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Guys I am geeking out so hard right now! Not only am I going to an special early showing of the new Beauty & the Beast movie tomorrow night, I just found out that you can have your very own enchanted rose. This is some real life crazy fairy tale awesome! The company is called Forever Rose, and they are offering up living flowers that can last up to three years without water or sunlight and theoretically last indefinitely if they are kept in their protected glass domes.
When I saw these white ones, all I could think was how they would be amazing centerpieces at a wedding. Heck, they would probably even upstage the all-important wow of the wedding dress. Oh, and of course I need a full arrangement to live in my work office.
I can’t even begin to articulate how badly I want one of these. It’s one thing to have to get a shirt or a mug with images from the movie on it, but to be able to to have a real piece of the magic? It doesn’t get any better than that for me. Now all I need is a yellow ball gown and a talking teapot and I will be set.
Few things are as refreshing as a cool mist on a hot summer day. Make that a cool mist with a lovely scent and restorative properties? Sign me up! Rose water is not only cooling and cleansing, it provides relief from sunburns and irritation as well as helping to balance oily skin. Here is a simple tutorial that will have you spritzing and relaxing in no time.
- a dozen fresh, organic roses
- a perfume atomizer or spray bottle
- a plastic pipette
- 6 inches of vintage ribbon
- a large stock pot with glass lid
- a small glass bowl
- distilled water
- a brick
Start by plucking the petals off all the roses. The more fragrant the roses are the more fragrant the rosewater will be.
Place the stock pot on top of a stove and put the brick inside the pot. Pack in rose petals around the brick until it fills the sides of the pot.
Pour distilled water into the pot until half of the brick is submerged in water. Place the glass bowl on top of the brick.
Invert the lid and turn the stove on high. Let everything come to a boil. Precipitation will form on the lid and sprinkle droplets of water into the bowl. This is your rosewater! To speed up the process, you can add cold water or ice to the top of the inverted lid.
The smell of roses will start to permeate the kitchen and after about 30 minutes, turn off the stove. Allow the rosewater to cool completely before using a dropper or pipette to transfer into a spray bottle or atomizer.
Wrap a piece of ribbon around the bottle and secure it with a simple straight stitch or fabric glue. Feel free to add any essential oils, such as grapefruit or lavender, to the rosewater base. It should be stored in the refrigerator and will last up to 3 weeks.
Lately, I have tried to be more conscientious about what I am putting in and on my body, and this treatment is wonderful because I not only know, but I control what goes into this product.
Tutorial from here.
Here in Florida we have now reached the sticky hot portion of the summer. The humidity is ridiculously high and everything seems so plodding and sleepy. Being outside feels like wading through water and within minutes everything form your hair to your car seat seems to stick to you. When ever I think back on this time of year the memories are hazy and the colors are unnaturally bright and super saturated. Amp up the colors another notch and it would look very similar to this gorgeous editorial from Fine Taste Magazine.
The inspiration for this post came largely from the Knock Out roses I have blooming in my back yard. I didn’t realize when I purchased them, but they are grown all over Tallahassee. The vibrant fuchsia blooms only last a day or two in this heat, but something about them just screams summer to me. Now it’s time for a tall glass of lemonade and a quiet moment or two to gaze out the window before trying to tackle cooking dinner.
Images from here.