Archives For June 2015

Cinque Terre, Italy

June 9, 2015

The Cinque Terre is a rugged portion of coast on the Italian Riviera. It is in the Liguria region of Italy, to the west of the city of La Spezia. “The Five Lands” comprises five villages: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. The coastline, the five villages, and the surrounding hillsides are all part of the Cinque Terre National Park and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Over the centuries, people have carefully built terraces on the rugged, steep landscape right up to the cliffs that overlook the sea. Part of its charm is the lack of visible corporate development. Paths, trains and boats connect the villages, and cars cannot reach them from the outside. The Cinque Terre area is a very popular tourist destination.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cinque_Terre

A view of the National Park of the Cinque Terre with Riomaggiore, one of the five coastal villages, directly below.

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Broken China Jewelry Royal Doulton Michelham Landscape Tree Sterling Pendant

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Orange isn’t a common flavor in treats like pies and cakes, but these recipes below are easy to love!

 

Easiest Orange Creamsicle Cheesecake Bread

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Vintage Typewriters

June 7, 2015

Colored Typewriters

Companies have been experimenting and manufacturing various shades of colored typewriters from the early beginnings of this industry. We often think in terms of black and white when imagining people, places or things from the olden days, but life was far from that!

Realizing that most office secretaries and typists where staffed with women, the idea of breaking out of the traditional boring “black & white” look was and idea that many typewriter companies took action on by offering colored typewriter housings, or bodies, in order to appeal to a more “at home” decor in the office.

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Broken China Jewelry Blue and White Americana Folk Art Train Engine Locomotive Sterling Pendant

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Fun Summer Recipes

June 6, 2015

Click the links below for fun summer recipes from Better Homes!

Fresh Corn Salad

Recipe: http://www.bhg.com/recipe/fresh-corn-salad/

Fresh Corn Salad

 

Cranberry-Clementine Sangria

Recipe: http://www.bhg.com/recipe/cranberry-clementine-sangria/

Cranberry-Clementine Sangria

 

Banana-Butter Pecan Ice Cream

Recipe: http://www.bhg.com/recipe/ice-cream/banana-butter-pecan-ice-cream/

Banana-Butter Pecan Ice Cream

Broken China Jewelry Portmeirion Botanic Garden Morning Glory Flower Sterling Oval Pendant

 

 

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A Mason jar is a molded glass jar used in home canning to preserve food. The mouth of the jar has screw threads on its outer perimeter to accept a metal ring (or “band”). The band, when screwed down, presses a separate stamped steel disc-shaped lid against the rim of the jar. An integral rubber ring on the underside of the lid creates a hermetic seal to the jar. The bands and lids usually come with new jars, and bands and lids are also sold separately; while the bands are reusable, the lids are intended for single use when canning.

While largely supplanted by other methods, such as the tin can and plastic containers, for commercial mass production, they are still commonly used in home canning.

The Mason jar was invented and patented in 1858 by Philadelphia tinsmith John Landis Mason(1832–1902). Among other common names for them are Ball jars, after Ball Corporation, an early and prolific manufacturer of the jars; fruit jars for a common content; and simply glass canning jars reflecting their material.

Data Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mason_jar

Here are some creative and useful ideas for mason jars other than canning, from decoration to organization, they are all wonderful ideas =).

 

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Pin Cushion: Sewing Kits, Pin Cushions, Gift Ideas, Crafts Room, Mothers Day Gift, Pincushions, Mason Jars, Diy, Sewing Notions

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Broken China Jewelry Wedgwood Beatrix Potter Peter Rabbit Portrait Sterling Pin Brooch

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The Dream Come True Grandiflora Rose is truly divine and has become the driving force in Dr. John Pottschmidt’s life. Dream Come True was bred by John D. Pottschmidt in the US in 1996 and was introduced by Weeks Wholesale Rose Grower, Inc. in 2008. This rose produces flawlessly yellow blossoms, blushed with ruby-red at the tips, set among matte green foliage. The vigorous continual blooming plant yields long-stemmed, long-lived blooms. Dream Come True forms a large, thick, bushy, vigorous exceptionally disease-resistant plant that holds its blossoms on long stems. They last long and the long stems make them perfect for bouquets. The fragrance is only mild, but you’ll probably want to get up close anyway.

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This rose grows through USDA Zone 6b through 9b and can grow from a height of 5’7″ to 6’7″. It is a prolific bloomer, blooming in flushes through the season. It can be used for cut flower, garden or landscape. It is very vigorous and heat tolerant. To encourage re-bloom, cut or remove spent blooms. For spring pruning remove old canes and dead or diseased wood and cut back the remaining canes by about one-third, prune a little more for those planted in colder areas.

