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A Spring of Patience {Runs on Nature's Time}

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

The difference between a flower and a weed is...a judgement.. ~ Uknown

There is a Lao Tzu saying, " Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished," and this is running on loop over and over in my head. I have to be quiet and calm. I have to be still and alert. If I blink, sneeze, or move, I might miss it, that fleeting sight of Spring, which seems only to be able to muster a whisper in slight shades of yellow droopy daffodils and stiff cold blossoms of dandelions. Each flower is fighting hard against the bitter touch of winter still lingering behind during this change of season. Spring is off to a slow start this year.

I am eager to trod barefoot in tender tendrils of grass beneath warm rays of a more welcoming sun. I am desperate to want to move outside to do work and to tend my hives. However I am stuck inside doing the busy work that comes a long with owning your own business. I am busy cataloguing and photographing artwork that is ready to be listed for sale on my Etsy and the Apiary Artist website. I managed to finish up my taxes earlier in April and I guess I should be happy that Mother Nature is taking her time with Spring. 

I have made huge progress with the Hive Alive Project my son and I have been working on! Keep reading to find out more about it and our Instagram giveaway! You can view current works available at our Etsy Page.

Our Hive Alive Collection is now available with more coming each week!

Normally by this time I have cleaned off my front porch and moved some of my studio stuff to work on outside. I love creating art while being serenaded by the birds and the bees and their composed Nature's Opus. That alone, is the inspiration I crave while I create, that energy is so alive and invigorating. 

It has been one year since I merged my art business with beekeeping and I haven't looked back! It was a lot of work but I felt I could create my art to better serve a purpose that I was passionate about. To celebrate this, I am hosting my first GIVEAWAY on my Instagram account. My six year old son, Connor, and I have created a special project called, "Hive Alive" and together we've been creating minimalistic miniature bee paintings to raise awareness for pollinators around the world and will be selling them on our Etsy page! We also are creating other pollinators in this collection as well.

No. 1 in the Hive Alive Pollinator Awareness Collection
Giveaway on the

We will be giving away No. 1 in the collection from a random selection and the winner will be announced Monday May 14th at 11pm eastern time. We selected this day because it is Connor's Birthday and, truth be told, the Hive Alive project was mostly his idea! Each piece is uniquely signed with Certificate of Authentication right on the backside of the piece. 
We work together on each and every painting and already we have learned so much from each other during this process. We will be sharing some video demo's of us at work this summer, when our schedules are lighter. We can't wait to show you all how we do this. As a mother, I have found this to be an extraordinary project for my child to take part in. Creative thinking skills, artistic expression, combined with a passion for bringing awareness to issues he is concerned about! Its a great opportunity for learning.

The Hive Alive Collection is available on our Etsy!

Each piece is uniquely signed with a Certificate of Authentication right on the backside of the piece. All materials used are museum archival quality! We will be supporting two different organizations, buyer's choice, with a percentage of sales going to the recipient. The two organizations we picked are The Pollinator Partnership and The Sustainable Honey Bee Program.
The Pollinator Partnership is non-profit 501(c)3 organization-- the largest in the world dedicated exclusively to the protection and promotion of pollinators and their ecosystems. You can learn more about this amazing program by visiting their website, The Pollinator Partnership, liking their Facebook Page, following them on Twitter, watchin their YouTube, and following them on Instagram.
They even have an amazing app called, The BeeSmart Pollinator Garden!
The Sustainable Bee Program is a Loudoun County based, all-volunteer 501(c)(3) organization that promotes sustainable practices in beekeeping. In addition, our program is distributed both nationally and internationally as a vehicle for regional economic development. This organization is near and dear to me for obvious reasons- I can give back to a local Loudoun organization and my fellow Loudoun Beekeepers. Please visit their website, The Sustainable Bee Program to learn more!

Some works will be matted while others will be sold in an archival sleeve.

Before I leave, I'd like to let you all know that both Connor and I are working on some blogs that will include videos and demonstrations! We have been learning IMovie and working on improving our live delivery as well as our video editing skills! Thank you so much for being a part of our journey on this process!

Here is a little roughly edited first IMovie attempt :) 

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