Monday, February 9, 2015

A rose is a rose is a rose.....

The sentence "Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose." was written by Gertrude Stein  as part of the 1913 poem Sacred Emily, which appeared in the 1922 book Geography and Plays

This is the birthday bouquet I blogged about that our son, DAVID and
 his sweet family gave me for my birthday.

Some of you may remember how I stretched  my bouquet
by taking the dying flowers out of the bunch and putting the bright, pretty ones
into little tiny vintage ironstone pitchers.

The two roses in the bouquet began to wilt and I decided to see
if I could DRY them into something pretty...something to last just
a little bit longer.

I've never tried drying roses before...

O, I've dried the dropped petals before, and I love the look of the dried petals scattered in a pretty container.
 I just hung them upside down until they were totally DRY.
They looked so pretty just hanging out by the window. 

How cool is it that they retain their beautiful color.....
...just look how pretty they look in their dried state..
Right back into a tiny little vintage cutie-pie pitcher....

Now, I want to buy a dozen roses in these pretty colors
(red roses are my least favorite)
and dry them to go into a pretty vase.

Burlap and Demijohn Love...

I just love all this texture here.
My birthday was Dec. 31st
so as of Feb. 7th, over a  month later,
I am STILL able to enjoy special parts of my gorgeous 
Ruby Tuesday
Inspire Me Tues.


  1. i have a bouquet of dried roses that are several years old. i still enjoy them. :)

  2. BJ, You got a lot of loving out of your birthday bouquet. I dried my roses too. Just like you did. :):) Blessings, xoxo,Susie

  3. I dried some roses in the past weeks, too. It is a lovely way to extend the joy. Your vase was an amazing complement for the colors of that birthday bouquet.

  4. I have pressed my roses in heavy books, then laminate them and use as book markers. Love how beautiful yours have stayed tho!

  5. These came out beautifully. Drying hanging upside down is the best way. I have a bouquet from Mothers Day last year that I should have done that with. They dried and faded and their heads are hanging down. ;( I like your little pitcher too. Have a great week.

  6. Beautiful flowers and, like you, I always keep a few and let them dry :)

  7. I've never had any luck drying roses so that they retain their color. Yours are perfect -- must be that extra dry air in Texas!!!! Sally

  8. Beautiful in your white jug, and I can smell those dried petals , almost the potpourri down here.

  9. I used to get Daisy flowers when we first started dating. But I stopped after she would not take care of them. A week later they would rot and look awful.

  10. Great idea. Dried rose petals still look lovely.

  11. I love to dry my roses,Bj ! My hubby gave me roses over a year ago, I dried them and they are still pretty in their little vase.

  12. You certainly have gotten great use out of those beautiful flowers. I love the color of the dried roses. Happy Tuesday Bj!

  13. Red roses are my least favorite too, the color on these is so much prettier! I always do the same thing you did here, I weed out the dead flowers and keep everything going as long as possible. Last year I dries a whole bouquet of sweetheart roses that my daughter gave me. Love those flowers, and the love they represent from the dear ones who give them to us :>)

  14. Sweet touches bj . . . I like dried roses, and the petals too . . .

  15. Everything looks beautiful and well-maintained :)

  16. When my daughter was still a kid and living at home we had some special roses that we dipped one time. We dipped them in paraffin wax that we had scented with candle scents and then hung up until they dried. They lasted for years. I think we finally tossed them out when we moved because they had gotten dusty (I probably tossed them when she wasn't looking) but odd are they could have been rinsed off. I just tossed a lot when we moved because I really didn't want to spend the rest of my life putting things away.

  17. What a great idea bj. I will certainly have to try this. Have a blessed day. Madeline

  18. I have a collection of dried roses that my Annie has given me over the years in a large crystal candy container. I pick one from the bouquet and add it to them after it dries. I think I might have to do what you did, next time I get roses. It looks really pretty :)


  19. Beautiful!!! I dried the roses from my bouquet at our daughters wedding. Kept them on my nightstand til we moved. I think I threw them out then:( I may just go buy myself some roses too and dry them!

  20. Very beautiful flowers! Exquisite pictures!

  21. How pretty...I think hanging them upside down is the key! Mine always would fall apart!


  22. I love your dried roses and the different textures!


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xo bj