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Monday, August 13, 2012

Have you made a Tussie-Mussie lately?





A Tussie-Mussie is a little nosegay of flowers and herbs.
 Traditional Tussie-Mussies always have a rose in the center.



Fresh herbs surround the perfect rose.





Sage leaves, Oregano blossoms, Dill and Fennel blossoms, and Ammi Majus complete the arrangement.





Gather a few herbs and a perfect rose. Build the nosegay in your hand, beginning with the rose in the center.  Place herbs all around.

 Add a lace doily and a pretty ribbon.





I purchased quite a few lace flower holders while in Italy. 
They are made especially for Tussie-Mussies. 
Mine have a plastic coating so that they can stand up to a little extra moisture. 






You can make your own Tussie-Mussie holders.
Here is how: stack 2 round paper doilies together (2 for extra strength) and fold in half.  Repeat folding in half until you have a fan shape.  Cut a small hole into bottom of fan.  Unfold, place on top of vase and start filling with flowers and herbs. 
 

Give to a friend as a token of affection.

Have a lovely week my dear
Blogging Friends.

And don't forget to solve the flower puzzle of my previous post.
It pays off handsomely if you get it right.  

Gina






14 comments:

  1. How delightful, I have never heard this name before.

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  2. Hi LindyLou, Tussie Mussie have a very interesting and long history. Fancy Ladies wore nosegays pinned to their sleeves or the hem of their dresses in the 1800s. These ladies were volunteers in hospitals and nosegays were supposed to cleanse the air.

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  3. Hi, Gina - I will definitely try this. In the meantime, you merit a royal warrant!

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  4. Dear Mark, A royal warrant? Is that good or bad? Do try this little nosegay. You can hang it upside down and let it dry... a pretty way to have a few herbs ready in the kitchen.

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  5. By royal warrant I mean that you are ready to produce nosegays for the Queen, but the logistics might be against you!

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  6. Such a lovely nosegay!

    - The Tablescaper

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  7. Thank you Tablescaper and thank you for letting me join your party. Gina

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  8. You have some very interesting ideas, Mark. If only the Queen knew that I existed.

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  9. A lovely post Gina and how nice to be reviving the tradition of a tussie-mussie. It is interesting that Mark mentioned the royal warrant as I am sure you must know that the Queen is always presented with a tussie-mussie on Maundy Thursdays. She makes a visit to a different British cathedral each year on that day, and on her arrival is presented with one from a young child.

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  10. Dear Rosemary, I did not know that the Queen is presented with a tussie-mussie. I thought that they had gone mostly out of style.

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  11. Hello Pretty Dishes. I'm so glad you stopped by for a visit and thank you for your lovely compliment.

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  12. Love the tussie-mussie and the rose in the center is new to me! The lacy flower holders from Italy are so pretty and your hint to fold lace doilies is a great one. Gorgeous flowers and I enjoyed your older posts.

    Thanks, Pam

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  13. Thank you Pam and thank you also for your visit. Tusie Mussies are such wonderful gifts to take along to a hostess.

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