How To Make A Seashell Mirror For Nautical Decorating

Decorate With A “Beachy” Theme

The Seashore inspires Novels, Paintings and much more like…Home Decor!
 Nautical Decor is Popular from Shore to Shore and Everywhere Above and Between.

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Shell a Mirror

 

Shelling a Mirror is a Popular Project, an Easy Work of Art that Uses Nature’s Sea Shells. . .
Sea Shells are the Discarded Homes of Ocean Life in a Host of Patterns and in Colors of the Beach Sunrises and Sunsets. 

 

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You Do Not Have to Live at the Beach to use Nautical Decor.  “Beachy” Colors like Shades of Salmon, Ecru and Teal can Bring a Sea Breezy Look to a Room Anywhere. 

Where to Get Your Shells

If You Live near the Beach or Take Vacations to one, Beachcombing is fun and there are lots of Pretty Shells to be found. Beaches usually have Shells Shops where You can get lots more Exotic Sea Shells. Even still, they are Readily Available to order Online.

 

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Plan Special Groupings of Shells for the Top, Bottom and Four Corners. When You have it like You want it, Glue with a Hot Glue Gun. 

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Make the Top Center the Most Dramatic!
My Top Corners Compliment  the Drama from the Center.

 

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Bold, Beautiful Top Corners

 

Make the Bottom Center Dramatic, too. 

 

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But a Little Less Dramatic Than the Top Center. 

 

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Make the Bottom Corners Stand Out a little.

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My Bottom Corners.

Use Medium Shells to Create Matching Patterns for the Sides of the Shell Mirror.
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The Other Side of the Sea Shell Mirror.

 

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The Last Step is to Fill in the Largest Gaps with Small Sea Shells. 
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All Done and So Easy! Just be Sure to use Lots of Hot Glue.

Happy Shell Hunting and Shopping!


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rustic Wedding Arrangements: June’s Wildflowers

Ah, June! Early summer is such a special time. Even though it’s not officially summer until around June 21st, ask anyone, anywhere. June the first is considered as summer.  The rebirth of a new season is well on its way to producing an autumn harvest. It is an excellent season to put together DIY floral arrangements for all those June weddings.

Using Summer Wildflowers in DIY Arrangements

Using summer wildflowers gives us a chance to tell a story of the growing season. Notice the wild sweet pea blossoms in this arrangement. Most blooms are fully open, but some on the same stalk are still buds.

A branch of wild grape leaves adds a touch of greenery. Tiny wild grapes speak of a season that will grow and produce. If you are planning a June wedding, or a wedding anytime this summer, think of these buds and tiny fruits as representing your budding new life.



Anyone that has only briefly visited My Creative Palette will be able to tell how much I love arranging flowers. In fact, I used my favorite pastime to begin freelance writing. My rationale was that it was easier to start writing about something that you were passionate about.

My strategy for writing worked out well, and I am still enjoying arranging flowers. I especially love using the pretty things that nature has scattered around in the fields, meadows, woodlands and wastelands.

How to Create Wild Flower Arrangements

Remember those surveys you did in math class on things like how many people prefer what flavor of ice cream? Those kinds of surveys show the wide popularity of wild flowers. In fact, wild flower seeds are a pretty hot commodity in gardening.

Many parks forbid the picking of wildflowers. I just adore the Indian paintbrush  that grow on the coast, but I wouldn’t dare pick one, as it is strictly forbidden. State agencies like to plant wildflowers along interstates, and I think those are  probably taboo as well.

Finding Wild Flowers 

Sometimes it may take a look around the neighborhood and a bit of creative thinking to come up with DIY floral arrangements using wild flowers.  It may sometimes seem difficult, especially if you live in the city.

Try taking a walk or drive  around the neighborhood. Drive out in the country and check wastelands and roadsides. A close look may find you looking at lovely wild roses, wild sweet pea, ox-eye daisies, and bunches of delicate (and hard to identify) summer wild flowers in pinks and purples.

Every area is different, and what you may find may be very different than what I find. But wildflowers are there to be found. Sometimes what is considered a common weed can be just the thing to help create a beautiful DIY arrangement fit for the finest wedding.

