I've had many emails asking about preserving sweet annie as well as making the walnut ink.
I do have ALOT of sweet annie in the varying stages of preserving.
Cut your sweet annie. Mix hot water with glycerine. I do 1/2 cup glycerine to 1-1/2 cups water + 1/4 teaspoon of green food coloring. Mix WELL, this is important. Cut your sweet annie and put the stems in the solution - be sure to use a glass container. I just used old canning jars. You will want to be sure not to pack alot of stems in the jar, you need the air to be able to circulate around the stems and branches. Allow the stems to stay in the solution until it is absorbed into the plants. Usually 3 days, you can tell because the color of the sweet annie turns a darker green color. I then spread the stems out on paper to dry. Then I bundle the stems with elastics and hang them upside down to further dry, about a week or so depending on humidity.
I purchased my Glycerine from a local pharmacy. Walmart does have it but it is a little bottle and more pricey than my local supplier (Go Figure!)
You could buy it online but the shipping would kill you for sure!
It looks like we may have frost this weekend so I REALLY have to step up my harvest to get it all in.
Walnut Ink: Go to this link and scroll down for the directions to make walnut ink, OR just do a search using google, yahoo, etc: http://www.phancypages.com/newsletter/ZNewsletter538.htm
I hope this helps.
I plan to dry apple and orange slices in the next few days so I shall report back on my results with pictures....if all goes well!
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Monday, September 26, 2011
Here are some of the bunches in the dye/preserving solution.
I also cut alot of Tansy and that I'm just bundling and hanging upside
down to dry.
Our black Walnut tree has lost almost all of it's leaves already, revealing the abundance of walnuts. These will be dryed and I'll use the hulls for stains and dyes.
I hope to have sweet annie and tansy for my fall open house in our shop, October 8 - 10.
The ScareBear pattern is now ready to ship. If you would like to purchase, simply send an email. It is $10.50 + shipping. You can make it plain also or sitting as the pics below show! He's only 15" standing and he's got short legs and is on the chubby side!!
Sunday, September 25, 2011
We all assembled at my house and left in a caravan of 7 cars. All family members, 4 generations in place!!
Enter with caution! My hubby seems a bit wary!
We all started out in a pack, with my Mom sitting it out in a nice shady spot outside the maze.
That corn sure is tall, my guess is at least 10 feet.
There are clues planted throughout the maze. You have a sheet of paper
and you are to fill in the clues as you go to complet the word at the bottom
of your paper.
There are really pretty views....when you can get a glimpse thru the corn!
Wow, these are some cute lil girls in the corn! My grand daughter and my sis's grand daughter.
It seems we all went different ways in the maze and were broken up into several groups.
After about an hour or so of "wandering", we kinda, sorta cheated and left the maze.....and not exactly following the path! We just wanted out! HAHA
Just outside the exit in the field were some beautiful horses.
There was also a nice town playground for the kids, a place to kill time while waiting
for the others to find their way out.
Chubby babies, playing in the shade!
This is my other sis's grandson and my newest grand baby, Gabriella - 5 months old!
If you visit the maze, it is only $5.00 per person. If you have a group of 10 or more, it is $4.00 per person.
Not a bad way to spend a nice afternoon!
Afterward, the caravan went for apples and we spent the better part of the rest of the day,
lazing in my back yard and chatting the day away!
Thursday, September 8, 2011
The river has yet to crest many miles south of us in the Wilkes Barre area, keep this entire area in your prayers please.
This is looking down Main Street in Lanesboro, PA.
Up the hill from Lanesboro, looking down across the river to Oakland.
Down in Oakland, you can get only so far on the road before the river overtakes it.
Here's the Susquehanna River. When things get back to normal, I will come back and post a picture of how it really looks.
Side of this road is washed away and you cannot see from the picture but there is actually a waterfall.....
This is the nice quiet stream that runs thru Lanesboro......not so today.
More random shots in Lanesboro. As I stated, we could not go very far due to flooding and road conditions.
Just before dusk, my son snapped a photo of a rainbow with his phone. Sorry, I don't have that shot but we did have some clearing skies....Tomorrow HAS to be better.