Monday, November 12, 2007

Homemade WIth Love: UPDATED

Well, GiBee is at it again...doing something nice for the blogosphere! LOL Today is the start of her "Homemade With Love" carnival. She is asking folks to do the following...

1. Think up your best idea for a homemade gift...could be for the holidays, a welcome gift, a gift for
a neighbor.

2. Make a sample and take a picture.

3. Post that pic with well thought out and complete instructions in a blog post.

4. Then, go to GiBee's bloggy home and sign in with a Mr. Linky.

5. Finally, begin browsing everyone else's ideas and start getting your Christmas list items crossed off! LOL

As for me, being typically difficult and non-compliant (*wink*), my idea doesn't *quite* fit her description but it IS what the Vikings and I are doing for a couple gifts for Christmas. Plus, today is the PERFECT day to do it because...well, you'll see what I mean in a minute.

We have been using
this book for the last few Christmases to try to bring a homemade feel back to our holiday season. I've made her ice cream topping recipe and used her idea of buying/making EVERYONE on your list the same type of thing - last year we did Christmas ornaments. But, here's our idea for this year:

We're "forcing" narcissus/paperwhite bulbs!

And, you know what day you are suppose to plant them on for them to bloom on Christmas Day? TODAY!

You can plant them in nearly anything: a fancy teacup, a regular clay pot, an oversized coffee mug, a ceramic container, a brass container, etc. (With those last two, double line the container with plastic or bubble wrap.)

And, they can be planted in a variet of things: pebbles, gravel, potting soil, sand, just about any supportive material.

Plant the bulbs so they are anchored but the top of the bulb is peeking out.

Keep it wet, not soaking, just wet.

Place in the dark until there's about 3 inches of growth.

Then, bring it out! They do best in bright, indirect light when blooming.

As it begins to grow to its full height, it may begin to lean over. Carlson suggests tying a couple lengths of raffia (or something similar) into a bow around the middle of the plant.

One word of warning: don't try to substitute another bulb for the paperwhite if you are unable to find them. I bought other bulbs and (being a "flower rookie") didn't think about them having a different "blooming" time. The bulbs I initially bought will not bloom until nearly Valentines Day! LOL)

Finally, due to the nature of this gift, I have no personal pictures to show you but I have found several links online to give you a visual. Check these pages out here and here.

So, jump up, dust off your crafty brain cells, come up with an idea, and pop in at GiBee's never know what you'll find!

UPDATED: Just got back from Lowes: bulbs 50% off and four .77 clay pots and that will be $5.00 for four gifts!


sara said...

what a wonderful idea!

Beth, I have a new blog. I'm not sure how active I'll be on it but in the interest of being honest and not having multiple identities, here it is.

- sara

Pam said...

Beth, this is a great idea and so economical. I'm so impressed!

randi---i have to say said...

I have always thought this would be such a neat gift, but I always think of it too late. Thanks for the reminder!

Unashamed said...

Brilliant! I gave some paperwhites one year to my mom for Christmas. She's a gardening junkie and goes through withdrawals in the winter, chuckle!

GiBee said...

EXCELLENT idea! I've heard of people doing this with tulips, too! Love this idea, and YES, YES, YES -- it TOTALLY fits in!!! Thanks for sharing this idea, sweet friend!

Laurel Wreath said...

Great idea!!!

inspired said...

Okay, I are really behind the eight ball on this one. I love this idea! I have always wanted to do it, but obviously it is not going to happen for this year!!! If I started now, and bought the wrong bulbs, and did everything else you think I might have something by Easter???

Thanks for the great tip! I will be trying this!