Welcome, glad you came to visit. Check in periodically to find out about specials at Patricia Rose, to share some herbal information I have learned about and a recipe here and there. Let's just enjoy a nice chat together. Looking forward to seeing you frequently!

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Show and Tell Monday on Sunday, April26, 2009

Another week gone by, wish I knew where the time goes. As most of you know, my dear hubby has been in the hospital all week. Definite makes for a chaotic schedule. He seems to be improving and I am thankful for all your prayers.

With the schedule as it's been, I haven't gotten a whole lot accomplished. Today, I did end up with a few hours to call my own and finally started the tussy mussy out of those gorgeous dried roses I had shown you. So here is a dried flower tussy in progress -

The problem when working with dried flowers is they have their own bend to them and you just have to go with it. So it takes a lot of adjusting to get things to sit right where you want them to!Hope Debby enjoys her tussy.

There is lots of news to share from Make Mine Pink. The Mother's Day Shop Hop is almost upon us. For some reason, Blogger is having an issue uploading the logo but it is our cute little pink shopping bag. The shop hop will run April 4 through April 10, sign up and join in the fun. As usual, gorgeous prizes to be won depending on the number of shopping bags you find. Each participating boutique will have one hidden on their site. Enjoy browsing while looking for the Shopping Bags. You will find so many beautiful gifts for Mom in the shops.

This coming Pink Friday, May 1, is themed Romantic Delights-Gift Ideas for Mom. There are rumors of some amazing one of a kind creations, just like Mom, for this event, shop early, you don't want to miss out on something special!

Make Mine Pink and the boutiques have undertaken a really special project. We have teamed up with Enchanted Makeovers to rehab a women's shelter, Vista Marie. Make Mine Pink has committed to donating 20 hope chests for the center. So far, donations from the boutiques have covered 13 hope chests. If you can help out, we would really appreciate it. Go to www.makeminepink.com to read all about the details. What a worthy cause to participate in.

In addition to the hope chests, the boutiques have decided to also participate in making Traveling Sanctuary Bags for each woman and join in Pat Winter's Comfort Doll Project, http://www.comfortdolls.blogspot.com/, and make dolls for the women at Vista Marie.

So, that's the news for today. Everyone have a terrific week,


Monday, April 20, 2009

Showing and Telling Time Again, 4/20/09

As most of you know, this has been an unbelievably crazy week for me. My husband has been hospitalized for the last few days and he is now improving. Phew! So today will have to be short and sweet.

Here are a few sachets I had worked on last week and will continue making them (easy to do at the hospital) and will have them on my website. The original batch was for a swap I was in over at The Essential Herbal.
Aren't they sweet? Just needle doodling from pictures in some of the books I enjoy leafing through. This batch is filled with my signature rose potpourri.

Monday, April 13, 2009

And the Winner is.........................

We did our random draw this morning, and the winner is #18! This turns out to be Debbie from Cozy Cottage Gifts and Decor and Patchouli Rose. Congratulations Debbie! Please email me your snail mail address and your gift will be on the way next week.
As I explained in my 100th post, the prize is going to be a dried flower tussy mussy made from that treasure trove of flowers I received. They are quite nearly dried and ready to be fashioned into some fun items. I will most definitely post a picture as soon as it is done. These flowers can only be used for craft items because I don't know where they have been grown and whether or not they have had chemicals put on them. Come June, my own roses will be popping out and then I will have some for bath products as well.

Don't forget these are the last two days to play the Little Pink Slot Machine. Sure am going to miss that. It is so much fun. Just wanted to let you know, these prizes are all donations from the Boutiques. Our gift to you, our customers, to keep things fun and exciting when you come to visit us.

This week, however, we start Make Mine Pink Bingo. Go visit http://www.makeminepink.com/ for all the details. If you have already signed up for the Pink Slot Machine, you are already all signed up on the public forum to play Bingo. Head on over to pick your words, this is fun and all the Pinkies really take this Bingo seriously! This is another fun event at MMP, please join us. We like to keep things fun when you come over to shop!

