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Monday, May 19, 2008

Show and Tell Monday 5/19/08

Show and Tell Monday again! I don't know where the weeks fly away to! I am working on a few patterns for aprons and made this one of the prettiest pink cotton rosebud fabric. This fabric brings back memories of when I was a very little girl and my bedroom was wallpapered in a pattern very similar to this. Just had to do it up! Love the fabric, but the pattern isn't where I want it. Sooooooo, are you ready for a give-away? Leave a comment here and you will be entered in the drawing for this sweet little apron. Yes, of course, it comes with a sachet--what doesn't come with a sachet at Patricia Rose?? The drawing will be held next Monday. The winner will be notified by email. Good luck to all.

Coming this week, at Patricia Rose will be some really effective bug repellent potpourri. It's a very versatile mix. You can set out bowls of it at your table to deter those pesky flying critters, You can order it in muslin bags, you can use it as a simmer on the barbecue, or just scatter it around the area you'll be sitting in. Plus, it smells wonderful. Check in at the my Little Pink Boutique at Make Mine Pink or my website.

Hopefully, the weather will warm up just a little and the seedlings I have been babying can go outside for good. This is such a strange year, here we are, the end of May and I've been waking up to 40degree temperatures. For me, this is wonderful, for the plants, not so good.

The weather has not affected the chives. All the lovely chive blossoms, it's time to make some chive vinegar. Pick the blossoms and wash them well. Set them on a paper towel to dry for several hours, they must be completely dry. Take a sterilized quart mason jar, and place your blossoms inside--a good amount, this is a "to your own taste recipe", . Then you can take any white, white wine vinegar that is at least 5% acidity. Heat it on the stove, remove just before boiling. Pour the warmed vinegar over the chive blossoms and lid. I suggest not less than 1/2 cup. If you have only metal lids, put a double layer of a transparent film wrap over the top of the jar (the acid in the vinegar will corrode the jar lid). Put the jar in a dark, fairly cool place for at least 2 weeks. It will keep at least a year, vinegar is a preservative. You end up with a beautiful pinkish, lavender vinegar. After it has aged/steeped, use a funnel and strainer to decant into the bottles (sterilized, please) you will store it in or use as gifts. This is a good place to try champagne vinegar. Use it on salads, on fish, any place a mild onion flavor will work in your recipes. Don't forget to label your jar with type of vinegar and the date!!

Everybody have a wonderful week, may you accomplish all you hope to.


Sweet Necessi-Teas said...

Hi Pat, I can't wait to see you aprons! I have a collection, so sign me up for the give-away... I'll have to try the chive vinegar recipe! Thanks for sharing!

Miniature Patisserie Chef said...

Hi Pat, what a pretty apron! The rose prints are lovely. :)
Have a wonderful week ahead!

Pei Li

Carolyn Kocman said...

what a great idea! bug repellent potpourri! who would have thought???!!! thanks for sharing!

sita said...

i like the idea of the repellent potporri what a great idea! thanks for sharing your aprons too! Just darling.

Noelle Garrett Designs said...

Pat, what a delicate, pretty apron. I can't wait to see more! Have a wonderful week!

Lilli Blue said...

I must tell you how much I love natural cures of every kind. I am a massage therapsit and use oils in my work. I will have to order some bags for my linen box. I have a silver fish situation. Not good.
Enter me in your contest! Whoo hoo! Lilli

Shabby in Pink Boutique said...

Oh wow bug repellent potpourri. Now that is a great idea. I love the apron, apron's are one of my favorites to collect. Have a wonderful day!
pink hugs,

Marie said...

Hi pat,
Love the apron. I know I will be buying some bug-repellant potpourri. Can't wait to use it in my back yard.

Inka Smith said...

Hey Pat,
Those aprons are wonderful! Makes me want to cook up something! Can't wait for the bug repellent! Love bug season is upon us!!! LOL

Lisa McDonald said...


I can't wait for the bug repellant potpourri. I really need it on my deck. I love to sit out there but am chased away by the critters.

Love the apron, it has roses!


gail said...

Hi Pat, what a cute apron, I love the rosebuds. Thanks for entering me in your contest. I cant wait to see whats new! Happy creating..gail

Finding Grace, Going Mobile said...

Ooooooooooh, I am so excited. Sign me up for the apron. Love aprons. Love Potpourri. Have a giveaway I will come, lol. You know what Pat, if it's you calling I will come anyway. I will always bring Bitsy with me, too, lol. Isn't Show and Tell the best? I love it!!!
Theresa @ Cottage Violets

Angel Heart Designs said...

Hi! Pat...love the apron...beautiful print..
Have a great week!


Christine said...

Aprons like this remind me of my grandmother, Ella. Every time we visited, she had a new apron for me and one for my sister. I still have several of her aprons tucked into the cedar chest. I take them out now and then and pet them and put them back.
Thank you for posting this picture of your lovely creation.