Read about easy ways to use plants and flowers from your garden to add that special touch when decorating or gift giving.
Today I am joining a great group of women, who are writing about blogging in their fifties. For me, my piece of wisdom is; trust your gut. Usually I find that if I like it, many others will too. One thing I like to do, is add that special touch to my home and gifts, through plants & flowers from the garden. Most people feel they are too busy to bother with this, but today I hope to inspire you, by showing you easy and affordable ways to share the beauty of nature with others. Don't forget to check out what the other fifty and fabulous bloggers are sharing at the bottom of this article.
Plants & Flowers: Add That Special Touch
I love my garden, but I love sharing it with others even more. I often add bits of the garden to gifts, and I'm always looking for ways to use them to decorate my home.
There are many great candidates for embellishing gifts and incorporating nature in your decor. Leaves, ferns and evergreens are great choices because they will hold up well. Certain flowers like lavender, herbs, roses and yarrow dry well, so they are great choices too.
If you make any homemade gifts such as canned veggies, jams or pickles, adding a little bit of plant material really dresses up the gift. This pressed flower candle has a few sprigs of lavender and needs nothing more. Why not try this with something as simple as a bottle of wine?
A little bit of cedar adds nice color to this table setting. Berries, pine cones and other greens work well too. Tie on a place setting or set the plant material on the table, above the plate for a different look.
Have you ever made a tussie mussie?
Tussie Mussies date back to the Victoria Era. They were small bouquets of flowers, each with its own meaning, that told the recipient how you felt. Back then, everyone had their own little code book, but you can look up meanings in the language of flowers, and add a little descriptive card.
Flowers and plants can really shine against simple brown paper wrapping and twine. Also, if you use something like lavender, it acts like second gift. It will dry well, and can be used to scent linens, or placed under your pillow for a restful night's sleep.
So the next time you give a gift, or invite guests over, go outside first and snip a few beautiful pieces of nature, to add that special touch.
Trust your gut. If you like it, others will too.