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Sunday, September 1, 2019

How to Dry Flower Petals


I first started saving rose petals years ago when they would fall from a bouquet. I'd place them is a pretty dish. I'd even get a whiff of their scent from that dish once in a while. Not sure why I had such a hard time tossing them out, perhaps it was because I didn't have a garden. Then it wasn't just roses, but all different flower petals set in dishes throughout the house. They still looked sentimentally pretty to me.  I started adding beads, old jewelry, pearls in with them.
All those bowls and by now apothecary jars made me smile.

Jump forward a couple of decades and I now have my gardens.
I now go out in the morning to see what's blooming.


Roses are still my favorite to dry


I pull off all the petals


And then the hip.
 I don't want it to waste it's energy to turn into fruit.


I drop the petals into my collection box.


Feverfew looks like little daisies


the flowers are easy to pop off.


I have paths through my back gardens that all need to be checked for flowers.


Picken's for the day


They then get placed from my collection box onto parchment paper
which lines the lid of a tote. I spread them out into the thinnest layer possible.


Ready for natural air drying.


My collection box opens up large enough to cover the majority of the fresh petals to protect from any light that may reach them and any wind that may come up.


Not all quite dry enough yet, I spread them apart further.


It always amazes me how much the petals shrink.


They then go into a larger tote that gets stored in my dark garage.
Each time it's opened, the scent is amazing!

The flowers change according to the seasons. So there is quite a mixture.
There's so many things you can do with dried flower petals.

Wedding Toss, is very popular, as are Flower Girl Baskets
Soaps, Bath Bombs, Sachets, Table Decor, Candles, Dream Pillows, Eye Pillows, and of course, Potpourri. There are many more.

Easy to dry for yourself.
But if time eludes you, I do sell these in my Etsy Shop


An idea one of my customers used for her wedding.


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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Fairy Gnome Garden Made by the Kids

What do you do when you're working on your Fairy Garden 
and the Little's are over?

You have them make their own!

I had gathered up up some fun items I had :
 sea shells, faux succulents, small rocks, etc.

I also picked up a couple of bowls,
 Fairies and Gnomes at the dollar store.

I divided up everything into 2 bags so there wouldn't be any arguing.
''I'' received the Fairy bag and ''B'' received the Gnome bag.

After placing some soil in each bowl they started making their perspective homes.
''B'' liked putting the soil in the bowl.....then stuck in a faux succulent and took off to play.

''I'' planned it all out. She was very meticulous. 

Looking for just the right piece..

She worked on it slow and methodically.

If something didn't look just right, she'd take it all out and begin again.
''B'' would drop by every once in a while to see what was going on.

He finally decided to give it a try.

Once he started, he liked it.
I was really surprised at how long it kept them entertained.
''B'' tried to copy his sisters

Looking good♥
When they were done they were pretty proud of themselves.

''I's'' Fairy Garden

''B's'' Gnome Garden

Best of all, when interest is lost, they don't need to be watered since there aren't any live plants.  They can also rearrange and play with them anytime they want.

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Friday, August 2, 2019

Keep Mosquitoes Away with this DIY Spray


Yes, I'm dating myself with this one! 
Paul Harvey had a segment years ago, where he shared this spray recipe.
Over the years I think people have forgotten about it. 
So here it a reminder with photos on how to make it.

Only 3 ingredients needed:
Big bottle of BLUE cheap Mouthwash
3 cups of Epsom Salts
3 stale 12 oz. cans of cheap beer


Mix all 3 ingredients together until salt is dissolved.


Bottle of mouthwash


Epsom salts


stale beer


FYI, start with a large pitcher.
I had to switch - it's a lot of liquid! LOL


Stir until salts are dissolved


Pour into a spray bottle.


Makes quite a lot.
Spray anywhere you sit or hangout outside, it won't harm plants or flowers.
I spray it on my window screen from the inside out
 (so I don't get my windows dirty ;)
I spray the deck and walkways throughout the gardens.


It does make a huge difference.
Recently had the Little's here and spent a lot of time outside playing.
Happy to report no one received a bite. 


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