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Monday, December 12, 2011

Instant Gratification

Or Almost

Paperwhites for Christmas.

In the Spring I plant Sunflower seeds and watch them grow.

 In Winter I plant Paperwhites and watch them grow.

And Grow.

And grow some more.

I can bring in Nasturtiums from my little Greenhouse.

And my Orchids are throwing new Spikes.

Winter is not so bad after all in Utah.

Don't worry, don't fret, it'll all get done.

Have a great week my dear Blogging Friends.



  1. I can just smell your house now!!! I always say I will force paperwhites to bloom in the winter and never remember in time....maybe next year! (You vase is fabulous that they are in)

  2. Gina, you've made me smile with your "don't fret" words, as I continue to fill my free hours with Christmas preparations that I so enjoy.

    I do have my initial crop of paperwhites underway, and think some might bloom next week.

    Also finishing up my handpainted cards, and lots of knit and crochet gifts. Mixed up sugar cookie dough this evening, that will be cut into star shapes and baked tomorrow. No fretting! xo


  3. How beautiful...I bet it smells amazing! I love paperwhites, my favorite holiday flower, and the smell....yum!!

  4. Dear Theresa, It's not too late. Don't wait till next year. Bulbs are still available in garden shops. I will plant a few more in a couple of weeks. If you can't find them I will ship a few to you after the first of the year.
    And Theresa, thank you so much for your lovely post giving me so much credit for painting your very special family crest plate.

  5. Dear Frances, Hand painted Christmas Cards and cookies and knitting and crocheting and growing paperwhites and who knows what all else. Can I be one of your friends?
    Wishing you and yours an especially wonderful Christmas this year, Gina .

  6. Hello Enchanted, We have a friend who does not like the scent of Paperwhites. They do have a very distinct smell...luckily I like the perfume for I could not imagine the holidays without paperwhites. Have a wonderful holiday season, Gina.

  7. Gina, this is white Christmas in full flower splendor! I truly wish i had your green fingers :-) Enjoy all your Christmas preparations !

  8. Hi, Gina - Whenever you show off your flowers, fruti and vegetables, I always enjoy seeing tantalizing fragments of your ceramics and decorations decorations. Today I spot a tile that looks like a tapestry design!

  9. Dear Lala, It does not take "green fingers" to put a few bulbs into soil. They grow without any help from us. Only a ltle water now and then. Anyone who can sew as expertly as you can and one who creates such bautiful objects as you have should have no trouble with flowers.
    Wishing you and Mon Chreri a lovely holiday season. Gina

  10. Dear Mark, I'm guilty! There are many ceramics in my house. Not just those that I have painted but those that I have collected from our travels to Europe. I have always loved maiolica, even before I learned how to paint them.
    I try not to overdo and keep many pieces out of sight and often I have to part with them, but I never forget a single one of them.
    Again, Mark, you notice every detail. That is why you are such a fine artist.

  11. Love the live plants in the midst of winter.

    - The Tablescaper

  12. Gina-
    Your home is so beautiful. So much character!

  13. Dear Tablescaper, Live plants in my house let me think that there will be another Spring. Winters are long and cold around here. I need a little reminder of warmer days.

  14. Dear Ann, Such a compliment coming from the lovely Annie. Wishing you and yours a beautiful and warm Christmas.

  15. I wish you the Merriest of Christmases, Gina!!! Of course I love your paperwhites....and your fabulous ceramics....and your gorgeous home....you are so gifted!!!

    Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays/Hugs,

  16. Such beautiful flowers! I love paperwhites.

  17. Dear Lana, Welcome home. Merry Christmas and Hapy New Year to you and your family. Hopefully, next year all of your family can celebrate together.

  18. Hello Miss Charming. So glad you stopped by. Give Paperwhites a try , they are so rewarding and it is so much fun watching them grow.

  19. Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home and have a very Merry Christmas!

  20. Sherry, thank you for letting me be part of Home Sweet Home. Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas. Gina