Thursday, September 12, 2013

Dried Hydrangeas - Show and Tell Friday

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Welcome to Show and Tell Friday!  Honestly it's always sad for me to see summer coming to an end.  Yes, I'm looking forward to wearing my cute boots again but in California where we don't really have seasons it seems like summer ends when my hydrangeas stop blooming but we still don't get the full flavor of Autumn until about November.  We are in that in between stage here...Indian summer.  The days are warm and nights are cool. Highs in the 90s and lows in the 60s.  


I was sad when we had a heat wave a few weeks back and I saw my hydrangeas drying out day by day.  I picked them all before they totally turned brown on the bush.  I put them in a vase of water and let them soak it up and then they slowly dried day by day.   I save them as a remembrance of the summer of 2013. I still have some from 2011 and 2012.  


Eventually I throw them away because they become so laden with dust that they are not good any longer and because you can only have so many dried hydrangeas in your home!


Each year they seem to take on a different personality with their varying colors.  This year they are more green than last.  The hydrangeas may be done blooming but I have tons of lemons and they grow all winter long here! I guess that's the compromise for not having the "seasons" that some of you have.  I'll be making lemonade (and lemon drop martinis) this winter! 

Totally unrelated...my friend, Karen and I went to a 70s and 80s party last weekend and I went 80s and she went early 70s.  She won "Best Dudette" with her awesome outfit with go-go boots.  I sprayed my hair pink and went totally 80s.  I wish we had a photo of just the two of us but this is the only one we took with another friend wearing a 70s wig.  That's a black tutu and  pink fishnet stockings I'm wearing!  We sure do have fun! Living life to the fullest and not acting like we're 50-something! 



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38 comments:

Patty Rumaker said...

Thank you so very much for hosting this party. I am so excited for fall and all the wonderful decorations.
Patty at Home and Lifestyle Design

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

The hydrangeas are so pretty! Thanks so much for hosting!

Karen said...

My hydrangeas were terrible this year, I think it was just too hot. Yours are just gorgeous. Love your costume,that pink hair is too cute. Thanks for hosting Cindy and have a great weekend.

Suzan Sweatman said...

That sounds like a fabulous party - my daughter was married this summer and it was a " come in your favorite era " theme - soooo much fun!
Thanks for hosting another great one
Have a nice wknd!
Hugs,
Suzan
( these boots were made for walking......)

Kathy A Delightsome Life said...

Hello Cindy, love dried Hydrangeas - they look so lovely and last so long - beautifully arranged. I do appreciate you hosting,
Kathy

Sarah said...

You girls know how to have fun. Keep it up!
Thanks for hosting each week, Cindy.

Jeannie and Linda said...

Hi Cindy, you look so cute in your costume. Thank you so much for hosting, have a great weekend.
Jeannie

2CrochetHooks said...

Thanks for hosting! Love the flowers! Are they like roses and like a banana peel now and again? Might try it out!

Jane said...

Love the dried hydrangeas! Wish I could grow those here because they are so lovely and look great for the different seasons. I just have to "make do" with silk ones....

SwedishCorner ~ DownUnder...Pernilla said...

Thanks for the party, Cindy! Gorgeous hydrangeas :) Looks like a fun party - love your 80s outfit! Spring greetings from Australia♥ ~Pernilla

GnomeLover said...

Thank you for hosting! Love your eighties ensemble! Too cute!

Jenni

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Thanks for hosting. I love dried hydrangeas, and I love that party pic.

Jennifer Beaudet said...

Beautiful hydrangeas! Looks like your costume party was a blast! Thanks so much for hosting Cindy!
Jennifer

Mindi@MyLove2Create said...

Thank you so much for the great party!

Shabby soul said...

I love dried hydrangeas, so romantic touch.
If you are so lucky to have a lot of organic lemons you can use them to make a delicious lemon cream liqueur.
I'll send you the recipe.
Thanks for hosting!
Silvia

Katherines Corner said...

thank you so much for another great party.Your dried hydrangeas are gorgeous! What a fun party, I think I used yo have that dress, giggle. I know I had those boots!Happy weekend wishes xo

Cookie Dough said...

My God!

Hydrangeas... costumes.. The energy of yours... All of'em just perfect.

Keep it up!

Un fiore di Crilà said...

Lovely hYdrangeas! Thanks for the party. Baci Cristina

Jeanette Ann O'Donnell said...

Lovely vignette. wow you do live life to the fullest you look great.

MONICA LIVAS said...

LOVE hydrangeas! Especially the dried ones!

Curtains in My Tree said...

My hydrangeas did not bloom as much this year I think 4 large blooms off 5 bushes and we had a cool wet spring which they like

I have piles in the studio but like you said every time you move them the blooms falls off,I sprayed one batch with spray adhesive to glue the blooms together

you and your skinny California girl friend looked cute

Mary Lindsay said...

Your Hydrangeas are just lovely with their soft tones still on show, and I'm delighted to have found and joined to read all about you beautiful home. I love the pink hair, what kind of spray did you use and how long will it stay in? xx Mary

Kathryn Ferguson Griffin said...

Thanks for hosting! Have an awesome weekend. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

Kristy LifenReflection said...

Our hydrangeas are drying outside - love your arrangements!

Elizabeth said...

Those dried hydrangeas are gorgeous! And I am so glad that you are getting out and having some FUN!:)

Denise Stain said...

You look great in your 80s get-up. I did that once and had bigger hair than i ever actually did in high school in the eighties! Lol Thanks for hosting another party!

Allie Bobe said...

Loved your costume! Thanks for the link party!

Sharon Glanville said...

Great party! Thanks for hosting. All the best ~ Sharon and Denise

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Carmen Whitehead said...

Hi Cindy, Love the hydrangeas! My first time sharing at your party. Looking forward to coming back.

JP said...

Oh, I so-o-o wish my hydrangeas would dry! Guess our humidity is just too much for them :(
Loved your fun party looks! Thanks for hosting!!!

Junkchiccottage said...

CIndy,
Your dried hydrangeas are gorgeous. What a fun party. Oh I had white go go boots!!! Brings back memories. Looks like you guys had a great time.
Kris

FABBY'S LIVING said...

What a fun party you girls had and you both look awesome, I love the White Go-go boots, I used them in the 60's. I also love those hydrangeas, they're gorgeous! Thank you for hosting too. Enjoy your weekend.
FABBY

Mareli Lim-Evora Dabi said...

Thank you so much for hosting.I brought my two Filipino favorites.Have a great week ahead.

Linda Primmer said...

My hydrangeas didn't bloom this year.
We had to move them, so hopefully next year, I will see their beautiful blooms again. I can admire yours. What a fun party! The outfits and great. I also live in California, so I know what you mean about the weather. Enjoy your Sunday.

Sandy said...

I always feel sad when summer ends in Michigan. Although I love fall, I'm not fond of November when the trees are bare. I love the sound of leaves in the wind and one of my very favorite flowers is hydrangeas. I've been picking and drying hydrangeas for the past few weeks in all my vases around the house. Your hydrangea colors are beautiful! My limelight still has new blooms each and every day! Your 70's/80's party looked like a blast!

Cindy said...

Ya'll look so cute! and the hydrangeas are pretty as can be. I hate to see the summer end too. Cool that you have lemons though, i can't even imagine having a lemon tree!

Cindy

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michele@Portlandia Vintage said...

Love hearing about your adventures with your friends and family. You are both so darling.