Nature is a wonderful source of art...Before stores like Michaels or Hobby Lobby existed, people looked to nature for their craft supplies. Here are a few crafting ideas that utilize the beauty from your own backyard!Flower Petal PaintsMaking paint from flower petals is an easy and fun process. The processed paints that are in stores are far more pigmented, so flower petal paints are subtler and look more like watercolors. First, go exploring outside for colorful flowers. You will need approximately 1/2 cup of flower petals per color. Separate the petals from the flowers and divide them into different piles according to color. Individually, put the petals into a food processor or blender to break them up more. After they are ground up a bit, place the petals into 1/4 cup of hot water and let them steep for a few hours until saturated. When the paints are ready to go, drain them using a sieve or cheesec...
On February 28th, we honor the art of floral design! Floral Design Day is dedicated to celebrating a tradition that stems back thousands of years to ancient Egyptian times.The Egyptians used flowers for all religious temple ceremonies and funerals. You can find papyrus and lotus flowers depicted in the ancient wall art of the Egyptians. It was not just the Egyptians who used floral design, but the ancient Greeks and Romans as well! Floral Design Day was established in 1995 in admiration of Carl Rittner who founded The Rittners School of Floral Design.Floral arrangements are used to observe numerous occasions such as weddings, baby showers, Christmas, funerals, birthdays, and anniversaries. Although you do not need a special date on a calendar to order flowers, “just because” flowers are usually the most exciting! There are many floral design competitions, but the Sylvia Cup Design Co...
Here is a revolutionary idea… Put Williamsburg, Virginia on your autumn travel bucket list! Located in the Hampton Roads area, Williamsburg is a gem among eastern cities, offering tourists a plethora of beautiful, exciting, and delicious opportunities. Visitors can admire the changing leaves while strolling down a cobblestone road, shoot an 18th century musket, or try some homemade stew while enjoying a unique Colonial dining experience; there is no shortage of activities, (or charm!), in this historic city! Perfect for a weekend getaway or a full day trip, Williamsburg has something enticing to offer anyone planning to travel in Virginia this fall.History truly comes alive in Williamsburg, making this city one of the top destinations for US-Colonial-era enthusiasts. Founded in 1638 and the Virginia Colony capital from 1699-1780, Colonial Williamsburg is a rich hub of history, where every aged buildi...
Fall has so many enjoyable pastimes…One of the most beloved fall traditions is visiting a pumpkin patch. The prospect of finding the perfect pumpkin, or taking home charming miniature gourds, is a delightful one.Commonly found on front porches across America, members of the gourd family are standard home ornaments this time of year. They are also perfect for artistic minds, chefs, and crafters! This autumn, prepare to think outside the patch with some exciting, unusual uses for the pumpkins and gourds in your life.Pumpkins in Your Household DécorThe pumpkin, a ribbed, jolly orange member of the gourd family, is a quintessential fall staple for many reasons. Whether found in a pumpkin pie or carved on the front steps, pumpkins are known for their versatility: the question is, how can you get more creative than the classic jack-o-lantern look this fall?If you are planning to carve pumpkins the old-fas...
Welcome to your guide on how to turn your garden into a
masterpiece with the help of garden art. Pulling from traditional elements and mixing with modern style - your garden is your canvas and garden
art is your paint. The beauty of turning your garden into a work of art is that
by doing so, you are making your space unique and original.Choosing Your ThemeDepending on what type of garden you already have, you will
most likely want to incorporate your art pieces into the already existing
theme. How do you choose a theme? Horticultural
expert Barbara Damrosch says,
“There are no hard and fast rules, but if you have a modern house or a very old-fashioned
house, what will compliment it?” Try
to keep in mind what your foundation is and plan accordingly.Here are a few themes to consider:If you like a whimsical garden feel, then go for a fantasy
garden. You can achieve this by filling your garden wit...