Sunday, June 29, 2014

Distressed Roses

walnut ink cyrstals, distressing silk flowers
Some of you have become distressed over my conspicuous absence from Bloglandia.

I really did not think you would notice.

I assure you I am well and offer some distressed roses for your enjoyment.

First gather the cheapest fake bunch of white roses you can find.

The idiot bushes are great for this project.

Mix up some walnut crystals in a little water.

It is convenient to mix it in a spray bottle.

Hack them apart using tin snips.

Lay them out on your 50 cents screen from Habitat.

Greenery or no greenery?

I go ahead and squirt the greenery in case I want to use it later.

Make sure to spray all around the flowers.

These were in direct sunlight for about two hours in ninety degree heat.

No trouble drying.

Avoid contact with your hands.

The walnut ink is not really toxic but will turn your hands brown.

I wrapped a lovely paper towel around the bunch of distressed roses.

Beautiful styled in one of the prairie baskets.

Notice the edges take on a burnt look.

I have separated this bunch to use as decorative accents on other projects.

Yes, I have been busy working.

My computer picked up some annoying adware bug and had to be taken to get it exterminated.

I have continued my quest to knit a washcloth.   I will show progress in a later post.

Chucks and I have been doing a major downsizing of our junk.

Truckloads have left to parts both known and unknown.

Then there is just my summer-lazy habit of procrastination.

Procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday. - Don Marquis

 See y'all!

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  1. Wondered what you have been up to. Love the distressed roses.
    Downsizing junk........making room for more future picks?
    Have fun!

  2. I get a little stressed when I read of my fellow junkers mentioning downsizing in any context. I just put together my first shelving unit in the basement to organize, made a big mess of what was once organized, and went to auction yesterday and got more stuff. :/

  3. OK...what are walnut crystals? I've never heard of it, but I like what it did to your roses! Very pretty...:) Keep up the downsizing! We are taking measurements today and hopefully off to make some purchases for the reno! Have a lovely Sunday.....Vicky

  4. Oh, I wanted to know what walnut crystals are, too! Your sprayed flowers are so pretty! I was having a problem with Blogger not showing the posts I subscribe to. It was going on two weeks before they fixed the problem and I missed a lot. We all have little annoyances like that every now and then. So glad you're relaxing a bit!

  5. Enjoy your summer and blog when you can. No pressure from me. I just try to stay cool. And I had also never heard of walnut crystals. Roses are beautiful! Linda@Wetcreek Blog

  6. Summertime is play time! Glad you are playing. I have become intriqued with your new dye techniques. I'd never heard of woad, but you have me very interested! Love your Donna'd up flowers. ;)

  7. Yes, we'd all like to know what the heck walnut crystals are?!! :) We want to make some pretty flower, just like Donna. My laptop was at the computer doctor for quite a while a week or so ago--so obnoxious these viruses...

  8. What is walnut ink? I was afraid to ask a dumb question but I'd really like to do this!

  9. Glad to see you Donna. Glad you have taken a little time off to relax. Love how the roses turned out.Glad you have your computer clean now.
    Take care.
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

  10. Beautiful! I've been pretty busy myself, but feel procrastination sneak up on me frequently... :)

  11. These are very pretty. I'm also trying to find how to make your fabric rosettes and tassels.....did I miss that post?


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