I love Queen Anne’s Lace, a common wildflower that is so easy to find in many locales.

Queen Anne's Lace for DIY Summer Wedding Flowers
Queen Anne’s Lace for DIY
Summer Wedding Flowers

Look at this wild roses that grow by the roadsides. They would look lovely in an arrangement for a June wedding.

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Wild Roses for DIY floral arrangment
Wild Roses for DIY floral arrangment

 

Wild sweet peas add spillage, important to balance out arrangements for a good visual effect. I have filled in the rest of my DIY wildflower arrangement with ox-eye daisies, and little delicate purple unidentified wildflowers.

A Creative Container

Rustic containers such as old watering cans and Mason jars make great containers for wild flowers. With a sharp eye and some imagination, you could create really lovely DIY arrangements for summer weddings and other events. 

 

Wild Flowers In Arrangements: Wild Daisy Flower



As Fresh as a Daisy

Have you often heard the expression ” as fresh as a daisy?” I know I have. Now I see why. I have found that the wild daisies that grace the meadows and untreated lawns sprout quickly after a spring rain. New ones continue to pop open from late spring to well into August in many climates. 

Is the Wild Daisy a Weed, Herb or Flower?

Like other flowering plants, there are literally hundreds of different species of wild daisies. All of them are very hardy, as wildflowers go. They prefer a sunny meadow or pasture yet will endure abandoned croplands or roadsides with partial shade. 

Many consider the wild daisy or ox-eye to be a pesky weed. They go to great lengths to keep their pristine lawns free of them.  It’s all a matter of perspective. But did you know that like dandelions and false dandies all parts from root to petal are edible? And they are good for you! But if the land where you get your daisies has been treated with insecticides or herbicides do not eat them!

Using Wild Daisies in Flower Arrangements

Wild daisies can be very lovely in flower arrangements. They can even be pretty enough to be used for DIY wedding flowers. They can also be used in wedding bouquets and bridal headpieces. I know, because that it what I did!

My Dad and Me On My Wedding Day

It was the year 1975. Jenny Gump later copied me when she married Forrest with bare feet and flowers in her hair.

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My Dad and me on my wedding day.

 

How to use the Wild Daisy Flower in Arrangements

The wild daisy flower can be used to make impressive floral arrangements for weddings, showers or just plain summer entertaining. There are only two rules to remember. One, get lots of them and two, pick the right container.

Wild daises can look fantastic scattered out throughout other floral arrangements. However, if you are only going to use daisies, use them prolifically. A few wild daises alone will look sad and forlorn. The more the merrier!

The right container is a must. Just as shoes and handbags go with certain outfits, so do wild daises go with containers. A delicate hand-painted urn will not go with a bunch of wild daisies. Look for more rustic containers, even an old watering can or Mason jar.

Wild Daisies in Rustic Containers

Wild Daisies Go Great in a Galvanized Vase
Wild Daisies Go Great in a Galvanized Vase

For the above arrangement, I gathered LOTS of wild daisy flowers which was NOT a problem. First I chose a vase. This galvanized vase reminded me of those big buckets.  I cut the daisies into varying lengths and literally stuffed my galvanized vase to full capacity. I placed the longer ones in the middle and secured them with floral tape. Then I filled in the vase with daisy flowers from shortest to tallest.

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A Mason jar vase for wild daisies
A Mason jar vase for wild daisies



It is hard to beat a Mason jar for a casual and informal, yet very pretty container for wild daisies. These daisies were cut to be the same general length for uniformity.  Add a pretty bow in country plaid colors and you will have a lovely, inexpensive table decorations for spring and summer events.

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Rustic Centerpieces: Low Or No Cost Spring Flower Arrangements

Thrill, Fill, Spill Flower Arranging



April showers bring May flowers. Enjoy them both indoors and outdoors.  Lilacs, azaleas, wisteria and the branches of flowering shrubs and trees bloom around the same time in mid to late spring. They continue the spring floral show after Narcissus, tulips and other early bulb flowers disappear.Together, they can make stunning low or no cost spring arrangements.Use them for a spring wedding and shower-related events to cut the cost of decorating. An arrangement of spring flowers is perfect for Mother’s Day brunch and lunch tables. The thrill, fill, spill method is usually reserved for creating container gardens, but I find that the general structure works well in flower arranging also.

Make a Low or No Cost Spring Flower Arrangement

To make a spring flower arrangement using the thrill, fill, spill method, you will need: an interesting vase 

  • floral foam
  • floral wire and tape
  • floral stakes ( I used wooden skewers)
  • assorted spring flowers (suggested list below)

For my arrangement, I used an old washstand pitcher from Russia that was slightly broken but repaired. The painted-on pastel flowers made it a great vase for my spring flower arrangement.

Flowers I used for my spring flower arrangement:

    • lilacs
  • pink and white azaleas
  • flowering cherry tree blossoms
  • wisteria
  • young grape vine

Steps for Thrill, Fill, Spill  Flower Arrangement:

First, place some floral foam in the bottom of a vase. Pick one to three flowers as the focal point or the “thrill.’ I used a stem of two lilacs. I anchored the stem to the skewer with floral wire and inserted it, pointed side down into the floral foam. 009 Next, I filled in around the lilacs with pink and white azaleas. I broke the azaleas off of the branches and wired them to the skewers. This gave me more control over the form of the arrangement. 010 Wrapping with floral tape gave  a neat finish. 015 I followed the same procedure with my flowering wild cherry tree blossoms, filling in behind the azaleas to add some height. The azaleas and flowering cherry completed the “fill” of my arrangement. 017 Drooping wisteria and fresh young grape vine made the perfect “spill” for my spring flower arrangement. 020 A spring flower arrangement also makes a welcome site on a veranda, porch or patio.

Where to Find Flowers?

Keeping the thrill, spill, fill flower arranging technique in mind, use your flowering shrubs and trees easily in arrangements by using the skewers as stems method.Check with neighbors, parks and locations around the neighborhood. Some flowers, such as wild dogwood can be found growing wild. Wild grape vines also grow in the wild, and can really add to the”spill”in a dramatic way.Wisteria,also a great spill flower grows on trees on empty lots. Most people don’t mind sharing a few flowers. I got my lilacs and pink azaleas from a neighbor. Our church had practically a grove of flowering cherry trees.Check local florist and fresh flower markets as well.Fresh local flowers are likely to be more inexpensive than roses, etc. After you have reached  your desired effect with the  spring flowers, add just enough water so that the floral foam doesn’t begin to float.

Get Creative

Just remember to keep an eye out for flowers that bloom around the same time. Bulb flowers such as daffodils and tulips will bloom around the same time as the flowering peach trees, Bradford pears and red bud. What can you find for vases and container? Think of Mason jars and other unique containers.  Creativity means using what is on hand. Get creative and make do with what is on hand to help with spring floral arrangement ideas. It promises to be a lot of fun, and both visually and financially rewarding! Just think thrill, spill, fill and look around at the flowers available!

Other Flower Suggestions:

    • pink and white dogwood
  • flowering peach
  • apple blossoms
  • Japonica branches
  • Bradford pear
  • forsythia
  • magnolia blossoms
  • early blooming stage hydrangeas.
  • daffodils
  • tulips
  • red bud

A Stroll Around the Neighborhood For Spring Flowers

Azaleas come in brilliant pinks, corals, and white spring glowers 008  Wisteria is the perfect “spill”. It grows on abandoned lots. 

 
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White  dogwood can be found growing in many forests.   spring glowers 005 Pretty pink dogwood is a common site at homes, parks and all around the neighborhood.  spring glowers 001 Flowering peach blossoms arrive before the tree’s leaves do. 100_0022 Tulips and other bulb flowers should still be in.  spring glowers 010 Bradford Pear Blooms Early Along with red bud and daffodils. easter 113 Japonica trees also have early blooms that show before the leaves.  easter 119 Did you get some ideas for making a low or no cost spring flower arrangement? Just remember these four points: 1. A creative  vase 2. Flowers that bloom around the same time 3. The skewer and floral wire trick 4. THRILL, FILL, SPILL!

