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Real-Life Floral Patterns

I love, love, love floral patterns. Much of the time, I can be found doodling and painting them, but ever since I discovered people making art with real flowers (see links at the end of the post), I've been inspired to try it myself. And let me tell you, I LOVED IT. I picked up a colorful bouquet from my local grocery store and used the different flowers and parts of the flowers to create both all-over and round patterns. I can see potential here for incorporating photo prints of my favorite pieces into my home decor. See the results below... The original bouquet The bouquet disassembled I really enjoyed making these, and I plan to find time to do it again soon. I hope you are all enjoying the wonderful spring weather and take time to admire the colorful blooms of the season. Make something beautiful today! Niki LINKS Here are a few of my favorite Instagrammers who create wonderful pieces of art with flowers

Flower Lunch

During the busy week, my lunch is usually reduced to a box of crackers that I munch on while I work at my desk. Quick and easy. But once in a while it's nice to treat yourself to something more satisfying and appealing. One day, I made a flower arrangement out of a sandwich for fun. This would be a neat way to present sandwiches on a platter for a party as well I would imagine. To round out the meal, I added a pudding "dirt" cup topped with a strawberry rose and a vegetable plate with sliced cucumbers arranged into "petals." See details and photos below. Sandwich with rosettes formed from pieces of ham, sitting on a bed of assorted lettuces and sprouts. Strawberry "dirt" cup—chocolate pudding and crushed Oreos with berry topper. See below for links to instructions for creating the rose and the flowerpot cupcake cups. Cucumber veggie plate with feta cheese and grape center. They say that you eat with your eyes, so why

Mother's Day Bouquet

This Sunday is my first Mother's Day since becoming a mother myself. There is nothing more challenging, life-altering, and rewarding than becoming a parent. My little Adelaide just turned four months old on Saturday. A friend once told me in regards to parenthood, "The days are long, but the weeks are short." So true. I can't believe how fast these first few months have gone by, and she is growing every day. My little four-month-old. I love being a mom. Nothing makes me happier than to see my daughter laugh and smile. Whenever I am away from her, I can't wait to see her again. Of course, there are challenging times, like when she's sick or cranky or won't go to sleep at night. For example, it'll probably take me three times as long to write this blog post than it should because Ada wants my constant attention. Whenever I'm tired or frustrated with the whole motherhood gig, I marvel at how my own mother ever managed THREE little bab

May Flowers

It's no secret... I LOVE flowers! As you can see, flowers show up a lot in my arts and crafts. The color and beauty of flowers are an instant pick-me-up. They are an iconic symbol of the spring season. So this month, I've decided to devote my blog posts to all things floral.  Stay tuned... Niki