There is a profusion of violets in my yard right now and with tomorrow being May Day I could make some violet filled May Baskets. Making candied violets is another thing I've thought about doing with them. I'm not sure I'll actually get to either one of them but if you are curious here is a link for several ways to candy violets. Martha Stewart also has some nice ideas for making May Baskets. Happy May Day!
|Covering the Tree|
It all made for a colorful entry to the gallery and created lots of interest. In fact some folks were walking by and joined in to help and spent quite a lot of time working on it. A nice community effort!
|Toni's Yarn Bombed Car|
|Vince working on the sign|
|Inside the gallery|
|Birds and Berries|
|Keeper of Leaves|
Happy April! The sun is out, the flowers are poking up and the trees have beautiful spring green leaves. The mid-winter doldrums are finally over and ideas are flowing - thank God! Last week my sweetie and I went to Chicago - he for a conference, me for fun. On the night we arrived we took a walk and ended up on Oak Street Beach where I promptly took off my shoes and headed for the wet and a bit cold sand. It felt great! We found prints in the sand of someone that took to the beach in their roller blades - I suspect that was a tricky walk! We also saw this amazing shot of the setting sun coming through the buildings and illuminating a single tree -- so beautiful.
I spent the next day at the Chicago Institute of Art. I saw much of the museum but I think it would take several days to see it all. My favorite room was Asian sculpture...a huge room filled with Buddhas of every size and material and these little dancing figures. It was so inspirational. In addition to the Buddhas were Monet's, Van Gogh's, O'Keeffe's, Seurat's Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte and Grant Wood's American Gothic and so much more.
After a day of culture I hit the Miracle Mile. My goal was to go to American Girl Place. I really have no children to buy for but I've always been fascinated with those dolls and when I got there I wished I was eight again! It was a great trip and sprinkled in there was Chicago style pizza and excellent croissants. It was a great city to explore and I have only just begun. I can't wait to go back.