Tie-dyed Easter Eggs and A Dozen More Egg Decorating Ideas



Easter eggs have long been a symbol of new life, fertility and hope. In pagan times, god and goddess worshipers attributed the warm, welcome spring to Eostre, the goddess of spring. They decorated eggs to please her so that she would be sure to return again the next year.

The tradition of decorating eggs for Easter celebrations has survived for centuries. Today we dye eggs for the Easter Bunny to sneak in and hide. He leaves treats in return. Kids just love going to look for the colorful eggs hidden in the flower beds, behind rocks  and in the  growing spring grass.

Ways To Decorate Easter Eggs

Easter eggs in pastel colors are pretty, but it’s fun to get creative and make tie-died Easter eggs. There are other fun ways to bling your Easter eggs. Here is how to make tie-dyed Easter eggs and a dozen other creative ways to decorate Easter eggs.

Basic Egg Boiling Tips

  1. Bring eggs to room temperature
  2. Cover eggs with adequate water, at least 2 inches over eggs
  3. Start with cold water, and a Tbs. of white vinegar
  4. Bring to boil slowly
  5. After intensively boiling turn off heat
  6. Let sit 12 minutes
  7. Remove eggs and place in cold water
  8. Cool 10 minutes

 

An ice cream scoop makes a good egg dipper
An ice cream scoop makes a good egg dipper

Egg Dyes

  • Vibrant red, pink, blue, yellow and green colors can be achieved with egg dye
  • Add one cup boiling water to 6-8 drops of the food dye
  • Add 3 Tbs. white vinegar
  • For orange and purple shades it is best to use egg dye tablets
  • Natural dyes can be made with onion peels, blueberries and canberries

#1. Tie-died Easter Egg

Everyone loves the tie-dyed look. Use rubber bands, just like on a tie-dyed t-shirt!

Tie-dyed Egg
Tie-dyed Egg

 

Tie-dying an Egg
Tie-dying an Egg

 

    • Pick two colors, one dark and one light, like purple and yellow.
    • Wrap the egg with rubber bands
    • Dye egg in the dark color first
    • Let dry and then dip in lighter color just long enough to get a light color
    • Let dry and then snip away the  rubber bands

#2. The Proverbial Golden Egg

Gold paint and iridescent glitter make a fun egg. Use it for the grand prize in an egg hunt!

The Proverbial Golden Egg
The Proverbial Golden Egg
  • Use un-dyed hard boiled egg
  • Spray with gold spray paint and let dry
  • Brush on a solution of white glue and water
  • Sprinkle with iridescent glitter (Pixie dust)

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#3. Decoupage Egg

This is so easy. Mod Podge and a picture cut from a magazine is a pretty effect.

Decoupage Egg
Decoupage Egg
  • Find a picture of small flowers in a magazine
  • Decide on a good egg color for it’s background
  • Cut out the flowers and apply with Mod Podge using a small brush
Decoupage Egg
Decoupage Egg

#4. Easter Chick Egg

Kids will be delighted with an Easter chick egg.

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  • Use a soft yellow for the Easter chick egg.
  • Cut feet from orange craft foam
  • Cut a triangle for the beak from orange paper
  • Make 3 orange tissue paper balls (wad them up) for the cockscomb(top of head)
  • Attach feet, beak, cockscomb and googly eggs with hot glue gun
  • Draw on eyelashes with a black Sharpie

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#5. Blinged-out Egg

Add some Hollywood bling with tiny stick-on “jewels”

Egg With Bling
Egg With Bling
  • Use a vivid, deeply-colored egg
  • Attach tiny rhinestones stick-ons (from craft or sewing department)
Blinged egg
Blinged egg

#6. Egg With Appliqué

All it takes is a pretty sew-on applique and a dyed egg to create this pretty pastel egg.

Egg With Applique
Egg With Applique
  • Look for sew-on appliqués in the sewing department
  • Dye egg a color to compliment the appliqué
  • Attach with hot glue when the egg is dry

#7. Crayon-resist Egg

The egg dye doesn’t adhere to the waxy crayon and creates an interesting effect.

Crayon-resist Egg
Crayon-resist Egg
  • Before dying, draw flower, bird or other object on a hard boiled egg with crayons
  • Dip in desired color of dye
Crayon-resist egg
Crayon-resist egg

#8. Natural, Sustainable Egg

Onion peels steeped in boiling water and vinegar on a sustainable nest. Wouldn’t a whole basket of these make a lovely centerpiece?

