31 October 2013

Hallow's Eve

Jack's back...


and here to wish you a very Scary Halloween...


...with Scènes de la Vie future,


and the present, whatever they may be.


May the scenes you see tonight not be too frightful


but full of laughter and fun and delicious...


eats!

Happy Halloween Friends,
Suzanne

28 October 2013

The Monday Morning Buzz

Bee Happy Monday


Wishing you a bright and cheerful week with the Monday Morning Buzz!  

Hope your day is as good as this honey bee on the daisy above seems to be having. 


Ciao amici,
Suzanne

20 October 2013

Bouquets of Vintage European Millinery

I have been wanting to share these dreamy photographs of these beautiful vintage millinery flowers for quite some time.


For as long as I can remember I have loved vintage velvet and silk flowers ~ the soft pastel palette and delicate petals...


...the impeccable detail with which each piece is created...


...each made all by hand.


This collection of vintage European millinery flowers hand made in Germany and France in the 1930's and 1940's was in a tres chic boutique I visited last summer in Marblehead, Massachusetts called C'est la Vie.


As you can see on the hand written tags, the prices were not a "flea market bargain," but rather dear...one particular botanical stem was $90.  


The shop owner was gracious enough to let me go home with a bouquet of photographs instead.  Thank you!



Then...


I had the pleasure of being invited to the home of my friend Sherry earlier this year for a small gathering.  


I have known that Sherry is a collector of vintage millinery hats since we met many years ago, but had no idea how beautiful her collection was.  

These hats were a few of my favorites...


...and I asked her when she was tired of them, I would help her out and get them out of her "hair."


{Somehow, I do not think that will happen!}


This creamy bouquet of forget~me~nots is one of my own and sits on my desk in my studio beside a petite birds nest that was abandoned in our garden.  My desk garden.

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Oh...I have not forgotten {I'm just a week late}.  I am happy to  announce the winner{sof my Blogoversary gift.  Since only two readers left comments on the blog post where I offered the give away {Just Because}, I decided to open it up to all those who left comments on my blog posts through the deadline date of October 10th.  

Therefore, I am offering a jpeg download of one of my Spoonflower designs to Margie and Rebecca, both who left comments on that particular post and who are so loyal; and Grace who always puts a smile on my face when she stops by.  You each may choose the design of your choice from my Spoonflower library and I will e-mail you the design.  

Enjoy!

As always, thank you to all of you who visit, whether you let me know you are here or not.
I appreciate it.

Ciao amici,
Suzanne

04 October 2013

Shower of Flowers

Do you ever find a post that you had written, forgot about, and then discovered hiding in your draft folder?

I just found a post I started more than two years ago and the timing of this story, during our autumn harvest season here on the homestead is...timely.



Every year when we plant our vegetable garden in the spring and in the autumn, I plant marigolds in a couple of terracotta pots along the edge of the garden.  It starts out like this...

{Those two pots in front are the marigolds just sprouting.}


...and then I get these cheerful little pom poms of bright yellow.


They have a kind of bitter aroma, which is probably one of the reasons they keep the critters away from our farm to table food ~ so as a result, I rarely cut them for arrangements, but this petite bouquet was meant to be made.

Why plant marigolds in your garden?


Because they keep all the pesty pests away from the tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, basil, and other scrumptious produce that we grow in our garden.  


And, it's the most effective organic way to do so.


When the flowers fade, I dry the blooms and keep the seeds to plant the next year.  This particular year, I packaged these seeds for my garden club and shared them with my fellow gardeners.


From parchment paper I crafted envelopes, wrote in pencil the contents, and sealed each with a natural garden twine bow.

  
{These two envelopes below I kept for us to plant and the flowers you see here are from these seeds.}


The remaining seeds were placed in smaller parchment envelopes then in pretty scalloped edge envelopes I made from designer wall paper samples.



In keeping with the garden theme, only patterns of paper in greens and yellows were used for the pockets, then each was tied with natural raffia.



I added a hang tag describing the contents and why marigolds are so valuable in a vegetable garden.


This is the information I included {in case you would like to know too} ~



Marigolds are easy to grow and they help keep the away aphids. The relationship between plants and insects is known as ‘companion planting.’  It’s by far the safest, natural way to garden organically.

Annual marigolds can be used anywhere to deter Mexican bean beetles, squash bugs, thrips, tomato hornworms, and whiteflies. They are also known to repel harmful root knot nematodes {soil dwelling microscopic white worms} that attack tomatoes, potatoes, roses, and strawberries. The root of the marigold produces a chemical that kills nematodes as they enter the soil. If a whole area is infested, at the end of the season, turn the marigolds under so the roots will decay in the soil. You can safely plant there again the following Spring.


There were none left in this basket at the end of our garden club meeting and I don't know if anyone had as much success as we did, but our flowers grew to about three feet tall!



So don't forget, when you plant your winter crop of veggies this autumn, be sure to plant some marigolds too and you'll have great success ~ both with the flowers and the veggies.  



Happy gardening and as always thank you for your visit.

Ciao amici,

Suzanne

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Since it's Fresh Cut Friday this week and the flower of the October is the calendula {or the marigold}, I'm linking up, so take a moment and blog hop over to Rose Vignettes to see what other gardeners are doing with their flowers this month.


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