As we receive our gifts we should open them ( it is your pre-christmas surprise
and yours alone) and post pictures thus getting some exitement going.
So we are signing up until the 12th of Nov.
closing the Secret Santa exchange by the 15th of Nov.
sending to your buddy by the 12th of Dec.
gift has to be out by then
Please make sure your address is in the daves garden addy .
And if there is an uneven number to sign up, I will gladly volunteer to send two boxes, as I want this to be fun for everyone.
Let me tell you, Helene sent me one of those tuna can pincushions, and it was unbelieveable that it had ever been a can! Really beautiful and I use it all the time!
So Helene, aren't you going to sign up too? I don't see your name on the list !
PS: I'm going to add on here for my Santa...that my favorite color is yellow, I enjoy both indoor and outdoor gardening, love anything that looks vintage, my hobbies are gardening, sewing, quilting. I can't think of anything to add that would be a dislike, I'm pretty easy to please.
Oooh, I haven't mailed my secret buddy's package yet. I have the box ... hopefully by the end of this coming week I will have it all together and get it mailed, will definitely get it out before Dec. 15th!
I have to explain, My Sewing/Playroom is in the garage. I also wondered why the insurance?
I did not open the windchimes, but now I did and what did I find but CUP.
Thank you so much. I think Fisherman's Paradise( which is coming nicely) will look good in cup with saucer, the blue flowers and variagtion. Pefect. Thank you so much. You all let me know when to post pictures. Helene.
So glad you like it!! I have to admit it was a little scary, that cup is so fragile, but there was a whole thread on drilling holes on the C & S forum. As a result I ordered "diamond hole bits" in 3/8 and 5/8 sizes -- NOTHING is safe from me now;)
I used to collect cups and saucers and things to make silk arrangements and then give those as little gifts. But it became expensive to collect cups and saucers. Thanks again. Will post picture of the Windchimes when I assemble them. Can't use them now here on the beach - too windy. helene
Cup is really pretty! I got a drill bit at home depot for ceramic...I had some of those self watering planters that just were not working, so I decided to drill a hole in the bottom of the top piece and just wick my plant. It turned out good... I didn't break any of them and the plants did much better in them than before. Some had held too much water and others, not enough. I don't think I'm brave enough to try china though!
I'm putting the finishing touches on my ss and will mail out the package tomorrow.
Definately get a diamond hole bit-- you can drill anything!! You can get them at HD or Lowes but they are about $20 d-mail me if interested and I will give you a link to get them inexpensively ( I got both for $26 with free shipping).
Helene!!!! You really outdid yourself! Talking about a spirit lifter. I came home from taking some exams, which I feel like I didn't do very well on, and found my SS on the backsteps.Here is what was in it:
Celestial Cinnamon Apple Spice Tea
An ornament that she made (just beautiful)
An adorable watering can (which I can paint on)
A handtowel, which she decorated, with the cutest little poem
Two crocheted potholders and dishtowel
And Silver Sheen Episcia.
Thank you so very much!!!
Thanks for the link and link info.
Thanks to Mrs. Bonnie for the wonderful Secret Santa! What a pretty little demitasse cup and saucer for a violet. I love oyama pots and will use this 4 inch immediately. I also got some sphagnum moss pellets for starters and gesneriad markers. I have lots of seeds going (no germination yet though) and hopefully will be able to use those. I'm so sorry to say that the white sprite plantlet did not make the shipping alive. It was cold, soggy and dead. I could see that it had flower buds too. There is a circular ring that I think is for leaves. I've never used one and don't know how to arrange leaves in that without breaking them. Any advice? It will be nice to try something new.
Thanks again Secret Santa!!!
I'll send my package out this Monday.
So sad the tiny plant did not make it,but i do have plenty of them & when it's warmer i will send you a few. so glad you liked everything. The violet colar, think thats how you spell it. just take a rubber band on the back of the colar & twist it twice around each little nib, then slip your pot into the rubber band likle this picture. Hope this helps.I jusy got my box from Tish & was so thrilled, i will post a picture of that also. So smart, this little light bulb with a plant inside is really remarkable.lol I love everything she sent. the cute little pin cushion & bag, she made also. so talented.lol Thanks so much Tish. I love it. Now tell me where did you ever find that little lite bulb?? Also got 2 other plants in tiny bags, can't wait to plant them.
you bet, this is so much fun. like xmas.lol By the way Tish what are the little bags of plants you sent me? It looks like maybe gessies, but can find no info on them.any help would be appreciated. they are nipheae equadorensis,amalophyllon rupesite
You are very welcome bonnie. I really enjoyed working on the sewing projects. I got the dishtowel idea from the sewing forum last year . Also Bettypause over there gave directions to make the scrap bag. You could also use that in the plant room for discarded leaves and such if you put a baggie inside it. The flowerpot pincushion probably still smelled like glue! - if so, sorry about that. I got that idea from a free handout flyer at a craft store the day before and I thought oooh...just want I want to add!!ha.
