Wednesday, June 19, 2013
The lavender is beautiful in June! It's time to make lavender crafts! Years ago my children's Suzuki piano teacher taught me how to make lavender wands. She was a very special person, believing in embracing the whole child. Not only did she teach appreciation for music and how to play it well, but how to incorporate the little things of life --- like flowers, fine food, and beautiful art --- into one's scope.
After mastering the art of weaving lavender wands, it was easy to learn how to make lavender bottles, mussie tussies, and lavender baskets.
Today "the traveling teapot" and I teach how to make lavender wands --- step-by-step --- on the Traveling Teapot blog. You are welcome to stop by!
Monday, June 17, 2013
I'm logging in to wish you a wonderful week!
As you may recall, I am hosting the traveling teapot this month and am blogging about the teapot's adventures.
Who would have thought that blogging two blogs at the same kind could be so time consuming!?!? This week we are exploring lavender farms and learning many things about this wonderful plant.
You are invited to visit the Traveling Teapot blog and catch up with me there. I hope you stop by! I'd love to hear from you!
Make a tufapot! Easy and very lightweight, these pots are attractive in a garden or patio. They can be made in any shape, with our without a plastic pot inside, and can be distressed or decorated to go with your garden decor theme. Molded or free-form, the sky is the limit when creating these inexpensive and interesting flower pots.
Ingredients should be measured by volume. Use whatever size of measuring unit you wish. The size is not crucial, but the same unit of measure should be used for each ingredient.
1 1/2 parts peat moss
1 1/2 parts perlite or vermiculite
1 part Portland cement
Step 1: Placed measured perlite in a mixing tub. Dampen or mist it and then set aside.
Step 2: Select a mold (it can be an old pot, a box, or any container of your choice). Cover the mold with plastic. Then, prepare your work areas with plastic gloves, a mixing bucket, water, a dowel or clothespin, and several plastic garbage bags.
Step 3: Place the measured perlite, peat moss, and Portland cement into your
mixing container. With gloves on, hand-mix the ingredients, adding water a small amount at a time. Use care not to add too much water! Your mixture should not be soupy, but rather stay in a firm "ball" in your hand when your hand is cupped and opened.
If water drips from hand when doing this, your mixture is too wet.
Step 4: Place a small amount of the mixture in your hand and then press it against the mold, starting at the bottom. It is desirable to have at least 1" thickness as you work around all sides of the mold. At the top of the mold, place a piece of heavy cardboard and flatten the top surface (this will be the bottom of your pot). Form a hole in the bottom with your dowel or clothespin. This should be in the center for drainage. Leave the object in place as the mixture dries.
Step 5: Use a piece of plastic (torn garbage bag) to cover your tufapot. Set aside and clean up your work area.
Step 6: After allowing to dry for one or two days, "pop" the mold away from the cement mixture. Pull out the dowel or clothespin. Wash container off with water and use a wire brush to clean off the tufapot. Rinse and rewrap the pot in plastic and allow to cure for two weeks.
Step 7: After the 2 weeks of curing, the pot is ready for
planting. Rinse the inside of pot with water to remove excess lime content. Put a small rock over the drain-hole and add potting mixture. Plant and enjoy!
Saturday, June 15, 2013
Pansy Peppermint Parfaits
Yummy for breakfast or for a lunchtime dessert, I developed a summery parfait that is gluten-free, dairy-free, and naturally sweetened. I hope you enjoy it too.
2 boxes silken tofu, extra firm
1 package Mori Nu Chocolate Pudding Mix (naturally sweetened)
1 package Mori Nu Vanilla Pudding Mix (naturally sweetened)
1/4 cup coconut milk, lite
1/2 cup quinoa and brown rice flake granola (homemade)
Prepare pudding mixes according to instructions on package using silken tofu, pudding mixes, and coconut milk.
In a small, stemware glass, layer chocolate pudding, bananas, vanilla pudding, and granola. Repeat and end with a layer of vanilla pudding sprinkled with granola.
Garnish with a fresh peppermint leave and a pansy on each one. Enjoy!
*If you don't have Mori Nu pudding mixes on hand you can substitute your favorite brand.
Friday, June 14, 2013
I have an affinity for cobalt blue. No matter how many times I decide to change my home decor, I find that I always have to save a spot for the cobalt pieces. It is especially endearing to me in pottery and china. So, I was delighted to receive this interesting and unusual teacup and saucer from a friend. She found it when on a cruise to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico and thought I would enjoy it. It's not especially dainty, but the design and glaze are beautiful. And it's really fun to be able to say that I have a teacup and saucer from Mexico. A scalloped edge frames its rim and four pedestal legs form a lovely base. The teacup's handle is gracefully scalloped. Hand-painted, each floral pattern is varied from the next as one looks around the teacup. I enjoy this teacup and display it on my bookshelf. I never look at it without remembering the friend who gave it to me.
Do you have special teacups that remind you of a friend? Or maybe an important event in your life? Do you collect them from different countries or states? I'd love to hear about your collection. Does anyone have a teacup from Hawaii? Or Alaska? Please share about your favorite or most unusual teacups. I'm looking forward to hearing from you.
Thursday, June 13, 2013
"Somehow, taking tea together encourages an atmosphere of intimacy when you slip off the timepiece in your mind and cast your fate to a delight of tasty tea, tiny foods, and thoughtful conversation."
I'm busy hosting the traveling teapot this month. You're invited to stop by the Traveling Teapot blog to read about our adventures. See you there!