I just pulled the weeds out of the silica gel. They are holding together and don't look at all bad. After I got them out and dusted them off, I sprayed them with a gloss varnish, hoping that it will help keep them together. These are tough little weeds and I do think that they will last. I may just have to go out and look for some more. I am going to install them on the side of the staircase as soon as I get everything glued down to the board.
One caution....The silica gel had a lot of dust coming up from it as I poured it in the container with the weeds initially. I am thinking that it wouldn't hurt to wear a mask. There wasn't so much when I pulled them out. I think maybe, because it had been setting here so long it got extremely dry.
Tessie never listens....I had to pull her out of the grass this morning. Look at the bottom of her foot. I did warn her.... She is accusing me of criminal negligence, getting her messy and is insisting upon a foot bath.
The yellow flowers that she is holding are going to be sunflowers. They are the dried heads of a daisy like plant that I had in the back yard. I can't remember the name, but the dried up flowers, if handled carefully and painted yellow, turn into sunflowers.
I only have these four left. The bad freeze got the plants this year. They were at least ten years old. I planted new ones to take their place, but no flowers the first year.
The next ones are a native grass. They come out with a little white flower. I just let them dry right on the plant and after they dry out, I collect them. On the left is the dried husk of the flower....On the right is the head after it is painted. very nice for foxgloves or something of the sort. I also use them, painted white, for the flower stalks on yucca plants. Poke the photo to get a closer look.
Go look around your neighborhood. I think that you will be surprised at what minis you can find just growing under your nose.
I still need to paint some stems green and put on some leaves. Then I have to scrub a certain witch's feet.
See you tomorrow.