Claude Monet Rose

January 31, 2015

Claude Monet rose has soft pastel tones of pinks, yellows and cream which are casually splashed across each petal, just like one of Monet’s famous impressionist paintings. The blooms are large and double in shape, making Spring and Summer gardens come alive with color and form. This is a terrific rose that will blend beautifully with formal and informal mixed plantings. Flowers cut for vases in the home will add a wonderful French floral touch to any table setting. Claude Monet™ flowers repeatedly from late October to early May. We hope you enjoy this new ‘Painters’.

The Monet rose has a very light scent and at the end of the bloom life, the bloom scent resembles cinnamon.

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Monet’s painting “House among the Roses”, 1925
Broken China Jewelry Grimwades Summertime Chintz Pink Rose Flower Sterling Circle Pendant

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If you’ve never vacationed in the mountains, you should give it a try one summer.  It’s the complete opposite of heading to the beach where it’s usually hot and humid.  In the mountains you’ll find, crisp refreshing air at about 50 degrees (F) every night and the water in the lakes and rivers is usually ice melt, so it will range from 35-40 degrees (F).

Mountain cabins come in all shapes and sizes, from places that sleep 12-16 people down do small micro cabins that are cozy for 2 people. Below are some great examples of places you can find to rent. Good luck finding your own personal retreat!

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Size 8 Broken China Jewelry Royal Doulton Bunnykins Bunny Rabbit Sterling Ring

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Scrap Fabric Wreath

January 29, 2015

It’s simple and inexpensive to make a beautiful wreath from leftover fabric scraps.


1. Grab up all sorts of fabric.
2. Cut lots and lots of 5″ by 1/2″ fabric strips. You are going to need alot!
3. Start putting them into your wire frame (from Hobby Lobby or Michaels)

Just a simple over and under tie works. Just one tie with a little forceful tug at the end to make sure its nice and secure to the wire frame will work. Its up to you how full and snug you want your frame. You could keep things looser and less full by using less fabric scraps.

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Broken China Jewelry Sleighride Winter House Sterling Silver Pendant

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Charmed Wine Oxalis

January 28, 2015

Oxalis is the scientific name, often called shamrock – is beautiful and comes in more colors than just green.  It’s easy to care for indoors and out and can be enjoyed year round.

The Wine Oxalis is a perennial grown for its unusual triangular, three-lobed leaves of green or purple and charming stems of small, five-petaled flowers. Native to South America (Brazil & Argentina), this little distinctly handsome plant is most often grown as a houseplant in temperate regions and as ground cover where freezing does not occur often.

"Charmed Wine" Oxalis!

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Charmed Wine Oxalis

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Broken China Jewelry Double Purple Pansy Sterling Silver Oval Pendant

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Dazzling Dahlias

January 27, 2015

Early history

Spaniards reported finding the plants growing in Mexico in 1525, but the earliest known description is by Francisco Hernández, physician to Philip II, who was ordered to visit Mexico in 1570 to study the “natural products of that country”. They were used as a source of food by the indigenous peoples, and were both gathered in the wild and cultivated. The Aztecs used them to treat epilepsy, and employed the long hollow stem of the (Dahlia imperalis) for water pipes. The indigenous peoples variously identified the plants as “Chichipatl” (Toltecs) and “Acocotle” or “Cocoxochitl” (Aztecs). From Hernandez’ perception of Aztec, to Spanish, through various other translations, the word is “water cane”, “water pipe”, “water pipe flower”, “hollow stem flower” and “cane flower”. All these refer to the hollowness of the plants’ stem.

European introduction

In 1787, the French botanist Nicolas-Joseph Thiéry de Menonville, sent to Mexico to steal the cochineal insect valued for its scarlet dye, reported the strangely beautiful flowers he had seen growing in a garden in Oaxaca. In 1789, Vicente Cervantes, Director of the Botanical Garden at Mexico City, sent “plant parts” to Abbe Antonio José Cavanilles, Director of the Royal Gardens of Madrid. Cavanilles flowered one plant that same year, then the second one a year later. In 1791 he called the new growths “Dahlia” forAnders Dahl. The first plant was called Dahlia pinnata after its pinnate foliage; the second, Dahlia rosea for its rose-purple color. In 1796 Cavanilles flowered a third plant from the parts sent by Cervantes, which he named Dahlia coccinea for its scarlet color.

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The Texas State Capitol Building is by far the largest capitol building in the United States.  For comparison, the Texas State Capitol has 667,700 square feet and the Washington DC Capitol building has 175,170 square feet.  Most of the square footage is below ground in a very cavernous system of offices, but nonetheless it is the largest.   Also, this building is one of the state’s most pristine examples of architecture both inside and outside.  You can tour the capitol building free of charge year round on either a guided tour or just by wandering around on your own if you are tight on time.

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We love Blue Willow in our house but these decorations below are inspiring!

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Broken China Jewelry Washington Colonial Pink Rose Yellow Flower Sterling Pin Brooch

 

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Lavender Ice Rose

January 24, 2015

Lavender and roses have been beloved garden plants throughout their long history of cultivation and their timeless beauty is easily adaptable to changing gardening fashions. In the formal gardens of the Romans, who bathed in lavender and rose-scented waters, in medieval apothecaries’ gardens, Elizabethan knot gardens, Shaker Gardens and English cottage gardens, lavenders and roses have always had an important role.

Today they are an integral part of most contemporary garden designs, from historical revival gardens, formal perennial borders, cottage gardens, patio gardens and edible landscapes. Lavender and roses blend well together, both visually and in fragrance – the rich floral notes of roses anchored by the herbal tones of lavender. Both evoke nostalgia and romance, and are in high demand for use in perfumes, potpourri, wreaths and wedding bouquets. Whether planted together or apart, both are also highly addictive – you can never have enough lavender or roses in the garden!

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Broken China Jewelry Washington Colonial Pink Double Rose Sterling Pin Brooch

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DIY Lace Doily Bowls

January 22, 2015

Have you ever waned to lighten up your living room with an antique look?  This article will show you how to make your own lace doily bowl.

You’ll Need:

  • 1 doily, at least 8″ diameter,
  • a medium to large kitchen mixing bowl
  • seran wrap
  • fabric stiffener, I used Paverpol, a great non-toxic product, that’s even washable! Available in Israel here

How To:

  1. Cover your bowl in seran wrap, with as few wrinkles/ridges as possible
  2. Dunk your doily into the fabric stiffener, and when it’s evenly coated, remove all the excess by running the doily between two fingers, or whatever works for you. Yes this is messy!
  3. Turn your bowl upside down, and place doily right side down over the bowl.
  4. Stretch the doily over the bowl evenly all around, and even out any mis-shapen areas. Keep doing this until you are totally satisfied that your resulting bowl will be symmetrical and beautiful!
  5. Set aside to dry for 24 hours. (Waiting is the most difficult part, and I have to admit, I took it off after about 6 hours because I just had to see the results. But don’t follow my example, just be patient! Carefully remove your doily bowl by lifting the seran wrap from the bowl, possibly using a dull knife to help you out.
  6. The side touching the bowl will still need to dry, so set aside for at least another 24 hours to achieve the final results.
  7. With small sharp scissors, trim off any excess fabric stiffener between holes. Enjoy!
  8. Make some of these as gifts, who wouldn’t love one?

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(Syracuse Blue and White Pendant shown above)

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Corkscrew Vine Plant

January 21, 2015

Corkscrew Vine Plant scientifically known as  Cochliasanthus Caracalla is a leguminous vine originating in tropical South America and Central America. This perennial vine (when grown in the frost) produces fragrant smelling flowers reminiscent of the Hyacinth flowers with a distinctive curled shape, giving rise to the common names corkscrew vine, snail vine, snail creeper, or snail bean. This quick growing vine is ideal for people looking for something new and colorful to grow.

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The blooms are simply exquisite, shot with primrose and shell-pink tones against a silvery base. They are shaped something like a nautilus shell, with a thick, coiled center and delicately curved outer petals. Each 1 1/4- to 2-inch blossom is distinctively beautiful — and you’ll get masses of them over the bloomtime of this 20- to 25-foot vine! Starting in midsummer (when the serious heat arrives!), they arise in foot-long bunches up and down the stem, dangling enticingly from arbors or large hanging baskets! The foliage is lovely too — 6 inches long, with three “fingers” and a soft, downy texture.

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Flowers typically bloom in late summer or autumn and if pollination by ants is successful, the seeds would come soon after. The seeds grow inside pods but if the grower wants to cultivate them, the pods should be removed from the plant while still green to prevent exposure to winter temperatures.  Snail vines are also easily propagated from cuttings, take cuttings in early spring cut a 6-inch piece of the plant. Place the cutting in a 3-inch growing container with perlite and moisten it.

Once the vines grow quickly and once established it will rapidly cover a trellis or a wall. Due to its rapid growth the plant maybe need to be trimmed to keep it under control. During the growing season organic fertilizer may be applied.

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