Broken China Jewelry Royal Albert Celebration Pink White Roses Sterling Heart Pendant

 

Broken China Jewelry Grimwades Summertime Chintz Pink Rose Flower Sterling Oval Pendant

 

 

 

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It’s easy to find antique door knobs or drawer pulls just about anywhere, from local flea markets to eBay and Etsy.  Below are some inspiring ideas on what you could do around your house :-).

– Curtain Tie Backs in your formal living room

– Wine Stoppers for that fun family event

– Coat Hangers at your entryway

– Towel hangers in your bathroom

The ideas are limitless, just keep your eyes open for potential uses!

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Size 11 Broken China Jewelry Blue Willow Sterling Ring

 

 

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Passion flowers also known as Passiflora are exotic looking tropical plants that can actually be grown in much milder areas. There are over 500 species of tropical passion flowers with sizes ranging from 1/2 inch to 6 inches across. They are naturally found from South America through Mexico, in eastern and southern Asia and New Guinea where they often grow in large masses in ditches and open fields. They are mostly vines with some being shrubs and a few being herbaceous and some producing edible fruits. These not of this world bloomers are bound to give your garden a dramatic effect. This little vine is a powerhouse of good characteristics that makes it worthy of its own little trellis or a spot along your fence — or around your mailbox post.

Passion vine flowers can be grown indoors and outdoors and are considered to be hardy in USDA zones 5-9 but they should be planted in a protected location and mulched heavily if severe cold threatens. Because they are vines the best place for growing passion flowers is along a trellis or fence. The tops will be killed off during winter but if you mulch deeply, your passion flower plant will return with new shoots in the spring. Passion Flowers are easy to grow; they need partial to full sun, and will adapt themselves to most well-drained soils.

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During the growing season, the soil should be kept evenly moist, to ensure good flowering and growth. In the early spring, apply a balanced fertilizer and then again six to eight weeks later. It should be planted early in early spring and during the growing season, water as needed. Passion vine flowers require an average amount of water about 1 – 1.5″ per week. During the fall in cold areas water lightly and sparingly during the first winter in warm areas if your climate is dry.

For passion vine flowers to be planted indoors need to be planted in a large urn, pot, barrel or container. Some types of passions vine flowers grow large and require enough room for the roots to expand for a number of years. Place your pot or container in an area where it will receive full day sun or light shade, more sunlight tends to produce more flowers. During winter place your planted plant in a cool garage for a little extra temperature protection. After planting water well, gently soak the soil and water as needed during active growth periods.

Sacred Symbolism of Passion Flower Power

Even the history of this striking flower is rich with reverence. Called “Espina de Cristo” (Christ’s thorns) by Spanish Christian missionaries who first discovered it in South America, each part of the flower holds symbolic meaning in recognition of the crucifixion story – the passion of the Christ. Five sepals and five petals refer to the ten faithful apostles (excluding Judas and Peter). Three stigma represent the three nails that held Christ to the cross, while five anthers represent his five sacred wounds. The tendrils of the flower are said to resemble the whips used in the flagellation, while the filaments, which can number in excess of a hundred depending on the flower, depict the crown of thorns. This powerful symbolism has led to the inclusion of the Passion Flower among the ornamentation of various churches, such as in stained glass window designs, altar frontals and lectern falls.

But the Passion Flower is sacred even outside the Christian world. In India, for example, the flower’s structure is interpreted according to the story of the five Pandava brothers, with the Divine Krishna at the center, opposed by the army of one hundred at the outside edges. The pigment of the blue Passion Flower is said to be associated with the color of Krishna’s aura.

Data Source: http://passionflowerpower.com/sacred-symbolism.php

When buying passion flower plants remember to find out when your local nursery receives new shipment, look for clean undamaged foliage and inspect the plants for good root systems.  You can purchase passion flowers here: http://www.americanmeadows.com/perennials/vines/passion-flower-vine

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Broken China Jewelry Johnson Bros Indies Blue White Flower Sterling Brooch Pin Pendant

 

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How to Grow Clematis

June 2, 2015

Clematis also known as Old man’s beard, Traveler’s joy and Virgin’s bower is one of the most popular garden plants as it is most versatile and can be grown on walls, pergolas, frames, in containers, or left to scramble through trees and shrubs. They are grown for their huge range of flower shapes and colors and sometimes evergreen foliage. Generally Clematis is divided into three main groups and knowing them will help determine their cultivation requirements.

