Sunday, August 17, 2014

I am Summer, come to lure you away from your computer... come dance on my fresh grass, dig your toes into my beaches. ~Oriana Green, @NatureSpirits

Good Morning, I apologize to those of you who have tried to view this site and received the pop up of possible Malware. Not sure how long this has been displayed since like many of you I have had a crazy insanely busy summer and have only sporadicly posted entries. I found the intruder and kicked his butt out. So we are live on blogger once more. Just have a few summer photos to share as we wrap up this busy season.  For all my google friend connect followers the gadget is no longer working on my site but as far as I can see you are all still connected and following. Please let me know if this is not the case and sign up for e-mail notices on postings.
Have a wonderful week! 

Friday, July 11, 2014

Early Summer

I Question not if thrushes Sing, If roses load the air; Beyond my heart I need not reach when all is summer there.

~ John Vance Cheney

Enjoy this beautiful summer!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Do you battle insecurity?

Good Morning Sunshine!

I mean You and the one shining outside my window. I haven't shared a post with you in quite some time but I just finished a book that I would like to recommend. I buy a lot of books. I first attempt to purchase them used on Amazon but many times am too impatient to wait for the delivery so I just buy with one click and have it sent whisper fast to my kindle for Mac. ;-)That is a dangerous icon, it is way too easy.....The problem is that when I want to share it with a friend or family member I can't because it is stuck on my hard drive so I prefer the old fashioned hard copies.

This one will be passed to one of my daughters and hopefully on from there. It is one that I think the majority of us desperately need to read. It is by Beth Moore and titled So Long Insecurity,  you've been a bad friend to us.

As women we struggle in our modern society for self worth and purpose and we have an uphill battle.
Rick and I raised our girls with as much positive affirmation and security as we could. I thought that no parents could have tried harder to assure their girls of their invaluable worth and our unconditional love, yet hey still battle insecurity. I personally feel I am the Queen of it. I know many of you would contest that and battle me for the crown.

You may not be a reader of Christian books but this is not just for people who normally are, it is for all women who know deep down they have fears and insecurities that effect the way they feel and act and perceive themselves. Many have had their security torn away from them at an early age in some way and still many, like my daughters, have learned just from being born (however much a lie it is) that they just don't feel they measure up to even their own expectations.

You can find the book here for a few dollars used here on Amazon and if you are willing to wait a few days for a hardcopy, I think you will be glad you did.

I wish you a beautiful day!

Friday, February 21, 2014

Grocery Store Rose Arrangement

February is merely as long as is needed to pass the time until March. ~J.R. Stockton

Only one more week in February. I am so excited not only because the hubster and I are taking our first real vacation trip ever but even better, Spring has to be just around the corner. The trip we are taking is to Cancun Mexico. It is our 30th Anniversary and like I said, never been anywhere other than to visit fam in New York and Florida for vacations. I am excited and of course a bit nervous having only ever left the country to go to Canada and that is like, attached. Maybe I'll find something cool to share in the way of home making in the midst of Fantasy Island. Don't expect posts on the white sandy beaches and fancy plated dinners cause lets face it, no one wants to see your pictures from some tropical place when you are snowed and iced in up to your pituty.

I am also pretty excited to share this post today cause it was inspired by a series I did last year on arranging grocery store flowers using tulips and it was one of my most pinned on Pinterest and I have heard more people tell me they have used the ideas to add some beauty to their homes when it is dreary outside and this is the longest sentence I have ever written.

How many of us got grocery store roses for valentines day? It is so precious when our Loves finally buy them on the one week they double the price and they are already a week old when they come into our home. We still love them but I want to share a way to arrange them into a bit more unique arrangement than the vase they came in and also it will revive them and give you many more days to enjoy them than you would have if you just left them as is.
Now I realize it is way past Valentines at this point but the bright side is the roses are now back to half the price, about $10 a bundle in my grocery store.
This is also a kind of tutorial on how to use wet floral foam to arrange flowers so without further a-do and more blabber here goes.....
These are the roses that my hubby got me on the 13th of Feb. He likes me to have them for the entire day so he brings them home the night before or has them sent early on Valentines day. This is probably a couple of days later and you can see the dried leaves and curling edges of the roses. We are about to revive these lovelies so read on.
This is a piece of floral foam that I have used previously. I placed it in my sink and filled up the sink to cover and let it soak.
I chose a terra cotta pot cause everyone probably has one of these hanging around and it will do but a better container would be a glass or ceramic bowl. It would hold the moisture much better but even this will work. Make sure you have a saucer under it though.
After your foam is soaked full of water you are going to want to trim it to fit into your container, leaving it slightly raised above the rim. I use a bread knife and cut as little as possible off in order to make it fit the container.
The purpose of this photo is to show you the next step if you are using a glass or ceramic container. Floral tape will not stick to terra cotta so you have to rely on a tight fit to keep it secure but on glass a simple criss cross of floral tape will keep your foam anchored.
I was not very good in snapping pics of how I actually put the stems into the container so you will have to rely on the finished product and my instructions. The roses usually come with a couple sprigs of something and babies breath. Just enough that you want to keep it but not enough that it even looks good. I cut the couple green sprigs apart into 2-3" pieces and the Babies Breath as well.
Each rose was cut to only 3-4" removing all the leaves. Now the fun part. You insert all your roses into the floral foam. I put the longer stems in the middle and then tapered them down to cover the entire opening of the pot then tucked in sprigs to fill the vacant spots. It is beautiful left just like this. I wanted to use the entire bouquet so I also included the Babies Breath. I just tucked it in wherever.
This is my finished project. Today is day 9 since these came to my home and cutting the stems short allowed a fresh insurge of water and they looked gorgeous for the next week. They would have lasted maybe a couple more days had I not recut and created this.
Just make sure your foam stays wet and enjoy. With the terra cotta I could only drizzle a little water on top each day because it would just run into the saucer so next time I will use a less porous container that I would rarely have to even water but I can't imagine these would last any longer than they did.

I wish you a cozy rest  of the month and will check in after we return from our trip. I have a new and better Ranch dressing recipe to share with you and the best Greek salad one ever. I have been eating a lot of salads wishing for Spring so check back for those.

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