Capturing the beauty of yellow roses as they fade helped me tap into peace and calm, which I really needed these past few weeks.
I was distressed about one of our cats; Archie wasn’t doing well and I feared the worst.
finding beauty in the everyday
With very little coaxing paperwhite bulbs will reward you with clusters of fragrant blooms in as little as four weeks. All you need is a container, a holding medium and water.
Soil is not necessary; paperwhites will happily grow anchored in either decorative stone, glass, pebbles or gravel.
We get good mileage out of tidying up our homes in early December until early January. It’s a natural time to clean up to make room for invited guests and for decorations such as the Christmas tree.
Things get moved here to there and temporarily stored away to make room for new items, and it gets us thinking about our homes and the things we own. In this 1500 square foot house we’re (practically ) five grown ups, so this is a regular necessity.
I bought raw grocery store pecans recently. Guests were arriving and I wanted something to nibble with our wine.
Once home, I discovered the pecans were ho hum both in texture and in taste; they were a chore to chew and rather bland.
Turning on the oven and roasting them transformed tasteless raw pecans into something remarkable, sophisticated and complex.
Next week we’re hosting an office party of 30 people in our home. I know what has to be done but I need inspiration.
One snowy evening last week I bundled up and headed a few blocks away for an ornament exchange party at Cindy’s. Inspiration found.
I received much-needed emotional support this past week from photographing a bunch of grocery store carnations.
Displaying them about the house helped ensure my whole family reaped their mood-elevating benefits, too.
Handling each flower, cutting the stems and immersing them in water, and arranging them to be photographed draws my attention to colour, texture and pattern, to the softness of the petals and the particular green of the leaves and stems. It helps me recognize the beauty of flowers, which opens my heart to feelings of joy and love.
I bought three bunches of orange and pink carnations for $20.00. A bit of baby’s breath was mixed in each bunch.
I like to break up the flowers and arrange them in separate vessels of varying sizes.
Place your bouquets in rooms where you spend the most time, and in areas where everyone can see them and benefit from their beauty.
Seeing them first thing in the morning is important since they help set your mood.
The kitchen is an excellent spot since it’s where we tend to gather before we start our day. Plus it’s most convenient room to change the water!
See that character selling violets? That’s me.
I’m not so naive to think looking at photos of flowers can repair the blow to the spirit you might be experiencing today, as the results of the US election sink in. Still, I offer you these pink and orange carnations, styled specifically with you in my mind.
Flowers to comfort the bereaved.
November arrived and I’m giving myself a pat on the back for getting the garden to bed before things freeze up.
Potted hostas are in the garage covered with a blanket. Pots of mint and catnip are safe in the ground until I retrieve them in the spring.
I hate to waste so I gathered the last of the chamomile, mint and sage, and I’m air drying them.
Air drying takes longer than using an oven or dehydrator, but it’s an easier method for preserving fresh herbs. Plus air drying means the oils in the leaves (wherein the flavour lies) aren’t depleted and you get more pungent herbs.
Any herbs still growing in your garden? Harvest them now and air dry them before it’s too late.
Here are some guidelines: