Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Prolonging the Magic!

Now, you may be aware that it was mine and Mr CL's 15th Wedding Anniversary last week and he surprised me with a bouquet of 15 beautiful Black Magic Roses (You can read about it here) I am a little reluctant to lose these wonderful blooms! I'm rather attached to them. So I've been working out a way to keep them a little longer (perhaps a lot longer).

I have hatched a plan. Yes, I know I should have started this a little earlier than Day 5! But hopefully it isn't too late. I am taking a three pronged attack. Firstly, I am pampering my roses by making fresh cuts in their stems every day and removing any browning petals. Here they are today at Day 5!

Still looking beautiful!
I have wondered what I can do with the petals but as they are the browning ones nothing is springing to mind. Here is todays batch.

I have however made an attempt with one of fresher petals. I have sealed it up into a pendant. Here it is:

Not sure if it will work but it's worth a shot!

Any eagle eyed people amongst you may notice that in the top picture there are now only 14 roses! This is because I selected my favorite yesterday and hung it upside down in the airing cupboard. I'm going to wait for it to dry (shame as it won't be as pretty) and then I intend to try to encapsulate it in resin. Anyone have any idea how to do this?

I shall keep you informed of my progress, but in the meantime any hints or tips re the resin would be greatly received.

Friday, 10 May 2013

A bit of Black Magic!

Well, what can I say! It was our 15th Wedding Anniversary yesterday and Mr CL totally surprised me!

Although he does have a romantic bone in his body, it does tend to be rather well hidden. So I was totally bowled over yesterday when I received a total surprise! He had warned me that I was expecting a delivery before 9.30 so I did wonder if it would be flowers. This in itself is a wonder as he's never sent me flowers before! So you can imagine my delight when not only did a huge bouquet of flowers turn up but that it consisted of 15 (yes 15) Black Magic Roses!

Now there is a significance here as I had Black Magic Roses in my wedding bouquet all of those years ago. I cannot believe he remembered what they were called. Here is the actual bouquet from 1998.

There is also a tale to go with the purchase of my flowers yesterday that I thought I would share. Mr CL went to look for the original florist where the roses were purchased only to discover that it was no longer there. So, into another florist he went. The first hurdle was that the name had slightly changed, they are now called Black Bacarra Roses! Helpful? Not!

So he now knew what they were now called but the florist didn't have any and apparently for some reason Holland would be closed on Thursday! (Who knows why, holiday perhaps, anyone?)
On his way out of the door he was then called back so that the florist could 'make a few calls'. After four of them a friend in Covent Garden apparently had some so a deal was struck.

The flowers arrived (eventually as the delivery man got lost) and I was speechless!  Not only had I been sent flowers by my husband but the thought that had gone into them was immense. To find the specific type of red rose, not just any red rose was all I needed to know that he loves me.

And I love you too Mr CL. With all of my heart and soul. ♥♥♥♥

So who wants to see these beautiful flowers?

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