Wednesday, July 21, 2010

"A rose.....

by any other name would smell as sweet."

We have over 150 rose bushes through out our garden.

All colors...ranging from peach to pink with every shade in between.

In a variety of shapes and sizes.

Heaven *scent*.

What do I do with all these lovely roses, you might ask?

For starters, I put several arrangements in the guest rooms for our family and friends.

Followed with centerpieces for both the dinning and kitchen tables.

We've collected several small vases that are filled with roses for the sweet little ladies who stroll on over from the retirement home.
We'll also donate a few to those in need of roses for weddings.

To no surprise...I like to reserve a few for creative projects.
Like this one from my archives.

I took that previous idea and combined it with another favorite technique from
Its-Time-To-Celebrate post.

I stamped French text onto the petals with food coloring.
It's important when stamping..... to use a *gentle touch*.
Taking a liner brush I coated the edges with white chocolate and...

added a sprinkling of Non-Pareils on some, (coarse clear) sanding sugar on others.


I now have the perfect Embellishment for any confection.

Clear Sanding Crystals

Je t'aime=I love you

Along the same creative lines this next idea will impart an added sweet surprise to any...... tablescape or tuck a few into a note.
I used the same application, changing out the food coloring with ink for stamping my French text.
After allowing the petals to air dry, they were stored in a airtight container.
As a gift I've given a collection of French petals wrapped in a rose infused jar, that I've embellished,
which I could share the "how to" in a future post, if you'd like.

These dried petals are beautifully delicate.

Now, here's an easy Floral Caplet you can whip up for the lil' sweetheart in your life.
My friend Miss Shelia from Note Songs can make a petite version for Carter by replacing the metal or plastic headband with stretch lace or elastic and attaching the ends making a complete circle.

Step 1.
Pick out a 1 1/2- 2 inch width wired ribbon.
Measure the length of the headband (form) then double it.
Cut two strips of your ribbon to those specifications with an
extra 1/2 inch at both ends.
This will allow for the tuck and fold over for concealing the raw edges.

Step 2.

Hot glue or sew the two strip along the edge, creating a casing.
Smoothing the hot glue as you go, no lumps or clumps.
Don't panic if the hot glue squeezes out from the edges.
When the glue cools trim the excess with scissors .


Fold over and glue the raw edges.
Slip the headband form into your ribbon casing.
**Important reminder: Seal both ends
by hot gluing the last inch or two to the headband form before sliding the end of the casing over the edge. **
This will prevent the casing from slipping off the headband form.


Select and hot glue a charm to the center of your silk flower.

Step 5.
Flatten out the ribbon, glue your flower to the smooth area.
Once it's set It can be repositioned by sliding to sit center or off to the side.



make the prettiest Caplets.

I've got a smile on my face and you put it there!!
I would like to thank you for A-L-L your sweet comments!
In answer to your questions...yes these are my original ideas.
They come from many avenues of inspiration. I've had several years of practice in the creative process, through teaching craft classes. The ideas flow freely, but to my dismay the set of instructions aren't always included when they come to mind.
Sometimes it'll take a few (hundred) bloopers to get it right.
Thankfully I have you, my Blogettes to share them with when they do come to fruition.


Chatty Crone said...

Oh Sara, this is the best title for a blog - it is your (Sara's) sweet and wonderful surprises for us that make your blog so special.

Michelle said...

Sara your roses are SO beautiful!!! I am intrigued by all the color combinations. I have my one and only bush still waiting to sprout (sad face) and it's called Tahitian Sunset. It looks much like your orange/yellow colored rose. You have some of the most ingenius craft ideas I have ever seen on a blog! I love 'em!! Where do you teach your classes at?? We have more hot weather coming this weekend! :)


~Carrie from Cottage Cozy~ said...


The Quintessential Magpie said...

Sara, these are amazing! I wish I had one fraction of your talent for doing these projects! I have a tiny niece about to be born, and those headbands are so sweet. I might just have to try my hand at one.

And the rose petal infusion sounds lovely. I would love to know how to do that. You are a marvel!


Sheila :-)

Kristina P. said...

I can smell all the flowers from here!

Sweet and Savory said...

The flowers are beautiful. You have done a fabulous job with them.

Anonymous said...

Sara these are sweet surprises!! The rose petals with the writing and dipped in chocolate is just the most over the top idea!! I love it!!

the headbands are so sweet- I wish I looked good with headbands or hats but just look silly- must be the old age!

bee blessed

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

What roses! I adore the idea of writing on the petals like that.

Wendy said...

Ohhh! They are beautiful! A wonderful idea! You amaze me with your sweet ideas and creations :)
Thank you!!

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Sarah, YOur roses are so beautiful. 150 rose bushes? It must take a lot of your time to care for them. They are fabulous!
What creative ideas you have.
I LOVE the little headband caplets!

