Wednesday, May 31, 2006

The Lord is my Shepherd

I’m taking a quick respite from writing about the world of pressed flowers, to bring you something much more substantial.

Nancy Leigh DeMoss of Revive our Hearts Ministries is currently in the midst of an excellent series on Psalm 23. At first I thought it would be rather trite and dull, (who hasn’t heard parts of that Psalm at least a million times) but I was incredibly wrong! There are so many valuable principles waiting to be discovered in those familiar verses…if one will only take the time to read them with a fresh mind and heart.

The series is already nearing completion, but if you visit Revive Our Hearts you can download all the transcripts, and study them on your own. And, if you can find the time, here is something even better. Her teaching on Psalm 23 was actually taped at a recent conference, so you can actually see Nancy teaching on Psalm 23 here:

In hurried, hectic, and often bewildering times like these, I am immensely grateful to have my very own Shepherd. Please take some time to get to know your Shepherd. Your time couldn’t be more well spent.


Friday, May 26, 2006

Microfleur Flower List

Flowers that press well using the Microfleur Microwave Flower Press:

For those of you who are new to pressing flowers, I’d like to initiate a list of flowers which press well with the Microfleur Microwave Flower Press. (I’ve mentioned before that the Microfleur press is the main press I use – I think it’s wonderful!) The flowers listed below are flowers that I have found to consistently press beautifully in the Microfleur. I will be adding to this list from time to time, as I come across new flowers.

Also, please feel free to email me with your own discoveries, and I’d be happy to add them to our list!

- babies breath
- black-eyed-susans (Small ones. I grow a wild variety in the shade to keep them petite)
- borage flowers
- calendula (Flowers only. Sometimes the foliage burns when microwaved!)
- chamomile

- chive flowers (However, your Microfleur pads will smell like onions for quite sometime!)
- chrysanthemums
- common daisies
- coreopsis
- cosmos
- crocus
- delphinium
- edelweiss
- English daisy
- flax (the scarlet flax darkens to a pretty burgundy color)
- forget-me-nots
- heuchera flowers
- hydrangea blossoms
- larkspur
- lavender (they smell wonderful as they are being pressed!)
- lobelia (especially the red, purple, and blue types)
- orchids (the small fuchsia type. The flowers must be carefully dismantled before pressing)
- osteospermum (these are tricky, but the results can be well worth the effort)
- pansies
- poppies (not the orange California poppy. They press well initially, but fade within days!)
- potentilla flowers
- pelargonium (perennial geranium species)
- roses (I don’t often choose to press them, but the red and deep pinks retain color well)
- scabiosa
- tickseed
- tulips (I’ve been successful with red, yellow, and lavender colors)
- trascantia/spiderwort (They fade within a few years, but look wonderful initially)
- Queen Anne’s Lace (One of the few flowers that press almost as well in a phone book!)
- verbena (Some types darken slightly, but overall they are well worth the effort)
- violas
- wild or woodland violets

Are you looking for a
Microfleur Microwave Flower Press? I am thrilled to have been appointed a US distributor of the Australian made Microfleur.

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