Herbs – Lavender

Lavender is a member of the mint family and is used in cooking as well as aromatherapy.  The essential oils of the herb’s flowers are used in skin and beauty products, and the oil also has antiseptic properties.  Having visited a handful of lavender farms in my travels, I’ve found that a little culinary lavender goes a long way in most food products.  However, I enjoy cooking with a blend of Herbes de Provence and sipping a cup of hot lavender tea often.

Herbs - Lavender

Herbs – Lavender

This wonder herb is also known to have soothing, comforting properties that can ease restlessness, insomnia, and headaches.  For sweet dreams, place a little sachet at your bedside or in your pillowcase.

Radishes

Many years ago when we planted a spring vegetable garden, radishes were the first thing we harvested.  They were crisp, peppery, and bursting with flavor.  The cherry tomatoes and green beans also fared very well, but the carrots – not so much.

Radishes

Radishes

We haven’t grown vegetables in many years and now opt for flower gardens, but we’ll never forget the garden-fresh flavors of those little red gems.  Are you a fan of gardening?

Avocado

Avocados were not very popular in this part of the country when I was growing up, but thankfully they have reached us in full force.

Avocado

Avocado

So deliciously creamy and full of heart-healthy fats and nutrients, an avocado is considered one of the world’s healthiest foods.  Did you know an avocado is a fruit?  I guess I had never really thought about it but, yes, it is classified as a fruit.  Yum.

Sheltering Tree Cards

These are some of the cards I made at last month’s weekend craft retreat.  My friend Ronda added Stampin’ Up’s Sheltering Tree set to our stash, and it is great for making cards for Send a Smile 4 Kids. This organization collects and distributes handmade cards for children who are inpatient at Children’s Hospitals around the country and in Canada.

Sheltering Tree with bicycle

Sheltering Tree with bicycle

Sheltering Tree window pane

Sheltering Tree window pane

Sheltering Tree Bicycle

Sheltering Tree Bicycle

The stamp images are gender neutral, which makes the cards that much more versatile, and I enjoy the painterly effect of the leaves, grass, and clouds.  Also, even though I did not watercolor paint these, I’m counting them as half a point for today’s World Watercolor Group prompt of bicycle.  😛

 

 

Bunny, #WorldWatercolorGroup

How appropriate that today’s prompt is bunny, which of course is one of the nonreligious symbols for Easter.  This bunny was drawn and painted by loosely following a tutorial from a library book, but unfortunately I forgot to write down the name of the book or the author. What a dumb bunny I am 🙂

Bunny

Bunny

Happy Easter – Happy Sunday!!  Enjoy your outings to church, egg hunts, family dinners, relaxing, or whatever is on your agenda.

Ladybug, #WorldWatercolorGroup

Creating this was almost a little too creepy crawly for my liking, but I did enjoy painting the vibrant wing covers (elytra) of this ladybug. I generally have no issues catching a “pretty” ladybug and admiring its color and spots, and I don’t mind a butterfly or lightning bug either, but that is about as far as I go with flying or crawling pests. I don’t know why this is because they all have alien faces with twitching antennae and too many scraggly legs, even the “pretty” bugs.

Ladybug

Ladybug

(The background is computer enhanced a little to help the actual wings show up better.) Now that I’ve painted a bee and a ladybug this week, I think that will be enough insects for a while.  Thank goodness April has a lot more to offer.  Have a great weekend!

 

Bee, #WorldWatercolorGroup

As promised here is one of the creepy crawlies that I am not fond of observing up close – a bee.  I don’t know how accurate this one is to a real bee because I simply drew it without looking at a reference photo and am going with it.

Bee

Bee

I love what bees do for us and know how important they are in nature, but looking at every wiggling, twitching, alien detail is not enjoyable to me.  For that reason it was very easy to paint looser, something I want to do more of, so thank you, bee, for teaching me a lesson in loose painting!