From the Kitchen said...

What a sweet surprise visit I've had with you this morning! Beautiful roses! I can't wait to further explore your blog and shop.


Debbie said...

What wonderful photos. 150 roses? That is unbelievable. I bet you have the best smelling garden around.

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Oh My Goodness! What gorgeous roses, and what gorgeous creations! How sweet those decorated rose petals are, and I am loving the precious headband ideas. You are absolutely brilliant. Thank you for sharing the directions. laurie

Maria said...

These are just GORGEOUS Sara!
I'm speechless... really, so unique and lovely!
The headbands are the cutest too!
I hope you have a wonderful week, Sara!
Blessings always ~Maria

Connie said...

Sara, you're right, sugar; those are absolutely stunning roses! I only have about10 rose bushes but that's all I have room for. Wish I had as many as you but hubby would shoot me if he had to take care of many more, chickee...

Rettabug said...

Sara, these are SEW stinkin' cute, I can't WAIT to try making some for my DGD. The headbands, not the rose petals....although those are cute, too!

You have a wonderfully creative mind, Woman! Thanks so much for sharing your ideas & talents with us.


Michelle said...

Sara! Thanks for stopping by!! I haven't gone to the Saturday Market yet this summer. I have a phobia of crowds too. Lol! HOWEVER, I really want to go to the Barn House this weekend but I'm really afraid to. I'm tight on money right now but I just KNOW I would find something I would love to buy. I haven't yet been to one of their Saturdays and they're just around the corner too! Hey, have you been to Monticello Antique Marketplace on Stark. That is my favorite place to stroll around even if I don't spend money. The atmosphere of that place just makes me feel so good! You have to go if you haven't!! If I decide to go the Barn House I'll let you know. :)) xoxo

Debra@Common Ground said...

I am in total awe of your gorgeous roses, the colors are magnificent! And the stamping and headbands, oh my are you creative and talented. Your blog is so yummy, love it!

Edie Marie's Attic said...

Thank you sweet Sara for your comforting words on my mother's passing.

I love the roses and your petal idea is ingenious!! Oh what a darling thing to do. I'm going to try to do a petal for my dear friend Cindy when she visits next month. She would be so impressed! The head band is adorable too. You've been busy!!

Hugs, Sherry

Cellar Door said...

"Merci" Pies to say thank you for the show of all things posey in your neck of the rose garden! Your beautiful messaged-petals are simply enchanting! A plentiful-more more romantic than the typical "messengers" claim to be! lol

Much appreciation for having me. I so enjoyed my visit with you!

Jean Tuthill said...

Sara, your roses ae so beautiful! I can't imagine having so many! It would be hard to pick a favorite. I love the writing on the petals. Thanks for stopping by and your sweet comment.

Storybook Woods said...

What sweet rose embellishments for you food and one person. I love it, as usual !!!! Clarice

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Oh wow, Sara ~ you have A LOT of roses! I love the pinks you have here and favor them in my own garden as well. I only have about 6 bushes though!

Shelia said...

Hi Sara! Oh, this is simply darling! I love this and have never seen a ruffled headband before.
How sweet of you to mention me and my little Carter! I will have to try this. Right now I'm going to make her a little sun bonnet. My daughter is having difficulty in finding on with a brim to keep the sun out of her little eyes. I found a great tutorial on a blog! :)
My daughter and husband live in Bellevue, Wa. It's beautiful in your neck of the woods.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Sares said...

I. am. so. jealous. How I wish I had your access to such beautiful roses! It sounds like you share the flower love though. Love all the rose creations!

Shelia said...

Hi Sara! I would be glad to share with you the blog where I found the cute little bonnet.

I haven't made it yet but will post it if and when I do.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Good Morning Sweet Friend...

I was just elated to wake up and find a note from you, my friend! It's been awhile since we've visited...yes, the summers are always so busy! I'm sooo glad that you stopped by to say was great hearing from you!

Well my dear, I am swooning over all of your gorgeous roses!!! Ohhh have sooo many! Can you believe...I don't have even one rose bush...I really do need to remedy that! I sooo enjoyed looking at the photos of your lovely roses! The orangey colored roses are quite exqusite! You know, I think it's so GRAND that you share your beautiful roses with the those at the retirement home! That just warms my heart, Sara!!! I have a very special place in my heart for the elderly...they are so often forgotten about! So a special thank you to you for doing that!!!

I loved how you stamped the rose petals and sugared/candied them! Gorgeous, my friend!!! Ohhh...and I love the thought of filling a beautiful jar with stamped rose petals!!! I would love for you to do a tutorial about that! I also really like the pretty flowered headbands...sooo very pretty! Sara, you are such a creative and talented lady...thank you so much for sharing those gifts with us!!!

Warmest wishes,
Chari @Happy To Design

Jay said...