Did you pour the vermiculite out of the bulb and find the little tuber? I didn't know any other way to try and send it. You need a micro mini to grow in there, the small ones get too big. I bought that at Hobby Lobby, there are two sizes but the smaller one is really too small for anything except design.
I don't know about the Nipheae... I bought that rhizome at the National Convention from Marcia Belizie. I read the other day that it will go dormant. I've been pampering mine, as it is new to me and I didn't want to loose it...I travel a couple weeks a month or so, so i have it growing under cover so it won't dry out on me. The leaves look just like achimenes, it hasn't bloomed for me yet. I know you have a lot of different gessies, and as I hadn't heard much about this, I thought maybe it was something you didn't have...same with the Amalophyllon. Now I got that rhizome last Feb from Jim Roberts. He had posted a pic on another forum and I wrote and asked him about it. Nancy Kast I think had shown a different amalophyllon variety at a couple conventions and I wanted one so badly...there were seeds from the gessie society seed fund and they just didn't sprout. I was very disapointed. I was surprised they have rhizomes, I hadn't known that. Anyway, Jim offered to send me a rhizome and now the plant it is in bloom, single white star flower blooms. If you aren't interested in growing them, feel free to share them or trade them with members of your club.
What wonderful gifts everyone is receiving! Thank you Helene for hosting this fun exchange!
I love the little china cups/saucers and Wow, some of y'all are just so crafty ... wish I had a talent like that! I've just got to know about that light bulb with the plant inside! Does the top screw off to access the inside for planting?? I love planting dish gardens and little terrariums and that is so unique and precious!
Bonnie: I googled for Niphea (Phinaea?) and Amalophyllon and found this, Amalophyllon at top of page and scroll down to the bottom of the page for Phinaea:
plantladylin - your gift is coming, it is coming. Very pretty too. Since I am Santa I know.
Those plants are soo precious looking.
Yes the light bulb is interesting. My problem with growing in terrariums is that when I put them in, they fit. But now that they are growing beautifully, how to take them out.
I have to do a pix of what I am talking about. Totally stupid...
My package is all packed up and going out tomorrow! I'm not so talented at crafts but I did make a little something, not the greatest effort but I tried. I've never been real talented but was a little better at crafts when I was younger.
I wanted to send non gessie plants to my buddy, but the weather isn't going to cooperate for shipping live plants. We are supposed get down to 29º and 30º for the next three nights, brrrr. I was hoping we'd not have another record breaking cold winter like last year but it isn't looking very promising so far. We usually don't have any cold nights until late January, early February and here it's only early December and we are going to be below freezing. Last week we had a daytime high of 83º one day and the next day a high of only 61º. The news said some areas had a difference of 30º from one day to the next! Gee, the weather is really getting weirder each year, even in Florida!
Bulb: Yes, the top screws off. .. its about the same size as a light bulb but the glass is thicker. I gave one with a sinn. white sprite in it this past spring. This fall she said it had grown and bloomed like crazy and had now outgrown the bulb.
My father gave me an old large 10 or 15 gallon clear glass jug, like they used to put medicine in (he got it from an old dr years ago). I had it for a long time and then one day, I had gotten a lot of episcia cuttings and I thought, now I'm going to plant that jug. Well, that was about 8 years ago and it is just full to the top...solid plants, very over grown. Now and then I see a bloom thru the moisture and leaves.
I love terrariums and I have a few. I've got a heavy 5 gallon glass jug that was given to me back in the 70's, I originally had two but one of them broke many years ago. I'm lazy and cheated ... I had my husband take it somewhere to have a hole cut in the back so I could get my hand in for planting!
Not the best picture, but this jug only has a large Fittonia plant in it.
Great terrarium & great idea Lin!! I have a number of 4 gal plastic jugs that are supposed to be disposable(recyclable), and a number of gessies and begonias that want a terrarium. I can't bring myself to get rid of them(jugs or plants)--hmmmm you have given me ideas!