Natural,Sustainable Egg
Natural,Sustainable Egg
  • Boil water. Add onion peels and 3 Tbs white vinegar
  • Steep 20 minutes
  • Add boiled uncolored egg. (It takes a little longer to color than with other dyes)
  • Attach a little “nest” of Spanish moss or other sustainable material with hot glue gun
  • Rub the egg with a bit of olive oil
Onion peels are a natural dye
Onion peels are a natural dye

#9. Two-tone Easter Egg

A bi-colored egg is created by covering one side with masking tape. The dye ran under the masking tape during the second dip. Not to worry. It created a neat marbled effect.

Two-toned Easter Egg
Two-toned Easter Egg
  • Wrap one-half of hard-boiled egg in masking tape
  • Dip in desired color just long enough.( Don’t leave long, or the tape will get too wet and come off
  • Let dry and then take off the tape
  • Dip in second color
  • Add rick-rack or ribbon to separate the colors
Use masking tape for making two-toned Easter eggs.
Use masking tape for making two-toned Easter eggs.

#10. Ribbons and Baubles

Ribbons and Baubles Easter Eggs.
Ribbons and Baubles Easter Eggs.

A pretty ribbon and some stick-on “jewels” give this egg plenty of bling.

  • Choose a color and complimentary ribbon
  • Dye the egg a pastel shade.
  • Dry. Add pretty ribbon around the middle with a little hot glue
  • The “jewels” are stick-ons from the crafts department.
Ribbons and Baubles Easter Eggs
Ribbons and Baubles Easter Eggs

#11. Mosaic Egg

Bits of brightly colored tissue,  Mod Podge  and a small brush make this egg have a stained glass look.

Stained Glass Easter Eggs
Stained Glass Easter Eggs
  • Cut out tissue shapes
  • Brush on with a brush dipped in the Mod Podge.
  • Fill in small spaces with small shapes to avoid too much over-lapping
Stained Glass Egg
Stained Glass Egg

#12. Marbled Eggs

Cooking oil added to one color helps to achieve a marbled egg effect. Roll the dyed egg in another color with oil added in a shallow dish.

Make a marbled egg
Make a marbled egg
  • Dye hard boiled egg in a light color
  • Add a couple Tbs of cooking oil in a darker color of dye.
  • Put the dye with oil in it in a shallow pan
  • Roll the egg around to get desired amount of marbling.
How to make marbled Easter eggs
How to make marbled Easter eggs

#13. Pretty in Polka Dots

How to make a polka dotted egg? Think sponge painting. Use the tip of a new pencil eraser and acrylic  paint. The acrylic dries quickly, so you don’t have to lay the egg down and smear the spots before you are finished painting on the polka dots!

Polka Dotted Egg
Polka Dotted Egg

 

  • Dye egg in desired color, either vibrant or pastel will be pretty
  • Dip new pencil eraser in desired color of acrylic paint and “sponge” paint the polka dots on.
How to Make a Polka Dot Egg
How to Make a Polka Dot Egg

Saint Patrick Day Cakes: Make a Lucky Leprechaun Fruity Rainbow Cake



Saint Patrick’s Day Desserts

All of the Irish and those who are only Irish for one day love to celebrate with great Saint Patrick’s day desserts. Shamrock shakes and floats are popular all over town for the whole month of March. 

Rather than just something green like green iced cupcakes or lime sherbet, why not make something really cute that honors the luck of the Irish and packs a little nutrition too.

This adorable Saint Patrick Day cake is topped with kiwi, blueberries, diced peaches and raspberries.

Lucky Leprechauns and Rainbows

The little leprechauns are tiny little elfin shoemakers who have a pot of gold hidden at the end of rainbows.  Legend has it that if you can spot a rainbow and catch a leprechaun at the same time, you will win the pots of gold. But leprechauns are hard to catch. They live deep in the forest and are very sly and very fast.

How to Make a Lucky Leprechaun  Fruity Rainbow Saint Patrick’s Day Cake

Step 1. Follow directions for making a cake from a confetti cake mix. Or make your own favorite yellow cake from scratch and add rainbow sprinkles to the mix.

Step 2. Cool the cake.

Step 3. While the cake cools, prepare the rainbow fruit topping. Slice and dice kiwis. Use diced canned peaches, blueberries, raspberries, and pink and green mini marshmallows. 

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Step 4: Ice the cake. I like using Duncan Hines starter icing in blue cotton candy. The flavor compliments the confetti cake.

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Step 5. Starting from each end and working to the top, begin the fruity rainbow starting halfway up the cake.

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Step 6. Attach 3 regular-sized marshmallows to toothpicks to form “clouds”.

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Attach 3 marshmallow “clouds” with toothpicks

Step 7. Add gold foil-covered chocolate coins at the end of each rainbow.

LAST STEP: ENJOY THE SAINT PATRICKS DAY LUCKY LEPRECHAUN FRUITY RAINBOW CAKE!

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Spring Flowers: Simple Low-Cost Flower Arrangements Using Daffodils And Jonquils



What is the Difference Between A Daffodil and A Jonquil?

There is not much difference in a daffodil and a Jonquil except for subtle variances in shape,size and texture. Members of a huge family called Narcissus,  there are literally hundreds and thousands of family members. They got their name from the Greek God of vanity because they appear to have their heads down, admiring their own reflection in the pond.

These lovely golden flowers are very hardy and are one of the first signs of spring in most places. In fact, in more temperate climates, Narcissus has been known to pop up in January and can often be seen peeping over the snow.Sometimes  called March Flowers, these hardy bulb plants produce golden heads and green stems that are always a welcome relief from winter.

These  perennials  are so hardy they will grow with years of neglect, and can often be found growing on long-abandoned lots, albeit a little scrawny. Fertilized and cared for, Narcissus can grow big blooms on long, healthy stems. They are long-lasting as cut flowers, making them great for both outdoor and indoor beauty. 

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Using Daffodils and Jonquils in Cut Flower Arranging

Daffodils and jonquils can be used creatively in little or no-cost cut flower arrangements. It just takes a little planning and thinking outside the box to come up with ways to show off these classic flowers. Check what you have on hand to work with. What containers do you have  to show them off? What other blooming plants are blooming this time of year to pair them with?

Eight Ways to Show Off Daffodils and Jonquils

# 1. Mixed Daffodils and Jonquils in a Mason Jar

Casual daffodil arrangement

Achieve a lovely country look with just an empty Mason jar and a red-checkered table cloth. This is good for an outdoor event. Make several for long tables. It’s the perfect arrangement for that first warm spring day’s picnic. It would work indoors as well if the weather is still too chilly for outdoor or patio dining.

There is a mixture here of  smaller jonquils, daffodils with lighter colored petals  and ruffled daffodils.

#2.  Long-stemmed Daffodils With Spring Buds

A more formal arrangement using long-stemmed daffodils.

 

A tall glass vase is perfect for pairing a few long-stemmed larger daffodils with some green buds that are opening up on a branch. This arrangement tells the story that the daffodil helps to usher in the beginning of spring.

Place decorative pebbles in the bottom of the vase. And just enough water for the daffodils to drink without going thirsty.

# 3. Tie-dyed Jonquils in a Whimsical Arrangement

Daffodils colored with food coloring

Remember when your fourth grade science teacher put celery stalks in food dye? It was to show how the main function of the plant’s stem is to transport water. I tried it with daffodils and jonquils and got a lovely tie-died effect.

Tint jonquils one color (I used green) and daffodils the other color. Thinking of blue? Don’t bother. It turns out green.

#4. Daffodils With Flowering Shrubs

Daffodils and flowering quince make a contrasting arrangement
Daffodils and flowering quince make a contrasting arrangement

There are a few flowering shrubs and trees that bloom around the same time as the Narcissus. Bradford pears have lovely white blooms and Forsythia, probably the first shrub bloomer is covered with yellow trumpet-shaped blooms. But for more drama, I like using flowering quince. The red blooms appear on the thorny stems before any green color.

