Signing up for the May Flower Challenge

Ooh, an exciting new challenge!  It’s the May Flower Challenge, over on Lori Moon Studio’s blog.  The idea is to do something to do with flowers throughout May – I’m thinking drawing flowers, painting them, photographing them, writing poems about them…and the boys are joining in too.

I enjoyed the Index-Card-A-Day Challenge last summer over at Daisy Yellow, so thought I might create a month of flower-themed index card art.  Here’s the first:

may flower challenge v #1

Waif wrote a poem about flowers:

flowers loveliness

Don’t you just love the idea that flowers are giving hugs to bugs?!

We then spent some time gathering dandelion flowers ready to make some dandelion massage oil:

dandelion snip

Waif is pretty pleased with it:

rafe dandelion oil (4)

We now have to wait six weeks for the dandelion flowers to infuse the oil, before removing them and refrigerating the oil. Apparently it will be very good for aching muscles!

Gman has joined in by taking photographs of flowers – I expect these will pop up on his blog any day now! Edited: yep, here they are!

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14 thoughts on “Signing up for the May Flower Challenge

  1. Motherfunker says:

    I truly love reading your blog Viv. It’s so inspiring me right now! 🙂 x x x

  2. deborahvelasquez says:

    The index cards are a great idea!!! Never thought of the massage oil from dandelions. Thanks!

  3. Allie says:

    That sounds like a lovely challenge! Do tell more about the dandelion oil, I have quite a crop on my lawn right now – I love dandelions!

    • vivjm says:

      Well basically you just fill a jar nearly to the top with dandelion flowers, pressing them down. Then you cover with oil of your choice (we used almond oil). Leave for six weeks, then strain the flowers out and use the oil for massage! Never made it before, so no idea if it’s any good but – hey- gotta try something with all these dandelions!!

  4. What mindfulness, clarity, and reverence for living things you and your son have!! Your artwork and dandelion-gathering warmed my heart this early morning.

  5. Viv, I’m so glad that you and your boys are participating in the flower challenge. What a creative use for those lovely weeds in our yards. I’ll hop over to your sons blog and leave a message on his photo post. Happy May!

  6. I just saw a recipe for dandelion cookies http://www.publicradio.org/columns/splendid-table/recipes/dessert_dandelioncookies.html I’m sure you could substitute for gluten free. I can’t wait to try them they sound really good 🙂

    Love the oil idea!

  7. I love the floral theme you have going on for May!
    Thanks for the dandelion oil tip – I have just been out surveying the ridiculous amount of dandelions and wondering what to do with them all as there are only so many you can eat.

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