That plant looks very happy in there...leaf coloring is very pretty. I ordered a dozen clear plastic one gallon "jars". I grow a lot of gessies in them so I don't have to water so much. For a lid, I put a clear glass or clear plastic plate over the top. The heavy glass ones work better, but I ran out of the ones I had and the size had worked so well, I found the plastic ones on ebay. Guess I need to learn to like pickles really really well...for the jars! Ladies, get yours planted and then we will start a new post of our terranium pictures!
Helene: No more reveals for now is fine with me. We all understand that this is a busy time of year for everyone ... and it's still a few weeks until Christmas so it's only natural that Santa is still preparing.
Good here as well. I sent package yesterday too. I love the idea of a terrarium thread. I planted up some terrariums with violets and gessies, but had no rhyme nor reason for what to put where. I would love to learn more about that sort of growing.
Jamie: Very nice terrarium, great job! There is a Terrarium Forum here on DG: http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/f/terrariums/all/ but I think it's active only sporadically. I think it would be great to have a thread here on this forum showing our AV/Gessie Terrariums ... or in my case, a few that hold non-gessie plants.
meag: The rules state to mail our package by the 15th, so there's still time. Even if you can't get it out until later, don't worry ... it's still a gift of the holiday season and the recipient will appreciate it.
Melanie this is fun, please don't let it get stressful. Take your time. I sent mine out a little early because someone in our family who lives out of state is ill and I didn't know if I would need to travel. Everything else it seems I'm getting done at the last minute! Enjoy the holiday and the trimmings! tish
I sent early because I knew i wanted to bake a bunch of cookies like 10 diff kinds for gifts and the kids are coming. I made a baking book for them a few years ago and now I try to add new pages as I Bake and refine other recipes. I knew I'll have quite a bit of Company, they are staying a week and we love our lunches and dinners. Etc.
Yep it has!!! I picked it up a litle bit ago and LOVE everything!!! I will post a photo and details in a bit--as soon as I find the USB cord for my camera-- or email to myself from my cell phone (no one can ever accuse me of being organized). Thanks so much Lin! You are the Best Secret Santa ever!!
Lin, I apologize for the quality of the pic-- still looking for that usb cable... My Santa sent me: A beautiful rainguage with a bird motif. Pot holders and dish towels with bird motif, a Humming bird ornament, an adorable handmade wreath, fuzzy Christmas socks, a scented coaster, notepad and pen, homemade Banana nut bread (absolutely wonderful, munching as i write) An adorable garden plaque that I intend to put on the outside of my new gh--soon as the siding is on and a Santa full of chocolates Thank You Santa Lin!!
Tommie: So glad you liked everything! I've been baking a lot of banana bread the past couple of months. I wasn't sure how it would travel but I got the tip from my youngest sister (who is a fabulous cook), to freeze the bread shortly after it cools, and to remove it from the freezer right before packing the box. She says it travels well that way? I'm going to be baking this weekend too ... a couple of different kinds of cookies, banana nut bread, pumpkin bread, cream cheese pound cake, and home made cranberry sauce. I give these in gift baskets to family, friends and neighbors.
I received my wonderful package from Jamie yesterday. She sent me a beautiful hand made Pine Cone Ornament. I sure wish I had the patience to do something crafty like that! She also sent holiday kitchen towels, scented soaps, a pair of cozy socks, and an oh soo cute little mini AV (Optimara "Little Sapphire") that I hope I can keep alive! Jamie, thank you so much for these great gifts, it made my Christmas really special!
Helene: This was a lot of fun, so thank you so much for hosting this wonderful swap. It makes the holidays a bit brighter!
I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season with time to reflect on all that is important in your lives, time to spend with friends and family (even if it's only a loving feline or canine companion), and I wish you all peace and prosperity for the coming year.
I am a word person, Love words. I'd take the dictionary to bed when I learned english and long thereafter. All these new abbr. come from texting...
My kids use this all the time,and you just don't ask your 50 yr. olds what are you saying? They know it all by now, so you don't ask.
At first I also had to think of Easter, the little chicks.
My newest is "Potatoes in their jackets"
Well tomorrow is D-day for the secret Santa and I think every one should have their gift/s this week. Check here I'll have a little surprise for you. An award for participating so to speak.
LOL .. I don't think I've ever heard that saying "Potatoes in their jackets"! Very cute! I roast red skinned potatoes in their "jackets" but just never thought of it that way.
