Wednesday, September 3, 2008
..not above bribery....
My garbage guys are pretty special... some of you know that from previous posts... they take anything and everything. I've even seen them struggle to get in stoves and fridges.. which they are definitely not supposed to bother with, and how dare people expect it? In neighbouring B. C. province people are allowed only one can; they pay extra for anything else they set out. Last dry days saw me busy hacking off branches... shrubs and trees including my neighbour's overgrowths...good thing they don't notice or care. I chopped them into about 4 foot lengths...and tied as best I could into 4 separate big and kind of messy bundles. I also had clippings and pruned things..in 4 big bags...plus my one can.... oh, I figured if they took some of it that would be good. I could put the rest beside the shed til next week. However, Tuesday was a baking day...so I was ready when they drove down the alley. I handed the driver a bag of warm blueberry muffins and said "I'm not above bribery".... but if you take half of it I will be happy..... he laughed and said not to worry...they would take it all.
They have such a sense of humour too. The neighbour set out this pot in front of her garbage ... ... the flowers still looked pretty good to me and obviously to the pickup guy too. He picked it ..looked at it and hung it up on the light... it was bouncing and swinging to and fro above the loading area, but secure... and he got to enjoy it for the day.... I would have copped it if he hadn't... .
As usual, while trimming, I was also doing the usual....having fun.. wasting time.... saving some small pretty flowers and leaves to press. This is a proper flower press that Mom got for me years ago...I don't often use it..... it is just as easy (actually it is easier) to use any old book that happens to be lying about.
However, right now, pressed flowers seem to be spilling out of any book I op-en!
Some of them got pounded..... as in flower pounding.
It is actually more like tapping, because if you pound too hard you just get blobby colours..instead of the flower shapes. There are several different ways to do this, so if you are interested just Google flower pounding and you will see what it is all about. Some people prepare the fabric in the same manner as if they were going to dye it... some don't... if you don't you must not wash it of course. My bit of fabric will likely only be used for something for a doll some day...so it won't be getting wet. I just set up some flowers on a board and pound away. Use a few nice brightly coloured flowers....and then fill in the spaces with leaves and smaller flowers til you are happy with how it looks. You can even use pen strokes on the outlines to make it more artistic if you like.... ...
Last time Mr. BumbleVee asked me to pass him a short 2 X 4...I gave his this one. Look how pretty the used board looks...it could be framed and hung on a wall. He looked at it... cocked his to one side and gave a big grin... "awww, gee, for me?...thanks"..... then tossed it aside and said... something just a little bigger please..... ..... preferably plain old beige-y