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Recently, I came across a post warning against storing your herbs in glass jars. “They will mold,” it claimed. I reblogged it, with my owns comments on the subject, explaining to others that simply is not the case.

If you have done the homework on the plants you are gathering, learned how each plant needs to be dried, and followed the proper steps, storing your herbs in glass jars will not make them mold. 

*Herbs in the store can be purchased in glass jars.* 

*Herbs have been stored in glass jars for hundreds of years.*

This is a small sample of my larder, all my herbs are carefully air-dried, and stored in glass jars. (Some are in plastic bags, as I ran out of jars!) None have ever molded.

My point is, don’t believe every post you come across, but read up on the subject, and educate yourself well. It’s disappointing to see misinformation being passed around as fact, when in truth, it is not. 

  • Some leaves and flowers will need to be air-dried for 3-5 days.
  • Some leaves and plants need to be dried for 7-14 days.
  • Some flowers, (like lilacs) along with any member of the pine/evergreen family will require 3 weeks or more to dry.
  • Some plants with stems attached may need to be dried for 14-21 days, maybe even longer.
  • Air-drying maintains the colour, as well as essential oils/benefits of the plants the best, where oven drying can reduce them, and turns the plants brown.
  • Oven dry fruits like berries, at a very low setting (150°C-200°C) for anywhere from 2-4 hours, checking in between to see if they have completely dried yet. Since oven temps vary, you may have to tweek your drying times.

Do extensive reading on plants and drying/storing. You’ll have a far more rewarding and successful results!

In the remainder of the tepid alcohol languishing in the flask of your eyes, we drink to the lost silhouette of love, burn our photographs wedged into the yellowed corners of our thoughts. We settle for cemented happiness, contemplating life through its glass corridors where mold is hidden, where I can feel the cracks of our suffering, where I can sense our hands dismembering our own poetry. When empty phrases harrow insomnia, I tape blossoms, breaths of life, to the pages of our unfinished chapters. But the trees’ barks where our initials dangle, imprisoned by a blistering heart, are peeling. I have just realized that

flowers wither.

— 

to slip on drunken petals 

© Margaux Emmanuel

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Save This Old House!

An historical, unusual octagon house in Ewell, Michigan needs preserving.

The octagon style of home building had fallen out of fashion by the 1880s, and this house is one of the very few surviving examples. The exterior features patterned brickwork typical of Victorian-era houses. Detailed oak moldings, stained-glass windows, and a staircase with turned balusters and intricate scrolls adorn the interior.

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2301 Spruce St • Philadelphia PA 19103

Incredible opportunity to own this gorgeous 4,000 sqft Spruce Street Brownstone in the heart of Rittenhouse Square! Pristine formal living room with 13ft high ceilings and original fireplace, beautiful large formal dining room. The kitchen has granite countertops, subzero refrigerator and German Allmilmo cabinets! The house is filled with magnificently preserved original features including crown moldings, wood detail, chandeliers, grand staircase, grand mirrors (ideal for mirror selfies) original hardwood floors, stained & leaded glass copper bay windows throughout. This mansion has 6 spacious & gracious bedrooms, 4 baths, library, 3 room dormer with full bath (au pair/guest suite) and beautiful garden/patio.

Listed at $2,230,000

Monnaie de pape. Rene Lalique, mold-pressed glass coffer, 1914.

“This coffer presents a charming visual pun: the molded-glass panels are decorated with lunaria, a plant also known as money plant or pope’s money, in reference to its purpose. The box, which can be locked, was obviously intended for safekeeping valuables ― but what sort of strongbox is made of glass?” (Quote by Jared Goss, in French Art Deco, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2014)

Oh, lordie.
Can’t wait to fuck this up, tbh.

No. No me he olvidado. ¿Ven? Lo estoy pintando, para que se no se vea tan feo como en realidad es (I mean, same)
Also, felicidades, ahora han visto el desorden de mi escritorio. Which is where I ussually give birth to my ✌"Art"✌

clutches my chest as I think daddy Kian reading to his kid, but he ends up falling asleep too for once?? so they’re both just knocked out on this tiny lil twin bed;; 

Never Say Never
for @sciencebrosweek

Day Three: Rush (two hours post brain death)

Tony sat in the breakdown room with a bottle of whiskey he’d stashed on a raid and the door locked. The breakdown room was nothing more than the office of some shitty middle manager back before the apocalypse where anyone could go if it got too much and they just needed a minute alone. Tony had never used it before – he wasn’t that weak – but there was no way in hell he was going to risk seeing Steve or Fury or even fucking Nat and have to have a damn conversation about his feelings right now. That’s what the verboten whiskey was for.

