First, In order to assess if and how your flowers will dry well, consider the following:
- Air drying works best for bouquets and for robust flowers such as roses, or small, long-lasting varieties like lavender.
- Individual gerbera daisies, chrysanthemums, roses, and tulips are great candidates for the microwave flower drying technique, which will preserve their color and structure better than air drying does.
- For more delicate flowers like lilies, try another preservation technique, such as pressing.
- Fully mature blooms will likely lose their petals in the drying process, so don’t wait too long to begin drying your flowers.
How to Air Dry Flowers
1. Strip excess foliage from flowers and cut stems to desired length (no shorter than six inches). To help flowers retain their color during the drying process, make sure to remove them from sunlight as soon as they’re cut. Hang flowers individually or rubber-band stems together to hang a bouquet.
2. Find a dark, dry area with good circulation, such as an attic or unused closet. With unflavored dental floss, secure the bottom of the flowers’ stems to a hanger so that they hang upside down to dry. Leave flowers for two to three weeks until completely dry.
3. Remove flowers from hangers and spray with unscented hairspray for protection.
How to Dry Flowers with a Microwave
This method of flower-drying requires silica gel, which you can find in craft stores. The gel preserves the shape of the flowers, and can be used over and over again.
1. Find a microwave-safe container that will hold your flowers and fit into the microwave. (Do not use a dish you want to use for food again after this project.)
2. Cover the bottom of the container with an inch or two of silica gel, a bit more for larger blossoms. Place flowers blossom-up in the gel and then pour more gel over the petals. Pour gently so that petals don’t get flattened.
3. Place the uncovered container in the microwave. Microwave temperature and time will vary according to the type of flower, so this step requires a bit of trial and error. Start the microwave on one or two heat levels above defrost for 2-5 minutes. (Roses can withstand more heat, while daisies prefer lower temperatures.) Check your flower’s progress after a short time and then periodically. Increase heat and time as needed.
3. Once flowers are dry, open the microwave and immediately cover the container. Remove the covered container from the microwave, open the top a quarter of a centimeter, and let it sit for 24 hours.
4. Clean the gel from the petals with a fine brush and then mist with an acrylic spray (also available at craft stores).
Finally, display or use your dried flowers in craft projects as you like. Dried flowers fade quickly in sunlight or extreme heat, so be sure to keep them in cool areas away from windows.
Once Your flowers are drie
67% of American women are size 14 or over, and only 2% of the world’s collective media features plus-sized women.
Most American women are plus-sized, yet make up less than 2% of the images we see. A 2014 Dove study found that women wrote over 5 million disparaging tweets about beauty, most of which were about themselves.
What we need is a total makeover of how women are shown in media. So what does that look like?
In a recent interview, Demi Lovato confessed the real problem with Taylor Swifts “squad” and other groups of celebs.
“To be honest, and this will probably get me in trouble, I don’t see anybody in any sort of squad that has a normal body,” Lovato said. “It’s kind of this false image of what people should look like. And what they should be like, and it’s not real.”
And no, not just as the awkward or “funny” friend. But as a strong female lead. Take the “Stranger Things” character Barb, who became an internet sensation after the show was released on Netflix.
And while, yes we all love Barb, let’s face it, her “sidekick” part in the show was far from what we wanted. We wanted badass Bard taking lead in the show and repping real women.
Even researching this piece, I spent a good chunk of time google “Plus-Size Women Featured in Film” and found little resources, or women featured. This needs to change.
Social Media Needs A Makeover
How many times a day do we scroll through our feed, looking at images of thin models in your Instagram, or only the best most glamorous shots of friends on Facebook? The reality is, not everyone looks that way.
In a survey done by Dove, with women between the ages of 18 and 64, results showed that women are more than twice as likely to say that their conception of beauty is shaped by “women in the public domain” and social media (29 percent and 25 percent, respectively) than they were before they entered high school (11 percent and 10 percent, respectively).
Some of the best and beautiful beauty and fashion bloggers are plus-sized women. Why aren’t they adorning our feeds with their sensational talent and rockin’ bods? Think about what your feed looks like and how you can rep women that actually look like our nation. Anybody who thinks that being thin is the only way to be beautiful needs to jump in their time machine and head back to 1994, because it’s 2017—because we NEED to be celebrating gorgeous bodies of all shapes and sizes.
There are a couple of plus-size models who have trailblazed their way into the mainstream to thank for the change, but curvy bloggers also deserve some credit for helping along the transition.
Before we had these women as examples, it wasn’t uncommon for full-figured women to shy away from trends like crop tops, bold patterns, and bodycon dresses, but now we’re seeing these types of styles work for a huge variety of shapes—and they all look fabulous.
All of these things will truly help change how women perceive their bodies, and how we represent real women in the U.S.
