Botanicals Project

Botanicals are really popular – as always. From the early diagrams of plants and flowers, to the current herbal remedy interests, images of plants and flowers have been popular with the wealthy and the poor, the artistic, even the school child. Who doesn’t love the flora of this earth? Which brings me around to “mother earth” and all her bounty. This time of the season is when everything is sprouted and blooming, or well on their way towards harvest. The earth is replenished with life-sustaining flora. Folks who are in to ‘mother’ and her flora often celebrate her and all she represents.
Over at Magickal Scraps, we are celebrating ‘dear ol’ mom’ with a series on botanicals, as a challenge. The Botanical Project is in it’s second month as a challenge in the forum there. We do 5 botanicals at a time. A,B,C,D, and E, made up the first month. This month we are doing F,G,H,I, and J. The results from the ladies there are fabulous! Visit Magickal Scraps Forum and see for yourself.

Then, sit back and enjoy all the pretties. Here is my part of this project. Each ‘letter’, F,G,H,I, and J, is in it’s own file. Click on the images to go to Mediafire.

FRAGARIA

GINGER

HYSSOP
IMMORTELLE
JASMINE“Immortelle” turned out to be quite large. Hopefully, there is everything one needs within.

There are also “notes” pages that go with this ‘kit’. There are 5 pages, blank, other than the decorations, for writing a note or even adding a photo. These are all in one file for downloading.

There you are! You can never have enough flowers, eh? LOL

Thank you for your interest. I just realized I forgot to put my TOU’s in the files. Oh, darn! Ah, well, other than someone taking them and selling my files, I really do not concern myself with this. Share and share alike!

As always,

Su

(In Yoga: “The Light in Me Honors the Light in You”)

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Grandma’s Apron

In an ultimate act of internet piracy, I am posting something I found in cyberland. The creative community online is just that, a community. It is strangers who, by wire, or wireless, connection, come together to share their interests and a little slice of their lives. When someone has something to share, we all benefit from it. In this way, I am not ‘stealing’ the article, but, sharing. However, if I knew the author, I would certainly applaud the person, then, post their info, with all due respect.

I found this on “A Romantic Porch”. The author, Rachael, isn’t sure of the origin, either. But, it is such a warm-hearted piece. Please, read this:

Grandma’s Apron
The principle use of Grandma’s apron was to protect the dress underneath, because she only had a few, it was easier to wash aprons than dresses and they used less material, but along with that, it served as a holder for removing hot pans from the oven.
It was wonderful for drying children’s tears, and on occasion was even used for cleaning out dirty ears.
From the chicken-coop the apron was used for carrying eggs, fussy chicks, and sometimes half-hatched eggs to be finished in the warming oven.
When company came those aprons were ideal hiding places for shy kids; and when the weather was cold, grandma wrapped it around her arms. Those big old aprons wiped many a perspiring brow, bent over the hot wood stove.
Chips and kindling wood were brought into the kitchen in that apron.
From the garden, it carried all sorts of vegetables. After the peas had been shelled it carried out the hulls. In the fall the apron was used to bring in apples that had fallen from the trees.
When unexpected company drove up the road, it was surprising how much furniture that old apron could dust in a matter of seconds.
When dinner was ready, Grandma walked out onto the porch, waved her apron, and the men knew it was time to come in from the fields to dinner.
It will be a long time before someone invents something that will replace that “old-time apron” that served so many purposes.

See? Now, you are feeling all warm inside, eh? LOL

Bless all the Granny’s!

Come Together Kit

Have a look! This is “Come Together”. The kit, itself, came about as a challenge over at Magickal Scraps. Snowy comes up with the BEST challenges. But, the theme of the challenges are what makes Magickal Scraps an entity unto itself. This one is on the theme of flower meanings/color meanings in weddings. Actually, we were at liberty to use whatever colors/flowers held the right meaning for us. Researching this information was pure pleasure. I LOVE FLOWERS! I was having a ball! I found it sweet of Snowy to present this kind of challenge, in part, to go along with my son’s recent wedding.
Which leads me to this: The biggest significance to the creation of this kit and what fired the creativity and passion behind this kit is the recent marriage of my son and his sweetheart. That post is HERE. There was not a strict color scheme for the wedding party as it was very casual. It was the bride’s second marriage, so, she was all for comfort and leisure. She loves bright colors, though. So, from the cake, the serving pieces and the decorations to this kit, unconventional colors for a wedding were the focus. I mean, we love flowers, and they come in such a wide variety of colors. It’s hard not to get colorful.

So, anyway, without further hesitation, here is the kit. It is pretty big – I really got carried away. I could not begin to get all of the goodies into the previews, There is a lot more not shown. Where there are several colors of one pattern, I only show one color. The remaining colors are in the files.

Enjoy!

Elements feature “Grandma’s Vintage Ephemera Brushes 2”, from Barb Speck @ Natural Designs in Scrapbooking.
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Barb Speck Designs Blog

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There are 3 files for the papers. Click these links for each:

Papers 1

Papers 2

Papers 3

I hope you like. Thank you for looking.
Su

Roses, Again!

Below is a photo of an embellishment on a small oval frame. The roses are made from a recipe that is not only easy, the ingredients are usually available.

Quite simply, one trimmed slice of white bread and one teaspoon of regular white glue. How easy is that? The bread, mixed with a little glue, creates a clay-like material, vaguely similar to the polymers on the market. Once it is left to dry for a day or so, you have an embellishment for a frame, a wreath, box-lid, an ornament, whatever, that is quite durable and lasts a long time.

To get the color I have in mine, I added some acrylic craft paint, in the colors of my liking, to the ‘dough’. Once the roses hardened, they had the extra resiliency of acrylic. They could also be painted after dried. I haven’t tried it, but, I’m sure food dye would gather similar results.

As for making the roses, if I can do it, anyone can! LOL But, take a look at these easy “7-petal rose” directions. It is made from a series of small, flat cirles, overlapped as they are wrapped. Fiddle around with it until you get a flower that you like.

One of the reasons for me posting something of this nature, is that school is going to be out for the summer, here, on Friday. Now, my three are grown. But, my grandchildren, particularly my grandson, Nicky, will be around a lot for the vacation. He’s 6, going on 15, and it’s the daycare school, or me. LOL He gets bored easily. I try to have some treat for him when he is here. We bake brownies or cookies with sprinkles we made out of sugar and food coloring. It does me good – I mean, him – it does him good to spend the time doing something like this together. Making memories!

The other reason that I posted this is that I wanted to show it to a new friend. Jordiann Cates, of Weblog Jordiann, who creates the fanciest and cutest designs, has a freebie on her blog that reminded me of these clay flowers. Her orchids are absolutely gorgeous! You should give her blog a read. She has a fiendishly wonderful sense of humor and offers quite a variety of subjects, all of extreme interest to this reader, as well as the freebies. Plus, you have got to read about White. (stifling a snicker) She really knows how to weave a yarn in to a fascinating tale. You should read her description of a kit! Pure poetry! LOL She has a way with words that just keeps me reading.

I have some really great news! It is going to have to wait, though. I have already taken up too much time. Also, I want to present it in it’s own post – tomorrow. I do hope you’ll stop by. So, until next time…

Thank you for your visit today.

Su