Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Johnny jump up season

It that time of year JOHNNY JUMP UPS season , or other wise known as Voila Pansy's little sister  So lets get them planted as they love cool spring weather and they are oh so perfect for using in art .

Plant and allow them to get  established before you clip the  blooms.  About 2 - 3 weeks .I like the  orange ones they are called a penny coin viola.  

Clip them off at the very tip of the bloom  base leaving the green  area to keep  the petals in place. 

Place them in the center of a large heavy  book. I use an old encyclopedia. gently  fold the book over on the blooms  give them time to  dry -4 weeks  If your book is very large you will not need to add anything extra to  add presure and wieght . If  your book is rather  thin add a rock to the top of teh closed  book book to  add pressure .

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Best bead storage solution

Best bead storage solution I have ever found. A NEW gift to myself. This is an old parts metal storage box. I got it on Craigs list under the "materials" catagory. It is perfect! Plastic bead size boxes fit just right into each drawer. It holds almost all my beads 30 boxes. I color coding each drawer using paint store chips cut to size. another easy trick.

I have seen some on etsy too. Just type in metal strorage drawers