I have been stopping to smell the roses for over a week now. The Ogre bought me a ravishingly red rose bouquet, because, as he told me on our first date five years ago, "every girl deserves roses on Valentine's Day." I had only been given fresh flowers by a boy twice before that moment, so I was quite charmed. My heart still flutters when he presents another bouquet each year. Even though I know the money could be better spent on other things, I enjoy the roses too much to tell him to ever stop.
Even dried roses are beautiful, but I sadly end up throwing them away eventually. Today I went strolling through the gardens of Etsy for ideas on how to preserve a rose forever. Many crafters and jewelry artists are growing pressed rose art and accessories in their shops. Aren't these pretty ways to recycle flowers that would wilt away to dust if left alone?
1. Pressed Flower Red Rose Laminated Bookmark and Valentine Card Pink and Red With Gift Envelope - Gift Pack by Butterfly Garden Creations
2. Real Pressed Flowers - Red Rose Garden by Windows to the Garden
3. Red Roses Resin Bangle - Pressed Flowers Encased in Resin. Chunky Bangle with Real Flowers by Spotted Dog Farm
4. Red Rose Pressed Flower Pendant by Mermaiden Creations