Monday, July 29, 2013


Monday's can be rough... But I'm here to help.

In celebration of my 15th year selling my handmade stuff... 
I am going to be featuring things I've seen on blogs, on the internet, in books
...wherever inspiration strikes! On making new items from old goods..
hence, MondayUPs (upcycling)...


Late this afternoon, I took a couple photos of the hollyhock seeds I had gathered from our yard. A few weeks ago... I had dug the plants all up; and gifted them to a neighbor's mother... because... with selling the house; there was no assurity that the next owner would take care of them... and this way... I knew they would.

According to "The Language of Flowers", Hollyhocks represent fruitfulness.
How cool is that? 
And so I found this especially interesting --as I was taking the seeds with us... to who knows where... on our next adventure.

Which got me thinking about today's blog post... and on all things recycled and upcycled. Seeds are sort of an ultimate form of recycling... 
sending off into the future... that which is ending today. 
But what can be done with seeds?

Of course, the logical first choice is to eat 'em...
either as is, or in baking/ cooking.

Next, I thought of dried flowers & seeds (pressed)... which I already covered in a previous post (here)

But also... potpourri, as a decorative item in a dish or basket, hanging on the wall, in a floral arrangement...

Feed the birds and the critters!

make jewelry from the pods and seeds... or make molds with them; 
like I do with PMC clay:

...of course, my fav is:
Grow more plants!

--- and finally; here are some sites that sell awesome heirloom seeds:

Seed Savers
Heirloom Seeds 
Baker Creek
Solana Seeds
Seeds of Victoria
The Cottage Gardener
Salt Spring Seeds
Terra Edibles
High Mowing Organic Seed Co
Territorial Seed Company
The Organic Seed Alliance
The Kusa Seed Society

According to one website:
In the symbolic language of flowers fertility, or more accurately fecundity, is represented by tall stately hollyhocks, in recognition of their embarrassingly prolific procreative habits. Hollyhocks are members of the ancient mallow family, known and grown since time immemorial. Withered mallow flowers have been found in the grave of a Neanderthal man and in the tombs of Egyptian pharaohs. They apparently grew in the underworld garden of the goddess Hecate, who was a skilled healer; The botanical name for the genus is A/ceo, from the Greek word for healing, and mallows were used medicinally for centuries, recommended for everything from whooping cough in humans to swollen hocks in horses. Curing the latter was a special attribute of hollyhock leaves.