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Kevin found one of my Trout Lilies opened & said I have a bunch ready to bloom, which seems a little late - but we've had very nasty weather this Spring.  Yellow flowers & beautiful mottled foliage, they're native to the Eastern half of North America. 

He also brought me in one of my fragrant Daffodil/Narcissus varieties (photo below) this morning & told me I have enough different kinds blooming to cut for a bouquet, so maybe tomorrow he can gather some more up, if it stops raining!  I planted quite a few varieties many years ago that I still get so much enjoyment from - mostly whites with differ colored & types of centers (corona).  I love the fragrant ones!

If anyone doesn't know about how to treat fresh-cut Daffodils & Narcissus, they can ruin an arrangement because of their sap.  Tips For Using Daffodils as Cut Flowers  ...don't let your pets chew on them - poisonous! 

Daffodil/Narcissus music to learn in the Spring Flowers for Violin, Viola & Cello Thread

Love to know about what Spring flowers YOU have!

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If you like DIY crafting tutorials...  

Fabric: 

Paper: 

Peach Daffodils - 3D paper designs by Rajni Chawla (from her blog) 

Crochet:

I have also used fine metal wire to chrochet 3D flowers for jewelry. 

Painting: 

...individual daffodils can be painted on textiles/clothing, use acrylic paint.

Cake Decorating: 

Food Carving: 

Daffodil Radish Flower Carving

Jewelry making: 

How to make DAFFODIL flower from seed beads

...if you like working with clay, consider trying 'Precious Metal Clays' for fine jewelry Torch vs Kiln: What is Better for Heating Silver Clay?

Metalwork: 

Forging a Silver Daffodil

Glass: 

Daffodil Mosaic

Woodwork: 

Relief Carving of Daffodils - hand carving wood. 

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I have a large patch of the Brunnera 'Forget Me Nots' in my backyard.  Kevin took a photo of a small section & brought me in a handful for a vase.  These have a unique fragrance.  

Forget-me-nots in Freemasonry

 

Other uses of Forget-me-nots.

 

 

Story of how the Forget-me-not got it's name. 

 

Forget-me-not Arts & Crafts links:

Making Jewelry: 

Forget-me-not Flowers & Stem Earrings - crochet. 

Beaded Forget-me-not Flower - seed beads. 

Forget-me-not Beaded Hoop earrings

Macrame Forget-me-not Frendship Bracelet - just use blue! 

UV Resin Forget-me-not Pendant - use dried flowers. 

Woodcarving: 

Timelapse Forget-me-not Woodcarving - look for several individual tutorials for this.

Cake & Cookie Decorating: 

Forget-me-not Cookies - stunning! 

How to Pipe a Forget-me-not Cake - simple. 

Gum Paste (or Fondant) Forget-me-not Flowers for Beginners

Fabric & Threadwork: 

Delicate Forget-me-not crown/head wreath - Kanzashi (folded fabric) 

Forget-me-not English Country Garden Paper-piecing Block - appliqué for quilting or sewing.  

Forget-me-not Ribbon Embroidery - easy stitches.

3D Forget-me-not Embroidery - easy stitches.

Drawing, Painting & Paper:

Freehand Drawing Forget-me-nots Kraft Paper Card - simple with Gel Pens! 

Forget-me-not Flowers - Beginner Acrylic Painting - there are types of acrylic paint to decorate almost any material. 

Step by Step Watercolor Forget-me-nots - there are many styles of watercolor painting, this is only one.

Origami Forget-me-nots - easy folded paper tutorial.

Crochet: 

Forget-me-not Hexagon Motif

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I only have a few Tulips blooming this Spring, but it's TULIP TIME in Holland, Michigan - starting tomorrow (oops, today)! 

Tulip Arrangement Tutorial

 

TULIP Crafts to consider: 

Paper:

How To Make Realistic Parrot Tulips From Crepe Paper

Make Classic Tulips From Crepe Paper

Origami Tulip - very simple tutorial - beginner origami! 

Sewing/Stitching: 

3 Simple Ways to Appliqué a Tulip

How to Sew a Tulip Quilt Block - tutorial includes how to make the template. 

Tulip Tote Bag Tutorial

3D Fabric Tulip Tutorial

Tulip Stitch Crochet Motif Tutorial & Easy Crochet Tulip Stitch Headband

Jewelry Making:

Tulip Ribbon Embroidery - Beautiful Pendant Tutorial! 

Woven Tulip Friendship Bracelet - Easy Tutorial

3D Seed Bead Tulip Earrings Tutorial

Painting: 

Quick Watercolor Tulip

Metal Work: 

How to Forge a Tulip

How To Make SODA Can Tulips You Can Display Outdoors

Glass: 

Fused Glass Tulip Field

Wookworking: 

Relief Carving Tulips

Inside-Out Lathe Turned Tulips

Tulip Design - Double Bevel Marquetry

Leather craft: 

Stippled Tulip Design on Leather - Pyrography 

Cake & Cookie Decorating: 

How To Make Spring Tulip Cookies 

Heart Cookies With Spring Tulips

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I HAVE FRESH CUT LILACS - WOO HOO! 

Kevin says they stink up the house, but he cut them for me. 🤨 

...if I could only get him to to cut me something GREEN to go with them, but I don't want to push my luck. 😊

LILACS ARE AN EDIBLE FLOWER!  40+ LILAC RECIPES! 

 

The Lilac Festival, up in Mackinac Island, doesn't happen until June, but here's a tour from 2023.  I hope I get a chance to spend time there again - NO CARS!

 

Isn't anyone else enjoying fresh cut flowers in the house for Spring? 

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I had a bunch of knock out roses I cut & put in vase (gone now), but here's a Magnolia I just cut.

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