It is officially Spring! Spring is my favorite season because this is when flowers bloom and bring color into gardens, sidewalks, and parks. Since moving to Downtown Sacramento, I have collected hundreds of pictures of flowers that can be found in my neighborhood. Sacramento has some of the prettiest flowers and this is a great attraction to the city.
A few weeks ago, we started planting roses at our home. We wanted to plant some roses in the front yard so that people walking, biking, or driving through our street can enjoy them with us. Whenever I look at our roses, I am reminded of the days when I used to make my own rose tea. Now that Spring is here, this is the perfect time to share my recipe!
** Make sure to get from pesticide free plant.**
Here's a Tea Rose Recipe:
Makes about 4 cups or serving
4 1/2 cups of water, boiling
1 teaspoon of rose extract (or to taste)
1 tablespoon or red rose petal (fresh or dried)
Sugar to taste (or honey *optional though)
you may also add some drops of lemon juice (*optional)
Directions: Mix all the ingredients together and serve immediately to enjoy!
Aside from roses, another favorite flower of mine is the Camelia Japonica. My neighbor has these flowers in her yard and, because the tree is so tall, I can see the flowers when I am standing in front of my kitchen window! This flower grows back to back from the tip of the stem which allows for two flowers to bloom. The Camelia grows in late Winter and provides a relief of color during the rainy season. My neighbor shares the Camelia stems with me and they make beautiful centerpieces. Here are some pictures of the Camelia with my lovely dog, Bruce, posing under the table.
The State Capitol is a few blocks from my home, so one of my daily routines with my husband is to walk there to enjoy the Peace Garden. The roses in the Peace Garden are so vibrant with different shades of pink, yellow, red, and orange. There are benches to sit and enjoy the tranquility of the surroundings. Among the large garden, we have seen couples get married, dates taking pictures for prom, people practicing Tai Chi, and families walking with their children and/or dogs.
The garden and its flowers inspired my project made of polymer clay. I purchased bars of clay from Michaels which didn’t require any additional mixing. When I think of Spring, the first image that comes to mind are fairies! I created a fairy-theme collection with a handmade flower table and leaf chairs…perfect for fairies or fairy-lovers!
This set baked in the oven at 275 °F (130 °C for 30 mins.) and, once they cooled down, I polished them with Varathane Polyurethane - a fast drying gloss to add shine. I have several flower designs and plan to make more table and chair sets in different colors and styles.
If you would like to see more examples of my crafts, please visit my Joyfully Handcrafted page at https://www.facebook.com/joyfullyhandcrafted/
I enjoy making polymer projects, but I will be sharing other crafts made from different materials. As I post items, I will be categorizing them so that you can navigate this website easily. As you know, this is my first blogging website, so it took me three weeks to prepare for this post. I hope you enjoyed your homemade rose tea! Welcome Spring with all your splendor!
Thanks for reading!
Have a joyful spring!