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Thursday, August 2, 2018

Enjoy your flowers in the cold of winter

You have asked. 

Dried in sand Hollyhocks and Roses.

Place 2 to 3  inches of dry builder's sand 
(from the hardware store) into container.  
Carefully push fresh flowers into sand.

Keep pouring sand slowly over fresh flowers until they are completely covered. 

Be sure to "support" hollyhocks from underneath by carefully pouring sand from the side and again, cover with sand completely. 

Place in dry area and cover with light cloth.
After 3 to 4 days pour sand slowly from container.  

Flowers will emerge.  

This is an old wreath I made from many different flowers which I dried in sand.   

I'm always asked why my dried flowers have such bright colors.  

Here is the secret: your sand and your flower heads must be very dry.
(leave the sand in the sun for a few hours before placing flowers into it if you think it has taken up moisture) 

Pick your flowers in the middle of the day when they have used up most of their moisture. 

These were growing in my garden only 3 days ago.  

They will be placed on top of a bowl of dried lavender.

You might like to try drying other flowers.  

Have fun, 


Friday, July 27, 2018

The making of a kitchen

The Beginning

An idea is born.

Many choices are considered.

New ideas are added.

More decisions.

My client was happy to participate. 

More ideas.

This design was our starting point.

Even more ideas considered.

Hundreds of tiles later...a new kitchen. 

In the meantime a friend needed a new banner designed.

The same feature tile ends up with a totally different idea.  

Already working on the next project.  

The weeks are flying by.  I picked a few hollyhock blossoms and covered them with sand. 
Will see what they look like in a few days.  

This time of year they will dry in about 3 days. 

And they will look like this.  
(I will show you).

Wishing you have a wonderful weekend, 



Sunday, July 15, 2018

We have our Pond back

After more than two months of occupation by wild Canada Geese

We have our pond back.

Between eight and nine families would cruise the pond.

Looking like they are getting ready for  Machiavellian maneuvers.

Every few days a new family would appear.
And, they would stay.

When small, they look like little monsters.

It didn't take them very long to find Clyde and 
Lola's (our resident geese) feeding trough. 

Something their parents have never done. 

They didn't used to come to our pond. 
Every now and then a family would land on their maiden flight and almost immediately fly away again.

Back at the house.

Poppies are blooming and


Salpiglossis in many colors.

More poppies.

the lowly Petunia

I'm glad the geese are gone.  They thought nothing of  marauding my flower beds during the night.  

Hollyhocks finding their own places.

All is quiet on the Pond.

Just the way I like it.  

Have a great week dear friends. 


Thursday, July 5, 2018

Cherries are on.

Where are the Robins?

My tree is laden with sour cherries.

Where are the Blackbirds?

There will be plenty of cherries for 
Kirschwasser Likör.

And for winter pies.

For now I will bake a few little treats.
Just one bite and they are gone.  

Cherries make great preserves. 

Will I be lucky this year?  
Will the birds leave the chokecherries for me? 
They do make the best pancake syrup.  

Have a great week, dear Friends, 



Thursday, June 28, 2018

4th of July

A time to celebrate

Celebrate like you never have before. 

Leave your worries behind and CELEBRATE. 


Thursday, June 21, 2018

Radicals in my Garden

Radicals in my Garden

That is an Opium Poppy,  (papaver somniferum).

When I was a very young girl I spent a lot of time out in the country side gathering food for our many rabbits. 

Sooner or later I would run into a Poppy field. 

Often the pods were almost ripe but not quite. 

I would open a pod, empty the many seeds into my hand and hold my hand up toward the sun. 

Within seconds the unripe and green seeds would turn into black poppy seeds. 

Yes those innocent looking black seeds.  The kind you would sprinkle onto baked breads, cookies and cakes. 

As soon as the seeds turned black I would eat them.
All of them. 
All at once. 

I told no one.  

Have a great week dear friends.