Meanwhile in Los Angeles:
Organizations applaud Los Angeles officials for charging a Playboy Playmate with posting a photo on social media that she secretly took at her gym.
In early November, Dani Mathers was charged with one misdemeanor count of invasion of privacy for taking a picture of a naked 70-year-old woman at her gym.
No one would have probably known about the secret photo, except the former Playboy Playmate posted the image on her Snapchat account.
“If I can’t unsee this then you can’t either,”
the 29-year-old Mathers wrote over the image that she sent out on social media this past summer. The post went viral. A few months later Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer decided to file criminal charges.
It’s an unusual move, according to legal experts. Feuer was quoted in the Los Angeles Times as saying the charges were necessary in order to send a message.
Body shaming is humiliating, with often painful, long-term consequences,” he said. “It mocks and stigmatizes its victims, tearing down self-respect and perpetuating the harmful idea that our unique physical appearances should be compared to air-brushed notions of ‘perfect.’ What really matters is our character and humanity. While body shaming, in itself, is not a crime, there are circumstances in which invading one’s privacy to accomplish it can be. And we shouldn’t tolerate that.”
Mathers has since apologized for the incident. She is scheduled for arraignment on Nov. 28. If found guilty she could face up to six months behind bars and a $1,000 fine.
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There’s a revolutionary new way to cope with anxiety issues on the horizon, my friends! I’ve been reading a book called DARE, The New Way to Break Free from Anxiety and Panic Attacks , authored by Barry McDonagh. For those of you who suffer with crippling anxiety and panic attacks, this may be a game changer for you.
Who doesn’t wish for the carefree days of childhood where you didn’t stress or worry about upcoming events, situations or the daily responsibilities of adulting?! I know personally, I sure do. Once you step out into a life of your own, stress and anxiety is sure to follow~ However, for some people, it becomes a chronic condition. For some people even the thought of what could go wrong looms large and casts a shadow over all of life.
My mom used to tell me I was born a worrier! I often create assumptions, or worst case scenarios in my head to try and prepare myself for everything. It’s often too much to handle. I’ve had anxiety attacks, high blood pressure, the inability to sleep , over eating and self-medicating behaviors… all because, inside… I am wound like a top!! When a friend of mine suggested Dare: The New Way to Break Free From Anxiety, and I agreed to review it for the Goosie Girl blog, I will admit, I was skeptical. I really didn’t have much faith in how a book could help me. I’ve been living with my anxiety for most of my life, and I have tried A LOT of different things, but none gave me the solution I was seeking.
The book, and online community of support people promised that I would be able to
- Live each day without the dread of general anxiety or panic.
- Fly , drive , shop or do whatever you like without worry.
- Feel excitement instead of dread about the day ahead.
- Reconnect with your old carefree self again
- Travel with ease to places you have always wanted to go.
- Feel real genuine freedom again like you did as a child.
That seemed almost impossible to me… but as I began to read and comprehend the methods taught in the book, I could totally see how this could really make a huge difference in many people’s lives.
This book teaches readers awesome methods to combat anxiety in even it’s worst forms~ It introduces new ways of thinking about situations, that help the reader cope as well as tools they can “pick up” at any given time in an anxiety producing situation. The really nice thing about these set of tools is that it’s not limited to just a book you can read and have to remember… there are support tools in addition to the book such as an app you can download for support at your fingertips! There is a dynamic Facebook group in which readers can become a member to further their development of these life altering skills; and there is a downloadable audio book to take along with you. People learn in different ways, and I think this is a fabulous approach to meet people where they are at, and give them a myriad of opportunities to change their life.
I think there is a great deal of education which needs to occur in the world about anxiety, it isn’t always caused by a specific situation, happening, or event~ at times, there may be inexplicable reasons for a panic attack or someone struggling with anxiety. The thing that I love about this book, is it doesn’t necessarily give you advice on what to do in a specific moment~ it teaches you overall techniques which can grow into innate mechanisms to deploy against those times of utter panic and anxiety. Yes, anxiety can be situational but I have learned, through reading this book that it doesn’t NEED to be explained or even understood to be tamed.
Anxiety and Panic Attacks can cause a person to isolate. I know for myself, I never know when it’s going to crop up, so I tend to avoid social situations~ thus becoming isolated and lonely, which can in turn , fuel the anxiety! It’s like a never ending, vicious cycle~ so this is yet another reason I am singing the praises of Barry McDonagh’s work, he doesn’t just throw out some ideas in a book, he backs it up with a community of support. You don’t HAVE to be alone in this anymore! If you travel for work or pleasure, you can take the audio book with you too… play it in the car, or listen to it while you meditate. There are so many wonderful things I could tell you about this book, the methods in the book, and the other support tools which are available, but you NEED to get a copy and take the time to digest all of the awesomeness in it for yourself.
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