The first group consists of early flowering Clematis that blooms in the winter or spring. Most evergreen Clematis belong to this group and require little or no pruning. They prefer a sunny and sheltered position in the garden. Examples of Clematis in this group are Clematis armandii, Clematis montana and Clematis napaulensis.

The second group consists of deciduous Clematis that flowers in late spring or early summer. They can also flower in mid to late summer at the tips of the current season’s growth with flowers generally larger and showier than the flowers in the first group. Example is Clematis Crystal Fountain.

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The third group consists of a group of late flowering Clematis including herbaceous Clematis New Love. This group consists mainly of deciduous and flower on the current season’s growth, they are well known for their large, showy flowers including Clematis x aromatica and Clematis redheriana.

In general Clematis need fertile, moisture-retentive but well-drained soil. The herbaceous species prefer full sun, but most climbers and shrub species will thrive in full sun or partial shade with the base of the plant in shade. This can be achieved by under planting with shrubs or mulching around the base of your clematis with pebbles or slate chips. It’s a good idea to incorporate some well-rotted manure or compost into the soil before planting to aid fertility and improve drainage.

For those Clematis belonging to group 2 and 3, plant with the tops of their root balls about 5cm (2″) below the soil surface.  This encourages basal buds to develop below soil level and will help the plant recover if it suffers from any damage or diseases such as clematis wilt. For Clematis belonging to the first group should be planted with the crown at soil level.

As Clematis are very versatile climbers they can be grown against a wall or fence, over an arch or pergola, through trees and shrubs or in containers on the patio. They also like a fertile, well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade with the base of the plant in shade which can be achieved by under planting with shrubs or mulching around the base of your clematis with pebbles or slate chips. The cultivars under group 2 and 4 should be planted with the tops of their root balls about 5cm below the soil surface. It grows at its best in rich soil with good drainage and prefers a neutral soil so be sure to check the pH level and add lime if needed.

 

Clematis is susceptible to fungi that can cause the vine to suddenly wilt and turn black or brown. Carefully prune out all diseased tissue and disinfect the pruners with a bleach solution. Normally this disease is not fatal if the vines have been planted correctly as the buds will send up new growth from the crown. Be very careful in planting and cultivating as any physical injury to the stem can cause them to wilt and die. Generally clematis will do better with annual pruning, those that bloom during the summer on new wood would need heavy pruning in winter or early spring. The ones that bloom in the spring can do without pruning but are better if cut back lightly after they have finished flowering in the later spring or summer.

These lovely vines will do well planted at the base of shrubs and small trees, they will weave their way through supporting foliage and extend the season of interest with their showy blooms. For example grow purple or blue Clematis through a yellow Shrub Rose for an elegant contrast. For re-flowering during the growing season for late bloomers, the vine can be cut by one-half after the main bloom period. Transplanting young vines may be moved with plenty of soil as long as they are watered religiously.

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Rainbow Eucalyptus

June 2, 2015

The Rainbow Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus deglupta) also known as the Mindanao Gum or Rainbow Gum is a tall tree and is the only Eucalyptus species found naturally in the Northern Hemisphere. This tall and colorful tree is naturally distributed in New Britain, New Guinea, Seram, Sulawesi and Mindanao Philippines. The Rainbow Eucalyptus tree is extremely large and broadleaved evergreen tree. It grows super quick being able to double its size every year, before reaching a trunk diameter of 6 feet wide and soaring to heights above 200 feet (61 m). The most distinctive feature of this tree is its unique multi-hued bark. The patches of outer bark are shed annually at different times showing a bright green inner bark and then it darkens and matures giving it blue, purple, orange and then maroon tones in the summer. Since this process is happening in different zones of the trunk and in different stages, simultaneously, the colors are varied and almost constantly changing. As a result, the tree will never have the same color pattern twice, making it like a work of living art.

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In some countries the tree can be grown in ornamental gardens (its colors showing best in tropical or subtropical places), its wood is often used for paper pulp in countries like the Philippines. This tree is a humid tropical growers and such can be grown outdoors only in south and coastal Florida. Some people have been able to grow it successfully in southern Texas and southern California but extra care and diligence is required. Bring the look of a rain forest into your yard or landscape. The seeds of the rainbow gum are smaller than an ant but can be germinated at home, you can even place it in a pot and turn it into a Bonsai tree. Growing zones: 4-11 for patios and 9-11 for outdoors. This tree requires consistently moist soil, do not let it dry out between watering. It is not resistant to frosts.

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