I've never gotten "into" the texting thing, just don't care for trying to type on such a small phone and forget about trying to figure out all the abbreviations!! When we got new cell phones a few months ago I had my husband call ATT to have them block texting. My youngest sister and some of my nieces and nephews text all the time and I have a good friend that loves to text ... I would get text messages and have to have someone decipher them for me because I couldn't make heads or tails out of what they were saying!
Oh I love a good conversation and it is almost non-existing. I talk to my 2 daughters often, it used to be everyday, but as they get older and have their own issues it becomes less. It seems we only talk when we are happy. It should be the other way around. All 3 of us are very competitive peeps and don't like to air our dirty linens. We don't like gossip among us only when it's the extended of the Fam.
Oh Helene, it is a shame you and your daughters don't talk so much anymore but I understand how life sometimes gets in the way of the important things. I wish my dear mom were still here so I could have conversations with her. We used to talk on the phone all the time. (Actually ... I still have conversations with her, it's just that she's not right here in person to answer me, LOL.) My youngest sister (8 yrs younger than me) lives in North Ga. and we were always real close, we would talk on the phone for hours with calls sometimes beginning at 8 p.m. and we'd still be on the phone at 1:00 a.m., but things have changed in her life the past few years and we aren't as close as we used to be ... rarely seem to talk anymore. She stays really busy and the distance has seemed to grow wider, but, I realize that life has it's twists and turns, changes etc. Now it seems my oldest sister (who's only 9mos 3 wks older than me LOL) and I have become closer. She lives in S. Florida and we don't get to talk often because she still works full time ... but our friendship has gotten stronger as sisters the past few years.
It's funny...(but not really) how we all seem to lose personal contact with others as time goes on.It is so much easier to keep in touch by email,texting,etc.)I so seldom write letters anymore and since I have to deal with 4 phones at work,I hate them too,although sometimes it seems I really need to hear the sound of someones voice.
Lynn, I do understand. My oldest sister works in the insurance field and has a phone to her ear all day long and is also on the computer all day long with work related stuff, so she doesn't want to deal with phones or computers after she leaves work ... understandable ... I remember those days well! I feel very blessed that I don't have to work anymore, and I know how important it is to have peace and quiet at the end of a busy day.
Holiday Greetings! My package arrived Thursday! Sorry I couldn't post earlier, I had a party Thurs eve then Friday the computer connection was iffy at best. Guess its the weather. I'm posting now hoping I can get this typing finished while the connection still holds.
Melanie painted beautiful flowers on a glass cutting board! That means she had to paint "backwards" or reverse, because you would usually paint the background of the flowers, then the details...for the flowers to show thru glass, she had to paint the details first! Wow, really talented Mel!! Will be awhile before I can use it, ha, cause right now I'm too busy looking at how pretty it is! ...and can't bring myself to use it just yet.
And Lots of pretzles...I love pretzles! I really do. Now the caramel candy could be a problem as my husband likes them too, so I may have to hide some! My christmas tree has a lot of handmade ornaments...every year I make a bunch to give and I keep the extras for my tree; so the ornament will fit right in there too.
Thanks again Mel! This has been a lot of fun! I'm sorry you were worried about wheather it had arrived or not...I apologize for not being able to let you know sooner.
Oh Tish, that is so pretty, I think I'd have to display it on a wall and never use it for fear it would get stained and then the flowers wouldn't show through! Great job Melanie, I really admire y'all who have talent. I can't even draw a straight line and even had trouble with trying to paint stencils once, I can't even imagine trying to paint in reverse, that must take tons of patience!
Yumm ... don't ya just love Werther's Caramel's, they are the best! I love caramel, whether chocolate covered or plain ... luckily for me my husband is not a caramel fan so I don't have to hide them like I do other chocolates!
Again, Helene ... Thank you so much for hosting this Holiday Swap, it really was a lot of fun!
So this wraps up this exchange
Ladies thank you for being precise, acurate, on time and extremely creative and I think generous. Melanie just GEourges.So creative. I do hope you'll paint the watering can as your time permits.
As a thank you I'll share a yugoslavian Walnut pillow cookie recipe, for those who want. E-mail me so I can get your e-mail and will forward it in PDF form. Again those who want. I know not every one has the need to bake. Again a big fat hug and thank you.
Helene: Oooh, I want that recipe! I've got so much baking to do and can't seem to get motivated today! I did make my youngest sister's recipe for Cranberry Sauce and made a recipe I got from a co-worker years ago for Chocolate Cashew Crunchies ... so easy, no baking required. But, I have a few cookie and breads I bake every year for Christmas gifts for family, friends and neighbors ... gotta get busy the next couple of days!!