Bouquet of pens..quick tutorial at end~
The prettiest of times in the gardens..and then the ROSECHAFERS arrive and massacre everything ..I kid you not..Google them.
I can't do a thing about them.
I live in a pesticide free community..but then again..pesticides don't work..
so I will be filling my sprayer w/ soap and water ..and running around ..I have to go out and squish them 4 times a day..I should be on guard all day.As soon as you kill them..more fly on..they decimate..roses..irises..peonies..hollyhocks...etc..DECIMATE.
Gardening gardening gardening..lying flat on my back on a hard floor at night watching TV.
I have to love gardening to torture myself this way.
I did bake..made choco cut out cookies..really good..hold an imprint..not sweet..
You can find the recipe here..the cookies soften up the next day..
The ganache recipe..was found here..I bought a swirl mold on EBAY..you have to freeze it..hard ..then pop off and apply on the cookie:)
Jacques gives this duo a French Pastry shop rating:)
I apologize for some of my pics being square..I thought they should be on IG..I don't think it's true;)
IG I love it..a lot..but having dinner with my family and Heather:)..we talked about smoke and mirrors..and IG..
and then I read a great quote ..Bill Murray...
"Social media is training us to compare our lives instead of appreciating everything we are..no wonder why everyone is always so depressed"
He's got a point.
I don't post my decimated flowers..the rose chafers..the recipes that don't work..my fashion wardrobe malfunctions ..facial features that change ..moods etc..
I only post what's good.
Just so you know;)
And I am never going to talk politics:(:(:(:(:( Such sad times.
And never journalism and the lack of ethics...ok just one thing..did the world need to see a photo of Kate Spade leaving her home after her passing..:( NOOOOOOO.Shame on you.
Back to the gardens..I have several types of peonies..some grown from infanthood from a local peony grower..I mean..just above a seed..almost 10 yrs ago..maybe 6 plants and 5 bloomed this yr..Singles..need no support all pale yellows.
I have pinks and corals and frillies and singles and doubles and triples..my daughter has white..and red..her whites are the most beautiful in the world..:) I took one when we left after dinner.
Everything pale is a rose chafer magnet..so I won't add more tempation for the vultures.
In one of my photos.. last post..w/ the seed packet a particular peony was in the photo..that peony is faux..fake..artificial.
I like finding big blooms and making pens out of them:)
100 yrs ago for one of my daughter's wedding showers..flower pens were part of the take home gifts..
faux was not as pretty back then.. now they are..
that first photo is crockery w/ faux flower pens..and one real flower:) The white peony is the one in the vase further down...the only real one.
These pens are a cinch to make..
A flower..dollar stores have beauties.
Wire cutters..or scissors you don't care about.
A Bic pen..you can get 15 in a pack at the dollar store.
And florists' tape.
I am sure you know how already.
I cut the stem..to the length I want..ap the length of the pen..
I add a few of the leaves to the top and start winding the tape..all the way down..tightly..
You can add a few drops of white glue at the top to secure leaves even more..
I love them:)
The bigger the flower the prettier the pen.
I find they look pretty on a gift package or gift bag:)
Little girls would love this craft..because this big girl does.And maybe some little boys..mine..no..lol..
It feels summery writing with one.Special:)
Have a lovely weekend~