Aging Hydrangeas

Aging Hydrangeas

Hydrangea’s are a beautiful flower……….

……..I wish I could grow big, full beautiful bushes but, here in South Texas, this is as good as it gets!!

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If I get one bloom, I’ll feel like the hydrangea Gods have blessed me! So instead, I have to settle for faux.

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  I had a project in mind with an old doctor’s bag I picked up at an estate sale…….

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It’s old, dusty, dirty and definitely worn…………………

it’s perfect!!!

Now, back to my project!!  I visioned cream-colored dried hydrangea flowers spilling out the bag, but as I mentioned, no can do!

So, I bought faux……

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But they were too white.

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My solution??????

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Coffee!!!!

I poured some into a large soup bowl…..

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…….and dipped my hydrangea into the coffee coating the petals really well.

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Here, you can see one stem half dipped!!!

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I would just let the individual stems set in the coffee for a few minutes!!

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And let them dry out on a paper towel!

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You can tell the difference between the dipped and not dipped!!

I let them dry and then re-dipped them again.  I did this about 3 times per stem.

What I love the most is how the coffee settled in the tips of the pedals making them a little darker and giving them that “aged” look I was wanting!!

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I put some crumpled up grocery bags in the bottom of the bag and placed the flowers on top so they wouldn’t fall down into the bag.

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I added a silver candlestick, a piece of french linen and an old book I picked up at the same estate sale!

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I created this little vignette!  You know how I love vignettes!

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Can I just say that I’m so excited for fall?!!!  I think this will make a great fall/Halloween vignette!  That little black book I picked up at the estate sale, that’s in the bag, is of Edgar Allen Poe’s poems including “The Raven”!

Fabulous!!!!

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So, if you don’t live where you can easily access dried hydrangea, give this technique a try!

Until next time…….

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Backyard’s First Blooms

Backyard’s First Blooms

I spent the afternoon outside today…….

…….it’s beautiful here, 85 degrees and NO humidity!!

As I looked around, I noticed Mother Nature beginning her ‘magic’ and thought I’d share some of it with you!Continue reading