Words are fun aren’t they? One of my favorites is “oxymoron”.
Merriam Webster says: “Definition OXYMORON
:a combination of contradictory or incongruous words (as cruel kindness); broadly: something (as a concept) that is made up of contradictory or incongruous elements”
Monday is a big ole oxymoron for me. It can be slow and draggy, because I didn’t want the weekend to end, but it might also be energized and inspired from events of the previous two days. Monday this week is just a big mix of moods and must do’s.
Awoke to beautiful sunshine, but 7:00 am was way too early, as 2:00 a.m. was bedtime last night (remember we’re night people because of Hubs’ job). So a little draggy, but we have to drop off a vehicle at the shop before DB leaves for work, so I need to get going.
Lots to do today; usual cleaning but also have to begin the boutonnieres for the wedding. That word never looks right no matter how you spell it, so I always have to check! Anyway, have to at least start the “bouts (boots)” but only have 5 so not a huge chore. Haven’t done any recent projects that work for a good post, but have lots of ideas for upcoming slots. Because of short night, I’ll probably need an afternoon nap. And the list grows. You know what I mean.
I’ve also cut the smallest clumps of our neutral flowers, to be used in the bouts, and pulled 1 small section from the variegated filler as well.
TIP: When doing your cuttings, always keep any remnants of flowers, leaves and wire. They may come in handy somewhere along the process.
TIP: Always take as much stem wire as possible when making your cuts. You can snip off excess later if you don’t need it.
Each of my days start with an email check, but Monday’s are especially nice, because I get so many inspirational tidbits from my blogger buddies. Today was not a let-down. Wanting to start quietly, I opened LEAF AND TWIG first to see the wonderful words and images awaiting there. Next I was energized with that beautiful voice over at CHARLOTTE HOATHER’s site.
Now I was ready for whatever mixed media piece THE SEASONED HOMEMAKER was sharing today. This time it was about sewing which isn’t one of my talents, BUT I learned something to pass on to Hubs, as he begins his upholstering adventures. Then colorful inspiration hit me from Donna’s post at DECORATING WITH DONNA.
And finally I followed up on comments from BENJAMIN VOGT‘s weekend gardening discussion over at HOUZZ. Benjamin one of HOUZZ’s regular contributors on gardening, and specializes in natural or native species plants.
Well, the day is half over and there’s still more to do. I’ll post a full tutorial when I work on the boutonnieres. Lot’s of great links today and more on the FUN PLACES list to check out too!
Meantime, our entire week here is supposed to be beautiful weather. Hope yours is too. And remember, don’t stress, just start.
Later – Cheryl
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Thanks so much for mentioning Leaf and Twig.
What a wonderful site (and sight) you have here.
You’re very welcome. And same back to you. It’s so inspiring to begin the day with calm, beauty and a bit of poetry too. Something to look forward to each morning.
Liked your color choices. I am fighting some wasps that have entered the downstairs shower.
Managed to locate entry; have been stung once; no fun!
Must stop for now.
Please be careful. Have your kids help you with that and get the sting checked at your doctor.
Thanks Cheryl, I appreciate your reblog. I bought three stems of silk orchids in pink and purple with hard stems just because I liked the colours, and now I’m thinking what should I do with them, I might try to make a picture in a box from Ikea with them for my room but I’m not sure how to stick them best to the hardboard, have you done anything like that with them?
Hey Heather. Your best choice would be to hot glue them. But try covering your hardboard with some complimentary pretty paper or fabric first. Scrapping paper, colored tissue or wrapping paper works well. Click my Projects tab and find the PRETTY GIFT BOX project for one idea. BEFORE you glue anything down, have fun experimenting with different backgrounds and arrangements for your flowers, until you arrive at something you like. TIP: if you plan on changing your display later on, just use a double-sided tape to adhere your background paper or fabric to the hardboard (not any glue), and if you don’t go too heavy with hot glue for the flowers, you should be able to easily remove everything and start again with something new later on.
You’ve given me a great idea for a blog project. September will be a calmer month around here; maybe I’ll try something then. Meantime, keep me posted on how yours works out and pictures would be great!
Be sure to get lots of rest between all of your performances!
Later – Cheryl
Charlotte, the Pretty Gift Box post is in MAKE DO not Projects. Sorry. Have fun with your idea.
Later – Cheryl