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Post Number 100

I have had no trouble going on and on for the past year. Here I am at post 100 and feeling all nervous and my fingers don't want to type. What is this, I wonder? I have caught up on all the blogs I follow, found a few more to read and follow, got through all my emails and the filing of those from this past week. I've run out of ideas to put this off any longer. Maybe I need another cup of coffee. Be right back...................................

I had started this blog because I was starting my on line business. I had never even seen a blog 100 posts ago. Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks? So what started out as a way to get my name out there, has turned into me chatting with my friends a few times a week. This has been an avenue to meet so many wonderful new friends. Thank you all who come to see what's going on in my business and my life, and thanks for allowing me to share yours as well. So, I have to try to ignore the fact that this is BLOG 100 and go on as usual. Ahem......

Late yesterday afternoon, a very dear friend came and dropped off a huge box of roses that were to be tossed in the trash at her job. Good heavens, can you imagine?? Well, take a look at just some of this bounty which will be turned into treasures in the near future:

Can you imagine these gorgeous blossoms going into the trash?? These are some of the most beautiful roses I have ever seen. There is not a shelf in two rooms (and one of them has built in floor to ceiling bookcases) that doesn't have a line up of flowers drying. Two mantles are hung with these gorgeous roses drying and two big boxes of petals waiting to start their second life as potpourri. I have to giggle when I say I'm going to work, does life get any better than this?
So, are you ready for the big give away? Leave a comment on this post and your name will be entered into the drawing for a fabulous prize. As of yesterday, it was going to be some stitchery. But as of last evening and all of these gorgeous roses, I am going to create a one of a kind dried flower tussy mussy. The roses have to dry, so I will have to ask the winner for a little patience, but trust me when I tell you this will be gorgeous! Good luck to all who enter.
Now, forward we go, this week (actually, today) the Pink Slot Machine is up and running at Make Mine Pink for a whole week. This is a blast! The boutique owners have had two trial runs with this and we had grand time. So pop on over to www.makeminepink.com for all the details and to sign up to play. There is no purchase necessary but do take a few minutes after playing each day (did I mention you can play daily for a week?) to browse through the boutiques. It's a safe and friendly place to shop, to say nothing of the gorgeous one of a kind products. Prizes will be awarded daily, you don't want to miss out on this.
Has everyone been out puttering in the gardens yet? Well, not the Midwest I'm guessing. Heard about some snow happenings over there. The lilac buds look like they are ready to explode momentarily, daffodil and tulip greenery is up but no flowers yet, trees are starting to bud out and the world is waking up again. My chives are starting to pop up, cannot wait for the blossoms. Don't forget to pluck those blossoms and make some chive vinegar for those of you ahead of our growing season in the northeast. It is the prettiest lavender color, looks like liquid sapphires. I even have heard the peepers on a few of the warmer nights, guess they're looking for love!
Well, dear friends, have made it through my 100th post. It wasn't so bad once I finally got going. Back to normal later in the week, no more angst! Have a great week, enjoy the burgeoning of spring,
Patricia Rose-A Potpourri of Fabric, Fragrance and Findings

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Pink Friday-April 3, 2009-Marie Antoinette

The theme for this week's Pink Friday is Marie Antoinette. OooLaLa! When I think of Marie, she brings to mind the opulence of her lifestyle, roses which she adored, and, of course, that famous phrase "Let the eat cake". This theme has been chosen to coincide with the premier issue of Marie, I have heard it is simply gorgeous. I am anxious to take a peek! Please join Patrica Rose and all the Little Pink Boutiques this Friday to see what Marie and French inspired items are going to be offered.

Here is the Northeast, it is time to get the final spruce up done in the gardens before things really take off. Marie Antoinette was enamoured with roses and grew many at the palace in Versailles. You can grow many of the heirloom roses that were in those famous gardens right in your own maybe not so famous garden, but just as loved. For roses that are established, make sure to let them get a little air now, prune any canes that may have been damaged over the winter. Although we think of roses as purely ornamental, they have their place in herbalism. Rose water added to the bath is wonderfully soothing and softening for your skin. I remember my grandmother used glycerin and rose water as a hand lotion and she had beautiful hands. The pharmacist used to mix it for his customers. There is nothing as sensual as the scent of roses! Something to think about, hmmmmmmm?
Hope to see you on Friday, have a wonderful end of the week,