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Saturday, November 2, 2019

It's not too late!




Ordinary candles, shall we make them special? 


Why not add a little gold.




You will need a few sheets of gold leaf and a bottle of 
size (glue).

All available in any craft store. 




Size (rabbit skin glue) comes in small bottles. 





  Pour a small amount of glue into a plastic container.





Brush on glue to lower part of candle. 
Wait about 30 minutes until glue is slightly tacky. 
Stays tacky for several hours.  

Lay gold leaf sheets onto candle. 
Polish with soft cloth or sheepskin.





While you wait for the glue to dry on candles why not gild a few acorns...it's the same technique. 





After gilding the candle you can scribe a scrolling pattern into the goldleaf with the handle of a paint brush.  





See how special. A few candles with gold leaf, a few pomanders,  and fresh greens and a centerpiece is born.  





Have I convinced you yet?

Thank you dear friends for stopping by.  I am always so happy to hear from you.  

Gina 

Repost from November 2015


Tuesday, October 8, 2019

There is a reason



why I love Italy the way I do.


It's the water




Of the many lakes of Northern Italy, at the foot of the Alps. 



Villa Carlotta
So plain on the outside but wait until you are allowed to go inside. 



The top floor of Villa Carlotta is still occupied.  Her flag is flying when the Marquese is in residence.  
The flag was flying the day we visited.  




Fine silks in Bellagio, the pearl of the region.
I seldom succumb, but this time I came home with three beautiful, hand painted silk scarfs.




To see Leonardo da Vinci's Last Supper was a privilege.



Next time I will not climb all the way to the top of the world's 3rd largest Duomo in Milan.
It is dizzying.



When in Milano one must visit Da Vinci, La Scala and the famous shopping mall and maybe the awe inspiring Duomo. 


What I loved most of all were the waters of the many lakes.  They were pure and clean.  Every Body of water was crystal clear. Not a piece of paper, not a spot of oil on the water, no refuse of any kind.  

I hope that one day you have an opportunity to visit this spectacular region of Italy. 

Gina




Monday, September 9, 2019

Italy is calling



Italy is calling and I must go!










 I can't resist. 

Be well dear Friends, 

Gina


Sunday, August 18, 2019

A country wedding


We had a country Wedding

Country Bouquets for a country wedding.




We introduced his parents to each other.





A perfect day.
Two young people begin a new life together. 
Two families, from different parts of the world, will now be linked forever. 


When there are not enough beds, tents will have to do.  

Wishing you a great week ahead. 

Gina 



Monday, July 15, 2019

Not enough time


It's all right.
I love what I see even if it isn't perfect.


Wild roses seeking support.



Salpiglossis are a challenge.






Poppies are amazing.
Yank out the entire plant, singe the stem and every poppy head will open. 
A poppy bouquet for a week. 





More rain than usual brought on the berries.





I have eaten the rest. 

I can grow figs in Utah ...in my greenhouse.




Nasturtiums grow easily from seed.




Who can resist an Opium Poppy?





The hay barns will be filled to the rafters.  

We will most likely have 3 crops of Alfalfa this year, 
who knows, maybe even four. 

Wishing you a bountiful week ahead. 
Gina 


Sunday, July 7, 2019

They never dissapoint


Each year they bloom larger and stronger

My tuberous begonias  are more than 15 years old. 
They take a long nap in the dark and under a bench in my greenhouse. 
They have never been fed nor have they been repotted.  




Poppies volunteer.
I never know where they will pop up next. 




So green this year.  We had a lot of rain this Spring.




Salpiglossis have to be seeded every year. 





The pie cherries are just turning color. 
So far, the birds have not discovered them.  

Every fruit tree is laden with fruit.  Only the apples are taking a break
(they do that every other year). 

And miracles upon miracles, our 25 year old apricot tree is covered with fruit for the first time ever.

Take care dear friends. 

Gina 

Monday, June 24, 2019

Let me begin where I left off.



  It was still winter. 


When my life changed.





And then the first bouquet from my garden,






Easter came and went 





Little Sadie, a Golden Labrador arrived.




She had me fooled right from the start. 







Daffodils and Tulips were next. 








Daffodils reaching for skies so blue. 








And Sadie is growing like a weed. 








Lilacs didn't freeze this year. 








Sometimes friends, sometimes not. 






A sheltered spot is still needed. 
The winds are fierce.





Daisies are back.
The garden is planted. Another garden year has begun. 

Take care dear friends. 

Gina