Friday, May 16, 2014

Friday Smiles 69: Time to recycle

Once again it's time for Friday Smiles, hosted by Annie at A Stitch in Time.  This week it's all about recycling, which always puts a smile on my face. 


Of course, the recycling came from my flower bed.  After all the work I put into my herb and veggie garden last weekend, I thought it was time to put just a bit of effort into my rose bush. 

While pruning away, I realized this would make a good nature inspired springtime bouquet.  And it would be a great way to recycle these clippings.  I grabbed a straight sided vase, added some decorative marbles, water,

and a length of ribbon that coordinated with the other elements on the writing desk in my living room area.

It's definitely a quick, no-cost, easy way to bring a bit of nature into your home, while bringing a smile to anyone who sees it.  As an added advantage, your rose bush has also gotten a good pruning.

Want to see more smiles, probably even better than mine?  Head over to Annie's at A Stitch in Time.  You definitely won't be disappointed and you'll start your weekend in the best way possible: with a smile, of course.

24 thoughtful remarks:

Rebeca Trevino said...

i love this idea E!
i will often do this too, and sometimes after the clippings dry and the leaves fall off, i will use the branches in my assemblages.

nothing is wasted... that makes me smile. thanks for the reminder.

Annie said...

And if you're really lucky the clippings just might make roots....I've taken little cuttings of a real favourite one we have here hoping that at least one would grow....and they all did :-)
Thanks so much for your lovely comments today.
Hugs,
Annie x

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Mm, Elizabeth, I do that with pruning too esp the grevillea ones with flowers too... love your desk and lunch time nibbles at the ready for you, Shaz in Oz.x

Vicki Miller said...

I tend to put my prunings in a glass of water, but I never thought of this. I just keep them until they grow roots.
Thanks for dropping by.

dawn said...

Happy Friday dear friend! I love this idea, how pretty it came out! I have some Lilacs on my kitchen table right now. Everyday I go out and look at and smell them. Makes me smile every time!

Have a wonderful weekend!

girlunwinding said...

The gifts are always there and it is so nice when we notice and appreciate them. I love your flower "bed"~ I see those in peoples's yard and it always makes me smile at the whimsy involved.
Have a perfectly lovely weekend!
~Dawn

~*~Patty S said...

Your beautiful and inviting rooms put a smile on my face too E!
That is quite some rose hip on your rose cutting...
We've had almost 4 inches of rain overnight...glad we live on a hill!
Have a lovely blooming art filled weekend
oxo

Super Stamp Girl said...

Hi Elizabeth, you are so right, what a great use of recycling for the rose bush you have found. And, thanks for that little glimpse of your living room/writing desk area. I found so many fun/antique-y things to look at in there! Happy Friday. Guinness sends his kitty love to Bleubeard.

Hettie said...

Lovely room there. Your vase of clippings is nice too. Sorry I ate your sarnie! Nom Nom Nom!
xx

Craftymoose Crafts said...

The rose cutting nestled among the pretty shade of the candles and ribbon makes a very cheery display!

Off to move DD out of the dorm and back home tomorrow. Don't relish driving to NYC in pouring rain so hope it stops early.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Laura said...

Great idea, and strangely captivating - I want to sit and sketch it!
Thanks for the smile
Laura

Carol said...

Since I desperately need to trim my roses I will have to borrow this idea. I need another week off to catch up on the yard work :)
Have a great weekend!!

Krisha said...

Well done, and beautiful!

Caro said...

What a fantastic idea! It looks wonderful. Thanks for the smile. Caro x (#13)

Divers and Sundry said...

nice arrangement :) i hope it roots for you.

Chrysalis said...

Great idea, Elizabeth. Enjoy the weekend. Chris x

see you there! said...

Fun to see the long view of your room. So much to look at.

Darla

JoZart said...

You'll smile even more if you cutting root and then you'll have more to plant. You have so many interesting things throughout your home. thanks for sharing.
Jo x

Caterina Giglio said...

Yes, it has gotten a good pruning! you should see the rose bushes here! they bloomed a couple of weeks ago... laden with blooms... and will be blooming through the summer til fall... so different here in the south!! xx

fairyrocks said...

Lovely idea to use the pruning as art. It does bring a pleasant smile to the face to see. Keep smiling and creating

Sylvia/LittleTreasures said...

Glad to see the fun things you upcycled with. This is the first place I have lived with no roses and no lilacs. Miss both so much. A deer ate the newly planted lilac bush and we plan to get a rose bush when it warms up a bit. Have a lovely weekend. Love the pretty colors you have grouped together on that last photo. AND Love all the natural light you have in your home.

mamapez5 said...

You have a beautiful space to live in. I love your use of the rose clippings too. Our roses are in full bloom right now, but maybe in a few months time....
Have a good week. Kate x

Elizabeth said...

Hi Elizabeth, a great idea and if you are lucky they might develop roots - what could be better than rose bushes for nothing! I'm nursing a bit of a white lacecap hydrangea the My DH accidentally broke of - it was just too nice to throw in the compost bin :) Hope you and Bleubeard are having a great weekend. Elizabeth xx

JoZart said...

As I've said before.... there'e a room waiting for you and all you need is your flight!! So much to see in our locality. We are only 2hrs 15 mins by train from London, just over 1 hour by road from castles in Wales, and the same distance from William Wordworth Country... the Lake District. Tempted?
You'd be most welcome.
Jo x