Believe me, this is as good as it gets! Let me know if you try and how you like it!
Not too many fresh flowers out and about these days! We had our first hard frost about four days ago, and what a scene it was in the morning. The Cannas… went from strong, vibrant green leaves and stems to these withered, limp, brown bunches of nothing. The Verbena, showing color one day, were struggling to remain upright the next. And the Zinnias: well, what can I say except that there WILL be lots of new ones next year!
But I have had fun cutting from my garden and in the neighborhood: so many interesting flower heads and pods and seeds and twigs to choose from. I bring them into my kitchen, lay them out on a huge piece of construction paper and just play with layouts. Sometimes the individual pieces are the best. And sometimes a grouping works the best…it just depends.
The Photojojo lens with the iPhone is perfect for this!
For a totally opposite look, here is our Japanese Maple in all its colorful glory.
Wow, what a color, right? And with the white fence and tall grasses behind, it makes quite a statement.
I’ll be back on Monday with a Thanksgiving/holiday recipe!
Enjoy your weekend…
Want to make some quick and easy, and very pretty, napkin rings?
I didn’t have much time, and didn’t want to go out shopping for any supplies, but
needed wanted some fun napkin rings for a small dinner party we were hosting.
Don’t know where I got the idea..but I took a paper towel roll and cut it into about 2″ sections. What to put over it? I tried several papers, layers of yarn and string, and then discovered this great burlap “ribbon” in my supplies basket.
Here’s a short video tutorial, glue gun and all!
Please remember: this video, or any video, will NOT appear on your iPad as they do not support Flash Player.
If it does not appear here, just refresh your screen and you should see it!
They won’t last forever (they ARE cardboard, after all) but they do the trick for an evening!
The supplies you will need are:
~paper towel cardboard center tube
~2″ (or whatever width you choose for your cardboard base) ribbon or twine
~small piece of greenery
~decorative ribbon for embellishment
You could also try overlapping different ribbons or twine. Or try printing out each person’s name in various fonts and sizes, but the paper to then wrap around the cardboard tube. Lots of possibilities, and, as you know by now, I am not a big DIY’er but somehow this quick and easy project appealed to me. It worked beautifully!
I couldn’t quite believe my eyes:
Iris in November!
Yes, I actually had iris blooming in two different spots and no, these are not the bloom-twice-a-year variety.
I’ll be back on Monday with a DIY tutorial. Yep, I actually got one together…it’s been a while!
Enjoy your weekend.
I use eye liner every day. In fact, I barely make it to the kitchen…or gym…or my morning walk without liner and some make up!
Yes, I consider eye liner one of life’s essentials.
I really cannot remember when this “habit” started: maybe in my 20’s? But then again, I’ve always loved cosmetics. I don’t actually apply a lot, but for as long as I can remember I’ve loved not only the packaging but the message.
My Mother used Elizabeth Arden. I can still remember the smell of the powder and lipstick and the thrill at watching her dress up and maybe, just maybe, putting some on me.
Recently I did my own, small (non-scientific) study of various eye liner pencils. My “style” of choice has been the retractable pencil. I’ve never been able to master the free flowing liquid liner, and pencils I find very frustrating with the endless “sharpening” with those tiny sharpeners that always seem to eat up the pencil in huge chunks.
About two months ago I went to Ulta to look at a selection of eye liners. I wanted all price ranges. Some brands were new to me, and others I’ve known, and used, for years. This was by no means exhaustive: I sort of bought and tried what jumped at me from the shelves.
In no particular order, except that it just happened that my #1 choice is #1 in the above image:
There are so many choices out there. I’m sure that by now you too have narrowed down what works best for you , a few brands that are your favorites, and what looks good on you. My choices are suggestions… if and when you are in the market again for eye liner!