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Wednesday Color Inspiration- Succulent

I'm so in love with succulents and I love this shot! This was from one of my many many (many!) trips to the Chicago Botanic Garden. I can't wait to paint this little guy-- I'm hoping I'll get a chance to at least start it this weekend.

Wednesday Color Inspiration- Succulent

If you love this shot as much as I do, you can pick up your own print. I've added it to my etsy shop (yes, I still have my etsy shop!) as part of my new "Big Bloom" series.  You can select the size you want, from 5x7 all the way to 16x20. If you need something larger, or on a canvas (don't worry-- I will be adding those options soon!) Just email or convo me and let me know!

Oh, do me a favor (please!) and check out the rest of my Big Bloom series!

Wednesday Inspiration- Garden

It's supposed to be in the 60's this weekend-- yay! Hopefully, if the weather holds out, I'll head out to the Chicago Botanic Garden for my first trip of the year. I'm so excited. I can't wait to see (and photograph) growing things!



I hope you enjoy the lovely handmade Garden themed items I found on etsy! (I'm loving this paper lotus...)



Origami Lotus Flower
Origami Lotus Flower Decoration or Favor // Papaya and Moss Green


Who am I kidding? I love everything here!


Wednesday Inspiration- Garden


1. Kerribeads Lampwork Little Bird Focal Bead



2. Garden Salsa lot of 6 hand dyed 42" silk ribbons by Flame kissed Art Glass



3. Red Veined Sorrel No. 2 original watercolor painting



4. Bulbosa and Echinops Terrarium



5. Butterfly Embellishments Pumpkin Spice Monarch



6. Custom Herb Flower Pots (Set of 4)



7. Garden-Original miniature flower garden oil painting 3x3 by Marina Petro



8. Modern Herb or Succulent Planter Box from Reclaimed Cedar



9. Gnomeo & Juliet Concrete Garden Gnome Couple



Hope you have a great day and hopefully you get to enjoy a garden wherever you are!!!

-April

http://www.creativeapples.etsy.com




Wednesday Inspiration- April Showers

"April showers"

"April, where's May and June?"

"April, it's your month!"

Those were some of the things I heard in grade school. I used to hate the month of April (and my name!) because that's all I would hear (boy, kids are cruel...) That, in addition to not paying attention in class and hearing my name (which was in context of a date), would startle me and make me think I was being called on ALL THE TIME... Nowadays, I find that people don't tease me as much so when someone calls me "April Showers" I say, "if you're lucky!" or when they ask me where May and June are, I tell them I don't know about May, but June (my sister!) is doing well. And yes, April IS my month!! :)

(And because I know what you were thinking, no, my birthday is not in April either...)



This week's inspiration is April Showers, in honor of the month of April that's right around the corner! I hope you enjoy these lovely,lovely etsy finds!


april showers paper rosettes bouquet
april showers paper rosettes bouquet


Wednesday Inspiration- April Showers



1. April Showers 8x10



2. April Showers Cloud Handmade pendant with tiny blue Swarovski crystals raindrops rain clouds blue



3. April Showers Half Apron



4. April Showers-- Duck in the Rain Embellishments -- Set of 2



5. You Make Me Happy 5 x 5



6. Spring Whimsical rain Cloud Mobile for nursery



7. cloud mug



8. Yaroma - Morning Rain - Lace Weight



9. Wool Felt Umbrella Brooch - Lemon Yellow



Hope you have a wonderful day!
-April

http://www.creativeapples.etsy.com

Wedesday Inspiration- Spring Green

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


Thanks so much! I'll be back tomorrow with an fabulous interview from an etsy artist! Don't miss it-- Click here to subscribe today and you'll see my posts in your blog reader automatically!



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

Wednesday Inspiration- Spring

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. 8x12 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

Wednesday Inspiration- St. Patrick's Day

Hello!!!! St. Patrick's Day is just around the corner (March 17th) Yay!!! I always get a little reminiscent around this time-- it was the day after St. Patrick's Day (1998) that I went on my trip to Ireland. What an amazingly beautiful country! I would LOVE to go back, this time with my trusty camera instead of a jerky boyfriend (who ended the relationship while we were there) and have the opportunity to capture the countries beauty on film...


In the meantime, I hope you have a wonderful and safe St. Patrick's Day celebration and enjoy the St. Patrick's Day themed gems that I found!


spring green heart felts ornaments set of 4 / eco friendly upcycled love decorations spring green heart felts ornaments set of 4 / eco friendly upcycled love decorations



Wednesday Inspiration- St. Patrick's Day



1. Sterling Silver Necklace - Shamrock Clover



2. 7 Crochet Shamrocks by SJ and Joe



3. Saint Patrick's Day Baby Booties / Slippers - Green Shamrock



4. Warm Cable Scarf - Grass Green



5. IRISH Hearts - St. Patricks Day BOGO SALE - Two gorgeous wave-turned beach-stone hearts decorated with beautiful green shamrocks.



6. Summer Greens Batik Cathedral Window Pillow Cover - 18 Inches



7. Real Four Leaf Clover Inlaid



8. 12 St Patrick's Day Edible Glitter Shamrock Fondant Cupcake Topper for St Patty's Day



9. Green Rosette Headband



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






Wednesday Inspiration- Sunshine

I am beginning to feel like a broken record (and here it is again) I am so ready for winter to be over. We're teased with sunshine today and it looks deceptively nice out, but it's still really really cold... I am really looking forward to longer days, warmer weather, and many consecutive days of sunshine! In the meantime, I hope you enjoy these bright and sunny finds from etsy!



Felted Wool Acorns in Lemon YellowFelted Wool Acorns in Yellow Lemon


Wednesday Inspiration- Sunshine


1. Pettiskirt Bubble Romper - Sunshine Yellow



2. Bit of Sunshine- Sterling silver and golden yellow chalcedony necklace


3. sunshine gingham - yellow check fabric button post earrings



4. Vintage Pear Stone Coasters - Set of 6




5. THINK HAPPY. BE HAPPY - Inspiring 8x10 inch Print




6. Sunshine - 5x7 Fine Art Print - BOGO Sale


7. Sunshine Party Thank You Tags (PRINTABLE)


8. Lemongrass Poppy Seed - Handcrafted Exfoliating Shea Butter Soap


9. Lemon Sugar Cookie-Wiches -1/2 Dozen

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you have a great day!

-April

http://www.creativeapples.etsy.com