Monday, April 02, 2007

So much in common!

I truly do have so many hobbies, I just am scattered everywhere. I also never know what I want to post on this blog, but I have blogs of friends that I visit often and sometimes one or more of them jogs something into my head that I want to follow up on. Too bad there is no way to have a community discussion on some of the blog postings where you can share pictures, etc. I do often comment, but want to take it further. For example, I just visited Nature Girl's blog and see that she has just posted photos showing her beautiful pansies pressed from last year and it reminded me that I had recently had my bag of dried/pressed flowers out and they looked so pretty. They were just laying on my cutting table so I took some pictures (photos were dated March 18th). I love saving some of my flowers this way, and do dry them (in fact my phone books (old ones) have these bits amongst all the pages.) I had dried these last year as well, most using the microwave, silica gel method.
For a great rundown of all the methods, check HERE
I have stuck a few on cards and gift tags, but am always looking for unique ways to use these dried flowers. For example, in the photo collage, you will see a plastic cup where I decoupaged some around the edge. I was making a dinner "to go" for a friend who has been looking after her pregnant daughter-in-law who has been bedridden since last December hoping to bring the baby to term (so far so good, I think baby is due in April or May). Anyway, my friend needed a break from cooking all the meals so I thought I would help out. I wanted also for her not to have to return any dishes, etc. I decided to make Rachel Ray's Chocolate cup dessert which I have made before and love since it is soooooo easy! Then I thought, maybe I could use plastic cups to put the dessert into, but wanted to jazz them up. What you see in the picture is an attempt, made but abandoned, since I couldn't wait for glue to dry and wasn't sure how it would look. I ended up just covered the desserts with plastic wrap and tying with rafia. Sooo, long story short, thanks Nature Girl for helping me to come up with another posting stimulated by you!
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