The thorny deep red blooms contrast with the dainty daffodils. This is a more formal arrangement so I used a lead Crystal flute-shaped vase.

 

 

#5. Structured Jonquil Arrangement in Tea Pitcher

 



A tea pitcher can make a great vase. Here I used a cheerful striped one for my long-stemmed jonquils. This is more structured than the whimsical one. The stems are cut all one length. Fit them to your container and then cut the stems the same length. They may need to be tied together with floral wire or string to display better.

 

Again, see what containers you have on hand that would go well with these “tie-dyed” jonquils.  You can create lovely spring floral arrangements at little or no cost.

#6. Clear Tea Pitcher

IMG_20140323_182155A clear vase or perhaps a glass tea pitcher shows off the Narcissus’ pretty green stems as well as the showy yellow blossoms. Note the double-headed ones in this arrangement.

#7 A Bowl of March Flowers

IMG_20140323_190947For a bowl arrangement, cut the stems short and all the same length. I  used smooth, round pebbles in the bowl to stick the stems in. Narcissus stems are not strong enough to stick in floral foam.

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#8. Small Arrangements in Pretty Mugs

IMG_20140323_191411Pretty coffee mugs can make good containers for tiny arrangements. Place one on each table at banquets and dinner parties.

Skunk Remedy: Removing Skunk Odor On Dogs And In Homes

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Isabelle and Penelope are country girls now.

Country Dogs Verses City Dogs

After moving out to the country from the suburbs, I  learned that the country dog lives a different life.

If you have dogs and live in the country, there is a good chance that someday what happened to me might happen to you.  It can also happen if you like to take your dogs out on camping and hiking trips and let them run off-leash.

If your dogs are trained to obey voice commands and stay close by you (which is easy if you give them all your love), there is nothing more enjoyable for your dog and you than letting them run free for a short time in the fields and woods, back where there are no roads or traffic to pose a danger .

A Close Encounter of the Stinky Kind

It was an unseasonably warm, sunny late winter day. My daughter, her daughters, and dog were over for a visit.We decided to take the three of them on a walk with us in the wilderness behind my home. Bobbejaan, the four-legged grandson and my two girls Penny and Bellie started out. It was my birthday, and I had my two-legged and four-legged loved ones with me. Life was good. 

A  beautiful walk at any time, winter is best for a distant view of part of the Appalachian Mountains, as the trees are bare.

 

Great mountain view, Appalachians, North Georgia

 Paths, trails, old roads, woods…there is much to explore for  hikers and  their dogs behind my house.  It was the first time we had ventured that far since I had moved out to the country.

 It was the beckon of what appeared to be an old slave cabin that sits on an abandoned southern plantation that made us trudge through the field above to get a closer look.

Old slave cabin in the distance.

 

Old Slave Cabin on abandoned plantation

After a good close-up look of the old cabin, we turned to start for home. It was while walking back through the field when dog number one was “skunked.” Moving to the country first, my daughter had heard about washing the dog in tomato juice or tomato sauce. I had a big can of tomato sauce in the cupboard for making veggie chili. It was, after all, winter. So much for veggie chili.

We washed Bobbejaan from head to tail with tomato sauce. We threw in a little baking soda, too along with Dawn dish detergent. The combination of acid and alkaline seemed to work.

Be careful not to get the tomato sauce in their eyes. Poor Bobbejaan!

SKUNKED AGAIN!

All was well in the country. No matter what anyone claims on-line, the tomato sauce and baking soda worked. Incident forgotten. Life went on. Then Murphy’s law kicked in early the next Monday morning.  My black Lab Bella went out to “potty” before  Mommy left for work. Pepe Le Pew was close by home and Bellie  just had to check him out.

This time, there was no time for a bath in tomato sauce. It was not a lovely, unseasonably warm Saturday. It was a chilly, back to reality manic Monday. I had to leave Bella in the house and head for work.

While I knew it probably was not the best solution, did I really have a choice?

Gosh, yes! If I had known, I would have called in with any number of excuses not to show up on the job. …car got stolen, house on fire, you name it. I just didn’t know. And I would never dream of leaving the house with the dogs not inside.

