Thursday, April 13, 2017

dusty rose

a loooong time ago i found a wreath with little red silk roses on it
 i love red roses, but i LURVE pink roses
 so i changed out the little red roses with little pink roses and hung the wreath in my bathroom...

a month or three went by 
and i realized that the little pink roses had changed from rose pink to dusty rose...

literally...

bathroom dust is different from other dust ... damp air makes dust stick with a vengeance
so i vacuumed the roses
and they lost a few petals...

i tried putting the wreath outside to see if the breeze would blow off the dust 
and it did
along with a few more petals...

then i tried a blow dryer
and those little pink roses looked so sad that i replaced them...

and was rewarded with more dusty roses...

i tried shaking them in a bag with kosher salt...
lost petals

spraying them with canned air...
lost petals

spraying them in the shower...
 wet lost petals

swishing them in a sink filled with soapy water...
soggy lost petals

and just about every brand of silk flower cleaner on the market
ugh - that stuff is just nasty

so i gave up trying to clean my silk roses
and decided that i would just have to keep putting up a new wreath when they started looking sad...
and i was okay with that
till wreaths became so doggone expensive
even when they are 50 or 60 per cent off

anywho...

look what i made...
la vie en rose ... pieced and bound by me
quilted by Liz Bowman
a pink rose wreath!!!
and when it gets dusty
i can take it down and WASH IT!!!

now Melissa wants one for HER bathroom
but she wants RED roses...

i can do that...

You can complain because roses have thorns, or you can rejoice because thorns have roses.
Pablo Picasso

4 comments:

Mama Spark said...

Brilliant!! Love that new wreath!

Thimbleanna said...

Haha -- now THAT's thinking! Very Pretty - I'll bet it looks beautiful in your bathrom!

Amy said...

"In me the tiger sniffs the rose." Siegfried Sassoon

By jove, you solved this musty problem! Looking forward to seeing the red one.

Molly Bon said...


A perfect quilty solution to a thorny problem! And I love your Picasso quote....