Hy Sara,

first time here...fascinating space you have..very interesting posts...Almost I could smell the fragrance here...Am your happy follower now...;)

Do drop in at my space sometime...

Rosie said...

Oh your gardens must smell "heavenly"
sweet rose petal idea...have a wonder filled Rosie

Melissa Miller said...

The roses are beautiful Sara. I love the unique orange shade.

Thank you very much for the kind birthday wishes! I really appreciate it.

Have a wonderful summer weekend.
~Melissa :)

Marydon said...

Absolutely gorgeous roses, Sara! I'd be in heaven with 150 rose bushes, tho I struggle with 8.

Your creations are wonderful, quite enticing designs & colors.

Have a lovely PINK summer weekend ~
TTFN ~ Marydon

Mary said...

Sara, I really loved my visit here and I will be back often. You are very creative and this is a gorgeous post. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

What gorgeous roses! Love the idea to stamp on rose petals with food coloring! How do you come up with these fabulous things?? The flower caplets are also beautiful!


The Polka Dot Closet said...

First thank you for stopping by, your right pulling fabric distorts the pattern! thank you for adding that. Now, those rose petals are the cutest idea, you could use them in so many places. I have a vase of white roses on my table right now...I wonder if the petals know their days are numbered as I am going to get my stamper now!


Tracy Suzanne said...

Hi Sara, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for coming by and sharing your own experience of caring for your MIL. It is hard, and very trying. I'm glad you MIL was still sharp so she could appreciate you the way you deserve. We could certainly use all the prayers we can get.

I hope you understand just how much you taking the time to comment means. God uses us all in ways we may not realize. You were used by God to be a blessing to me and lift me up. Warm Hugs....Tracy :)

Maria said...

Hi Sara!
Thank you so very much for the great rhubarb recipe! I appreciate your sweet visits...
I just love your ideas and your wonderful blog written by wonderful YOU ♥

koralee said...

You amaze me my friend...everything is always so lovely over here...all the love love your headbands. xoxoxo Hugs

Lydia said...

Sara. Sweet Sara, such beau----ti-ful rose pictures.Your flowers are astounding! (Wishing the Japanese beetles never came 2 years ago- my mom's vintage rose bush blooms at different times and gives me roses in winter) Are they edible then?

...and such wonderful and unique ideas! Thank you for your sweet comments.

Love to see some of hubby's Pysanky (am thinking that is what they are, correct?) :)

Enjoy your summer!

xo Lydia

Florence said...

Thanks for sharing, I love all your talented endeavors. Florence

Lori said...

Sara, fabulous roses!! Do you fight with any blackspot issues? If so what do you use? i have what I'm calling mine bare naked lady roses, roses, no leaves!!! We've had horrid humidty and bouts of heavy rains. Thanks for any suggestions!!Lori

Betzie said...

Hi Sara!
I'm sorry you had trouble posting on my blog. A few others told me the same thing...why??? I don't know...weird. Glad you kept trying!
It's always nice to hear from you!
Your roses are just so grandfather's favorites. I breed Cavaliers and name my puppies after roses!
Your crafts are always so creative and inspiring! Who would have thought of sprinkles on rose petal edges??? Only you! :))
Enjoy the rest of the summer and see you again soon! xoxo Betzie

xinex said...

I am glad I found you, or rather you found me , cause I can really learn a lot from you. You are very creative! The rose petal idea and the headband are superb, so clever!....Christine

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Ma chère Sarah!

Well, what a lovely surprise to learn so much about your through your lovely comment on my post and to come here and meet you! I find that you and I have many similar connections! I am a Rivera by marriage, and I AM FROM SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA! I was born and raised in South West L.A. and lived in Pico Rivera and Whittier. My husband and I lived in Boston for 11 years and now in the Twin Cities for 13. I am a French teacher and LOVE ALL THINGS FRENCH, and for French home décor, French Country. I am very impressed with your crafting....those rose petals are simply gorgeous and ingenious! You know my sweet gal Rosie? Her and I "met" in April when I was celebrating my birthday...her's is only days after mine,so we had a "Birthday Party" on my blog....what a fun time. Since then, we visit twice a day....Koralee, Brenda and some other lovely Canadians have been such great blogger pals. I am putting you on my favs list as well, and I am looking forward to seeing what other lovelies you come up with! Please come by again...Oh, I see that you also follow Sherry from Edie Marie's Attic....she was so helpful to me when I first started blogging. She is a wonderful lady!

Have a marvelous Friday, and see you again soon! Anita

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Dearest, I want to follow you, but I do not see a button to become a follower...Anita

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

Your roses are just gorgeous!! I just finished planting 3 bushes today, lots of work. I know who to come to for advice :)

Anne - Fiona and Twig said...

Your blooms are absolutely gorgeous!

Have a wonderful Sunday!