Removing Skunk Odor from House and Clothes

Removing skunk spray from the house is no easy task. Although the house did not get sprayed directly by the skunk, the odor that my dog brought in and rubbed against the carpet and furniture was atrocious. It called for action. There are skunk odor neutralizers available on line. There was no time for that. Home remedies to remove skunk odor would have to do.

Home Remedies for Removing Skunk Odor

 



I am sure that should an actual skunk get into your house that the treatment might be more intense. But I  can’t imagine any worse smell than what Bella brought in that day. Problem was, I HAD to get to work, or so I thought. During the day, I was able to grab a few minutes to do some research. The tomato sauce remedy had about a 50/50 approval rate.

Other suggestions included a combination of apple cider vinegar and baking soda. Still another remedy was hydrogen peroxide and baking soda with a little Dawn.

Following is a combination of the  home remedies for skunk odor removal that worked for us.

PETS:
  • Do not let the dog in. Rub her down with fabric softener sheets.
  • Give a bath in tomato sauce or juice and baking soda and Dawn.
  • Try hydrogen peroxide and baking soda and Dawn . Use a cup of peroxide to each quarter cup baking soda and a teaspoon of Dawn.
  • Bath in one cup each of apple cider vinegar and baking soda. 
I found that the tomato sauce works very well IF you wash the dog right away. Hydrogen peroxide and baking soda work fairly well.  I had the best luck with the apple cider vinegar and baking soda remedy for washing the odor off of Belle. But I will have to go with a tomato sauce bath, done immediately, as the most effective. 

HOUSE:

  • Wash everything washable in the washing machine with one cup each of baking soda and apple cider vinegar
  • Line-dry the laundry outdoors, preferably on a cool, sunny and breezy day.
  • Sit anything not washable outside to air.
  • Spray carpets, drapes and furniture with a mixture of water, apple cider vinegar and baking soda.
  • Vacuum carpet with a pet odor neutralizing  vacuum cleaner bag. 
  • Spray carpet, drapes and furniture with Febreeze. Squirt the dog too!
  • Give a final spritz of rosemary-lemon water (recipe below).
  • Tape fabric softener sheets over the dryer vents.
  • Make dried rosemary-lemon sachets for drawers, closets.
  • Place fabric softener sheets over coat  hangers all through the closets.
  • Open doors and windows to air out as much as possible.
I didn’t try to wash everything in the same day. I bagged up clothing, stuffed animals. cushions, bedding…anything that was machine washable in black plastic trash bags.
Wait until a sunny, breezy cool day and wash “first needed items first.” Wash in COLD weather and LINE DRY, as heat reactivates the smell.
Toss fabric softener dryer sheets in the bags. As your clothes, etc. get washed and dried,  tie them up in black trash bags until the smell in the carpet, drapes, etc dies down.

Rosemary-lemon Water

  1. Grate zest from a lemon
  2. Chop up 3-4 sprigs of fresh rosemary ( use dried if you have no rosemary bush)
  3. Add to two cups water.
  4. Bring to a bowl. simmer 20 minutes.
  5. Cool. pour into sprayer bottle.

Lemon-rosemary Sachets

Use the dried lemon-rosemary mixture to make sachets in little net bags. Toss them around everywhere. Skunk spray is an oily substance, and the lemon-rosemary is oily as well, making it good for combating the skunk smell.

Getting rid of skunk odor is not fun at all. But if you, your dog or God forbid your house ever gets SKUNKED! I hope this guide for getting rid of that gawd-awful odor helps. And if anyone has TIPS to SHARE please do. 

Bobbejaan,  the first dog in the story. Doesn’t he clean up well? 

 Stock up on one of these odor removal products
before it happens to you!


About Skunks

Skunks are not bullies. They can only  produce enough of their stinky spray for 6 or 7 squirts during a lifetime. They typically live about 3 years.  Therefore, they will stomp and beat before squirting their foul-odored spray. When they do, it is a last resort and the spray comes from sacs near the anal area.

Skunks can grow to be as large as 18 pounds. These are called hog-nosed skunks. All have stripes down the back. They may brown, black or beige colored. All have the classic white stripe down their backs. They are omnivorousness (eats both plants and animals). They have been known to get into human garbage when their habitats are invaded.