I told my son he had given me one of my favorite gifts of all time for gardening. Some of these books will be out of print soon and I’m so glad I have them. Take a look at what my sweet son did for me.
I want to hold these close to my heart and cherish every word. I’m not kidding. I am so nuts about Elizabeth Lawrence. She inspires me in so many ways. Mostly, her writing and advice is forgiving. We share the same pioneer spirit on plant cultivars and we both don’t mind saying—goodbye if a plant will not perform. She is unassuming also. I had no clue who Gertrude Jekyll was until Elizabeth introduced me to her.When a writer wants to teach you something, they don’t assume you know–they teach and I’m appreciative of all I’ve learned while strolling through Elizabeth’s gardens through her books and Charlotte Observer articles.
Ms. Lawrence admitted to her readers that she didn’t always know every name for every plant. I fail there so badly. I am guilty of driving to the Nursery and being caught up in how attractive a plant is for my garden. I am first drawn to color and then texture. The name doesn’t stick so well. So I do a little private cheer when the all knowing Ms. Lawrence freely writes that such and such flower came from a neighbor or friend and grows nicely even without a name. I love that.
I’ve been gardening for 40 years and can make anything grow but mostly because my great aunt Nana was my mentor. I think my Nana knew Elizabeth. Nana hosted weekend parties at her Mountain House for several state gardening clubs. They loved going on mountain hikes with Nana cause she knew where all the wildflowers were hidden. Aunt Nana could find the rarest of Lady Slippers. There is a guest book at the Mountain House with entries from several of those groups. At some point, I’ll write down the names of the groups and see if Ms. Lawrence was affiliated. My Aunt Nana knew all the pioneer women of that day as she was one herself. I just love my Aunt Nana and wish she was alive today.
All these new books present a problem. These books are not only entertaining but they are fabulous reference sources. I will need a lot of bookmarks. Mr D uses a folded post it. What? I just can’t do that. I want a pretty bookmark for Ms. Lawrence. So when we picked up my books yesterday, I went looking for bookmarks. Oh my word! The ones I liked are about $6 a piece. I was thinking a dollar at the most. I need about 50 of them–so this is not the option. What could I do? I also needed to pick up an 09 calendar and they were 50% off.
Then the creative lightbulb went off and here is what happened. Naturally, I’m drawn to gardening calendars……
OH LOOK! You can cut this calendar apart and it will make several dozen bookmarks. It was only $6 and so far I’ve made about 50 from 1/2 the calendar. I also pulled out all my old calendars and made a few more. Looking for the thick paper calendars with borders is best. But you can use any part of the calendar. The best is the front and back covers—the folder they come in usually has a pic of all the months. Those can be cut apart and make beautiful bookmarks. Take a look at what I did.
If I was using a calender page that was too thin, I doubled it or backed it with heavier paper. I connected them securely with cross-stitch floss or fabric strips. Most of the bookmarks from the rooster calendar are single layer because it was sturdy enough to work. It is also covered in something that makes it durable. I used a hole punch to add character…you’ll see.
On the bookmark above, I folded it in half and wove the edges together.
The paper above was very thin and I added some card stock to the back and secured it at the two corners. I’ll probably go back and add some paper glue to a few spots in the middle. Don’t use any glue except special paper glue or you will get puckers in your paper. Not pretty.
The possibilities are endless. I have my neighbors to save their calendars and I may include this in my gift baskets. I think it would be cute to make up a theme basket and inclue a book that color coordinates with your theme. I would love to make some gardening baskets–include a gardening book, plant, a few bookmarks, and maybe a pair of gloves. Ms. Lawrence says she saves all her mildly used left hand gloves and trades with a left handed friend. That way, they recycle a pair for another season. Isn’t that just too clever. Some how…I will find a clever way to make a basket for one of my left handed friends.
Who doesn’t like gingham fabric?
If I laminate them, they would hold up and could be sold in a garden center. Garden centers don’t usually offer things that will absorb moisture as it gets destroyed in a matter of days. Some garden centers have a non plant area but most have plants all over the place. I might make up a batch of these with something else clever to go along and see if there is a market for them. I sure know I couldn’t find a good bookmark for cheap.
Isn’t that much better? Problem solved! I made a lot more bookmarks and will continue to. I might even have a give-away on my blog. I want to get more buttons and embellishments for the streamers. The embelishments keep the bookmark from falling down inside the book and it’s pretty;) I think you all will be seeing a lot of these and of course…..they are stamped with the name Flowergardengirl on the back!