Sunday, June 20, 2010

Missing the "Farm Chicks".......

Well I have to say that I got a little envious reading about the recent "Farm Chicks Show" held in Spokane Washington the first weekend in June. I attended last year, but the timing wasn't right to attend this year, so I had to content myself with reading about it on other blogs. Check it out here:  Last year I attended along with my sister and a friend for the first time and I have to say we had a blast! It was definately an experience. I love "junking" and was amazed at all of the neat and wonderful items for sale not to mention how over the top and creative the vendor booths were in which they sold their products.  You can read all about it on my post here

However this year, I am planning on attending the "The Barn House Flea Market" show to be held at the end of July on their farm near Battle Ground, Washington. A lot of the same vendors that were at the Farm Chicks show will also be at this show so I am excited. I have never been to a "Barn Boys" show although they were at the Farm Chicks last year and I loved their booth. I even purchased a few items from them to bring back with me. If you would like more information on this show visit their blog at

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Stop and Smell the Roses...

After redoing my backyard garden about 3 years ago, the roses I planted are getting really big now and are so very pretty. They bloom all summer long and give the garden that "English Country Garden" look. I also love to cut my roses to display in a vase at home or in the store. However if you are like me, displaying your cut roses can be challenging. Sometimes they will  droop or welt after placing in water. I found this great website that has some good information on rose cuttings with tips and instructions for helping them to last as long as possible. They recommend the following:

  • Remove any leaves that will be under water in the vase.
  • With the end of the flower stem under water, cut about an inch off the stem with a sharp knife. Cut at an angle. This will open the veins in the stem to allow more water to pass through.
  • Fill the vase about 3/4 to the top with fresh, room temperature to slightly warm water.
  • Add floral preservative to the water as indicated on the package. It comes with most floral arrangements
  • Arrange your flowers as you prefer.
  • Then leave them in a cool, dark room for a couple of hours to allow them to settle into their new home.
  • Always display your floral arrangement in a cool area.
  • Keep them out of direct sunlight.
  • Keep the water fresh. Change the water daily.
  • In the evening when you go to bed, place the flowers in a refrigerator if possible. Otherwise, find the coolest place in your home, perhaps the garage. But, do not leave them in any area which could reach the low thirties of freezing temperatures.
  • If your roses start to droop, fill your sink with water. Hold the stem under water and cut about an inch off the end at a slant. Lay the flower flat in the water and gently re-straighten the head. Keep the end of the stem under water. Leave the flower in the water for 30-45 minutes and it should harden in a straight position. Place the flower back into the vase.
Take a minute of your time to truly stop and smell the roses, whether they be in your garden or in a pretty vase sitting on your table.

Hello Bonjour....

Well this is my first attempt at blogging! It's been quite a year and a half for me. I retired from the Federal Government after 34 years and in October 2006, I started a new retail store called "French Vanilla Home and Garden". In July 2007 I launched my store's e-commerce website and now this....blogging! Who would have thought! Has it been challenging?....a bit, stressful?.... some days, rewarding?....most definitely! I love owning my own retail store, filling it with things I love and helping my customers find that perfect item or gift! I am enjoying this new phase of my life and look forward to learning new things, having new adventures and making new friends along the way!

(established July/2008)