Thursday, June 26, 2014

Floral Memories and Wrapped up Paint Projects

 
If you follow me on Facebook, you might recognize these photos I shared not long ago of the bundles of roses I hung to dry on our breakfast nook chandelier.
 
 
My Eden roses don't last long outside because I run out and cut them just when they hit this stage of partially open.  Of course I enjoy them in vases around the house, but this is also the ideal stage in which to dry them.
 
 
Dried roses are especially fun to use in Fall décor!
 
 
Just before my parents left their beautiful property and headed South for a new adventure last week (that might be a post for another day!), I had my last chance to enjoy some flowers from mom's garden.  I cut as many blooms as I could and hung them to dry under a patio umbrella I had set up in our garage (I wish I had taken a photo...it was quite a sight.  I am sure any neighbors who peeked in when the garage door was open thought I was quite eccentric!)
 
 
Some of the flowers dried beautifully, others are marginal.  This bunch of peonies and wisteria are my favorite and I really wish I would have cut more of them!  They will definitely be on my wish list for our garden in the future.  I had no idea they would turn out this lovely!
 
 
I will treasure this piece of my mom's beautiful garden...a wonderful keepsake.
 
 
For those of you who visited me at the Chalk Paint® demo at Camas Antiques last Saturday, here is the completed suitcase that I was working on for the demonstration!  Actually, the chair was another piece that I had started during a demo at a previous event.  I guess this week was one for wrapping up unfinished projects!
 
 
I painted the chair in Old Ochre and finished it off with Clear Wax.  The pad I covered with a piece of drop cloth and a crocheted doily found at an estate sale this last weekend.  I love the monochromatic look here with the mix of texture and details.
 
 
I am headed to the shop tonight with these pretty treasures and a few more!  Now that I've wrapped up those projects that were sitting around taking up space in the garage...I can go out hunting for more!
 
Thank you for your sweet visit!
Best Wishes and Blessings,
Amanda
 
 
 
 
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2 comments:

  1. The suitcase would look perfect with my desk ;) I love your dried flowers--I need to figure out how to dry some roses. Beautiful post as usual!

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  2. Do you hang your wisteria blooms or treat them specially in some way to dry? I didn't get blossoms this year due to our severe winter, but maybe next year...

    Also, tell me your fav ascp colour to go with old ochre - I have a can unused, but am experiencing long-term "companion colour block". I need to give up colour control to someone as sympatico as you so I can Just Get On With It!

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