area. Tom Skilling is predicting temperatures in the middle 60’s in the next couple of days. And sunshine! (I’m a little excited, if you couldn’t tell…) I am so looking forward to my first Botanic Garden trip of the Spring season–I have some super cute gnomes to take pictures of…

In the meantime, I hope you get to enjoy your day and enjoy the Spring themed etsy finds!

Pincushion - Felted Cupcake in Vanilla Mint
Pincushion – Felted Cupcake in Vanilla Mint

Wednesday Inspiration- Spring

1. Butterflies, 20 Carnation Pink Butterfly Silhouettes for Girls Room, Nursery, and Home Art Decor

2. SALE 20% OFF Threads. 8×12 Fine Art Photograph.

3. The Little Ethereal Fairy Necklace- Spring 2011

4. bunting fabric bin. toy storage bin. easter bucket. Handmade by sweetstitchshop on Etsy.

5. Spring Summer Bride Bouquet Cotton Candy Pink Ranunculus With Diamond Rhinestone Accents

6. Dotty Fabric Booches – Set of Three

7. Linden Green Elsebeth Lavold Cotton Patine Yarn (110m/50g) – 9 Skeins in Color 18

8. Eggs-tra Special Colored Vegan Egg Soaps

9. Edible Sugar Butterflies Pale Yellow and Turquoise 10

Happy Spring!
-April
http://www.creativeapples.etsy.com


Photo Friday-Ethereal

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-april
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Hello! Happy Wednesday! Oh man, I am so ready for spring. Last week we were teased with near 60degree weather. That was so awesome! The mountains of snow were finally starting to melt… Fast forward one week– more snow. Okay, so yesterday was a mere dusting compared to the nearly two feet we received a few weeks ago, but seriously? I am so so so tired of the snow and cold weather. I did see a little robin outside my apartment last week so that gives me hope that spring is just around the corner…. I hope you enjoy some of the awesome robin-themed finds from across etsy! I hope spring is starting in your neck of the woods!

Little Robin Zipper PouchLittle Robin Zipper Pouch

Wednesday Inspiration- Robin

1. French Script Pillow Cover “Robin” from Gathered Comforts

2. Mod Bird and Silver Nest with Turquoise Eggs

3. Robins on a Branch Brass Filigree Bird Necklace Vintage Style Altered Art

4. Our Nest – The Perfect Little Sign to Help You Feather Your Nest in Robins Egg Blue

5. Round Robin – 8×10 Art Print of my Original Watercolor Painting

6. Fine Art Print. Nesting In Numbers. Sepia Photograph

7. Red Robin Bird Felt Clippie

8. Gray Autumn- rustic fall inspired soft gray and burgundy with a pop of crimson red photograph of a robin in the woodlands of Chicago- Fine Art Nature Photograph- 8×8

9. Robin Birds Garland Handmade of Muslin Fabric

Thanks for checking out all these great etsy shops!!! Have a great day!
-April
http://www.creativeapples.etsy.com

originally uploaded by rottnapples.

So, about two weeks ago, I went to the Garden and tried out my Diana Lens. It was a fabulously perfect evening– the sun was starting to set. I was experimenting with my Diana Lens and LOVING it. Seriously. I was sitting in the Japanese Garden in my favorite little spot and was shooting the sunset across the little lake. Absolutely gorgeous. I wanted to get the pilings next to the shore in the shot along with the sun reflecting on the water– I got one shot and as moved to get closer– PLOP! the Diana Lens fell right into the lake!!!

Fortunately, I fished it out of the lake (it floated!) I think it’s okay. It’s all plastic– there are no mechanical parts to be damamged… I haven’t tried it out yet–it’s been drying on a towel all this time.  I’m going to try it out this weekend. Please keep your fingers crossed that it still works and looks okay!

Here are some other shots I took with that lens (prior to dropping it in the lake!) See what I mean? Don’t they look so dreamy? Look at those fabulous sun flares!

088/365

090/365, originally uploaded by rottnapples.

I’ve been to the Garden 3 times in the last two weeks (wha? that’s not excessive– if I could, I’d go every day…) Its so unbelievably gorgeous over there. And every time I go, it’s always different! TONS of new tulips have started popping up this week, (the esplanade is FULL of them! and the bulb garden is starting to bloom nicely as well. ) Soon, I suspect by this weekend or early next week, the crab apple blossoms and lilacs will be out in full bloom too… After that, the alliums, lilies, and peonies…

You know, a photo a day for a year sounds really easy, right? Sure, it is, until your critic gets into the picture (ha! no pun intended.) I have to keep reminding myself that it’s just a photo a day– it doesn’t have to be a rock star every time… I can’t believe I’m on day 90. Sure, I’ve missed a few days here and there, but for the most part, I’ve kept with it. I am starting to feel that my photos are getting a little repetitive though (hello critic!) Only 275 days left (gulp!!)…

originally uploaded by rottnapples.

wow. it was absolutely gorgeous in chicago yesterday. in the 70’s and sunny– an absolutely perfect spring day. today will be more of the same! I’m looking forward to my 4 day weekend, Easter (and the after Easter candy sales!) and going to the Garden on Sunday. This will be my first visit to the Garden this spring. I can’t wait!!! I’ve already seen a few magnolia trees in full bloom!

oh, i am so ready for spring. bring it on!

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