It's another rainy Saturday afternoon, but I suppose that's April for you. After all, we can't have May flowers without a few April showers. My dad planted the tomato plants I bought him yesterday so they'd get a good soaking today. They were already blooming and a good two and a half feet high. Still, while the rain helps all those gorgeous flowers and crops grow, it is quite dreary when you've just spent a week enjoying the sun and the slowly developing warmer weather.
I have really enjoyed all of the new spring flowers popping up since early spring. Pictured above are some of my mom's tulips I photographed last week. I took the shot outside in the middle of the afternoon - note the sun glinting off the leaves and petals - but ended up with what I think looks more like a studio shot. I love how it turned out and I didn't use any Photoshop. I mean, really, isn't that sort of cheating? To me Photoshop separates the photographer from the digital artist. Both are fabulous and necessary but each have their own skill set.
Anyhow, it's days like these that make me wish I'd thought to pick a bouquet before the rain started falling. Fortunately, I found this awesome diy project for crafting a bouquet that never dies.
has a beautiful tutorial for making these billy button flowers
(pictured above.) You can create them yourself with a handful of dried flower balls from the craft store, some wire sticks, and floral tape. And the really fabulous part? Once you craft them they never die. Plus they look quite cheerful no matter the weather outside!