It made sense, the rule not to bring back drugs or alcohol. That everything was so tenuous anyway, emotions were so high, introducing that element was definitely a bad idea but the warm buzz humming through Tony’s brain begged to differ.

Bruce had died two hours ago – as far as he knew. He watched the monitor feed to his room, watched him huddled on the rolling bed shuddering, waited with Nat until the heart rate monitor read zero – but he wasn’t the clinician she was. He couldn’t watch Bruce turn into a runner.

Yeah they had talked – as much as Bruce still could – but it was only for a few minutes and it wasn’t… Tony had walked down there with the intention of telling Bruce he loved him and walked out a coward but fuck – what good would it have done? If Bruce did feel the way Tony thought he did, then all he would be able to think about before he died was what they didn’t get. And if Tony was wrong, and Bruce didn’t feel that way at all, then shit – that was even worse. He couldn’t live for the rest of his life with the look of horror that would have crossed Bruce’s face if he had been wrong permanently impressed in his brain.

It was going to be hard enough watching him cry through a flimsy panel of glass every night.

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Homemade Rose Soap

Hello Everyone!

Today I’m going to show you how easy it is to create rose soap. It smells great, it’s gently scented and it looks beautiful. 

Here is what you will need! 

- 14 cubes of a melt and pour soap base (I used Shea soap base this time)

- ½ teaspoon rose fragrance oil 

- rose petals (optional)

-red food coloring (optional)

- glass bowl

- silicone mold

Let’s get started!

Step 1

Cut the 14 cubes of the soap base and place into the glass bowl. I like to cut each cube twice more. It melts a lot faster.

Microwave the soap base in 30 second intervals, remember to stir after every 30 seconds.

Step 2

Add the food coloring. I have gel food coloring which is much stronger than liquid food coloring so I only had to add one drop. If you are using liquid food coloring make sure to add it slowly until you have the desired color for your soap. 

Step 3

Time to add the rose fragrance. I only used ½ teaspoon of it but you are welcome to add more or less, depending on how strong you like the scent. My finished product was on the lighter side of the fragrance. 

Step 4

Instead of mixing in the rose petals, I cut them up, in smaller pieces and placed them in the silicone mold. I was afraid the rose petals might get wilted or fall apart so I put them in the molds instead

Step 5

Carefully pour your soap mix into the molds. The rose petals will naturally float around so they will not remain at the bottom. 

Step 6

Let the mold set for about 15 minutes before transferring into the refrigerator. This will allow the tops of them to set and you can avoid the wrinkles I got on mine. After an hour in the fridge, pop them out. You are all done and ready to enjoy you rose soap!

Homemade Honey Oatmeal Soap

Hello Everyone!

Today I bring you a tutorial on how to make your own honey and oatmeal soap. After spending way too much money at natural cosmetic places, i figured I could give it a try and save some money. Soap making is not difficult and the great thing about it is that you can scent it however you want. I wanted to try honey and oats because honey is great for the skin and oatmeal it also very soothing. Plus, adding the whole oatmeal to the soap also gives it an exfoliating effect. Yummy!

Here is what you will need!

-13 cubes of any melt and pour soap base (the one Im using is white glycerin soap base and is from my local Michael’s. If you have a coupon you can get it for cheaper but its usually 9.99$ for 2 lbs)

- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 

- 2 teaspoons of cinnamon (optional)

- 3 tablespoons of honey

- ½ cup of oats (you can add less or more is you want)

- silicone mold

- glass bowl 

Step 1

Cut the 13 cubes of the soap and place them in the glass bowl. For faster melting, cut the cubes into smaller pieces. Place the bowl in the microwave and heat in 30 second intervals, mixing after each time. Continue melting until the soap base is completely melted, it should look like this. 

Step 2

After completely melting your soap base, add the ½ cup of oats and stir. 

Step 3

Add the vanilla extract, honey, and cinnamon. Make sure to mix well! If your soap hardens, do not be afraid to re-heat for 10-15 seconds. 

Step 4

Once everything is mixed well, pour into your silicon molds

Step 5

Place your silicone mold in the refrigerator and allow your soap to set for at least an hour. Once your mold has set, pop your soap bars out of the molds and that’s it! 

This recipe made 6 soap bars with my silicone mold. I hope you enjoy this vanilla and honey scented soap! Make it for yourself, for friends or family! Its heavenly!

#CurateThis: The Gruber

Jacques Gruber worked as a glass designer and decorator for the glass firm Daum Frères in Nancy, France. He later opened his own stained-glass studio. This window is primarily triple layered and features “bubbles” of thick molded opalescent glass; the water-lilies are acid-etched cameo glass. The hanging leaves are made with a rippled surface that lends definition to the plant forms. There are additional layers of colored glass on the reverse side. This window was displayed at the Salon of the Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts in Paris in 1912, which was kind of a big deal

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