I love the concepts of gathering, harvesting, gleaning... making the most of what you have. I get around with baskets in my car, scissors and string. I just never know what I might find! At home I pick my herbs and roses and see how I can incorporate them into gifts.
Cookie recently sent me pictures that made me think how this is a good subject in our gift giving. She had roses and said they were hanging upside down drying all around her home.
I thought how beautiful! This is how my home looks in summer. Fresh flowers, drying flowers in various stages. Some dry and fall apart and then I have dried rose petals for sprinkling over a pavlova or cake.
Thanks so much Cookie for your gorgeous photos!
My own roses will hopefully be back in spring but I have quite a lot still saved in cellophane bags.
They have topped parcels, decorated coconut ice and bath products, cards, soaps....
Right now some of my gathering has been Bay Leaves. My house is like Cookie's with Bay Leaves! They hang from cupboard doors, shelves, door knobs and more...
They are quite a reasonable gift given they are around 50c each in the supermarket! I usually package them up into cellophane to include in kitchen gifts...
I've gathered gum nuts, pine cones, shells, feathers, seed pods, herbs and all kinds of things to decorate parcels, make arrangements and gifts. I noticed suddenly vases of feathers in homemaking magazines and shops, interesting! Brown paper parcels, string and a feather.. lovely!
Is there anything around you that you could gather to help in some way with your present cupboard? It could be part of a gift, something to decorate cards (like pressed flowers) or things to pretty up parcels.
Next week I will start Show and Tell so if you would like to participate please send your pics to email@example.com or post them on the Bluebirds Facebook page. Some have already arrived! Thank you! I love to see what you have been making, what supplies you have found and even works in progress!
I hope your week is going well! xxx