I received a dozen red roses from the hubby for Valentines Day this year and I am feeling all the love this February. I'm a lucky girl as Matt is always romantic but we all know some men can be a bit rubbish when it comes to frequently showing their affection. Some girls may feel disgruntled that the rare annual romantic gesture from their man felt far too fleeting. It's been ten days since we all celebrated love and it's probably safe to say that all the chocolate has been eaten, the cards have come down and the bouquets are starting to wilt. This is definitely true in our house but unlike normal girls who have probably sadly thrown their dying flowers away by now, mine are still sat in their vase on the mantlepiece.

Contrary to the norm, I tend to keep flowers well past their stages of full bloom because I still love the way they look when they start to die and dry out. My Valentines roses are no exception to my long life floral rule, so I decided to capture one of my favourite stages as the petals begin to curl and turn a beautiful ochre. I am obsessed with the moody, romantic feel and the combination of dark tones, rich reds, greens and ochre. You can really see all the textures and veins of the petals and I'm so glad I documented this botanical stage because now I can enjoy them forever.

I had so much fun scanning these gorgeous red roses and I have so many beautiful images! I managed to choose just a few to share with you but I also shared some close up details on my Instagram stories. I'm also thinking about using some of the scans to make some art prints for the shop - let me know whether you guys would like to see never ending roses on your walls?

If you still have your Valentines blooms but they are beginning to look a little worse for wear and you can't bear to get rid of them just yet, make sure you change the water daily to deter any bad smells and remove any leaves. I always think that as they start to dry out, they look better without leaves.

If you really want to make your blooms last forever but you don't have a scanner, you could always press them and frame them! Just because you're blooms are dying, it doesn't mean they are any less beautiful.

I hope you all had a lovely Valentines Day and you are all feeling loved 🙂

 

The Night Sky At Christmas

I can't believe it's Christmas in 3 days! I have been so unorganised this year - I still haven't bought any presents (eek!) I think I'm finding it hard to get in the mood this year because we haven't got a tree up at home. We're still renovating and decorating and there just isn't the room amongst the paint tins and mess. I feel a bit sad about not having a tree, it's the first time I've ever not had one. I did help Mum decorate hers though so at least I didn't miss out entirely.

In an attempt to feel a bit more festive, I created this astronomical chart to bring some sparkle to my desktop and try and get me in the mood. How amazing would it be if the night sky looked like this on Christmas eve! There's a download link below if you want to spruce up your desktop wallpaper with a starry sky and Christmas constellations.

We haven't got anything overly special planned this year, just food and family time.

I hope you all have some lovely things planned for the holidays!

Just a quick shop update to let you guys know there is 30% OFF everything for Black Friday! The sale will last for 4 days from 25th - 28th November.

Maybe you can be more organised than me this year and get some Christmas presents early!

Head over to the shop and use code BLACKFRIDAY at the checkout to get 30% discount.

give thanks

Here in the UK we don't really celebrate Thanksgiving in the same way as our cousins accross the pond, but I've been seeing all the lovely posts on Instagram of people cooking up feasts and spending time with their loved ones! Not only is it making me hungry (and excited for Christmas Dinner!) but it's reminded me that there is so much to be thankful for.

I must admit, I find it hard to feel overly positive at this time of year, what with the cold weather, grey days and dark nights. There are always bouts of the dreaded lurgy going around too and I feel like I might be catching it (bleurgh!) so I have mainly been working from the sofa this week. As I have been snuggled up today with my slippers on, lots of blankets and hot tea, I can't help but feel grateful for what I have. I'm grateful for the little things, my friends and family, and for the roof over my head.

This coming Sunday, it will be a whole year since we bought our first house together, and as we celebrate our little milestone, I can't help but think about those poor people who may not have a home to go to, especially when it's so cold outside. I always try to put my negativity aside and just be grateful. I'm one of those people who buys a hot chocolate for those that are sleeping out in the cold - it's so important to give thanks as well as giving to those in need, even if it's just the smallest gesture - it can go a long way.

I hope you all have a lovely Thanksgiving!